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Fort Campbell’s 591st Engineer Company hits ground running

 

Written by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanFort Campbell, KY – The historical 591st Engineer Company has been added to the ranks of 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) here.

“For us the only real change has been our location,” said 1st Sgt. Aaron Tippett, the senior noncommissioned officer of 591st Engineer Company. “We left the footprint of the 326th and fell into the footprint of the Rakkasans who welcomed us with open arms.”

Soldiers assigned to 591st Engineer Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), join other companies in their Welcoming Ceremony here, Jan. 2014. The 591st have a rich historical history and will provide a great deal of experience and knowledge to the Rakkasan Brigade in future missions. (Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)

Soldiers assigned to 591st Engineer Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), join other companies in their Welcoming Ceremony here, Jan. 2014. The 591st have a rich historical history and will provide a great deal of experience and knowledge to the Rakkasan Brigade in future missions. (Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)

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What makes Fort Campbell’s Rakkasans better

 

Written by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanFort Campbell, KY – That was the question Soldiers and the command of 3rd Brigade Combat Team ‘Rakkasans,’ 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), set out to answer during the Brigade’s first ever ‘Best Rakkasan’ competition here, February 19th and 20th.

“This was the first time we as a Brigade have ever put together a challenge like this for our Soldiers,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Gabriel Perez, the Brigade targeting officer and coordinator of the ‘Best Rakkasan’ competition.

Competitors assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), jump over barriers at The Sabalauski Air Assault School during the ‘Best Rakkasan’ competition  here, Feb. 19, 2014. The competition was held was the first of its kind and was designed to measure the overall proficiency of selected teams and award them with the title of ‘Best Rakkasan’ through competitive events. (Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)

Competitors assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), jump over barriers at The Sabalauski Air Assault School during the ‘Best Rakkasan’ competition here, Feb. 19, 2014. The competition was held was the first of its kind and was designed to measure the overall proficiency of selected teams and award them with the title of ‘Best Rakkasan’ through competitive events. (Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell Rakkasan Soldier breaks 12-mile Air Assault foot march record

 

Written by Capt. Charlie Emmons
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – While 202 new graduates stood at attention to receive the coveted, Air Assault Badge at The Sabalauski Air Assault School, one officer’s achievement made the November 21st ceremony a historic occasion.

Captain Jason Burnes, an assistant operations officer at Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasan”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), finished ahead of his peers and every other student that wore a pack on their shoulders to complete the intense 12-mile foot march.

Capt. Jason Burnes, an assistant operations officer at Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasan”, 101st Airborne Division stands in front of one of the repelling towers after graduating The Air Assault School on Nov. 22, 2013.  Burnes set a new record time of one hour and 37 minutes during the event.    (Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)

Capt. Jason Burnes, an assistant operations officer at Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasan”, 101st Airborne Division stands in front of one of the repelling towers after graduating The Air Assault School on Nov. 22, 2013. Burnes set a new record time of one hour and 37 minutes during the event. (Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell “Rakkasan” Handlers, Canine Partners part ways after Deployment

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – The deafening roar of the jet’s turbine engines slowly decreases as the plane comes to a halt on the Fort Campbell runway.

As the door opens, Soldiers exit the aircraft to officially end their deployment with their canine partners by their side.

Besides the obvious need to put their paws on some solid ground, the military working dogs all seem to be more affectionate than usual.

Dog handlers and their dogs assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), spend their last moments together after their nine month deployment to Afghanistan while at the Fort Campbell, Ky., airfield, May 23, 2013. (Photo by Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton 3/101 Public Affairs)

Dog handlers and their dogs assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), spend their last moments together after their nine month deployment to Afghanistan while at the Fort Campbell, Ky., airfield, May 23, 2013. (Photo by Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Rak Sale connects Rakkasan community

 

Written by Sgt. Alan Graziano
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY - Family Readiness Group leaders from all six battalions of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), joined together April 18th in the brigade conference room for what they call a “Rak (pronounced ‘rock’) Sale,” in an effort to raise funds for FRG events held throughout the year.

Family Readiness Group leaders and other family members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division socialize with each other April 18th at a “Rak Sale” in the brigade conference room. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

Family Readiness Group leaders and other family members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division socialize with each other April 18th at a “Rak Sale” in the brigade conference room. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

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Fort Campbell 3rd Brigade Combat Team Ministry Soldiers make dream a reality before Easter

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Within the early days of their deployment, a team of chaplain’s assistants came together with a plan: a mutual agreement making something beautiful for all to enjoy, helping make days here in Afghanistan brighter.

