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101st Airborne Division Rakkasans, Army Futures Command sign partnership with Vanderbilt University

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding 
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs 

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Nashville, TN – Leaders from the U.S. Army Futures Command, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and Vanderbilt University signed an Education Partnership Agreement during an event celebrating their continuing partnership April 9th.

Army Futures Command, which activated in 2018 to help modernize the fighting force, has already fostered partnerships across the Army with private and public organizations, ranging from NASA to Virginia Commonwealth University to help accomplish its mission.

Dr. Padma Raghavan, the Vice Provost for research for Vanderbilt University, signs the Educational Partnership Agreement between Army Futures Command and Vanderbilt April 9th in Nashville. The agreement, the first of its kind since AFC was established in 2018, was overseen by Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Crosby, the senior enlisted advisor for AFC, and Col. John Cogbill, commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). (Staff Sgt. Cody Harding, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

Dr. Padma Raghavan, the Vice Provost for research for Vanderbilt University, signs the Educational Partnership Agreement between Army Futures Command and Vanderbilt April 9th in Nashville. The agreement, the first of its kind since AFC was established in 2018, was overseen by Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Crosby, the senior enlisted advisor for AFC, and Col. John Cogbill, commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). (Staff Sgt. Cody Harding, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division White Currahee Takes to the Trenches at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conducted live-fire exercises in the trenches of Fort Campbell’s Training Area January 15th to January 20th.

The exercises, which tested the battalion’s ability to breach, clear and organize in tight spaces, allowed the Soldiers to help build their team and unit cohesion, clear a large area of enemy forces and defend against a counterattack.

Pvt. David, Montoya, a squad automatic weapon gunner with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), awaits orders amid firing at distance targets at Fort Campbell, KY, January 16th. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Aaron Daugherty)

Pvt. David, Montoya, a squad automatic weapon gunner with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), awaits orders amid firing at distance targets at Fort Campbell, KY, January 16th. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Aaron Daugherty)

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101st Airborne Division Engineer recognized for Volunteer Service

 

Written by Heather Huber
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – When he was nominated for the GEICO Military Service Award, Sgt. 1st Class Julio Mella, 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, was honored but did not think much about it.

“There were many, many people being nominated with me,” Mella said. “I wasn’t being pessimistic, just realistic.”

The GEICO Military Service Awards Program “spotlights the valuable and lasting contributions enlisted members of the armed forces make in three specific areas of endeavor,” according to the GEICO website.

Service members can be nominated for service in drug and alcohol abuse prevention, fire safety and fire prevention or traffic safety and accident prevention. Each year, one member from each branch of the service is selected to receive the award.

Sergeant 1st Class Julio Mella, 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division poses in front of a firetruck at the Oak Grove Fire Department. Mella has been volunteering as a firefighter and EMT with the department since 2008 and decided he wanted a picture in his full gear before he deployed in November 2016. (Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Sergeant 1st Class Julio Mella, 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division poses in front of a firetruck at the Oak Grove Fire Department. Mella has been volunteering as a firefighter and EMT with the department since 2008 and decided he wanted a picture in his full gear before he deployed in November 2016. (Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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Fort Campbell Culinary Team comes in fourth at Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – The Soldiers of the Fort Campbell Culinary Team competed in the 41st Annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event at Fort Lee, Virginia, Friday, March 3rd. The competition was comprised of 244 competitors that made up 25 teams from all branches of the military; including international partners from France and Great Britain.

The Fort Campbell Culinary Team won silver medals in the following categories; Chef of the Year, Student Chef, Nutrition, Hot Food (field), Live Cooking and the Student Team won a bronze medal.

Soldiers from the Fort Campbell culinary team are all smiles after competing in the 41st Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event at Fort Lee, Virginia, March 3-Friday. The Fort Campbell team placed fourth in this year’s competition. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the Fort Campbell culinary team are all smiles after competing in the 41st Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event at Fort Lee, Virginia, March 3-Friday. The Fort Campbell team placed fourth in this year’s competition. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s Gregory Becker is competing with Military’s Top Chefs for Armed Forces Chef of the Year

 

Written by Amy Perry
U.S. Army Garrison Fort Lee

U.S. Army - Fort LeeFort Lee, VA – The 41st annual Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event kicked off Friday with its most prestigious and challenging category – Armed Forces Chef of the Year.

The competition is the only one held entirely at the Joint Culinary Training Center – chefs work feverishly to get out a top-notch four-course, four-serving meal to the waiting judges.

