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Kentucky, Tennessee National Guard 101st Airborne Division Patch

Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Knox, KY – Tennessee and Kentucky National Guard Soldiers stood proudly in their formations as senior leaders of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) placed the 101st Abn. Div. patch on the left shoulders of nearly 300 guardsmen.

As part of the Army’s Associated Unit Pilot Program, Soldiers of 2123rd Transportation Company of the Kentucky National Guard and 1176th Trans. Co., of the Tennessee National Guard replaced their unit patches during ceremonies on October 22nd on Fort Knox, Kentucky, and on October 23rd in Smyrna, Tennessee, respectively.

Col. Stanley Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” 101st Abn. Div. (Air Assault), places the 101st Abn. Div. patch on a Soldier from 1176th Transportation Company, Oct. 23, 2016, during the companies patching ceremony in Smyrna, TN. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/ 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)
Col. Stanley Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” 101st Abn. Div. (Air Assault), places the 101st Abn. Div. patch on a Soldier from 1176th Transportation Company, Oct. 23, 2016, during the companies patching ceremony in Smyrna, TN. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/ 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

The ceremonies served as a symbol of the guardsmens’ partnership with 101st Abn. Div. Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners.”

The U.S. Army released an announcement earlier this year stating that the program was established to maximize deployment readiness among Army active-duty, Reserve and National Guard units by training, forming partnerships and potentially deploying together.

Additionally the announcement stated, “the pilot program will last for three years and after that time an assessment will be made to decide how the program could expand.”
“It was an exciting opportunity,” said Col. Stanley Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde., 101st Abn. Div., about the ceremonies. “It was a proud moment for the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, the 101st Airborne Division and the Lifeliner Brigade.”

Maj. Gen. Terry Haston, adjutant general for the Tennessee National Guard, spoke during 1176th Trans. Company’s ceremony.

Brig. Gen. Scott Brower, acting senior commander for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), places the 101st Abn. Div. patch on Capt. James Huff, commander of the 1176th Transportation Company with the Tennessee National Guard, Oct. 23, 2016, as part of the patching ceremony in Smyrna, Tn. The 1176th Trans. Co. Soldiers will wear the 101st Abn. Div. patch as a symbol of their partnership with the 101st Abn. Div. Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners” as they participate in the U.S. Army’s Associated Unit Pilot Program. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/ 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)
Brig. Gen. Scott Brower, acting senior commander for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), places the 101st Abn. Div. patch on Capt. James Huff, commander of the 1176th Transportation Company with the Tennessee.  (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/ 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Haston expressed how proud he was of the Soldiers of 1176th Trans. Co. and how resilient they have been during the initial phase of the pilot program. He also thanked the 101st Abn. Div. for welcoming the transportation company to the division.

Sliwinski added that when the public sees the 101st Abn. Div. patch, they hold those Soldiers to a higher standard and the newly patched Soldiers are expected to achieve the “air assault” standard that comes with wearing the patch.

First Lt. Logan Weiler, commander of the 2123rd Trans. Co., said he and his Soldiers understand the responsibility of wearing the 101st Abn. Div. patch.

“The biggest change for us is the change in culture, as we are now part of the 101st Airborne Division,” said Weiler. “I feel a lot of responsibly to maintain the standard the 101st has set, [as they] have set the bar extremely high.”

Weiler added that his company currently has two air assault qualified Soldiers, one whom was a former 101st Abn. Div. Soldier, but hopes to add more air assault Soldiers to his formation through this partnership with the 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde.

“Aside from air assault, this partnership will open opportunities in training,” said Weiler. “We will be able to train in new places, under a new unit and guidance, and we are excited about our upcoming drills at Fort Campbell in the near future.”

According to Sliwinski, who will oversee the training conducted by the units, both National Guard companies will be partnered with similar units within the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde.

Sliwinski added that the brigade is planning to integrate both National Guard companies into the brigade and battalion’s field training exercises next year.

Sliwinski added that the brigade’s plan is to have Lifeliner Soldiers train with 2123rd Trans. Co. and 1176th Trans. Co. Soldiers during every drill weekend in order to learn from each other and build readiness from both the reserve and active component.

Soldiers from 2123rd Transportation Company with the Kentucky National Guard stand in formation, Oct. 23, 2016, after replacing their units patch with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) patch during their patching ceremony on Fort Knox, Ky. The company will work together with the 101st Abn. Div. Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” as part of the U.S. Army’s Associated Unit Pilot Program. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/ 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)
Soldiers from 2123rd Transportation Company with the Kentucky National Guard stand in formation, Oct. 23, 2016, after replacing their units patch with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) patch during their patching ceremony on Fort Knox, Ky.  (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/ 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

“Eighty percent of our logistic capabilities for the entire Army is in reserve components,” said Sliwinski. “In order to enable success in a deployed environment, we have to train with our reserve component partners in the garrison environment as well.”

Weiler, who took command of the 2123rd Trans. Co. 10 months ago, said he and his Soldiers are excited to be part of the 101st Abn. Div.

“[The Soldiers] have tremendous esprit de corps,” explained Weiler. “They are proud to be part of a historic unit that is known all over the world and we are eager to go wherever the 101st will send us.”

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