Topic: 626th Brigade Support Battalion
Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
Fort Campbell, KY – As a convoy of Humvees travels across the dusty plains, Sgt. Jarrod Stegall scans for potential threats. Suddenly his vehicle comes to a halt as a pickup truck comes out from behind a building. Recognizing it as an insurgent vehicle, the vehicle commander shouts to Stegall, “Enemy vehicle 400 meters!”
Receiving the command, he adjusts his traverse and elevation mechanism to the correct settings and engages the target. A few rounds later, the enemy vehicle is destroyed and he radios the vehicle commander to confirm the kill. Satisfied with the engagement the vehicle commander orders the convoy to keep moving.
Fort Campbell, KY – The sun may have been bright this morning, but it could not shine brighter than the pride of the 101st Airborne Division as 12,800 Soldiers stood together on the Division Parade Field to close out this year’s Week of the Eagles celebration.
The theme of the 2014 observance was “Remembering the 101st in Vietnam: Building on the legacy of courage and strength,” and gathered at the parade field were representatives of the division’s history looking upon the Soldiers that are the division’s present and future – building on that legacy created by the Veterans in attendance.
Written by Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
Fort Campbell, KY – The change of command and change of responsibility ceremony is a time honored tradition within the Army.
Leaders pass on their responsibility for taking care of and training Soldiers to new leadership after they serve their time within that position.
Leaders, both commissioned and noncommissioned, within 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasan,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), will not only pass their responsibilities over to new leaders, but also their knowledge, their strengths and the commitment of upholding the legacy of being a Rakkasan. «Read the rest of this article»
Written by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – As the Afghan National Army Soldier lay in the dentist’s chair, visibly uncomfortable and in pain, the ANA dentist started probing the partially decayed tooth that was in need of extraction.
Despite being in a country where very few medical and dental facilities can be found, the ANA Garrison Support Unit Troop Medical Clinic located at Camp Parsa, an ANA training base, is a level-two healthcare facility that treats nearly 300 patients a week.
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Within the early days of their deployment, a team of chaplain’s assistants came together with a plan: a mutual agreement making something beautiful for all to enjoy, helping make days here in Afghanistan brighter.
Within their offices at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, the team of assistants from various battalions within the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), decided to restore the chapel after it had been heavily damaged in an attack in the summer of 2012.
Written by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – “There is no rush like sling loading,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Joshua Keller, the day-shift Helicopter Landing Zone noncommissioned officer in charge.
Getting soldiers the supplies they need to sustain combat operations takes careful planning. Delivery methods vary given the type of items in need and the degree of danger taken to deliver them to their destination.
Written by Staff Sgt. David Reiley
Hopkinsville, KY – Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III was the guest speaker at the 626th Brigade Support Battalion, Rakkasan Logistics Ball last Friday at the James E. Bruce Convention Center.
The night was full of pomp and circumstance following the long traditions of a formal military ball. The colors were posted and “The Star Spangled Banner” played followed by a moment of silence for the missing and fallen.
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