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Fort Campbell Task Force Strike personnel orchestrate movement into Operation Inherent Resolve

 

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

Asia – As the Soldiers of Task Force Strike arrive in theater as part of Operation Inherent Resolve on their way to many different locations throughout Iraq, personnel here ensure they get to where they need to go at the time they are supposed to.

Many of the liaisons here deployed early, arriving in the country weeks before other Soldiers to ensure that the conditions would be set for the task force’s arrival.

“I deployed about three weeks ago” said CW1 Issac German, Task Force Strike mobility warrant officer. “My duty is to get all the Strike personnel and equipment from Fort Campbell to their end location, wherever that may be.”

Two personnel from Task Force Strike practice proper Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology (JSLIST) removal procedures at a training and logistical camp in southwest Asia, May 11, 2016. (1st Lt. Daniel I. Johnson)

Two personnel from Task Force Strike practice proper Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology (JSLIST) removal procedures at a training and logistical camp in southwest Asia, May 11, 2016. (1st Lt. Daniel I. Johnson)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” cases colors in preparation for deployment to Iraq

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Melendez
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – The ceremony marks the 4th time the storied brigade cased its’ colors in preparation for a deployment to Iraq; the 7th overall in support of the Global War on Terror.

Little remains known about Strike’s impending mission, however, their focal point will be advising and assisting Iraqi counterparts against insurgents.

The Strike brigade will join the Screaming Eagle’s headquarters, who deployed to the region a few short weeks ago. Units within Strike will be deployed throughout several locations in both Iraq and Kuwait.

Guidon bearers stand with the American flag and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division unit colors during a traditional colors of the casing ceremony at ‘Hangar 3’, Apr. 27, 2016. This the fourth time the unit cases its colors for a deployment to Iraq. (Spc. Andres Alegria, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault))

Guidon bearers stand with the American flag and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division unit colors during a traditional colors of the casing ceremony at ‘Hangar 3’, Apr. 27, 2016. This the fourth time the unit cases its colors for a deployment to Iraq. (Spc. Andres Alegria, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault))

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” inducts new members into the regiment

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – The inductees were Honorary Colonel of the Regiment, Col. (R) Theodore Purdom and Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment Master Sgt. (R) Alonzo Rollins.

The Distinguished Members inductees were Command Sgt. Maj. John A. Brady, Maj. Michael Haith, Wayne Dugger, Jorge Otero and J.R. Martinez.

The regiment’s Honorary Members were Sgt. 1st Class Bryan K. Hardy, Darlene Castillo, Kelli Caldwell, and Paul McConville.

Col. Brett G. Sylvia, commander of Strike brigade, began the ceremony by recognizing the contributions of each individual.

The newest members of the 502nd Infantry Regiment are all smiles during an induction ceremony, here, March 24, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

The newest members of the 502nd Infantry Regiment are all smiles during an induction ceremony, here, March 24, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Soldier one of 70 female Sapper-qualified Solders in U.S. Army

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra Fown
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – On Fort Campbell, Kentucky, home of the 101st Airborne Division, it is not uncommon to witness Soldiers with tabs above the ‘airborne’ and Old Abe on their left shoulders. From Rangers to Special Forces, these tabs are indicators of those who have gone above and beyond and undergone sometimes gruesome conditions in order to earn these coveted adornments.

For engineers, the ever sought-after sapper tab is a testament to their troop leading procedures, small unit tactics, and mountaineering. A sapper is widely considered an elite combat engineer.

Capt. Erin A. Williams, chief of operations for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, poses for a photo at Fort Campbell, Ky., March 18, 2015. Williams is one of 70 females that are sapper-qualified in the U.S. Army. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) public affairs)

Capt. Erin A. Williams, chief of operations for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, poses for a photo at Fort Campbell, Ky., March 18, 2015. Williams is one of 70 females that are sapper-qualified in the U.S. Army. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) public affairs)

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Fort Campbell Culinary team ready to win Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – In the military the ‘drive to win’ is seen on a daily basis. From Soldiers conducting physical training each day to serving in multiple conflicts over the last decades, winning is and always will be the goal. For the Fort Campbell culinary team, winning is all that matters.

The Fort Campbell culinary team is schedule to compete in the Army’s annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training at Fort Lee, Virginia, March 3rd-11th. The team is comprised of soldiers from different units on Fort Campbell. Before the Soldiers became a ‘team’ there were many challenges they had to overcome.

Spc. Stephen Briscoe, a team leader on the Fort Campbell Culinary Team, goes over cuts with his team at the culinary lab at the education center on Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 25, 2016. The Fort Campbell Culinary Team will compete in the 41st Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event at Fort Lee, Va., March 3-11. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Spc. Stephen Briscoe, a team leader on the Fort Campbell Culinary Team, goes over cuts with his team at the culinary lab at the education center on Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 25, 2016. The Fort Campbell Culinary Team will compete in the 41st Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event at Fort Lee, Va., March 3-11. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Strike Cook ready for annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Fort Campbell, KY – Harry S. Truman once said ‘If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen’. Which to most Soldiers means if the pressures of a situation are too much for you, you should leave that situation.

