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101st Airborne Division fields Army’s new Modular Handgun System, achieves milestone

 

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the first unit to receive the Army’s new Modular Handgun System, began fielding the M17 and M18 pistols, November 28th, 2017.

“This is another 101st first,” said Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) commander. “Our 75-year legacy is full of landmark moments like this.”

Poppas, along with Command Sgt. Maj. Todd W. Sims, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) senior enlisted leader, Brig. Gen. John W. Brennan, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) deputy commanding general for operations, Brig. Gen. K. Todd Royar, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) deputy commanding general for support and 25 Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, fired the M17 at the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) indoor range after receiving preliminary marksmanship instruction the day prior.

A Soldier with C Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) fires the new M17 or Modular Handgun System at the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) indoor range, November 28th. The 101st ABN DIV (AASLT), the word’s only air assault division, is the first unit in the Army to field the service’s new handgun. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

A Soldier with C Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) fires the new M17 or Modular Handgun System at the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) indoor range, November 28th. The 101st ABN DIV (AASLT), the word’s only air assault division, is the first unit in the Army to field the service’s new handgun. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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APSU honors distinguished individuals with alumni awards at Homecoming

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – During a special alumni awards ceremony on Saturday, October 21st, 2017, Austin Peay State University honored six distinguished individuals as part of its 2017 Homecoming celebration.

This year’s honorees were Outstanding Service Award recipients Joe Shakeenab (’04) and Dave Loos; Outstanding Young Alumnus Award recipients Trent Caffee (’11) and John Swigart (’00); and Outstanding Alumni Award recipients Steve Harmon (’83) and Mike Krause (’07).

APSU honored six individuals during a special alumni awards ceremony on October 21st.

APSU honored six individuals during a special alumni awards ceremony on October 21st.

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James Salome retiring, Joseph Kuchan takes command at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell garrison, which serves more than 26,000 Soldiers as well as more than 45,000 Family members, civilian employees and contractors, held a change of command ceremony at Wilson Theater Friday.

Colonel James “Rob” Salome, Fort Campbell’s garrison commander for the past two years, relinquished command to Col. Joseph Kuchan in a ceremony presided over by Brenda McCullough, director of Installation Management Command-Readiness.

Salome will retire after more than 23 years of Army service later in the year, while Kuchan is a familiar face at Fort Campbell, having most recently served as operations officer for the 101st Airborne Division.

Colonel James “Rob” Salome, Fort Campbell’s garrison commander for the past two years, addresses attendees at a retirement ceremony Friday held moments before he relinquished command of Fort Campbell to Col. Joseph Kuchan. Both Salome and Kuchan had served with the 101st Airborne Division before becoming garrison commander. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Colonel James “Rob” Salome, Fort Campbell’s garrison commander for the past two years, addresses attendees at a retirement ceremony Friday held moments before he relinquished command of Fort Campbell to Col. Joseph Kuchan. Both Salome and Kuchan had served with the 101st Airborne Division before becoming garrison commander. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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Fort Campbell Army Airfield to undergo needed repairs

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Campbell Army Airfield’s main runway will close for repairs April 10th and should reopen in late July or early August.

The $28 million project includes resurfacing the runway, repairing ramps, taxiways, adding lights to the secondary runway, and moving lights to make them easier to maintain on the main runways.

Terry Ennis, airfield manager for Campbell Army Airfield, said the repairs also will decrease the runway width by 50 feet to the industry standard of 150 feet in width. Its overall length will decrease from 11,822 feet to 10,500 feet. The excess portion of the runways will become paved overrun that serve as a safety measure to decrease damage to aircraft on takeoff and landings if something goes wrong.

Construction equipment with suction devices that can lift concrete slabs from taxiways at Campbell Army Airfield will speed repairs to CAAF and make them cheaper since it preserves the rock subbase. The repairs are part of a $28 million contract awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Construction equipment with suction devices that can lift concrete slabs from taxiways at Campbell Army Airfield will speed repairs to CAAF and make them cheaper since it preserves the rock subbase. The repairs are part of a $28 million contract awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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Fort Campbell Newcomers brief important first step: Soldiers, spouses can benefit from program introductions

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – When Soldiers arrive at Fort Campbell they begin their in-processing at the 1st Lt. J. Robert Kalsu Replacement Company and most spend their first Thursday attending a newcomers brief at the Family Resource Center.

Connie Silk, Army Community Service supervisor for Information and Referral and Relocation Readiness, said normally there are about 150 to 200 Soldiers who attend the weekly brief and if a Soldier is married their spouse also is invited to attend.

Fort Campbell’s orientation program normally starts about 8:30am and lasts until about 3:00pm. The purpose of the newcomers’ brief is to set out standards and expectations for Soldiers and to connect them and their Families to resources Fort Campbell offers, Silk said.

