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101st Sustainment Brigade Finance Soldiers bring cash to troops, boost morale in Liberia

 

Written by Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods
27th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – Cashiers from the 101st Financial Management Support Unit, Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, have been traveling to various camps throughout Liberia to give service members the opportunity to withdraw cash from their paychecks.

Remote locations combined with a lack of established commercial infrastructure has resulted in the need to provide troops deployed to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance a way to access their money.

Spc. Jon Heien, right, cashier, 101st Financial Management Support Unit, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, dispenses cash to Pfc. Vashawn Robinson, military policeman, 194th Military Police Company, JFC– UA, at the Barclay Training Center, Dec. 15, 2014. Troops deployed to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance depend entirely on the finance unit to bring them cash in order to purchase goods. (Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

Spc. Jon Heien, right, cashier, 101st Financial Management Support Unit, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, dispenses cash to Pfc. Vashawn Robinson, military policeman, 194th Military Police Company, JFC– UA, at the Barclay Training Center, Dec. 15, 2014. Troops deployed to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance depend entirely on the finance unit to bring them cash in order to purchase goods. (Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Behavioral Health helps Soldiers better manage stress in fight against Ebola

 

Written by Capt. Eric Hudson
7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandPaynesville, Liberia – It’s a common story for many deployed Soldiers. The stress from their deployment causes problems with their marriages and other relationships, which distracts them from their job as a Soldier. Helping Soldiers deal with that stress is where the Behavioral Health Team can play a vital role.

“We look at the stress levels of the force and help mitigate any symptoms that may be keeping them ineffective, ” said Maj. Alexander Ragan, Behavioral Health Officer for the 36th Engineer Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas.

Maj. Alexander Ragan, Behavior Health Officer for the 36th Engineer Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas speaks to a group of Soldiers about the importance of monitoring your overall health during the deployment to Liberia. Operation United Assistance is a Department of Defense operation in Liberia to provide logistics, training and engineering support to U.S. Agency for International Development-led efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa. (Capt. Eric Hudson/U.S. Army)

Maj. Alexander Ragan, Behavior Health Officer for the 36th Engineer Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas speaks to a group of Soldiers about the importance of monitoring your overall health during the deployment to Liberia. Operation United Assistance is a Department of Defense operation in Liberia to provide logistics, training and engineering support to U.S. Agency for International Development-led efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa. (Capt. Eric Hudson/U.S. Army)

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Sending Love to Soldiers deployed in support of Operation United Assistance

 

Written by Spc. Caitlyn Byrne
27th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – With a metallic groan, the doors to a twenty-foot shipping container opened to reveal a cavernous space that, come every mail day, is filled with rows upon rows of brown and white boxes – care packages for deployed Soldiers.

Away from friends, family and most everything that they are familiar with, Soldiers deployed and stationed at the Barclay Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia, in support of Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, look forward to almost anything that can give them a taste of home. Often times that taste of home comes in the mail.

Pfc. Eric Mohr, right, a native of Clarksville, Tenn., and wheeled vehicle mechanic for the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, smiles as he receives two packages from home while deployed to the Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 10, 2014. Each week HHB Soldiers travel to the Roberts International Airport outside Monrovia to retrieve an average of 2,000 pounds of mail for their fellow Soldiers stationed in Liberia. (Spc. Caitlyn Byrne, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

Pfc. Eric Mohr, right, a native of Clarksville, Tenn., and wheeled vehicle mechanic for the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, smiles as he receives two packages from home while deployed to the Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 10, 2014. (Spc. Caitlyn Byrne, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs commissioner Many-Bears Grinder to speak at APSU ceremony honoring military graduates

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUMany-Bears GrinderClarksville, TN – The Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) is coming to Austin Peay State University on December 10th to help honor a special group of graduating APSU students.

At 5:00pm that afternoon, the University will host its Fall 2014 Military and Veterans Graduate Recognition Ceremony in the Mabry Concert Hall, with Many-Bears Grinder, the state’s first female TDVA commissioner, serving as the keynote speaker. «Read the rest of this article»

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36th Engineer Brigade Medic checks Soldiers health as they fight Ebola Virus in Liberia

 

Written by Sgt. Ange Desinor
13th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – Making sure Soldiers in Liberia fighting the Ebola virus are staying healthy is a top priority.

“Ninety-five degrees Fahrenheit,” said Sgt. Bethany Lose, a Lewistown, Pennsylvania, native and a combat medical health care specialist with 36th Engineer Brigade, to a Soldier as she checks his temperature, letting him know that it’s normal.

Lose and her medical team checks more than 750 Americans’ temperatures daily to make sure they are maintaining medical readiness and have no signs of the Ebola virus.

Sgt. Bethany Lose, a Lewistown, Pa., native and a combat medical health care specialist checks the heart beat of Spc. Jessica Arent, a Peterborough, N.H., native and a behavior health specialist, to make sure it's normal, during her mission in support of Joint Forces Command – United Assistance as part of Operation United Assistance at the National Police Training Academy, Monrovia, Liberia, Nov. 24, 2014. (Sgt. Ange Desinor, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

Sgt. Bethany Lose, a Lewistown, Pa., native and a combat medical health care specialist checks the heart beat of Spc. Jessica Arent, a Peterborough, N.H., native and a behavior health specialist, to make sure it’s normal, during her mission in support of Joint Forces Command – United Assistance as part of Operation United Assistance at the National Police Training Academy, Monrovia, Liberia, Nov. 24, 2014. (Sgt. Ange Desinor, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

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29 Soldiers from the 1/230th Air Cavalry of the Tennessee Air National Guard arrived home from Afghanistan just in time for Thanksgiving

 

Tennessee Army National GuardNashville, TN – The first twenty-nine Guard members from the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 1/230th Air Cavalry Squadron returned home yesterday from an extremely successful deployment to Afghanistan. The Soldiers arrived in 2 groups and were transported to the National Guard’s Volunteer Training Site at the Smyrna Airport for out processing.

