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Veterans Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month

 

Written by Shannon Collins
DoDNews Features

United States Department of Defense - DoDWashington, D.C. – In a proclamation, President Barack Obama said November is National Native American Heritage Month in honor of American Indians and Alaska Natives from hundreds of tribes who have shaped our national life.

He said their spirit and many contributions continue to enrich our communities and strengthen our country. During this heritage month, we honor their legacy.

Veterans from World War II to Operation Iraqi Freedom were welcomed into the ceremonial circle during the Veteran's Roll Call at the Native American Veterans Association's Annual Veterans Appreciation and Heritage Day Pow Wow in South Gate, Calif., Nov. 8th and 9th. More than 4,000 veterans represented their tribes and their respective military branches with inter-tribal music, dancing, arts and crafts and storytelling during the two-day event. (Marvin Lynchard/Department of Defense)

Veterans from World War II to Operation Iraqi Freedom were welcomed into the ceremonial circle during the Veteran’s Roll Call at the Native American Veterans Association’s Annual Veterans Appreciation and Heritage Day Pow Wow in South Gate, Calif., Nov. 8th and 9th. More than 4,000 veterans represented their tribes and their respective military branches with inter-tribal music, dancing, arts and crafts and storytelling during the two-day event. (Marvin Lynchard/Department of Defense)

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5th Special Forces “Legion” celebrates 53rd anniversary with three days of events at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office

5th Special Forces GroupFort Campbell, KY – On September 21st, 1961, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) officially activated at Fort Bragg, NC; a year later they were fighting in the Republic of Vietnam.

Since the Vietnam War, the 5th SFG (A) has had integral parts in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Bravery runs deep in the unit: they fly 20 campaign streamers and include 18 Medal of Honor recipients.

Soldiers with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) fight during the cobatives tournament Sept. 20, 2014, during the Legion’s 53rd anniversary picnic. (Sgt. Justin Moeller, 5th SFG (A) Public Affairs)

Soldiers with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) fight during the cobatives tournament Sept. 20, 2014, during the Legion’s 53rd anniversary picnic. (Sgt. Justin Moeller, 5th SFG (A) Public Affairs)

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5th Special Forces Group “Legion” dedicates building at Fort Campbell to Medal of Honor recipient Drew Dix

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moell
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – Awarded for personal acts of valor, above and beyond the call of duty, the highest award a Soldier can earn during combat is the Medal of Honor.

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Drew D. Dix, native of Pueblo, CO, was awarded the Medal of Honor from President Lyndon B. Johnson on January 19th, 1969, for repeatedly leading a 20-man force of local fighters in to Chau Phu, Vietnam, multiple times, driving out the Viet Cong resulting in 14 confirmed Viet Cong Killed in action and a potential 25 more, the rescue of 14 United States and free world civilians, and capturing 20 enemy combatants, including a high ranking Viet Cong official, during the early days of the Tet Offensive.

(L to R) Col. John W. Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), retired Maj. Drew Dix, Medal of Honor recipient and former member of the 5th SFG(A), Lt. Col. Joseph Lock, commander of 4th Battalion, 5th SFG(A) and Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stand in front of the plaque dedicating the 4th Bn. special operations complex to Dix, after a ceremony held here July 11, 2014. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller)

(L to R) Col. John W. Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), retired Maj. Drew Dix, Medal of Honor recipient and former member of the 5th SFG(A), Lt. Col. Joseph Lock, commander of 4th Battalion, 5th SFG(A) and Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stand in front of the plaque dedicating the 4th Bn. special operations complex to Dix, after a ceremony held here July 11, 2014. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller)

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Army Secretary Honors Fallen at Arlington Commemoration

 

By Amaani Lyle, American Forces Press Service

U.S. ArmyWashington , DC – Army Secretary John M. McHugh praised the fallen from the nation’s wars during a commemoration of Arlington National Cemetery’s 150th anniversary in the cemetery’s amphitheater.

McHugh conveyed gratitude and historical context during the event, “Arlington at 150,” which featured a musical performance by “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band as well as participation from the U.S. Army “Old Guard” 3rd Infantry Regiment and historical vignettes depicting how conflicts have molded the nation.

The Secretary of the Army John McHugh addresses the audience during the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., June 15, 2014. (Spc. Michael Mulderick/U.S. Army)

The Secretary of the Army John McHugh addresses the audience during the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., June 15, 2014. (Spc. Michael Mulderick/U.S. Army)

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5th Special Forces Group “Legion” honors fallen during ceremony at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Maj. Brandon Bissell
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

5th Special Forces

Fort Campbell, KY – Each year the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) family gathers on Gabriel Field to honor Legionnaires who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Saturday, May 17th, was no different as it brought together the Group’s Soldiers, Families, and friends, both past and present, to remember their fallen brothers.

Gabriel Field, named in honor of Specialist 5 James P. Gabriel, one of the first Green Berets to be killed in Vietnam, was memorialized with markers placed around the perimeter of the field.

