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101st Airborne Division Band leads Clarksville Christmas parade

 

Written by Spc. Patrick Kirby
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Band marched in this years Clarksville Christmas parade, around Clarksville on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017.

Thousands of people filled the streets of downtown Clarksville Saturday for the 58th annual Christmas Parade.

“It’s nice to be able to get off post and interact with the community and entertain them,” said Spc. Kenneth Fahle, Army musician, saxophonist, 101st Abn. Div. band and a native of Madison, Ohio. “It’s nice to see the community come together and celebrate this holiday season.”

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Band marched in this years Clarksville Christmas parade, around Clarksville on Dec. 2. There were more than 130 businesses, schools and organizations took part in the floats in this years parade each decorated with a different theme all around the theme, “Christmas around the world” (Spc. Patrick Kirby)

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Band marched in this years Clarksville Christmas parade, around Clarksville on Dec. 2. There were more than 130 businesses, schools and organizations took part in the floats in this years parade each decorated with a different theme all around the theme, “Christmas around the world” (Spc. Patrick Kirby)

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Thanksgiving Day message from Fort Campbell’s Major General Andrew P. Poppas

 

Written by Major General Andrew P. Poppas
Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – “I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving…”

It was with these words that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3rd, 1863. America was embroiled in conflict just like we are now, yet there was much to be thankful for as a nation – “needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense…,” as Lincoln described. The same holds true today.

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101st Airborne Rakkasans build squad-level proficiency at live-fire range

 

Written by Spc. Patrick Kirby
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The range comes on the heels of their recent Joint Regional Training Center mission as opposing forces.

“The training up to this event was pretty in-depth,” said 2nd Lt. Josh Hartwell, a native of Crete, Nebraska, and the officer-in-charge of the squad live-fire range. “After returning from JRTC we got right after it again with a team live-fire and now with the squad live-fire.”

The range integrated the crawl-walk-run methodology by starting with a blank-fire during the day, followed by an after action review. The soldiers then rehearsed their hand and arm signals, and their patrolling tactics more and went through the range again as a live-fire.

Spc. Draven Pancake, a native of Evansville, Indiana, and an infantrymen with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), engages targets, from his support-by-fire position, Nov. 7. The support-by-fire was set up while the bravo team maneuvered into a flanking position to take out the enemy bunker. (Spc. Patrick Kirby, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Spc. Draven Pancake, a native of Evansville, Indiana, and an infantrymen with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), engages targets, from his support-by-fire position, Nov. 7. The support-by-fire was set up while the bravo team maneuvered into a flanking position to take out the enemy bunker. (Spc. Patrick Kirby, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Former 101st Airborne Division Rakkasan memorialized at Fort Campbell Fisher House

 

Written by Maria Christina Yager
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – A rocking horse, meant to bring joy to children while honoring a fallen Soldier, was donated to the Fort Campbell Fisher House, October 13th, 2017.

The horse was hand crafted by volunteers in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Tony Knier, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Knier died October 21st, 2006 from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Bayji, Iraq.

Volunteer Scott Snyder presents a custom-made rocking horse to the Fort Campbell Fisher House Oct. 13 in honor of former Rakkasan, Sgt. 1st Class Tony Knier, who was killed in Iraq in 2006. Soldiers from the Iron Rakkasans, BACH, and family friends joined Knier’s mother at the presentation ceremony honoring her son. Knier served at Fort Campbell in 1997 with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division - “Iron Rakkasans”. (Maria Yager)

Volunteer Scott Snyder presents a custom-made rocking horse to the Fort Campbell Fisher House Oct. 13 in honor of former Rakkasan, Sgt. 1st Class Tony Knier, who was killed in Iraq in 2006. Soldiers from the Iron Rakkasans, BACH, and family friends joined Knier’s mother at the presentation ceremony honoring her son. Knier served at Fort Campbell in 1997 with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division – “Iron Rakkasans”. (Maria Yager)

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101st Airborne Division Iron Rakkasans: 50 years later

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

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Fort Campbell, KY – Friday morning people boarded two white buses on the final leg of a trip 50 years in the making. Many of the passengers were founding members of D Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, Rakkasans, 101st Airborne Division, created in 1967 during the Vietnam War.

Traveling with these men were other veterans, spouses, children, grandchildren and siblings. Throughout the day they talked and joked with each other, as they caught up since their last reunion. The group looked more like a large Family than anything else, and that is because of how close these men became when they were young Soldiers.

