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Campbell Stresses Relationships, Discusses Upcoming ISAF Tour

 

By David Vergun, Army News Service

U.S. ArmyWashington, DC – Building personal relationships — whether with lawmakers, with state governors or with political and military leaders of nations engaged in the war on terror — is just as important, sometimes even more so, as the ability to project force, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell said on August 1st.

Campbell spoke during a farewell media roundtable at the Pentagon. He departs for Afghanistan later this month as the next International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan commander.

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell makes a point during his farewell media roundtable at the Pentagon, Aug. 1, 2014. (David Vergun/U.S. Army)

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell makes a point during his farewell media roundtable at the Pentagon, Aug. 1, 2014. (David Vergun/U.S. Army)

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Army Divisions will get 9 Gray Eagles to train, but will deploy with 12

 

U.S. ArmyWashington, D.C. – The Army plans additional Gray Eagle units, one for each of 10 active-duty divisions, and several more for special operations units, aerial exploitation units and the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA.

With the current program of record, a purchase of 152 Gray Eagles in total, the Army won’t have enough of the aircraft to give a full assignment of 12 aircraft to every one of the divisions it plans on equipping; so some may get as few as nine aircraft. But when those units go downrange, they will get a full component, Army aviation officials said.

An MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft makes its way down an airfield on Camp Taji, Iraq, before a surveillance mission in the Baghdad area. The Gray Eagle is the Army’s newest “eyes in the sky,” and is being tested by Quick Reaction Capability 1-Reaction 1, the only unit using the aircraft in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Roland Hale, eCAB, 1st Inf. Div. PAO)

An MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft makes its way down an airfield on Camp Taji, Iraq, before a surveillance mission in the Baghdad area. The Gray Eagle is the Army’s newest “eyes in the sky,” and is being tested by Quick Reaction Capability 1-Reaction 1, the only unit using the aircraft in Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Roland Hale, eCAB, 1st Inf. Div. PAO)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” Soldier presented with the Distinguished Service Cross

 

Written by Megan Locke Simpson
Fort Campbell Courier

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

Fort Campbell, KY – A humble 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldier received the nation’s second-highest military honor in a ceremony today at McAuliffe Hall.

Sgt. Felipe Pereira is the first “Screaming Eagle” to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross since Vietnam. The A Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, squad leader earned the recognition for what the official citation calls “distinguished service and heroism” during a firefight in Kandahar, Afghanistan, November 1st, 2010.

U.S. Army Gen. Ray Odierno, the Chief of Staff of the Army, presents the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) to Sgt. Felipe Pereira an infantryman from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team "Strike", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at McAuliffe Hall, Fort Campbell, KY on April 12th, 2012. (U.S. Army Photo by Sam Shore/Released.)

U.S. Army Gen. Ray Odierno, the Chief of Staff of the Army, presents the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) to Sgt. Felipe Pereira an infantryman from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team "Strike", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at McAuliffe Hall, Fort Campbell, KY on April 12th, 2012. (U.S. Army Photo by Sam Shore/Released.)

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