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101st Combat Aviation Brigade cases colors in preparation for Deployment to Afghanistan

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of DestinyFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade yesterday held a color casing ceremony marking the transition of the unit to a wartime footing as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan. The Brigade will be deploying to Regional Command East (RC East), and supporting ground units in both RC East and Regional Command North (RC North).

The host for the ceremony was Col. Paul Bontrager, Commander of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, the Commander of Troops was Lt. Col. Sal Herrera, Deputy Commander of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.

The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Colors are cased for the deployment to Afghanistan

The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Colors are cased for the deployment to Afghanistan

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Combat Aviation Brigade prepares to Deploy to Afghanistan

 

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is scheduled to case the unit colors during a ceremony at the Passenger Processing Center here, Friday, August 10th at 1:00pm, preceding the brigade’s deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, “Wings of Destiny,” will provide full-spectrum aviation support in Regional Command-East when the colors are uncased, assuming the mission in Afghanistan.

Family members and senior leaders say farewell to their service members of 101st Combat Aviation Brigade prior to their deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at Fort Campbell, KY. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Myers)

Family members and senior leaders say farewell to their service members of 101st Combat Aviation Brigade prior to their deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at Fort Campbell, KY. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Myers)

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Fort Campbell Single Soldiers remain ready

 

Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – As units assigned to the 101st Airborne Division prepare for their next “Rendezvous with Destiny,” the struggle to put normal life on hold is felt by all.

Divorced soldiers, singles and single parents make up a significant portion of the ranks. Their normal life gets suspended just like their married comrades.

The Fort Campbell Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program is in place to assist in meeting the quality of life, recreation and community involvement needs of unaccompanied soldiers. The BOSS program looks out for the welfare of all single soldiers whether in garrison or deployed. «Read the rest of this article»

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Combat Avaiation Brigade uses Electronic Warfare to help Soldiers on the Ground

 

Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – At first glance, Army electronic warfare may sound like a bunch of soldiers huddled around computers defeating hackers, but the truth is closer to the front lines and closer to science fiction than you may believe.

In the Army, the soldiers that perform the duties of electronic warfare are often influencing the battlefield from behind the scenes by interrupting enemy communication and defeating radio detonated improvised explosive devices.

From left to right Sgt. Steve McDaniel and Sgt. 1st Class John Wink, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade electronic warfare non-commissioned officers and Staff Sgt. Mariah Parks, 101st CAB intel analyst stand infront of the brigade colors as the electronic warfare team. (Photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan)

From left to right Sgt. Steve McDaniel and Sgt. 1st Class John Wink, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade electronic warfare non-commissioned officers and Staff Sgt. Mariah Parks, 101st CAB intel analyst stand infront of the brigade colors as the electronic warfare team. (Photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan)

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Aviation and ground forces unite to improve tactics

 

Written by Sgt. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of Destiny

MacDill Air Force Base, FL – The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, conducted a multi-echelon training exercise called Jaded Thunder at MacDill Air Force Base and Avon Park outside of Tampa, FL, October 20th-30th, along with elements of the Air Force, ground forces and artillery.

The simulated battlefield was set up to resemble real-life scenarios in combat, to include a fully functioning forward arming and refueling point, mock villages and a forward operating base.

Lt. Col. William A. Ryan, 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade commander shakes the hand of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Adam Marik, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., 101st CAB Apache pilot before Marik's night operation during Jaded Thunder training exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, FL, Oct. 24th, 2011. The purpose of Jaded Thunder was to train on aviation tactics, techniques and procedures in a joint forces environment to prepare for the upcoming deployment. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Weeden)

Lt. Col. William A. Ryan, 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade commander shakes the hand of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Adam Marik, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., 101st CAB Apache pilot before Marik's night operation during Jaded Thunder training exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, FL, Oct. 24th, 2011. The purpose of Jaded Thunder was to train on aviation tactics, techniques and procedures in a joint forces environment to prepare for the upcoming deployment. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Weeden)

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2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment Change of Command Ceremony

 

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment conducted a change of command ceremony, June 21st, 2011, at 9:30am to honor the outgoing squadron commander, Lt. Col. Hank Taylor, and the incoming squadron commander, Lt. Col. Michael Harvey.

Col. Bill Gayler, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade commander, speaks to the incoming and outgoing commanders of the 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment of their accomplishments and challenges while thanking Lt. Col. Hank Taylor’s wife for supporting the families of the squadron through the last deployment during a change of command ceremony June 21st, 2011 at Fort Campbell, KY. (101st Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs Noncommissioned Officer Tracy R. Weeden/Released)

Col. Bill Gayler, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade commander, speaks to the incoming and outgoing commanders of the 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment of their accomplishments and challenges while thanking Lt. Col. Hank Taylor’s wife for supporting the families of the squadron through the last deployment during a change of command ceremony June 21st, 2011 at Fort Campbell, KY. (101st Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs Noncommissioned Officer Tracy R. Weeden/Released)

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101st Combat Aviation Brigade Change of Command

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of DestinyFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade will receive a new commander June 24th, 2011, at 9:30am during a ceremony on the division parade field when Col. William K. Gayler relinquishes command to Col. Paul Bontrager.

Gayler has commanded the 101st CAB since 2009. During his tenure, the brigade deployed to southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Under Gayler’s command, the brigade provided Army aviation support for U.S. and NATO operations in Regional Command-South, West and Southwest from February 2010 to March 2011. «Read the rest of this article»

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101st Combat Aviation Brigade Uncasing Ceremony

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Sadie Bleistein
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of DestinyFort Campbell, KY - The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade uncase their battalion and brigade Colors at Fort Campbell, KY, May 12th, after returning from a year-long deployment in Southern Afghanistan.

This was the brigade’s fifth combat tour since September 11th, 2001.

The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade uncase their battalion and brigade Colors at Fort Campbell, KY, May 12th 2011. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Sadie Bleistein)

The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade uncase their battalion and brigade Colors at Fort Campbell, KY, May 12th 2011. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Sadie Bleistein)

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Enthusiastic Crowds Welcomes 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers Home

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division Fort Campbell, KY – The storms held off Sunday night as the flight bearing 242 Wings of Destiny flew threw threatening skies. The flight was delayed for an hour, most likely to bypass the storm fronts that had passed through the area earlier in the day. While waiting on the flight to arrive family members spoke to one another as many of the children were running around playing with others on the hanger floor.

Heather Byers and daughter Jocey welcomes Home SFC Brandon Byers

Heather Byers and daughter Jocey welcomes Home SFC Brandon Byers

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158 More Wings of Destiny Soldiers Return

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division Fort Campbell, KY – On Friday 158 more Wings of Destiny Soldiers returned to Fort Campbell. It was a bitter cold morning as the 158 soldiers landed at Campbell Army Airfield, but that didn’t stop family and friends who were excited for their loved ones safe return.  Everywhere you looked, one could see yellow roses provided by the Navy Federal Credit Union for family members. This was their way to show support for the troops and provide information bags with information on their services.

As the hanger doors open family and friends began to cheer, wave and shout as the soldiers marched in. After a brief ceremony and pray everyone was release for their fifteen minutes of family time. Friends and family scramble to the the center of the hanger to find their soldier. Lots of hugs and kisses while families reunite after a long Deployment. Although the 15 minutes seems to pass so fast, soldiers must first turn in their equipment before heading home with their family. «Read the rest of this article»

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