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101st Airborne Soldiers train Ohio Guardsmen on Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – When Ohio National Guard Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment needed training on the Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System for their upcoming deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan, they turned to the active duty subject matter experts at 2nd Bn, 44th ADA Regt.

Assets from 2nd Bn. 44th ADA Regt., 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div. trained 46 Ohio National Guardsmen on the LPWS, here, September 7th-8th and September 13th-16th.

Clopton Myles, a field engineer with 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., conducts training on the Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System for Ohio National Guard Soldiers from 2nd Bn., 174th ADA Regt., Sept. 16, 2016 on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (2nd Lt. Christopher Quillin)

Clopton Myles, a field engineer with 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., conducts training on the Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System for Ohio National Guard Soldiers from 2nd Bn., 174th ADA Regt., Sept. 16, 2016 on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (2nd Lt. Christopher Quillin)

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U.S. Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning visits Soldiers in Iraq

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBaghdad, Iraq – The U.S. Army’s top civilian leader visited Soldiers deployed to Iraq as part of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve September 17th-18th, 2016.

Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning made stops in Baghdad, Erbil and other areas in northern Iraq during his tour, visiting with service members deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, a Coalition of regional and international nations, that have joined together to enable Iraqi security forces to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

While in Baghdad, Fanning met with Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, the CJTF-OIR commander, Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, CJFLCC-OIR commander, and other senior leaders to receive a ground-level view of operations in Iraq.

U.S. Army Capt. Thomas Izzo, fires support officer, Task Force Strike, Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, takes a selfie with Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning while a group of Strike Soldiers await their opportunity to snap a photo with Fanning at Camp Swift, Iraq, Sept. 18, 2016. This was the second day of Fanning’s tour through Iraq, where he visited Soldiers assigned to the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve to garner firsthand feedback from troops on the ground. (Sgt. 1st Class R.W. Lemmons)

U.S. Army Capt. Thomas Izzo, fires support officer, Task Force Strike, Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, takes a selfie with Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning while a group of Strike Soldiers await their opportunity to snap a photo with Fanning at Camp Swift, Iraq, Sept. 18, 2016. (Sgt. 1st Class R.W. Lemmons)

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Angels of the Battlefield event honors Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Medic

 

Written by Laura Boyd
BACH Public Affairs

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – A Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Soldier was one of 13 medics honored at nearby Valor Hall Tuesday during the 7th Annual Armed Services YMCA Angels of the Battlefield event featuring decorated Army veteran, Noah Galloway, as keynote speaker.

Medics save lives on the battlefield and are often referred to as “Doc” by their peers. Sgt. 1st Class Robert Ernest Minor was no exception to this worthy title.

Minor was the team sergeant in charge of training and leading medics at Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan from May 2010 to May 2011.

Noah Galloway, a 101st Airborne Division veteran, speaks during the 7th annual Angels of the Battlefield at Valor Hall in Hopkinsville, Ky., Sept. 13, 2016. Galloway said his life was saved by combat medics in 2005 after his patrol was hit with an improvised explosive device. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Noah Galloway, a 101st Airborne Division veteran, speaks during the 7th annual Angels of the Battlefield at Valor Hall in Hopkinsville, Ky., Sept. 13, 2016. Galloway said his life was saved by combat medics in 2005 after his patrol was hit with an improvised explosive device. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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Austin Peay State University to have former commander of Task Force Pale Horse, author Jimmy Blackmon speak on August 30th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – If a United States soldier flew on a helicopter during their time deployed as a part of the War in Afghanistan, there was a good chance it was flown by a member of Task Force Pale Horse.

The talented men and women of this elite force carried ground forces to the fight, removed the injured and flew countless missions with the intent of identifying – and often eliminating the enemy.

Retired Army Col. Jimmy Blackmon

Retired Army Col. Jimmy Blackmon

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2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division welcomes new Strike 7

 

Written by Maj. Ireka Sanders
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Erbil, Iraq – Command Sgt. Maj. John A. Brady, command sergeant major of the “Strike” brigade, relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Jason L. Wilson, who comes to Strike from the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana, where he played a role in preparing the Soldiers currently deployed to Iraq.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Brady, I have been told on multiple occasions that I have big shoes to fill succeeding you here as the brigade command sergeant major, and they are right,” said Wilson during the ceremony. “What you have been able to accomplish here has been nothing short of amazing.”

Col. Brett G. Sylvia, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), passes the unit’s colors to Command Sgt. Maj. John L. Wilson, incoming brigade command sergeant major, during a change of responsibility ceremony held July 23, in Erbil, Iraq. (Staff Sgt. Peter J. Berardi)

Col. Brett G. Sylvia, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), passes the unit’s colors to Command Sgt. Maj. John L. Wilson, incoming brigade command sergeant major, during a change of responsibility ceremony held July 23, in Erbil, Iraq. (Staff Sgt. Peter J. Berardi)

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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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