Written by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Harwood
Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa
Mogadishu, Somalia – On May 24th, 2017, nearly 60 Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers from a Danab battalion graduated from a U.S.-led logistics training course offered at Mogadishu, Somalia.
This historic graduation, the first of three to be offered this year by U.S. Africa Command, was carried out by a small team of fewer than 20 total U.S. trainers and security personnel from the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, KY.
Particularly in an area where only six years ago Al-Shabaab was a dominant group, good security is necessary for any activity there.
U.S. Army Spc. Tyler Curtis and Spc. Blaine Grubb allow a Somali National Army (SNA) vehicle through the gate at a training site in Mogadishu, Somalia, on May 23, 2017, during a logistics course with the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, KY. These U.S. Soldiers, who belong to the 101st AD’s 1st Brigade, 1st Battalion, Delta Company, 3rd Platoon, were tasked to secure the training site during a logistics training course for the SNA. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood)
Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
3rd Brigade Combat Team
Fort Campbell, KY – Teams from 101st Airborne Division units and Fort Campbell competed in a series of marksmanship events on Tuesday during the 101st Airborne Division’s Week of the Eagles.
“Competition breeds Excellence,” said 1st Lt. Jonathan Pickens, the planner for the Week of the Eagles Marksmanship Competition. “It also helps build that competitive edge that we need to take to the enemy when we’re deployed overseas.”
Snipers and their spotters conduct a visual search for foreign objects placed down range.
Washington, DC – Yesterday afternoon, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
Each veteran honored yesterday had already received the Distinguished Service Cross – the nation’s second-highest military award – but 19 of them were previously overlooked for the Medal of Honor due to their racial or ethnic backgrounds. Yesterday’s ceremony follows a 12-year Pentagon review, ordered by Congress, of past discrimination in the military. «Read the rest of this article»
Washington, DC – The year was 1968. It was a year of war, of protests, of death.
It was the year Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were both assassinated. It was also the year the Vietnam War exploded into new levels of violence. And as troops poured into ‘Nam and more and more young men died — 1968 was the deadliest year of the Vietnam War — Americans watched it all from their living rooms with anger and disgust. The protest movement gained traction. Protesters spit on returning Soldiers, called them rapists and baby killers. In fact, the U.S. agreed to begin peace talks in Paris that year, due in part to the dwindling support at home.
It was also the year Santiago Erevia became a Soldier.
Former Spc. 4 Santiago Erevia (Elizabeth M. Collins/DOD)
Written by Sgt. Alan J. Graziano,
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division
Fort Campbell, KY – When nearly 2,000 Soldiers are deployed to Afghanistan, many spouses are left to take care of the children, finances and other matters on their own, which has the potential to create a lot of stress in their lives.
A handful of the spouses of deployed Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division were provided with skills to cope with this stress when they attended Spouse Master Resilience Training October 22nd, 29th and November 5th at the Family Resource Center.
Jessi Mitchell, a Spouse Master Resilience Trainer for the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division speaks to spouses while conducting Spouse Master Resilience Training (U.S. Army/Sgt. Alan J. Graziano)
Clarksville, TN – On Thursday July 7th, Outlaw Field in Clarksville served as the landing point for two flights from the non-profit Veterans Airlift Command, which were bringing four wounded warriors and family members back home.
The Verra family is literally surrounded by well wishers
Video by Sgt. Matthew Graham
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division
Paktika Province, Afghanistan – The 4th Brigade Combat Team (Currahee) released a Morale Video for June highlighting the soldiers of the Brigade in action during the month including a visit by the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on June 6th in the Paktika province of Afghanistan. The 4th Brigade Combat Team will begin returning home from Afghanistan in the next few months.
Fort Campbell, KY – Tuesday afternoon members of the Patriot Guard was standing by just outside of gate 3 to escort the hearse carrying SGT John Paul Castro en-route to the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
Upon reaching the Kentucky State Line, Oak Grove and Hopkinsville Police lead the way blocking traffic along the way up to Hopkinsville. At the entrance, the office stood tall beside his patrol car until the last vehicle past.
Once inside the cemetery there was a service under the pavilion. There were many soldiers there in their dress greens and dress blues along with friends and family. Brigadier General Jeffrey N. Colt also attended the ceremony and presented the most recent medals. «Read the rest of this article»
Fort Campbell, KY – The return of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team from the Khowst Province of Afghanistan continued Saturday morning with the arrival of 157 “Leader Rakkasans” part of the the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment.
Family and friends of the returning soldiers had gathered together to give their loved ones a proper welcome home.
Written by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna, 3rd Brigade Combat Team
Khost Province, Afghanistan – U.S. and Afghan forces struggled against the elements to rescue almost 100 Afghans trapped in the flooded river beds of Khost Province August 4th.
Rising waters, the result from a week’s worth of unseasonal rain in the province, left Afghan travelers stranded amongst the dry river beds frequently used for travel in the area.
With dozens of people trapped, combined forces sprung into action, loading onto UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and flying into the difficult terrain.
While the helicopters hovered roughly three to four feet over the muddy ground, U.S. Soldiers snap-linked and fast-roped out to recover people before they drowned.
A local resident looks outside a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter after being rescued from flood waters after multiple days of heavy rain. The man was among a group of 95 residents rescued by combined forces from Task Force Rakkasan and Afghan National Security Forces. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean Wright, Task force Red Knight)