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Fort Campbell 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” hold transfer of authority ceremony

 

Written by Sgt. David Cox
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Laghman Province, Afghanistan – As one unit furls its colors as it completes their mission, another unit unfurls theirs to take its place.

Soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Train Advise and Assist Command Northeast, held a ceremony in recognition of the transfer of authority from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Task Force Patriot March 3rd, 2014 at Forward Operating Base Gamberi.

U.S. Army Col. Peter Benchoff, commander of Task Force Strike, and Command Sgt. Maj. Brendan Haywood, Task Force Strike's sergeant major, unfurl the unit colors during a transfer of authority ceremony March 3, 2014 at Forward Operating Base Gamberi. (Sgt. David Cox/U.S. Army)

U.S. Army Col. Peter Benchoff, commander of Task Force Strike, and Command Sgt. Maj. Brendan Haywood, Task Force Strike’s sergeant major, unfurl the unit colors during a transfer of authority ceremony March 3, 2014 at Forward Operating Base Gamberi. (Sgt. David Cox/U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell’s Strike Soldiers Win Where They Fight during Joint Readiness Training Center Rotation

 

Written by STRIKE Public Affairs Office

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team “STRIKE,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), recently completed the month long training event at the Joint Readiness Training Center Fort Polk, LA.

The training, which takes place in a historic Army training center, also once known during the Vietnam era as ‘Tiger Land,’ provides brigade combat teams the ability to put stress on all combat systems prior to deployment around the world.

Fort Campbell's 2nd Brigade Combat Team at the Joint Readiness Training Center Fort Polk, LA.

Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team at the Joint Readiness Training Center Fort Polk, LA.

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Fort Campbell Currahees transfer Forward Operating Base Salerno to Afghan National Army

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Khowst Province, Afghanistan – For the last time, U.S. Army soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th BCT, 101st Airborne Division, exited through the gates of Forward Operating Base Salerno, after transitioning the FOB to Afghan National Security Forces.

“For 10 years, America’s sons and daughters have been here,” said Col. Val C. Keaveny Jr., commander of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “Today, we bring an end to an era.”

Lt. Col. Scott W. Kirkpatrick, commander of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), addresses his soldiers on the last day of their control of Forward Operating Base Salerno, Khowst province, Afghanistan, October 31st. (Photo by Sgt. Justin Moeller)

Lt. Col. Scott W. Kirkpatrick, commander of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), addresses his soldiers on the last day of their control of Forward Operating Base Salerno, Khowst province, Afghanistan, October 31st. (Photo by Sgt. Justin Moeller)

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Kunduz, Fort Campbell’s 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion sees the end of an era

 

Written by Capt. Jerry Garner
Task Force Hannibal, Task Force Lifeliner

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Kunduz, Afghanistan – As coalition forces work feverishly to prepare for the 2014 withdrawal, soldiers from the 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion made one last retrograde run to Kunduz. This was to be the cumulative event moving hundreds of trucks full of military equipment, fuel and supplies in and out of the North in a massive effort to close this key military base.

Reminiscent of the initial days of the Kunduz Operating Base, all the chow halls, tents and unit headquarters were nowhere to be seen. Soldiers spent their last night asleep on the ground strategically circled around their trucks in an attempt to get enough rest for long-haul back to Camp Marmal in Mazar-i-Sharif.

Soldiers from the 1230th Transportation Company, a National Guard Unit out of Thomasville, GA, supporting the 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, made one last retrograde run to Forward Operating Base Kunduz, in October 2013, to pick up the last items to be retrograded prior to transferring the base to Afghan National Security Forces. (524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion)

Soldiers from the 1230th Transportation Company, a National Guard Unit out of Thomasville, GA, supporting the 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, made one last retrograde run to Forward Operating Base Kunduz, in October 2013, to pick up the last items to be retrograded prior to transferring the base to Afghan National Security Forces. (524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion)

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Fort Campbell’s Easy Company supports Afghan National Security Forces led Mission

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers with Easy Company, bright-eyed and actively prepping vehicles before the sun even crests the horizon, is a typical sight on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.

Since being in country, Easy has conducted numerous missions and has partnered with Afghan National Security Forces from an “over-the-shoulder assistance” position.