Arriving home just in time for Thanksgiving, the Soldiers spent the last 10 months providing reconnaissance and security for American troops on the ground in Afghanistan. The 1/230th ACS flies the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter, the only armed reconnaissance helicopter currently in the Army inventory.

Soldiers from Tennessee's 1/230th Air Cavalry Squadron arrive home at the Nashville International Airport yesterday after serving for nearly 10 months in Afghanistan.

Soldiers from Tennessee’s 1/230th Air Cavalry Squadron arrive home at the Nashville International Airport yesterday after serving for nearly 10 months in Afghanistan.

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Operation Warfighter Internship program helps bridge gap for transitioning warriors

 

Written by David E. Gillespie
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – Easing the employment transition for Fort Campbell’s wounded, ill and injured recovering Service members, Operation Warfighter (OWF) hosted its quarterly career fair at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center Wednesday, allowing Soldiers to meet face-to-face with more than a dozen federal agencies with internship opportunities.

As a federal internship program, Operation Warfighter provides opportunities for Service members to augment their employment readiness by building their resumes, exploring employment interests, obtaining formal and on-the-job training, and gaining valuable Federal government work experience that helps prepare them for the future.

Staff Sgt. Shirley Clingan, a Soldier at Fort Campbell's Warrior Transition Battalion, discusses internship opportunities with Defense Finance and Accounting Service during Operation Warfighter's quarterly career fair at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center Nov. 19. (U.S. Army photo by David E. Gillespie)

Staff Sgt. Shirley Clingan, a Soldier at Fort Campbell’s Warrior Transition Battalion, discusses internship opportunities with Defense Finance and Accounting Service during Operation Warfighter’s quarterly career fair at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center Nov. 19. (U.S. Army photo by David E. Gillespie)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade takes on logistics role in Liberia

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Monrovia, Liberia – The logistical element for Joint Forces Command – United Assistance unfurled its colors in a military ceremony held at Firestone, Monrovia, Liberia, November 12th.

The 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliner, from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, provides sustainment and support to Ebola treatment units, as well as the health care workers and other enablers assisting in Operation United Assistance across Liberia.

Col. Kimberly Daub, commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliner, and Command Sgt. Maj. Ian Griffin, the brigade senior enlisted adviser, uncase their unit’s colors in a ceremony held in Firestone, Monrovia Province, Liberia on Nov. 12, 2014. Task Force Lifeliner is the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance sustainment asset for the logistical efforts being made and planned for Operation United Assistance. (Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt)

Col. Kimberly Daub, commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliner, and Command Sgt. Maj. Ian Griffin, the brigade senior enlisted adviser, uncase their unit’s colors in a ceremony held in Firestone, Monrovia Province, Liberia on Nov. 12, 2014. Task Force Lifeliner is the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance sustainment asset for the logistical efforts being made and planned for Operation United Assistance. (Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt)

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Tennessee Titans play the Pittsburgh Steelers at LP Field on Monday Night Football

 

Tennessee Titans (2-7) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4)

Monday, November 17th, 2014 | 7:30pm CST
Nashville, TN | LP Field | TV: ESPN/WKRN

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN – This week the national spotlight descends upon Tennessee as the Titans (2-7) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) on Monday Night Football. It is the 77th all-time meeting between the former division rivals. Kickoff at LP Field (capacity 69,143) is scheduled for 7:30pm CST on Monday, November 17th.

ESPN will broadcast the game to a national television audience. The telecast can be seen locally in Nashville on WKRN News 2. Mike Tirico will handle play-by-play duties, while Jon Gruden provides analysis and Lisa Salters reports from the sidelines.

Tennessee Titans running back Shonn Greene (23) carries the ball against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half at M&T Bank Stadium. (Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Titans running back Shonn Greene (23) carries the ball against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half at M&T Bank Stadium. (Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports)

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Fort Campbell 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment soldiers return from Afghanistan

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, supported by the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, returned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and uncased their battalion colors October 30th signifying the end of a successful mission.

In addition to the air defenders from the battalion’s headquarters and Battery A, approximately 20 members of the 72nd Veterinary Detachment, 86th Combat Support Hospital, returned home as well.

Lt. Col. Timothy Shaffer (left), the battalion commander and native of Pontiac, Ill., and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Brown (right), the battalion’s senior enlisted adviser and native of Fort Riley, Kan., uncase the battalion colors after returning from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan Oct. 30 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The battalion supported Operation Enduring Freedom by providing counter-rocket, artillery and mortar attacks capabilities to coalition forces. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart)

Lt. Col. Timothy Shaffer (left), the battalion commander and native of Pontiac, Ill., and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Brown (right), the battalion’s senior enlisted adviser and native of Fort Riley, Kan., uncase the battalion colors after returning from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan Oct. 30 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The battalion supported Operation Enduring Freedom by providing counter-rocket, artillery and mortar attacks capabilities to coalition forces. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart)

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