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101st Airborne Division 44th Air Defense Artillery readies, retrains Soldiers for Fires Integrated Mission

 

Written by Marie Berberea
Fort Sill Public Affairs

U.S. ArmyFort Sill, OK – In recent weeks, the fields of Fort Sill were peppered with the typical sounds made by counter rocket artillery mortar. However, the unit conducting C-RAM were preparing for an atypical mission.

Soldiers in 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery are deploying to serve as a total fires integrated package under a field artillery division, 101st Airborne Division, with a field artillery battery attached to them.

“The C-RAM mission is expanding. Our formation was not big enough to encompass all the mission requirements for that. [Forces Command] recently attached a field artillery battery out of Fort Carson to us to make up the difference in what we need,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Schrock, 2-44th ADA commander.

A Soldier in 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery performs a maintenance check during a mission rehearsal exercise at Thompson Hill Range Complex Feb. 8th. (Marie Berberea, Fort Sill Public Affairs)

A Soldier in 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery performs a maintenance check during a mission rehearsal exercise at Thompson Hill Range Complex Feb. 8th. (Marie Berberea, Fort Sill Public Affairs)

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Matt Reel announces bid for Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District

 

5th Generation Tennessean, public servant and Special Forces Green Beret to bring life of dedication, service to the U.S. Congress

Matt Reel for CongressCenterville, TN – Matt Reel, a 5th generation Tennessean and Special Forces Green Beret with a long history of public service, has announced that he will run for Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District. Matt, who has spent his life serving not only the people of his home state, but also his country as a member of the Untied States Army Special Forces, will bring his dedication and experience to Congress as an advocate for the people of Tennessee’s 7th District.

Coming from a long line of service members, preachers, teachers and farmers, Matt and his family have lived, worked and attended school in every corner of Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District.

Matt Reel

Matt Reel

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Fort Campbell Garrison welcomes Jason Osborne as new Garrison Command Sergeant Major

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell civilian employees, Soldiers, community leaders, Family members and friends filled the seats of Wilson Theater to witness Command Sgt. Maj. Jason W. Osborne’s assumption of responsibility as the garrison senior enlisted adviser during a ceremony December 1st, 2017.

Colonel Joseph P. Kuchan, Fort Campbell garrison commander, led the ceremony by introducing Osborne to those in attendance.

“[Osborne] communicates well. He’s a natural conversationalist. He quickly cuts to the essence of a matter and he underpins it all with standards and responsibility,” Kuchan said. “These qualities will serve him exceptionally well as the garrison command sergeant major. This is the type of leadership and focus that we need right now.”

Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Jason W. Osborne addresses the audience Dec. 1, during his assumption of responsibility ceremony at Wilson Theater, Fort Campbell, KY.  (Mari-Alice Jasper, Fort Campbell Courier)

Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Jason W. Osborne addresses the audience Dec. 1, during his assumption of responsibility ceremony at Wilson Theater, Fort Campbell, KY. (Mari-Alice Jasper, Fort Campbell Courier)

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Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan’s 2017 Veterans Day Message

 

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – I’m honored to serve as Mayor of the City of Clarksville, the home of Fort Campbell and a large number of military veterans.

On Veterans Day, we honor all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and their family members. We take time to remember their dedicated service and the sacrifices they have made.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

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Tennessee National Guard Soldiers return home from year-long deployment

 

Written by Sgt. Sarah Kirby
118th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – More than 120 Soldiers assigned to the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 230th Signal Company returned home to Smyrna, Tennessee, October 14th, 2017 after a year-long deployment overseas.

“I’m so excited to be home,” said Army Sgt. James Collier, a signal support systems specialist with the 230th Signal Company. “My daughters have grown up so much since I’ve been gone and I can’t wait to get back into a new routine with them and my wife.”

Families and friends eagerly wave to the Soldiers of the Tennessee National Guard’s 230th Signal Company, based in Nashville, Tenn., who just returned home from a year long deployment overseas Oct. 14. (Spc. Lauren Ogburn, Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters).

Families and friends eagerly wave to the Soldiers of the Tennessee National Guard’s 230th Signal Company, based in Nashville, Tenn., who just returned home from a year long deployment overseas Oct. 14. (Spc. Lauren Ogburn, Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters).

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Austin Peay State University to honor 9/11 anniversary with community art exhibit

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – This September, Austin Peay State University will commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a special community art project, Honoring 9/11 through Art and Art Therapy.

The program, conceived by Ken Shipley, APSU professor of art, and Melody Shipley, ceramic artist, is designed to support and engage individuals reflecting on the sacrifices of those who died on September 11th, 2001, and to honor those who rose in service and continue to serve as a result of that tragedy.

Family Painting

Family Painting

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City of Clarksville wishes Happy 75th Anniversary to 101st Airborne Division

 

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan offers these words to mark the 75th Anniversary of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), which is being celebrated August 16th-26th, 2017.

On behalf of all the citizens of Clarksville, I’m honored to say “Happy 75th Anniversary” to the famous Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

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Fort Campbell Lifeliner NCO completes journey to earning Bachelor’s Degree

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – Staff Sgt. Shenea Andrews, the chaplain assistant noncommissioned officer in charge for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., proudly walked across the stage of Wilson Theater to receive her bachelor’s degree after beginning her journey almost nine years ago.

“This accomplishment means a lot to me,” said Andrews, a Tampa, Florida native. “It means all the hard work I put in mornings [before physical training], during lunch, and after work paid off.”

Staff Sgt. Shenea Andrews, the chaplain assistant noncommissioned officer in charge for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., walks across the stage of Wilson Theater, June 9, 2017, to receive her bachelor’s degree during the joint graduation ceremony on Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st SBDE Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Shenea Andrews, the chaplain assistant noncommissioned officer in charge for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., walks across the stage of Wilson Theater, June 9, 2017, to receive her bachelor’s degree during the joint graduation ceremony on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st SBDE Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division 2nd Brigade Soldiers First Warfighters to Sling Load TCN-Light

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and pilots from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, became the first Soldiers in the operational Army to sling load the Tactical Command Node-Light last week.

This training was done in preparation for the brigade’s upcoming rotation as part of the Network Integration Exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas, in July. At NIE 2BCT will validate new systems that will be fielded to the Army for future mission sets.

A CH-47 Chinook flown by Soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), sling loads the Tactical Control Node-Light at Fort Campbell, KY, Jun. 15, 2017. The training was part of 2nd Brigade, 101st’s preparation for the upcoming Network Integration Exercise at Fort Bliss, where they will be the first light BCT to participate. (Sgt. Bradford Alex)

A CH-47 Chinook flown by Soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), sling loads the Tactical Control Node-Light at Fort Campbell, KY, Jun. 15, 2017. The training was part of 2nd Brigade, 101st’s preparation for the upcoming Network Integration Exercise at Fort Bliss, where they will be the first light BCT to participate. (Sgt. Bradford Alex)

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Memorializes Five Service Members

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee Military Department Adjutant General, Major General Terry “Max” Haston paid tribute to five service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the state’s Memorial Day service.

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