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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

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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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Austin Peay State University student Ja-kay Matheny overcomes Brain Tumor to pursue Education, Comedy career

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University social work major Ja-kay Matheny has been a lot of things in his life, including a father, husband, soldier, student — even an aspiring standup comedian. But for much of the last few years, Matheny himself would admit that he was barely anything at all.

“I was sick for a long, long time,” Matheny said. “I was gaining weight, failing classes, forgetting simple things I should know and I was getting angry with my kids all the time for no reason.

APSU Student Ja-kay Matheny

APSU Student Ja-kay Matheny

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Fort Campbell to hold Garrison Change of Command Ceremony June 23rd

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – United States Army Garrison Fort Campbell will bid farewell to Col. James R. Salome Jr. and welcome Col. Joseph P. Kuchan on June 23rd, 2017 at 10:30am during a Change of Command ceremony in front of the Garrison Headquarters at 39 Normandy Boulevard.

Kuchan, born in Geneva, Switzerland but a native of Peoria, Illinois, was commissioned into the Infantry in 1995 from the United States Military Academy. He has served in a variety of Command and Staff position in the 82nd Airborne Division and 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and has deployed multiple times to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

United States Army Garrison Fort Campbell Change of Command Ceremony set for Friday, June 23rd, 2017. (Sam Shore)

United States Army Garrison Fort Campbell Change of Command Ceremony set for Friday, June 23rd, 2017. (Sam Shore)

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Lifeliners host Asian American Pacific Islander observance at Fort Campbell

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers throughout the installation gathered at Wilson Theater, here, May 31st, to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month hosted by 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade.

The observance featured martial arts performances by the Harris Holt Martial Arts Academy, culture performances by Hui Hawaii O Tenesi Hawaiian Civic Club Dance Group, the Samoan Congregation of Fort Campbell, and the 101st Screaming Eagle Dance Group, as well as Asian and Pacific Islander food samples provided by the Austin Peay State University Culinary Team.

Dancers from the Hui Hawaii O Tenesi Hawaiian Civic Club Dance Group perform a traditional Hawaiian dance, May 31, 2017, at Wilson Theater, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The performance was part of the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month observance hosted by the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/ 101st SBDE Public Affairs Office)

Dancers from the Hui Hawaii O Tenesi Hawaiian Civic Club Dance Group perform a traditional Hawaiian dance, May 31, 2017, at Wilson Theater, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/ 101st SBDE Public Affairs Office)

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Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk to be held June 1st, 2017

 

First Thursday Art WalkClarksville, TN – Produced by The Downtown Clarksville Association, First Thursday Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour spanning a 5-block radius that combines visual art, live music, engaging events and more in the heart of Downtown Clarksville.

With 10+ venues, bars and businesses participating each month, the First Thursday Art Walk in Clarksville is the ultimate opportunity to savor and support local creative talent.

First Thursday Art Walk in downtown Clarksville

First Thursday Art Walk in downtown Clarksville

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Montgomery County Government announces Michelle Newell as new Public Information Officer

 

Montgomery County Government TennesseeMontgomery County, TN – Montgomery County Government is proud to announce Michelle Newell will serve as the communications director and public information officer for Montgomery County Government beginning June 5th, 2017.

Newell holds a B.S. in Corporate Communications from Austin Peay State University. She currently serves as the program director for the Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program.

Michelle Newell

Michelle Newell

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101st Airborne Division trainers share logistics expertise with Somali National Army partners, first class graduates

 

Written by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Harwood
Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa

Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of AfricaMogadishu, Somalia – The 101st Airborne Division, based out of Fort Campbell, KY, has trained the first logistics class of the Somali National Army (SNA) in support of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM), during a 6-week training course in Mogadishu, Somalia.

The course concluded May 24th, 2017, with a graduation ceremony attended by the Prime Minister of Somalia, Hassan Ali Khayre, Somalia’s Chief of Defense, Gen. Ahmed Mohamed Jimcale, and the U.S. Ambassador to Somalia, Stephen Schwartz.

The importance of logistics and the impact of its effectiveness during a military campaign are highlighted in the 5th century BC book written by ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu, “The Art of War.” Sun Tzu wrote, “The line between disorder and order lies in logistics.”

Five U.S. Army 101st Airborne Soldiers deployed with U.S. Army Africa to train Somali National Army soldiers stand at a graduation formation on May 23, 2017, in Mogadishu, Somalia. The six-week logistics course focused on various aspects of moving personnel, equipment and supplies. (U.S. Air National Guard, Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood)

Five U.S. Army 101st Airborne Soldiers deployed with U.S. Army Africa to train Somali National Army soldiers stand at a graduation formation on May 23, 2017, in Mogadishu, Somalia. The six-week logistics course focused on various aspects of moving personnel, equipment and supplies. (U.S. Air National Guard, Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood)

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Memorializes Five Service Members

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee Military Department Adjutant General, Major General Terry “Max” Haston paid tribute to five service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the state’s Memorial Day service.

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Dodging the Roadkill: Memorial Day

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – As we approach Memorial Day, I have some thoughts.  Schools have let out and bikers have saddled up and taken to the open road.  A lot of those bikers are veterans. 

Since I began this journey, I’ve NEVER had such a thrill as meeting all of the veterans I’ve met through this motorcycle.  I ride with active duty and retired veterans all the time and there’s no finer group of people ON THE PLANET!

The reason I’m able to enjoy my Harley and travel the open road is because of the service and sacrifice of the American Soldier. I grew up as a military brat but was unable to serve. The military life is a unique experience.  

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101st Airborne Division Solder follows in his immigrant father’s footsteps

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – By taking leave in May instead of April so he could see his little sister graduate from high school, Spc. Jesse Thepouhthay missed out on one of his favorite holidays – New Year.

Most Americans generally associate New Year’s celebrations with December 31st and January 1st. However, for Thepouhthay and his Family, Laos New Years in April is very important.

“It’s like this huge festival and in Laos April is the hottest month,” Thepouhthay said. “So that’s when everyone’s out and about you know playing in the water and [getting] in huge water balloon fights. Everyone is just wishing a happy New Year to everyone and wiping away everything bad you have ever did and starting fresh.”

Specialist Jesse Thepouhthay, an air traffic control equipment repairer assigned to F Company, 6th Battalion, 101st General Support Aviation Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, conducts checks in the motorpool May 16, 2017. Thepouhthay’s role model is his father, who immigrated to America from Laos. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Specialist Jesse Thepouhthay, an air traffic control equipment repairer assigned to F Company, 6th Battalion, 101st General Support Aviation Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, conducts checks in the motorpool May 16, 2017. Thepouhthay’s role model is his father, who immigrated to America from Laos. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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