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Fort Campbell 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” hold transfer of authority ceremony

 

Written by Sgt. David Cox
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Laghman Province, Afghanistan – As one unit furls its colors as it completes their mission, another unit unfurls theirs to take its place.

Soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Train Advise and Assist Command Northeast, held a ceremony in recognition of the transfer of authority from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Task Force Patriot March 3rd, 2014 at Forward Operating Base Gamberi.

U.S. Army Col. Peter Benchoff, commander of Task Force Strike, and Command Sgt. Maj. Brendan Haywood, Task Force Strike's sergeant major, unfurl the unit colors during a transfer of authority ceremony March 3, 2014 at Forward Operating Base Gamberi. (Sgt. David Cox/U.S. Army)

U.S. Army Col. Peter Benchoff, commander of Task Force Strike, and Command Sgt. Maj. Brendan Haywood, Task Force Strike’s sergeant major, unfurl the unit colors during a transfer of authority ceremony March 3, 2014 at Forward Operating Base Gamberi. (Sgt. David Cox/U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell’s Strike Soldiers Win Where They Fight during Joint Readiness Training Center Rotation

 

Written by STRIKE Public Affairs Office

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team “STRIKE,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), recently completed the month long training event at the Joint Readiness Training Center Fort Polk, LA.

The training, which takes place in a historic Army training center, also once known during the Vietnam era as ‘Tiger Land,’ provides brigade combat teams the ability to put stress on all combat systems prior to deployment around the world.

Fort Campbell's 2nd Brigade Combat Team at the Joint Readiness Training Center Fort Polk, LA.

Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team at the Joint Readiness Training Center Fort Polk, LA.

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team holds Change of Command

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 2nd Brigade Combat Teamheld a change of command ceremony On Monday July 22nd, to honor the outgoing battalion commander, Col. Daniel R. Walrath, and to recognize the incoming Commander Col. Pete Benchoff before the entire Brigade.

Colonel Benchoff has had several previous assignments at Fort Campbell including a stint in 2009 as the commander of the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, and as the Assistant Chief of Staff for 101st Airborne Division.

Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the acting commander of Fort Campbell, KY, while the 101st Airborne Division is deployed to Afghanistan passes command of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team from Col. Walrath to their new Commander Col. Pete Benchoff

Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the acting commander of Fort Campbell, KY, while the 101st Airborne Division is deployed to Afghanistan passes command of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team from Col. Walrath to their new Commander Col. Pete Benchoff

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team honors outgoing Commander Col. Daniel R. Walrath, and his wife Christine

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Col. Daniel R. Walrath, the outgoing commander of the 2nd brigade combat team; and his wife Christine were recognized a short ceremony for their leadership of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). They were credited with improving the quality of life for the soldiers and families in a ceremony that took place shortly before the 2nd Brigade Combat Team’s Change of Command Ceremony ceremony on Monday, July 22nd at the division parade field on Fort Campbell.

During the ceremony Col. Walrath was awarded the Legion of Merit, and the Distinguished Member of the Regiment Pin for the 502nd Infantry Regiment by Brig. Gen. Mark R. Stammer, the acting commander of Fort Campbell, KY, while the 101st Airborne Division is deployed to Afghanistan.

Brig. Gen. Mark R. Stammer pins the Distinguished Member of the Regiment pin on Col. Daniel R. Walrath as Col. Walrath's wife Christine looks on.

Brig. Gen. Mark R. Stammer pins the Distinguished Member of the Regiment pin on Col. Daniel R. Walrath as Col. Walrath’s wife Christine looks on.

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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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Fort Campbell Sgt. Joe Padula says ‘To tell the Soldier’s story, you must fight by their side’

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

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Fort Campbell, KY – Staff Sgt. James P. Hunter was posthumously awarded the Kentucky Medal of Freedom, May 28th. His Family accepted the honor during a ceremony held in Lexington, KY.

In April of 2009, I, then Pfc. Joe Padula, was introduced to a young, strong man of about 24 years old. He stood tall in a stance, built with confidence. He wore a combat patch on his right sleeve. I could tell this man has been tested before, and I was a lost Soldier at Fort Campbell who had just found Staff Sgt. James P. Hunter — thank God.

