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101st Airborne Division Commander Major Gen. Gary Volesky gives community update on deployment from Baghdad

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Courier

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Major Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commander of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, spoke during a virtual town hall from the CJFLCC-OIR headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, where he gave an update on the progress the 101st Airborne Division has made during the first 30 days of its most recent deployment.

The 101st Abn. Div. is part of an 18-nation coalition focused on defeating Daesh, aka the Islamic State. However, unlike previous deployments to Iraq, the mission is focused on supporting Iraqi forces by providing air strikes, aerial reconnaissance, training, equipment and other enablers, while Iraqi forces conduct operations.

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CJFLCC-OIR chaplains provide Easter services throughout Iraq

 

Written by Sgt. Katie Eggers
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBaghdad, Iraq – Early Sunday morning at Union III, the sound of a guitar and hymns being sung could be heard among the pitter-patter of raindrops. Before the sun had even come up, a group of Soldiers endured the weather to gather for an Easter sunrise service. By the end of the service, the rain subsided, giving Soldiers the opportunity to take in their surroundings.

The Easter sunrise service was just one of five religious services held at Union III and one of many services across the Combined Joint Force Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJFLCC-OIR) area of operations in celebration of the holiday.

“At each location across the CJFLCC we held Christian services, which include protestant and Catholic, and Latter Day Saints,” said Lt. Col. David A. Bowlus, CJFLCC-OIR chaplain.

Capt. Christopher S. Davis, chaplain for Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gives the sermon at an Easter sunrise service in Baghdad, Iraq, March 27, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Eggers)

Capt. Christopher S. Davis, chaplain for Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gives the sermon at an Easter sunrise service in Baghdad, Iraq, March 27, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Eggers)

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101st Airborne Division assumes command of CJFLCC-OIR from 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq

 

Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBaghdad, Iraq – The 82nd Airborne Division relinquished command of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJFLCC-OIR) to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during a transfer of authority ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq, March 8th.

As the 82nd Airborne Division returns to Fort Bragg, NC, they leave the Iraqi security forces, or ISF, stronger than they were when the division arrived in June.

“The Iraqi army has transformed dramatically over the past year, and that positive change is in part thanks to the professionalism, commitment and leadership of the 82nd Airborne Division,” said Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, commander of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.

"While the efforts of the coalition have contributed to defeating Daesh, the most important work has been done by our Iraqi partners," said Major Gen. Gary J. Volesky. "They have made the largest sacrifice. Their success in taking back Ramadi changed the course of this fight and they have put Daesh on the defensive and continue to take the fight to them more and more everyday. We will work tirelessly to help them remove Daesh from their land once and for all."

“While the efforts of the coalition have contributed to defeating Daesh, the most important work has been done by our Iraqi partners,” said Major Gen. Gary J. Volesky. “They have made the largest sacrifice. Their success in taking back Ramadi changed the course of this fight and they have put Daesh on the defensive and continue to take the fight to them more and more everyday. We will work tirelessly to help them remove Daesh from their land once and for all.”

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101st Airborne Division Headquarters cases colors at Fort Campbell, looks to Iraq mission

 

Written by Sgt. William White
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) headquarters cased its colors February 25th before a nine-month deployment to Iraq in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.

Soldiers, family members and community leaders attended the ceremony to bid farewell to the Screaming Eagles as they prepare to train and advise the Iraqi army in its mission to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

“Today we case our colors as we deploy in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and replace the 82nd Airborne Division headquarters as the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command in Iraq,” said Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (left), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory F. Nowak (right), 101st Airborne Division command sergeant major, case the storied 101st colors Feb. 25, during a ceremony officially marking the division's deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (left), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory F. Nowak (right), 101st Airborne Division command sergeant major, case the storied 101st colors Feb. 25, during a ceremony officially marking the division’s deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 52nd Ordnance Group gets New Command, Mission

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Angel D. Martinez
20th CBRNE Command

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division52nd Ordnance Group

Fort Campbell, KY – Col. Mark Faria accepted command of the 52nd Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) from Col. Marty L. Muchow during a change of command ceremony at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, February 18th.

