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101st Airborne Division’s 526th Brigade Support Battalion improves readiness at Network Integration Evaluation 17.2

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Sean Callahan
40th Public Affairs Detachment

24th Press Camp Headquarters at Fort Bliss1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss

Fort Bliss, TX – The priority for all Army units is to build decisive action readiness to enable Army forces to rapidly deploy. NIE 17.2 enhances unit readiness by providing rigorous Soldier-led operational training opportunities.

According to Command Sergeant Major Phillip Hollifiele, the senior enlisted advisor for 526th BSB, “being able to conduct Convoy Escort Team training is extremely valuable for the battalion, our goal is to develop 11 lethal vehicle crews.” NIE training anticipates fighting operationally in challenged domains. Strike Soldiers are preparing to operate in degraded.

Soldiers from 526th Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division getting briefed prior to conducting Convoy Escort Team training during Network Integration Evaluation 17.2 at Fort Bliss, Texas, July 14, 2017. (Pfc. Isaiah Scott)

Soldiers from 526th Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division getting briefed prior to conducting Convoy Escort Team training during Network Integration Evaluation 17.2 at Fort Bliss, Texas, July 14, 2017. (Pfc. Isaiah Scott)

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101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team arrives at Fort Bliss for NIE 17.2

 

Written by Sgt. Maricris McLane
24th Press Camp Headquarters

24th Press Camp Headquarters at Fort Bliss1st Armored Division at Fort BlissFort Bliss, TX – Approximately 1,900 Soldiers from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, arrived for the Network Integration Exercise 17.2 here, July 5th-6th, 2017.

NIE started in 2011 and since then the major participant of the exercise was 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division.

The “Strike” Brigade is the first rotational unit to conduct NIE here.

As an expeditionary light infantry unit recently returning from supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, the brigade provides an operational mindset that will assist in the overall assessment of practices and systems being used during the NIE exercise.

Soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, disembark the plane during their arrival for the Network Integration Exercise 17.2, here, July 5. The "Strike" Brigade with 101st ABN DIV is the first rotational brigade to conduct NIE here. (Capt. Earl Wilson)

Soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, disembark the plane during their arrival for the Network Integration Exercise 17.2, here, July 5. The “Strike” Brigade with 101st ABN DIV is the first rotational brigade to conduct NIE here. (Capt. Earl Wilson)

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101st Airborne Division Strike Force Supports XCTC at Fort McCoy

 

Written by Lt. Riley Foster
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Fort McCoy, WI – In the heat of June, Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prepare to rotate out to training sites as the opposition force to the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Illinois National Guard. If that weren’t enough, the Battalion will move directly from playing OPFOR to conducting squad live fires and crew gunnery to prepare for follow on training back home at Fort Campbell.

The Strike Force Battalion deployed to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, early in the month to support the eXportable Combat Training Capability, or XCTC.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. David Souliotis, platoon leader, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) center, briefs Capt. Nathan Goldsmith, commander, Company C, 2-502, during 2-502 IN's deployment to the Exportable Combat Training Capability at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Jun. 16, 2017. (1st Lt. Riley Foster)

U.S. Army 1st Lt. David Souliotis, platoon leader, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) center, briefs Capt. Nathan Goldsmith, commander, Company C, 2-502, during 2-502 IN’s deployment to the Exportable Combat Training Capability at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Jun. 16, 2017. (1st Lt. Riley Foster)

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101st Airborne Division 2nd Brigade Soldiers First Warfighters to Sling Load TCN-Light

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and pilots from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, became the first Soldiers in the operational Army to sling load the Tactical Command Node-Light last week.

This training was done in preparation for the brigade’s upcoming rotation as part of the Network Integration Exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas, in July. At NIE 2BCT will validate new systems that will be fielded to the Army for future mission sets.

A CH-47 Chinook flown by Soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), sling loads the Tactical Control Node-Light at Fort Campbell, KY, Jun. 15, 2017. The training was part of 2nd Brigade, 101st’s preparation for the upcoming Network Integration Exercise at Fort Bliss, where they will be the first light BCT to participate. (Sgt. Bradford Alex)

A CH-47 Chinook flown by Soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), sling loads the Tactical Control Node-Light at Fort Campbell, KY, Jun. 15, 2017. The training was part of 2nd Brigade, 101st’s preparation for the upcoming Network Integration Exercise at Fort Bliss, where they will be the first light BCT to participate. (Sgt. Bradford Alex)

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101st Airborne Division Strike Soldiers First to Sling TCN-Light

 

Video by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Fort Campbell, KY – U.S Army Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) validate the technique to sling load the Tactical Command Node-Light at Fort Campbell, Kentucky June 15th, 2017.

The validation was part of the brigade preparation for the upcoming Network Integration Exercise at Fort Bliss, where they will be the first light BCT to participate.

