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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Memorializes Three Tennesseans who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice

 

Missing in Action Soldiers Among Those Remembered

Tennessee Department of Veterans AffairsNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston of the Tennessee Military Department to pay tribute to three Tennesseans who gave the ultimate sacrifice, including two service members previously missing in action for several decades.

Haslam presented surviving family members with the Honor and Remember Flag and an Iris which is the official state flower.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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APSU awards ROTC CSM Darol Walker Award to decorated soldier Kevin Doss

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – The recipient of the 2015 Command Sgt. Maj. Darol Walker Award at Austin Peay State University is ROTC Cadet Kevin Doss, a decorated career soldier.

Doss, born in San Antonio, Texas, graduated from Boerne High School in 2001 and attended the University of Texas from 2001-03. He will graduate May 8th from APSU with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Military Science.

Cadet Kevin Doss is awarded the 2015 CSM Darol Walker Award at a breakfast on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Austin Peay State University. (Beth Liggett, APSU)

Cadet Kevin Doss is awarded the 2015 CSM Darol Walker Award at a breakfast on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Austin Peay State University. (Beth Liggett, APSU)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 2-17 Cavalry Regiment retires OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter

 

Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Pilots from 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, flew an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter Wednesday to the Don F. Pratt Museum here where it will be permanently displayed.

The helicopter, tail number 95-0008, will be on display across the street from the museum, marking a long, storied history for 2-17 CAV.

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Bud Kenney, left, brigade maintenance officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, and Lt. Col. Jack Murphy, commander, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pose in front of an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter, before transferring it to the Don F. Pratt museum, Fort Campbell, Ky., April 22, 2015. (Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB Public Affairs)

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Bud Kenney, left, brigade maintenance officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, and Lt. Col. Jack Murphy, commander, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pose in front of an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter, before transferring it to the Don F. Pratt museum, Fort Campbell, Ky., April 22, 2015. (Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” holds activation cermony for 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion

 

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

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division held an activation ceremony for 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion April 16th at Freedom Fighters Physical Fitness Center Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The 39th BEB, first activated April 25th, 1942, at Camp Bowie, Texas, received various unit citations during the Vietnam War. It has been reactivated because the restructuring of BCTs laid out in the Department of the Army’s BCT 2020 initiative.

Lt. Col. Christopher D. Payant, center, commander of the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, passes the unit colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Vincent Silva, the senior noncommissioned officer of the 39th BEB, during an activation ceremony for the aforementioned battalion April 16, 2015, at Freedom Fighters Physical Fitness Center here. (Sgt. David Cox, 2BCT PAO)

Lt. Col. Christopher D. Payant, center, commander of the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, passes the unit colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Vincent Silva, the senior noncommissioned officer of the 39th BEB, during an activation ceremony for the aforementioned battalion April 16, 2015, at Freedom Fighters Physical Fitness Center here. (Sgt. David Cox, 2BCT PAO)

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Fort Campbell’s Blanchfield Army Community Hospital welcomes new top NCO

 

Written by David E. Gillespie
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) served as a fitting backdrop as Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas D. Sutphin assumed responsibility as the top noncommissioned officer in a ceremony on the parade field Thursday morning.

A familiar face to many in the Fort Campbell community, Sutphin previously served as first sergeant at the post’s Dental Activity nearly a decade ago.

Assuming responsibility in a ceremony Thursday, Blanchfield's top NCO, Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Sutphin, right, will serve as senior advisor to hospital commander Col. George N. Appenzeller, as well as directors and department chiefs. (U.S. Army photo by David E. Gillespie/RELEASED)

Assuming responsibility in a ceremony Thursday, Blanchfield’s top NCO, Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Sutphin, right, will serve as senior advisor to hospital commander Col. George N. Appenzeller, as well as directors and department chiefs. (U.S. Army photo by David E. Gillespie/RELEASED)

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101st Airborne Division Soldier killed in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

 

RakkasanFort Campbell, KY. The Home of the Screaming EaglesFort Campbell, KY – The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Resolute Support.

Spc. John M. Dawson, 22, of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, died April 8th in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was attacked by small arms fire while he was on an escort mission.

