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101st Airborne Division Lifeliners stay resilient at Fort Campbell

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – Regardless of military occupational specialty or rank, resiliency plays a huge role in the daily performance of Soldiers. Soldiers from 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), took part on in the first brigade-wide “Lifeliner Resilience Days” at the Passenger Processing Center on Fort Campbell, KY, June 28th-30th.

The three-day event involved Lifeliner brigade’s two organic battalions in order to assess the effectiveness of the materiel being taught to the Soldiers.

Staff Sgt. Amber D. Jesse, a motor transport operator noncommissioned officer with 541st Transportation Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducts an exercise with her partner during the communication class during Lifeliner Resilience Days on June 29, 2016. (Photo By Sgt. Neysa Canfield)

Staff Sgt. Amber D. Jesse, a motor transport operator noncommissioned officer with 541st Transportation Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducts an exercise with her partner during the communication class during Lifeliner Resilience Days on June 29, 2016. (Photo By Sgt. Neysa Canfield)

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Fort Campbell Lifeliner NCO Montaqua Austin finds passion in bodybuilding

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – The crowd cheers as Montaqua G. Austin steps on stage. The layers of lotion and spray give her a polished look as she steps underneath the stage lights. As she turns for the judges and poses, you can see definition of her muscles.

For Austin, a Sgt.1st Class and the master resiliency coordinator for the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the passion for competing began one year ago.

Sgt. 1st Class Montaqua G. Austin, the master resiliency coordinator for the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses for the judges during her most recent competition. (Courtesy Photo)

Sgt. 1st Class Montaqua G. Austin, the master resiliency coordinator for the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses for the judges during her most recent competition. (Courtesy Photo)

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101st Airborne Division Chaplain transfers duties in Change of Stole Ceremony

 

Written by Sgt. Katie Eggers
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBaghdad, Iraq – Lt. Col. David Bowlus became the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) chaplain. Bowlus said that the very next day he had the privilege of providing the prayer at Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky’s change of command ceremony, welcoming him as division commander. From that point on, Bowlus worked closely with Volesky and Division Unit Ministry Teams to maintain the spiritual fitness of the Division’s Soldiers.

“It’s part of readiness, and I can’t think of a better coach, mentor and friend that I’ve had that’s been able to help me see what we need to do at our level to help that mission,” said Volesky, commander, 101st and the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve.

Master Sgt. Fredrick Murphy, right, master chaplain assistant, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, adjusts the stole on Lt. Col. David Bowlus, outgoing 101st and CJFLCC-OIR chaplain, before a change of stole ceremony in Baghdad on May 30, 2016. (Sgt. Katie Eggers)

Master Sgt. Fredrick Murphy, right, master chaplain assistant, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, adjusts the stole on Lt. Col. David Bowlus, outgoing 101st and CJFLCC-OIR chaplain, before a change of stole ceremony in Baghdad on May 30, 2016. (Sgt. Katie Eggers)

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Sapper like a Girl; Fort Campbell 326th Sapper Eagle first female to finish competition

 

Written by Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Leonardwood, MO – For the first time ever Army-wide, a female engineer not only finished all 50 hours of the competition this year, but finished in the top ten.

2nd Lt. Leah Mullenix, 326th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) didn’t set out to make history, she only wanted to challenge herself physically and mentally.

2nd Lt. Leah Mullenix, Team 23, 326th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), disassembles her poncho team’s raft after completing the swim event of the Best Sapper Competition at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., April 19, 2016. Sappers pulled a raft carrying their individual weapon and full ruck sack. Mullenix was the first female, Army-wide, to complete the three-day competition and place in the top ten teams. (U.S. Army photo courtesy of Fort Leonardwood Public Affairs)

2nd Lt. Leah Mullenix, Team 23, 326th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), disassembles her poncho team’s raft after completing the swim event of the Best Sapper Competition at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., April 19, 2016. Sappers pulled a raft carrying their individual weapon and full ruck sack. Mullenix was the first female, Army-wide, to complete the three-day competition and place in the top ten teams. (U.S. Army photo courtesy of Fort Leonardwood Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s Lifeliner NCOs inducted into NCO Corps

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – “As you walk through those arches know that this is your starting point as an NCO,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Michael J. Perry, senior enlisted advisor for the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Soldiers from 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde. hosted the brigade Noncommissioned Officer Induction Ceremony at Wilson Theater on Fort Campbell, KY, May 18th.