A Soldier from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) places a rose on the marker of an oak tree on Gabriel Field during the Gold Star ceremony May 17, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. Soldiers, Families, and friends, both past and present, gathered together to remember, reflect, and celebrate the lives of those that paid the ultimate sacrifice. (Sgt. Seth Plagenza)

A Soldier from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) places a rose on the marker of an oak tree on Gabriel Field during the Gold Star ceremony May 17, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky. Soldiers, Families, and friends, both past and present, gathered together to remember, reflect, and celebrate the lives of those that paid the ultimate sacrifice. (Sgt. Seth Plagenza)

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Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 396 holds annual Memorial Day Candle Light Vigil

 

Clarksville, TN – It is a solemn occasion when a nation gathers together to honor its soldiers, those who lived to come home, but even more importantly those who did not. The body of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on March 21st of this year. There are 27 remaining missing POW/MIA’s from the State of Tennessee. Each one was honored in a ceremony held in front of the William O. Beach Civic Center at Veterans Plaza in Clarksville Tennessee on Sunday evening.

The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 396 holds this Memorial Day Vigil each year to remember the men and women who were left behind in Vietnam when American forces left that country in 1975.

State Senator Mark Green delivering the keynote address at the 2014 Vietnam Veterans of America Candle Light VigilState Senator Mark Green delivering the keynote address

State Senator Mark Green delivering the keynote address at the 2014 Vietnam Veterans of America Candle Light Vigil

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A legacy of courage, strength honored at Fort Campbell during the 101st Airborne Division Review

 

Written by Sgt. William Battle
372nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The sun may have been bright this morning, but it could not shine brighter than the pride of the 101st Airborne Division as 12,800 Soldiers stood together on the Division Parade Field to close out this year’s Week of the Eagles celebration.

The theme of the 2014 observance was “Remembering the 101st in Vietnam: Building on the legacy of courage and strength,” and gathered at the parade field were representatives of the division’s history looking upon the Soldiers that are the division’s present and future – building on that legacy created by the Veterans in attendance.

12,800 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division stand on the Division Parade Field (Jerry Woller/ Fort Campbell Multimedia Visual Information Service Center)

12,800 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division stand on the Division Parade Field (Jerry Woller/ Fort Campbell Multimedia Visual Information Service Center)

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Special Concert with Big & Rich opened the 2014 Week of the Eagles at Fort Campbell on Friday

 

2014 Fort Campbell Week of the EaglesFort Campbell, KY – The 2014 Week of the Eagles Celebration kicked off on Friday with a Division Run and the Week of the Eagles Concert headlined by Big and Rich with Special Guest Cowboy Troy, Joe Diffie, and Mallory Hope. Sporting events and athletic competitions continue throughout the week, and the 2014 Week of the Eagles closes out on Thursday with the 101st Airborne Division Review.

As things kicked off Clarksville Online spoke with Melissa Schaffner, the Marketing Manager for the Fort Campbell Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR). “We’ve got a great lineup for this evening! We started out with Cover Down, the 101st Airborne Division Rock Band; following them will be Mallory Hope an up-and-coming artists out of Nashville; then we will have Joe Diffie, a big country music star during the 90s, who is making a repeat visit to Fort Campbell; and our headliner tonight will be Big and Rich with special guest Cowboy Troy, personal favorite of mine! I love Big and Rich so I’m really excited about this show.”

Big Kenny and John Rich performing on Stage at the 2014 Week of the Eagles Concert on Friday

Big Kenny and John Rich performing on Stage at the 2014 Week of the Eagles Concert on Friday

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Fort Campbell’s 2014 Week of the Eagles Honors 101st Legacy and Resilience

 

Fort Campbell's Morale, Welfare and Recreation - MWRFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell will celebrate the 2014 Week of the Eagles May 16th to 22nd.

This year’s Week of the Eagles will commence the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the 101st Airborne Division’s deployment to Vietnam. In keeping with tradition, activities will take place in May.

In 1973, then Major General John Cushman started the first Week of the Eagles in an effort to invigorate the local community and celebrate the Division’s combat readiness.

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Agile Eagle transitions the 101st Airborne Division to BCT 2020

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado

101st Airborne Division Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – From its roots as one of the U.S. Army’s first airborne divisions in World War II, to defining air mobile operations in Vietnam, to its current status as the world’s only air assault division, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) has a history of change and innovation.

The 101st will again answer the call as it begins implementing Operation Agile Eagle II, designed to localize and implement the larger Department of the Army-directed BCT 2020 initiative. This overarching move mandates development of a plan that will reduce the overall strength of the Army in order to meet current and future mission requirements.

Lt. Col. Zachary Miller (left), commander of the former 3rd Special Troops Battalion and commander of the newly reflagged 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, and Command Sgt. Maj. Martin Humphreys, the senior enlisted advisor for 21st BEB, uncase the colors of the newly stood up 21st BEB during a ceremony at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, March 27, 2014. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. Zachary Miller (left), commander of the former 3rd Special Troops Battalion and commander of the newly reflagged 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, and Command Sgt. Maj. Martin Humphreys, the senior enlisted advisor for 21st BEB, uncase the colors of the newly stood up 21st BEB during a ceremony at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, March 27, 2014. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

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