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Fort Campbell Air Assault unit brings new perspective to network modernization event

 

U.S. Army

U.S. ArmyFort Campbell, KY – Just four months after the last Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (2/101 Air Assault) returned home from an advise and assist mission in Iraq, the 2/101 “Strike” Brigade is gearing up for a new mission as they bring a light infantry perspective to integrating and evolving communications systems during the Army’s signature operational network exercise.

Known as the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) and taking place at Fort Bliss, Texas, in July, the exercise is designed to help the Army keep pace with rapid advances in communications technologies and deliver integrated network and mission command capabilities to support readiness.

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Black Hawk helicopters carrying Soldiers during an operational exercise. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Black Hawk helicopters carrying Soldiers during an operational exercise. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Soldier reflects on call to duty while on 9th Deployment during Global War on Terror

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division

Northern Iraq – Following the attacks of September 11th, then Pfc. Brian Bailey prepared for war along with the rest of the U.S Army. When he arrived to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, home of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), he was immediately called to duty.

“Who wants to deploy right now?” asked the Soldier who ran the replacement company. Bailey and one other man raised their hands and they were separated from the group. A few weeks later they were in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Bailey, the first sergeant of Company A, 1st Battalion 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), waits for Soldiers to arrive to a security patrol briefing, Dec. 7, 2016, in northern Iraq. This is Bailey's 9th deployment during the Global War on Terror, and he has spent over 7 years deployed. As part of Operation Inherent Resolve, he is part of a multi-national effort advising and assisting the Iraqi security forces. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Bailey, the first sergeant of Company A, 1st Battalion 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), waits for Soldiers to arrive to a security patrol briefing, Dec. 7, 2016, in northern Iraq. This is Bailey’s 9th deployment during the Global War on Terror, and he has spent over 7 years deployed. As part of Operation Inherent Resolve, he is part of a multi-national effort advising and assisting the Iraqi security forces. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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101st Airborne Division Soldiers return to Fort Campbell from deployment to Iraq

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Approximately 170 Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and 101st Airborne Division Artillery, were welcomed home during a ceremony as they returned from a nine-month deployment to Iraq.

Family, friends and fellow Soldiers gathered to welcome home the unit which performed duties as the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command (CJFLCC) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the land component command advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces in defeating DA’ESH.

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, speaks to Families, friends and Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division during a welcome home ceremony at Hangar 3, Fort Campbell, Ky., Nov. 18, 2016. Volesky spoke of his Air Assault Soldiers' success in enabling Iraqi Security Forces to defeat DA'ESH and begin the retaking of Mosul in Iraq as the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command - Operation Inherent Resolve headquarters.

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, speaks to Families, friends and Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division during a welcome home ceremony at Hangar 3, Fort Campbell, Ky., Nov. 18, 2016. Volesky spoke of his Air Assault Soldiers’ success in enabling Iraqi Security Forces to defeat DA’ESH and begin the retaking of Mosul in Iraq as the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve headquarters.

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Wounded during first tour in Iraq, 101st Airborne Soldier’s return there in support of OIR has personal meaning

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

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

Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq – Smoke rose in the distance from an oil field set on fire during the battle between Iraqi security forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as U.S Army Sgt. Addison Owen stood outside his tent.

Owen, an infantryman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is no stranger to Iraq, this is his second time deployed to the country.

On his first deployment he fought beyond the oil-field, but now he has a different mission. In support of Operation Inherent Resolve he is part of a multi-national effort to assist the Iraq security forces.

Sgt. Logon Ross, left, and Sgt. Addison Owen, right, Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in the U.S compound at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Nov. 1, 2016. Company B provides security for Coalition forces on the base and was one on the first units at the location. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Sgt. Logon Ross, left, and Sgt. Addison Owen, right, Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in the U.S compound at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Nov. 1, 2016. Company B provides security for Coalition forces on the base and was one on the first units at the location. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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101st Airborne Soldiers in Iraq find ways to keep up morale

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

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

Erbil, Iraq – Throughout Iraq, U.S. Soldiers assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), “Task Force Strike,” are finding ways to stay mentally, physically, and spiritually resilient. They are deployed to the country in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and are now midway through their tour.

One common way Soldiers relieve stress is through physical activity. Once gym facilities were established at Camp Swift, unit leadership organized a workout competition event for Soldiers to test their physical fitness goals.

Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, enjoy a game of dominoes during down time Sept. 28, 2016, at Kara Soar Base, Iraq. As the deployment has gone on, Soldiers are staying resilient through a variety of different techniques – from games to physical fitness events. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, enjoy a game of dominoes during down time Sept. 28, 2016, at Kara Soar Base, Iraq. As the deployment has gone on, Soldiers are staying resilient through a variety of different techniques – from games to physical fitness events. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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