But for Spc. Freddy Recinos, a culinary specialist, assigned to 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the kitchen is where he likes to heat up.

Recinos, a Los Angeles native, isn’t your average soldier, his love for cooking came long before he signed up to join ‘uncle Sam’s’ crew.

Spc. Freddy Recinos, a culinary specialist, assigned to 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepares a meal at the culinary lab at the education center on Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 19, 2016. Recinos is part of the Fort Campbell Culinary Team which will compete in the Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training at Fort Lee, Va., in March, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Spc. Freddy Recinos, a culinary specialist, assigned to 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), prepares a meal at the culinary lab at the education center on Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 19, 2016. Recinos is part of the Fort Campbell Culinary Team which will compete in the Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training at Fort Lee, Va., in March, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division part of Family’s Heritage

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra Fown
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Fort Polk, LA – It isn’t very rare for a father and son to share common interests, whether that be sports, fishing or a love of grilling. Many sons look up to their fathers, and some even go on to take over Family businesses when the parent retires.

Staff Sgt. Tomas Rodriguez Jr. and his father, retired Staff Sgt. Tomas Rodriguez Sr., share the love of defending their country from all enemies – foreign and domestic.

They also have had the privilege of donning Old Abe on their left shoulders while serving with the 101st Airborne Division.

Staff Sgt. Tomas Rodriguez Jr., a squad leader with the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division poses for a photo with his father, retired Staff Sgt. Tomas Rodriguez, at Fort Campbell, in 2013. Rodriguez Sr. also served in the 101st Airborne Division. (Courtesy Photo)

Staff Sgt. Tomas Rodriguez Jr., a squad leader with the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division poses for a photo with his father, retired Staff Sgt. Tomas Rodriguez, at Fort Campbell, in 2013. Rodriguez Sr. also served in the 101st Airborne Division. (Courtesy Photo)

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Fort Campbell’s Blue Spaders are the Queen of Battle’s Backbone

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra Fown
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Fort Polk, LA – On any given day in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, infantrymen can be found training, firing at ranges and engaged in missions – whether that be at Fort Campbell or deployed overseas.

Behind the brass and ground pounding is an immense and incredibly important element that tends to get overlooked, especially in a unit mainly made of Infantry. While there is no denying the significance of the men with blue chords, support MOS’s are vital in their overall success.

Spc. Johnny Marmolejo, a wheeled vehicle mechanic with Company J, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, works on a vehicle at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, La., Feb. 16, 2016. Support elements play a crucial role in the success of any mission. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) public affairs)

Spc. Johnny Marmolejo, a wheeled vehicle mechanic with Company J, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, works on a vehicle at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, La., Feb. 16, 2016. Support elements play a crucial role in the success of any mission. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) public affairs)

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Fort Campbell Strike Soldier’s Dinosaur Costume gets National Attention

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra Fown
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Fort Campbell, KY – To many Soldiers’ delight, Fort Campbell was on limited operations for several days last week. Many might have spent their days binge-watching Netflix, catching some extra Z’s and enjoying some friendly snowball.

And of course, the dreaded chore that often accompanies heavy bouts of snowfall – shoveling. Sgt. Cliff White, a food service specialist with Company J, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), did just that the afternoon of January 22nd at his home on Fort Campbell.

Sgt. Cliff White, a food service specialist assigned to Company J, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), shovels snow during a snow storm at his home at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 22, 2016. White has received national coverage since the video was uploaded. (Courtesy Photo)

Sgt. Cliff White, a food service specialist assigned to Company J, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), shovels snow during a snow storm at his home at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 22, 2016. White has received national coverage since the video was uploaded. (Courtesy Photo)

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Fort Campbell’s 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion opens Task Force Engineer Academy

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Fort Campbell, KY – Engineers from 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), opened their doors up to the first ever Task Force Engineer Academy, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, January 7th-14th.

The academy is the first of its kind in Strike brigade, and the thought of starting an academy began during the brigade’s last rotation to Joint Readiness Training Center, Louisiana, in the fall of 2015.

Soldiers from the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct a practical exercise at the 39th BEB Engineer Academy, at Fort Campbell, KY, Jan. 13, 2016. The academy was designed to take engineer lieutenants and give them the knowledge base on how to work with light Air Assault battalions. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct a practical exercise at the 39th BEB Engineer Academy, at Fort Campbell, KY, Jan. 13, 2016. The academy was designed to take engineer lieutenants and give them the knowledge base on how to work with light Air Assault battalions. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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