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101st Airborne Division Engineer recognized for Volunteer Service

 

Written by Heather Huber
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – When he was nominated for the GEICO Military Service Award, Sgt. 1st Class Julio Mella, 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, was honored but did not think much about it.

“There were many, many people being nominated with me,” Mella said. “I wasn’t being pessimistic, just realistic.”

The GEICO Military Service Awards Program “spotlights the valuable and lasting contributions enlisted members of the armed forces make in three specific areas of endeavor,” according to the GEICO website.

Service members can be nominated for service in drug and alcohol abuse prevention, fire safety and fire prevention or traffic safety and accident prevention. Each year, one member from each branch of the service is selected to receive the award.

Sergeant 1st Class Julio Mella, 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division poses in front of a firetruck at the Oak Grove Fire Department. Mella has been volunteering as a firefighter and EMT with the department since 2008 and decided he wanted a picture in his full gear before he deployed in November 2016. (Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Sergeant 1st Class Julio Mella, 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division poses in front of a firetruck at the Oak Grove Fire Department. Mella has been volunteering as a firefighter and EMT with the department since 2008 and decided he wanted a picture in his full gear before he deployed in November 2016. (Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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Clarksville Civil War Roundtable’s next meeting is May 17th, 2017

 

Clarksville Civil War RoundtableClarksville, TN – The next meeting of the Clarksville (TN) Civil War Roundtable will be on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 at the Bone & Joint Center, 980 Professional Park Drive, right across the street from Tennova Heathcare. This is just off Dunlop Lane and Holiday Drive and only a few minutes east of Governor’s Square mall.

The meeting begins at 7:00 pm and is always open to the public. Members please bring a friend or two – new recruits are always welcomed.

Topic – “Forrest’s Railroad Raid of 1864”

Nathan Bedford Forrest

Nathan Bedford Forrest

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Tennessee Adjutant General Max Haston Receives Danish Medal

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – In a ceremony at the Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 27th, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Max Haston, received the Danish Home Guard Meritorious Service Medal.

The award was presented by the commander of the Danish Home Guard, Maj. Gen. Finn Winkler, for spearheading the groundwork for future training opportunities between the Tennessee National Guard and the Danish Home Guard.

Right, Maj. Gen. Max Haston, the Adjutant General of the Tennessee National Guard, received the Danish Home Guard Meritorious Service Medal from Danish Maj. Gen. Finn Winkler, commander of the Danish Home Guard, at a ceremony at the Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters on March 27th. (Army Staff Sgt. William Jones/TNNG/Released)

Right, Maj. Gen. Max Haston, the Adjutant General of the Tennessee National Guard, received the Danish Home Guard Meritorious Service Medal from Danish Maj. Gen. Finn Winkler, commander of the Danish Home Guard, at a ceremony at the Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters on March 27th. (Army Staff Sgt. William Jones/TNNG/Released)

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101st Airborne Division central to Nation’s Security says House Representative William Thornberry

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The congressional delegation that toured Fort Campbell on March 7th, 2017, held a brief press conference before returning to Washington D.C.

The delegation included House Representatives William “Mac” Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee; Diane Black, chairman of the House Budget Committee; Marsha Blackburn of the Tennessee 7th district which includes part of Fort Campbell, and chairman of the subcommittee on communications and technology.

Major Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, escorted the delegation as they met with Soldiers, toured facilities and saw firsthand how budget cuts in previous years had affected readiness across the installation.

Major Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, commander of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, answers questions during a press conference following a congressional delegation visit to post. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Major Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, commander of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, answers questions during a press conference following a congressional delegation visit to post. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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U.S. House Representatives visit Fort Campbell, Major General Andrew Poppas talks readiness

 

Written by Sgt. William White
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – A congressional delegation visited Fort Campbell Tuesday in an effort to better understand readiness challenges the Army is facing.

House Reps. William “Mac” Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Diane Black, chairwoman of the House Budget Committee and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and chairman of the subcommittee on communications and technology, visited some of Fort Campbell’s facilities in need of updates.

The delegation met with Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, who discussed with them the installation’s readiness challenges.

Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander, speaks to Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, Rep. William "Mac" Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and Rep. Diane Black, Chairman of the House Budget Committee about logistical and manning challenges in the brigade due to sequestration during a tour Mar. 7, 2017 at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander, speaks to Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, Rep. William “Mac” Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and Rep. Diane Black, Chairman of the House Budget Committee about logistical and manning challenges in the brigade due to sequestration during a tour Mar. 7, 2017 at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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TWRA announces 7th annual Daniel Greer Memorial Youth Waterfowl Hunt in Cheatham County set for February 11th

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is among the partners to host the Seventh Annual Daniel Greer Memorial Youth Waterfowl Hunt. The event will be held Saturday, February 11th 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.

7th annual Daniel Greer Memorial Yough Waterfowl Hunt to take place February 11th in Cheatham County.