Staff Sgt. James P. Hunter views his photos while following other Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, during a field training exercise. Hunter's face was rarely in front of the camera, as his job as an Army journalist was to record the lives of Soldiers " whether they were training at Fort Campbell or patrolling the streets of Afghanistan. Hunter died while deployed with Strike in Afghanistan, June 18th, 2010. (Fort Campbell Courier archive)

Staff Sgt. James P. Hunter views his photos while following other Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, during a field training exercise. Hunter’s face was rarely in front of the camera, as his job as an Army journalist was to record the lives of Soldiers ” whether they were training at Fort Campbell or patrolling the streets of Afghanistan. Hunter died while deployed with Strike in Afghanistan, June 18th, 2010. (Fort Campbell Courier archive)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” Memorial Day Message

 

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2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeMemorial DayFort Campbell, KY – To the Fallen Heroes of our Armed Forces on this Memorial Day, May 27th, 2013:

Some were seasoned veterans and some were hardly more than boys and girls with the deepest joys of life before them. They risked everything for faith and belief; loyalty and love.

Memorial Day. (2nd Brigade Combat Team)

Memorial Day. (2nd Brigade Combat Team)

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Fort Campbell’s Strike Dining Facility wins Army Connelly Award and Commanding General’s Best Dining Facility Award

 

Written by Sgt. Keith Rogers
2nd BCT UPAR

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Fort Campbell, KY – “An army marches on its stomach,” was the famous observation made by Napoleon Bonaparte. The quote stood true then as it does now.

The Strike food service specialist Soldiers of the 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), won the Department of the Army’s Philip A. Connelly Award and was also presented the Commanding General’s Best Dining Facility Award, during a ceremony held outside of the Strike Dining Facility, May 16th. The command team of the 101st understands the importance of the Strike Soldier chefs’ accomplishments.

Col. Dan Walrath, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), congratulates the culinary Soldiers of the Strike Brigade outside of the Strike Dining Facility, Fort Campbell, Ky., May 16. The Soldier chefs were awarded Fort Campbell’s Commanding General’s Best Dining Facility Award for the 2nd Quarter of fiscal year 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Col. Dan Walrath, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), congratulates the culinary Soldiers of the Strike Brigade outside of the Strike Dining Facility, Fort Campbell, Ky., May 16. The Soldier chefs were awarded Fort Campbell’s Commanding General’s Best Dining Facility Award for the 2nd Quarter of fiscal year 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Fort Campbell Strike Soldier graduates Air Assault School despite Amputation

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

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Fort Campbell, KY – For almost 12-miles he has been carrying about 35-pounds of gear. He sees a clock in the near distance with red digital numerals closing in on the three-hour mark, the time limit for the near half marathon march.

He wants to sprint to the finish line, but his face winces with every right step taken. His breaths are heavy and pain can be heard with each inhale. His left leg is in full stride, but his right, being amputated more than six years ago, now pushes forward on a damaged prosthetic; a piston broke a few miles back eliminating fluid motion. He picks up a faster, but still a limping pace.

Sgt. 1st Class Greg Robinson, a combat engineer with Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pours water over himself moments before finishing the12-mile road march for The Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, April 29. Robinson is the first amputee to graduate the school and says, “A disability is only a disability if you let it hold you down.” (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Sgt. 1st Class Greg Robinson, a combat engineer with Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pours water over himself moments before finishing the12-mile road march for The Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, April 29. Robinson is the first amputee to graduate the school and says, “A disability is only a disability if you let it hold you down.” (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Strike supports Fort Campbell Students at Area 12 Special Olympics held at APSU’s Football Stadium

 

Written by Sgt. Keith Rogers
2nd Brigade Combat Team UPAR, 101st Airborne Division

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

Clarksville, TN – Within the Army’s brigade combat teams are support battalions. They are teams comprised of Soldiers trained in military occupation specialties designed to support the overall mission. These battalions include Soldiers with job titles like combat medic, communication tech, cook, weapons repair and many others.

They enable the brigades to achieve their goals, whether it is on the battlefield or home within the community.

The volunteer Soldiers from the 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and the Fort Campbell High School student athletes and coaches, pose for a picture after the closing ceremonies of the Area 12 Special Olympics held at Clarksville’s Austin Peay Stadium, April 18.(US Army photo by Sgt. Keith Rogers, 2nd BCT UPAR, 101st Abn. Div.)

The volunteer Soldiers from the 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and the Fort Campbell High School student athletes and coaches, pose for a picture after the closing ceremonies of the Area 12 Special Olympics held at Clarksville’s Austin Peay Stadium, April 18.(US Army photo by Sgt. Keith Rogers, 2nd BCT UPAR, 101st Abn. Div.)

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