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Veteran Suicides on the rise in Tennessee

 

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and Tennessee Department of Veterans affairs join forces to prevent Veteran Suicides

Tennessee Department of Veterans AffairsNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Douglas Varney and Tennessee Department Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced the number of suicides by Veterans increased from 197 in 2012 to 214 in 2013.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month which is an initiative to raise awareness about the tragic trend and the resources available to offer support.

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584th Support Maintenance Company conducts sling load training at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from the 584th Support Maintenance Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, conducted Air Assault operations training September 3rd, at Fort Campbell, KY.

The unit worked with aviators from Company B, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., during the training.

Soldiers from the 584th Support Maintenance Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, prepare to sling load a water buffalo to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter Sept. 3 at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the 584th Support Maintenance Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, prepare to sling load a water buffalo to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter Sept. 3 at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion receives Army Superior Unit Award

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Warrior Transition Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky received the Army Superior Unit Award Friday, September 5th, 2014 for their support to over 18,000 warfighters deploying to and from combat operations in Afghanistan from October 1st, 2011 to September 30th, 2012.

An award that is not easily earned, Fort Campbell’s WTB was awarded the Superior Unit ribbon from the United States Army.

Col. George N. Appenzeller and Command Sgt. Major James Smith attach the Army Superior Unit Award ribbon on the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion colors Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. The Battalion earned this award for their actions in support of the combat operations in Afghanistan from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2012

Col. George N. Appenzeller and Command Sgt. Major James Smith attach the Army Superior Unit Award ribbon on the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion colors Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. The Battalion earned this award for their actions in support of the combat operations in Afghanistan from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2012

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101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) remembers 9/11 at Fort Campbell

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, family members and friends of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) gathered in front of the division headquarters September 11th, for a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of those who lost their lives in the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The ceremony was also held to pay tribute to those 101st Soldiers who lost their lives overseas in missions dedicated to hunting those responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

Brigadier General Mark R. Stammer, the division’s deputy commanding general for operations, spoke about the horrific events of that day.

Brigadier General Mark R. Stammer (center), the deputy commanding general for operations for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel A. Espinosa Jr. (right), the Fort Campbell garrison command sergeant major, observe a moment of silence after laying a wreath Sept. 11, 2014, to honor those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The division's honor guard would later fire a 21-gun salute and play Taps during the solemn ceremony. (Sam Shore)

Brigadier General Mark R. Stammer (center), the deputy commanding general for operations for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel A. Espinosa Jr. (right), the Fort Campbell garrison command sergeant major, observe a moment of silence after laying a wreath Sept. 11, 2014, to honor those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The division’s honor guard would later fire a 21-gun salute and play Taps during the solemn ceremony. (Sam Shore)

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Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund dedicates new $11 Million Intrepid Spirit Center at Fort Campbell

 

Center to treat Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Psychological Health conditions in America’s Wounded Military Service Members
Fort Campbell Center is the Third of Nine to be Completed Nationwide

Intrepid Fallen Heroes FundFort Campbell, KY – Since September 11th, 2001, psychological health conditions, including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), have become an epidemic among members of the American military, due to violent encounters with IEDs during deployments, combat related incidents and training activities.

On Monday, service members, and thousands of others who experience TBI or psychological health conditions have new hope, as the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) joined with military leaders to officially dedicate the new $11 million Intrepid Spirit Center set to provide crucial treatment of psychological injuries in returning service members at Fort Campbell, KY.

Staff Sgt. Todd Domorese, Maj. Gen. Richard W. Thomas, retired Gen. Richard Cody, Spc. Miguel Hernandez, Arnold Fisher, Dave Winters, Sgt. Maj. Robert Haemmerle, Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, Dr. Brett Logan, and retired Lt. Gen. Edgar Anderson help cut the ribbon at the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund dedication of the new Intrepid Spirit Center, on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 at Fort Campbell, KY. (Dean Dixon/AP Images for AP Images for Intrepid Fallen Heroes)

Staff Sgt. Todd Domorese, Maj. Gen. Richard W. Thomas, retired Gen. Richard Cody, Spc. Miguel Hernandez, Arnold Fisher, Dave Winters, Sgt. Maj. Robert Haemmerle, Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, Dr. Brett Logan, and retired Lt. Gen. Edgar Anderson help cut the ribbon at the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund dedication of the new Intrepid Spirit Center, on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 at Fort Campbell, KY. (Dean Dixon/AP Images for AP Images for Intrepid Fallen Heroes)

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Fort Campbell to dedicate new $11 million center to treat Traumatic Brain Injury on September 8th

 

Intrepid Spirit Center Will Treat Returning Service Members with Invisible Wounds of War

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Military leaders, including General Richard Cody, USA (Ret.), former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, and Major General Gary J. Volesky, Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell will join the leadership of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) for a dedication ceremony of the new $11 million Intrepid Spirit Center Monday, September 8th, 2014 from 11:00am to noon at Fort Campbell, KY.

