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Band of Brother’s Easy Company returns home to Fort Campbell; End of an Era

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – The 506th Infantry Regiment has had a powerful lineage ever since their initial activation July 20th, 1942.

Since World War II, the 506th has been inactivated, reactivated and re-designated a number of times. They have served within different brigades, divisions and military posts.

The 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 506th Inf. Regt. reunited in September of 2005 under the Colors of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., and have since had two separate deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scott W. Kirkpatrick, commander of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), leads the last group of soldiers, consisting mainly of soldiers with Easy Company, 2nd Bn., 506th Inf. Regt., who returned home in the early hours of Jan. 26, 2014, marking the end of an era for the brigade. (Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scott W. Kirkpatrick, commander of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), leads the last group of soldiers, consisting mainly of soldiers with Easy Company, 2nd Bn., 506th Inf. Regt., who returned home in the early hours of Jan. 26, 2014, marking the end of an era for the brigade. (Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade Trains for Success

 

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

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Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan – Guardsmen with the 1438th Transportation Company train their sister unit, the 1638th Transportation Company with the Indiana National Guard in preparation so they can take control of the mission of sustainment operations in the Kabul Base Cluster of Afghanistan.

The two units work together, one with nine months of real world operational experience in Kabul under their belts and the other eager to take on the momentous sustainment mission.

Spc. Dewayne M. Johnson, a native of Muncie, IN, and fuel manager with the outgoing unit the 1438th Transportation Company, 77th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Task Force Lifeliner, shows the fuel yard to his replacement Spc. Robert P. Ibarria, a native of Wheatfield, IN, with the 1638th Transportation Company as part of the relief in place, Nov. 11, 2013, at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

Spc. Dewayne M. Johnson, a native of Muncie, IN, and fuel manager with the outgoing unit the 1438th Transportation Company, 77th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Task Force Lifeliner, shows the fuel yard to his replacement Spc. Robert P. Ibarria, a native of Wheatfield, IN, with the 1638th Transportation Company as part of the relief in place, Nov. 11, 2013, at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

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Lifeline of the Kabul Base Cluster

 

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

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Forward Operating Base Phoenix, Afghanistan – Task Force Lifeliner, Task Force Rottweiler, 1438th Transportation Company and other units work cohesively as one to render sustainment and retrograde support successfully within the Kabul Base Cluster, all in support of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command.

Soldiers with Task Force Rottweiler are considered the lifeline of the Kabul Base Cluster because of a rather special operation they manage called a forward logistics element.

Sgt. 1st Class Charles A. Davis, a native of Birmingham, AL, and an accountable officer, verifies the material release order form for a package received at the Supply Storage Activity warehouse, Sept. 17, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. This process is to ensure the equipment and quantity matches the MRO. (Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class Charles A. Davis, a native of Birmingham, AL, and an accountable officer, verifies the material release order form for a package received at the Supply Storage Activity warehouse, Sept. 17, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan. This process is to ensure the equipment and quantity matches the MRO. (Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Special Troops Battalion Chaplain is Making Stronger Soldiers

 

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

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Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan – Task Force Lifeliner’s 101st Special Troops Battalion Chaplain, Capt. Jason Price, travels throughout Afghanistan to educate soldiers on suicide.

The program Price teaches is called the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). This class gives the soldiers tools, tips and ideas on how to mitigate, and in most cases, prevent suicide. As suicide remains one of the Army’s top priorities, this class is instrumental in raising awareness and saving lives particularly in high stress environments.

Task Force Lifeliner, 101st Special Troops Battalion Chaplain Jason Price, a native of Clarksville, Tenn., conducts Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training to soldiers from Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2013. During this training, soldiers learn to respond knowledgeably and competently to soldiers at risk of suicide. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

Task Force Lifeliner, 101st Special Troops Battalion Chaplain Jason Price, a native of Clarksville, Tenn., conducts Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training to soldiers from Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2013. During this training, soldiers learn to respond knowledgeably and competently to soldiers at risk of suicide. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Currahee Soldiers receive Combat Patch on D-Day Anniversary

 

Written by U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Ryan Scott
129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionThe Currahees

Paktya Province, Afghanistan – The 101st Airborne Division combat patch was presented to Currahee Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Lightning, during a patching ceremony, June 6th.

