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Agile Eagle transitions the 101st Airborne Division to BCT 2020

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado

101st Airborne Division Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – From its roots as one of the U.S. Army’s first airborne divisions in World War II, to defining air mobile operations in Vietnam, to its current status as the world’s only air assault division, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) has a history of change and innovation.

The 101st will again answer the call as it begins implementing Operation Agile Eagle II, designed to localize and implement the larger Department of the Army-directed BCT 2020 initiative. This overarching move mandates development of a plan that will reduce the overall strength of the Army in order to meet current and future mission requirements.

Lt. Col. Zachary Miller (left), commander of the former 3rd Special Troops Battalion and commander of the newly reflagged 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, and Command Sgt. Maj. Martin Humphreys, the senior enlisted advisor for 21st BEB, uncase the colors of the newly stood up 21st BEB during a ceremony at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, March 27, 2014. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. Zachary Miller (left), commander of the former 3rd Special Troops Battalion and commander of the newly reflagged 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, and Command Sgt. Maj. Martin Humphreys, the senior enlisted advisor for 21st BEB, uncase the colors of the newly stood up 21st BEB during a ceremony at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, March 27, 2014. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

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Rakkasans host future Soldiers at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Fourteen future Soldiers from the Bloomington, IN Recruiting Station were given a glimpse of their future during a visit here March 19th.

“This is the first major [tour] we’ve done like this where we’ve gotten the post and an entire Brigade involved,” said Staff Sgt. Forrest Uribe, a recruiter with the Bloomington Recruiting Station.

The primary focus of the tour was observing training and interacting with Soldiers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team ‘Rakkasans’, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Spc. Cliff Baxter (right) and Spc. Christopher Paisley, both forward observers with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) discuss the life of a Soldier and offer insights to the 14 future Soldiers who visited 3rd BCT and Fort Campbell March 19, 2014. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

Spc. Cliff Baxter (right) and Spc. Christopher Paisley, both forward observers with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) discuss the life of a Soldier and offer insights to the 14 future Soldiers who visited 3rd BCT and Fort Campbell March 19, 2014. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 591st Engineer Company hits ground running

 

Written by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanFort Campbell, KY – The historical 591st Engineer Company has been added to the ranks of 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) here.

“For us the only real change has been our location,” said 1st Sgt. Aaron Tippett, the senior noncommissioned officer of 591st Engineer Company. “We left the footprint of the 326th and fell into the footprint of the Rakkasans who welcomed us with open arms.”

Soldiers assigned to 591st Engineer Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), join other companies in their Welcoming Ceremony here, Jan. 2014. The 591st have a rich historical history and will provide a great deal of experience and knowledge to the Rakkasan Brigade in future missions. (Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)

Soldiers assigned to 591st Engineer Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), join other companies in their Welcoming Ceremony here, Jan. 2014. The 591st have a rich historical history and will provide a great deal of experience and knowledge to the Rakkasan Brigade in future missions. (Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)

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What makes Fort Campbell’s Rakkasans better

 

Written by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanFort Campbell, KY – That was the question Soldiers and the command of 3rd Brigade Combat Team ‘Rakkasans,’ 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), set out to answer during the Brigade’s first ever ‘Best Rakkasan’ competition here, February 19th and 20th.

“This was the first time we as a Brigade have ever put together a challenge like this for our Soldiers,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Gabriel Perez, the Brigade targeting officer and coordinator of the ‘Best Rakkasan’ competition.

Competitors assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), jump over barriers at The Sabalauski Air Assault School during the ‘Best Rakkasan’ competition  here, Feb. 19, 2014. The competition was held was the first of its kind and was designed to measure the overall proficiency of selected teams and award them with the title of ‘Best Rakkasan’ through competitive events. (Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)

Competitors assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), jump over barriers at The Sabalauski Air Assault School during the ‘Best Rakkasan’ competition here, Feb. 19, 2014. The competition was held was the first of its kind and was designed to measure the overall proficiency of selected teams and award them with the title of ‘Best Rakkasan’ through competitive events. (Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans” welcome new Command Sergeant Major

 

Written by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers with 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Tagalicud to the Rakkasans as he takes the reigns as the Brigade’s senior noncommissioned officer during an Assumption of Responsibility Ceremony here, February 20th, 2014.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the Soldiers within this Brigade,” said Tagalicud. “I feel very honored to be selected to be the Rakkasan sergeant major and to be able to give the commander a senior NCO perspective.”

Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Tagalicud, the senior enlisted advisor for 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), addresses the attendees and Soldiers of the Rakkasan Activation Ceremony here Feb. 19, 2014. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Tagalicud, the senior enlisted advisor for 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), addresses the attendees and Soldiers of the Rakkasan Activation Ceremony here Feb. 19, 2014. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Rakkasan Soldier breaks 12-mile Air Assault foot march record

 

Written by Capt. Charlie Emmons
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – While 202 new graduates stood at attention to receive the coveted, Air Assault Badge at The Sabalauski Air Assault School, one officer’s achievement made the November 21st ceremony a historic occasion.

Captain Jason Burnes, an assistant operations officer at Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasan”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), finished ahead of his peers and every other student that wore a pack on their shoulders to complete the intense 12-mile foot march.

Capt. Jason Burnes, an assistant operations officer at Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasan”, 101st Airborne Division stands in front of one of the repelling towers after graduating The Air Assault School on Nov. 22, 2013.  Burnes set a new record time of one hour and 37 minutes during the event.    (Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)

Capt. Jason Burnes, an assistant operations officer at Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasan”, 101st Airborne Division stands in front of one of the repelling towers after graduating The Air Assault School on Nov. 22, 2013. Burnes set a new record time of one hour and 37 minutes during the event. (Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell’s Iron Rakkasans train ‘Brilliance in Basics’

 

Written by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanFort Campbell, KY – With the arrival of new soldiers, companies within the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), train their soldiers for combat starting at the foundation.

Leaders within the 3-187th “Iron” Rakkasans train the soldiers throughout the battalion during a field training exercise aimed at training the smallest element within units, the fire teams.

Pfc. Shea Simpson, an infantryman assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) assaults an objective during a fire team exercise at U.S. Army Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 24, 2013. The team exercise was one event that soldiers had to complete during a three day field training exercise, designed to strengthen the battalion’s fire teams. (Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton 3/101 Public Affairs)

Pfc. Shea Simpson, an infantryman assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) assaults an objective during a fire team exercise at U.S. Army Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 24, 2013. The team exercise was one event that soldiers had to complete during a three day field training exercise, designed to strengthen the battalion’s fire teams. (Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team Scouts conduct field training, exercise reconnaissance skills

 

Written by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers assigned to Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct a three-day Field Training Exercise to enhance their soldiers scout abilities at Fort Campbell, KY, September 5th, 2013.

“The objective of this exercise was to validate our scout team’s ability to conduct reconnaissance and perform their individual tasks,” said Capt. Andrew Jenkins, Commander of Troop B. “This is our first time in the field since our redeployment.”

Pfc. Nicholas Conzachi, a cavalry scout assigned to Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), scans his area for enemy movement during a scout team training exercise at Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 5, 2013.  (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3/101 Public Affairs)

Pfc. Nicholas Conzachi, a cavalry scout assigned to Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), scans his area for enemy movement during a scout team training exercise at Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 5, 2013. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Rakkasans volunteer with Buddy Ball

 

Written by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) staff spent time making new friends at the Pinnacle bowling alley in Clarksville, Tennessee, August 27th, 2013.

The Rakkasan staff volunteered with a special needs athletic league known as Buddy Ball as a way of giving back to the community.

Sgt. 1st Class Takethia Branch, a retention non commissioned officer assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), celebrates with a table of young athletes with the Buddy Ball program at the Pinnacle bowling alley, Clarksville, Tenn., Aug. 27, 2013. (Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3BCT Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class Takethia Branch, a retention non commissioned officer assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), celebrates with a table of young athletes with the Buddy Ball program at the Pinnacle bowling alley, Clarksville, Tenn., Aug. 27, 2013. (Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3BCT Public Affairs)

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Retired Rakkasan visits leaders, shares experience at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Retired Maj. Gen. Robert F. Dees, former commander of the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and current honorary commander of the 187th Infantry Regiment, visited leaders at the brigade headquarters on Fort Campbell, KY, August 23rd, 2013.

Retired Maj. Gen. Robert F. Dees, former commander of the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and current honorary commander of the 187th Infantry Regiment, visited leaders at the brigade headquarters on Fort Campbell, KY, August 23rd, 2013. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

Retired Maj. Gen. Robert F. Dees, former commander of the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and current honorary commander of the 187th Infantry Regiment, visited leaders at the brigade headquarters on Fort Campbell, KY, August 23rd, 2013. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

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