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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team holds Change of Command

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 2nd Brigade Combat Teamheld a change of command ceremony On Monday July 22nd, to honor the outgoing battalion commander, Col. Daniel R. Walrath, and to recognize the incoming Commander Col. Pete Benchoff before the entire Brigade.

Colonel Benchoff has had several previous assignments at Fort Campbell including a stint in 2009 as the commander of the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, and as the Assistant Chief of Staff for 101st Airborne Division.

Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the acting commander of Fort Campbell, KY, while the 101st Airborne Division is deployed to Afghanistan passes command of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team from Col. Walrath to their new Commander Col. Pete Benchoff

Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the acting commander of Fort Campbell, KY, while the 101st Airborne Division is deployed to Afghanistan passes command of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team from Col. Walrath to their new Commander Col. Pete Benchoff

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team honors outgoing Commander Col. Daniel R. Walrath, and his wife Christine

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Col. Daniel R. Walrath, the outgoing commander of the 2nd brigade combat team; and his wife Christine were recognized a short ceremony for their leadership of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). They were credited with improving the quality of life for the soldiers and families in a ceremony that took place shortly before the 2nd Brigade Combat Team’s Change of Command Ceremony ceremony on Monday, July 22nd at the division parade field on Fort Campbell.

During the ceremony Col. Walrath was awarded the Legion of Merit, and the Distinguished Member of the Regiment Pin for the 502nd Infantry Regiment by Brig. Gen. Mark R. Stammer, the acting commander of Fort Campbell, KY, while the 101st Airborne Division is deployed to Afghanistan.

Brig. Gen. Mark R. Stammer pins the Distinguished Member of the Regiment pin on Col. Daniel R. Walrath as Col. Walrath's wife Christine looks on.

Brig. Gen. Mark R. Stammer pins the Distinguished Member of the Regiment pin on Col. Daniel R. Walrath as Col. Walrath’s wife Christine looks on.

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Fort Campbell, 101st Airborne Division Names Non-Commissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year

 

Written by Sgt. David Hodge
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Leaders of Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) gathered to recognize two Soldiers as winners of the 2013 Non-Commissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year competition, Monday, June 3rd, at McAuliffe Hall.

Sgt. Jose L. Orozco and Spc. Jonathan D. Gragert appeared calm and collected as they stood at attention; representing both the 101st Airborne Division, and “the future of the U.S. Army,” according to Command Sgt. Major Mark F. Herndon, rear detachment command sergeant major.

Sgt. Jose L. Orozco (left), and Spc. Jonathan D. Gragert were named Non-Commissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year during a ceremony, June 3, at Fort Campbell, KY, and their pictures hang in the atrium of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) headquarters building. (Sgt. David Hodge, 101st Airborne Division)

Sgt. Jose L. Orozco (left), and Spc. Jonathan D. Gragert were named Non-Commissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year during a ceremony, June 3, at Fort Campbell, KY, and their pictures hang in the atrium of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) headquarters building. (Sgt. David Hodge, 101st Airborne Division)

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Fort Campbell episode of History Channel’s “Top Gear” airs February 5th

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

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

Fort Campbell, KY – Top Gear, an American motoring television series on the History Channel, is scheduled to air their second episode of its third season, February 5th, which was filmed inside the gates of Fort Campbell, KY during this past fall.

The week long production combined Hollywood magic with the military might of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), as the Screaming Eagle Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team and 159th Combat Aviation Brigade became part of the show’s cast.

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, Ky., shares a laugh with Tanner Foust, stunt driver and the host of Top Gear, during a break in shooting while filming an episode for the History Channel show at a Fort Campbell training area, Sept. 26. Foust challenged being captured by the 101st and its assets during a "cat and mouse" chase scenario and was impressed with the skills of the 101st units and their top gear.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, Ky., shares a laugh with Tanner Foust, stunt driver and the host of Top Gear, during a break in shooting while filming an episode for the History Channel show at a Fort Campbell training area, Sept. 26. Foust challenged being captured by the 101st and its assets during a “cat and mouse” chase scenario and was impressed with the skills of the 101st units and their top gear. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team Strike Force Book of Valor

 

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2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY - Fort Campbell Strike’s 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), battled Taliban in their birthplace during their deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 10-11.

Here are some of their stories.

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Civil War Battle at Fort Donelson teaches principles of Leadership to Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” leaders

 

Written by Sgt. Charlene Moler
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionDover, TN – There are very few things that remain constant throughout the evolution of combat and the military.  Officers and senior enlisted from 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), participated in a staff ride to the Fort Donelson Battlefield September 28th to learn the principles of leadership during the Civil War still hold true today.

The concept of a staff ride is to learn from historical battles by understanding what happened, the reason for the outcome of the battle and how those lessons can be applied in present conflicts.

Officers and senior enlisted with 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gather around a cannon used during the civil war by the confederates defending Fort Donelson, September 28th. The cannons were used with other defense techniques to keep the encroaching Union soldiers at bay.

