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What makes Fort Campbell’s Rakkasans better

 

Written by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanFort Campbell, KY – That was the question Soldiers and the command of 3rd Brigade Combat Team ‘Rakkasans,’ 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), set out to answer during the Brigade’s first ever ‘Best Rakkasan’ competition here, February 19th and 20th.

“This was the first time we as a Brigade have ever put together a challenge like this for our Soldiers,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Gabriel Perez, the Brigade targeting officer and coordinator of the ‘Best Rakkasan’ competition.

Competitors assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), jump over barriers at The Sabalauski Air Assault School during the ‘Best Rakkasan’ competition  here, Feb. 19, 2014. The competition was held was the first of its kind and was designed to measure the overall proficiency of selected teams and award them with the title of ‘Best Rakkasan’ through competitive events. (Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)

Competitors assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), jump over barriers at The Sabalauski Air Assault School during the ‘Best Rakkasan’ competition here, Feb. 19, 2014. The competition was held was the first of its kind and was designed to measure the overall proficiency of selected teams and award them with the title of ‘Best Rakkasan’ through competitive events. (Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)

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Pentagon Announces Upcoming Changes to Imminent Danger Pay

 

By Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr., American Forces Press Service

United States Department of Defense - DoDWashington, DC – The Defense Department announced today changes in imminent danger pay that will go into effect June 1, DOD spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told reporters here.

“This is a process that began [in 2011],” he said, and “included in-depth threat assessment from the combatant commands. It was made in coordination with the Joint Staff, combatant commands and military services.”

Soldiers assigned to Blue Platoon, Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discuss possible movement routes through the mountainous terrain before a patrol in Musa Khel District, Afghanistan, March 6, 2013. Soldiers conducted a 12-mile dismounted patrol in order to reach a village in the valley that is inaccessible by vehicle. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

Soldiers assigned to Blue Platoon, Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discuss possible movement routes through the mountainous terrain before a patrol in Musa Khel District, Afghanistan, March 6, 2013. Soldiers conducted a 12-mile dismounted patrol in order to reach a village in the valley that is inaccessible by vehicle. (Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army – File Photo)

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Fort Campbell’s War Rakkasans train hard at Fort Knox cavalry grounds

 

Written by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Knox, KY – The 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), traveled across Kentucky to train at Fort Knox’s cavalry grounds during a two week Field Training Exercise from October 28th to November 7th, 2013 to exercise their cavalry skills as a squadron.

“The purpose of this trip is to build on our core competency of providing reconnaissance expertise for the brigade,” said Lt. Col. Jason Curl, Commander of 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “Fort Knox provides an unparalleled capability for both gunnery and mounted maneuver.”

Sgt. Kevin Veillette, a motor transport operator assigned to Troop D, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires a M240B Machine Gun at a qualification range on Fort Knox, Ky., Nov. 3, 2013. (Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton /U.S. Army)

Sgt. Kevin Veillette, a motor transport operator assigned to Troop D, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires a M240B Machine Gun at a qualification range on Fort Knox, Ky., Nov. 3, 2013.he 1-33 Cavalry Regiment held their field training exercise at Fort Knox to utilize the ranges designed for cavalry units. (Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton /U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell 101st Airborne Division’s Hero of the Battle for July 27th 2013

 

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, the Command of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) announced the 101st Airborne Division Hero of the Battle for July 27th.

The 4th Brigade Combat TeamFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Air Base, Afghanistan – This week’s Hero of the Battle for the 101st Airborne Division is Sgt. Corey Slayton, of A Troop, 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101 Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Sgt. Slayton has demonstrated an innate ability to understand and lead Soldiers in a combat environment. As a squad leader, he addresses the readiness of his Soldiers to be prepared for mounted and dismounted patrols while balancing their basic skills and professional growth.

Sgt. Corey Slayton, of A Troop, 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101 Airborne Division (Air Assault) (U.S. Army Photo)

Sgt. Corey Slayton, of A Troop, 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101 Airborne Division (Air Assault) (U.S. Army Photo)

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Fort Campbell’s SFAAT Archangel reports Afghan security forces winning local loyalty

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division1st Brigade Combat TeamNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – “I’ve never seen somebody that people loved more: him walking down the street, and the crowds would gather around him, and they would listen to every single word he said,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Charles Studer of his Afghan National Army counterpart. “They wanted to be Afghan, and they wanted to be proud of their country.”

Studer is a member of Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Archangel, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. SFAAT Archangel spent the last nine months working with the ANA’s 2nd Kandak, 4th Brigade, out of former Forward Operating Base Shinwar.

