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101st Airborne Division Soldiers involved in famous Vietnam photo interviewed for first time since image was taken 49 years ago

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – In April 1968, Associated Press photographer Art Greenspon took a photograph widely considered to be one of the most telling photos of the Vietnam War that is now titled “Help From Above.”

Embedded with the Soldiers of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, Greenspon caught the moment after an ambush where Soldiers from the company were moving casualties to a landing zone to be evacuated. Among other honors, the image inspired the poster for the Vietnam War Movie ‘Platoon’ and graces the covers books and front pages of newspapers.

A copy of “Help From Above”, which hangs in the headquarters of 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division(Air Assault). The photo was donated by Art Greenspon to the 101st when he was inducted as an honorary member of the 327th Infantry Regiment in 2014. Greenspon identified the names and positions of the Soldiers in the photo. Sgt. Maj Watson Baldwin stands with his hands raised signaling to a helicopter. Spc. 4 Dallas Brown lays on the ground grimacing in pain. Sgt. Tim Wintenburg, helmetless on the far right, glances back at the camera. (Original Photo by Art Greenspon, Associated Press, April, 1968. U.S Army Photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

A copy of “Help From Above”, which hangs in the headquarters of 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division(Air Assault). The photo was donated by Art Greenspon to the 101st when he was inducted as an honorary member of the 327th Infantry Regiment in 2014. Greenspon identified the names and positions of the Soldiers in the photo. Sgt. Maj Watson Baldwin stands with his hands raised signaling to a helicopter. Spc. 4 Dallas Brown lays on the ground grimacing in pain. Sgt. Tim Wintenburg, helmetless on the far right, glances back at the camera. (Original Photo by Art Greenspon, Associated Press, April, 1968. U.S Army Photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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101st Finance Management Support Unit rededicates memorial to fallen Soldiers

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Lessmeister
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – When a plane crashed in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, in 1985, killing eight crew members and 248 Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), it shook the entire Army, including the Finance Corps.

The Soldiers, who were returning home from a peace-keeping mission in the Sinai Peninsula as part of Multinational Force and Observers, were mainly from 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div.

Lt. Gen. Karen Dyson, the Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller), poses for a group picture, June 25, 2017, with veterans of the Fort Campbell finance team after the memorial rededication ceremony at the Defense Military Pay Office on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st SBDE Public Affairs)

Lt. Gen. Karen Dyson, the Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller), poses for a group picture, June 25, 2017, with veterans of the Fort Campbell finance team after the memorial rededication ceremony at the Defense Military Pay Office on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st SBDE Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Strike Force Supports XCTC at Fort McCoy

 

Written by Lt. Riley Foster
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort McCoy, WI – In the heat of June, Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prepare to rotate out to training sites as the opposition force to the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Illinois National Guard. If that weren’t enough, the Battalion will move directly from playing OPFOR to conducting squad live fires and crew gunnery to prepare for follow on training back home at Fort Campbell.

The Strike Force Battalion deployed to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, early in the month to support the eXportable Combat Training Capability, or XCTC.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. David Souliotis, platoon leader, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) center, briefs Capt. Nathan Goldsmith, commander, Company C, 2-502, during 2-502 IN's deployment to the Exportable Combat Training Capability at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Jun. 16, 2017. (1st Lt. Riley Foster)

U.S. Army 1st Lt. David Souliotis, platoon leader, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) center, briefs Capt. Nathan Goldsmith, commander, Company C, 2-502, during 2-502 IN’s deployment to the Exportable Combat Training Capability at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Jun. 16, 2017. (1st Lt. Riley Foster)

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Fort Campbell Soldiers train with National Guard during XCTC Exercise at Fort McCoy

 

Written by Scott Sturkol
Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office

88th Infantry Division, Fort McCoy WFort McCoy, WI – Hundreds of Soldiers at Fort McCoy for the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) Exercise completed gunnery training with vehicle-mounted weapons at Fort McCoy’s Range 26 as part of exercise operations.

The training includes Soldiers with the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and Joint Forces Headquarters-Illinois of the Illinois National Guard — the units coordinating the XCTC Exercise. XCTC is the Army National Guard’s program to provide participants with an experience similar to an Army combat training center at home station or a regional training center, such as Fort McCoy, according to the National Guard Bureau.

A Soldier with the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment of the Illinois National Guard who is at Fort McCoy for training in the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) Exercise prepares a weapon for gunnery training at Range 26 on June 9, 2017, at Fort McCoy, WI. (Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, WI)

A Soldier with the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment of the Illinois National Guard who is at Fort McCoy for training in the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) Exercise prepares a weapon for gunnery training at Range 26 on June 9, 2017, at Fort McCoy, WI. (Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, WI)

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Fort Campbell Soldiers support training effort for XCTC Exercise at Fort McCoy

 

Written by 1st Lt. Riley Foster
2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort McCoy, WI – In the heat of June, Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment (2nd, 502nd), 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division prepared to rotate out to training sites as the opposition force to the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) of the Illinois Army National Guard here.

