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Soldiers and Families Embraced to hold “Lighting the Way Home” breakfast November 10th

 

SAFE - Soldiers and Families EmbracedClarksville, TN – Soldiers may deploy into combat as a unit, but too often, the journey home is lonely and discouraging. Combat veterans – both men and women – may make the physical journey successfully back to the states but finding the way home after war – navigating the pain, the losses and the guilt – can take years. You can help, though.

Join SAFE: Soldiers and Families Embraced, community leaders and your neighbors on Thursday, November 10th, 2016, to share a meal at the organization’s annual fundraising breakfast, “Lighting the Way Home.”

Soldiers and Families Embraced retreat for active duty military, veterans and families.

Soldiers and Families Embraced retreat for active duty military, veterans and families.

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101st Airborne Soldiers in Iraq find ways to keep up morale

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

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

Erbil, Iraq – Throughout Iraq, U.S. Soldiers assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), “Task Force Strike,” are finding ways to stay mentally, physically, and spiritually resilient. They are deployed to the country in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and are now midway through their tour.

One common way Soldiers relieve stress is through physical activity. Once gym facilities were established at Camp Swift, unit leadership organized a workout competition event for Soldiers to test their physical fitness goals.

Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, enjoy a game of dominoes during down time Sept. 28, 2016, at Kara Soar Base, Iraq. As the deployment has gone on, Soldiers are staying resilient through a variety of different techniques – from games to physical fitness events. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, enjoy a game of dominoes during down time Sept. 28, 2016, at Kara Soar Base, Iraq. As the deployment has gone on, Soldiers are staying resilient through a variety of different techniques – from games to physical fitness events. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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Austin Peay State University to have former commander of Task Force Pale Horse, author Jimmy Blackmon speak on August 30th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – If a United States soldier flew on a helicopter during their time deployed as a part of the War in Afghanistan, there was a good chance it was flown by a member of Task Force Pale Horse.

The talented men and women of this elite force carried ground forces to the fight, removed the injured and flew countless missions with the intent of identifying – and often eliminating the enemy.

Retired Army Col. Jimmy Blackmon

Retired Army Col. Jimmy Blackmon

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team conducts Fire Missions in Iraq

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

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

Kara Soar Base, Iraq – In Iraq, the Kara Soar Base feels like a different world; only a few hours away lies the modern city of Erbil, with sky rises and brand name car dealerships.

Yet, here, in the farmland of northern Iraq at Kara Soar, in the searing heat, through the thick dust smoke can be seen rising from battles raging near the Tigris River and missiles heard launching nearby as smoke clouds on the horizons confirm a successful strike.

A world U.S. Soldiers face daily in support of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve mission.

U.S. Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fire an M777 howitzer at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, May 23, 2016. The Soldiers conducted fire missions to calibrate their weapons systems. The fire missions at the Kara Soar Base serve two roles: to provide force protection for Coalition and Iraqi security forces and to support the Iraqi Security forces ground maneuver by providing indirect fire support, enabling them to defeat Da’esh. (U.S Army photo by Sgt. Paul Sale)

U.S. Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fire an M777 howitzer at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, May 23, 2016. The Soldiers conducted fire missions to calibrate their weapons systems. The fire missions at the Kara Soar Base serve two roles: to provide force protection for Coalition and Iraqi security forces and to support the Iraqi Security forces ground maneuver by providing indirect fire support, enabling them to defeat Da’esh. (U.S Army photo by Sgt. Paul Sale)

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Fort Campbell’s Task Force Strike Soldiers build camp in Erbil, Iraq

 

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

Erbil, Iraq – LSA Strike is named after the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) whose Soldiers comprise Task Force Strike in northern Iraq.

When we first got here, all there was, was gravel.” said 1st Lt. Kalapu Fasavalu, platoon leader in Company C, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, from Long Beach, California. “There were no facilities set up at all.”

As part of their deployment during Operation Inherent Resolve, Soldiers of Task Force Strike, are moving to many locations throughout Iraq to advise and assist the Iraqi Security Forces.

Pfc. Mark Herron, a Soldier in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, helps set up a tent May 18, 2016, at Life Support Area Strike in Erbil, Iraq. Task Force Strike, comprised of Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is in Iraq as part of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, building partner capacity and advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces.  (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Pfc. Mark Herron, a Soldier in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, helps set up a tent May 18, 2016, at Life Support Area Strike in Erbil, Iraq. Task Force Strike, comprised of Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is in Iraq as part of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, building partner capacity and advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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Montgomery County Animal Care and Control to host Kinessa Johnson today

 

Montgomery County TennesseeMontgomery County, TN – Montgomery County Animal Care and Control will host famed African wildlife activist Kinessa Johnson on Saturday, October 17th, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at their facility, 616 North Spring Street in Clarksville, TN.

