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Fort Campbell’s longest deployed Currahee receives induction as Distinguished Member of 506th Infantry Regiment

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Fort Campbell, KY – “It is always so humbling to celebrate the greatness of the Currahee Nation….we truly do walk among heroes,” said Col. Val C. Keaveny Jr., commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “Inducting true patriots as distinguished and honorary members of our regiment and reverently memorializing our fallen makes this day priceless.”

Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), hosted an induction ceremony, March 13th, 2014, for Distinguished and Honorary members of the 506th Infantry Regiment, at the 4th BCT Headquarters on Fort Campbell.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Billy R. Weiland, a Soldier with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), was presented a certificate by Col. Val C. Keavney Jr., commander of the 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., formally inducting him as a Distinguished Member of the 506th Infantry Regiment, during a ceremony March 13, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Billy R. Weiland, a Soldier with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), was presented a certificate by Col. Val C. Keavney Jr., commander of the 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., formally inducting him as a Distinguished Member of the 506th Infantry Regiment, during a ceremony March 13, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Currahees conduct NCO, Soldier of the Quarter Competition

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Fort Campbell, KY – “I think that Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Quarter competitions are important to organizations, as it fosters a much-needed competitive spirit in our young NCOs and soldiers,” said Master Sgt. Leonard N. Taylor III, future operations noncommissioned officer in charge with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “Additionally, it gives them a sense of pride being a representative of their unit specifically chosen to challenge the best the brigade has to offer.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Fort Campbell 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” hold transfer of authority ceremony

 

Written by Sgt. David Cox
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Laghman Province, Afghanistan – As one unit furls its colors as it completes their mission, another unit unfurls theirs to take its place.

Soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Train Advise and Assist Command Northeast, held a ceremony in recognition of the transfer of authority from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Task Force Patriot March 3rd, 2014 at Forward Operating Base Gamberi.

U.S. Army Col. Peter Benchoff, commander of Task Force Strike, and Command Sgt. Maj. Brendan Haywood, Task Force Strike's sergeant major, unfurl the unit colors during a transfer of authority ceremony March 3, 2014 at Forward Operating Base Gamberi. (Sgt. David Cox/U.S. Army)

U.S. Army Col. Peter Benchoff, commander of Task Force Strike, and Command Sgt. Maj. Brendan Haywood, Task Force Strike’s sergeant major, unfurl the unit colors during a transfer of authority ceremony March 3, 2014 at Forward Operating Base Gamberi. (Sgt. David Cox/U.S. Army)

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Currahee artillery soldiers from Fort Campbell receive ARCOM with Valor

 

CurraheeFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Staff Sgt. Kristopher J. Forchione, Sgt. Ramon A. Fernandez and Sgt. Justin M. Watson, all cannon crew members with 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received Army Commendation Medals with Valor device during an award ceremony February 13th, 2014.

Ramon and Watson were conducting maintenance on an M119 105mm howitzer when the combat outpost they were on came under indirect fire. Instead of running to cover, which is general protocol, the soldiers reassembled the howitzer in a matter of minutes to conduct a counter-fire mission.

Staff Sgt. Kristopher J. Forchione, Sgt. Ramon A. Fernandez and Sgt. Justin M. Watson, all cannon crewmembers with 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received Army Commendation Medals with Valor device during an award ceremony Feb. 13, 2014. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

Staff Sgt. Kristopher J. Forchione, Sgt. Ramon A. Fernandez and Sgt. Justin M. Watson, all cannon crewmembers with 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received Army Commendation Medals with Valor device during an award ceremony Feb. 13, 2014. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell Currahee receives Army Nurse Corps’ 2014 Leadership Award of Excellence

 

Written by Sgt. Kimberly Menzies
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Fort Campbell, KY – Capt. Christine Shepherd, the brigade nurse with Company C “Painkiller,” 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received the Army Nurse Corps’ 2014 Leadership Award of Excellence, February 6th, 2014, in a ceremony held during the Army Nurse Corps’ CJ Reddy Leadership Training Conference at Fort Belvoir, VA.

Request for attendance at the conference is coveted and competitive, requiring Army medical personnel to be nominated and vetted prior to receiving a course invitation.

