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101st Airborne gets ‘put through the paces’ during Unified Endeavor 13-1

 

Written by Sgt. Grant Matthes
101st Airborne Division Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Prior to its scheduled return to Afghanistan, Screaming Eagle Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division Headquarters must complete one final task of knowledge and skill to prove they are up to the challenge for their next rendezvous with destiny.

This final task, operationally titled Unified Endeavor 13-1, will feature more than 600 participants from multiple U.S. Army divisions and units, as well as members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and will stretch over multiple countries and time zones from Fort Campbell to Germany to Kabul, Afghanistan.

Pvt. Joshua Wagner, a fires support specialist, Sgt. Ryan Davis and Staff Sgt. Nathan Wilkinson, both fires support noncommissioned officers, all with Company A, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, make their way to an exercise fusion cell during Unified Endeavor 13-1 here Dec. 2nd. (Photo by Sgt. Grant Matthes)

Pvt. Joshua Wagner, a fires support specialist, Sgt. Ryan Davis and Staff Sgt. Nathan Wilkinson, both fires support noncommissioned officers, all with Company A, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, make their way to an exercise fusion cell during Unified Endeavor 13-1 here Dec. 2nd. (Photo by Sgt. Grant Matthes)

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101st Airborne Division names “Strike” 3rd Brigade Combat Team artillery battery “Top Gun”

 

Written by Sgt. Grant Matthes
101st Airborne Division Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Artillerymen with the 101st Airborne Division waited seven years to have a shot at a red muzzle cover and the distinction of being known as the division’s “Top Gun” unit.

The day finally came as six artillery batteries competed in the “Best Howitzer” competition this past week to claim the title and take the prize back to their brigade.

The winning team from year’s competition was Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

Soldiers with Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conduct rigging operations on a M-119 Howitzer during a division “Top Gun” competition here Nov. 14-15. The competition was held to see who the division’s best artillery section is. (Photo by Sgt. Grant Matthes, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Soldiers with Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conduct rigging operations on a M-119 Howitzer during a division “Top Gun” competition here Nov. 14-15. The competition was held to see who the division’s best artillery section is. (Photo by Sgt. Grant Matthes, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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Campbell gives final address before transfer of authority

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Kerensa Hardy and Sgt. Grant Matthes
101st Airborne Division The Fort Campbell Courier

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionAfghanistan – In what was his final address to the Pentagon Press Corps from Afghanistan, the commander of Regional Command-East and Combined Joint Task Force-101 spoke about strides made over the last 12 months.

“It’s been a very, very exciting year here for Regional Command-East. We’ve been honored to serve with our Afghan partners for the past year,” Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell said Tuesday.

Campbell said he wanted to focus on transition of authority, realignment of forces and cooperation and coordination with Afghan security forces.

The 101st is nearing the end of its transition to the 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas.

Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell

Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell

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Soldier follows father’s footsteps

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Grant Matthes
Regional Command-East Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRegional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Many sons aspire to follow in their fathers’ footsteps. U.S. Army Pfc. John L. Pillow is no exception.

Pfc. Pillow’s father is U.S. Army Col. James Pillow, Task Force MED-East chief of operations.

Col. Pillow, a nearly 26-year Army veteran, began his career at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Years later Pfc. Pillow, now assigned to 2nd Platoon, Troop A, 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, did the same.

“I thought it was very unique that my son and I both went to Leonard Wood for basic training,” said Col. Pillow, Madeira Beach, FL, native.

Col. James Pillow, Task Force MED-East chief of operations, and U.S. Army Pfc. John L. Pillow, a medic, 101st Airborne Division, eat Thanksgiving dinner together at Forward Operating Base Connolly in Nangarhar Province Nov. 25th. James and John Pillow are both assigned to Regional Command-East, eastern Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Bridgette Scott, Task Force MED-East)

Col. James Pillow, Task Force MED-East chief of operations, and U.S. Army Pfc. John L. Pillow, a medic, 101st Airborne Division, eat Thanksgiving dinner together at Forward Operating Base Connolly in Nangarhar Province Nov. 25th. James and John Pillow are both assigned to Regional Command-East, eastern Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Bridgette Scott, Task Force MED-East)

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Training and maintaining; putting the comm. in combat

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Grant Matthes
Regional Command-East Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Signal Soldiers of the Company C, 101st Airborne Division here are in charge of ensuring communication equipment is up and running at all times. Secure Internet Protocol Router, Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router and Combined Enterprise Regional Information Exchange are crucial computer networks to the mission in Afghanistan, and the work of four Soldiers within the company keeps these communication lifelines flowing.

This small group is tasked with conducting maintenance and training others on the proper use of the very small aperture terminal, or VSAT.

VSAT technicians here are in charge of training Soldiers in Regional Command-East how to properly maintain, set up and operate the computer systems in their area of responsibility. VSATs are small satellites used to transmit low-bandwidth data to other VSATs within range.

U.S. Army Sgt. Darrell W. Coffman, Company C, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, VSAT facility noncommissioned officer in charge and a native of Clarksville, TN (top), and U.S. Army Sgt. William M. Hemingway, Company C, HHB, 101st Airborne Division, TT (traffic terminal) and SPOP (SIPR point of presence) and reset technician, and a native of Collinsville, IL, troubleshoot a problem with an SPOP here Sept. 7th. The SPOP is part of the system that enables computer-network communication between coalition forces in Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Grant Matthes, Regional Command-East Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Sgt. Darrell W. Coffman, Company C, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, VSAT facility noncommissioned officer in charge and a native of Clarksville, TN (top), and U.S. Army Sgt. William M. Hemingway, Company C, HHB, 101st Airborne Division, TT (traffic terminal) and SPOP (SIPR point of presence) and reset technician, and a native of Collinsville, IL, troubleshoot a problem with an SPOP here Sept. 7th. The SPOP is part of the system that enables computer-network communication between coalition forces in Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Grant Matthes, Regional Command-East Public Affairs)

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Holding down the fort

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Grant Matthes Regional Command-East Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – There are many lines of defense used by military forces to ensure insurgency doesn’t make its way onto coalition force grounds.

Armed Soldiers bearing Screaming Eagle patches have no problem ensuring that the security of Bagram’s joint operation center is top notch.

Combined Joint Task Force 101 Soldiers guard the gates and interior of Bagram’s JOC, which is headquarters for the Regional Command-East command group.

U.S. Army Spc. Daniell Miller, Intelligence and Security Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, gate guard and a native of Macon, GA, checks the credentials of a vehicle’s occupants prior to opening Bagram’s joint operation center gate here Aug. 18th. Checking credentials plays a key role in allowing personnel on the JOC compound. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Grant Matthes, Regional Command-East Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Spc. Daniell Miller, Intelligence and Security Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, gate guard and a native of Macon, GA, checks the credentials of a vehicle’s occupants prior to opening Bagram’s joint operation center gate here Aug. 18th. Checking credentials plays a key role in allowing personnel on the JOC compound. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Grant Matthes, Regional Command-East Public Affairs)

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