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5th Special Forces Group “Legion” dedicates building at Fort Campbell to Medal of Honor recipient Drew Dix

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moell
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – Awarded for personal acts of valor, above and beyond the call of duty, the highest award a Soldier can earn during combat is the Medal of Honor.

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Drew D. Dix, native of Pueblo, CO, was awarded the Medal of Honor from President Lyndon B. Johnson on January 19th, 1969, for repeatedly leading a 20-man force of local fighters in to Chau Phu, Vietnam, multiple times, driving out the Viet Cong resulting in 14 confirmed Viet Cong Killed in action and a potential 25 more, the rescue of 14 United States and free world civilians, and capturing 20 enemy combatants, including a high ranking Viet Cong official, during the early days of the Tet Offensive.

(L to R) Col. John W. Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), retired Maj. Drew Dix, Medal of Honor recipient and former member of the 5th SFG(A), Lt. Col. Joseph Lock, commander of 4th Battalion, 5th SFG(A) and Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stand in front of the plaque dedicating the 4th Bn. special operations complex to Dix, after a ceremony held here July 11, 2014. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller)

(L to R) Col. John W. Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), retired Maj. Drew Dix, Medal of Honor recipient and former member of the 5th SFG(A), Lt. Col. Joseph Lock, commander of 4th Battalion, 5th SFG(A) and Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stand in front of the plaque dedicating the 4th Bn. special operations complex to Dix, after a ceremony held here July 11, 2014. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller)

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5th Special Forces Group (A)’s 3rd Battalion holds change of command ceremony at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), welcomed their new commander July 1st, 2014.

During a ceremony held at Gabriel Field, Lt. Col. Lewis J. Powers relinquished command of the 3rd Bn., 5th SFG (A), to Lt. Col. Brent W. Lindeman.

“Under the command of Lt. Col. Powers, 3rd Battalion has successfully executed hundreds of missions of critical importance across the entire Middle East,” said Col. John W. Brennan, commander of the 5th SFG (A). “From combat operations in remote locations of Afghanistan, to critical advise and assist missions in Iraq, and other locations throughout the Central Command’s area of responsibility—3rd Battalion has always risen to the challenges before them and emerged victorious.”

Col. John W. Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), passes the colors to Lt. Col. Brent W. Lindeman, the incoming commander of 3rd Battalion, 5th SFG(A), during a change of command ceremony, July 1, 2014, held at Gabriel Field. (Pfc. Robert Vanegas)

Col. John W. Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), passes the colors to Lt. Col. Brent W. Lindeman, the incoming commander of 3rd Battalion, 5th SFG(A), during a change of command ceremony, July 1, 2014, held at Gabriel Field. (Pfc. Robert Vanegas)

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Night Stalkers compete in U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s Best Warrior competition

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Thaddius Dawkins
USASOAC Public Affairs

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Soar - Night StalkersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Bragg, NC – Two Soldiers from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) tested their inner warrior last week during the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s Best Warrior Competition.

Spc. Mark E. Aescht, a Blackhawk crew chief in the Aviation Life Saving Equipment section, and Sgt. Derek A. Youngs, a wheeled vehicle mechanic, both from 1st Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 160th SOAR (A), competed in four days of events that included an Army physical fitness test, written essay, live-fire range and stress shoot, day and night land navigation, Army Warrior Task testing and combatives.

Spc. Mark E. Aescht (center), 1st Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and Sgt. Derek A. Youngs (right), with 1st Platoon, HHC, 160th SOAR (A), receive instruction on writing an operations order during the Army Warrior Task lanes while competing in the United States Army Special Operations Command's Best Warrior Competition June 25, 2014. (Sgt. 1st Class Thaddius S. Dawkins II)

Spc. Mark E. Aescht (center), 1st Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and Sgt. Derek A. Youngs (right), with 1st Platoon, HHC, 160th SOAR (A), receive instruction on writing an operations order during the Army Warrior Task lanes while competing in the United States Army Special Operations Command’s Best Warrior Competition June 25, 2014. (Sgt. 1st Class Thaddius S. Dawkins II)

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160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment bids farewell to regiment commander during ceremony at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Maj. Allen Hill
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Soar - Night Stalkers

Fort Campbell, KY – Night Stalkers, family members and friends of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)  said farewell to Col. John R. Evans, Jr, during a change of command ceremony conducted on the General Bryan Brown Compound, June 27th.

More than 250 Soldiers from across the regiment stood in formation as Col. Evans passed the colors to Col. Michael Hertzendorf. Brig. Gen. Erik Peterson, Commander, United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command, presided over the event.

Col. John R. Evans, outgoing commander, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) addresses hundreds of distinguished visitors, Gold Star Family Members, Soldier and civilians following the change of command ceremony conducted on the Gen. Bryan Brown Compound, Fort Campbell, KY, June 27, 2014. (U.S. Army photo)

Col. John R. Evans, outgoing commander, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) addresses hundreds of distinguished visitors, Gold Star Family Members, Soldier and civilians following the change of command ceremony conducted on the Gen. Bryan Brown Compound, Fort Campbell, KY, June 27, 2014. (U.S. Army photo)

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160th Special Operations Regiment Soldiers Better Halves don’t quit

 

Written by Hearther Clark
Fort Campbell Courier

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Soar - Night Stalkers

Fort Campbell, KY – It’s widely-known that the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) employs some of the best aviators, crew-chiefs and support Soldiers the Army has to offer. Given the nature of their mission, however, little else is known about the extensive training that goes into making — and maintaining — Night Stalkers. Not even spouses are exempt from the shroud of “need-to-know basis.”

