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Fort Campbell 96th Aviation Support Battalion Soldiers give an old bird a new mission

 

Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

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

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from B Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), work to refurbish an AH-1F Cobra at Fort Campbell, KY.

The soldiers, OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter mechanics and OH-58D armament-electrician-and-avionics technician specialists, began the work of cleaning, repainting and reassembling the helicopter that is to go on display in front of the Don F. Pratt Museum at Fort Campbell. This helicopter will join many others on display across from the museum.

Spc. Abraham Feria, B Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), OH-58D electronics, avionics and armament technician, installs rivets into the undercarriage of an AH-1F Cobra helicopter in the final stages of restoration at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 19, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB Public Affairs)

Spc. Abraham Feria, B Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), OH-58D electronics, avionics and armament technician, installs rivets into the undercarriage of an AH-1F Cobra helicopter in the final stages of restoration at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 19, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Eagle Assault remembers Fallen Pilots

 

Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) conducted a ceremony in honor of fallen soldiers at Fort Campbell, KY, August 9th, 2013.

Two trees were dedicated, one to 1st Lt. Robert J. Hess, a UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter pilot, and one to Capt. Aaron Blanchard, an AH-64 Apache helicopter pilot, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade.

Capt. Nathan White, chaplain, 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) delivers the invocation at the beginning of a ceremony where two trees were dedicated to fallen comrades at Fort Campbell, KY, Aug. 9, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB Public Affairs)

Capt. Nathan White, chaplain, 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) delivers the invocation at the beginning of a ceremony where two trees were dedicated to fallen comrades at Fort Campbell, KY, Aug. 9, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell 101st Combat Aviation Brigade No Mercy Soldiers go beyond the flight line

 

Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of Destiny

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – A short profile of 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force No Mercy at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.

The army performs best when soldiers, leaders, commanders and family come together as a cohesive group. Within the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Destiny, units strive to become more than just a unit.

Sgt. Lee Denhe (right) and Pfc. Keith Recore (left), D Company, 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade avionics and weapons systems technicians, take a sighting kit off of an AH-64D Apache helicopter after conducting maintenance at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Jan. 23, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

Sgt. Lee Denhe (right) and Pfc. Keith Recore (left), D Company, 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade avionics and weapons systems technicians, take a sighting kit off of an AH-64D Apache helicopter after conducting maintenance at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Jan. 23, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

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Fort Campbell episode of History Channel’s “Top Gear” airs February 5th

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Top Gear, an American motoring television series on the History Channel, is scheduled to air their second episode of its third season, February 5th, which was filmed inside the gates of Fort Campbell, KY during this past fall.

The week long production combined Hollywood magic with the military might of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), as the Screaming Eagle Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team and 159th Combat Aviation Brigade became part of the show’s cast.

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, Ky., shares a laugh with Tanner Foust, stunt driver and the host of Top Gear, during a break in shooting while filming an episode for the History Channel show at a Fort Campbell training area, Sept. 26. Foust challenged being captured by the 101st and its assets during a "cat and mouse" chase scenario and was impressed with the skills of the 101st units and their top gear.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, Ky., shares a laugh with Tanner Foust, stunt driver and the host of Top Gear, during a break in shooting while filming an episode for the History Channel show at a Fort Campbell training area, Sept. 26. Foust challenged being captured by the 101st and its assets during a “cat and mouse” chase scenario and was impressed with the skills of the 101st units and their top gear. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Apache crew chiefs take pride in a job well done

 

Written by  U.S. Army Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of Destiny

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – The AH-64 Apache helicopter is one of the most feared aircraft in the skies over Afghanistan. The Apache was designed as an anti-armor attack helicopter that was to replace AH-1 Cobra. It first saw service in April 1986 and still supports Soldiers on the ground 27 years later.

The Apache is an amazing machine and extremely capable in a close air support role. The Apache, as amazing as it is, needs Soldiers to get it into the air and keep it there covering the ground operations in Afghanistan.

Spc. Marshall Miller, A Company, 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, AH-64 Apache helicopter crew chief, enters communication data into the systems of an AH-64 Apache helicopter during pre-flight checks at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Jan. 16, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

Spc. Marshall Miller, A Company, 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, AH-64 Apache helicopter crew chief, enters communication data into the systems of an AH-64 Apache helicopter during pre-flight checks at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Jan. 16, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

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Why We Serve: 101st Combat Aviation Brigade’s Private Jesse Ingram

 

Written by  U.S. Army Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of DestinyBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Many people join the armed service to get their lives on track and achieve goals they have in mind for themselves.

For Army Pvt. Jesse Ingram, D Company, 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force No Mercy, a 22-year-old native of Kendalia, Texas, that is just what he had in mind.

“I did heavy construction for four years before joining the Army,” said Ingram. “I wanted to try something new, travel and see new places. It was also the best option to get out. I was tired of being in my home town.”

