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Fort Campbell’s 159th Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers work at maintaining relationships across the globe

 

Fort Campbell, KY. The Home of the Screaming Eagles159th Combat Aviation BrigadeBagram Air Field, Afghanistan – Admit it! Your spouse is a million miles away; you are in Afghanistan. Before boarding the plane, you knew just what to do. While deployed, you would write, Skype and dedicate all of your free time to family and friends. But of course, nothing is going as planned! Exhausted, you wonder how you could possibly keep your relationship(s) strong while serving your country, under unparalleled stress– in an unfamiliar and ever-changing environment.

Communication and conflict resolution are paramount in relationships, especially those that are under duress. Sgt. Carl Israel, Behavioral Health NCOIC of Task Force Thunder at Bagram Air Field, helps Soldiers to develop their communication and conflict resolution skills, in his training program “Relationships Across the Globe.”

1st Lt. Nicole McCoy, 159th CAB strength manager, uses Skype to stay in contact with her son Landon while her husband Michael looks on.  McCoy tries to Skype with her family as much as possible.  Skype is one of many tools used by many service members to stay in contact with their loved ones, it helps them to feel closer to home while deployed. (U.S. Army Photo)

1st Lt. Nicole McCoy, 159th CAB strength manager, uses Skype to stay in contact with her son Landon while her husband Michael looks on. McCoy tries to Skype with her family as much as possible. Skype is one of many tools used by many service members to stay in contact with their loved ones, it helps them to feel closer to home while deployed. (U.S. Army Photo)

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Fort Campbell’s Lifeliners celebrate Christmas in Afghanistan

 

Written by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan – Sitting around a Christmas tree drinking hot cocoa and exchanging gifts with your loved ones is something the Lifeliners will not have the opportunity to do this year.

Nevertheless, the holiday spirit is high as soldiers take the time to enjoy a Christmas meal alongside their comrades and spend some time with their families through Skype or Facetime.

Task Force Lifeliner’s Col. Charles R. Hamilton, a native of Houston, Texas, and commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and Master Sgt. Katherine E. Lawson-Best, a native of New Orleans, LA, and human resources administration noncommissioned officer in charge, serve meals during Christmas lunch, Dec. 25, 2013 at the Koele Dining Facility at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. As tradition has it, senior military leaders served their troops a feast worthy of the Holiday. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

Task Force Lifeliner’s Col. Charles R. Hamilton, a native of Houston, Texas, and commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and Master Sgt. Katherine E. Lawson-Best, a native of New Orleans, LA, and human resources administration noncommissioned officer in charge, serve meals during Christmas lunch, Dec. 25, 2013 at the Koele Dining Facility at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Married couple shares deployment together

 

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

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Khowst Province, Afghanistan – A deployment to Afghanistan is no vacation and for newly-married couples it is especially hard.

“Obviously deployments are stressful,” said Cpl. Douglas Dalton, a native of Greenville, Texas. “Having Skype or receiving mail is great but nothing beats being able to hug your wife at the end of the day.”

Being a dual-military couple is one of the few instances where a soldier can deploy with their spouse.

U.S. Army Cpl. Douglas Dalton, medic, and his wife Spc. Megan Dalton, radiology specialist, both with Company C. 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), talk with each other next to field litter ambulances on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Aug. 11, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team public affairs)

U.S. Army Cpl. Douglas Dalton, medic, and his wife Spc. Megan Dalton, radiology specialist, both with Company C. 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), talk with each other next to field litter ambulances on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Aug. 11, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team public affairs)

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Fort Campbell 101st Sustainment Soldier has close bond with Brother

 

Written by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Twin brothers as children normally do everything together; they share each other’s dreams as well as plan what they want to be when they grow up, then as adults some slowly grow apart while others maintain their strong brotherly bond.

Capt. Matthew N. Mayor, brigade logistics and operations officer with 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliner and Capt. Mark E. Mayor, brigade intelligence and current operations officer with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division “Black Jack Brigade”, identical twin brothers hailing from Kenosha, WI, have always been very close and inseparable.

