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Fort Campbell to celebrate Women’s Equality: Voting right into combat

 

Written by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart
101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell is preparing to celebrate Women’s Equality Day on August 26th. The celebration will mark the 94th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the U.S.

Colonel Kimberly Daub, commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” will be the guest speaker at this year’s celebration scheduled from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Sportsman’s Lodge. She will discuss the history of women’s equality in the Army and how women can celebrate their successes and contributions to the Army today.

“The right to vote was a watershed held moment of all women in the U.S., but just the beginning of things to come in women’s equality,” said the commander of the Lifeliners. «Read the rest of this article»

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5th Special Forces Group’s 4th Battalion changes command at Fort Campbell

 

5th Special Forces GroupFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, families and friends with the 4th Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), also known as “Legion,” welcomed their new commander July 17th, 2014.

During a ceremony held here at Gabriel Field, Lt. Col. Joseph Lock relinquished command of the 4th Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) to Lt. Col. Michael Harris.

“I characterize this day as bittersweet, because we’re saying goodbye to the Locks, who are a true Legion power family,” said Col. John W. Brennan, commander of the 5th SFG (A). “It is also sweet today, because we welcome Mike [Lt. Col. Harris] and Bren [spouse of Lt. Col. Harris] into the Legion fold for the very first time.”

Col. John W. Brennan (right), commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), receives the 4th Battalion colors from Lt. Col. Joseph Lock, outgoing commander of 4th Bn., 5th SFG(A), during a change of command ceremony held July 17, 2014, here at Gabriel field. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

Col. John W. Brennan (right), commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), receives the 4th Battalion colors from Lt. Col. Joseph Lock, outgoing commander of 4th Bn., 5th SFG(A), during a change of command ceremony held July 17, 2014, here at Gabriel field. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

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Major General Robert Harris awards Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson with Above and Beyond Award

 

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office - MCSOMontgomery County, TN – Major General Robert A. Harris, Assistant Adjutant General, is responsible for 10,500 combat ready Soldiers who make up the Tennessee Army National Guard and he visited Clarksville to assist with the presentation of three awards to Sheriff John Fuson.

Sheriff Fuson was recognized for his support of his employees who are members of the Air and Army National Guard as well as US Army Reservist.

Carl Lambert State Chair for the Tennessee Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve presents Sheriff Fuson with the “Patriot Award” from the Secretary of Defense

Carl Lambert State Chair for the Tennessee Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve presents Sheriff Fuson with the “Patriot Award” from the Secretary of Defense

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Fort Campbell Garrison Command Sergeant Major Change of Responsibility Ceremony Monday, June 23rd

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Command Sergeant Major Stephen Bower will relinquish responsibility and authority as command sergeant major of the Fort Campbell Garrison, a component of the Installation Management Command, to Command Sergeant Major Gabriel Espinosa at a ceremony in front of the Garrison Headquarters, Monday, June 23rd at 3:00pm.

Command Sgt. Maj. Espinosa joins the Fort Campbell Garrison Command Group from Fort Riley, KS, where he was the Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. for 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, and, most recently, the Command Sgt. Maj. of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

(L to R) Command Sergeant Major Stephen Bower and Command Sergeant Major Gabriel Espinosa.

(L to R) Command Sergeant Major Stephen Bower and Command Sergeant Major Gabriel Espinosa.

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Father’s footprint

 

159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

159th Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionAfghanistan – Do you recall his brawny arms effortlessly lifting you off your itty bitty feet, from the soft earth, to what you thought were clouds when you were a toddler?

Or maybe, you remember hearing his voice, as he firmly, yet lovingly, gave you advice sometimes repeatedly, during your teenage years.

Whether you called him dad, stepdad, Papa or simply pa, you have to admit, father was your first hero. «Read the rest of this article»

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Governor Bill Haslam taps Mike Krause to lead Drive to 55, Tennessee Promise

 

Krause to Oversee Launch and Implementation of Tennessee Promise

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced that Mike Krause will join the Governor’s Office as executive director of the Drive to 55 and Tennessee Promise initiatives.

Krause will lead and manage the launch and implementation of Tennessee Promise and oversee all Drive to 55 efforts, including the statewide Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support (SAILS) early math remediation program, online innovation initiatives, Degree Compass expansion, adult student analytics and research, veteran education efforts, and the development of post-secondary scorecards.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Fort Campbell Center to treat Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) nears completion

 

Fort Campbell, KY -The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund announced today that the construction of the third in a series of nine (NICoE) Satellite Centers has reached a new milestone with a watertight roof and 90% of plumbing and electric work complete.

