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101st Airborne Division Bastogne Soldiers Conduct Walk and Shoot at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Jon Heinrich
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a walk and shoot exercise May 5-10 near Observation Post 13 here.

The operation was conducted by all the companies and troops from the brigade’s 1st and 2nd Battalions, 327th Infantry Regiment; 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment; and 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment with support from 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade; 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers from the Air Force.

Soldiers with 1st Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), provide suppressive fire during a walk and shoot exercise May 8, 2014, near Observation Post 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Sgt. Jon Heinrich)

Soldiers with 1st Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), provide suppressive fire during a walk and shoot exercise May 8, 2014, near Observation Post 13 at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Sgt. Jon Heinrich)

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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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Army pilot serves 40 years

 

Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

U.S. ArmyBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Things and people that are constant fixtures in life often get taken for granted. In the Army, everything changes eventually.

In the aviation units of the Ohio National Guard, there has been one person who has become all but permanent. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Blaine Wykoff, B Company, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment pilot, a native of Akron, Ohio, has made himself part of the Ohio Army National Guard for 38 years.

Wyckoff started his military career when he enlisted into the Ohio Air National Guard in 1972.

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Blaine Wyckoff, B Company, 3-238th, CH-47 Chinook helicopter pilot, a native of Akron, Ohio, who has worked in the aviation field as an enlistee in the Ohio Air National Guard, rose to the rank of colonel and took an administrative reduction so that he could continue to fly, sits in the pilot’s seat of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2012 (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB PAO)

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Blaine Wyckoff, B Company, 3-238th, CH-47 Chinook helicopter pilot, a native of Akron, Ohio, who has worked in the aviation field as an enlistee in the Ohio Air National Guard, rose to the rank of colonel and took an administrative reduction so that he could continue to fly, sits in the pilot’s seat of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2012 (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB PAO)

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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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Airframe shop: Working hard to help bring troops home

 

Written by Shanika Futrell
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

159th Combat Aviation BrigadeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – Every airframe shop in the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Thunder, has one very important mission, and that’s putting aircraft back in the fight quickly.

“We conduct minor maintenance on the aircraft daily, since we have quite a few OH-58 Kiowa helicopters and AH-64 Apache helicopters in our battalion,” said Spc. Chris Moore, a structural aviation repairer with Troop D, 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Palehorse.

Structural aviation repairers are responsible for maintaining all of the aircraft parts that are composed of sheet metal, fiberglass or Plexiglas. These materials make the structural part of maintenance more challenging than many of the other components. «Read the rest of this article»

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