Officers and senior enlisted with 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gather around a cannon used during the civil war by the confederates defending Fort Donelson, September 28th. The cannons were used with other defense techniques to keep the encroaching Union soldiers at bay.

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2nd Brigade, Strike wins Week of the Eagles Softball Tournament

 

Written by Sgt. Jon Heinrich
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell's Week of the Eagles

Fort Campbell, KY – Rain and lightning may have canceled all the softball games Monday, but it did little to dampen the spirits of the players.

Competitors showed up to muddy fields Tuesday morning ready to play in the Week of the Eagles 2012 Softball Tournament at North Sports complex here.

Thirteen teams representing the various brigades, division, medical, chemical and military police played strongly, but in the end 2nd Brigade Combat Team came out the winner of the tournament against 4th Brigade Combat Team.

First Sgt. Frederick Jones, first sergeant for Company C, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, hits the ball during a game against 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. Aug. 15 at North Sports Complex here. The softball game was the Championship Match for the Week of the Eagles 2012 Softball Tournament and was won by 2nd BCT. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich)

First Sgt. Frederick Jones, first sergeant for Company C, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, hits the ball during a game against 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. Aug. 15 at North Sports Complex here. The softball game was the Championship Match for the Week of the Eagles 2012 Softball Tournament and was won by 2nd BCT. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich)

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Week of the Eagles Basketball Tournament sees 5th Special Forces Group edge out Strike for Gold

 

Written by Spc. Paul Russ
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell's Week of the Eagles

Fort Campbell, KY – Basketball is just one of the 14-events that took place during the Week of the Eagles, 2012. The Strike team, made up of Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), has provided much excitement during the basketball tournament.

This inter-division 3-day competition, held at Fort Campbell’s Lozada gym began August 13th. The Strike team gave fans that came out to support more than their money’s worth.

The first game for the Strike Team seemed like an easy one. It started with tough defense, which was the focal point for the team during the competition.

Soldiers from 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), shake hands prior to the tip off on August 13. The basketball game was held at Lozada Gym as part of Week of the Eagles. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Paul Russ, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st ABN. DIV.)

Soldiers from 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), shake hands prior to the tip off on August 13. The basketball game was held at Lozada Gym as part of Week of the Eagles. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Paul Russ, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st ABN. DIV.)

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Strike’s Team “Lat Attack” plays hard during 2012 Week of the Eagles Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

 

Written by Specialist Bart Wigal
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell's Week of the Eagles

Fort Campbell, KY – This year, for the first time in the Screaming Eagle’s history, the game of Ultimate Frisbee is a part of the Week of the Eagles competition.  The Week of the Eagles is celebrated each year to honor the activation of the 101st Airborne Division in 1942.  This year is the division’s 70th anniversary.

Many ask, what is Ultimate Frisbee and the answer is quite long. The game of Ultimate Frisbee is like soccer mixed with football, mixed with hockey. It’s played with a seven-person team, on a 100-yard field with two 10-yard end zones. There is a “throw-off” down the field, after which the offense begins passing the disk.

A soldier from team “Lat Attack” 2nd Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) gets some air going for the Frisbee, Tuesday August 14, during the 2012 “Week of the Eagles.”  This is the first time Ultimate Frisbee has been played. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Bart Wigal, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st ABN. Div.)

A soldier from team “Lat Attack” 2nd Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) gets some air going for the Frisbee, Tuesday August 14, during the 2012 “Week of the Eagles.” This is the first time Ultimate Frisbee has been played. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Bart Wigal, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st ABN. Div.)

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2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” wins 2012 Week of the Eagles Dodge Ball Tournament

 

Written by Specialist Jared Houke

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell's Week of the Eagles

Fort Campbell, KY – The Week of the Eagles has been a Fort Campbell tradition for over 70 years. This tradition brings not only Soldiers, but also their family members and Veterans of the Screaming Eagle family as well.

The events started in 1970’s  to build the cohesion of Soldiers. Over that span, the events have evolved not just for Soldier participation, but also former Screaming Eagles and family members alike. The week is a highlight for some.

Fort Campbell- Strike’s dodge ball team made of Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses with Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith, command sergeant major of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, after winning the Week of the Eagles 2012 Dodge Ball tournament at Fort Campbell, Aug 15. The Dodge ball tournament is a new event for Fort Campbell’s Week of the Eagles, which is held to build cohesion within the brigade teams throughout the division. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Jared Houke, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st ABN. DIV)

Fort Campbell- Strike’s dodge ball team made of Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses with Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith, command sergeant major of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, after winning the Week of the Eagles 2012 Dodge Ball tournament at Fort Campbell, Aug 15. The Dodge ball tournament is a new event for Fort Campbell’s Week of the Eagles, which is held to build cohesion within the brigade teams throughout the division. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Jared Houke, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st ABN. DIV)

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