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101st Airborne Division run kicks off 2012 Week of the Eagles

Thousands come out to cheer on the Troops

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The “Screaming Eagles” of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) kicked off the 2012 Week of the Eagles and their 70th Anniversary at 6:30am, August 10th with a division run lead by Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division.

Family and friends were along the street at the Division Headquarters cheering the soldiers along. As they came by, you could hear the cadences the soldiers were running to.

The total number of soldiers taking part in the run was estimated at just over 20,000. It was a sight to behold.

Fort Campbell kicked off the 2012 Week of the Eagles with a Division Run.
Fort Campbell kicked off the 2012 Week of the Eagles with a Division Run.

“Week of the Eagles is a time for 101st Soldiers of the past and present to come together and reflect on the great legacy of the 101st Airborne Division,” said Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Week of the Eagles 2012 is from August 10th-17th, and the lineup of events is filled with something for everyone to enjoy from Army combatives competitions to air shows featuring an air assault demonstration, and a concert by popular music performing artist Kelly Clarkson, courtesy of the Fort Campbell Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

Congressman Ed Whitfield of the 1st District of Kentucky kicked off the Division Run by firing the artillery piece which signaled the start.
Congressman Ed Whitfield of the 1st District of Kentucky kicked off the Division Run by firing the artillery piece which signaled the start.

 

Friends and Family were on hand cheering on their soldiers and ringing cowbells.
Friends and Family were on hand cheering on their soldiers and ringing cowbells.

On Saturday, August 11th, the celebration continues with the 2012 Week of the Eagles MWR and VFW Air Show. This year’s air show includes a Dixie Commemorative Air Force demonstration, a C-45 (Beech 18) demonstration, Army Aviation Heritage Foundation Air Assault and Rescue at Dawn Re-enactment, a Trojan Horse demonstration, Air Force Flyovers, and an Air Assault demonstration by Screaming Eagles from the Sabalauski Air Assault School.

The Week of the Eagles 2012 Health and Wellness Fair will be held at the Campbell Army Airfield Passenger Processing Center (PPC) on Saturday from 9:30am until 5:00pm. There will be something for everyone including inflatables, cooking demonstrations, face painting, dance demonstrations, education and information tables and much more.

The Run for the Fallen is also on Saturday. This event will include a two mile walk and a 3.2 mile run. Runners and walkers will be received at 6:30am and the opening ceremonies will begin at 8:00am. Runners will depart at 8:15am followed by the walkers at 8:30am.

There is something for everyone at this year’s Week of the Eagles. So make sure to come out and help celebrate the 70th Anniverary of the 101st Airborne Division.

Visit www.fortcampbellmwr.com and click on the cover of the 2012 Fort Campbell Week of the Eagles Program and Activities Guide for more information.

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