Written by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell, KY – Twenty one years ago, a platoon sergeant choose a single Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet from his platoon to fire a Vulcan air defense weapon system. Although the weapon system was on the verge of retirement from the Army, that old Vulcan had a lasting impact on the cadet.
Jared Galazin, the cadet, would go on to choose air defense artillery as one of his top three branches because of the time he spent on the gun. Now he is a lieutenant colonel and commander of the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
Fort Campbell, KY – Staff Sgt. James P. Hunter was posthumously awarded the Kentucky Medal of Freedom, May 28th. His Family accepted the honor during a ceremony held in Lexington, KY.
In April of 2009, I, then Pfc. Joe Padula, was introduced to a young, strong man of about 24 years old. He stood tall in a stance, built with confidence. He wore a combat patch on his right sleeve. I could tell this man has been tested before, and I was a lost Soldier at Fort Campbell who had just found Staff Sgt. James P. Hunter — thank God.
Fort Campbell, KY – Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the acting commander of Fort Campbell, KY, while the 101st Airborne Division is deployed to Afghanistan, held a press conference yesterday to discuss the Upcoming Force Reduction and Reorganization Strategy that will see the 101st Airborne Division lose the storied 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahees”.
The 101st Airborne Division was quick to assure the community that this does not mean a mass loss of personnel from Fort Campbell as the Soldiers and other personnel will be redistributed among the remaining brigades both locally and within the Army, which will mean an increase in personnel for the remaining Brigade Combat Teams on post.
Fort Campbell’s 101st Airborne Division to lose 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee” as part of the Army’s Force Reduction
Fort Campbell, KY – The Pentagon announced Tuesday that the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is among the units across the Army scheduled to be in-activated.
The move is part of the Army’s force reduction and reorganization strategy, which will reduce its active component BCT’s from 45 to 33 by fiscal year 2017.
Written by Eagle 6
101st Airborne Division
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – On Memorial Day, tradition dictates that the Stars and Stripes are raised briskly against the wind to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the position of half-staff, where it remains only until noon.
It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
Two important announcements affecting Clarksville-Montgomery County
VA to Expedite Claims Decisions for Veterans Who Have Waited a Year or More
“The House of Representatives and the State Senate adjourned on Friday, April 19th,” said Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville). “Over the next several days, we will send an analysis of the bills, budget items and other items of interest from the first session of the 108th General Assembly.” «Read the rest of this article»
Free local benefit festival featuring live music, food and raffles.
Woodlawn, TN – Several hard-rock bands from the Nashville and Clarksville areas will perform at the fifth-annual Mikefest on Saturday, May 4th, to raise money for Sgt. Keith Hale and his family.
The outdoor event, at 3825 Old Dover Road North in Woodlawn, just south of Fort Campbell, will feature several hard-rock bands from the Nashville/Clarksville areas. «Read the rest of this article»
Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
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.
Knoxville, TN – The University of Tennessee plans to honor legendary men’s basketball player Dale Ellis by retiring his No. 14 jersey during a home game next season, the Tennessee athletics department announced Thursday.
Ellis – a two-time first-team All-American – will become the fourth player to be permanently honored in the Thompson-Boling Arena rafters. He joins Bernard King (No. 53), Ernie Grunfeld (No. 22) and Allan Houston (No. 20).
Smyrna, TN – A Hiring Fair will be held on February 14th, at Building 500, on the Smyrna Volunteer Training Site from 1:00pm-4:00pm and is open to all National Guard members, reservists, spouses, and veterans, announced Maj. Gen. Terry “Max” Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General.
“We’re all taught to look out for our buddies and hiring fairs are one way of doing that,” Haston said. “Some service members have returned from Iraq or Afghanistan to find the place where they worked no longer in business, and now they’re out looking. We’re trying to help them every way we can.” «Read the rest of this article»
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