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Deployed 101st Airborne Division Soldiers take strides toward financial independence in Bagram, Afghanistan

 

Written by 1st Lt. Verniccia Ford
101st Airborne Division (AA) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – While deployed, Soldiers bear the burden of dealing with real life issues that affect mental agility, morale and mood. Throughout various formations in Afghanistan, service members navigate through combat related stress, family separation, martial issues, mourning the death of loved ones and even financial mismanagement.

All these things can influence performance and have adverse effects.

Major Jeremy Duncan, a signal officer, and North Carolina native teaches budgeting fundamentals to Sergeant Latoya McFadden, a culinary specialist assigned to the 101st Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade. Major Duncan is the primary instructor for the 9-week financial management course at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Alexes Anderson)

Major Jeremy Duncan, a signal officer, and North Carolina native teaches budgeting fundamentals to Sergeant Latoya McFadden, a culinary specialist assigned to the 101st Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade. Major Duncan is the primary instructor for the 9-week financial management course at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Alexes Anderson)

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Recognizes Five Tennessee Veterans

 

Five Military Veteran Tennessee State Employees Honored for Exemplary Service

Tennessee Department of Veterans ServicesNashville, TN -Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston from the Tennessee Military Department to recognize five veteran state employees and more than 470,000 Tennessee veterans of all ages and eras. 

The Governor’s Veterans Day event was held on the second floor of the State Capitol in downtown Nashville.

(Top: L to R) John Briggs, Don Coleman, Angelo Giansante, (Bot: L to R) William Houser, and Paul Nielsen.

(Top: L to R) John Briggs, Don Coleman, Angelo Giansante, (Bot: L to R) William Houser, and Paul Nielsen.

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Army vet Albert Wiley trades Special Forces to study special education at Austin Peay State University

 

Austin Peay State University (APSU)

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – If you ask Austin Peay State University (APSU) student Albert Wiley to list all the places he’s visited, you should probably take a seat because it’ll take a few minutes.

“I went to Panama, Ecuador, Belize, Honduras, Korea, Holland, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Japan, England, Canada…let’s just say numerous countries,” he said.

Austin Peay State University student Albert Wiley takes a break on campus between classes.

Austin Peay State University student Albert Wiley takes a break on campus between classes.

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101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade Master Sergeant Squad Forged in Afghanistan, “We are the Backbone of the Army”

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Caitlyn Byrne
101st Airborne Division (AA) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

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

Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan – It is said that people are bound together through adversity, and under the added demands of a deployment, the members of the self-proclaimed Master Sergeant Squad came together as a cohesive team in order to tackle the challenges presented to them.

Despite their more ominous title, the Master Sergeant Squad is nothing but courteous and professional, with the word “squad” instead representing their ferocious dedication to Soldiers, the accomplishment of the mission and each other.

The Master Sergeant Squad of the 101st Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, consists of (from left to right): Master Sgt. Mark Gomez, signal support systems chief and native of San Antonio, TX; Master Sgt. Fontella Keesee, native of Erin, TN and operations NCOIC for the brigade; Master Sgt. Amy Prince, native of Statesboro, GA and noncommissioned officer in charge of the brigade’s supply section; Master Sgt. Kelvin Ladner, the senior human resources sergeant and native of Hattiesburg, MI. (Staff Sgt. Caitlyn Byrne, 101st Sustainment Brigade PAO)

The Master Sergeant Squad of the 101st Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, consists of (from left to right): Master Sgt. Mark Gomez, signal support systems chief and native of San Antonio, TX; Master Sgt. Fontella Keesee, native of Erin, TN and operations NCOIC for the brigade; Master Sgt. Amy Prince, native of Statesboro, GA and noncommissioned officer in charge of the brigade’s supply section; Master Sgt. Kelvin Ladner, the senior human resources sergeant and native of Hattiesburg, MI. (Staff Sgt. Caitlyn Byrne, 101st Sustainment Brigade PAO)

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Tennessee National Guard’s Jeff Holmes selected as next Deputy Commanding General, First U.S. Army

 

Tennessee National Guard

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Tennessee National Guard Major General Jeff Holmes has been tapped as the next Deputy Commanding General, First U.S. Army headquartered in Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois. He is currently assigned as the Deputy Adjutant General, Tennessee National Guard.

The First Army is the oldest and longest established field army of the United States Army activated in France in 1918. In World War II First Army’s troops were the first to land on Omaha and Utah beaches in Normandy. 

Major General Jeff Holmes, Tennessee National Guard.

Major General Jeff Holmes, Tennessee National Guard.

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U.S. Army Culture as an offset

 

Written by Col. John P. Cogbill
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

U.S. Army Acquisition Support CenterFort Belvoir, VA – Innovation in the Army needs to come from the top down and the ground up, and Soldiers at all levels need freedom, time and equipment to make it happen.

