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101st Airborne Division Task Force Strike: The Gun Raid

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

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

Northern, Iraq – Staff Sgt. Darryl “Gunny” Joseph leapt into the night of northern Iraq as the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter touched down, the dust from the rotary wash clouding his vision. His mission was simple: set up the landing zone and guide in the aircraft carrying the M777 artillery pieces to the raid site.

The process of setting up a landing zone, or sling load area, was not new to him. Back at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Joseph and the Soldiers from Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, “Task Force Strike,” practiced sling load operations many times before.

But this was not a training exercise; this was the real deal.

U.S Army Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission in northern Iraq, Aug. 14 2016, during an operation to support the Iraqi army. Battery C is supporting the Iraqi security forces with indirect fires as retake territory from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (1st Lt. Daniel I Johnson/Released)

U.S Army Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission in northern Iraq, Aug. 14 2016, during an operation to support the Iraqi army. Battery C is supporting the Iraqi security forces with indirect fires as retake territory from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (1st Lt. Daniel I Johnson/Released)

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Angels of the Battlefield event honors Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Medic

 

Written by Laura Boyd
BACH Public Affairs

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – A Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Soldier was one of 13 medics honored at nearby Valor Hall Tuesday during the 7th Annual Armed Services YMCA Angels of the Battlefield event featuring decorated Army veteran, Noah Galloway, as keynote speaker.

Medics save lives on the battlefield and are often referred to as “Doc” by their peers. Sgt. 1st Class Robert Ernest Minor was no exception to this worthy title.

Minor was the team sergeant in charge of training and leading medics at Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan from May 2010 to May 2011.

Noah Galloway, a 101st Airborne Division veteran, speaks during the 7th annual Angels of the Battlefield at Valor Hall in Hopkinsville, Ky., Sept. 13, 2016. Galloway said his life was saved by combat medics in 2005 after his patrol was hit with an improvised explosive device. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Noah Galloway, a 101st Airborne Division veteran, speaks during the 7th annual Angels of the Battlefield at Valor Hall in Hopkinsville, Ky., Sept. 13, 2016. Galloway said his life was saved by combat medics in 2005 after his patrol was hit with an improvised explosive device. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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Austin Peay State University announces Fort Campbell Colonel James R. Salome to deliver keynote at Summer Commencement

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Fort Campbell Garrison Commander Colonel James R. Salome will deliver the keynote address at Austin Peay State University’s 88th Summer Commencement on August 5th.

Salome took command of Fort Campbell on June 18th, 2015, after arriving from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as the Commander’s Initiatives Group director, U.S. Army Forces Command. Salome previously served with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, as an operations officer.

Fort Campbell Garrison Commander Colonel James R. Salome

Fort Campbell Garrison Commander Colonel James R. Salome

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Pathfinder Company to be deactivated on Tuesday, August 2nd

 

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016, F Company, 5th Battalion (101st Pathfinder Company), 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will be deactivated.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:00am. The location is subject to change in the case of inclement weather, a weather call will be made the morning of the event.

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Governor Bill Haslam Appoints Mike Krause To Lead Tennessee Higher Education Commission

 

Krause successfully launched Tennessee Promise as executive director of Drive to 55

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of Mike Krause as executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).

Krause has served as executive director of the Drive to 55 since 2014 and successfully managed the launch and implementation of Tennessee Promise and the other initiatives under the Drive to 55 umbrella.

Mike Krause

Mike Krause

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Memorializes Seven Service Members

 

Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal Posthumously Awarded

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston of the Tennessee Military Department to pay tribute to seven service members killed in action to include four Marines and one Sailor killed in Chattanooga on July 16th, 2015.

(Top L to R) Thomas Sullivan, David Wyatt, Carson Holmquist, Randall Smith, K.P. Wells, Alexander Bonnyman, Jr., and Gary Reese.

(Top L to R) Thomas Sullivan, David Wyatt, Carson Holmquist, Randall Smith, K.P. Wells, Alexander Bonnyman, Jr., and Gary Reese.

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APSU to hold CSM Darol Walker Award Ceremony on Thursday, April 28th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Colonel Rob Salome, garrison commander at Fort Campbell, will visit Austin Peay State University at 8:00am on April 28th to help recognize an outstanding APSU ROTC cadet during the annual CSM Darol Walker Award Ceremony and Breakfast.

Jack B. Turner established the award several years ago in honor of Darol Walker, retired vice president of Jack B. Turner and Associates Inc. in Clarksville and retired command sergeant major in the U.S. Army.

The campus of Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

The campus of Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

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Fort Campbell identifies Two 101st Airborne Division pilots killed in helicopter crash

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Two 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) pilots who were killed December 2nd as a result of a helicopter crash near Fort Campbell have been identified.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Alex Caraballoleon, 35, a native of Patillas, Puerto Rico, enlisted in the Army in 2003 as an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter mechanic. During his six years as an enlisted Soldier, Caraballoleon served in numerous assignments, achieving the rank of sergeant, before being selected to attend the Warrant Officer Candidate School in 2009.

Following commissioning as a warrant officer and completion of the Rotary Wing Aviators Course, he served as an Apache attack helicopter pilot with Company B, 1st Battalion, and 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam honors Veteran State Employees

 

Five Military Veteran State Employees Honored for Exemplary Service

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam today joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Colonel Jimmie Cole from the Tennessee Military Department to recognize five veteran state employees and more than 506,000 Tennessee veterans of all ages and eras.

The Governor’s Veterans Day event was held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza in downtown Nashville.

“It’s an honor to celebrate these veterans and the contributions they make to state government,” Haslam said. “There are nearly 3,000 veterans working for the state, and we are grateful for their military service and their service to Tennessee.”

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Fort Campbell remembers Gander veterans 30 years later: Not forgotten

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY –  When Soldiers look back on American military history over the last century, most can recall famous wars like Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm or Operation Iraqi Freedom. Often times, the American public can forget about Soldiers who lost their lives not in battle nor in combat

On December 12th, 1985, Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, boarded Arrow Airline flight 1285 to reunite with their families for the holidays, after a six-month peacekeeping mission in the Sinai, Egypt, but never made it home.

A past remembrance ceremony for Soldiers who perished at Gander, Newfoundland International Airport on their way back to Fort Campbell after a six-month peacekeeping deployment to the Sinai Peninsula is pictured. A ceremony has been held ever since the crash on Dec. 12, 1985. (Courtesy photo)

A past remembrance ceremony for Soldiers who perished at Gander, Newfoundland International Airport on their way back to Fort Campbell after a six-month peacekeeping deployment to the Sinai Peninsula is pictured. A ceremony has been held ever since the crash on Dec. 12, 1985. (Courtesy photo)

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