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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 Bulldog Troops make former Enemy Safe Havens Uncomfortable

 

Written by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua Edwards
129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Paktya Province, Afghanistan – With a full moon to light the sky, a pair of U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters broke the deafening silence of the night as they descended into the valley where the village of Sahak, Afghanistan lay still.

Slowly the sound of the Chinooks faded into the night, only to be replaced by the sound of dogs barking in the distance as the Soldiers from “Bulldog” Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), zigzagged their way through the maze of narrow footpaths that separate the wheat and sweet clover fields.

ZORMAT, Afghanistan – Soldiers from “Bulldog” Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) observe an A-10 Warthog as it drops flares over a wheat field during Operation Sham Shir April 24, 2013, Sahak, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards)

ZORMAT, Afghanistan – Soldiers from “Bulldog” Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) observe an A-10 Warthog as it drops flares over a wheat field during Operation Sham Shir April 24, 2013, Sahak, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards)

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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 33rd Cavalry Regiment Scouts scale Afghan mountains to disrupt insurgents

 

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 Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a dismounted patrol in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in order to disrupt possible insurgent activity in Musa Khel District, Afghanistan, March 6th.

Soldiers assigned to Blue Platoon, Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discuss possible movement routes through the mountainous terrain before a patrol in Musa Khel District, Afghanistan, March 6, 2013. Soldiers conducted a 12-mile dismounted patrol in order to reach a village in the valley that is inaccessible by vehicle. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

Soldiers assigned to Blue Platoon, Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discuss possible movement routes through the mountainous terrain before a patrol in Musa Khel District, Afghanistan, March 6, 2013. Soldiers conducted a 12-mile dismounted patrol in order to reach a village in the valley that is inaccessible by vehicle. (U.S. Army Photo 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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Insurgent attacks kill 19, injure 37 civilians in eastern Afghanistan in December

 

Written by RC-East Public Affairs

Regional Command EastBagram, Afghanistan – Insurgents killed 19 civilians and wounded 37 others in eastern Afghanistan during the month of December.

Of the 22 insurgent attacks that caused death or injury during this time period, the deadliest incident occurred when a bomb placed at the main bazaar in Bak district of Khost province exploded, killing three innocent civilians and severely injuring four others. «Read the rest of this article»

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101st Combat Aviation Soldiers Rebuild one gate at a time

 

Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of Destiny

Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – On the morning of December 2nd, 2012, insurgents detonated a truck laden with explosives next to Forward Operating Base Fenty in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, and detonated it.

A two-hour battle followed and the insurgents were defeated by the cooperation of coalition and Afghan forces. The insurgents were defeated, but a gate was destroyed as a result of the battle.

Spc. Joshua Finley, E Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment allied trade specialist, a native of Cortez, CO, makes welds along the edge of a gate as daylight wanes at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, Dec. 11th. The gate being constructed to replace the one destroyed in an insurgent attack on the FOB on Dec. 2nd. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

Spc. Joshua Finley, E Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment allied trade specialist, a native of Cortez, CO, makes welds along the edge of a gate as daylight wanes at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, Dec. 11th. The gate being constructed to replace the one destroyed in an insurgent attack on the FOB on Dec. 2nd. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

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101st Airborne Divisions 3rd Brigade Combat Team Rakkasans combat indirect fire threat in Khowst Province

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanKhowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from  Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a security patrol in search of the site where a rocket was fired from during a recent attack on their combat outpost Bowri Tana, Afghanistan.

Soldiers assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), point out areas of interest during a patrol in search of signs of insurgent activity in the mountains near Combat Outpost Bowri Tana, Afghanistan, Nov. 30th, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

Soldiers assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), point out areas of interest during a patrol in search of signs of insurgent activity in the mountains near Combat Outpost Bowri Tana, Afghanistan, Nov. 30th, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team helps Afghan National Security Forces one step closer

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanPaktya Province, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces demonstrated their ever-increasing ability to conduct independent counter insurgent operations in Chamkani district near the Pakistan border October 23rd, 2012.

Members of the Afghan Uniformed Police, Afghan Border Police and Afghan Local Police successfully coordinated and executed a security mission, while soldiers of Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), augmented security and intelligence support.

U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Elijah Bales, a Knoxville, TN, native and platoon leader with Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks through an interpreter to a group Afghan Uniformed Police while conducting a presence patrol led by AUP and Afghan Border Police in a village near Chamkani, Oct. 23, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3-101 Public Affairs)

U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Elijah Bales, a Knoxville, TN, native and platoon leader with Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks through an interpreter to a group Afghan Uniformed Police while conducting a presence patrol led by AUP and Afghan Border Police in a village near Chamkani, Oct. 23, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, TF 3-101 Public Affairs)

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Three Fort Campbell Soldiers receive medals for Valor

 

Written by Sgt. Kimberly Menzies
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionThe Currahees

Fort Campbell, KY – Three Currahees from 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were awarded Army Commendation Medals for Valor, during a ceremony January 23rd, 2012, at Fort Campbell, KY.

“The great thing about today is we’re recognizing three soldiers who are mentally and physically tough, they’re masters of their craft, and they have proven themselves under fire,” said U.S. Army Col. Valery C. Keaveny Jr., the commander of the 4th BCT, 101st Airborne Division.

Soldiers from Troop C, 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were awarded Army Commendation Medals for Valor, during a ceremony, Jan. 23rd, 2012, at Fort Campbell, KY. U.S. Army Col. Valery C. Keaveny, Jr., the commander of the 4th BCT, 101st ABN DIV, praises U.S. Army Staff Sgt. William D. Stuckey, a squad leader, Sgt. Shuan O. Chandler, a team leader, and Spc. Michael A. Garcia, for their actions and courage while under direct enemy fire. (Photo by Sgt. Kimberly Menzies)

Soldiers from Troop C, 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were awarded Army Commendation Medals for Valor, during a ceremony, Jan. 23rd, 2012, at Fort Campbell, KY. U.S. Army Col. Valery C. Keaveny, Jr., the commander of the 4th BCT, 101st ABN DIV, praises U.S. Army Staff Sgt. William D. Stuckey, a squad leader, Sgt. Shuan O. Chandler, a team leader, and Spc. Michael A. Garcia, for their actions and courage while under direct enemy fire. (Photo by Sgt. Kimberly Menzies)

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