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Montgomery County Government announces John Clement to intern as Military Affairs Administrator

 

Montgomery County TennesseeMontgomery County, TN – The Montgomery County Mayor’s Office is pleased to announce Chief Warrant Officer 3 John Clement will be serving as the County’s Military Affairs Administrator through an internship program.

Chief Clement has flown numerous Air Assault and Medical Evacuation (Medevac) missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, served as a maintenance test pilot and most recently served as the Officer in Charge (OIC) for the Adaptive Reconditioning Program for Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 John Clement

Chief Warrant Officer 3 John Clement

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Fort Campbell Workshop uses Filmmaking as healing process for Veterans

 

Written by David E. Gillespie
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – Lacking only the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s red carpet, Veteran filmmakers were stars in their own rights as a four-day “I Was There” Film Workshop culminated in a packed-house screening event at Cole Park Commons Thursday.

With a unique approach to treating the psychological damages of war, the free workshop encouraged Soldiers to share their experiences through mentored filmmaking classes at Fort Campbell’s Warrior Transition Battalion.

Pfc. Robert Blackmore, B Co., Warrior Transition Battalion, films a scene for the short film "Come Back," as Yessica Curiel Montoya reacts to news from a doctor played by Spc. John Russino, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. The film is a collaborative project created during an I Was There film workshop at Fort Campbell. (David E. Gillespie)

Pfc. Robert Blackmore, B Co., Warrior Transition Battalion, films a scene for the short film “Come Back,” as Yessica Curiel Montoya reacts to news from a doctor played by Spc. John Russino, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. The film is a collaborative project created during an I Was There film workshop at Fort Campbell. (David E. Gillespie)

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Train Advise Assist Command – East welcomes 101st Airborne Division “Rakkasans”, says goodbye to 3rd Cavalry Regiment “Brave Rifles”

 

Written by Capt. Jarrod Morris
TAAC-E Public Affairs

Train Advise Assist Command - EastLaghman Province, Afghanistan – Train, Advise, Assist Command – East held a casing and uncasing ceremony for the outgoing 3rd Cavalry Regiment “Brave Rifles” and incoming 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Tactical Base Gamberi February 15th, 2015.

Col. Cameron Cantlon, the 3rd CR commander, and Senior Enlisted Leader Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Heinze carefully folded and cased the regimental colors, a symbolic representation of a mission completion for the Brave Rifles.

The 3rd Cavalry Regiment commander Col. Cameron Cantlon (left) and 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Commander Col. J.B. Vowell pose for a photo following the casing and uncasing ceremony held at Tactical Base Gamberi Feb. 15, 2015. (Capt. Jarrod Morris, TAAC-E Public Affairs)

The 3rd Cavalry Regiment commander Col. Cameron Cantlon (left) and 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Commander Col. J.B. Vowell pose for a photo following the casing and uncasing ceremony held at Tactical Base Gamberi Feb. 15, 2015. (Capt. Jarrod Morris, TAAC-E Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans” uncase colors in Afghanistan

 

Written by Capt. Charles Emmons
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Laghman Province, Afghanistan – The 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division, uncased their colors recently during a ceremony at Tactical Base Gamberi, recognizing their new role within Train Advise Assist Command-East February 15th, 2015.

As the Rakkasans unfurled their colors, the Soldiers of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment “Brave Rifles,” cased their colors in advance of the unit’s return to Fort Hood after a nine month deployment conducting various missions throughout eastern Afghanistan.

Col. J.B. Vowell (right) and Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Tagalicud (left), the command team for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division, unfurl the unit colors during an uncasing ceremony Feb. 15, 2015, in Laghman Province, Afghanistan. The ceremony marked the brigade’s fourth deployment to Afghanistan, now serving as combat advises to Afghan National Security Forces under Train Advise Assist Command-East. (Capt. Charlie Emmons, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

Col. J.B. Vowell (right) and Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Tagalicud (left), the command team for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division, unfurl the unit colors during an uncasing ceremony Feb. 15, 2015, in Laghman Province, Afghanistan. The ceremony marked the brigade’s fourth deployment to Afghanistan, now serving as combat advises to Afghan National Security Forces under Train Advise Assist Command-East. (Capt. Charlie Emmons, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

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