Veterans and their Families who returned to Fort Campbell Sept. 8, 2017, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of D Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, visits a wall that includes the names of the Rakkasans that fell in combat during a search and destroy mission in March 1968. These veterans did not find out the fate of the Soldiers evacuated from the battlefield with critical wounds for decades, and the reunion was the first time some of the veterans had seen each other since Vietnam. (Leejay Lockhart)

Veterans and their Families who returned to Fort Campbell Sept. 8, 2017, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of D Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, visits a wall that includes the names of the Rakkasans that fell in combat during a search and destroy mission in March 1968. These veterans did not find out the fate of the Soldiers evacuated from the battlefield with critical wounds for decades, and the reunion was the first time some of the veterans had seen each other since Vietnam. (Leejay Lockhart)

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U.S. Army Garrison Fort Campbell CSM Noel S. Foster passed away at home Friday, September 1st

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – As the Fort Campbell garrison command sergeant major since February 2016, CSM Foster served as the senior enlisted adviser to the Fort Campbell garrison commander for all matters involving enlisted personnel.

CSM Foster entered the Army in July 1988 and was a career infantryman. His previous assignments include Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Polk, Louisiana and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. CSM Foster also completed multiple assignments at Fort Campbell, Kentucky including 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, command sergeant major and 3rd Brigade Combat Team rear detachment command sergeant major during their 2015 deployment to Afghanistan.

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Swiss teen becomes an Honorary Member of 101st Airborne Division Currahee

 

Written by Spc. Patrick Kirby
40th Public Affairs Detachment

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Fort Campbell, KY – Members of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment “Currahee”, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division spent the day with a young patriot, Richard M. McErlean III and his father, Richard M. McErlean Jr. on August 2nd, 2017 here.

Lt. Col. Kurt Smith, commander, 2nd Bat., 506th Inf. Regt., invited the McErleans to come and visit the Currahees and Fort Campbell.

Richard M. McErlean III rucks with leaders of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment ‘Currahee’ on Fort Campbell, Ky, Aug 2. McErlean III was made an Honorary Member of the Currahee Regiment after his service to the regiment. (Spc. Patrick Kirby. 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Richard M. McErlean III rucks with leaders of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment ‘Currahee’ on Fort Campbell, Ky, Aug 2. McErlean III was made an Honorary Member of the Currahee Regiment after his service to the regiment. (Spc. Patrick Kirby. 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Basic Leader Course Forward held at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Eliodoro Molina
U.S. Forces Afghanistan

U.S. Forces AfghanistanBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – The Basic Leader Course is currently being held on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan for the first time. The first accelerated two week course began on June 26th and will end on July 9th, 2017.

One hundred and eighty soldiers from across Afghanistan will no longer have to worry about attending the BLC as soon as their deployment is over thanks to the efforts of United States Forces Afghanistan and the Mobile Training Team from Fort Bliss, Texas.

Soldiers discuss a scenario based question during the Basic Leaders Course on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. This is the first time the course has been held in Afghanistan. (Sgt. 1st Class Eliodoro Molina, U.S. Forces Afghanistan)

Soldiers discuss a scenario based question during the Basic Leaders Course on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. This is the first time the course has been held in Afghanistan. (Sgt. 1st Class Eliodoro Molina, U.S. Forces Afghanistan)

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Three Fort Campbell Soldiers killed in Afghanistan

 

United States Department of Defense - DoDNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – The U.S. Department of Defense reports three Fort Campbell soldiers were killed in Afghanistan while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

The Three U.S. soldiers were killed in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, June 10th, 2017.

They died in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of gunshot wounds sustained in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.

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101st Airborne Division Engineer recognized for Volunteer Service

 

Written by Heather Huber
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – When he was nominated for the GEICO Military Service Award, Sgt. 1st Class Julio Mella, 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, was honored but did not think much about it.

“There were many, many people being nominated with me,” Mella said. “I wasn’t being pessimistic, just realistic.”

The GEICO Military Service Awards Program “spotlights the valuable and lasting contributions enlisted members of the armed forces make in three specific areas of endeavor,” according to the GEICO website.

Service members can be nominated for service in drug and alcohol abuse prevention, fire safety and fire prevention or traffic safety and accident prevention. Each year, one member from each branch of the service is selected to receive the award.

Sergeant 1st Class Julio Mella, 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division poses in front of a firetruck at the Oak Grove Fire Department. Mella has been volunteering as a firefighter and EMT with the department since 2008 and decided he wanted a picture in his full gear before he deployed in November 2016. (Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Sergeant 1st Class Julio Mella, 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division poses in front of a firetruck at the Oak Grove Fire Department. Mella has been volunteering as a firefighter and EMT with the department since 2008 and decided he wanted a picture in his full gear before he deployed in November 2016. (Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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