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Fort Campbell 96th Aviation Support Battalion Soldiers give an old bird a new mission

 

Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from B Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), work to refurbish an AH-1F Cobra at Fort Campbell, KY.

The soldiers, OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter mechanics and OH-58D armament-electrician-and-avionics technician specialists, began the work of cleaning, repainting and reassembling the helicopter that is to go on display in front of the Don F. Pratt Museum at Fort Campbell. This helicopter will join many others on display across from the museum.

Spc. Abraham Feria, B Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), OH-58D electronics, avionics and armament technician, installs rivets into the undercarriage of an AH-1F Cobra helicopter in the final stages of restoration at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 19, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB Public Affairs)

Spc. Abraham Feria, B Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), OH-58D electronics, avionics and armament technician, installs rivets into the undercarriage of an AH-1F Cobra helicopter in the final stages of restoration at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 19, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB 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 episode of History Channel’s “Top Gear” airs February 5th

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Top Gear, an American motoring television series on the History Channel, is scheduled to air their second episode of its third season, February 5th, which was filmed inside the gates of Fort Campbell, KY during this past fall.

The week long production combined Hollywood magic with the military might of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), as the Screaming Eagle Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team and 159th Combat Aviation Brigade became part of the show’s cast.

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, Ky., shares a laugh with Tanner Foust, stunt driver and the host of Top Gear, during a break in shooting while filming an episode for the History Channel show at a Fort Campbell training area, Sept. 26. Foust challenged being captured by the 101st and its assets during a "cat and mouse" chase scenario and was impressed with the skills of the 101st units and their top gear.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, Ky., shares a laugh with Tanner Foust, stunt driver and the host of Top Gear, during a break in shooting while filming an episode for the History Channel show at a Fort Campbell training area, Sept. 26. Foust challenged being captured by the 101st and its assets during a “cat and mouse” chase scenario and was impressed with the skills of the 101st units and their top gear. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Fort Campbell Air cavalry soldiers continue tradition in Afghanistan

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of Destiny

Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – The 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, has a long and proud history that spans nearly a century. Its long history includes campaigns in World War II, Vietnam and Iraq.

The Soldiers of 2-17 CAV are currently on their next rendezvous with destiny at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan.

An OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter with 2nd Squadron 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, takes off for a patrol mission at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, Dec. 19th, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

An OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter with 2nd Squadron 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, takes off for a patrol mission at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, Dec. 19th, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

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Aviation and ground forces unite to improve tactics

 

Written by Sgt. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of Destiny

MacDill Air Force Base, FL – The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, conducted a multi-echelon training exercise called Jaded Thunder at MacDill Air Force Base and Avon Park outside of Tampa, FL, October 20th-30th, along with elements of the Air Force, ground forces and artillery.

The simulated battlefield was set up to resemble real-life scenarios in combat, to include a fully functioning forward arming and refueling point, mock villages and a forward operating base.

Lt. Col. William A. Ryan, 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade commander shakes the hand of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Adam Marik, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., 101st CAB Apache pilot before Marik's night operation during Jaded Thunder training exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, FL, Oct. 24th, 2011. The purpose of Jaded Thunder was to train on aviation tactics, techniques and procedures in a joint forces environment to prepare for the upcoming deployment. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Weeden)

Lt. Col. William A. Ryan, 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade commander shakes the hand of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Adam Marik, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., 101st CAB Apache pilot before Marik's night operation during Jaded Thunder training exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, FL, Oct. 24th, 2011. The purpose of Jaded Thunder was to train on aviation tactics, techniques and procedures in a joint forces environment to prepare for the upcoming deployment. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Weeden)

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Findings Released in Guard Helicopter Crash

 

Tennessee Military Department

Nashville, TN – Tennessee National Guard officials announced today that investigators from the Army Safety Center and Army Aviation Center have concluded their investigation into the crash of an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter July 9th in Campbell County. 

1st Lt. Thomas Joseph Williams, Jr. and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel Cole were killed in the accident. «Read the rest of this article»

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Two Tennessee Army National Guard Pilots Killed in Helicopter Crash

 

Tennessee Military DepartmentNashville, TN – Major General Max Haston sadly announced today that 1st Lt. Thomas Joseph Williams, Jr. and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel Cole both of Knoxville were killed Saturday when their OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter crashed in Campbell County. The cause of the crash is under investigation at this time.

“The entire Tennessee National Guard is deeply saddened at the loss of Lt. Williams and Chief Warrant Officer Cole,” said Haston. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee National Guard Helicopter Crashes in Campbell County

 

Tennessee Military DepartmentNashville, TN – At about 5:30pm EDT, Saturday, July 9th, a Tennessee Army Guard OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter with two pilots on board crashed in Campbell County, Tennessee. Both pilots were killed in the crash.

At the time of the accident the crew was conducting a routine training flight.

At this time the cause of the crash is not known. We will not speculate as to the cause.

OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter similar to the one that crashed today.

OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter similar to the one that crashed today.

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Combined Mission has International Accent

 

Written by Spc. Jennifer Andersson
Task Force Thunder Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation BrigadeKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – The International Security Assistance Force, composed of countries worldwide, was established to secure Afghanistan.

June 28th marked the first day of a series of missions that enabled pilots from Australia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States to embrace the ISAF dream as they combined forces to destroy insurgent repeater towers in southern Afghanistan.

Pilots from Australian, United Arab Emirates and U.S. army aviation task forces pose for a group photo before a combined mission June 30th to destroy insurgent repeater towers in southern Afghanistan. This was the first time the three nations' aviators had worked together in an effort in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo by Spc. Mario Smith)

Pilots from Australian, United Arab Emirates and U.S. army aviation task forces pose for a group photo before a combined mission June 30th to destroy insurgent repeater towers in southern Afghanistan. This was the first time the three nations' aviators had worked together in an effort in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo by Spc. Mario Smith)

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Female aviators defy reported odds

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl
Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation BrigadeKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan - When Chief Warrant Officer 4 Trudy Truax arrived at her first unit as an OH-58A pilot in 1996, her commander refused her orders.

“I’ve had my own battalion commanders not speak to me,” Truax said.

Truax was one of the first females to join the community of Cobra, Apache and Kiowa pilots after then-President Bill Clinton lifted the restrictions that kept women from flying the traditionally combat-focused rotary-wing birds. She was one of only six women in her class – three from West Point and three warrant officers. Today, she’s the only one of the six still serving in the Army, and she serves as the standardization instructor pilot for Company C (Dustoff), 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, which is currently deployed to Afghanistan with Task Force Thunder, the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade.

From left to right: Capt. Carmel Cammack, Capt. Donna J. Buono, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Anne Wiley, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Elizabeth Kimbrough, all leaders within Task Force Palehorse, join for a group shot in outside the task force's operation center at Kandahar Air Field. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl)

From left to right: Capt. Carmel Cammack, Capt. Donna J. Buono, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Anne Wiley, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Elizabeth Kimbrough, all leaders within Task Force Palehorse, join for a group shot in outside the task force's operation center at Kandahar Air Field. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl)

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