U.S. Army Sgt. Jesse L. Atkins, an infantryman with Easy Company, 2nd Battlion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), lies in the prone with his Mk-14 Enhanced Battle Rifle, scanning for potential threats, during a mission in the District of Saberi, Afghanistan, on August 21. (Sgt. Jusitn A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

U.S. Army Sgt. Jesse L. Atkins, an infantryman with Easy Company, 2nd Battlion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), lies in the prone with his Mk-14 Enhanced Battle Rifle, scanning for potential threats, during a mission in the District of Saberi, Afghanistan, on August 21. (Sgt. Jusitn A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell’s Eagle 6 Patriot’s Day message to the Clarksville Community

 

Written by Maj. Gen. James C. McConville
Commander, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command East, Afghanistan

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionAfghanistan – In Afghanistan, there is a steel beam from the towers of the World Trade Center in New York directly adjacent to the headquarters building of Regional Command – East (RC-East) and Combined Joint Task Force – 101 (CJTF-101). This beam, and the flags of our partner nations standing next to it like the flags in front of the United Nations buildings, is a reminder to every one of us why we are here.

We are here to ensure that our Nation and our global partners’ remain safe from the threat of terrorism and acts of violence by those in the world who would do us harm.

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Fort Campbell White Currahee provides Tactical Training for Afghan Uniformed Police

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers with India Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted tactical call out training for members of the Afghan Uniformed Police, August 14th and 15th, at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.

“We are teaching AUP members, from different districts around Khowst, good tactics and techniques for searching, clearing and detaining [suspect] individuals,” said 1st Lt. Steven A. Cummings, native of West Chester, PA, and platoon leader with India Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th BCT, 101st Airborne. He hopes that the training they are providing the AUP will help with the security in Khowst province.

Soldiers with India Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), show members of the Afghan Uniformed Police on how to pull security during a tactical training class Aug. 15, 2013 at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Soldiers with India Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), show members of the Afghan Uniformed Police on how to pull security during a tactical training class Aug. 15, 2013 at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell 1st Brigade Combat Team SFAAT 6 says Outpost Honaker-Miracle in ANA’s capable hands

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKunar Province, Afghanistan – “We appreciate the hard work that you have done here,” said Afghan National Army Maj. Rahman, the Kandak executive officer, with the aid of an interpreter.

Rahman and other ANA staff officers met with U.S. Army Soldiers from Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team 6, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, for breakfast at former Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, July 4th.

Afghan National Army soldiers sit in the shade at former Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, July 4, 2013. U.S. Army Soldiers with Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team 6, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, have been conducting level-two advisory missions at Honaker-Miracle to help the ANA stationed there take a more dominant role in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Afghan National Army soldiers sit in the shade at former Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, July 4, 2013. U.S. Army Soldiers with Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team 6, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, have been conducting level-two advisory missions at Honaker-Miracle to help the ANA stationed there take a more dominant role in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Margaret Taylor, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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A Message from Maj. Gen. James McConville, Commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFellow Screaming Eagles and Friends of the 101st:

Through the fall of the Taliban and the Bonn Conference in December 2001; endorsement of the Afghan Constitution in 2004; and two periods of national level elections between 2004 and 2009 the Government, Security Forces, and the people of Afghanistan developed, and continue to develop, as a democratic nation, absent the oppression of the Taliban Regime.

Reflecting on this evolution during our American Independence Day, I cannot help but wonder if there any similarities between the experience of the people of Afghanistan and us.

Happy Independence Day
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Jordanian Engagement Team imams share with Afghans

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionKhowst Province, Afghanistan – Imams with the Jordanian Armed Forces, Jordanian Engagement Team, met with village elders, mullahs and Afghan National Security Forces from Paktika and Khowst provinces June 11th.

The Jordanian imams, leaders or teachers of the Muslim religion, have been working on engagement teams since 2006 and spreading the Amman message, a calling for tolerance and unity in the Muslim world.

Capt. Imam Sabri Al Qudah with the Jordanian Engagement Team, based out of Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, talks to soldiers of the Afghan National Army’s 5th Kandak during a meeting June 11, 2013, in Khowst province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo Sgt. Justin Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Capt. Imam Sabri Al Qudah with the Jordanian Engagement Team, based out of Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, talks to soldiers of the Afghan National Army’s 5th Kandak during a meeting June 11, 2013, in Khowst province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo Sgt. Justin Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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