Topic: 1st Battalion 320th Field Artillery Regiment
Fort Campbell, KY – On this week’s edition of Meet your Army, the 40th PAD shines a light on:
Pfc. Ryan Carpenter, 24, grew up in Harrodsburg, KY, and followed his older brother’s footsteps into the Army, after trying college for a few years.
He majored in business administration at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.
“I started out studying business, and I don’t know what made me choose that,” Carpenter said. “It was not my cup of tea.”
Once he realized that college was not for him, Carpenter said he talked it over with his wife and they began to see the Army as a realistic career move.
Written by Sgt. Sharifa Newton
Fort Campbell, KY – The Henry A. Knox Award is named after Maj. Gen. Henry A. Knox, the first chief of field artillery. The award recognizes active component air defense artillery and field artillery outstanding battery of the year for exceptional achievement, superior mission accomplishment and overall unit excellence. Nominations are evaluated on tactical proficiency, operational readiness rate, safety, and other key and distinguishing indicators.
The Soldiers of Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Artillery Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, were awarded the Knox award June 27th for their actions in providing fires in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in northern Iraq, as well as conducting multiple intensive training cycles and community outreach events during FY 2017.
Written by Pfc. Beverly Mejia
Fort Campbell, KY – Combat medics from Headquarters and Headquarters Battery and 1-320th Field Artillery, 101st Division Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), trained on land navigation operations in the wood-lines of Fort Campbell, KY, May 8th, 2018.
The medics conducted this training to gain proficiency in land navigational operations as preparation for their upcoming Expert Field Medical Badge competition.
“The Soldiers conducted their land navigation portion today.” said Sgt. Juan Cosme, a combat medic specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 101st DIVARTY, 101st Airborne Division.
Written by Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen
Fort Campbell, KY – “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in the moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
The fitting Martin Luther King Jr. quote is a personal favorite of Staff Sgt. Nicholas Davis, C Battery, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Artillery cannon crew member and section chief. Davis, an Ellijay, Georgia, native, received the Soldier’s Medal, January 22nd, at Shaw Gymnasium in front of his unit and division leadership, for his actions that saved two lives last year.
Written by Sgt. Thomas Calvert
McGregor Range, NM – The command post sits in a crowded tent at McGregor Range, New Mexico, covered from floor to ceiling with whiteboards and topographical maps.
Several officers move hurriedly from room to room, while Sergeant 1st Class Joshua Dittler, a senior intelligence analyst with A Company, 305th Military Intelligence, stands in a crowded corner with intelligence personnel from 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to provide feedback on the previous night’s training.
Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell, KY – Staff Sergeant Nicholas “Bruce” Davis, a cannon crew member and section chief assigned to C Battery, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Artillery, 101st Airborne Division, has earned a nomination for the Soldier’s Medal from his unit for heroism in saving two lives on June 9th, 2017.
The Soldier’s Medal is a military award that recognizes peacetime acts of valor where a Soldier voluntarily puts himself or herself in personal danger.
On June 9th, Davis was driving east on Interstate 24 with his son, Gabriel, and his friend, Katie, in his gray Chevy Silverado. Davis had just filled up the tank and that evening they were on a four-hour drive headed east to Chattanooga.
Fort Campbell, KY – Just four months after the last Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (2/101 Air Assault) returned home from an advise and assist mission in Iraq, the 2/101 “Strike” Brigade is gearing up for a new mission as they bring a light infantry perspective to integrating and evolving communications systems during the Army’s signature operational network exercise.
Known as the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) and taking place at Fort Bliss, Texas, in July, the exercise is designed to help the Army keep pace with rapid advances in communications technologies and deliver integrated network and mission command capabilities to support readiness.
101st Airborne Division’s 320th Field Artillery Regiment has first female in it’s history to lead an artillery platoon in Combat
Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
Fort Campbell, KY – When U.S. Army 1st Lt. Austen Boroff arrived in Iraq last October as part of Operation Inherent Resolve to take over 1st platoon, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), she was the only female Soldier in the battery. She was also the first female in 1-320th’s history to lead an artillery platoon in a combat environment.
“It was an exciting time to head over,” said Boroff. “I was grateful I was getting the opportunity to join the operation. I had been following the unit and all of their accomplishments all summer.”
101st Airborne’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team Artillerymen support Mosul counter-offensive come rain or shine
Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
Northern Iraq – Christmas Eve. Some of the Soldiers in U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Johnathan Walker’s section shiver as freezing rain continues to fall upon their position.
“Fire!” yells Walker as he makes a cutting motion through the rain with his hand. The round leaves the tube of the M777 artillery piece with its trademark boom and smoke and the artillerymen begin to move again. The soft sound of boots impacting the mud and gravel echoes through the gun pit.
Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
Erbil, Iraq – Throughout Iraq, U.S. Soldiers assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), “Task Force Strike,” are finding ways to stay mentally, physically, and spiritually resilient. They are deployed to the country in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and are now midway through their tour.
One common way Soldiers relieve stress is through physical activity. Once gym facilities were established at Camp Swift, unit leadership organized a workout competition event for Soldiers to test their physical fitness goals.
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