Topic: Air Assault
Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
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.
Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
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.
Written by 1st Lt. Daniel I. Johnson
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.
Fort 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.
Written by Sgt. Katie Eggers
Baghdad, 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.
Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Melendez
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.
Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers of 129 Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a Battalion level field training exercise, Operation Eagle Hammer, on Fort Campbell, Kentucky, from April 4th-13th.
The Soldiers of 129 CSSB went through situational training exercise lanes, convoy live fires, and company field training exercises in order to prepare for Operation Eagle Hammer.
Within the first days of the exercise each company was given a designated area. Soldiers then had to set up their perimeter defense in order to defend their company’s area from enemy forces.
Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers with 58th Signal Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), set out to sharpen their tactical and technical skills during a week-long field training exercise on Fort Campbell, Kentucky, March 14th-18th.
“The intent of this training exercise was to have the Soldiers establish a signal site, place their defense for the site and to set up their signal assemblages for their individual teams,” said 1st Sgt. Mark Gomez Sr., first sergeant for 58th Sig. Company.
In the past, “Spartan” Company has focused mainly on their technical skills. This time around the Spartans were able to train and grasp a well-rounded understanding of why “Soldiering” skills are extremely important.
Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from 58th Signal Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), put their Air Assault skills to the test during an air assault movement operation in the training area of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, March 14th.
The air assault operation commenced “Spartan” companies field training exercise were they will put both their tactical and technical skills to the test in preparation for the battalion’s upcoming perimeter defensive live fire exercise (PDLFX).
Written by Sgt. William White
Fort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) headquarters cased its colors February 25th before a nine-month deployment to Iraq in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.
Soldiers, family members and community leaders attended the ceremony to bid farewell to the Screaming Eagles as they prepare to train and advise the Iraqi army in its mission to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
“Today we case our colors as we deploy in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and replace the 82nd Airborne Division headquarters as the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command in Iraq,” said Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
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