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A Year in Review with Fort Campbell’s Currahees

 

Written by Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - CurraheeFort Campbell, KY – The 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), started 2013 running fast and hard, as the brigade deployed to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA, in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Currahees with 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment "Red Currahee," 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), walk down the mountain following the Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, after a joint patrol into the mountains around Combat Outpost Wilderness, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Currahees with 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment “Red Currahee,” 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), walk down the mountain following the Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, after a joint patrol into the mountains around Combat Outpost Wilderness, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 4th Brigade Combat Team Commanders sends out Christmas Greetings

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KYThe 4th Brigade Combat TeamThe  Command team of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Brigade; Commander, Col. Val C. Keaveny Jr. and Brigade Command Sergeant Major, CSM Franklin Velez join together in order to send out a video holiday greeting to the Currahee nation.

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West Creek Elementary School Students visit Fort Campbell’s 4th Brigade Combat Team

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), in conjunction with educators with West Creek Elementary School of Clarksville, Tennessee, facilitated a field trip for the school’s 5th graders, to Fort Campbell on December 10th, 2013.

“We were approached by our partners in education, they arranged this field trip for us,” said Sherri Hamby, the 5th grade lead teacher at West Creek Elementary School in Clarksville, Tennessee. “There is a lot of math and science involved in shooting guns and in flying helicopters,”

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Zilvinas Lapelis, a senior instructor at The Sabalauski Air Assault School, shows students from West Creek Elementary School in Clarksville, Tenn., the Air Assault obstacle course, while on a field trip on Dec. 10, 2013, at Fort Campbell. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Zilvinas Lapelis, a senior instructor at The Sabalauski Air Assault School, shows students from West Creek Elementary School in Clarksville, Tenn., the Air Assault obstacle course, while on a field trip on Dec. 10, 2013, at Fort Campbell. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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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

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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 Currahees transfer Forward Operating Base Salerno to Afghan National Army

 

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

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Khowst Province, Afghanistan – For the last time, U.S. Army soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th BCT, 101st Airborne Division, exited through the gates of Forward Operating Base Salerno, after transitioning the FOB to Afghan National Security Forces.

“For 10 years, America’s sons and daughters have been here,” said Col. Val C. Keaveny Jr., commander of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “Today, we bring an end to an era.”

Lt. Col. Scott W. Kirkpatrick, commander of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), addresses his soldiers on the last day of their control of Forward Operating Base Salerno, Khowst province, Afghanistan, October 31st. (Photo by Sgt. Justin Moeller)

Lt. Col. Scott W. Kirkpatrick, commander of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), addresses his soldiers on the last day of their control of Forward Operating Base Salerno, Khowst province, Afghanistan, October 31st. (Photo by Sgt. Justin Moeller)

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Fort Campbell Currahee Cavalry Regiment receives Gold Spurs

 

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

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Khowst Province, Afghanistan – “Today we took a little time out of our schedule to honor traditions of the past and award the gold spurs to all of the troopers in 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment,” said Lt. Col. Thomas T. Sutton, squadron commander of 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jeremy A. Woodard, an engineer officer with 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), rides a horse while holding the Headquarters Troop Guidon, during a spur ceremony at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, Oct. 11, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jeremy A. Woodard, an engineer officer with 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), rides a horse while holding the Headquarters Troop Guidon, during a spur ceremony at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, Oct. 11, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Currahees receive Sergeant Audie Murphy Club induction

 

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

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Paktya Province, Afghanistan – Originating in 1986 at Fort Hood, Texas, the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is an exclusive U.S. Army organization for non-commissioned officers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and performance.

In order to be inducted, the NCOs must be recommended, pass a physical training test as well as several rigorous board appearances.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Danielle A. Whitaker (right) and Sgt. 1st Class Tcherry Samedy, both with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, listen to, Col. Val C. Keaveny Jr., commander, 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., speak during a Sergeant Audie Murphy Club induction ceremony, Sept. 17, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Danielle A. Whitaker (right) and Sgt. 1st Class Tcherry Samedy, both with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, listen to, Col. Val C. Keaveny Jr., commander, 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., speak during a Sergeant Audie Murphy Club induction ceremony, Sept. 17, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee” Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

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Fort Campbell, KY – A Fort Campbell Soldier died September 26th, as a result of combat-related injuries sustained in Paktya Province, Afghanistan.

Identified is Staff Sgt. Thomas Allen Baysore Jr., 32, of Milton, PA. Baysore was killed by an enemy combatant wearing an Afghan National Army Uniform who opened fire on a group of Soldiers. He was struck on the left side of his neck.

Baysore was taken to taken to his post aid station where he succumbed to his wounds.

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Fort Campbell’s 4th Brigade Combat Team encourages Cooperation, One village at a time

 

Written by Maj. Kamil Sztakolper
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Khowst Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army soldiers from Whiskey Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, and leaders from 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, met with their Afghan National Security Force counterparts and village elders of Kunday village to discussion historical security concerns, September 9th.

Sgt. Kamal, an Afghan Uniformed Police officer, discusses security issues with villagers from Kunday on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Sept. 8, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Dwyer, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Sgt. Kamal, an Afghan Uniformed Police officer, discusses security issues with villagers from Kunday on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Sept. 8, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Dwyer, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Currahees discuss the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month

 

Written by Sgt. David Cox
4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – From September 15th through October 15th, our nation will observe Hispanic Heritage month. This observance provides the Currahees an opportunity to discuss the contributions Hispanic-Americans have been making within the U.S. Army since the Revolutionary War.

Originally titled “Hispanic American Week,” the observance began in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson; it was expanded to 30 days and written in to law under President Ronald Reagan on August 17th, 1988.

Sgt. Jose Rivera assists Pvt. 1st Class Armando Luna, both automated logistical specialist with Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, with entering inventory data into a computer program. (Sgt. David Cox, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Sgt. Jose Rivera assists Pvt. 1st Class Armando Luna, both automated logistical specialist with Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, with entering inventory data into a computer program. (Sgt. David Cox, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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