If that weren’t enough, the battalion moved directly from playing as opposing forces to conducting squad live fires and crew gunnery to prepare for follow-on training back at Fort Campbell, KY.

Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of Fort Campbell, Ky., practice patrolling formations in a wooded area outside of Integrated Tactical Training Base Freedom on South Post during operations for the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) Exercise on June 9, 2017, at Fort McCoy, WI. (Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, WI)

Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of Fort Campbell, Ky., practice patrolling formations in a wooded area outside of Integrated Tactical Training Base Freedom on South Post during operations for the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) Exercise on June 9, 2017, at Fort McCoy, WI. (Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, WI)

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Angels of the Battlefield event honors Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Medic

 

Written by Laura Boyd
BACH Public Affairs

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – A Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Soldier was one of 13 medics honored at nearby Valor Hall Tuesday during the 7th Annual Armed Services YMCA Angels of the Battlefield event featuring decorated Army veteran, Noah Galloway, as keynote speaker.

Medics save lives on the battlefield and are often referred to as “Doc” by their peers. Sgt. 1st Class Robert Ernest Minor was no exception to this worthy title.

Minor was the team sergeant in charge of training and leading medics at Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan from May 2010 to May 2011.

Noah Galloway, a 101st Airborne Division veteran, speaks during the 7th annual Angels of the Battlefield at Valor Hall in Hopkinsville, Ky., Sept. 13, 2016. Galloway said his life was saved by combat medics in 2005 after his patrol was hit with an improvised explosive device. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Noah Galloway, a 101st Airborne Division veteran, speaks during the 7th annual Angels of the Battlefield at Valor Hall in Hopkinsville, Ky., Sept. 13, 2016. Galloway said his life was saved by combat medics in 2005 after his patrol was hit with an improvised explosive device. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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U.S. Department of Defense identifies 101st Airborne Division casualty

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The U.S. Department of Defense announces today the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

1st Lt. Jeffrey D. Cooper, of Mill Creek, Washington, died September 10th, in Kuwait, from a non-combat related incident. He was killed as a result of a vehicle rollover accident while traveling from Camp Buehring, Kuwait, to Ali Al Salem Airfield.

Cooper, 25, was an infantry officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

1st Lt. Jeffrey D. Cooper

1st Lt. Jeffrey D. Cooper

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101st Airborne Soldiers build elite Iraqi force with Ranger Training

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Camp Taji, Iraq – U.S. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), took charge of a ranger training program for qualified volunteers from Iraqi security forces at Camp Taji, Iraq, when they arrived in May.

The ranger training program, led by Company A, 1-502nd, is one of the multiple building partner capacity missions the around 1,800 member strong task force leads in Iraq.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brandon Blanton, center, a trainer with Company A, 1st Battalion 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, assists Iraqi army ranger students during a room clearing drill at Camp Taji, Iraq July 18, 2016. Students were first instructed as a whole by their leadership, then broken into small groups for practice. Camp Taji is one of four Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve build partner capacity locations dedicated to training Iraqi security forces. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brandon Blanton, center, a trainer with Company A, 1st Battalion 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, assists Iraqi army ranger students during a room clearing drill at Camp Taji, Iraq July 18, 2016. Students were first instructed as a whole by their leadership, then broken into small groups for practice. Camp Taji is one of four Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve build partner capacity locations dedicated to training Iraqi security forces. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

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101st Airborne Division Task Force Strike Soldiers and Aviation units refine sling load skills

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Taji, Iraq – Soldiers from Task Force Strike, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and pilots from Company B, 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Brigade refined their sling load skills at Camp Taji, Iraq, July 15th.

As the U.S. Army’s only Air Assault division, the 101st is trained and equipped to conduct operations to rapidly move around the battlefield.

A hook-up team, consisting of Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, attach an M1151 Humvee to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a sling load training exercise July 16 2016, in Taji, Iraq. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

A hook-up team, consisting of Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, attach an M1151 Humvee to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during a sling load training exercise July 16 2016, in Taji, Iraq. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” cases colors in preparation for deployment to Iraq

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Melendez
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – The ceremony marks the 4th time the storied brigade cased its’ colors in preparation for a deployment to Iraq; the 7th overall in support of the Global War on Terror.

Little remains known about Strike’s impending mission, however, their focal point will be advising and assisting Iraqi counterparts against insurgents.

The Strike brigade will join the Screaming Eagle’s headquarters, who deployed to the region a few short weeks ago. Units within Strike will be deployed throughout several locations in both Iraq and Kuwait.

Guidon bearers stand with the American flag and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division unit colors during a traditional colors of the casing ceremony at ‘Hangar 3’, Apr. 27, 2016. This the fourth time the unit cases its colors for a deployment to Iraq. (Spc. Andres Alegria, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault))

Guidon bearers stand with the American flag and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division unit colors during a traditional colors of the casing ceremony at ‘Hangar 3’, Apr. 27, 2016. This the fourth time the unit cases its colors for a deployment to Iraq. (Spc. Andres Alegria, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault))

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