Capt. Matthew N. Mayor, brigade S-3 operations officer with Task Force Lifeliner and Capt. Mark E. Mayor, brigade S-2 current operations officer with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division “Black Jack Brigade”, both identical twin brothers hailing from Kenosha, WI, stand side by side during their deployment at Bagram Air Field in Parwan province, Afghanistan, June 28, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

Capt. Matthew N. Mayor, brigade S-3 operations officer with Task Force Lifeliner and Capt. Mark E. Mayor, brigade S-2 current operations officer with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division “Black Jack Brigade”, both identical twin brothers hailing from Kenosha, WI, stand side by side during their deployment at Bagram Air Field in Parwan province, Afghanistan, June 28, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell and Austin Peay’s “Operation Yellow Ribbon” Connects Graduates, Soldiers

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionAustin Peay State UniversityFort Campbell, KY – Graduating is considered a monumental achievement for any high school student, but for teens with parents and family members deployed to Afghanistan, it takes on a special meaning.

Michael Clayton III, whose father, 1st Sgt. Michael Clayton Jr., is currently deployed to Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), can attest to that.

Fort Campbell High School Class of 2013 graduate Michael Clayton III is overcome with emotion as he speaks with his father, 1st Sgt. Michael Clayton Jr., via Skype moments after his high school commencement ceremony. Clayton Jr., who is deployed to Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, took part in the Division’s “Operation Yellow Ribbon” program. (Photo by Master Sgt. Pete Mayes)

Fort Campbell High School Class of 2013 graduate Michael Clayton III is overcome with emotion as he speaks with his father, 1st Sgt. Michael Clayton Jr., via Skype moments after his high school commencement ceremony. Clayton Jr., who is deployed to Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, took part in the Division’s “Operation Yellow Ribbon” program. (Photo by Master Sgt. Pete Mayes)

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Microsoft unveils next generation Home Entertainment System, Xbox One

 

Blockbuster titles, Steven Spielberg-produced Halo TV series, and exclusive agreements with the NFL transform games, TV and entertainment for the 21st century living room.

Xbox - MicrosoftRedwood, WA – A new vision for the future comes to life today as Microsoft Corp. unveils Xbox One , the all-in-one gaming and entertainment system created for today and the next generation.

At Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, WA, the company showcased how Xbox One puts you at the center of all your games, TV, movies, music, sports and Skype.

Microsoft's Xbox One

Microsoft’s Xbox One

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Improving Your Virtual Meetings

 

Virtual MeetingsClarksville, TN – Whether you have offices in multiple cities with employees that have regular conference calls or you just prefer working from your “virtual presence device,” you should consider how to get the most out of your virtual conversations.

Here are five tips to improve the quality of your next video conference, conference call, or online forum discussion.

Virtual Meetings

Virtual Meetings

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Fort Campbell Welcomed Home 65 “Strike” Soldiers on Saturday

 

Fort Campbell, KYFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeOn Saturday, February 9th, 2013 65 soldiers from 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike,” returned home to Fort Campbell, Kentucky the home of the 101st Airborne Division (air assault). These soldiers were returning from a nine-month deployment to RC-East in Afghanistan, where they continued the process of training and mentoring the Afghan National Security Forces and the Afghan National Police in preparation for their assumption of responsibility for the Afghan people security in that region.

“For the past 9 months. The Strike advisory teams have been deployed to Eastern Afghanistan, where they were put in charge of transferring combat power over to the Afghan National Security Forces, like the Afghan Army and the Afghan National Police. What that really means in layman terms is that our leaders from Strike were hand-picked to be sent over to help of our Afghan brothers by providing training and mentoring the leadership over there,” said Sgt. Joe Padula, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team’s Public Affairs Officer. “They’ve done an outstanding job!” He said.

The returning soldiers disembark from the aircraft and head past their families to the hanger

The returning soldiers disembark from the aircraft and head past their families to the hanger

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Sony Nashville Recording Artist Angie Johnson to Sing National Anthem before the Tennessee Titans game Sunday

 

Tennessee TitansNashville, TN - The Tennessee Titans welcome Sony Nashville recording artist Angie Johnson to sing the National Anthem prior to Sunday’s Titans-Jaguars game at LP Field.

A dedicated member of the United States Air Force, the Missouri-born artist began her military career as an intelligence analyst and later transitioned to the prestigious Tops In Blue.

Sony Nashville recording artist Angie Johnson

Sony Nashville recording artist Angie Johnson

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Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse best choices overall for bundled Internet, TV, and Telephone Service

 

May report also features tips on how to cut telecom bills

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Service providers Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse were top recommendations for bundled telecom services, based on a survey of 70,000 Consumer Reports readers.

The next best choice for many households for bundled services is a highly rated cable company including Cox, Cablevision, or Bright House Networks if they are in your area.  If television service is a priority and Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse aren’t available in your area, satellite providers DirecTV or Dish Network received above average survey scores. Their TV service is offered in hybrid bundles with DSL and phone service from some telephone providers. «Read the rest of this article»

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