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Soldiers train for decisive action

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Christopher Klutts
20th Public Affairs Detachment

US Army Special Operations CommandFort Polk, LA – An American man has a heart attack on the third floor of a hotel that doubles as an evacuee holding area. Protestors chant for change outside a U.S. consulate. A small village is struck with measles and enemy artillery rocks a city – all of this happens between lunch and dinner.

By design, training scenarios are complex at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, LA. Hundreds of role-players assume fake identities and mill around a mock foreign country. Its landscape is dotted with towns and villages, the names of which change based on the real-world region a unit might operate in.

A U.S. Army Soldier with 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division moves toward a breach in a wire obstacle during a decisive action training environment exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, LA, April 25, 2014. The decisive action training environment tests a brigade combat team's ability to conduct offensive, defensive and stability operations while supporting a foreign government. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Klutts, 20th Public Affairs Detachment)

A U.S. Army Soldier with 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division moves toward a breach in a wire obstacle during a decisive action training environment exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, LA, April 25, 2014. The decisive action training environment tests a brigade combat team’s ability to conduct offensive, defensive and stability operations while supporting a foreign government. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Klutts, 20th Public Affairs Detachment)

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159th Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers from Fort Campbell receive combat patch

 

Written by Spc. Joseph Green
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFOB Fenty, Afghanistan – Soldiers with Task Force Attack, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, gathered at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, to receive their combat patches in a ceremony February 14th, 2014.

TF Attack has been in country for a little over a month. The patch ceremony held to recognize not only soldiers deployed for the first time, but also those of whom it’s their first deployment with the 159th CAB.

Col. Jimmy Blackmon, the commander of Task Force Thunder, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, awards combat patches to Soldiers with Task Force Attack at Forward Operating Base Fenty Feb 14, 2014. Blackmon was present at Task Force Attack’s combat patch ceremony to participate in awarding patches and speak to the soldiers. (Capt. John Giaquinto/U.S. Army)

Col. Jimmy Blackmon, the commander of Task Force Thunder, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, awards combat patches to Soldiers with Task Force Attack at Forward Operating Base Fenty Feb 14, 2014. Blackmon was present at Task Force Attack’s combat patch ceremony to participate in awarding patches and speak to the soldiers. (Capt. John Giaquinto/U.S. Army)

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Army Divisions will get 9 Gray Eagles to train, but will deploy with 12

 

U.S. ArmyWashington, D.C. – The Army plans additional Gray Eagle units, one for each of 10 active-duty divisions, and several more for special operations units, aerial exploitation units and the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA.

With the current program of record, a purchase of 152 Gray Eagles in total, the Army won’t have enough of the aircraft to give a full assignment of 12 aircraft to every one of the divisions it plans on equipping; so some may get as few as nine aircraft. But when those units go downrange, they will get a full component, Army aviation officials said.

An MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft makes its way down an airfield on Camp Taji, Iraq, before a surveillance mission in the Baghdad area. The Gray Eagle is the Army’s newest “eyes in the sky,” and is being tested by Quick Reaction Capability 1-Reaction 1, the only unit using the aircraft in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Roland Hale, eCAB, 1st Inf. Div. PAO)

An MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft makes its way down an airfield on Camp Taji, Iraq, before a surveillance mission in the Baghdad area. The Gray Eagle is the Army’s newest “eyes in the sky,” and is being tested by Quick Reaction Capability 1-Reaction 1, the only unit using the aircraft in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Roland Hale, eCAB, 1st Inf. Div. PAO)

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101st Combat Aviation Brigade’s Task Force Sabre chaplain shares a moment

 

Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Irwin, CA – Chaplains are often the spiritual centers for their units, but each individual chaplain brings a unique and personal twist on their duties.

Capt. Anselmo Brillon,Task Force Sabre chaplain, brings a calm passion as he ministers to the soldiers of his squadron.

Brillon, a native of San Diego, CA, began his Army career in 1998 as a personnel specialist and stayed in that field for six-and-a-half years. Despite his dedication to the job, Brillon felt that he was meant for something else.

Capt. Anselmo Brillon, chaplain, listens as a member of Task Force Saber, 101st Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, talks to him at the Forward Operating Base Miami chapel during TF Saber's February rotation to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA. (Photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan)

Capt. Anselmo Brillon, chaplain, listens as a member of Task Force Saber, 101st Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, talks to him at the Forward Operating Base Miami chapel during TF Saber's February rotation to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA. (Photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan)

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101st Combat Aviation Brigade’s Task Force Sabre Maintenance crews take care of aircraft and each other

 

Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Irwin, CA – Aircraft are not the only things needing to be maintained in a combat aviation brigade. From the most junior to senior members, soldiering and life skills need to be in top shape just like the helicopters.

Should any of the aircraft get shot down or have mechanical difficulty and crash, the downed aircraft recovery team springs into action.

Staff Sgt. Justin Thompson, D Troop, Task Force Saber shops platoon sergeant, helps maneuver a OH-58 Kiowa helicopter inside a hangar at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA, Feb. 15th, 2012. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Weeden)

Staff Sgt. Justin Thompson, D Troop, Task Force Saber shops platoon sergeant, helps maneuver a OH-58 Kiowa helicopter inside a hangar at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA, Feb. 15th, 2012. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Weeden)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Combat Aviation Brigade’s Task Force Saber trains with Shadow Unmanned Aerial Systems

 

Written by Sgt. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Irwin, CA – For the first time ever, a task force of an Army aviation brigade deploys to a training scenario with their own unmanned aerial systems troop organic to them.

Task Force Saber, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, made their debut to the National Training Center with F Troop and the RQ-7 Shadow UAS.

The 101st CAB is the first to have the UAS organic to their unit, truly creating a full spectrum aviation brigade.

Spc. David Thibault, F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, unmanned aerial system maintainer, communicates with the UAS operator while conducting pre-flight operations, Feb. 17th, 2012, at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Weeden)

Spc. David Thibault, F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, unmanned aerial system maintainer, communicates with the UAS operator while conducting pre-flight operations, Feb. 17th, 2012, at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Weeden)

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