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101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell host Day of the Eagles

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell held its Day of the Eagles here July 30th, 2015.

Day of the Eagles is a tradition to honor past and present 101st Airborne Division Soldiers.

The first “Week of the Eagles” celebration was held in 1973, a year after the division was welcomed back from Vietnam. This year’s Day of the Eagles themes are “Once a Screaming Eagle, always a Screaming Eagle,” and “Continued legacy of dominance and dependability in battle.”

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory F. Nowak, the division command sergeant major, lead a division run to start of the 101st's Day of the Eagles at Fort Campbell, Ky., July 30, 2015. Day of the Eagles is a tradition to honor past and present 101st Airborne Division Soldiers. (Staff Sgt. Candice Funchess, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory F. Nowak, the division command sergeant major, lead a division run to start of the 101st’s Day of the Eagles at Fort Campbell, Ky., July 30, 2015. Day of the Eagles is a tradition to honor past and present 101st Airborne Division Soldiers. (Staff Sgt. Candice Funchess, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers don historic 101st Airborne ‘Old Abe’ patch during ceremony at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) became the first division headquarters to convert to a multi-component unit division headquarters, June 16th. During a patching ceremony, soldiers from Wisconsin and Utah Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve placed Velco-backed ‘Old Abe’ patches on their upper left sleeves marking another milestone in Screaming Eagle history.

The ceremony represents one of the many transformations in the Army.

The purpose of multi-component unit division headquarters is to fully integrate Reserve and National Guard Soldiers into the modification table of organization and equipment.

Soldiers from the Wisconsin and Utah Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve donned the historic "Old Abe" patch during a patching ceremony at 101st Division Headquarters, at Fort Campbell, Ky., June 16, 2015. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the Wisconsin and Utah Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve donned the historic “Old Abe” patch during a patching ceremony at 101st Division Headquarters, at Fort Campbell, Ky., June 16, 2015. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) welcomes new Deputy Commanding General for Support at Fort Campbell August 8th

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell officially welcomed the new deputy commanding general for support at an Honor Eagle ceremony held August 8th, 2014 in front of the division headquarters building.

Colonel Frank W. Tate and his wife, Beverly, were received by Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the commanding general of the 101st, who was happy to have them join the Screaming Eagle team, he said during the ceremony.

Colonel Frank W. Tate, the new deputy commanding general for support for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, addresses the audience during a ceremony officially welcoming him to the 101st. Tate and his wife, Beverly, felt they were welcomed with open arms by the Screaming Eagle team and Fort Campbell community, he said. (U.S. Army Photo by Sam Shore)

Colonel Frank W. Tate, the new deputy commanding general for support for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, addresses the audience during a ceremony officially welcoming him to the 101st. Tate and his wife, Beverly, felt they were welcomed with open arms by the Screaming Eagle team and Fort Campbell community, he said. (U.S. Army Photo by Sam Shore)

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101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith Relinquishes Responsibility at Ceremony held at Fort Campbell

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith, the senior enlisted advisor for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), said goodbye to the division and Fort Campbell today during his relinquishment of responsibility ceremony in front of the division headquarters, but not without passion, emotion, and many thanks for lessons learned and passed.

Smith, who took responsibility of the 101st in June 2012, will transition to Fort Hood, Texas, where he’ll become the senior enlisted advisor of III Corps, a unit responsible for more than 100,000 Soldiers.

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, felt the day was bittersweet.

Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith (background, left), the senior enlisted advisor for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), smiles as he listens to the remarks from Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the commanding general of the 101st and Fort Campbell, during Smith's relinquishment of responsibility ceremony today. (Jerry Woller)

Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith (background, left), the senior enlisted advisor for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), smiles as he listens to the remarks from Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the commanding general of the 101st and Fort Campbell, during Smith’s relinquishment of responsibility ceremony today. (Jerry Woller)

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The Story of “Old Abe,” famous Wisconsin War Eagle on 101st Airborne Division patch

 

Written by Capt. James A. Page

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Screaming Eagle insignia of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is perhaps the most recognized and famous shoulder sleeve insignia in the United States Army.

However the history and symbolism of the patch is often forgotten. The eagle on your shoulder is not just any American Bald Eagle, but instead, it commemorates the most famous animal mascot that ever served in the United States Army.

Old Abe and the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment Color Guard 1863.

Old Abe and the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment Color Guard 1863.

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