The Afghan National Army deputy commander for the 2nd Kandak, 4th Brigade, gives 1st Lt. Kyle Harnitcheck from Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Archangel the gift of a hat and scarf at former Forward Operating Base Shinwar in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan (Sgt. Margaret Taylor/U.S. Army)

The Afghan National Army deputy commander for the 2nd Kandak, 4th Brigade, gives 1st Lt. Kyle Harnitcheck from Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Archangel the gift of a hat and scarf at former Forward Operating Base Shinwar in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan (Sgt. Margaret Taylor/U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team helps build the backbone of the Afghan National Army

 

Written by  Capt. Nicholas Drake

1st Brigade Combat TeamFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionForward Operating Base Shinwar, Afghanistan – The noncommissioned officer corps is the backbone of the United States Army and critical to the combat effectiveness of its units. By contrast, the Afghan National Army’s NCO Corps is still in its early stages of development into a trusted force in the eyes of the ANA leadership.

The 2nd Infantry Kandak of 4th Brigade, 201st Corps is one of the newest Kandaks in the Afghan National Army. While the Kandak has a number of experienced leaders in senior leadership positions, the vast majority of the unit is made up of newly trained and inexperienced soldiers.

Members of Archangel Security Force Advisory and Assistance Team, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division look on as NCOs from 2nd Kandak, 4th BDE, 201st ANA Corps execute qualification on the M16 rifle on Shinwar Base in Nangahar Province. (Sgt. Connor Quinn/U.S. Army)

Members of Archangel Security Force Advisory and Assistance Team, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division look on as NCOs from 2nd Kandak, 4th BDE, 201st ANA Corps execute qualification on the M16 rifle on Shinwar Base in Nangahar Province. (Sgt. Connor Quinn/U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell Welcomed Home 65 “Strike” Soldiers on Saturday

 

Fort Campbell, KYFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeOn Saturday, February 9th, 2013 65 soldiers from 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike,” returned home to Fort Campbell, Kentucky the home of the 101st Airborne Division (air assault). These soldiers were returning from a nine-month deployment to RC-East in Afghanistan, where they continued the process of training and mentoring the Afghan National Security Forces and the Afghan National Police in preparation for their assumption of responsibility for the Afghan people security in that region.

“For the past 9 months. The Strike advisory teams have been deployed to Eastern Afghanistan, where they were put in charge of transferring combat power over to the Afghan National Security Forces, like the Afghan Army and the Afghan National Police. What that really means in layman terms is that our leaders from Strike were hand-picked to be sent over to help of our Afghan brothers by providing training and mentoring the leadership over there,” said Sgt. Joe Padula, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team’s Public Affairs Officer. “They’ve done an outstanding job!” He said.

The returning soldiers disembark from the aircraft and head past their families to the hanger

The returning soldiers disembark from the aircraft and head past their families to the hanger

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101st conducts Week of the Eagles Marksmanship Competition

 

Written by Sgt. Alan Graziano
3rd Brigade Combat Team

Fort Campbell, KYFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell's Week of the EaglesNearly 120 Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division participated in the 2012 Week of the Eagles Marksmanship Competition here August 14th to provide the Soldiers a challenging and realistic assessment of their marksmanship skills and provide scores toward the Commander’s Cup.

Out of the seven units that competed, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” won first place overall, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans” won second place and the 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne” won third place. The scoring system for all of the events provided each team one point per hit on target and deducted one point per safety violation and for every 30 seconds of the timed movements between firing orders. The winner was determined by the total hit count remaining after all deductions.

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Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s Unique Mentorship Course Aims at Saving Lives

 

3rd BCT Public Affairs, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT)

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanFort Campbell, KY – Rakkasan soldiers are well-known for how hard they train for the dangers they face on the battlefield. Similarly, they prepare for the unpredictable hazards they may encounter on the roadways.

On March 21st, 2012, soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gathered to stress the importance of safety during the Rakkasan Motorcycle Mentorship Course here at Fort Campbell, KY.

1st Sgt. Anthony Cristosomo, 1st Sgt., Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT), observes two of his soldiers navigate the obstacle course during the 3BCT Motorcycle Mentorship Course at Fort Campbell, Ky, Mar. 21, 2012. The course allows leaders to get an eyes-on with their soldiers to help indentify high risk riders. (Staff Sgt. Abram Pinnington/3rd BCT Public Affairs).

1st Sgt. Anthony Cristosomo, 1st Sgt., Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT), observes two of his soldiers navigate the obstacle course during the 3BCT Motorcycle Mentorship Course at Fort Campbell, Ky, Mar. 21, 2012. The course allows leaders to get an eyes-on with their soldiers to help identify high risk riders. (Staff Sgt. Abram Pinnington/3rd BCT Public Affairs).

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200 more 3rd Brigade Combat Team soldiers back home with their families

 

Soldiers return to Midmorning Welcome Home Ceremony

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Approximately 200 soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 33 Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) were welcomed home by their families at the Fort Campbell army post  on Friday.

The soldiers were returning from a 1 year deployment in the Spera subdistrict in the Khowst Province of Afghanistan.

It has been a hard deployment for these soldiers with 4 of their comrades losing their lives during their mission. Two soldiers were lost to IED’s, one in a vehicle incident, and one to small arms fire. However the soldiers will have 2 years at home to rest, recuperate, and recover.

Elements of the 1st Squadron, 33 Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team , 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) safely back home

Elements of the 1st Squadron, 33 Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team , 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) safely back home

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