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101st Airborne Division Currahees case colors at Fort Campbell but legacy lives on

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, Veterans, Families and friends alike, looked on with heavy hearts as the colors of the 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), furled in the wind one last time.

As part of the U.S. Army’s Brigade Combat Team 2020 Model, the 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., cased their colors during an inactivation ceremony, April 25th, 2014, at the division parade field.

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (left), commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), looks on as Col. Val C. Keaveny, Jr. (center), former commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., and Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin Velez, command sergeant major of 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., fold the brigade colors prior to casing them during the inactivation and relinquishment of command ceremony at the division parade field at Fort Campbell, KY, April 25th, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th BCT Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (left), commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), looks on as Col. Val C. Keaveny, Jr. (center), former commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., and Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin Velez, command sergeant major of 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., fold the brigade colors prior to casing them during the inactivation and relinquishment of command ceremony at the division parade field at Fort Campbell, KY, April 25th, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th BCT Public Affairs)

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3rd Brigade Combat Team’s Leader Battalion’s Field Training Exercise on Fort Campbell Builds Soldiers for Future Missions

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell, KY. The Home of the Screaming EaglesFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team ‘Rakkasans’, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), recently wrapped up a ten-day training exercise here March 17, 2014.

The Leader Battalion Field Training Exercise consisted of a series of platoon-level training events including security forces training, situational training, live fire events and integration of indirect fire and close air support. The training was designed to evaluate the unit’s lethal platoons on a variety of collective tasks in preparation for Operation Golden Eagle and the Brigade’s scheduled rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center.

Soldiers with Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team ‘Rakkasans’  take cover after their patrol is attacked by a roadside bomb during a platoon Live Fire Exercise on March 14th, 2014. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado/U.S. Army)

Soldiers with Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team ‘Rakkasans’ take cover after their patrol is attacked by a roadside bomb during a platoon Live Fire Exercise on March 14th, 2014. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado/U.S. Army)

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Band of Brother’s Easy Company returns home to Fort Campbell; End of an Era

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – The 506th Infantry Regiment has had a powerful lineage ever since their initial activation July 20th, 1942.

Since World War II, the 506th has been inactivated, reactivated and re-designated a number of times. They have served within different brigades, divisions and military posts.

The 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 506th Inf. Regt. reunited in September of 2005 under the Colors of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., and have since had two separate deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scott W. Kirkpatrick, commander of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), leads the last group of soldiers, consisting mainly of soldiers with Easy Company, 2nd Bn., 506th Inf. Regt., who returned home in the early hours of Jan. 26, 2014, marking the end of an era for the brigade. (Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scott W. Kirkpatrick, commander of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), leads the last group of soldiers, consisting mainly of soldiers with Easy Company, 2nd Bn., 506th Inf. Regt., who returned home in the early hours of Jan. 26, 2014, marking the end of an era for the brigade. (Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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A Year in Review with Fort Campbell’s Currahees

 

Written by Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - CurraheeFort Campbell, KY – The 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), started 2013 running fast and hard, as the brigade deployed to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA, in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Currahees with 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment "Red Currahee," 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), walk down the mountain following the Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, after a joint patrol into the mountains around Combat Outpost Wilderness, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Currahees with 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment “Red Currahee,” 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), walk down the mountain following the Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, after a joint patrol into the mountains around Combat Outpost Wilderness, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s Importance to the U.S. Army shown by the Army’s Force Reduction and Reorganization Strategy

 

FFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Divisionort Campbell, KY – On Friday, Clarksville Online published the first of two pieces on a Thursday press conference with Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the acting commander of Fort Campbell, KY, while the 101st Airborne Division is deployed to Afghanistan about the Army’s Upcoming Force Reduction and Reorganization Strategy, and it’s effects on Fort Campbell.

The first article from the interview calmed community fears about the possibility of a mass loss of personnel at the Army post. In the second we will be discussing the level of importance assigned to Fort Campbell by the U.S. Army and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the acting commander of Fort Campbell, KY, while the 101st Airborne Division is deployed to Afghanistan

Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the acting commander of Fort Campbell, KY, while the 101st Airborne Division is deployed to Afghanistan

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Why We Serve: Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s Spc. Annson J. Sanders

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team PAO

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Paktya Province, Afghanistan – The snow continues to fall heavily on Forward Operating Base Gardez, Afghanistan, as Soldiers in the mechanics duty area work continuously to prepare vehicles and equipment for ongoing missions.

One Soldier prepares his vehicle recovery truck for upcoming missions.

Spc. Annson J. Sanders, a 24-year-old Dickson, TN, native goes through the process of inspecting his truck with great detail.

Spc. Annson J. Sanders

Spc. Annson J. Sanders

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101st Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasan” Thanksgiving Meal

 

Video by Staff Sgt. John Briggs

3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanSalerno, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) out of Fort Campbelll, KY, as well as other units attend Thankgiving meal. Soldiers were served food by members of the various unit commands.

Soldiers and Civilians come together to celebrate Thanksgiving in Salerno, Afghanistan.

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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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Week of the Eagles Soccer Tournament Scores a Winning Goal for All

 

Rakkasan win Gold

Written by Sgt. Mike Monroe
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell's Week of the EaglesFort Campbell, KY – Soccer, or football to the rest of the world, is a sport that is gaining popularity in the United States. The Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), competed in a tournament during Week of the Eagles to determine the best Soccer team in the division.

Beginning with nine teams consisting of Soldiers from all across Fort Campbell, the championship was decided August 15th. The tournament stretched out over three-days and was a test of all the preparations leading up to Week of the Eagles 2012.

Members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) "Rakkasan," show off their gold "Olympic-style" after defeating the 101st Sustainment Brigade 2-0 in the 2012 Week of the Eagle Championship Soccer game. The Rakkasans dominated the 25-minute second half, scoring their second goal and never looking back. (Photo by Maj. Stacy Hopwood, 3BCT PAO)

Members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) “Rakkasan,” show off their gold “Olympic-style” after defeating the 101st Sustainment Brigade 2-0 in the 2012 Week of the Eagle Championship Soccer game. The Rakkasans dominated the 25-minute second half, scoring their second goal and never looking back. (Photo by Maj. Stacy Hopwood, 3BCT PAO)

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Department of Defense Announces Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team and 101 Combat Aviation Brigade deployments

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The United States Department of Defense announced the deployment of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasan” and the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade “Destiny,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in late Fall 2012.

Approximately 2,950 3rd BCT Soldiers and 2,580 101 CAB Soldiers will deploy as part of the upcoming rotation of forces operating in Afghanistan.

“Rakkasan and Destiny Soldiers are highly trained, disciplined and fit,” said Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, 101st Commanding General. “The Soldiers in these brigades have been preparing for this deployment since early this year. I am confident in the leadership of these brigades and know they are well trained for this deployment to Afghanistan,” said McConville.

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