The Intrepid Spirit staff began providing crucial treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and psychological health conditions to American military heroes stationed at or living near Fort Campbell in the center last month.

The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers at Fort Campbell (National Intrepid Center of Excellence) nears completion

The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers at Fort Campbell (National Intrepid Center of Excellence) nears completion

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APSU to have Inspirational Soccer coach and activist Luma Mufleh speak at Dunn Center, October 9th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – One afternoon in 2002, Luma Mufleh made a simple wrong turn that ended up changing her life and the lives of an entire refugee community outside of Atlanta.

She was on an unfamiliar street in the town of Clarkston, GA, looking to do a little grocery shopping, when she happened to spot a pickup soccer game in a parking lot. The young players, from war-torn countries like Sudan and Afghanistan, reminded Mufleh of her own childhood playing soccer in Jordan.

Luma Mufleh to speak at Austin Peay State University October 9th.

Luma Mufleh to speak at Austin Peay State University October 9th.

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Fort Campbell 2nd Brigade “Strike” officer Brigid Calhoun credits family, mentors and experiences for success

 

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

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Laghman Province, Afghanistan – Forty-three years ago, U.S. Congress designated August 26th as Women’s Equality Day to commemorate granting women the right to vote.

When put into historical military context, the roles women have filled in their service to their country have gone under measureable change in the 239 year history of the U.S. Army — when women would help nurse the wounded and sick during the Revolutionary War.

Now, women make up approximately 15 percent of the active-duty Army and represent 95 percent of its’ career fields.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Brigid Calhoun, an all-source intelligence analyst with Company B, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, prepares for a flight at Forward Operating Base Gamberi Aug. 18, 2014, Laghman province, Afghanistan. “I plan to serve as long as I am having fun and loving what I am doing,” said Calhoun. (Sgt. David Cox, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Brigid Calhoun, an all-source intelligence analyst with Company B, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, prepares for a flight at Forward Operating Base Gamberi Aug. 18, 2014, Laghman province, Afghanistan. “I plan to serve as long as I am having fun and loving what I am doing,” said Calhoun. (Sgt. David Cox, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) welcomes new Deputy Commanding General for Support at Fort Campbell August 8th

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell officially welcomed the new deputy commanding general for support at an Honor Eagle ceremony held August 8th, 2014 in front of the division headquarters building.

Colonel Frank W. Tate and his wife, Beverly, were received by Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the commanding general of the 101st, who was happy to have them join the Screaming Eagle team, he said during the ceremony.

Colonel Frank W. Tate, the new deputy commanding general for support for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, addresses the audience during a ceremony officially welcoming him to the 101st. Tate and his wife, Beverly, felt they were welcomed with open arms by the Screaming Eagle team and Fort Campbell community, he said. (U.S. Army Photo by Sam Shore)

Colonel Frank W. Tate, the new deputy commanding general for support for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, addresses the audience during a ceremony officially welcoming him to the 101st. Tate and his wife, Beverly, felt they were welcomed with open arms by the Screaming Eagle team and Fort Campbell community, he said. (U.S. Army Photo by Sam Shore)

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Campbell Stresses Relationships, Discusses Upcoming ISAF Tour

 

By David Vergun, Army News Service

U.S. ArmyWashington, DC – Building personal relationships — whether with lawmakers, with state governors or with political and military leaders of nations engaged in the war on terror — is just as important, sometimes even more so, as the ability to project force, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell said on August 1st.

Campbell spoke during a farewell media roundtable at the Pentagon. He departs for Afghanistan later this month as the next International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan commander.

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell makes a point during his farewell media roundtable at the Pentagon, Aug. 1, 2014. (David Vergun/U.S. Army)

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell makes a point during his farewell media roundtable at the Pentagon, Aug. 1, 2014. (David Vergun/U.S. Army)

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