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Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky assumes command of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division held a Change of Command Ceremony which saw Maj. Gen. James C. McConville relinquish command of the 101st Airborne Division to his replacement Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky. The ceremony and passing of the division colors was presided over by Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command.

The change of command ceremony is rooted in military history dating back to the 18th century during the reign of Frederick the Great of Prussia. At that time, organizational flags were developed with color arrangements and symbols unique to each particular unit. To this flag and its commander, the soldiers of the unit would dedicate their loyalty and trust. When a change of command takes place, the flag is taken from the outgoing commander and then passed to the individual assuming the command by their superior officer. This gesture is done in front of the unit so that all could see and witness their new leader assuming his dutiful position. He who holds the flag also holds the soldier’s allegiance. This symbolic tradition has survived throughout military history.

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (left), incoming commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), receives the division colors from Gen. Daniel B. Allyn (center), commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, during a change of command ceremony, June 20, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Larry Noller)

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (left), incoming commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), receives the division colors from Gen. Daniel B. Allyn (center), commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, during a change of command ceremony, June 20, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Larry Noller)

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101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Conducted Change of Command at Fort Campbell today

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Maj. Gen. James C. McConville relinquished command of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) to Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky during a change of command ceremony, June 20th, 2014, at the division parade field here.

The ceremony and passing of the division colors was presided over by Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command.

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (left), outgoing commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Gen. Daniel B. Allyn (center), commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, and Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (right), incoming commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), salute during the playing of the national anthem during a change of command ceremony, June 20, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Larry Noller)

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (left), outgoing commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Gen. Daniel B. Allyn (center), commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, and Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (right), incoming commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), salute during the playing of the national anthem during a change of command ceremony, June 20, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Larry Noller)

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101st Sustainment Brigade holds Change of Command at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario
101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Col. Charles R. Hamilton relinquished command of the 101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), to Col. Kimberly J. Daub during a change of command ceremony, June 10th, 2014.

The passing of the Lifeliner colors was facilitated by the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) commander, Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, on the historic 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) parade field.

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (right), commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), passes the unit colors to Col. Kimberly J. Daub (left), incoming commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade "Lifeliners," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during a change of command ceremony June 10, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (right), commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), passes the unit colors to Col. Kimberly J. Daub (left), incoming commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during a change of command ceremony June 10, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell paid honor to its fallen on Memorial Day

 

Fort Campbell, KYFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionOn Memorial Day, the 101st Airborne Division on Fort Campbell held a wreath laying at the 101st Airborne Division Headquarters honoring the soldiers from Fort Campbell who have given their all, in the service of their country.

87 year old Clarksville resident Gene Paladin, was on hand for the ceremony. A veteran of 3 wars, he landed in Europe with the 82nd Airborne during WWII, served in the Korean war, and did three tours with the in Vietnam with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans” of the 101st Airborne Division. He is one of the few remaining living solders who were qualified for the U.S. Army Airborne Glider Badge which he still proudly wears on his hat. He came close to skipping this years ceremony due to health issues, but he said that was glad he came.

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville and Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith lay a wreath before the 101st Airborne Division monument at the 101st Airborne  Division Headqurters on Memorial Day

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville and Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith lay a wreath before the 101st Airborne Division monument at the 101st Airborne Division Headqurters on Memorial Day

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A legacy of courage, strength honored at Fort Campbell during the 101st Airborne Division Review

 

Written by Sgt. William Battle
372nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The sun may have been bright this morning, but it could not shine brighter than the pride of the 101st Airborne Division as 12,800 Soldiers stood together on the Division Parade Field to close out this year’s Week of the Eagles celebration.

The theme of the 2014 observance was “Remembering the 101st in Vietnam: Building on the legacy of courage and strength,” and gathered at the parade field were representatives of the division’s history looking upon the Soldiers that are the division’s present and future – building on that legacy created by the Veterans in attendance.

12,800 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division stand on the Division Parade Field (Jerry Woller/ Fort Campbell Multimedia Visual Information Service Center)

12,800 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division stand on the Division Parade Field (Jerry Woller/ Fort Campbell Multimedia Visual Information Service Center)

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Valerie Hunter-Kelly named 2014 Champion of Fort Campbell at Awards Ceremony, Monday

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On Monday, local realtor Valerie Hunter-Kelly was inducted as a Champion of Fort Campbell during the 2014 Week of the Eagles.

