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Fort Campbell 101st Sustainment Brigade soldiers become noncommissioned officers

 

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

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Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan – Fifty-two newly promoted noncommissioned officers (NCO) crossed into the corps with a symbolic induction ceremony, which represented their right of entry into, what is known as, the time honored Corps of the noncommissioned officer.

The heritage and history of the corps is rich with symbolism and traces its roots as far back as the 17th century. The NCO Induction Ceremony gave the NCOs a better understanding of the significance of becoming a sergeant and what it takes to be a good leader.

Newly promoted noncommissioned officers (NCO) pose for a group photo after completing their NCO Induction Ceremony, Oct. 30, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. During this ceremony, the newly promoted conducted the rite of passage into the U.S. Army NCO Corps. (Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

Newly promoted noncommissioned officers (NCO) pose for a group photo after completing their NCO Induction Ceremony, Oct. 30, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. During this ceremony, the newly promoted conducted the rite of passage into the U.S. Army NCO Corps. (Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Wings of Destiny sergeants major conduct Army Physical Fitness Test

 

Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

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Fort Campbell, KY – Sergeants major from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault,) conducted an Army physical fitness test for noncommissioned officers at brigade headquarters at Fort Campbell, KY, October 10th, 2013.

Attendance of the sergeants major at APFTs given to any soldier attending Department-of-the-Army schools was directed by Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler, III.

Sgt. Reginald Banks, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault,) temporary duty noncommissioned officer paces Sgt. 1st Class Jimmie Jones, F Company, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, platoon sergeant during the running event of the Army physical fitness test held near 101st CAB headquarters at Fort Campbell, Ky., Oct. 9, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB Public Affairs)

Sgt. Reginald Banks, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault,) temporary duty noncommissioned officer paces Sgt. 1st Class Jimmie Jones, F Company, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, platoon sergeant during the running event of the Army physical fitness test held near 101st CAB headquarters at Fort Campbell, Ky., Oct. 9, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB Public Affairs)

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Crossing paths: My brother’s promotion

 

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

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Forward Operating Base Wright, Afghanistan – Promoting your sibling in a country far from home in support of your country, away from your family and friends is something of a special occasion.

This is something, two small town All-American brothers from Winder, GA, had the chance to experience with a coincidental crossing of paths during their deployment to Afghanistan.

Second Lt. Karl F. Knowlton, air mobility deputy with Task Force Lifeliner, prepares to strip the specialist rank off the uniform of newly promoted Sgt. George C. Knowlton, a team leader with 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during a promotion ceremony, at Forward Operating Base Wright, Kunar province, Afghanistan. Both brothers are from Winder, GA. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Peter R. Sinclair, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

Second Lt. Karl F. Knowlton, air mobility deputy with Task Force Lifeliner, prepares to strip the specialist rank off the uniform of newly promoted Sgt. George C. Knowlton, a team leader with 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during a promotion ceremony, at Forward Operating Base Wright, Kunar province, Afghanistan. Both brothers are from Winder, GA. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Peter R. Sinclair, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Currahees receive Sergeant Audie Murphy Club induction

 

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

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Paktya Province, Afghanistan – Originating in 1986 at Fort Hood, Texas, the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is an exclusive U.S. Army organization for non-commissioned officers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and performance.

In order to be inducted, the NCOs must be recommended, pass a physical training test as well as several rigorous board appearances.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Danielle A. Whitaker (right) and Sgt. 1st Class Tcherry Samedy, both with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, listen to, Col. Val C. Keaveny Jr., commander, 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., speak during a Sergeant Audie Murphy Club induction ceremony, Sept. 17, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Danielle A. Whitaker (right) and Sgt. 1st Class Tcherry Samedy, both with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, listen to, Col. Val C. Keaveny Jr., commander, 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., speak during a Sergeant Audie Murphy Club induction ceremony, Sept. 17, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade challenges soldiers to be the best during Strike Fear week

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – After a series of challenges, two soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), emerged as winners in the battalion’s soldier and noncommissioned officer of the quarter competition June 21st, at Fort Campbell, KY.

Known as “Strike Fear Week,” this competition presents soldiers with a series of events that tests them on their soldier skills, physical stamina and mental agility.

Sgt. Ryan Thayer, an Avenger crew member for Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), weaves his body through the boards of the Weaver June 19, at the Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell. Thayer is taking part in "Strike Fear Week". (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Sgt. Ryan Thayer, an Avenger crew member for Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), weaves his body through the boards of the Weaver June 19, at the Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell. Thayer is taking part in “Strike Fear Week”. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell, 101st Airborne Division Names Non-Commissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year

 

Written by Sgt. David Hodge
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Leaders of Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) gathered to recognize two Soldiers as winners of the 2013 Non-Commissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year competition, Monday, June 3rd, at McAuliffe Hall.

Sgt. Jose L. Orozco and Spc. Jonathan D. Gragert appeared calm and collected as they stood at attention; representing both the 101st Airborne Division, and “the future of the U.S. Army,” according to Command Sgt. Major Mark F. Herndon, rear detachment command sergeant major.

Sgt. Jose L. Orozco (left), and Spc. Jonathan D. Gragert were named Non-Commissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year during a ceremony, June 3, at Fort Campbell, KY, and their pictures hang in the atrium of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) headquarters building. (Sgt. David Hodge, 101st Airborne Division)

Sgt. Jose L. Orozco (left), and Spc. Jonathan D. Gragert were named Non-Commissioned Officer and Soldier of the Year during a ceremony, June 3, at Fort Campbell, KY, and their pictures hang in the atrium of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) headquarters building. (Sgt. David Hodge, 101st Airborne Division)

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Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team Taskmasters maintain traditions in Afghanistan

 

Written by  Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown

1st Brigade Combat TeamFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionForward Operating Base Fenty,  Afghanistan – To be called a noncommissioned officer, or NCO, in the U.S. Army means that you have met the requirements set forth by the Army to be promoted to the rank of sergeant and the senior enlisted Soldiers and officers above you have the confidence in your ability to allow you to lead your fellow Soldiers. But that is just the beginning.

On February 6th, at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, Task Force Taskmaster, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, hosted an NCO induction ceremony to welcome 53 newly promoted Soldiers into the corps of NCOs that make up the backbone of the Army.

The official party for the Task Force Taskmaster NCO Induction Ceremony, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, renders a salute to the colors during the playing of the National Anthem at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 6, 2013. (Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown/U.S. Army)

The official party for the Task Force Taskmaster NCO Induction Ceremony, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, renders a salute to the colors during the playing of the National Anthem at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 6, 2013. (Sgt. 1st Class John D. Brown/U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade is Surrounded by Excellence

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – From the moment he arrived at the 101st Airborne Division in 2007, the 101st Sustainment Brigade was the unit that Command Sgt. Maj. David Thompson said he wanted to lead.

“I was so happy to be at Fort Campbell, but looking across the post as a logistician, I was always looking for the sustainment brigade. That was the dream brigade job, and we all know as far as logicians go, the 101st Sustainment Brigade is the premiere sustainment brigade,” he said. “There were 12 of us interviewing for this job … I felt just blessed because it was a dream come true.”

Command Sgt. Maj. David Thompson, command sergeant major of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, stands proudly next to the Designated Unit Insignia he created for the brigade. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Command Sgt. Maj. David Thompson, command sergeant major of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, stands proudly next to the Designated Unit Insignia he created for the brigade. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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