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5th Special Forces Group (A)’s 3rd Battalion holds change of command ceremony at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), welcomed their new commander July 1st, 2014.

During a ceremony held at Gabriel Field, Lt. Col. Lewis J. Powers relinquished command of the 3rd Bn., 5th SFG (A), to Lt. Col. Brent W. Lindeman.

“Under the command of Lt. Col. Powers, 3rd Battalion has successfully executed hundreds of missions of critical importance across the entire Middle East,” said Col. John W. Brennan, commander of the 5th SFG (A). “From combat operations in remote locations of Afghanistan, to critical advise and assist missions in Iraq, and other locations throughout the Central Command’s area of responsibility—3rd Battalion has always risen to the challenges before them and emerged victorious.”

Col. John W. Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), passes the colors to Lt. Col. Brent W. Lindeman, the incoming commander of 3rd Battalion, 5th SFG(A), during a change of command ceremony, July 1, 2014, held at Gabriel Field. (Pfc. Robert Vanegas)

Col. John W. Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), passes the colors to Lt. Col. Brent W. Lindeman, the incoming commander of 3rd Battalion, 5th SFG(A), during a change of command ceremony, July 1, 2014, held at Gabriel Field. (Pfc. Robert Vanegas)

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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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Army Secretary Honors Fallen at Arlington Commemoration

 

By Amaani Lyle, American Forces Press Service

U.S. ArmyWashington , DC – Army Secretary John M. McHugh praised the fallen from the nation’s wars during a commemoration of Arlington National Cemetery’s 150th anniversary in the cemetery’s amphitheater.

McHugh conveyed gratitude and historical context during the event, “Arlington at 150,” which featured a musical performance by “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band as well as participation from the U.S. Army “Old Guard” 3rd Infantry Regiment and historical vignettes depicting how conflicts have molded the nation.

The Secretary of the Army John McHugh addresses the audience during the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., June 15, 2014. (Spc. Michael Mulderick/U.S. Army)

The Secretary of the Army John McHugh addresses the audience during the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., June 15, 2014. (Spc. Michael Mulderick/U.S. Army)

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Two 5th Special Forces Soldiers based at Fort Campbell killed in Afghanistan

 

United States Department of Defense - DoDWashington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Defense announced the death of five soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

They died June 9th, in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered while engaged in a combat operation.

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Father’s footprint

 

159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

159th Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionAfghanistan – Do you recall his brawny arms effortlessly lifting you off your itty bitty feet, from the soft earth, to what you thought were clouds when you were a toddler?

Or maybe, you remember hearing his voice, as he firmly, yet lovingly, gave you advice sometimes repeatedly, during your teenage years.

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Fort Campbell’s Task Force Thunder’s motto “Finish the fight”

 

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159th Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionAfghanistan – “Finish the Fight!” This is the motto of the combative instructors from Task Force Thunder.

These simple, yet absolutely appropriate words of advice convey the mission of all U.S. Soldiers, and particularly, the mission of his enthusiastic trainees. Spc. Samuel Lam and Sgt. Jose Mercado, both with TF Thunder, are Level III Certified Basic Combatives Course Instructors.

Pfc. Chelsea Kasper conducts a clench drill against Staff Sgt. Marshall Cote during level one Combatives training. Clench drills are used to train Soldiers to close the gap between them and their opponent and limit mobility. (Courtesy Photo)

Pfc. Chelsea Kasper conducts a clench drill against Staff Sgt. Marshall Cote during level one Combatives training. Clench drills are used to train Soldiers to close the gap between them and their opponent and limit mobility. (Courtesy Photo)

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101st Sustainment Brigade holds Change of Command at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario
101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

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

Fort Campbell, KY – Col. Charles R. Hamilton relinquished command of the 101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), to Col. Kimberly J. Daub during a change of command ceremony, June 10th, 2014.

The passing of the Lifeliner colors was facilitated by the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) commander, Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, on the historic 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) parade field.

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (right), commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), passes the unit colors to Col. Kimberly J. Daub (left), incoming commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade "Lifeliners," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during a change of command ceremony June 10, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (right), commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), passes the unit colors to Col. Kimberly J. Daub (left), incoming commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during a change of command ceremony June 10, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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