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President Obama Awards the Congressional Medal of Honor to 24 Army Veterans Who Were Victims of Discrimination

 

The White HouseWashington, DC – Yesterday afternoon, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Each veteran honored yesterday had already received the Distinguished Service Cross – the nation’s second-highest military award – but 19 of them were previously overlooked for the Medal of Honor due to their racial or ethnic backgrounds. Yesterday’s ceremony follows a 12-year Pentagon review, ordered by Congress, of past discrimination in the military. «Read the rest of this article»

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Clarksville Soldier Lawrence Woods to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery

 

Staff Sergeant Woods has been missing in action for 50 years

Tennessee Department of Veterans AffairsNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods of Clarksville, TN.

Woods was among eight service members killed in a plane crash on October 24th, 1964 and the first Tennessean to be declared missing in action (MIA) leading up to the Vietnam War.

Woods was a member of the 5th Special Forces Group based out of Fort Campbell.

Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods

Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods

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5th Special Forces Group “The Legion” holds Assumption of Responsibility Ceremony at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – The Soldiers of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), also known as “The Legion,” welcomed a new Command Sergeant Major during an Assumption of Responsibility Ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, March 7th.

Command Sgt. Maj. Lyle Marsh assumed responsibility as the 29th Command Sergeant Major of the Special Forces Group during the traditional passing of the sword. The passing of the sword signifies the relinquishing of responsibility and authority from the outgoing to the incoming Command Sergeant Major.

Colonel John Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) passes the traditional sword to Command Sgt. Maj. Lyle Marsh, signifying the passing of responsibility from the outgoing senior noncommissioned officer of The Legion to the incoming during an assumption of responsibility ceremony held at Fort Campbell, KY, March 7th, 2014 (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

Colonel John Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) passes the traditional sword to Command Sgt. Maj. Lyle Marsh, signifying the passing of responsibility from the outgoing senior noncommissioned officer of The Legion to the incoming during an assumption of responsibility ceremony held at Fort Campbell, KY, March 7th, 2014 (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

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5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) celebrates 52 years of service

 

Written by Maj. Brandon Bissell
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – Past and present members of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) family gathered together here last week for its annual Reunion Week festivities.

This year marked the unit’s 52nd anniversary of its activation, which originally took place September 21st, 1961, at Fort Bragg, NC. Although a time to celebrate, the “reunion” has become much more than just an annual gathering throughout the years.

The 5th SFG (A) has a storied history written by very quiet professionals, but more importantly they are a family that encompasses Veterans, past and present, families and friend of the Legion for generations past.

Col. John Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Mr. Steve Woods, son of Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, Mr. Frank Roe, and Col. Frederick Prins, deputy commander of the 5th SFG (A) join together for a picture at the Group’s 52nd Reunion Picnic 21 held on Gabriel Field on Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 21, 2013.  Approximately 49 years after Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, a Soldier with the 5th SFG (A) during the Vietnam War, was pronounced missing and presumed dead in Vietnam his remains were finally found just days before the Group’s Reunion in Cambodia.

Col. John Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Mr. Steve Woods, son of Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, Mr. Frank Roe, and Col. Frederick Prins, deputy commander of the 5th SFG (A) join together for a picture at the Group’s 52nd Reunion Picnic 21 held on Gabriel Field on Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 21, 2013. Approximately 49 years after Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, a Soldier with the 5th SFG (A) during the Vietnam War, was pronounced missing and presumed dead in Vietnam his remains were finally found just days before the Group’s Reunion in Cambodia.

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What a Special Forces ‘Legion Detachment’ is made of

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – A Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha is designed to be comprised of 12 highly trained Green Berets.

The team typically includes two of each specialty to include: weapons, engineering, medical, communications, and intelligence sergeants. The teams are led by a detachment commander, assistant detachment commander and a senior Special Forces team sergeant.

A Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha from 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) continues movement during a two-day competition that began on September 9. The Green Berets totaled more than 30 miles beneath their feet with a minimum of 50 pounds on their backs and completed various events designed to test their knowledge and abilities as a team. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Sonya Dame)

A Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha from 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) continues movement during a two-day competition that began on September 9. The Green Berets totaled more than 30 miles beneath their feet with a minimum of 50 pounds on their backs and completed various events designed to test their knowledge and abilities as a team. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Sonya Dame)

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Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion at Fort Campbell implements ARSOF 2022 Priorities into everyday mission

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Thaddius S. Dawkins II
United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command Public Affairs

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Soar - Night StalkersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – With ARSOF 2022 in full swing, Soldiers and instructors from the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion welcomed the first-ever conventional unit to the Allison Aquatics Training Facility (AATF) at Fort Campbell, KY, July 24th, 2013, to teach water survival techniques.

