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101st Airborne Division beats 82nd Airborne Division to win online unit pride title

 

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs Staff

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) defeated the 82nd Airborne Division in the finals of an online unit pride competition, on April 22nd, 2020.

The Screaming Eagles and their supporters around the world cast 93 more votes than the All Americans to win the sports bracket-style competition and bragging rights as the Unit Madness 2020 Challenge winners. In all, participants cast more than 98,000 votes on Facebook and Twitter in the final round alone.

“It was no surprise that two of the most iconic symbols of freedom were the finalists in the competition. Both patches, as well as all of the others in the competition, have a rich proud legacy that we strive to build upon every day until our next rendezvous with destiny,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Bryan Barker, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) command sergeant major.

Unit Madness 2020 Challenge winner, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Unit Madness 2020 Challenge winner, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

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Memorial Day 2018: Remembering the Ultimate Sacrifice made in Afghanistan

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Jared Duhon
438th Air Expeditionary Wing

U.S. Air ForceKabul, Afghanistan – Memorial Day is a day to ensure those who have fallen are never forgotten. And whether a few years, 20 years, or more, there can never be enough thanks given for those 13 who fought and made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan this past year.

Remembering those 13 warriors, who fought for what was right and were sadly taken from the fight too early, is a small token of appreciation that can be given. It only takes a moment to think about the lives these people might have lived, each different from the last and yet all still had the same goal of making a better place for those who cannot fight. This small gesture will ensure that their contribution to the missions they fought for will not go in vain.

Col. Billy Pruett, Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) command surgeon general, salutes in honor of Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler during a Memorial Day service May 28, 2018, Kabul, Afghanistan. Pruett read about how and when Butler fell and honored Butler’s sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared J. Duhon)

Col. Billy Pruett, Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air (TAAC-Air) command surgeon general, salutes in honor of Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler during a Memorial Day service May 28, 2018, Kabul, Afghanistan. Pruett read about how and when Butler fell and honored Butler’s sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jared J. Duhon)

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101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) welcomes new Deputy Commanding General for Support at Fort Campbell August 8th

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell officially welcomed the new deputy commanding general for support at an Honor Eagle ceremony held August 8th, 2014 in front of the division headquarters building.

Colonel Frank W. Tate and his wife, Beverly, were received by Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the commanding general of the 101st, who was happy to have them join the Screaming Eagle team, he said during the ceremony.

Colonel Frank W. Tate, the new deputy commanding general for support for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, addresses the audience during a ceremony officially welcoming him to the 101st. Tate and his wife, Beverly, felt they were welcomed with open arms by the Screaming Eagle team and Fort Campbell community, he said. (U.S. Army Photo by Sam Shore)

Colonel Frank W. Tate, the new deputy commanding general for support for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, addresses the audience during a ceremony officially welcoming him to the 101st. Tate and his wife, Beverly, felt they were welcomed with open arms by the Screaming Eagle team and Fort Campbell community, he said. (U.S. Army Photo by Sam Shore)

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Vice Chief of the Army General John F. Campbell nominated as new ISAF commander

 

Written by Libby Howe
United States Army

U.S. ArmyWashington, D.C. – Vice Chief of Staff of the Army General John F. Campbell received a presidential nomination to serve as commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

“I am truly honored and humbled by the president’s nomination for me to serve as the next International Security Assistance Force commander,” Campbell said.

“If confirmed, I look forward to serving alongside our Afghan and coalition partners as we continue operations in Afghanistan. Until such time, I remain committed to my current responsibilities as the vice chief of staff of the Army,” he said.

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army General John F. Campbell received a presidential nomination to serve as NATO's International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan Commander. (U.S. Army)

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army General John F. Campbell received a presidential nomination to serve as NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan Commander. (U.S. Army)

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Soldiers train for decisive action

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Christopher Klutts
20th Public Affairs Detachment

US Army Special Operations CommandFort Polk, LA – An American man has a heart attack on the third floor of a hotel that doubles as an evacuee holding area. Protestors chant for change outside a U.S. consulate. A small village is struck with measles and enemy artillery rocks a city – all of this happens between lunch and dinner.

By design, training scenarios are complex at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, LA. Hundreds of role-players assume fake identities and mill around a mock foreign country. Its landscape is dotted with towns and villages, the names of which change based on the real-world region a unit might operate in.

A U.S. Army Soldier with 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division moves toward a breach in a wire obstacle during a decisive action training environment exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, LA, April 25, 2014. The decisive action training environment tests a brigade combat team's ability to conduct offensive, defensive and stability operations while supporting a foreign government. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Klutts, 20th Public Affairs Detachment)

A U.S. Army Soldier with 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division moves toward a breach in a wire obstacle during a decisive action training environment exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, LA, April 25, 2014. The decisive action training environment tests a brigade combat team’s ability to conduct offensive, defensive and stability operations while supporting a foreign government. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Klutts, 20th Public Affairs Detachment)

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President Obama Awards the Congressional Medal of Honor to 24 Army Veterans Who Were Victims of Discrimination

 

The White HouseWashington, 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»

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Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans” complete transition in Afghanistan

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division PAO

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanKhowst Province, Afghanistan – The 101st Airborne Division has a remarkable and distinguished history. Within the storied lineage, the book of the Rakkasans is thick with chapters of heroism and success.

Since it’s activation in 1943, Rakkasans have played a vital part in every major conflict in which our nation fought.

Col. R.J. Lillibridge, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Task Force 3-101, and Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Crabtree, Command Sgt. Maj. of the 3rd BCT, 101st ABN DIV (ASSLT), inspect their Brigade colors after they uncased them at the Transfer of Authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 6, 2012. (Photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington)

Col. R.J. Lillibridge, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Task Force 3-101, and Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Crabtree, Command Sgt. Maj. of the 3rd BCT, 101st ABN DIV (ASSLT), inspect their Brigade colors after they uncased them at the Transfer of Authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 6, 2012. (Photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington)

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Fort Campbell’s Foreign Weapons Expert Trains 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Strike

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – In preparation for its upcoming deployment, Strike Brigade, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), sees the need to be familiar with the weapons used by it Afghan counterparts as well as the ones used by the enemy.

The deploying Strike Security Force Assistance Teams did not have to travel far at all for such training and took part in a foreign weapons training exercise at the Don F. Pratt Museum, February 27th.

Jose Rosario, a deploying Strike Soldier from one of the Security Force Assistance Teams with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), asks John E. Foley, the foreign weapons instructor at Fort Campbell’s Don F. Pratt Museum, a question about the Ak-47 series weapon during a foreign weapons training exercise held at the museum, Feb. 27th. The Strike Soldiers were trained on foreign weapons commonly seen in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Jose Rosario, a deploying Strike Soldier from one of the Security Force Assistance Teams with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), asks John E. Foley, the foreign weapons instructor at Fort Campbell’s Don F. Pratt Museum, a question about the Ak-47 series weapon during a foreign weapons training exercise held at the museum, Feb. 27th. The Strike Soldiers were trained on foreign weapons commonly seen in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Combined operation kills 100 insurgents in eastern Afghanistan

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Kim Browne
Regional Command-East Public Affairs

RC-EastKunar Province, Afghanistan – Coalition forces killed approximately 100 insurgents and wounded more than 40 while conducting combat operations in the Watahpur Valley, June 25th-30th, along the Afghan/Pakistan border.

Operation Hammer Down II disrupted insurgents operating and training throughout the Pech Valley area and also continued the expansion of Afghan National Security Forces capabilities through partnered operations. Throughout the mission, coalition forces sustained four killed in action and 18 wounded in action. «Read the rest of this article»

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