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Great niece of hospital’s namesake visits Fort Campbell’s Blanchfield Army Community Hospital

 

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – The great niece of Col. Florence Blanchfield, Vicki Blanchfield, visited Blanchfield Army Community Hospital in late April for the first time since its opening in September 1982.

Col. Telita Crosland, hospital commander, provided a tour for Blanchfield and her husband who were visiting Tennessee for a family reunion in Nashville. Traveling from their home in Orlando, FL, the two decided to extend their travel a day to visit the hospital and tour the facility.

Vicki Blanchfield, great niece of Col. Florence Blanchfield, toured Blanchfield Army Community Hospital.

Vicki Blanchfield, great niece of Col. Florence Blanchfield, toured Blanchfield Army Community Hospital.

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Fifth Annual Gamberi Memorial Run for fallen comrades was held at Fort Campbell

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from 101st Special Troops Battalion “Sustainers”, 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), united with Gold Star and surviving families and friends for the Fifth Annual Gamberi Memorial observance at Fort Campbell, KY, May 23rd.

The Gamberi Memorial observance is held every year to commemorate five “Sustainer” Soldiers who lost their lives during an insider attack at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Laghman Province, Afghanistan, April 16th, 2011.

Soldiers from 101st Special Troops Battalion “Sustainers”, 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a one-mile run accompanied by Gold Star and surviving family members in honor of the fallen Soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., May 23, 2016. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

Soldiers from 101st Special Troops Battalion “Sustainers”, 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a one-mile run accompanied by Gold Star and surviving family members in honor of the fallen Soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., May 23, 2016. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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Austin Peay awards Decorated Soldier Jose Ramoslopez the APSU ROTC CSM Darol Walker Award

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – The recipient of the 2016 Command Sgt. Maj. Darol Walker Award at Austin Peay State University is ROTC Cadet Jose Ramoslopez, a decorated career soldier.

Ramoslopez, born in Puerto Rico, will graduate May 6th from APSU with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree and a minor in military science.

The recipient of the 2016 Command Sgt. Maj. Darol Walker Award at Austin Peay State University is ROTC Cadet Jose Ramoslopez, a decorated career soldier. Ramoslopez (left) stands with Walker (center) and Jack Turner (right). (Taylor Slifko/APSU)

The recipient of the 2016 Command Sgt. Maj. Darol Walker Award at Austin Peay State University is ROTC Cadet Jose Ramoslopez, a decorated career soldier. Ramoslopez (left) stands with Walker (center) and Jack Turner (right). (Taylor Slifko/APSU)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” cases colors in preparation for deployment to Iraq

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Melendez
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – The ceremony marks the 4th time the storied brigade cased its’ colors in preparation for a deployment to Iraq; the 7th overall in support of the Global War on Terror.

Little remains known about Strike’s impending mission, however, their focal point will be advising and assisting Iraqi counterparts against insurgents.

The Strike brigade will join the Screaming Eagle’s headquarters, who deployed to the region a few short weeks ago. Units within Strike will be deployed throughout several locations in both Iraq and Kuwait.

Guidon bearers stand with the American flag and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division unit colors during a traditional colors of the casing ceremony at ‘Hangar 3’, Apr. 27, 2016. This the fourth time the unit cases its colors for a deployment to Iraq. (Spc. Andres Alegria, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault))

Guidon bearers stand with the American flag and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division unit colors during a traditional colors of the casing ceremony at ‘Hangar 3’, Apr. 27, 2016. This the fourth time the unit cases its colors for a deployment to Iraq. (Spc. Andres Alegria, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault))

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101st Airborne Division Soldier one of 70 female Sapper-qualified Solders in U.S. Army

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra Fown
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – On Fort Campbell, Kentucky, home of the 101st Airborne Division, it is not uncommon to witness Soldiers with tabs above the ‘airborne’ and Old Abe on their left shoulders. From Rangers to Special Forces, these tabs are indicators of those who have gone above and beyond and undergone sometimes gruesome conditions in order to earn these coveted adornments.

