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Vice Chief of the Army General John F. Campbell nominated as new ISAF commander

 

Written by Libby Howe
United States Army

U.S. ArmyWashington, D.C. – Vice Chief of Staff of the Army General John F. Campbell received a presidential nomination to serve as commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

“I am truly honored and humbled by the president’s nomination for me to serve as the next International Security Assistance Force commander,” Campbell said.

“If confirmed, I look forward to serving alongside our Afghan and coalition partners as we continue operations in Afghanistan. Until such time, I remain committed to my current responsibilities as the vice chief of staff of the Army,” he said.

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army General John F. Campbell received a presidential nomination to serve as NATO's International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan Commander. (U.S. Army)

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army General John F. Campbell received a presidential nomination to serve as NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan Commander. (U.S. Army)

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101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike”, TAAC-NE assists ANSF during Afghan Runoff Elections

 

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

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

Laghman Province, Afghanistan – In April, there were eight candidates vying to become Afghanistan’s next president; in June there were two. In as many months as there are candidates from the last election, the Afghans went to the voting booths to decide who will become their country’s next top official.

Leaders with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and the commander of Train Advise and Assist Command-Northeast assisted their counterparts with the Afghan National Security Forces as they executed their plans to ensure a safe and secure runoff election day process for voters June 14th, 2014, at the Operational Coordination Center- Regional, Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Laghman province, Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Travis Thompson (right), the deputy commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, listens to a peer while advising his counterpart with the 201st corps Afghan National Army at Forward Operating Base Gamberi in Laghman province, June 14, 2014. (Sgt. David Cox, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Travis Thompson (right), the deputy commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, listens to a peer while advising his counterpart with the 201st corps Afghan National Army at Forward Operating Base Gamberi in Laghman province, June 14, 2014. (Sgt. David Cox, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky assumes command of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division held a Change of Command Ceremony which saw Maj. Gen. James C. McConville relinquish command of the 101st Airborne Division to his replacement Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky. The ceremony and passing of the division colors was presided over by Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command.

The change of command ceremony is rooted in military history dating back to the 18th century during the reign of Frederick the Great of Prussia. At that time, organizational flags were developed with color arrangements and symbols unique to each particular unit. To this flag and its commander, the soldiers of the unit would dedicate their loyalty and trust. When a change of command takes place, the flag is taken from the outgoing commander and then passed to the individual assuming the command by their superior officer. This gesture is done in front of the unit so that all could see and witness their new leader assuming his dutiful position. He who holds the flag also holds the soldier’s allegiance. This symbolic tradition has survived throughout military history.

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (left), incoming commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), receives the division colors from Gen. Daniel B. Allyn (center), commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, during a change of command ceremony, June 20, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Larry Noller)

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (left), incoming commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), receives the division colors from Gen. Daniel B. Allyn (center), commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, during a change of command ceremony, June 20, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Larry Noller)

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101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Conducted Change of Command at Fort Campbell today

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Maj. Gen. James C. McConville relinquished command of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) to Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky during a change of command ceremony, June 20th, 2014, at the division parade field here.

The ceremony and passing of the division colors was presided over by Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command.

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (left), outgoing commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Gen. Daniel B. Allyn (center), commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, and Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (right), incoming commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), salute during the playing of the national anthem during a change of command ceremony, June 20, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Larry Noller)

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (left), outgoing commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Gen. Daniel B. Allyn (center), commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, and Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (right), incoming commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), salute during the playing of the national anthem during a change of command ceremony, June 20, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Larry Noller)

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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

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

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

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

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - Currahee

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

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - Currahee

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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