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Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky assumes command of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division held a Change of Command Ceremony which saw Maj. Gen. James C. McConville relinquish command of the 101st Airborne Division to his replacement Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky. The ceremony and passing of the division colors was presided over by Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command.

The change of command ceremony is rooted in military history dating back to the 18th century during the reign of Frederick the Great of Prussia. At that time, organizational flags were developed with color arrangements and symbols unique to each particular unit. To this flag and its commander, the soldiers of the unit would dedicate their loyalty and trust. When a change of command takes place, the flag is taken from the outgoing commander and then passed to the individual assuming the command by their superior officer. This gesture is done in front of the unit so that all could see and witness their new leader assuming his dutiful position. He who holds the flag also holds the soldier’s allegiance. This symbolic tradition has survived throughout military history.

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (left), incoming commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), receives the division colors from Gen. Daniel B. Allyn (center), commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, during a change of command ceremony, June 20, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Larry Noller)

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (left), incoming commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), receives the division colors from Gen. Daniel B. Allyn (center), commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, during a change of command ceremony, June 20, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Larry Noller)

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101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Conducted Change of Command at Fort Campbell today

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Maj. Gen. James C. McConville relinquished command of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) to Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky during a change of command ceremony, June 20th, 2014, at the division parade field here.

The ceremony and passing of the division colors was presided over by Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command.

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (left), outgoing commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Gen. Daniel B. Allyn (center), commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, and Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (right), incoming commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), salute during the playing of the national anthem during a change of command ceremony, June 20, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Larry Noller)

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (left), outgoing commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Gen. Daniel B. Allyn (center), commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, and Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (right), incoming commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), salute during the playing of the national anthem during a change of command ceremony, June 20, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Larry Noller)

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President Obama Awards the Congressional Medal of Honor to 24 Army Veterans Who Were Victims of Discrimination

 

The White HouseWashington, DC – Yesterday afternoon, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Each veteran honored yesterday had already received the Distinguished Service Cross – the nation’s second-highest military award – but 19 of them were previously overlooked for the Medal of Honor due to their racial or ethnic backgrounds. Yesterday’s ceremony follows a 12-year Pentagon review, ordered by Congress, of past discrimination in the military. «Read the rest of this article»

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‘Risk’ discussed following Army budget request

 

Written by David Vergun
Army News Service

U.S. ArmyWashington, D.C. – At what point does the Army become a hollow and ineffective fighting force if the drawdown and budget cuts continue?

Army leaders were asked that question during a media roundtable at the Pentagon, March 5th, just a day after the Army’s proposed fiscal year 2015 budget was revealed.

Weighing in on the question was Brig. Gen. John G. Ferrari, deputy director of Army Program, Analysis and Evaluation.

At some point, the Army’s ability to sustain combat in strategic depth would be eroded he said, describing it not in terms of a magic number but as a continuum of risk level. «Read the rest of this article»

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PBS Kids’ Stars The Zinghoppers Set to Rock, Bop and Zinghop at Clarksville’s Roxy Regional Theatre on October 26th

 

Preschool pop stars featured daily on Nashville Public Television

Roxy Regional TheatreClarksville, TN – What do a singing possum, a break-dancing donkey, a hopping kangaroo, a funky DJ and a friendly rapper all have in common?

They are the Zinghoppers…Nashville’s #1 Kids Entertainers and bonafide preschool pop stars!

On October 26th members of the group will take to the stage for two performances at the Roxy Regional Theatre, in a concert entitled, “A Superhero Learning Adventure”. The group has music videos that air daily on Nashville Public Television as well as on over 100 PBS member stations nationwide.

The Zinghoppers

The Zinghoppers

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U.S. Army: Suicide prevention help available 24/7

 

Written by Lisa A. Ferdinando
Army News Service

U.S. ArmyWashington, D.C. – Suicide prevention help is available 24 hours a day and that message was emphasized at the Army’s Suicide Prevention Program health fair at the Pentagon.

“Soldiers, Army civilians and family members have options,” said Sherry Simmons-Coleman, senior program analyst for the Army’s Suicide Prevention Program.

Those options include talking to a member of their unit, visiting the chaplain or behavior health professional on the installation, or calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is available 24-hours a day at 1.800.273. TALK (8255), she said.

Members of the Army Suicide Prevention Program provide information about the resources available for Soldiers, Army civilians and family members, Sept. 12, 2013. Seen here is the Army ACE card that highlights the importance of three steps: asking if a person is suicidal, caring for that person and escorting that person to a professional.

Members of the Army Suicide Prevention Program provide information about the resources available for Soldiers, Army civilians and family members, Sept. 12, 2013. Seen here is the Army ACE card that highlights the importance of three steps: asking if a person is suicidal, caring for that person and escorting that person to a professional.

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Military-to-Military Couples must now ‘opt-in’ to Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance coverage

 

Written by Jim Garamone

U.S. ArmyWashington, D.C. – Service members married to other service members are no longer automatically enrolled in the Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program, Pentagon officials said. They must now opt into the coverage.

The change was effective January 2nd, and to date affects about 4,500 service members, said Coast Guard Cmdr. Kristen Martin, who heads the Defense Department’s SGLI policy office. She spoke during an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel.

Service members married to other service members, such as Capt. Ron and Capt. Rikki Opperman, are no longer automatically enrolled in the Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance program. They must now opt in to the coverage. (Capt. Antonia Greene)

Service members married to other service members, such as Capt. Ron and Capt. Rikki Opperman, are no longer automatically enrolled in the Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program. They must now opt in to the coverage. (Capt. Antonia Greene)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Airborne Division to lose 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee” as part of the Army’s Force Reduction

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - CurraheeFort Campbell, KY – The Pentagon announced Tuesday that the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is among the units across the Army scheduled to be in-activated.

The move is part of the Army’s force reduction and reorganization strategy, which will reduce its active component BCT’s from 45 to 33 by fiscal year 2017.

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Pentagon Delays Sending Furlough Notices to Civilian Workforce

 

Written by the American Forces Press Service

United States Department of DefenseWashington, D.C. - Pentagon officials have put off sending furlough notices to civilian employees until they’ve had a chance to analyze how pending legislation that would fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year will affect the Defense Department.

Officials now estimate that furlough notices will go out on or about April 5th, Navy Cmdr. Leslie Hull-Ryde, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said. «Read the rest of this article»

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101st Airborne Division Couple takes journey through life side-by-side

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasan

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Once David and Lizeth Wakasa exchanged their vows they would set into motion an inseparable journey that would lead them to Afghanistan and eventually the Pentagon.

After they married in August 2008, the Wakasas planned their future together in their small New Jersey apartment. Seeking something more out of life, Lizeth propositioned her husband with a life full of endless possibilities, financial security and the chance to be different by joining the U.S. Army.

U.S. Army Sgt. Lizeth Wakasa (right), a food service specialist assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands proud before her promotion to sergeant with her husband U.S. Army Spc. David Wakasa (left), also a food service specialist with Headquarters, 3-187, at Combat Outpost Bowri Tana, Dec. 1st, 2012.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Sgt. Lizeth Wakasa (right), a food service specialist assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stands proud before her promotion to sergeant with her husband U.S. Army Spc. David Wakasa (left), also a food service specialist with Headquarters, 3-187, at Combat Outpost Bowri Tana, Dec. 1st, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

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