For engineers, the ever sought-after sapper tab is a testament to their troop leading procedures, small unit tactics, and mountaineering. A sapper is widely considered an elite combat engineer.

Capt. Erin A. Williams, chief of operations for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, poses for a photo at Fort Campbell, Ky., March 18, 2015. Williams is one of 70 females that are sapper-qualified in the U.S. Army. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) public affairs)

Capt. Erin A. Williams, chief of operations for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, poses for a photo at Fort Campbell, Ky., March 18, 2015. Williams is one of 70 females that are sapper-qualified in the U.S. Army. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) public affairs)

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Task Force Phoenix assists 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne” with field exercise at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion (Assault), 10th Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, flew from Fort Drum, New York, February 23rd, 2016, to assist 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in their brigade field exercise here at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

“Bastogne” is currently preparing for a rotation to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Over the last week, the brigade conducted a field exercise to test and validate several functions within the unit, including conducting a battalion level air assault, with the help of the Fort Drum Soldiers, Task Force Phoenix.

Crew chiefs with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion (Assault), 10th Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, wait for Soldiers to begin loading onto the UH-60 Black Hawk during the night air assault Feb. 28, 2016, on Fort Campbell, Ky. The “Voodoo” crew chiefs assisted 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during the battalion air assault, a mission conducted during the brigade’s field exercise. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Crew chiefs with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion (Assault), 10th Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, wait for Soldiers to begin loading onto the UH-60 Black Hawk during the night air assault Feb. 28, 2016, on Fort Campbell, Ky. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 52nd Ordnance Group gets New Command, Mission

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Angel D. Martinez
20th CBRNE Command

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Fort Campbell, KY – Col. Mark Faria accepted command of the 52nd Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) from Col. Marty L. Muchow during a change of command ceremony at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, February 18th.

The 52nd will be deploying in the next few weeks, and Faria’s main focus is on the success of this mission.

Col. Mark Faria accepted command of the 52d Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group from Col. Marty L. Muchow during a Change of Command ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 18. (Courtesy Photo)

Col. Mark Faria accepted command of the 52d Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group from Col. Marty L. Muchow during a Change of Command ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 18. (Courtesy Photo)

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Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Ethan Moss saves a Man’s Life

 

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office - MCSOClarksville, TN – A commendation has been awarded to Deputy Ethan Moss with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for saving a man’s life.

On February 4th, Deputy Moss responded to a 911 call in the 700 block of Merritt Lewis Lane. Upon arrival Moss found the homeowner unconscious and not breathing. He administered the automated external defibrillator (AED) and started CPR.

Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson gives Deputy Ethan Moss a commendation for saving a man's life.

Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson gives Deputy Ethan Moss a commendation for saving a man’s life.

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TWRA announces 6th annual Daniel Greer Memorial Youth Waterfowl Hunt to be held February 14th in Cheatham County

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is among the partners to host the Sixth Annual Daniel Greer Memorial Youth Waterfowl Hunt. The event will be held Saturday, February 13th at Cheatham Lake Wildlife Management Area.

The event is held in honor of U.S. Marine Corporal Daniel Greer who lost his life in August 2010 while serving in southern Afghanistan. He was an Ashland City firefighter and avid outdoorsman. «Read the rest of this article»

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Fort Campbell identifies Two 101st Airborne Division pilots killed in helicopter crash

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Two 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) pilots who were killed December 2nd as a result of a helicopter crash near Fort Campbell have been identified.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Alex Caraballoleon, 35, a native of Patillas, Puerto Rico, enlisted in the Army in 2003 as an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter mechanic. During his six years as an enlisted Soldier, Caraballoleon served in numerous assignments, achieving the rank of sergeant, before being selected to attend the Warrant Officer Candidate School in 2009.

Following commissioning as a warrant officer and completion of the Rotary Wing Aviators Course, he served as an Apache attack helicopter pilot with Company B, 1st Battalion, and 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell.

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