“Part of why the event is so prestigious is because of the title,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 J.D. Ward, chief of the Advanced Culinary Training Division at the JCTC. “The individual who wins holds the title for 12 months as the chef of the year. In addition, it’s easily the most challenging event.”

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey prepares a meal with Spc. Gregory Becker, a food service specialist with 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at the Austin Peay State University culinary arts center, Fort Campbell, KY. Becker is currently competing for the second time in the Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event held at Fort Lee, VA. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey prepares a meal with Spc. Gregory Becker, a food service specialist with 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at the Austin Peay State University culinary arts center, Fort Campbell, KY. Becker is currently competing for the second time in the Military Culinary Arts Competitive Training Event held at Fort Lee, VA. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division unit completes transformation as history comes full circle

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – The 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), added to its distinguished history with the formal recognition of the addition of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment “White Currahee” in a ceremony held at Fort Campbell May 14th.

“Both our Soldiers, our Families and our Veterans from the White Currahee nation are extremely honored to come back to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team,” said Lt. Col. Scott Kirkpatrick, commander, 2nd Bn, 506th Inf. Rgt. “It’s about two storied organizations, the Currahees and the Rakkasans, coming together to make a legendary one.”

Formal recognition ceremony of the addition of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment "White Currahee" to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans", 101st Airborne Division.

Formal recognition ceremony of the addition of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment “White Currahee” to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division.

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Agile Eagle transitions the 101st Airborne Division to BCT 2020

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado

101st Airborne Division Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – From its roots as one of the U.S. Army’s first airborne divisions in World War II, to defining air mobile operations in Vietnam, to its current status as the world’s only air assault division, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) has a history of change and innovation.

The 101st will again answer the call as it begins implementing Operation Agile Eagle II, designed to localize and implement the larger Department of the Army-directed BCT 2020 initiative. This overarching move mandates development of a plan that will reduce the overall strength of the Army in order to meet current and future mission requirements.

Lt. Col. Zachary Miller (left), commander of the former 3rd Special Troops Battalion and commander of the newly reflagged 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, and Command Sgt. Maj. Martin Humphreys, the senior enlisted advisor for 21st BEB, uncase the colors of the newly stood up 21st BEB during a ceremony at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, March 27, 2014. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. Zachary Miller (left), commander of the former 3rd Special Troops Battalion and commander of the newly reflagged 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, and Command Sgt. Maj. Martin Humphreys, the senior enlisted advisor for 21st BEB, uncase the colors of the newly stood up 21st BEB during a ceremony at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, March 27, 2014. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

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3rd Brigade Combat Team’s Leader Battalion’s Field Training Exercise on Fort Campbell Builds Soldiers for Future Missions

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell, KY. The Home of the Screaming EaglesFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team ‘Rakkasans’, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), recently wrapped up a ten-day training exercise here March 17, 2014.

The Leader Battalion Field Training Exercise consisted of a series of platoon-level training events including security forces training, situational training, live fire events and integration of indirect fire and close air support. The training was designed to evaluate the unit’s lethal platoons on a variety of collective tasks in preparation for Operation Golden Eagle and the Brigade’s scheduled rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center.

Soldiers with Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team ‘Rakkasans’  take cover after their patrol is attacked by a roadside bomb during a platoon Live Fire Exercise on March 14th, 2014. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado/U.S. Army)

Soldiers with Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team ‘Rakkasans’ take cover after their patrol is attacked by a roadside bomb during a platoon Live Fire Exercise on March 14th, 2014. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado/U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell’s 591st Engineer Company hits ground running

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanFort Campbell, KY – The historical 591st Engineer Company has been added to the ranks of 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) here.

“For us the only real change has been our location,” said 1st Sgt. Aaron Tippett, the senior noncommissioned officer of 591st Engineer Company. “We left the footprint of the 326th and fell into the footprint of the Rakkasans who welcomed us with open arms.”

Soldiers assigned to 591st Engineer Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), join other companies in their Welcoming Ceremony here, Jan. 2014. The 591st have a rich historical history and will provide a great deal of experience and knowledge to the Rakkasan Brigade in future missions. (Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)

Soldiers assigned to 591st Engineer Company, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), join other companies in their Welcoming Ceremony here, Jan. 2014. The 591st have a rich historical history and will provide a great deal of experience and knowledge to the Rakkasan Brigade in future missions. (Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army)

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