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200 soldiers return home from Afghanistan

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Yesterday afternoon, Fort Campbell welcomed home 200 soldiers from the 584th Ordnance Maintenance Company along with part of 101st Special Troops Battalion “Sustainers”. They were returning home from a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where their mission was to provide field maintenance within Regional Command-East as part of the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.

The 584th Ordnance Maintenance Companymade headlines during their deployment for use of the Joint Recovery And Distribution System (JRADS) to recover a downed Apache helicopter; they had previously conducted missions to recover a bulldozer, a wrecker, and a mine resistance ambush protected vehicle. They also helped to set up a support center for host nation truck drivers in the Convoy Staging Yard at Bagram Airfield, as well as took part in humanitarian assistance missions.

A soldier reunited with his family

A soldier reunited with his family

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Family travels same roads

 

Story by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Staff Sgt. James McCullough deployed to the Persian Gulf with the 101st Airborne Division in support of Operation Desert Storm nearly 21 years ago. His son, Ryan, was born the day after he arrived back from his combat tour.

Fast forward to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan: James and his first son, Spc. Ryan McCullough, are both providing convoy security in the same unit, the 1138th Transportation Company, a Missouri National Guard unit attached to the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade.

Staff Sgt. James McCullough, a convoy commander with the 1138th Transportation Company, a Missouri National Guard unit attached to the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, stands with his son, Spc. Ryan McCullough. Both father and son provide convoy security and resupply service members throughout eastern Afghanistan. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Staff Sgt. James McCullough, a convoy commander with the 1138th Transportation Company, a Missouri National Guard unit attached to the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, stands with his son, Spc. Ryan McCullough. Both father and son provide convoy security and resupply service members throughout eastern Afghanistan. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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‘Operation Clean Sweep’

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – “There’s a lot of ammo out there from the past 10 years,” said Capt. Marjorie Samples. “It’s handed from unit to unit, year to year.”

The 101st Sustainment Brigade “Task Force Lifeliner” is leading a process, called “Operation Clean Sweep,” to sweep through Regional Command East by inventorying ordnance, sending the old ammunition off smaller outposts, and preparing better storage for the future.

“It’s an effort to address ammunition and explosive issues in the battlespace after ten years of war,” said Samples, the ammunition (Class V) officer in charge for support operations, 101st Sustainment Brigade. “Some of the issues are excess ammo, unserviceable ammo and improper storage of ammo.”

Spc. Frank Barnes, an ammunition specialist for the 592nd Ordnance Company, a reserve unit from Billings, Mont., attached to the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battlalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, inspects an Air Force pallet with ordnance preparing for an air delivery to outlying forward operating bases. All ammunition destined for FOBs in Northern, Central and Eastern Afghanistan passes through the 592nd. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Spc. Frank Barnes, an ammunition specialist for the 592nd Ordnance Company, a reserve unit from Billings, Mont., attached to the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battlalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, inspects an Air Force pallet with ordnance preparing for an air delivery to outlying forward operating bases. All ammunition destined for FOBs in Northern, Central and Eastern Afghanistan passes through the 592nd. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Leaders learn Supply Chain

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Several leaders of the 101st Sustainment Brigade gathered at the Bagram Supply Support Agency to learn the ropes of the operations at the warehouse facility, August 16th.

The groups of officer and non-commissioned officers, from the brigade staff, 101st Special Troops Battalion and 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, convened on the cramped area here and toured the busiest SSA in Afghanistan.

“In all of Afghanistan, this SSA has the most transactions but the smallest area,” said 1st Lt. Suzan Beattie, of the 142nd CSSB and the accountable officer for the Bagram Supply Support Agency. “Today the leaders learned the overall operations of the SSA.”

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jerry Scarborough, of support operations, 101st Sustainment Brigade, shows leaders of the 101st Sust. Bde. the process of receiving goods at the Bagram Supply Support Agency. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jerry Scarborough, of support operations, 101st Sustainment Brigade, shows leaders of the 101st Sust. Bde. the process of receiving goods at the Bagram Supply Support Agency. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Fueling the Fight

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Communication systems up. Check. Maintenance performed. Check. Final Manifest called. Check. A chaplain leads a prayer and the team rolls out the gate to resupply outlying forward operating bases.

Since arriving here this past May, the 59th Quartermaster Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, has run convoys throughout Regional Commands East and Capitol, and accumulated more than 66,000 miles on the road.

That’s roughly the same as driving from the American West Coast to the East Coast, 22 times.

The 59th Quartermaster Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, has put in a lot of miles in short period of time. Their convoy teams ran the equivalent of 22 coast-to-coast drives since May. (Courtesy Photo)

The 59th Quartermaster Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, has put in a lot of miles in short period of time. Their convoy teams ran the equivalent of 22 coast-to-coast drives since May. (Courtesy Photo)

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A Justifiable Recovery

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Soldier with the 101st Sustainment Brigade are no strangers to the effectiveness of the Army’s new joint recovery and distribution system. It was their input and recommendations that directly resulted in the equipment’s fielding to Operation Enduring Freedom.