The training meets a key priority for Lt. Gen. Charles T. Cleveland’s, the United States Army Special Operations Commander, ARSOF 2022 vision to bridge critical seams of SOF-Conventional Forces relationships to effectively contribute to unified action in the 21st century by partnering with the Army to meet its training responsibilities.

Soldiers from the 511th Engineer Company, 326th Engineer Battalion (AASLT), 36th Engineer Brigade escape from a simulated CH-47 Chinook helicopter during Ground Forces Water Survival Egress training at the Allison Aquatics Training Facility, July 24, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Thaddius S. Dawkins II, United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command)

Soldiers from the 511th Engineer Company, 326th Engineer Battalion (AASLT), 36th Engineer Brigade escape from a simulated CH-47 Chinook helicopter during Ground Forces Water Survival Egress training at the Allison Aquatics Training Facility, July 24, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Thaddius S. Dawkins II, United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command)

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5th Special Forces Legionnaires at Fort Campbell welcome new group Commander

 

Written by Maj. Brandon Bissell
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

5th Special Forces based at Fort Campbell, KY

Fort Campbell, KY – The Soldiers of 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), also known as the Legion, welcomed a new commander July 12th.

Colonel Scott Brower relinquished command of the Legion to Col. John Brennan during a ceremony held here at Gabriel Field.

Brigadier Gen. Christopher Haas, commander of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), praised Brower for his leadership, high standards, and outstanding results.

Col. John Brennan accepts the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Colors from Brig. Gen. Christopher Haas, commander of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command, as he assumes command from Col. Scott Brower during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, July 12th, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Spec. Seth Plagenza)

Col. John Brennan accepts the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Colors from Brig. Gen. Christopher Haas, commander of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command, as he assumes command from Col. Scott Brower during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, July 12th, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Spec. Seth Plagenza)

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Fort Campbell 5th Special Forces Operations Complex Memorialized as Howard Hall

 

Written by Maj. Brandon Bissell
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

5th Special Forces based at Fort Campbell, KYFort Campbell, KY – Bob Howard grew up in Opelika, Alabama, in a house on a hill accessed by a single road. At the bottom of the hill living in two houses on either side of the road were two families, each with several boys that were both older and bigger than him.

Bob Howard was a smart boy. He knew the odds were not in his favor if he challenged the boys, so every day on his way home from school he would devise a different plan to get past the boys and up the hill to his home without getting into trouble.

Colonel Scott Brower, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), is joined by Mrs. Melissa Gentsch, daughter of retired Army Col. Robert Howard, following the dedication of the 5th SFG (A) headquarters building in honor of Col. Howard July 3rd, 2013, at Fort Campbell, KY. (Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

Colonel Scott Brower, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), is joined by Mrs. Melissa Gentsch, daughter of retired Army Col. Robert Howard, following the dedication of the 5th SFG (A) headquarters building in honor of Col. Howard July 3rd, 2013, at Fort Campbell, KY. (Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

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Montgomery County names Franklin Mir as new Veterans Service Organization Director

 

Montgomery County GovernmentMontgomery County, TN – The Montgomery County Mayor’s Office is pleased to announce that Franklin Mir has been selected as the new Veterans Service Organization director.

He has most recently served as a Human Resources Specialist for the Personnel Service Battalion, Fort Campbell, KY.

Mir holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sacred Heart and a master’s degree from Murray State University.

Franklin Mir named new Montgomery County Veterans Service Organization Director.

Franklin Mir named new Montgomery County Veterans Service Organization Director.

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Fort Campbell’s Importance to the U.S. Army shown by the Army’s Force Reduction and Reorganization Strategy

 

FFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Divisionort Campbell, KY – On Friday, Clarksville Online published the first of two pieces on a Thursday press conference with Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the acting commander of Fort Campbell, KY, while the 101st Airborne Division is deployed to Afghanistan about the Army’s Upcoming Force Reduction and Reorganization Strategy, and it’s effects on Fort Campbell.

The first article from the interview calmed community fears about the possibility of a mass loss of personnel at the Army post. In the second we will be discussing the level of importance assigned to Fort Campbell by the U.S. Army and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the acting commander of Fort Campbell, KY, while the 101st Airborne Division is deployed to Afghanistan

Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the acting commander of Fort Campbell, KY, while the 101st Airborne Division is deployed to Afghanistan

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