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Fort Campbell Currahee Cavalry Regiment receives Gold Spurs

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Khowst Province, Afghanistan – “Today we took a little time out of our schedule to honor traditions of the past and award the gold spurs to all of the troopers in 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment,” said Lt. Col. Thomas T. Sutton, squadron commander of 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jeremy A. Woodard, an engineer officer with 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), rides a horse while holding the Headquarters Troop Guidon, during a spur ceremony at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, Oct. 11, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jeremy A. Woodard, an engineer officer with 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), rides a horse while holding the Headquarters Troop Guidon, during a spur ceremony at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, Oct. 11, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Currahees compete for Soldier, Non-commissioned Officer of the Quarter

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Select Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), participated in the Soldier, Non-commissioned Officer of the quarter board at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.

“We still have to sharpen our skills, we can’t just say ‘I’m good at what I do’,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston, command sergeant major of the 4th BCT, 101st  Abn. Div., and president of the board for the Soldier and NCO of the Quarter. “Boards, and the way we set this one up, are a way to sharpen our skills both mentally and physically.”

U.S. Army Spc. Sean C. Poole, an infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires an M9 at a target while competing for Soldier of the Quarter at forward operating base Salerno, Afghanistan, July 14, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Spc. Sean C. Poole, an infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires an M9 at a target while competing for Soldier of the Quarter at forward operating base Salerno, Afghanistan, July 14, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell War Rakkasans receive awards for Valor and Combat

 

Written by  Maj. Stacy Hopwood

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Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers of Troop C, “Shadow,” 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were presented with awards for valor and combat for their actions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at an awards ceremony at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, May 1st.

Soldiers assigned to 1 Squadron, 33 Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101 Airborne Division (Air Assault), were presented with awards for valor and injuries sustain in combat during an awards ceremony at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, May 1, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Edwards, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Soldiers assigned to 1 Squadron, 33 Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101 Airborne Division (Air Assault), were presented with awards for valor and injuries sustain in combat during an awards ceremony at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, May 1, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Edwards, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team conducts successful air assault operation in support of ANSF Soldiers

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – The engines of the CH-47 Chinook roar deafeningly through the main cabin like the winds of a monsoon. Through nightvision, the stone-chizzled faces of Soldiers stare engrossed with the view out of the back ramp of the helicopter while in flight.

“Five minutes,” yells the back door gunner.

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), tactically exit a CH-47 Chinook during an air assault operation in the Shamul District, March 31, 2013. The unit supported the Afghan Uniform Police mission of clearing villages suspected of possible insurgent activity. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), tactically exit a CH-47 Chinook during an air assault operation in the Shamul District, March 31, 2013. The unit supported the Afghan Uniform Police mission of clearing villages suspected of possible insurgent activity. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Soldier’s unexpected mission yields high reward

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers assigned to Camp Clark, Afghanistan load onto a rickety looking dust-covered bus heading for Camp Parsa.

One noncommissioned officer climbs aboard, clean-cut with the look of motivation and pride on his face as bright as day, sits down and discusses the training plan for the day with another NCO.

Army Sgt. Daniel Clampitt, an artilleryman assigned to 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), reads off the coordinates to an Afghan National Army soldier as part of training at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, March 30, 2013. Clampitt has worked with the 203rd Afghan Army Corps, 1st Infantry Brigade, 4th Kandak, D-30 Heavy Koy throughout the deployment to improve their efficiency with the D-30 Howitzer Cannon. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

Army Sgt. Daniel Clampitt, an artilleryman assigned to 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), reads off the coordinates to an Afghan National Army soldier as part of training at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, March 30, 2013. Clampitt has worked with the 203rd Afghan Army Corps, 1st Infantry Brigade, 4th Kandak, D-30 Heavy Koy throughout the deployment to improve their efficiency with the D-30 Howitzer Cannon. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Soldier carries pride as third generation Rakkasan

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Most families have running traditions that strengthen their bonds.

For the last three generations, the Fay household shares something very unique.