On this day, 69 years ago, Currahee Soldiers participated in Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy, France.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Funk, noncomissioned officer in charge, Forward Operating Base Lightning Base Defense Operations Center, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a combat patching ceremony for the Currahee Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Lightning June 6th, 2013. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Ryan Scott, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Funk, noncomissioned officer in charge, Forward Operating Base Lightning Base Defense Operations Center, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a combat patching ceremony for the Currahee Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Lightning June 6th, 2013. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Ryan Scott, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne” replaces Mountain Warrior at Forward Operating Base Fenty

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Jon Heinrich
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionForward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, from Fort Carson, CO, stood in formation at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, December 5th as their brigade transferred authority to the 201st Afghan National Army Corps, which will now be supported by the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, KY.

Col. J.P. McGee and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas W. Eppler, the commander and command sergeant major of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, uncase the brigade colors December 5th during the Transfer of Authority ceremony from 4th BCT, 4th Infantry Division to the 201st Afghan National Army Corps here. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, Taskforce 1-101 PAO)

Col. J.P. McGee and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas W. Eppler, the commander and command sergeant major of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, uncase the brigade colors December 5th during the Transfer of Authority ceremony from 4th BCT, 4th Infantry Division to the 201st Afghan National Army Corps here. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, Taskforce 1-101 PAO)

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101st Airborne gets ‘put through the paces’ during Unified Endeavor 13-1

 

Written by Sgt. Grant Matthes
101st Airborne Division Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Prior to its scheduled return to Afghanistan, Screaming Eagle Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division Headquarters must complete one final task of knowledge and skill to prove they are up to the challenge for their next rendezvous with destiny.

This final task, operationally titled Unified Endeavor 13-1, will feature more than 600 participants from multiple U.S. Army divisions and units, as well as members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and will stretch over multiple countries and time zones from Fort Campbell to Germany to Kabul, Afghanistan.

Pvt. Joshua Wagner, a fires support specialist, Sgt. Ryan Davis and Staff Sgt. Nathan Wilkinson, both fires support noncommissioned officers, all with Company A, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, make their way to an exercise fusion cell during Unified Endeavor 13-1 here Dec. 2nd. (Photo by Sgt. Grant Matthes)

Pvt. Joshua Wagner, a fires support specialist, Sgt. Ryan Davis and Staff Sgt. Nathan Wilkinson, both fires support noncommissioned officers, all with Company A, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, make their way to an exercise fusion cell during Unified Endeavor 13-1 here Dec. 2nd. (Photo by Sgt. Grant Matthes)

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716th Military Police Battalion Loads up and Heads out to Afghanistan

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – As he walked into one of the post shopettes dressed in an Army Multi-cami uniform, Lt. Col. David Thompson said he was told, “thank you” and “welcome home” from a few of the civilians there.

“They thought I had come home from a deployment,” he said.

The fact was Thompson, commander of the 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, was actually preparing to head out on deployment. He and the rest of his battalion headquarters staff left this week for their year-long tour to Afghanistan.

Families and friends watch the soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, as they prepare to depart Fort Campbell for a deployment to Afghanistan. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Families and friends watch the soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, as they prepare to depart Fort Campbell for a deployment to Afghanistan. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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101st Sustainment Brigade Soldier Killed

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionSergeant James Michael DarroughFort Campbell, KY – A Fort Campbell Soldier was killed after the vehicle he was traveling in, was struck by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, October 29th, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Sergeant James Michael Darrough, 38, of Austin, Texas, was a Financial Management Technician assigned to Charlie Detachment, 101st Finance Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion; 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY. He joined the Army in February 2005 and arrived at Fort Campbell in July 2009. «Read the rest of this article»

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Afghanistan and Pakistan discuss the future

 

Written by U.S. Army Pfc. Zackary Root

Regional Command EastKabul, Afghanistan – Military leaders from Pakistan, Afghanistan and International Security Assistance Force met to discuss issues concerning Pakistan and Afghanistan relations, border security and joint-operations October 13th.

The conference was held to synchronize efforts to prevent insurgents from exploiting the border to degrade security in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“The best way forward is to talk with each other,” said Pakistan Lt. Gen. Asif Yasin Malik, commander of the Pakistan Army’s 11th Corps.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Daniel Allyn, Regional Command – East and Combined Joint Task Force-1 commanding general, and Afghan Border Police Executive Chief Maj. Gen Khalil Bakhtiyer, look over notes during a conference with Pakistan, Afghanistan and International Security Assistant Force military leaders Oct. 13th. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Zackary Root, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Daniel Allyn, Regional Command – East and Combined Joint Task Force-1 commanding general, and Afghan Border Police Executive Chief Maj. Gen Khalil Bakhtiyer, look over notes during a conference with Pakistan, Afghanistan and International Security Assistant Force military leaders Oct. 13th. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Zackary Root, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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