Pvt. Jesse Ingram, D Company 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force No Mercy, AH-64 Apache mechanic, a native of Kendalia, Texas, inventories and sorts parts at a maintenance hangar at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, October 18th, 2012. (published in Why We Serve: Pvt. Jesse Ingram by rceast)

Pvt. Jesse Ingram, D Company 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force No Mercy, AH-64 Apache mechanic, a native of Kendalia, Texas, inventories and sorts parts at a maintenance hangar at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, October 18th, 2012. (published in Why We Serve: Pvt. Jesse Ingram by rceast)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team Hones Skills for Springtime Deployment to Afghanistan

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – All this week members of the Second Brigade Combat Team were out on the ranges of Fort Campbell honing the skills they will need for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. I was able to join them for a time on Thursday at Observation Point 12 (OP 12) where the soldiers of the Brigade were conducting a Fire Support Exercise that had started on Tuesday, and would run through Friday.

The exercise was training the brigade soldiers on how to combine different fire support assets in a combat situation including 80mm and 120mm mortars, 105mm artillery, along with Apache helicopters firing rockets and 30mm canons.

Colonel Daniel R. Walrath, the Commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team takes a turn firing the 120mm mortar

Colonel Daniel R. Walrath, the Commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team takes a turn firing the 120mm mortar

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Aviation and ground forces unite to improve tactics

 

Written by Sgt. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of Destiny

MacDill Air Force Base, FL – The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, conducted a multi-echelon training exercise called Jaded Thunder at MacDill Air Force Base and Avon Park outside of Tampa, FL, October 20th-30th, along with elements of the Air Force, ground forces and artillery.

The simulated battlefield was set up to resemble real-life scenarios in combat, to include a fully functioning forward arming and refueling point, mock villages and a forward operating base.

Lt. Col. William A. Ryan, 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade commander shakes the hand of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Adam Marik, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., 101st CAB Apache pilot before Marik's night operation during Jaded Thunder training exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, FL, Oct. 24th, 2011. The purpose of Jaded Thunder was to train on aviation tactics, techniques and procedures in a joint forces environment to prepare for the upcoming deployment. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Weeden)

Lt. Col. William A. Ryan, 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade commander shakes the hand of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Adam Marik, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., 101st CAB Apache pilot before Marik's night operation during Jaded Thunder training exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, FL, Oct. 24th, 2011. The purpose of Jaded Thunder was to train on aviation tactics, techniques and procedures in a joint forces environment to prepare for the upcoming deployment. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Weeden)

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Vietnam Veteran buried after 45 years missing

 

Written by Sgt. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of Destiny

Palmer, TN – An unexpected and emotional reunion occurred Monday in Grundy County, Tennessee, when 17 soldiers of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) escorted the remains of a Vietnam veteran back to his home town and family, after being missing in action for 45 years.

The veteran was Spc. Marvin Foster Philips of Palmer, Tennessee. He joined the Army at the age of eighteen and was assigned to the 114th Assault Helicopter Company, 101st Airborne Division, were he was a UH-1B Huey helicopter crew chief.

On September 26th, 1966, he departed on a combat assault mission in the Delta region of South Vietnam over Vinh Binh province and was never seen again.

Veterans and service members grieve and salute Spc. Marvin Foster Phillips after it arrives in Tennessee for proper burial. Soldiers of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade provided Phillips full military honors, to include receiving, guarding and burial details upon his return home, September 24th, 2011. Phillips was buried September 26th, 2011 in Grundy County, TN, exactly 45 years after a fatal helicopter crash in southern Vietnam. (Courtesy Photo)

Veterans and service members grieve and salute Spc. Marvin Foster Phillips after it arrives in Tennessee for proper burial. Soldiers of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade provided Phillips full military honors, to include receiving, guarding and burial details upon his return home, September 24th, 2011. Phillips was buried September 26th, 2011 in Grundy County, TN, exactly 45 years after a fatal helicopter crash in southern Vietnam. (Courtesy Photo)

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Afghan Air Force discusses partnership with Task Force Thunder

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation BrigadeKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – Members of the Afghan Air Force met with the leaders of Task Force Thunder here April 2nd to discuss future partnership opportunities to further expand the capabilities of native rotary-wing assets.

Afghan Air Force Maj. Gen. Abdul Razik Sherzai, the commander of the Kandahar Air Wing, along with members of his staff, met with Task Force Thunder commander Col. Todd Royar and his subordinate leaders to evaluate how the two organizations could best work together.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Elizabeth Kimbrough - an AH-64 Apache pilot - and Capt. Donna Buono (middle) - the commander of Company B, 3rd Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, and an AH-64 Apache pilot - introduce Afghan air force Maj. Gen. Abdul Razik Sherzai, the commander of the Kandahar Air Wing, to the helicopter during the general's visit with Task Force Thunder here April 2nd. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl)

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Elizabeth Kimbrough - an AH-64 Apache pilot - and Capt. Donna Buono (middle) - the commander of Company B, 3rd Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, and an AH-64 Apache pilot - introduce Afghan air force Maj. Gen. Abdul Razik Sherzai, the commander of the Kandahar Air Wing, to the helicopter during the general's visit with Task Force Thunder here April 2nd. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl)

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