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Fort Campbell’s Task Force Thunder’s motto “Finish the fight”

 

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Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionAfghanistan – “Finish the Fight!” This is the motto of the combative instructors from Task Force Thunder.

These simple, yet absolutely appropriate words of advice convey the mission of all U.S. Soldiers, and particularly, the mission of his enthusiastic trainees. Spc. Samuel Lam and Sgt. Jose Mercado, both with TF Thunder, are Level III Certified Basic Combatives Course Instructors.

Pfc. Chelsea Kasper conducts a clench drill against Staff Sgt. Marshall Cote during level one Combatives training. Clench drills are used to train Soldiers to close the gap between them and their opponent and limit mobility. (Courtesy Photo)

Pfc. Chelsea Kasper conducts a clench drill against Staff Sgt. Marshall Cote during level one Combatives training. Clench drills are used to train Soldiers to close the gap between them and their opponent and limit mobility. (Courtesy Photo)

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Fort Campbell’s 159th Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers work at maintaining relationships across the globe

 

Fort Campbell, KY. The Home of the Screaming Eagles159th Combat Aviation BrigadeBagram Air Field, Afghanistan – Admit it! Your spouse is a million miles away; you are in Afghanistan. Before boarding the plane, you knew just what to do. While deployed, you would write, Skype and dedicate all of your free time to family and friends. But of course, nothing is going as planned! Exhausted, you wonder how you could possibly keep your relationship(s) strong while serving your country, under unparalleled stress– in an unfamiliar and ever-changing environment.

Communication and conflict resolution are paramount in relationships, especially those that are under duress. Sgt. Carl Israel, Behavioral Health NCOIC of Task Force Thunder at Bagram Air Field, helps Soldiers to develop their communication and conflict resolution skills, in his training program “Relationships Across the Globe.”

1st Lt. Nicole McCoy, 159th CAB strength manager, uses Skype to stay in contact with her son Landon while her husband Michael looks on.  McCoy tries to Skype with her family as much as possible.  Skype is one of many tools used by many service members to stay in contact with their loved ones, it helps them to feel closer to home while deployed. (U.S. Army Photo)

1st Lt. Nicole McCoy, 159th CAB strength manager, uses Skype to stay in contact with her son Landon while her husband Michael looks on. McCoy tries to Skype with her family as much as possible. Skype is one of many tools used by many service members to stay in contact with their loved ones, it helps them to feel closer to home while deployed. (U.S. Army Photo)

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A Year in Review with Fort Campbell’s Currahees

 

Written by Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - CurraheeFort Campbell, KY – The 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), started 2013 running fast and hard, as the brigade deployed to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA, in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Currahees with 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment "Red Currahee," 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), walk down the mountain following the Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, after a joint patrol into the mountains around Combat Outpost Wilderness, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Currahees with 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment “Red Currahee,” 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), walk down the mountain following the Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, after a joint patrol into the mountains around Combat Outpost Wilderness, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade ensures combat cash flow

 

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Air Field,  Afghanistan – Support, management and accountability are all three key elements to support financial operations throughout Afghanistan.

The maintenance of financial support for soldiers in a deployed environment is essential. If a soldier’s personal finances are not in order it can create devastating effects to mission readiness.

“We have to ensure soldier’s pay is accurate; and if it isn’t, it is our job to fix it correctly and accurately,” said 1st Lt. Wesley S. Tudor, detachment commander of the 101st Financial Management Support Detachment. “If we don’t, Soldiers will be thinking about their finances and how they are going to take care of their Families, rather than their mission.”