Maintaining overmatch against any and all potential adversaries—known as an offset strategy—places a premium on new, potentially disruptive technologies. However, technology alone will not maintain the offset.

An effective and enduring offset will require a culture of innovation that enables critical thinking and the application of the myriad emerging military and commercial technologies to address the full spectrum of national security challenges in an increasingly hostile and complex world.

Col. John P. Cogbill, right, and Brig. Gen. K. Todd Royar, 101st Airborne Division deputy commanding general (Support), discuss 3rd BCT training inside the brigade tactical operations center in May. Hands-on training like this helps reinforce classroom instruction and encourages adaptive thinking, the author argues. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding, 3-101)

Col. John P. Cogbill, right, and Brig. Gen. K. Todd Royar, 101st Airborne Division deputy commanding general (Support), discuss 3rd BCT training inside the brigade tactical operations center in May. Hands-on training like this helps reinforce classroom instruction and encourages adaptive thinking, the author argues. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding, 3-101)

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50 years of Currahee Brotherhood, Together Then, Together Now

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Paige Behringer
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs

U.S. ArmyFort Drum, NY – For 243 years the U.S. Army has been fostering brotherhood among its ranks.

Born of the Army, the “Currahee Brothers” forged lifelong bonds in bloody combat during the Vietnam War, and continue reuniting half a century later.

They may appear as simply a group of old veterans congregating in a hotel lobby somewhere outside of Washington, D.C., laughing, joking and telling stories. Instead of celebrating a day of birth, this brotherhood assembles to observe a solemn anniversary.

Their name comes from 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, which reactivated in 1967 as a “stand alone” task force to increase American presence in Vietnam.

The “Currahee Brothers” from 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, pose for a group photo during their visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Feb. 19, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Veterans of the battalion visit the memorial annually in remembrance of 8 soldiers lost in an ambush on Feb. 19, 1968. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that battle. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Paige Behringer)

The “Currahee Brothers” from 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, pose for a group photo during their visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Feb. 19, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Veterans of the battalion visit the memorial annually in remembrance of 8 soldiers lost in an ambush on Feb. 19, 1968. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that battle. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Paige Behringer)

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Fort Campbell WTB Soldiers Sgt. John Weasner and Maj. Adam Ziegler to compete in 2018 Warrior Games

 

Written by Maria Yager
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Public Affairs

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – Two Soldiers assigned to the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion were selected to compete in the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games, June 1st–9th, 2018 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“It’s very exciting to have two of our Soldiers competing in the Warrior Games this year. Our adaptive reconditioning team works with all our wounded, ill and injured Soldiers to help them maximize their full potential in physical activities to reach optimal health and wellness,” said Lt. Col. Shawn Butler, Fort Campbell WTB commander.

Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion soldiers Sgt. John Weasner (right) and Maj. Adam Ziegler (left) to play in 2018 Warrior Games 2018 U.S. Department of Defense Warrior Games.

Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion soldiers Sgt. John Weasner (right) and Maj. Adam Ziegler (left) to play in 2018 Warrior Games 2018 U.S. Department of Defense Warrior Games.

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101st Division Artillery Soldiers conduct Expert Field Medical Badge land navigation training

 

Written by Pfc. Beverly Mejia
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Combat medics from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery and 1-320th Field Artillery, 101st Division Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), trained on land navigation operations in the wood-lines of Fort Campbell, KY, May 8th, 2018.

The medics conducted this training to gain proficiency in land navigational operations as preparation for their upcoming Expert Field Medical Badge competition.

“The Soldiers conducted their land navigation portion today.” said Sgt. Juan Cosme, a combat medic specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 101st DIVARTY, 101st Airborne Division.

Combat medics from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery and 1-320th Field Artillery, 101st Division Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prepare themselves to embark on a three-hour, five-point land navigation training, May 8th, 2018, Fort Campbell, KY. (Pfc. Beverly Roxane Mejia, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Combat medics from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery and 1-320th Field Artillery, 101st Division Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prepare themselves to embark on a three-hour, five-point land navigation training, May 8th, 2018, Fort Campbell, KY. (Pfc. Beverly Roxane Mejia, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Edward Moss selected as Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court Supervisor

 

Military Veteran Recently Hired for Veterans Program

Montgomery County Government TennesseeMontgomery County, TN – Edward Moss has been selected as the new Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) Supervisor. Moss is a 23-year Army veteran who retired as a First Sergeant. While still serving in the military, he volunteered on the Foster Care Review Board and as a liaison between VTC and the Fort Campbell Command.

As Moss was transitioning out of the Army, he became the first soldier to participate in the Hiring our Heroes Fellowship Program in Montgomery County. Following the fellowship, he was hired as a juvenile probation officer and soon after promoted to a youth service officer.

Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court Supervisor Edward Moss

Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court Supervisor Edward Moss

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