The Champions of Fort Campbell award allows Fort Campbell to recognize and give local citizens who have spent their lives supporting Fort Campbell a small token of appreciation.

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville presented the award and unveiled a portrait sized copy of the photo of Valerie Hunter Kelly that would be placed on the wall of honor  with the previously selected champions of Fort Campbell.

His remarks, and Valerie Hunter-Kelly’s are included in full below.

Valerie Hunter-Kelly receives the acclaim of the audience after her portrait photograph is unveiled.

Valerie Hunter-Kelly receives the acclaim of the audience after her portrait photograph is unveiled.

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Special Concert with Big & Rich opened the 2014 Week of the Eagles at Fort Campbell on Friday

 

2014 Fort Campbell Week of the EaglesFort Campbell, KY – The 2014 Week of the Eagles Celebration kicked off on Friday with a Division Run and the Week of the Eagles Concert headlined by Big and Rich with Special Guest Cowboy Troy, Joe Diffie, and Mallory Hope. Sporting events and athletic competitions continue throughout the week, and the 2014 Week of the Eagles closes out on Thursday with the 101st Airborne Division Review.

As things kicked off Clarksville Online spoke with Melissa Schaffner, the Marketing Manager for the Fort Campbell Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR). “We’ve got a great lineup for this evening! We started out with Cover Down, the 101st Airborne Division Rock Band; following them will be Mallory Hope an up-and-coming artists out of Nashville; then we will have Joe Diffie, a big country music star during the 90s, who is making a repeat visit to Fort Campbell; and our headliner tonight will be Big and Rich with special guest Cowboy Troy, personal favorite of mine! I love Big and Rich so I’m really excited about this show.”

Big Kenny and John Rich performing on Stage at the 2014 Week of the Eagles Concert on Friday

Big Kenny and John Rich performing on Stage at the 2014 Week of the Eagles Concert on Friday

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Commanding General’s Golf Tournament at Fort Campbell June 14th-15th

 

Fort Campbell's Morale, Welfare and Recreation - MWRFort Campbell, KY – Summer time is here and it’s time to hit the links as Major General James C. McConville, Commanding General of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division welcomes you to the Commanding General’s Golf Tournament at Cole Park Golf Course, Fort Campbell, KY.

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101st Airborne Division Currahees case colors at Fort Campbell but legacy lives on

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, Veterans, Families and friends alike, looked on with heavy hearts as the colors of the 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), furled in the wind one last time.

As part of the U.S. Army’s Brigade Combat Team 2020 Model, the 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., cased their colors during an inactivation ceremony, April 25th, 2014, at the division parade field.

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (left), commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), looks on as Col. Val C. Keaveny, Jr. (center), former commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., and Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin Velez, command sergeant major of 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., fold the brigade colors prior to casing them during the inactivation and relinquishment of command ceremony at the division parade field at Fort Campbell, KY, April 25th, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th BCT Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (left), commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), looks on as Col. Val C. Keaveny, Jr. (center), former commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., and Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin Velez, command sergeant major of 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., fold the brigade colors prior to casing them during the inactivation and relinquishment of command ceremony at the division parade field at Fort Campbell, KY, April 25th, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th BCT Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division conducts Brigade-Level Air Assault Training Operation at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) holds a unique position as the only air assault division in the world. As an air assault-focused unit, the division must be ready at a moment’s notice to plan, coordinate, and execute brigade-size air assault operations capable of seizing key terrain in support of operational objectives.

“The 101st Airborne Division provides the National Command Authority an air assault early entry force capable of working in austere environments with limited or degraded infrastructure,” said Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), secure a landing zone during the full dress rehearsal for Operation Golden Eagle here April 4, 2014. The four-day exercise was the first brigade-size air assault operation conducted by the 101st Abn. Div. in more than a decade and featured Soldiers from 3rd BCT and 101st Combat Aviation Brigade "Wings of Destiny," moving more than 1,100 Soldiers and sling-loading more than 20 pieces of equipment. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), secure a landing zone during the full dress rehearsal for Operation Golden Eagle here April 4, 2014. The four-day exercise was the first brigade-size air assault operation conducted by the 101st Abn. Div. in more than a decade and featured Soldiers from 3rd BCT and 101st Combat Aviation Brigade “Wings of Destiny,” moving more than 1,100 Soldiers and sling-loading more than 20 pieces of equipment. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

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