Spc. Nicoll C. Flores, a native of Woburn, Mass., and a cashier with the 101st Financial Management Support Detachment fills out the exchange transaction record to withdraw money as part of a transaction for a soldier, Nov. 4, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. With this form a soldier can withdraw money to exchange Afghani currency to U.S. dollars or vice versa. The 101st Financial Management Support Detachment is a Massachusetts National Guard Unit. (Sgt. Sinthia Rosario/U.S. Army)

Spc. Nicoll C. Flores, a native of Woburn, Mass., and a cashier with the 101st Financial Management Support Detachment fills out the exchange transaction record to withdraw money as part of a transaction for a soldier, Nov. 4, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. With this form a soldier can withdraw money to exchange Afghani currency to U.S. dollars or vice versa. The 101st Financial Management Support Detachment is a Massachusetts National Guard Unit. (Sgt. Sinthia Rosario/U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell 101st Sustainment Brigade soldiers become noncommissioned officers

 

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

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Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan – Fifty-two newly promoted noncommissioned officers (NCO) crossed into the corps with a symbolic induction ceremony, which represented their right of entry into, what is known as, the time honored Corps of the noncommissioned officer.

The heritage and history of the corps is rich with symbolism and traces its roots as far back as the 17th century. The NCO Induction Ceremony gave the NCOs a better understanding of the significance of becoming a sergeant and what it takes to be a good leader.

Newly promoted noncommissioned officers (NCO) pose for a group photo after completing their NCO Induction Ceremony, Oct. 30, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. During this ceremony, the newly promoted conducted the rite of passage into the U.S. Army NCO Corps. (Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

Newly promoted noncommissioned officers (NCO) pose for a group photo after completing their NCO Induction Ceremony, Oct. 30, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. During this ceremony, the newly promoted conducted the rite of passage into the U.S. Army NCO Corps. (Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

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Winter changes everything for Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade in Afghanistan

 

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

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Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan – As winter sets in the cold weather will bring slippery ice covered roads that can put soldier’s driving skills to the test if they are not prepared for these types of conditions.

Task Force Lifeliner soldiers are taking the steps necessary to prepare for the icy winter ahead by learning how to prepare their colossal vehicles and themselves for the Afghanistan winter.

Pfc. Val J. Irick (left), a native of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Pfc. Ryan M. Sindle (right), a native of Elkhart, Ind., both soldiers with the Task Force Lifeliner command security team, attach firmly a snow chain on a mine resistant ambushed protected vehicle tire as part of winter training class, Oct. 26, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. This training teaches the soldiers how to properly apply snow chains on tires and how to operate their vehicles in cold weather conditions. (Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

Pfc. Val J. Irick (left), a native of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Pfc. Ryan M. Sindle (right), a native of Elkhart, Ind., both soldiers with the Task Force Lifeliner command security team, attach firmly a snow chain on a mine resistant ambushed protected vehicle tire as part of winter training class, Oct. 26, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. This training teaches the soldiers how to properly apply snow chains on tires and how to operate their vehicles in cold weather conditions. (Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Lifeliners keep Afghanistan mail surge in focus

 

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

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Bagram, Afghanistan – With the continued draw down of forces and equipment along with the holiday season at the door, postal personnel take the necessary steps to prepare for current and upcoming challenges during this critical time in Afghanistan.

Postal workers in Afghanistan gathered, October 19th-21st, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, to address postal operations, trends, initiatives and lessons learned throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility during the 1st Sustainment Command’s (Theater) 310th Human Resources Sustainment Center’s 2013 Theater Postal Conference hosted by 101st Special Troops Battalion, Task Force Lifeliner.

Task Force Lifeliner commander Col. Charles R. Hamilton, a native of Chantilly, Va., speaks to postal service members and civilians during the 2013 Theater Postal Conference hosted by Task Force Lifeliner, Oct. 19, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. This conference gives the postal workers the opportunity to address postal operations, finances, planning or issues that can affect daily operations. (Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

Task Force Lifeliner commander Col. Charles R. Hamilton, a native of Chantilly, Va., speaks to postal service members and civilians during the 2013 Theater Postal Conference hosted by Task Force Lifeliner, Oct. 19, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. This conference gives the postal workers the opportunity to address postal operations, finances, planning or issues that can affect daily operations. (Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

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Lifeline of the Kabul Base Cluster

 

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

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Forward Operating Base Phoenix, Afghanistan – Task Force Lifeliner, Task Force Rottweiler, 1438th Transportation Company and other units work cohesively as one to render sustainment and retrograde support successfully within the Kabul Base Cluster, all in support of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command.