The 52nd will be deploying in the next few weeks, and Faria’s main focus is on the success of this mission.

Col. Mark Faria accepted command of the 52d Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group from Col. Marty L. Muchow during a Change of Command ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 18. (Courtesy Photo)

Col. Mark Faria accepted command of the 52d Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group from Col. Marty L. Muchow during a Change of Command ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 18. (Courtesy Photo)

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Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Ethan Moss saves a Man’s Life

 

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office - MCSOClarksville, TN – A commendation has been awarded to Deputy Ethan Moss with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for saving a man’s life.

On February 4th, Deputy Moss responded to a 911 call in the 700 block of Merritt Lewis Lane. Upon arrival Moss found the homeowner unconscious and not breathing. He administered the automated external defibrillator (AED) and started CPR.

Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson gives Deputy Ethan Moss a commendation for saving a man's life.

Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson gives Deputy Ethan Moss a commendation for saving a man’s life.

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101st Airborne Division’s oldest Battalion prepares for Joint Readiness Training

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra Fown
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers and leaders with 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are packing their rucks, brushing up on battle drills and kissing their families goodbye before heading off to the swamps of Fort Polk, Louisiana, for a decisive action training environment rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center.

A decisive action training environment, better known as a DATE rotation, gives Soldiers a taste of a hybrid threat similar to the complexities of potential adversaries the nation could face in the 21st century.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prepare to be picked up by UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters before an air assault mission at Fort Knox, Ky., Dec. 9, 2015. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prepare to be picked up by UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters before an air assault mission at Fort Knox, Ky., Dec. 9, 2015. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

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Fort Campbell Soldiers get visit from U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter before upcoming Deployment

 

Written by Sgt. William White
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter visited 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers at Fort Campbell. January 13th, 2016.

Carter wanted to speak to 101st Airborne Division Soldiers directly prior to their upcoming deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, in which they will work to train, advise and assist the Iraqi army to defeat the ISIL.

“Frankly, I know the 101st has taken Mosul before, and you could do it again,” Carter said while speaking to more than 200 Screaming Eagle Soldiers set to deploy in the coming weeks. “We could deploy multiple brigades on the ground and arrive in force, but then it would likely become our fight and our fight alone.”

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter speaks to 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers during a visit to Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 13, 2016. Carter visited Fort Campbell Soldiers to talk about the division's upcoming mission and to thank deploying Soldiers for their sacrifices. (Sgt. William White)

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter speaks to 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers during a visit to Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 13, 2016. Carter visited Fort Campbell Soldiers to talk about the division’s upcoming mission and to thank deploying Soldiers for their sacrifices. (Sgt. William White)

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101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” to deploy to Iraq

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Department of the Army announced last week the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) – the “Strike” Brigade – stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will deploy with approximately 1,300 Soldiers to Iraq this spring in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct live fire exercise training lanes at Fort Polk, La. (Staff Sgt. Amanda Zuniga, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct live fire exercise training lanes at Fort Polk, La. (Staff Sgt. Amanda Zuniga, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division welcomes new acting Senior Commander at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. William White
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers and leaders from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell gathered to welcome their new acting senior commander at an Honor Eagle ceremony Tuesday in the division headquarters building here.

Brig. Gen. Scott E. Brower, who is returning to Fort Campbell for his fourth assignment will take interim responsibility of Fort Campbell and its units from Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

“Over 90 percent of the division is going to remain here and we need a competent and reliable leader to sustain readiness and take care of our Soldiers and Family members while we’re deployed,” Volesky said during the ceremony. “And Scott is exactly the right officer to fill this critical role.”

Brig. Gen. Scott E. Brower, incoming acting senior commander for 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks to Fort Campbell Soldiers, families and community leaders during an Honor Eagle ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 5, 2016. Brower will step in for Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky during the division's deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Brig. Gen. Scott E. Brower, incoming acting senior commander for 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks to Fort Campbell Soldiers, families and community leaders during an Honor Eagle ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 5, 2016. Brower will step in for Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky during the division’s deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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