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101st Airborne Division Chaplain transfers duties in Change of Stole Ceremony

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBaghdad, Iraq – Lt. Col. David Bowlus became the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) chaplain. Bowlus said that the very next day he had the privilege of providing the prayer at Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky’s change of command ceremony, welcoming him as division commander. From that point on, Bowlus worked closely with Volesky and Division Unit Ministry Teams to maintain the spiritual fitness of the Division’s Soldiers.

“It’s part of readiness, and I can’t think of a better coach, mentor and friend that I’ve had that’s been able to help me see what we need to do at our level to help that mission,” said Volesky, commander, 101st and the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve.

Master Sgt. Fredrick Murphy, right, master chaplain assistant, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, adjusts the stole on Lt. Col. David Bowlus, outgoing 101st and CJFLCC-OIR chaplain, before a change of stole ceremony in Baghdad on May 30, 2016. (Sgt. Katie Eggers)

Master Sgt. Fredrick Murphy, right, master chaplain assistant, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, adjusts the stole on Lt. Col. David Bowlus, outgoing 101st and CJFLCC-OIR chaplain, before a change of stole ceremony in Baghdad on May 30, 2016. (Sgt. Katie Eggers)

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APSU alum Gregory C. Mabry Jr. to be inducted into inaugural class of ROTC Hall of Fame

 

 APSU - Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – According to APSU, more than 300 former U.S. Army ROTC cadets will be inducted into the inaugural class of the Army Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Fort Knox, Kentucky on June 10th that will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Army ROTC program.

A 2000 graduate of Northeast High School (NEHS) in Clarksville, Gregory C. Mabry Jr. earned his Bachelor of Science in sociology from APSU in 2004.

Gregory C. Mabry Jr.

Gregory C. Mabry Jr.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Memorializes Seven Service Members

 

Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal Posthumously Awarded

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston of the Tennessee Military Department to pay tribute to seven service members killed in action to include four Marines and one Sailor killed in Chattanooga on July 16th, 2015.

(Top L to R) Thomas Sullivan, David Wyatt, Carson Holmquist, Randall Smith, K.P. Wells, Alexander Bonnyman, Jr., and Gary Reese.

(Top L to R) Thomas Sullivan, David Wyatt, Carson Holmquist, Randall Smith, K.P. Wells, Alexander Bonnyman, Jr., and Gary Reese.

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Fort Campbell’s Task Force Strike Soldiers build camp in Erbil, Iraq

 

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

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

Erbil, Iraq – LSA Strike is named after the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) whose Soldiers comprise Task Force Strike in northern Iraq.

When we first got here, all there was, was gravel.” said 1st Lt. Kalapu Fasavalu, platoon leader in Company C, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, from Long Beach, California. “There were no facilities set up at all.”

As part of their deployment during Operation Inherent Resolve, Soldiers of Task Force Strike, are moving to many locations throughout Iraq to advise and assist the Iraqi Security Forces.

Pfc. Mark Herron, a Soldier in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, helps set up a tent May 18, 2016, at Life Support Area Strike in Erbil, Iraq. Task Force Strike, comprised of Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is in Iraq as part of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, building partner capacity and advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces.  (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Pfc. Mark Herron, a Soldier in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, helps set up a tent May 18, 2016, at Life Support Area Strike in Erbil, Iraq. Task Force Strike, comprised of Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is in Iraq as part of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, building partner capacity and advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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Fort Campbell’s Strike Brigade takes charge of advise, assist mission in North Iraq

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel I. Johnson
Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve

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

Erbil, Iraq – The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), took over the division-level advise and assist mission in northern Iraq from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during a ceremony May 15th, in Erbil, Iraq.

About 1,250 1st BCT “Warriors” of the 10th Mountain Division making up Task Force Warrior redeployed back to Fort Drum, New York, after serving nine months in Iraq and Kuwait, training and advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Col. Brett Sylvia, the commander of 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), “Task Force Strike,” and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeremy Gebhardt, the senior noncommissioned officer for 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, uncase the Strike Brigade’s colors during their transfer of authority ceremony in Erbil, Iraq, May 17th, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Peter Berardi, 205th Press Camp Headquarters)

Col. Brett Sylvia, the commander of 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), “Task Force Strike,” and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeremy Gebhardt, the senior noncommissioned officer for 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, uncase the Strike Brigade’s colors during their transfer of authority ceremony in Erbil, Iraq, May 17th, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Peter Berardi, 205th Press Camp Headquarters)

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Fort Campbell Task Force Strike personnel orchestrate movement into Operation Inherent Resolve

 

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

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

Asia – As the Soldiers of Task Force Strike arrive in theater as part of Operation Inherent Resolve on their way to many different locations throughout Iraq, personnel here ensure they get to where they need to go at the time they are supposed to.