Tuesday morning, 160th spouses arrived at the Old Clarksville Base in droves, ready to experience a day in the life of a 160th Soldier.

Carissa Weishuhn, wife of Spc. Jeremy Wishuhn, Fox Company, 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (A), trudges through a trench of mud and water during the obstacle course portion of the SOAR Challenge Tuesday afternoon. In its third year, the day-long event allows Night Stalker spouses to build morale and camaraderie by sharing the training experiences of their Soldiers. (Major Alan Hill, 160th SOAR (A) Public Affairs)

Carissa Weishuhn, wife of Spc. Jeremy Wishuhn, Fox Company, 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (A), trudges through a trench of mud and water during the obstacle course portion of the SOAR Challenge Tuesday afternoon. In its third year, the day-long event allows Night Stalker spouses to build morale and camaraderie by sharing the training experiences of their Soldiers. (Major Alan Hill, 160th SOAR (A) Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s Second Annual Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour Warrior Challenge to be held June 21st

 

Fort Campbell's Morale, Welfare and Recreation - MWRFort Campbell, KY – Join the Fort Campbell community for our June Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour event. Fort Campbell MWR, along with 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), will host a Warrior Challenge on June 21st.

This is Fort Campbell’s second annual mud run and this year’s course will bring different obstacles, along with a new set of fears to overcome!

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5th Special Forces Group “Legion” honors fallen during ceremony at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Maj. Brandon Bissell
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Each year the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) family gathers on Gabriel Field to honor Legionnaires who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Saturday, May 17th, was no different as it brought together the Group’s Soldiers, Families, and friends, both past and present, to remember their fallen brothers.

Gabriel Field, named in honor of Specialist 5 James P. Gabriel, one of the first Green Berets to be killed in Vietnam, was memorialized with markers placed around the perimeter of the field.

A Soldier from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) places a rose on the marker of an oak tree on Gabriel Field during the Gold Star ceremony May 17, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. Soldiers, Families, and friends, both past and present, gathered together to remember, reflect, and celebrate the lives of those that paid the ultimate sacrifice. (Sgt. Seth Plagenza)

A Soldier from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) places a rose on the marker of an oak tree on Gabriel Field during the Gold Star ceremony May 17, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. Soldiers, Families, and friends, both past and present, gathered together to remember, reflect, and celebrate the lives of those that paid the ultimate sacrifice. (Sgt. Seth Plagenza)

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Soldiers train for decisive action

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Christopher Klutts
20th Public Affairs Detachment

US Army Special Operations CommandFort Polk, LA – An American man has a heart attack on the third floor of a hotel that doubles as an evacuee holding area. Protestors chant for change outside a U.S. consulate. A small village is struck with measles and enemy artillery rocks a city – all of this happens between lunch and dinner.

By design, training scenarios are complex at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, LA. Hundreds of role-players assume fake identities and mill around a mock foreign country. Its landscape is dotted with towns and villages, the names of which change based on the real-world region a unit might operate in.

A U.S. Army Soldier with 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division moves toward a breach in a wire obstacle during a decisive action training environment exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, LA, April 25, 2014. The decisive action training environment tests a brigade combat team's ability to conduct offensive, defensive and stability operations while supporting a foreign government. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Klutts, 20th Public Affairs Detachment)

A U.S. Army Soldier with 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division moves toward a breach in a wire obstacle during a decisive action training environment exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, LA, April 25, 2014. The decisive action training environment tests a brigade combat team’s ability to conduct offensive, defensive and stability operations while supporting a foreign government. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Klutts, 20th Public Affairs Detachment)

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160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment holds retirement Ceremony at Fort Campbell for Legendary Chief Warrant Officers

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Thaddius S. Dawkins
U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Soar - Night Stalkers

Fort Campbell, KY – As the Company A, 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) hangar began to fill with people March 21st, it was clear this wasn’t just another retirement ceremony.

This ceremony had an even greater significance than most others. After all, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Karl H. Maier and Chief Warrant Officer 5 George “Billy” Cook had more than 70-years of combined Army Service — with more than 50 of those years spent as Night Stalkers.

Chief Warrant Officer 5 George "Billy" Cook and Chief Warrant Officer 5 Karl H. Maier stand with Col. John R. Evans Jr., 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment during a retirement ceremony March 21st at Fort Campbell, Ky. Cook and Maier retired following a combined 70-years of service, with more than 50 years spent as Night Stalkers. (U.S. Army photo)

Chief Warrant Officer 5 George “Billy” Cook and Chief Warrant Officer 5 Karl H. Maier stand with Col. John R. Evans Jr., 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment during a retirement ceremony March 21st at Fort Campbell, Ky. Cook and Maier retired following a combined 70-years of service, with more than 50 years spent as Night Stalkers. (U.S. Army photo)

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5th Special Forces Group hosts Blood Drive at Fort Campbell

 

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – On March 6th, the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) hosted a blood drive in support of the local American Red Cross at Fort Campbell, KY.

More than 80 Soldiers and family members from The Legion and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) selflessly volunteered to help save a life.

According to Carolyn Petty, a Donor Recruitment Representative for the Red Cross in Nashville, TN, there were 60 productive units of blood donated to the Red Cross throughout the day which can help the organization save up to 180 lives in the future.

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) hosted a blood drive in support of the local Red Cross on March 6th at Fort Campbell, KY. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

The 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) hosted a blood drive in support of the local Red Cross on March 6th at Fort Campbell, KY. (Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

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