Topic: U.S. Army
Written by David Vergun
Washington, D.C. – At what point does the Army become a hollow and ineffective fighting force if the drawdown and budget cuts continue?
Army leaders were asked that question during a media roundtable at the Pentagon, March 5th, just a day after the Army’s proposed fiscal year 2015 budget was revealed.
Weighing in on the question was Brig. Gen. John G. Ferrari, deputy director of Army Program, Analysis and Evaluation.
At some point, the Army’s ability to sustain combat in strategic depth would be eroded he said, describing it not in terms of a magic number but as a continuum of risk level. «Read the rest of this article»
Written by Sgt. David Cox
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.
Emergency essential personnel report at normal time. All other personnel are authorized a 2-hour delay from normal report time.
BCT/CAB/BDE commanders will make the determination on mission essential leaders and Soldiers to report for selected activities (MTTs, CS13/14, deployment activities). The Sabalauski Air Assault School will open at normal time and conduct scheduled training.
DODEA Schools remain closed, all CDC’s will be open. (RNJ)
By Elizabeth M. Collins, Soldiers Live
It was the year Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were both assassinated. It was also the year the Vietnam War exploded into new levels of violence. And as troops poured into ‘Nam and more and more young men died — 1968 was the deadliest year of the Vietnam War — Americans watched it all from their living rooms with anger and disgust. The protest movement gained traction. Protesters spit on returning Soldiers, called them rapists and baby killers. In fact, the U.S. agreed to begin peace talks in Paris that year, due in part to the dwindling support at home.
It was also the year Santiago Erevia became a Soldier.
Directors will notify their employees of their mission requirements. Civilians will be given an additional two hours to report to work.
Soldiers will be on a DONSA. CDC’s will be at mission essential personnel levels. Fort Campbell Schools and the Austin Peay State University extension, will remain closed. The Sabalauski Air Assault School will be posting which classes will report and when. «Read the rest of this article»
Soldier father, son serve together in 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (A) at Fort Campbell
Written by Staff Sgt. Rick Branch
Fort Campbell, KY – When Staff Sgt. Joseph Simms donned his maroon beret after completing Enlisted Green Platoon-Combat Skills, he never expected a few years later to see another member of his family experience it. His son Pvt. Charlie Shaw changed that when he graduation from Enlisted Green Platoon, February 18th, 2014, at Cole Parks Commons.
“I never expected back then that a few years later I’d watch one of my kids graduate through Green Platoon,” beamed Simms. “Charles has always liked the Army and been exposed to the regiment from a few visits here and there … he really liked what he saw.”
Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
Fort Campbell, KY – Growing up in Fontana California, Andre Shinda loved to play sports. He played football through high school and wanted what every other high school football player did, to go to the pros.
By his junior year in high school, Shinda was already being looked at by college universities. He was fortunate to make it out of the area he grew up in. Many of his friends and teammates were not. Some had run-ins with the law, others problems with illegal substances.
Written by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton
Fort Campbell, KY – That was the question Soldiers and the command of 3rd Brigade Combat Team ‘Rakkasans,’ 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), set out to answer during the Brigade’s first ever ‘Best Rakkasan’ competition here, February 19th and 20th.
“This was the first time we as a Brigade have ever put together a challenge like this for our Soldiers,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Gabriel Perez, the Brigade targeting officer and coordinator of the ‘Best Rakkasan’ competition.
The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is the first brigade in the Army to receive the new TCAPS device, according to Maj. Mia P. Bruner, the assistant product manager for TCAPS with product manager for Soldier Warrior.
Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), returned to Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 15, after successfully completing a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan. More than 280 members of the brigade headquarters and the 101st Special Troops Battalion have returned from deployment during the past month.
Before returning to Fort Campbell, the 101st Sustainment Brigade conducted a transfer of authority ceremony to the 10th Sustainment Brigade out of Fort Drum, N.Y.
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