Many of the liaisons here deployed early, arriving in the country weeks before other Soldiers to ensure that the conditions would be set for the task force’s arrival.

“I deployed about three weeks ago” said CW1 Issac German, Task Force Strike mobility warrant officer. “My duty is to get all the Strike personnel and equipment from Fort Campbell to their end location, wherever that may be.”

Two personnel from Task Force Strike practice proper Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology (JSLIST) removal procedures at a training and logistical camp in southwest Asia, May 11, 2016. (1st Lt. Daniel I. Johnson)

Two personnel from Task Force Strike practice proper Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology (JSLIST) removal procedures at a training and logistical camp in southwest Asia, May 11, 2016. (1st Lt. Daniel I. Johnson)

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Rabbi provides Passover services to CJFLCC-OIR service members

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBaghdad, Iraq – Passover is one of the most celebrated Jewish holidays. It is an eight-day celebration that starts with a Seder meal commemorating the biblical story of when the Angel of Death passed over the homes of Israelites, sparing their first-born children and ultimately emancipating them from slavery in ancient Egypt.

From April 28th to April 30th, Jewish service members and civilian contractors deployed in support of Combined Joint Force Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve celebrated Passover services and Seder meals provided by a rabbi at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in Iraq.

Sgt. Jason Nesman, the Combined Joint Force Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve chaplain operations noncommissioned officer, Master Sgt. Fredrick D. Murphy, CJFLCC-OIR master chaplain assistant, Maj. Andrew Schulman, a rabbi with the 7th Mission Support Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Lt. Col. David A. Bowlus, CJFLCC-OIR chaplain, celebrate a traditional Seder meal at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in Baghdad April 30, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Eggers)

Sgt. Jason Nesman, the Combined Joint Force Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve chaplain operations noncommissioned officer, Master Sgt. Fredrick D. Murphy, CJFLCC-OIR master chaplain assistant, Maj. Andrew Schulman, a rabbi with the 7th Mission Support Command, Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Lt. Col. David A. Bowlus, CJFLCC-OIR chaplain, celebrate a traditional Seder meal at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in Baghdad April 30, 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Eggers)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” cases colors in preparation for deployment to Iraq

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – The ceremony marks the 4th time the storied brigade cased its’ colors in preparation for a deployment to Iraq; the 7th overall in support of the Global War on Terror.

Little remains known about Strike’s impending mission, however, their focal point will be advising and assisting Iraqi counterparts against insurgents.

The Strike brigade will join the Screaming Eagle’s headquarters, who deployed to the region a few short weeks ago. Units within Strike will be deployed throughout several locations in both Iraq and Kuwait.

Guidon bearers stand with the American flag and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division unit colors during a traditional colors of the casing ceremony at ‘Hangar 3’, Apr. 27, 2016. This the fourth time the unit cases its colors for a deployment to Iraq. (Spc. Andres Alegria, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault))

Guidon bearers stand with the American flag and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division unit colors during a traditional colors of the casing ceremony at ‘Hangar 3’, Apr. 27, 2016. This the fourth time the unit cases its colors for a deployment to Iraq. (Spc. Andres Alegria, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault))

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101st Airborne Soldiers receive Equal Opportunity training

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBaghdad, Iraq – After five days of classes, Staff Sgt. Cara Duda stood in front of her peers at the Tree of Life chapel on Union III. She held up a manila folder – her values badge – with words she had used to describe herself only days before. Some words provided demographics – white, female, Catholic. Others showed roles or personality traits – mother, independent, passionate.

As she held up the folder, Duda spoke to the rest of the class about what she learned in the Equal Opportunity Leader’s Course.

The values badge is the first assignment students of the EOLC are given on the first day of the course and the last activity they revisit after completing the final exam.

Staff Sgt. Cara Duda, the Joint Visitors Bureau protocol noncommissioned officer for the Combined Joint Force Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, presents her values badge at the end of the Equal Opportunity Leaders Course in Baghdad on April 22, 2016. Duda explained to her peers the lessons she learned throughout the course. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Eggers/Released)

Staff Sgt. Cara Duda, the Joint Visitors Bureau protocol noncommissioned officer for the Combined Joint Force Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, presents her values badge at the end of the Equal Opportunity Leaders Course in Baghdad on April 22, 2016. Duda explained to her peers the lessons she learned throughout the course. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Katie Eggers/Released)

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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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