The vehicle’s effectiveness in a combat environment showed itself as the 584th Maintenance Company recently used the JRADS to recover a downed Apache helicopter. It took the recovery approximately four hours to safely recover and transport the aircraft back to Bagram Airfield, company officials said.

The joint recovery and distribution system is proving successful in vehicle recovery in Afghanistan. Here, soldiers with the 584th Maintainence Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, use the JRADS to recover a downed Apache helicopter. (Courtesy Photo)

The joint recovery and distribution system is proving successful in vehicle recovery in Afghanistan. Here, soldiers with the 584th Maintainence Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, use the JRADS to recover a downed Apache helicopter. (Courtesy Photo)

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‘Mavericks’ deliver humanitarian aid to Afghan village

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Afghan truck drivers loaded their vehicles this past week with much-needed supplies from the Bagram Air Field Humanitarian Assistance Yard to support a humanitarian aid mission in Regional Command North.

The 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, spear-headed the relief effort to provide rice, beans, flour, cooking oil, coal, tarps, prayer rugs and hygiene for the villagers in the town of Sar –E Pol, located in the Balkh province, said Navy Chief Petty Officer Tychicious Turner, non-commissioned officer in charge for the Bagram Humanitarian Assistance Yard.

Staff Sgt. William Lyons of the 584th Supply Maintenance Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, loads bags of flour into the back of a truck Bagram Humanitarian Yard. The battalion recently sent more than 600,000 pounds of supplies to a local village of Sar-E Pol, which was suffering from a drought. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Staff Sgt. William Lyons of the 584th Supply Maintenance Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, loads bags of flour into the back of a truck Bagram Humanitarian Yard. The battalion recently sent more than 600,000 pounds of supplies to a local village of Sar-E Pol, which was suffering from a drought. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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‘Life Support’ for Afghan truckers

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – The Convoy Staging Yard at Bagram Airfield is considered a “home away from home” for many of the host nation truckers who convene there.

On any given day, the drivers converge there after completing a long haul through the dusty terrain. Once they arrive, they can line up outside a conex filled with Meals-Ready-to-Eat or Halal meals and grab a packet or two for chow. They can spend anywhere from two to three days on the road just to get to Bagram Airfield, and then spend an additional several days waiting there for their next mission.

Spc. Shaun Donahue of the 584th Maintenance Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, provides an Afghan driver with bottled water and a Halal meal. The drivers will soon have a place to get cooked food and to pray and wash themselves at the soon-to-be constructed Life Support Center. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Spc. Shaun Donahue of the 584th Maintenance Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, provides an Afghan driver with bottled water and a Halal meal. The drivers will soon have a place to get cooked food and to pray and wash themselves at the soon-to-be constructed Life Support Center. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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‘Happy we all survived.’ Airman medic receives Purple Heart

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – As a group of eleven Air Force medics prepare their journey home, they stood in formation for awards after six months of supporting Task Force Lifeliners.

One of these airmen, Airmen 1st Class Bryenna Brooks, was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries she received just a week before.

Along with the Purple Heart, Brooks also received a Combat Medical Badge, an Air Force Combat Action Medal for her actions, and a Joint Service Commendation Medal for her actions, June 3rd.

Airman 1st Class Bryenna Brooks, a medic with the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, stands with Spc. Craig Richard Jr., of the 59th Quartermaster Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sust. Bde., after Brooks received four awards, including a Purple Heart Medal. Brooks and Richard were in a vehicle with three other soldiers of the 59th when their vehicle took a rocket propelled-grenade during a resupply convoy mission this past week. (Courtesy Photo)

Airman 1st Class Bryenna Brooks, a medic with the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, stands with Spc. Craig Richard Jr., of the 59th Quartermaster Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sust. Bde., after Brooks received four awards, including a Purple Heart Medal. Brooks and Richard were in a vehicle with three other soldiers of the 59th when their vehicle took a rocket propelled-grenade during a resupply convoy mission this past week. (Courtesy Photo)

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‘Mired’ in training

 

Written by Cpl. Sarah Keegan
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Exactly how many lieutenants does it take to recover a wrecked vehicle mired in the mud?

More than 20 junior officers with the 101st Sustainment Brigade got the chance to answer that question as they waded through the muddy pit to extract a wrecked Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle during vehicle recovery training.

The training, part of the brigade’s monthly Leadership Professional Development course, is intended to get the officers familiar with recovery procedures that soldiers face regularly as they conduct real world operations in a combat environment.

First Lt. Krystal Hertenstein, a platoon leader for the 584th Maintenance Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, helps rig a snatchbox to recover a MAX-Pro vehicle from a mire pit during the brigade's Leadership Professional Development course. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

First Lt. Krystal Hertenstein, a platoon leader for the 584th Maintenance Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, helps rig a snatchbox to recover a MAX-Pro vehicle from a mire pit during the brigade's Leadership Professional Development course. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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