Command Sgt. Maj. Frank M. Graham Jr., command sergeant major for 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), swears in the newly inducted noncommissioned officers to the NCO corps during the NCO Induction Ceremony at Wilson Theater on Fort Campbell, Ky., May 18, 2016. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

Command Sgt. Maj. Frank M. Graham Jr., command sergeant major for 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), swears in the newly inducted noncommissioned officers to the NCO corps during the NCO Induction Ceremony at Wilson Theater on Fort Campbell, Ky., May 18, 2016. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s Task Force Strike Soldiers build camp in Erbil, Iraq

 

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

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Erbil, Iraq – LSA Strike is named after the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) whose Soldiers comprise Task Force Strike in northern Iraq.

When we first got here, all there was, was gravel.” said 1st Lt. Kalapu Fasavalu, platoon leader in Company C, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, from Long Beach, California. “There were no facilities set up at all.”

As part of their deployment during Operation Inherent Resolve, Soldiers of Task Force Strike, are moving to many locations throughout Iraq to advise and assist the Iraqi Security Forces.

Pfc. Mark Herron, a Soldier in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, helps set up a tent May 18, 2016, at Life Support Area Strike in Erbil, Iraq. Task Force Strike, comprised of Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is in Iraq as part of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, building partner capacity and advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces.  (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Pfc. Mark Herron, a Soldier in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, helps set up a tent May 18, 2016, at Life Support Area Strike in Erbil, Iraq. Task Force Strike, comprised of Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is in Iraq as part of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, building partner capacity and advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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Fort Campbell’s Strike Brigade takes charge of advise, assist mission in North Iraq

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel I. Johnson
Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve

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Erbil, Iraq – The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), took over the division-level advise and assist mission in northern Iraq from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during a ceremony May 15th, in Erbil, Iraq.

About 1,250 1st BCT “Warriors” of the 10th Mountain Division making up Task Force Warrior redeployed back to Fort Drum, New York, after serving nine months in Iraq and Kuwait, training and advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Col. Brett Sylvia, the commander of 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), “Task Force Strike,” and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeremy Gebhardt, the senior noncommissioned officer for 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, uncase the Strike Brigade’s colors during their transfer of authority ceremony in Erbil, Iraq, May 17th, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Peter Berardi, 205th Press Camp Headquarters)

Col. Brett Sylvia, the commander of 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), “Task Force Strike,” and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeremy Gebhardt, the senior noncommissioned officer for 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, uncase the Strike Brigade’s colors during their transfer of authority ceremony in Erbil, Iraq, May 17th, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Peter Berardi, 205th Press Camp Headquarters)

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101st Airborne Division Soldier dies from injuries sustained during training exercise at Fort Polk

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – A 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldier died May 10th from injuries sustained during a live-fire training exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA.

Soldiers and Department of Emergency Services personnel responded immediately to the incident, where the Soldier was transported to Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital on Fort Polk where he was later pronounced deceased.

The incident is currently under investigation and the name of the Soldier is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Fort Campbell Soldier passes away from injuries sustained during training exercise at Fort Polk.

Fort Campbell Soldier passes away from injuries sustained during training exercise at Fort Polk.

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Rabbi provides Passover services to CJFLCC-OIR service members

 

Written by Sgt. Katie Eggers
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBaghdad, Iraq – Passover is one of the most celebrated Jewish holidays. It is an eight-day celebration that starts with a Seder meal commemorating the biblical story of when the Angel of Death passed over the homes of Israelites, sparing their first-born children and ultimately emancipating them from slavery in ancient Egypt.

From April 28th to April 30th, Jewish service members and civilian contractors deployed in support of Combined Joint Force Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve celebrated Passover services and Seder meals provided by a rabbi at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in Iraq.

Sgt. Jason Nesman, the Combined Joint Force Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve chaplain operations noncommissioned officer, Master Sgt. Fredrick D. Murphy, CJFLCC-OIR master chaplain assistant, Maj. Andrew Schulman, a rabbi with the 7th Mission Support Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Lt. Col. David A. Bowlus, CJFLCC-OIR chaplain, celebrate a traditional Seder meal at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in Baghdad April 30, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Eggers)

Sgt. Jason Nesman, the Combined Joint Force Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve chaplain operations noncommissioned officer, Master Sgt. Fredrick D. Murphy, CJFLCC-OIR master chaplain assistant, Maj. Andrew Schulman, a rabbi with the 7th Mission Support Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Lt. Col. David A. Bowlus, CJFLCC-OIR chaplain, celebrate a traditional Seder meal at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in Baghdad April 30, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Eggers)

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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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