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Task Force Iron Knights are the wings of Joint Forces Command – United Assistance’s fight against Ebola

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – As service members of the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance continue the fight against the Ebola virus disease, some challenges are still present. Many Liberian roadways aren’t developed to the standard of what service members are accustomed to back in America, some of them impassable with ground vehicles.

However, Soldiers from Task Force Iron Knights, 2nd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division, make sure getting from one place to another isn’t a problem.

A maintenance crew from Task Force Iron Knights, 2nd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division, conducts helicopter maintenance on a UH-60 Black Hawk at James Spriggs Payne Airfield, Monrovia, Liberia, using a spider crane Dec. 13, 2014. It took only two weeks for the Iron Knights to deploy from Fort Bliss, Texas, to Liberia after receiving their orders.  (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance Public Affairs)

A maintenance crew from Task Force Iron Knights, 2nd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division, conducts helicopter maintenance on a UH-60 Black Hawk at James Spriggs Payne Airfield, Monrovia, Liberia, using a spider crane Dec. 13, 2014. It took only two weeks for the Iron Knights to deploy from Fort Bliss, Texas, to Liberia after receiving their orders. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance Public Affairs)

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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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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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Soldiers celebrate Thanksgiving in Liberia

 

Written by Spc. Caitlyn Byrne
27th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – With 79 percent humidity and a warm ocean breeze, Thanksgiving for Soldiers deployed in Monrovia, Liberia, feels far from traditional. But thanks to a plethora of Thanksgiving activities and fare, Soldiers can still get into the holiday spirit throughout the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance area of operations in Liberia.

In support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the JFC- UA is assisting the government of Liberia in containing the Ebola virus, while also synchronizing the establishment of Ebola treatment units across Liberia and training health care workers to staff the ETUs.

Soldiers with Task Force Lifeliner, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance dive into one of the many pies and desserts offered in the dining facility at brigade support area in Buchanan, Liberia, Nov. 27, 2014. (Sgt. 1st Class Mary Mittlesteadt, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Soldiers with Task Force Lifeliner, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance dive into one of the many pies and desserts offered in the dining facility at brigade support area in Buchanan, Liberia, Nov. 27, 2014. (Sgt. 1st Class Mary Mittlesteadt, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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Tubmanburg Liberia Ebola Treatment Unit brings partnership through critical mission

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Terrance Rhodes
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionTubmanburg, Liberia – In 2014, the most widespread epidemic of the Ebola virus disease hit western African countries like never before. Many people feared the epidemic would cause total mayhem. Some countries have encountered difficulties controlling the epidemic, but in the city of Tubmanburg there’s a chance at a new life.

The first Ebola treatment unit opened in Tubmanburg, Liberia, due to the efforts of the Armed Forces of Liberia in partnership with Operation Onward Liberty, November 10th.

Operation Onward Liberty is a U.S. military-led team who mentors and advise the AFL in order to develop a national military that is responsible, operationally capable, respectful of civilian authority and the rule of law, and is a force for good among the Liberian people.

Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, right, the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance commander addresses Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai, far left, vice president of the Republic of Liberia, and his staff at the dedication of Ebola treatment unit ceremony in Tubmanburg, Liberia, Nov. 10, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes)

Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, right, the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance commander addresses Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai, far left, vice president of the Republic of Liberia, and his staff at the dedication of Ebola treatment unit ceremony in Tubmanburg, Liberia, Nov. 10, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes)

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U.S. Service members in Liberia to contain the Ebola virus outbreak receive morale booster

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Terrance Rhodes
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionMonrovia, Liberia – As the first group of service members arrived in Monrovia, Liberia, in support of Operation United Assistance, many of them didn’t know what to expect – from living situations to the day-to-day schedules. But what they did expect was pre-packaged rations – Meals, Ready-to-Eat – for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

However, that changed after a few weeks.

Hot quality meals were served for the first time on Barclay Training Center here as well as other locations across Liberia, November 9th. The meal provided a well-needed change of pace for Soldiers, and a morale booster.

Soldiers wait in line for the first hot meal served on Barclay Training Center Nov. 9, 2014. Since arriving more than three weeks ago, service members have only consumed Meals, Ready-to-Eat. The hot meal gave service members something different to look forward to and boosted morale throughout the camp.  (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes)

Soldiers wait in line for the first hot meal served on Barclay Training Center Nov. 9, 2014. Since arriving more than three weeks ago, service members have only consumed Meals, Ready-to-Eat. The hot meal gave service members something different to look forward to and boosted morale throughout the camp. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes)

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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

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

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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Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade welcomes Command Sgt. Maj. Frank M. Graham at Change of Responsibility Ceremony

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, families, dignitaries and friends of the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division gathered to send off Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher T. Crawford and welcome Command Sgt. Maj. Frank M. Graham to the battalion during a change of responsibility ceremony October 28th at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The ceremony furthered the Army’s heritage and carried on traditions dating back to the Continental Army.

Lt. Col. Alexander Gallegos, commander of the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, passes the battalion colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Frank M. Graham, incoming senior adviser for the 101st STB during a change of responsibility ceremony Oct. 28 at Fort Campbell, Ky. During the ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher T. Crawford relinquished his responsibilities as senior adviser of the 101st STB. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart)

Lt. Col. Alexander Gallegos, commander of the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, passes the battalion colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Frank M. Graham, incoming senior adviser for the 101st STB during a change of responsibility ceremony Oct. 28 at Fort Campbell, Ky. During the ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher T. Crawford relinquished his responsibilities as senior adviser of the 101st STB. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade ‘Lifeliners’ hold Color Casing Ceremony

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – The 101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” cased their colors in a color casing ceremony October 27th at its headquarters at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The ceremony signaled the brigade’s readiness to deploy to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, the humanitarian mission to combat Ebola.

Col. Kimberly J. Daub and Command Sgt. Maj. Ian C. Griffin the command team of the 101st Sustainment Brigade furl the brigade colors during a color casing ceremony Oct. 27 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The brigade will deploy Soldiers from three of its battalions - the 101st Special Troops Battalion, the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and the 716th Military Police Battalion - to carry out its logistical support and humanitarian aid mission as part of the United States Agency for International Development led comprehensive U.S. government response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (Sgt. Leejay Lockhart)

Col. Kimberly J. Daub and Command Sgt. Maj. Ian C. Griffin the command team of the 101st Sustainment Brigade furl the brigade colors during a color casing ceremony Oct. 27 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The brigade will deploy Soldiers from three of its battalions – the 101st Special Troops Battalion, the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and the 716th Military Police Battalion – to carry out its logistical support and humanitarian aid mission as part of the United States Agency for International Development led comprehensive U.S. government response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (Sgt. Leejay Lockhart)

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APSU Governors Football to sacrifice timeouts in order to wear Camo Jersey in honor Fort Campbell

 

Austin Peay Sports Information

Austin Peay State University Governors - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s football team will play Tennessee State for homecoming, 4:00pm, Saturday with just two timeouts.

The camouflaged jerseys Austin Peay chose to wear Saturday with the respective Fort Campbell unit nicknames across the upper back are in violation of NCAA Rule 1, Article 5 regarding proper numerals and lettering. For every quarter Austin Peay wears those jerseys, the Govs will be assessed a timeout.

Fort Campbell units to be honored at APSU Homecoming this Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)

Fort Campbell units to be honored at APSU Homecoming this Saturday. (APSU Sports Information)

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