Within their offices at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, the team of assistants from various battalions within the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), decided to restore the chapel after it had been heavily damaged in an attack in the summer of 2012.

Stained glass windows that were hand-painted by a team of chaplain’s assistants are now on display at the chapel on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. A team of chaplain’s assistants teamed up together to finish the restoration of their chapel after it was badly damaged by an attack on the FOB in the summer of 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

Stained glass windows that were hand-painted by a team of chaplain’s assistants are now on display at the chapel on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. A team of chaplain’s assistants teamed up together to finish the restoration of their chapel after it was badly damaged by an attack on the FOB in the summer of 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell 3rd Brigade Combat Team Soldiers in competition for top spot

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – The sun begins to rise on the mountains of Khowst province as Soldiers assigned to different units within 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), ready their gear and each other while being briefed on the intense upcoming events for the day.

Nineteen Soldiers competed in the brigade noncommissioned officer and Soldier of the quarter competition on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, February 15th.

Spc. James Craig, an air defense battle management system operator assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), uses a rope to pull himself over a large dirt wall in the obstacle course portion of the brigade noncommissioned officer and Soldier of the quarter competition on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Feb. 15, 2013. The competition included a five-mile march and five different combat related stations throughout the competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

Spc. James Craig, an air defense battle management system operator assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), uses a rope to pull himself over a large dirt wall in the obstacle course portion of the brigade noncommissioned officer and Soldier of the quarter competition on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Feb. 15, 2013. The competition included a five-mile march and five different combat related stations throughout the competition. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team Rakkasans and Afghan Uniformed Police deliver aid to Khowst village

 

Written by 1st Lt. John Zaehringer
3rd Special Troops Battalion Unit Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasan

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from Second Platoon, Company A, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), move down the road to their vehicles after conducting a key leader engagement with Afghan Uniformed Police at a checkpoint near Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, December 10th, 2012.

Soldiers from Second Platoon, Company A, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), move down the road to their vehicles after conducting a key leader engagement with Afghan Uniformed Police at a checkpoint near Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Dec. 10, 2012. They were meeting with a company commander of the AUP before distributing humanitarian aid at a village within the Khowst district. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. John Zaehringer, 3rd STB Unit Public Affairs Representative)

Soldiers from Second Platoon, Company A, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), move down the road to their vehicles after conducting a key leader engagement with Afghan Uniformed Police at a checkpoint near Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Dec. 10, 2012. They were meeting with a company commander of the AUP before distributing humanitarian aid at a village within the Khowst district. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. John Zaehringer, 3rd STB Unit Public Affairs Representative)

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Christmas with 101st Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasan

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – During this holiday season, Soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), will be spending the holidays deployed while in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The currently deployed Rakkasans are unable to spend the holidays with their families, but with the reality of deployment at hand they still have the support from both the American people and the military.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Boase, an intelligence cheif, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), visits Soldiers from Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment,  after delivering care packages dressed Santa at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Dec. 25th, 2012. Boase dressed as Santa and delivered more than 200 care packages to the Soldiers and civilians of FOB Salerno for Christmas. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Brian Boase, an intelligence cheif, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), visits Soldiers from Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, after delivering care packages dressed Santa at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Dec. 25th, 2012. Boase dressed as Santa and delivered more than 200 care packages to the Soldiers and civilians of FOB Salerno for Christmas. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division “Rakkasan” Soldiers gather to strengthen resiliency, combat stress

 

3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasan

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Chaplains from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gathered in a briefing room at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, for an extensive two-day training event aimed at increasing individual resiliency December 5th, 2012.

Members of religious support teams from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pose for a photo after a two-day resiliency course at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Dec. 7, 2012. Seven religious support teams, made up of chaplains and their assistants from across Paktya and Khowst provinces came together for the training, which was aimed at increasing individual resiliency. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

Members of religious support teams from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pose for a photo after a two-day resiliency course at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Dec. 7, 2012. Seven religious support teams, made up of chaplains and their assistants from across Paktya and Khowst provinces came together for the training, which was aimed at increasing individual resiliency. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

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