For a donation to Montgomery County Animal Care and Control (dog/cat food, bedding, toys, money, etc.) Kinessa will autograph and give participants a free 8×10 photograph.

Kinessa Johnson to appear at Montgomery County Animal Care and Control Saturday, October 17th.

Kinessa Johnson to appear at Montgomery County Animal Care and Control Saturday, October 17th.

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Study reveals 10 Best Military Banks and Credit Unions of 2015

 

GO BankingRatesLos Angeles, CA – Two in five U.S. military members have a difficult time paying their monthly bills, 38 percent of military homeowners have an underwater mortgage and more than a third use risky borrowing methods like payday loans to get fast cash1.

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U.S. Department of Defense team conducts weekly Ebola prevention class in Liberia

 

Written by Sgt. Ange Desinor
13th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandPaynesville, Liberia – Joint service Soldiers participated in a weekly class to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus. The Department of Defense Ebola Treatment Training Team taught the class in support of Operation United Assistance, at the National Police Training Academy, Monrovia, Liberia, December 2nd, 2014.

“When the Ebola virus started, there weren’t enough health care workers to eradicate it,” said Maj. Retaunda Riley, an Ashmund, Georgia, native, the senior brigade physician assistance for the 36th Engineer Brigade. “With the permission of the Liberian government, we extended our support along with various agencies worldwide to help stop the virus.”

From left, Petty Officer 3rd Class Denzel Eleby, a Key West, Fla., native, Petty Officer 3rd Class Joanna Hambleton, Doyelstown, Pa., both instructors, hands Maj. Retaunda Riley, an Ashmund, Georgia, native, the senior brigade physician assistance with the 36th Engineer Brigade, her equipment for the weekly class offered by the Department of Defense Ebola Treatment Training Team to teach and prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, in support of Operation United Assistance at the National Police Training Academy, Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 2, 2014. (Sgt. Ange Desinor, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

From left, Petty Officer 3rd Class Denzel Eleby, a Key West, Fla., native, Petty Officer 3rd Class Joanna Hambleton, Doyelstown, Pa., both instructors, hands Maj. Retaunda Riley, an Ashmund, Georgia, native, the senior brigade physician assistance with the 36th Engineer Brigade, her equipment for the weekly class offered by the Department of Defense Ebola Treatment Training Team to teach and prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, in support of Operation United Assistance at the National Police Training Academy, Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 2, 2014. (Sgt. Ange Desinor, 13th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Malaria, not Ebola, biggest threat to U.S. Troops in Liberia

 

Written by Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods
27th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – During the American Revolution, George Washington used part of the Continental Army’s scarce budget to purchase quinine for the treatment of malaria in his troops.

According to Professor Dale Smith, a military medical historian at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the U.S. military counted more than a half-million cases of malaria during World War II.

“This will be a long war, if for every division I have facing the enemy, I must count on a second division in the hospital with malaria, and a third division convalescing from this debilitating disease,” said Gen. Douglas MacArthur, commander of Allied Forces in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

The antimalarial medication Malarone was issued to service members deployed to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance. In addition to antimalarial medication, troops deployed in support of OUA received special equipment and clothing to prevent mosquito bites and infection. Portions of this image were masked for privacy reasons. (Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

The antimalarial medication Malarone was issued to service members deployed to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance. In addition to antimalarial medication, troops deployed in support of OUA received special equipment and clothing to prevent mosquito bites and infection. Portions of this image were masked for privacy reasons. (Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Fort Campbell’s Task Force Thunder’s motto “Finish the fight”

 

159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

159th Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionAfghanistan – “Finish the Fight!” This is the motto of the combative instructors from Task Force Thunder.

These simple, yet absolutely appropriate words of advice convey the mission of all U.S. Soldiers, and particularly, the mission of his enthusiastic trainees. Spc. Samuel Lam and Sgt. Jose Mercado, both with TF Thunder, are Level III Certified Basic Combatives Course Instructors.

Pfc. Chelsea Kasper conducts a clench drill against Staff Sgt. Marshall Cote during level one Combatives training. Clench drills are used to train Soldiers to close the gap between them and their opponent and limit mobility. (Courtesy Photo)

Pfc. Chelsea Kasper conducts a clench drill against Staff Sgt. Marshall Cote during level one Combatives training. Clench drills are used to train Soldiers to close the gap between them and their opponent and limit mobility. (Courtesy Photo)

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