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Two Fort Campbell 101st Sustainment Brigade Soldiers maintain a Family Bond

 

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

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Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Connections are hard to find when there is more than 7,000 miles between loved ones. Two military families found a special way to keep their bond despite the separation. As two dads approached the end of their tour in Afghanistan, they discovered a way for their children to begin a homecoming countdown.

One hundred days out from their redeployment two soldiers with 101st Sustainment Brigade (Lifeliners) began a 100-day burpee challenge to stay actively connected with their children – in a fun healthy way – after an already long deployment away from home.

Task Force Lifeliner's Maj. William E. Laase (left), brigade logistics officer in charge for the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and Maj. Erik A. Spicer (right), the 101st Sustainment Brigade chaplain, assume a push-up position during their daily burpee exercises as part of the 100-day burpee challenge, Jan. 19, 2014, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary R. Mittlesteadt, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

Task Force Lifeliner’s Maj. William E. Laase (left), brigade logistics officer in charge for the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and Maj. Erik A. Spicer (right), the 101st Sustainment Brigade chaplain, assume a push-up position during their daily burpee exercises as part of the 100-day burpee challenge, Jan. 19, 2014, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary R. Mittlesteadt, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade Officers versus Enlisted

 

Video by Staff Sgt. Peter Sinclair
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade Officers and Noncommissioned officers kicked off the new year with a friendly game of basketball at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

This video includes sound bites from Maj. Eric King, Operations Officer in Charge, Task Force Lifeliner; Pfc. Ryan Sindle, Command Security Team Driver, Task Force Lifeliner.

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51st Transportation Company prepares for road mission in support of Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade

 

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

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Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Normally when you hear about a convoy escort team you hear about how dangerous their missions are, but what does it take to prepare for these long hours on the road?

Soldiers with 2nd Platoon, 51st Transportation Company, take the necessary steps to ensure their team is always ready to roll. The 2nd Platoon, known as “Lancers,” live by a simple phrase “success of our mission through preparation,” which keeps their equipment at 100 percent.

Soldiers with 2nd Platoon (Lancers), 51st Transportation Company, 77th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, in support of Task Force Lifeliner, gather around in a team huddle after prepping their mine resistant ambush protected vehicle as part of preparation for upcoming missions, Dec. 22, 2013 at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

Soldiers with 2nd Platoon (Lancers), 51st Transportation Company, 77th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, in support of Task Force Lifeliner, gather around in a team huddle after prepping their mine resistant ambush protected vehicle as part of preparation for upcoming missions, Dec. 22, 2013 at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s Lifeliners celebrate Christmas in Afghanistan

 

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

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Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan – Sitting around a Christmas tree drinking hot cocoa and exchanging gifts with your loved ones is something the Lifeliners will not have the opportunity to do this year.

Nevertheless, the holiday spirit is high as soldiers take the time to enjoy a Christmas meal alongside their comrades and spend some time with their families through Skype or Facetime.

Task Force Lifeliner’s Col. Charles R. Hamilton, a native of Houston, Texas, and commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and Master Sgt. Katherine E. Lawson-Best, a native of New Orleans, LA, and human resources administration noncommissioned officer in charge, serve meals during Christmas lunch, Dec. 25, 2013 at the Koele Dining Facility at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. As tradition has it, senior military leaders served their troops a feast worthy of the Holiday. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

Task Force Lifeliner’s Col. Charles R. Hamilton, a native of Houston, Texas, and commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and Master Sgt. Katherine E. Lawson-Best, a native of New Orleans, LA, and human resources administration noncommissioned officer in charge, serve meals during Christmas lunch, Dec. 25, 2013 at the Koele Dining Facility at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

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Military Brothers Meet for Christmas in Afghanistan

 

Written by Sgt. David Dobrydney
455th Air Expeditionary Wing

United States Department of DefenseBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Up until a few days ago, Air Force Staff Sgt. Derek Allen hadn’t seen his brother, Army Cpl. Greg Allen, in more than three years. However, a twist of fate brought them together here for the Christmas holidays.

“Both of us being here in [Afghanistan] is the closest we have ever been to each other since Thanksgiving 2009,” said Derek, a 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron tactical aircraft maintenance craftsman, deployed from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AR.

Family Ties: Two brothers spend Christmas at Bagram

Air Force Staff Sgt. Derek Allen, right, and his brother, Army Cpl. Greg Allen, compare unit patches at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 23, 2012. The brothers spent the holidays together for the first time since 2009 after the A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft Derek maintains provided vital combat support for Greg and his fellow soldiers. (Master Sgt. Jun Kim/U.S. Air Force)

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Army pilot serves 40 years

 

Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

U.S. ArmyBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Things and people that are constant fixtures in life often get taken for granted. In the Army, everything changes eventually.

In the aviation units of the Ohio National Guard, there has been one person who has become all but permanent. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Blaine Wykoff, B Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment pilot, a native of Akron, Ohio, has made himself part of the Ohio Army National Guard for 38 years.

Wyckoff started his military career when he enlisted into the Ohio Air National Guard in 1972.

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Blaine Wyckoff, B Company, 3-238th, CH-47 Chinook helicopter pilot, a native of Akron, Ohio, who has worked in the aviation field as an enlistee in the Ohio Air National Guard, rose to the rank of colonel and took an administrative reduction so that he could continue to fly, sits in the pilot’s seat of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2012 (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB PAO)

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Blaine Wyckoff, B Company, 3-238th, CH-47 Chinook helicopter pilot, a native of Akron, Ohio, who has worked in the aviation field as an enlistee in the Ohio Air National Guard, rose to the rank of colonel and took an administrative reduction so that he could continue to fly, sits in the pilot’s seat of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2012 (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB PAO)

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Bagram customs: keeping America protected

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Jay Venturini 304th Public Affairs Detachment

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Many servicemembers throughout Afghanistan dream of the day when their unit will get on the plane to take them home. However, before they can get on that plane, there are a lot of things they have to do to ensure themselves and their cargo enters the United States properly.

For the personnel redeploying through Bagram Airfield, the last people they will see before getting on the plane will most likely be customs personnel from the 342nd Military Police Company, from Fort Devens, MA, who will inspect every item in every bag, from every person returning to the U.S.

“We know that most of the people coming through here are legit, and just want to get home, but it’s because of the 1 percent that try to sneak things through is why we have to be so strict,” said U.S. Army Capt. Brien C. Durkee, 342nd MP Co. commander and Boston native.

U.S. Army Pfc. Peter Lessard, 342nd Military Police Company customs agent and Concord, NH, native, inspects the contents of a redeploying Airman’s baggage at the Bagram Airfield’s customs terminal August 2nd. Every bag is thoroughly inspected for unauthorized items before it is allowed to leave Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Jay Venturini, 304th Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Pfc. Peter Lessard, 342nd Military Police Company customs agent and Concord, NH, native, inspects the contents of a redeploying Airman’s baggage at the Bagram Airfield’s customs terminal August 2nd. Every bag is thoroughly inspected for unauthorized items before it is allowed to leave Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Jay Venturini, 304th Public Affairs Detachment)

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