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Fort Campbell Rakkasans to get new Leaders

 

Written by Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – The change of command and change of responsibility ceremony is a time honored tradition within the Army.

Leaders pass on their responsibility for taking care of and training Soldiers to new leadership after they serve their time within that position.

Leaders, both commissioned and noncommissioned, within 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasan,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), will not only pass their responsibilities over to new leaders, but also their knowledge, their strengths and the commitment of upholding the legacy of being a Rakkasan. «Read the rest of this article»

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Fort Campbell Rakkasans recently returned from Afghanistan prepare to Ride

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – With the summer months quickly approaching, Soldiers ready themselves and their equipment to enjoy their time off with their family, friends and loved ones.

More than 60 Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), take part in a motorcycle safety course to get reacquainted with riding after returning home from their deployment.

Ralph Stuck, the safety manager for 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks with Soldiers about the importance of safety while riding their motorcycles during a motorcycle mentorship day event at Fort Campbell, Ky., June 12. Stuck has been hosting motorcycle mentorship days for the Rakkasans for eight years, showing riders that they are supported by the brigade. (Photo by Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton 3/101 Public Affairs)

Ralph Stuck, the safety manager for 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks with Soldiers about the importance of safety while riding their motorcycles during a motorcycle mentorship day event at Fort Campbell, Ky., June 12. Stuck has been hosting motorcycle mentorship days for the Rakkasans for eight years, showing riders that they are supported by the brigade. (Photo by Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Rak Sale connects Rakkasan community

 

Written by Sgt. Alan Graziano
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY - Family Readiness Group leaders from all six battalions of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), joined together April 18th in the brigade conference room for what they call a “Rak (pronounced ‘rock’) Sale,” in an effort to raise funds for FRG events held throughout the year.

Family Readiness Group leaders and other family members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division socialize with each other April 18th at a “Rak Sale” in the brigade conference room. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

Family Readiness Group leaders and other family members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division socialize with each other April 18th at a “Rak Sale” in the brigade conference room. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

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Fort Campbell’s 187th Infantry Regiment “Rakkasans” celebrate 70 years of combat history

 

Written by Sgt. Alan Graziano
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – The “Rakkasans” of the 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) have been trusted to carry out some of the nation’s most difficult missions for many years and through every war since World War II.

The regiment’s 70th anniversary was celebrated with an activation ceremony here February 20th, although the official anniversary was February 25th.

Irving Weinsoff, president of the 187th National Rakkasan Association, speaks about the history and the fallen Rakkasans of the 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during an activation ceremony Feb. 20 at Fort Campbell, KY. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault))

Irving Weinsoff, president of the 187th National Rakkasan Association, speaks about the history and the fallen Rakkasans of the 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during an activation ceremony Feb. 20 at Fort Campbell, KY. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault))

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Soldiers and Families of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team Celebrate Christmas

 

Fort Campbell, KYRakkasanChristmas is an especially tough time for soldiers on deployment to foreign lands as they are separated from their families and friends. This includes the soldiers of the 320th Field Artillery Regiment part of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division “Air Assault” who are serving in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Soldiers from each of the Regiments component companies were given the opportunity to send holiday greetings to their families.

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101st Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasan” Command Thanks Families

 

Video by Staff Sgt. John Briggs
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanForward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan – COL R.J. Lillibridge and CSM Eric Crabtree of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) from Fort Campbell KY give their thanks to the Rakkasan families and friends during the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans” complete transition in Afghanistan

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division PAO

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanKhowst Province, Afghanistan – The 101st Airborne Division has a remarkable and distinguished history. Within the storied lineage, the book of the Rakkasans is thick with chapters of heroism and success.

Since it’s activation in 1943, Rakkasans have played a vital part in every major conflict in which our nation fought.

Col. R.J. Lillibridge, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Task Force 3-101, and Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Crabtree, Command Sgt. Maj. of the 3rd BCT, 101st ABN DIV (ASSLT), inspect their Brigade colors after they uncased them at the Transfer of Authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 6, 2012. (Photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington)

Col. R.J. Lillibridge, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Task Force 3-101, and Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Crabtree, Command Sgt. Maj. of the 3rd BCT, 101st ABN DIV (ASSLT), inspect their Brigade colors after they uncased them at the Transfer of Authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 6, 2012. (Photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington)

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Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team Honors the Valorous on National Medal of Honor Day

 

3rd BCT Public Affairs, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT)

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – While facing insurmountable odds with their backs against a wall and their comrades’ lives at stake; brave men and women, without hesitation, place the well-being of others before their own. Today we remember these brave and courageous warriors.

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill creating the Medal of Honor. The distinguished award was designed to recognize those whom displayed valorous actions while serving on the battlefield, “The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, presents this unique award.

Today, March 25th, marks the 149th anniversary of the first presentation of the medal in 1863.

Col. R.J. Lillibridge (left), Commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), explains to Spc. Jao Pelicano (right), an infantryman from Cebu City, Philippines, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 101st ABN DIV, the story of Cpl. Rodolfo P. Hernandez and the significance of the decoration while standing in front of the Medal of Honor memorial inside 3rd BCT headquarters here at Fort Campbell, Ky. Photo by: Army Staff Sgt. Abram Pinnington 3rd BCT Public Affairs.

3rd Brigade Combat Team (3rd BCT) Commander Col. R.J. Lillibridge (left), relates the story of Medal of Honor Recipient Cpl. Rodolfo P. Hernandez to Spc. Jao Pelicano (right), an infantryman from Cebu City, Philippines, in front of the Medal of Honor memorial inside 3rd BCT headquarters at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Staff Sgt. Abram Pinnington/3rd BCT Public Affairs).

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3rd Brigade Combat Team Welcomes New Commander

 

The 3rd Brigade Combat TeamFort Campbell, KY – The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) held a change of command ceremony on Friday June 17th, 2011, Colonel Viet Luong relinquished command to Col. R.J. Lillibridge before the entire brigade.

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.

Col. R. J. Lillibridge accepts the Brigade colors from 101st Airborne Division Commander Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell

Col. R. J. Lillibridge accepts the Brigade colors from 101st Airborne Division Commander Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell

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