Capt. Christine Shepherd, brigade nurse with Company C, 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, writes patient information for an Afghan patient at the Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Combat Support Hospital on July 14, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Capt. Christine Shepherd, brigade nurse with Company C, 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, writes patient information for an Afghan patient at the Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Combat Support Hospital on July 14, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Currahee soldier receives ARCOM with Valor, Purple Heart

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Fort Campbell, KY  – Spc. Brian D. Messersmith, a soldier with Able Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received two Army Commendation Medals, one with a Valor device, as well as a Purple Heart, during a ceremony February 7th, 2014.

Spc. Brian D. Messersmith, a soldier with Able Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received two Army Commendation Medals, one with a Valor device, as well as a Purple Heart, during a ceremony Feb. 7, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Spc. Brian D. Messersmith, a soldier with Able Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received two Army Commendation Medals, one with a Valor device, as well as a Purple Heart, during a ceremony Feb. 7, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Battalion Command Sergeant Major sets standard for Currahees

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Fort Campbell, KY – A group of Currahees graduated from the Fort Campbell Sabalauski Air Assault School January 24th, 2013.

While seeing Currahees graduate from that school is a common occurrence, one of this class’ graduates was Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Dent, command sergeant major of 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Dent (front row, right), command sergeant major of 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses with his fellow Currahees after graduating from the Fort Campbell Sabalauski Air Assault School, Jan. 24, 2014. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Dent (front row, right), command sergeant major of 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses with his fellow Currahees after graduating from the Fort Campbell Sabalauski Air Assault School, Jan. 24, 2014. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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U.S. Army to Open 33,000 Positions to Female Soldiers

 

Written by C. Todd Lopez

United States Department of Defense - DoDWashington, D.C. – About 33,000 of the positions in the Army today that are closed to women are closed because they were in units that were designated as direct ground combat. That will change this year in units that are not under Army Special Operations.

The Office of the Secretary of Defense recently notified Congress of the Army’s intent to open those 33,000 positions to women. The change is expected to take place in April 2014, said Col. Linda Sheimo, chief of the Command Programs and Policy Division at the Directorate of Military Personnel Management, Army G-1.

U.S. Army Capt. Carla L. Bender, a human resources officer assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pulls security during a battle drill on Forward Operating Base Lightning, Afghanistan, Sept. 3, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/Released)

U.S. Army Capt. Carla L. Bender, a human resources officer assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pulls security during a battle drill on Forward Operating Base Lightning, Afghanistan, Sept. 3, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/Released)

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Band of Brother’s Easy Company returns home to Fort Campbell; End of an Era

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Fort Campbell, KY – The 506th Infantry Regiment has had a powerful lineage ever since their initial activation July 20th, 1942.

Since World War II, the 506th has been inactivated, reactivated and re-designated a number of times. They have served within different brigades, divisions and military posts.

The 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 506th Inf. Regt. reunited in September of 2005 under the Colors of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., and have since had two separate deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scott W. Kirkpatrick, commander of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), leads the last group of soldiers, consisting mainly of soldiers with Easy Company, 2nd Bn., 506th Inf. Regt., who returned home in the early hours of Jan. 26, 2014, marking the end of an era for the brigade. (Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scott W. Kirkpatrick, commander of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), leads the last group of soldiers, consisting mainly of soldiers with Easy Company, 2nd Bn., 506th Inf. Regt., who returned home in the early hours of Jan. 26, 2014, marking the end of an era for the brigade. (Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Welcomes Home the last of the 4th Brigade Combat Team

 

CurraheeFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The never ending cycling of soldiers between the battlefield to the home front and vise versa continued Wednesday evening with the return of the final flight of 105 soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Currahees) who returned up early Saturday morning.

“This deployment was scheduled to be nine months, a good portion of our brigade about 2000 soldiers returned back at the 6-7 month mark. These soldiers returning today Easy Company of the 2nd/506th Infantry Regiment of the HBO Band of Brothers fame. They were contacting a TA Uplift Mission, or a Train, Assist, and Advise Uplift Mission. Easy company was selected because they finished their mission ahead of schedule out of FOB Salerno in the Khost Province of Afghanistan.” said Major Kamil Sztalkoper, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

The returning soldiers approach the hanger and their waiting families

The returning soldiers approach the hanger and their waiting families

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