Soldiers with Task Force Rottweiler are considered the lifeline of the Kabul Base Cluster because of a rather special operation they manage called a forward logistics element.

Sgt. 1st Class Charles A. Davis, a native of Birmingham, AL, and an accountable officer, verifies the material release order form for a package received at the Supply Storage Activity warehouse, Sept. 17, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. This process is to ensure the equipment and quantity matches the MRO. (Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class Charles A. Davis, a native of Birmingham, AL, and an accountable officer, verifies the material release order form for a package received at the Supply Storage Activity warehouse, Sept. 17, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. This process is to ensure the equipment and quantity matches the MRO. (Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

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Dignity, reverence and respect for Fallen Heroes

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Bagram, Afghanistan – Mortuary affairs soldiers on the battlefield have become a vital asset throughout the past century; these proud and strong soldiers ensure fallen comrades receive dignity, reverence and respect.

To ensure each service member comes home with honor is why each one of these professionals put on the uniform every day. The Bagram Air Field Mortuary Affairs collection point is the final stop for fallen heroes in the northern half of Afghanistan as they make their way home. The collection point is operated by 54th Quartermaster Company from Fort Lee, VA, that supports Task Force Lifeliner, 1st Theater Sustainment Command.

The Mortuary Affairs Collection Point Bagram team stand together for a group photo, Oct. 17, 2013 at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. Sgt. Jarrett D. Ransom (top left), a native of Memphis, TN, Pfc. Shawn Thomas (top right), a native of Raeford, NC, Staff Sgt. Joel Wood (bottom left), a native of Plattsburgh, NY, Spc. Cody J. Montalbano (center left), a native of Rochester, NY, Spc. Jeremy Bennett (center right), a native of Cromwell, Ky., and Pfc. Paul Shrum (bottom right) a native of Casa Grande, AZ, are all soldiers with the 54th Quartermaster Company out of Fort Lee, VA. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario)

The Mortuary Affairs Collection Point Bagram team stand together for a group photo, Oct. 17, 2013 at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. Sgt. Jarrett D. Ransom (top left), a native of Memphis, TN, Pfc. Shawn Thomas (top right), a native of Raeford, NC, Staff Sgt. Joel Wood (bottom left), a native of Plattsburgh, NY, Spc. Cody J. Montalbano (center left), a native of Rochester, NY, Spc. Jeremy Bennett (center right), a native of Cromwell, Ky., and Pfc. Paul Shrum (bottom right) a native of Casa Grande, AZ, are all soldiers with the 54th Quartermaster Company out of Fort Lee, VA. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario)

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Fort Campbell’s Lifeliners Observe Hispanic Heritage

 

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

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Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan – Service members and civilians take time to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, hosted by Task Force Lifeliner, October 11th, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.

Over the years Americans have observed the National Hispanic Heritage month from September 15th to October 15th, it’s a month to honor, recognize and celebrate the culture and its achievements.

Service members and civilians celebrate National Hispanic Heritage, Oct. 11, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. This event not only helps the Hispanic community to retain their traditions but also educates the Hispanic culture to other people from different nationalities. Task Force Lifeliner hosted this event. The guest speaker of the night was 1st Theater Sustainment Command Chief of Staff Col. Robert M. Villalobos was the guest speaker. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario)

Service members and civilians celebrate National Hispanic Heritage, Oct. 11, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. This event not only helps the Hispanic community to retain their traditions but also educates the Hispanic culture to other people from different nationalities. Task Force Lifeliner hosted this event. The guest speaker of the night was 1st Theater Sustainment Command Chief of Staff Col. Robert M. Villalobos was the guest speaker. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario)

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