When finished, the center, named Intrepid Spirit, will provide the most advanced diagnosis and treatment protocols for wounded, injured and ill military heroes while creating effective programs for rehabilitation and recovery. The centers are designed to focus on injuries of the brain, most notably Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), the signature wounds of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in our wounded military troops.

The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers at Fort Campbell (National Intrepid Center of Excellence)

The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers at Fort Campbell (National Intrepid Center of Excellence)

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Fort Campbell’s longest deployed Currahee receives induction as Distinguished Member of 506th Infantry Regiment

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - Currahee

Fort Campbell, KY – “It is always so humbling to celebrate the greatness of the Currahee Nation….we truly do walk among heroes,” said Col. Val C. Keaveny Jr., commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “Inducting true patriots as distinguished and honorary members of our regiment and reverently memorializing our fallen makes this day priceless.”

Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), hosted an induction ceremony, March 13th, 2014, for Distinguished and Honorary members of the 506th Infantry Regiment, at the 4th BCT Headquarters on Fort Campbell.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Billy R. Weiland, a Soldier with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), was presented a certificate by Col. Val C. Keavney Jr., commander of the 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., formally inducting him as a Distinguished Member of the 506th Infantry Regiment, during a ceremony March 13, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Billy R. Weiland, a Soldier with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), was presented a certificate by Col. Val C. Keavney Jr., commander of the 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., formally inducting him as a Distinguished Member of the 506th Infantry Regiment, during a ceremony March 13, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Former Fort Campbell Soldier, Vietnam hero to receive Congressional Medal of Honor

 

By Elizabeth M. Collins, Soldiers Live

United States Department of Defense - DoDWashington, DC – The year was 1968. It was a year of war, of protests, of death.

It was the year Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were both assassinated. It was also the year the Vietnam War exploded into new levels of violence. And as troops poured into ‘Nam and more and more young men died — 1968 was the deadliest year of the Vietnam War — Americans watched it all from their living rooms with anger and disgust. The protest movement gained traction. Protesters spit on returning Soldiers, called them rapists and baby killers. In fact, the U.S. agreed to begin peace talks in Paris that year, due in part to the dwindling support at home.

It was also the year Santiago Erevia became a Soldier.

Former Spc. 4 Santiago Erevia reflects on his service medals and awards, which include a South Vietnamese medal, an Army Commendation Medal, a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and the nation’s second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross. While Erevia was deployed to Vietnam in May 1969 as a radio-telephone operator with the 101st Airborne Division, he had been assigned to care for the wounded during a search-and-clear mission while the rest of his platoon penetrated an enemy defensive perimeter. After North Vietnamese soldiers attacked his position, Erevia rushed forward into heavy fire, single-handedly destroying four enemy bunkers with grenades and M-16 fire. After reviewing Erevia’s actions, President Barack Obama will award Erevia the Medal of Honor in a February 2014 ceremony. (Elizabeth M. Collins/DOD)

Former Spc. 4 Santiago Erevia (Elizabeth M. Collins/DOD)

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Fort Campbell’s 716th Military Police Battalion held Change of Command Ceremony June 28th

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division101st Sustainment Brigade - Lifeliners

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers of the 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a change of command ceremony June 28th on the division parade field at Fort Campbell.

Col. Robert Dillon, commander of the 89th Military Police Brigade, traveled from Fort Hood, Texas, to oversee the ceremony in which Lt. Col. Leevaine Williams Jr. took command of the battalion from outgoing commander Lt. Col. David G. Thompson.

Col. Robert Dillon, commander of the 89th Military Police Brigade, passes the 716th Military Police Battalion's colors to Lt. Col. Leevaine Williams Jr., incoming commander of the 716th MP Battalion, June 28 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The 716th MP Battalion is the most decorated military police battalion in the U.S. Army. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Col. Robert Dillon, commander of the 89th Military Police Brigade, passes the 716th Military Police Battalion’s colors to Lt. Col. Leevaine Williams Jr., incoming commander of the 716th MP Battalion, June 28 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The 716th MP Battalion is the most decorated military police battalion in the U.S. Army. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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