Topic: Air Assault
Fort Campbell, KY – On Saturday May 18th, a welcome home ceremony was held for returning Soldiers from both the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade “Wings of Destiny,” and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at Fort Campbell, KY, at 5:15pm.
Approximately 340 Soldiers were recognized for the completion of their deployment to Afghanistan.
101st Combat Aviation Brigade Airborne Division Public Affairs
Fort Campbell, KY – Approximately 250 Soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), arrived at Fort Campbell, KY, May 14th, 2013.
Soldiers were reunited with their families after the successful completion of a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Written by Maj. Stacy Hopwood
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers of Troop C, “Shadow,” 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were presented with awards for valor and combat for their actions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at an awards ceremony at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, May 1st.
Written by 1st Lt. Alex Gephart
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – After an active 9-month deployment to eastern Afghanistan, Soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), known as the “Iron Rakkasans,” are preparing for the transition to life back on American soil.
Written by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua Edwards
Paktya Province, Afghanistan – With a full moon to light the sky, a pair of U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters broke the deafening silence of the night as they descended into the valley where the village of Sahak, Afghanistan lay still.
Slowly the sound of the Chinooks faded into the night, only to be replaced by the sound of dogs barking in the distance as the Soldiers from “Bulldog” Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), zigzagged their way through the maze of narrow footpaths that separate the wheat and sweet clover fields.
Written by Sgt. 1st Class John Brown
Jalalabad, Afghanistan – When U.S. Army Spc. April Harvey walked into the recruiting office near her hometown of Gallup, NM, after graduating high school, she knew she wanted to take control of her life, and she wanted to do it her way.
As with any soldier that enlists into the Army, Harvey was offered several different jobs, or military occupational specialties. While at the recruiting station, Harvey was offered a series of jobs: 68W (Medic), 42A (Human Resources Specialist), 92Y (Logistics Specialist) and other jobs that just weren’t the kind of thing that fit Harvey’s personality.
Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
Fort Campbell, KY – For almost 12-miles he has been carrying about 35-pounds of gear. He sees a clock in the near distance with red digital numerals closing in on the three-hour mark, the time limit for the near half marathon march.
He wants to sprint to the finish line, but his face winces with every right step taken. His breaths are heavy and pain can be heard with each inhale. His left leg is in full stride, but his right, being amputated more than six years ago, now pushes forward on a damaged prosthetic; a piston broke a few miles back eliminating fluid motion. He picks up a faster, but still a limping pace.
Written by Sgt. Alan Graziano
Fort Campbell, KY - Family Readiness Group leaders from all six battalions of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), joined together April 18th in the brigade conference room for what they call a “Rak (pronounced ‘rock’) Sale,” in an effort to raise funds for FRG events held throughout the year.
Written by Sgt. Keith Rogers
Clarksville, TN – Within the Army’s brigade combat teams are support battalions. They are teams comprised of Soldiers trained in military occupation specialties designed to support the overall mission. These battalions include Soldiers with job titles like combat medic, communication tech, cook, weapons repair and many others.
They enable the brigades to achieve their goals, whether it is on the battlefield or home within the community.
Fort Campbell’s Strike Troop Reaches Gold Status, Apache Troops Earns Gold Air Assault Excellence Streamer
Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
Fort Campbell, KY – “Troop, attention!” was the loud order given during a rare ceremony not seen by a Screaming Eagle formation on record. Two words were screamed back in unison, “Strike Cav!” as a proud squadron of Strike Soldiers went to the position of attention and watched 101st Airborne Division history unfold before them.
Troop A, also known as Apache Troop, is part of the 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and was awarded the Gold Air Assault Excellence Streamer during a ceremony held at Fort Campbell’s Strike Field, April 16th. The streamer signifies the troop is now at or above 90 percent Air Assault qualified.
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