U.S. Army Spc. Robert Fay Jr., an infantryman assigned to Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is the third Soldier to be part of the Rakkasans in his family; following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps.

U.S. Army Spc. Robert Fay Jr., an infantryman assigned to Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses for a picture in front of a tactical vehicle at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2013.(Army by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Spc. Robert Fay Jr., an infantryman assigned to Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses for a picture in front of a tactical vehicle at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2013.(Army by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Unit Commander aims to keep Soldiers sharp

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Lt. Col. Donald Evans, squadron commander for 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a quarterly discussion with his squadron pertaining to their mission accomplishments during their deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom while at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, March 4th.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Donald Evans, squadron commander for 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gives a quarterly update to his squadron about success so far while deployed at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, March 4, 2013. Evans stressed to the troops to stay vigilant. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Donald Evans, squadron commander for 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gives a quarterly update to his squadron about success so far while deployed at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, March 4, 2013. Evans stressed to the troops to stay vigilant. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell 3rd Brigade Combat Team Soldier ‘Living the Dream’ as Artilleryman

 

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

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Khowst Province, Afghanistan – The sun is high above and its heat is beating down on an M119A2 howitzer and its nine-man team at Camp Clark, Afghanistan.

As a radio squawks aloud, all nine men repeat the words they wait to hear day-in and day-out.

“Fire mission!”

“Living the dream boys,” says Spc. Taylor Barnes, the gunner for the M119A2 Howitzer.

U.S. Army Spc. Taylor Barnes and his howitzer team assigned to Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fire their howitzer in support of a forward observer certification training mission on Camp Clark, Afghanistan, Jan. 14th, 2013. Barnes joined the Army because of family history and feeling the need to do his part for his country. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Spc. Taylor Barnes and his howitzer team assigned to Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fire their howitzer in support of a forward observer certification training mission on Camp Clark, Afghanistan, Jan. 14th, 2013. Barnes joined the Army because of family history and feeling the need to do his part for his country. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Nashville comes to 101st Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanKhowst Province, Afghanistan – On a sunny afternoon, soldiers gathered for a brief escape from their surroundings. As they crowded together, acoustic guitars rang throughout the facility. Equipped with a smile, their eyes sparkled: Music, laughter and ease were in the air.

Country music’s brightest song writers left the comforts of Nashville, Tennessee, to travel around the world for this enjoyable delivery.

Carlton Ray Scott (near), plays a song as other members of the Nashville to You Tour look on at Forward Operating Base Gardez, Nov. 15, 2012. Other members of the tour include (after Scott, from left to right) Thomas Verges, Hillary Lindsey, Billy Montana and Keni Thomas. The tour featured Nashville's top songwriters and performers as they traveled throughout Afghanistan performing for deployed soldiers. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 PAO)

Carlton Ray Scott (near), plays a song as other members of the Nashville to You Tour look on at Forward Operating Base Gardez, Nov. 15, 2012. Other members of the tour include (after Scott, from left to right) Thomas Verges, Hillary Lindsey, Billy Montana and Keni Thomas. The tour featured Nashville’s top songwriters and performers as they traveled throughout Afghanistan performing for deployed soldiers. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3/101 PAO)

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Passion for serving others drives Fort Campbell Soldier and Career

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Khowst Province, Afghanistan – When Spc. Stephen Palmer, a combat medic from Greenwich, RI, took his oath of enlistment in July 2009, he proudly swore to himself to serve with a special purpose: helping those in need.

Palmer, who serves as a senior medic with Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 33rd Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), knew well before he entered discussions with recruiters what he wanted to do in the U.S. Army.

Spc. Stephen Palmer, a combat medic with Task Force 3-101, Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is deployed to Camp Clark in Afghanistan. Palmer enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 2009 in hopes to pursue his passion in providing care for others.

Spc. Stephen Palmer, a combat medic with Task Force 3-101, Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is deployed to Camp Clark in Afghanistan. Palmer enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 2009 in hopes to pursue his passion in providing care for others.

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