7th annual Daniel Greer Memorial Yough Waterfowl Hunt to take place February 11th in Cheatham County.

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General Andrew Poppas takes command of 101st Airborne Division, Screaming Eagles bid farewell to General Gary Volesky

 

Written by Sgt. William White
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) has opened a new chapter in its rendezvous with destiny. Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the 45th commanding general of the 101st, placed the division in the hands of Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, the incoming division commander, during a change of command ceremony January 19th, 2017.

During the ceremony, Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, XVIII Airborne Corps commander, praised Volesky’s leadership during his command.

“Our Army couldn’t have chosen a better leader to command this division two and a half years ago than Gary Volesky,” Townsend said. “During his watch, elements of the 101st have deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Liberia and a whole list of other nations around the world in support of both combat and shaping operations for our nation.”

Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, the incoming division commander for the 101st Airborne Division, speaks to Fort Campbell community members, Families and 101st Airborne Division Soldiers during a change of command ceremony held at the division parade field, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Jan. 19, 2017. Poppas assumes a command position in the 101st for the second time, as he previously commanded the 1st Brigade Combat Team. (Sgt. William White)

Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, the incoming division commander for the 101st Airborne Division, speaks to Fort Campbell community members, Families and 101st Airborne Division Soldiers during a change of command ceremony held at the division parade field, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Jan. 19, 2017. Poppas assumes a command position in the 101st for the second time, as he previously commanded the 1st Brigade Combat Team. (Sgt. William White)

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101st Airborne Division “Rakkasan” nurse saves Afghan Soldier’s life

 

Written by Capt. Patrick Morgan
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Kandahar Province, Afghanistan – A 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division nurse deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel saved the life of an Afghan National Defense Security Force member Saturday.

Captain Christine Kampas, a medical adviser, saved the Afghan by conducting CPR on him after he went into respiratory failure while being transported from an Afghan medical facility to a NATO military medical facility at Kandahar Airfield.

Captain Christine Kampas, a nurse assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, deployed in support of Train, Advise and Assist Command - South, performed life-saving measures to resuscitate an Afghan Defense Security Forces member January 7th. Kampas is currently serving as a medical adviser to the Afghan National Defense Security Forces headquartered in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. (Captain Christine Kampas, 3rd Brigade Combat Team)

Captain Christine Kampas, a nurse assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, deployed in support of Train, Advise and Assist Command – South, performed life-saving measures to resuscitate an Afghan Defense Security Forces member January 7th. Kampas is currently serving as a medical adviser to the Afghan National Defense Security Forces headquartered in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. (Captain Christine Kampas, 3rd Brigade Combat Team)

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101st Airborne Division Soldier reflects on call to duty while on 9th Deployment during Global War on Terror

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Northern Iraq – Following the attacks of September 11th, then Pfc. Brian Bailey prepared for war along with the rest of the U.S Army. When he arrived to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, home of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), he was immediately called to duty.

“Who wants to deploy right now?” asked the Soldier who ran the replacement company. Bailey and one other man raised their hands and they were separated from the group. A few weeks later they were in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Bailey, the first sergeant of Company A, 1st Battalion 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), waits for Soldiers to arrive to a security patrol briefing, Dec. 7, 2016, in northern Iraq. This is Bailey's 9th deployment during the Global War on Terror, and he has spent over 7 years deployed. As part of Operation Inherent Resolve, he is part of a multi-national effort advising and assisting the Iraqi security forces. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Bailey, the first sergeant of Company A, 1st Battalion 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), waits for Soldiers to arrive to a security patrol briefing, Dec. 7, 2016, in northern Iraq. This is Bailey’s 9th deployment during the Global War on Terror, and he has spent over 7 years deployed. As part of Operation Inherent Resolve, he is part of a multi-national effort advising and assisting the Iraqi security forces. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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Tennessee National Guard’s 230th Signal Company heads to Kuwait

 

Written by Maj. Darrin Haas

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – More than 120 Soldiers from the National Guard’s 230th Signal Company, based in Nashville, left December 4th on the first leg of a one-year deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

The unit departed Houston Barracks, the Tennessee Military Department Headquarters, by bus and traveled to Nashville International Airport, where they boarded a plane headed to Fort Hood, Texas. The company will spend around one month at Fort Hood undergoing advanced pre-deployment training prior to departing for Kuwait.

Guardsmen from Nashville's 230th Signal Company pose for company photograph prior to boarding a bus to begin their journey to Fort Hood, Texas, for roughly one month of pre-deployment training. Following their training, the Soldiers will deploy to Kuwait for one year in support of Operation Spartan Shield. (Sgt. 1st Class Edgar Castro)

Guardsmen from Nashville’s 230th Signal Company pose for company photograph prior to boarding a bus to begin their journey to Fort Hood, Texas, for roughly one month of pre-deployment training. Following their training, the Soldiers will deploy to Kuwait for one year in support of Operation Spartan Shield. (Sgt. 1st Class Edgar Castro)

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