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Fort Campbell 101st Sustainment Brigade Soldiers remember the Vulcan Air Defense System

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division101st Sustainment Brigade - Lifeliners

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).

M167 Vulcan air defense weapon system.

M167 Vulcan air defense weapon system.

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Fort Campbell Sgt. Joe Padula says ‘To tell the Soldier’s story, you must fight by their side’

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

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

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.

Staff Sgt. James P. Hunter views his photos while following other Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, during a field training exercise. Hunter's face was rarely in front of the camera, as his job as an Army journalist was to record the lives of Soldiers " whether they were training at Fort Campbell or patrolling the streets of Afghanistan. Hunter died while deployed with Strike in Afghanistan, June 18th, 2010. (Fort Campbell Courier archive)

Staff Sgt. James P. Hunter views his photos while following other Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, during a field training exercise. Hunter’s face was rarely in front of the camera, as his job as an Army journalist was to record the lives of Soldiers ” whether they were training at Fort Campbell or patrolling the streets of Afghanistan. Hunter died while deployed with Strike in Afghanistan, June 18th, 2010. (Fort Campbell Courier archive)

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Fort Campbell Reassures Community over Planned 4th Brigade Combat Team Inactivation

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - CurraheeFort 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.

Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the acting commander of Fort Campbell, KY, while the 101st Airborne Division is deployed to Afghanistan

Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the acting commander of Fort Campbell, KY, while the 101st Airborne Division is deployed to Afghanistan

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Airborne Division to lose 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee” as part of the Army’s Force Reduction

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - CurraheeFort 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.

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Fort Campbell’s Eagle 6 Memorial Day Message

 

Written by Eagle 6

101st Airborne Division

Maj. Gen. James C. McConvilleFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram 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.

101st Airborne Division, Air Assault

101st Airborne Division, Air Assault

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Tennessee General Assembly Adjourns for the Year

 

Two important announcements affecting Clarksville-Montgomery County

VA to Expedite Claims Decisions for Veterans Who Have Waited a Year or More

Tennessee State Representative - House District 67Tennessee State Representative Joe PittsNashville , TN – Tennessee General Assembly adjourned Friday.

“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»

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4th Annual Mikefest benefit Festival to be held at Woodlawn May 4th

 

Free local benefit festival featuring live music, food and raffles.

Mikefest 2013Woodlawn, 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»

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Fort Campbell Soldier carries pride as third generation Rakkasan

 

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 – 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.

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), poses for a picture in front of a tactical vehicle at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2013.(Army by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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), poses for a picture in front of a tactical vehicle at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2013.(Army by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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University of Tennessee to retire Dale Ellis’ Jersey in ceremony next year

 

UT VolsKnoxville, 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).

No. 14 Dale Ellis

No. 14 Dale Ellis

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Middle Tennessee Hiring Fair for Veterans this Week

 

Tennessee National GuardSmyrna, 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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