Chaplain (Col.) John Murphy, garrison chaplain, addresses Soldiers at the newcomers brief Feb. 16, 2017, at the Family Resource Center. During the brief Soldiers and their spouses learn about expectations and resources available to them at Fort Campbell. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Chaplain (Col.) John Murphy, garrison chaplain, addresses Soldiers at the newcomers brief Feb. 16, 2017, at the Family Resource Center. During the brief Soldiers and their spouses learn about expectations and resources available to them at Fort Campbell. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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Special Forces Brotherhood Motorcycle Club to hold Gold Star Memorial Concert May 19th, 2017

 

Special Forces Brotherhood Motorcycle ClubClarksville, TN – The Special Forces Brotherhood Motorcycle Club (SFBMC), a non-profit organization, comprised of active duty and retired Green Berets, hosts the Gold Star Memorial Concert to honor and raise funds for Special Forces Association, a charitable organization that support Gold Star Families.

This year’s concert features Confederate Railroad, Mary Shara (from the Voice), The Matt Poss Band and Odiss Kohn. The concert will be held at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center at Liberty Park. Doors will open at 3:30pm. Tickets in advance at $15.00 and $20.00 at the door.

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101st Airborne Division’s oldest Battalion prepares for Joint Readiness Training

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers and leaders with 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are packing their rucks, brushing up on battle drills and kissing their families goodbye before heading off to the swamps of Fort Polk, Louisiana, for a decisive action training environment rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center.

A decisive action training environment, better known as a DATE rotation, gives Soldiers a taste of a hybrid threat similar to the complexities of potential adversaries the nation could face in the 21st century.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prepare to be picked up by UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters before an air assault mission at Fort Knox, Ky., Dec. 9, 2015. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prepare to be picked up by UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters before an air assault mission at Fort Knox, Ky., Dec. 9, 2015. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

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101st Airborne Division welcomes new acting Senior Commander at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. William White
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers and leaders from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell gathered to welcome their new acting senior commander at an Honor Eagle ceremony Tuesday in the division headquarters building here.

Brig. Gen. Scott E. Brower, who is returning to Fort Campbell for his fourth assignment will take interim responsibility of Fort Campbell and its units from Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

“Over 90 percent of the division is going to remain here and we need a competent and reliable leader to sustain readiness and take care of our Soldiers and Family members while we’re deployed,” Volesky said during the ceremony. “And Scott is exactly the right officer to fill this critical role.”

Brig. Gen. Scott E. Brower, incoming acting senior commander for 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks to Fort Campbell Soldiers, families and community leaders during an Honor Eagle ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 5, 2016. Brower will step in for Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky during the division's deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Brig. Gen. Scott E. Brower, incoming acting senior commander for 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks to Fort Campbell Soldiers, families and community leaders during an Honor Eagle ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 5, 2016. Brower will step in for Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky during the division’s deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) holds 54th Reunion at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Jacob Mahaffey
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office

5th Special Forces

Fort Campbell, KY – Past and present Green Berets, unit members and family members of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), the Legion, rallied together on Fort Campbell for their 54th Reunion September 16th-19th.

Retired Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Mike Cunningham, President of the Chapter 38 of the Special Forces Association, said the annual reunions are very important to the 5th SFG (A). “The kind of training Special Forces does, the missions we have done, since the beginning of Special Forces, creates a unique bond,” he said.

Soldiers, Family and Veterans of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), listen to Dr. Stu Weber, an author and former Captain in the 5th SFG(A), during the 54th Reunion prayer breakfast at the Oasis Dining Facility on Sept. 16, 2015, at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Soldiers, Family and Veterans of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), listen to Dr. Stu Weber, an author and former Captain in the 5th SFG(A), during the 54th Reunion prayer breakfast at the Oasis Dining Facility on Sept. 16, 2015, at Fort Campbell, Ky.

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5th Special Forces holds Green Beret for a Day event at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Jacob Mahaffey
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) welcomed members from the Middle Tennessee and Southwestern Kentucky communities to participate in Green Beret for a Day on Saturday, August 22nd, on Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Green Beret for a Day was developed to encourage the building of relationships between the U.S. Army Special Operations Command community and civilians from the surrounding areas of Fort Campbell. The attendees were given a small taste of what it is like to be one of the Army’s most elite Soldiers, the Special Forces Green Beret.

Community leaders from Middle Tennessee and Southwestern Kentucky receive an orientation to a parachute rigging facility as part of the Green Beret for a Day on Aug. 22, 2015, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Sgt. Justin Moeller, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office)

Community leaders from Middle Tennessee and Southwestern Kentucky receive an orientation to a parachute rigging facility as part of the Green Beret for a Day on Aug. 22, 2015, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Sgt. Justin Moeller, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office)

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