Topic: UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter
Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
Fort Campbell, KY – Top Gear, an American motoring television series on the History Channel, is scheduled to air their second episode of its third season, February 5th, which was filmed inside the gates of Fort Campbell, KY during this past fall.
The week long production combined Hollywood magic with the military might of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), as the Screaming Eagle Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team and 159th Combat Aviation Brigade became part of the show’s cast.
Written by Sgt. Jon Heinrich
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – Afghan Border Police officers from Zone 1 recently visited Observation Point 12, a small post in Kunar province along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, January 21st.
The mission was a joint operation with U.S. Army soldiers from ABP Zone 1, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division; the commander and command sergeant major from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st BCT; Security Forces Assistance and Advisory Team leadership from Combat Outpost Monti, and ABP leadership from the 2-1 Kandak.
Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Duncan Brennan
Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – The 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, has a long and proud history that spans nearly a century. Its long history includes campaigns in World War II, Vietnam and Iraq.
The Soldiers of 2-17 CAV are currently on their next rendezvous with destiny at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan.
Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
Fort Campbell, KY - “Fire in the hole! Fire in the hole, Fire in the hole!” screams a combat engineer, then the sound of a soft click leaves his hands and then a deafening boom; a secured doorway is no more.
A combat engineer, also known as a Sapper, is a Soldier who performs an array of construction and demolition duties under combat conditions. They are trained in constructing and breaching trenches, building bunkers, creating tank traps and fortifications, constructing and/or demolishing bridges, roads and now perhaps most commonly known as the guys who cleared land mines and IED’s from routes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Written by Capt. Christina Wright
Logar, Province, Afghanistan – Ask Chief Warrant Officer 4 Walter Jones why he serves and he will tell you “It’s all about flying and Soldiers
Jones, born in Mountain Home, ID, is serving in Afghanistan as an aviation maintenance officer with D Company, 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. Jones enlisted in the Army at the age of eighteen and after completing basic training in 1969, went on to Fort Rucker to become a Huey crew chief. Soon after that he found himself assigned to the 162nd Assault Helicopter Company in Can Tu, Vietnam.
Written by Sgt. Shanika L. Futrell
Fort Campbell, KY – Pop, Pop.
Soldiers hit the red clay dirt.
“Shots fired, shots fired – break!” screamed a Soldier on the radio. “Shots fired from the Madrasa (an Islamic learning center) – break. I have a team ready to check out the scene.”
“There is a guy … heading down the path; I have eyes on – break,” a voice responded over the radio. “He just threw a (rocket-propelled grenade) and rifle toward the wood line.”
Written by Spc. Sara Connolly
Fort Campbell, KY – The sun rises on a somewhat seasonably cold Saturday Kentucky morning, a mass of people gather in an open lot; they shake hands, embrace each other, they’ve come to honor their fallen heroes.
The Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), know the importance of honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. During this Week of the Eagles 2012, the Run for the Fallen event was held at the Sabalauski Air Assault School, August 11th, bringing Soldiers, Veterans and Family members together to remember.
Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
Fort Carson, CO – This Army installation tucked into the Rocky Mountains, hosted Task Force Eagle Assault, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division for High Altitude Mountainous Environment Training. This is training that is now required of all aviation units preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.
This rotation yielded new and old challenges to TF Eagle Assault command and pilots. This training precedes the arrival of 13th Combat Aviation Brigade to Fort Carson, CO, by mere months. Some in the local communities and activist groups clamored to stop the arrival of 13th CAB because of fears of damage to the environment and potential degradation to the quality of life in the areas surrounding Fort Carson, CO.
Written by Sgt. Jon Heinrich
Fort Campbell, KY – One of the Bastogne Brigade’s platoons spent a rainy morning training with a UH-60 Black Hawk, January 25th, at Johnson Field here.
Sixteen soldiers from the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, trained in rigging and hooking up a M149 Water Buffalo and a 10K generator for air assault operations.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua A. Hartwell, the target acquisition platoon leader for HHB, 2-320th FA, said that they knew what the weather would be like for the day and chose to do the training anyways.
Written by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl
Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – For warrant officers, career progression is a little different – often a little slower – than the career progression of non-commissioned officers and commissioned officers. With only five ranks to progress through, they tend to spend a little more time at each rank.
When the aviation community’s newest chief warrant officer five, Kyle Hill, received his rank December 1st, he knew the promotion was bittersweet.
“Getting promoted to W5 is the pinnacle,” said Hill, the standardization instructor pilot for Task Force Wings (4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment) at Forward Operating Base Wolverine in southern Afghanistan. “I’ve reached the top rung, but it’s bittersweet, because I know it’s not going to last forever.”
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