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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” holds activation cermony for 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion

 

Written by Sgt. David Cox
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division held an activation ceremony for 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion April 16th at Freedom Fighters Physical Fitness Center Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The 39th BEB, first activated April 25th, 1942, at Camp Bowie, Texas, received various unit citations during the Vietnam War. It has been reactivated because the restructuring of BCTs laid out in the Department of the Army’s BCT 2020 initiative.

Lt. Col. Christopher D. Payant, center, commander of the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, passes the unit colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Vincent Silva, the senior noncommissioned officer of the 39th BEB, during an activation ceremony for the aforementioned battalion April 16, 2015, at Freedom Fighters Physical Fitness Center here. (Sgt. David Cox, 2BCT PAO)

Lt. Col. Christopher D. Payant, center, commander of the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, passes the unit colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Vincent Silva, the senior noncommissioned officer of the 39th BEB, during an activation ceremony for the aforementioned battalion April 16, 2015, at Freedom Fighters Physical Fitness Center here. (Sgt. David Cox, 2BCT PAO)

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Fort Campbell 2nd Brigade “Strike” officer Brigid Calhoun credits family, mentors and experiences for success

 

Written by Sgt. David Cox
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Laghman Province, Afghanistan – Forty-three years ago, U.S. Congress designated August 26th as Women’s Equality Day to commemorate granting women the right to vote.

When put into historical military context, the roles women have filled in their service to their country have gone under measureable change in the 239 year history of the U.S. Army — when women would help nurse the wounded and sick during the Revolutionary War.

Now, women make up approximately 15 percent of the active-duty Army and represent 95 percent of its’ career fields.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Brigid Calhoun, an all-source intelligence analyst with Company B, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, prepares for a flight at Forward Operating Base Gamberi Aug. 18, 2014, Laghman province, Afghanistan. “I plan to serve as long as I am having fun and loving what I am doing,” said Calhoun. (Sgt. David Cox, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Brigid Calhoun, an all-source intelligence analyst with Company B, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, prepares for a flight at Forward Operating Base Gamberi Aug. 18, 2014, Laghman province, Afghanistan. “I plan to serve as long as I am having fun and loving what I am doing,” said Calhoun. (Sgt. David Cox, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell holds car show for 2014 Week of the Eagles

 

Written by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) held the 2014 Week of the Eagles Car Show here May 17th.

The event gave auto enthusiasts an opportunity to view 43 superb vehicles as part of the Spectacular Saturday events on the installation. The cars ranged from a 1923 Ford T Bucket built out of scrap parts with a Chevy drive train to a 35th Anniversary Edition Nissan 350Z.

Col. Val C. Keaveny Jr., former commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), presents the first-place prize for the import category of the 2014 Week of the Eagles Car Show to Staff Sgt. Kevin Chau, a transmissions systems operator-maintainer assigned to HHC, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., May 17, 2014, at Fort Campbell, KY. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Col. Val C. Keaveny Jr., former commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), presents the first-place prize for the import category of the 2014 Week of the Eagles Car Show to Staff Sgt. Kevin Chau, a transmissions systems operator-maintainer assigned to HHC, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., May 17, 2014, at Fort Campbell, KY. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Soldier re-enlists live on the radio during Air Strike a program hosted by Clarksville’s WJZM 1400 AM

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionClarksville, TN – In what is believed to be a first for the U.S. Army, a Fort Campbell soldier from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (Strike) re-enlisted on the air as part of the Air Strike program on Clarksville Radio Station WJZM 1400 AM.

As part of the 15th Episode of the highly entertaining program, Sgt. Joe Padula interviewed SPC Ilka Zaneta Luna, from Company B, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); a re-enlisting Strike Soldier, and her husband Jeramie.

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Fort Campbell Strike Soldier graduates Air Assault School despite Amputation

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – For almost 12-miles he has been carrying about 35-pounds of gear. He sees a clock in the near distance with red digital numerals closing in on the three-hour mark, the time limit for the near half marathon march.

He wants to sprint to the finish line, but his face winces with every right step taken. His breaths are heavy and pain can be heard with each inhale. His left leg is in full stride, but his right, being amputated more than six years ago, now pushes forward on a damaged prosthetic; a piston broke a few miles back eliminating fluid motion. He picks up a faster, but still a limping pace.

Sgt. 1st Class Greg Robinson, a combat engineer with Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pours water over himself moments before finishing the12-mile road march for The Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, April 29. Robinson is the first amputee to graduate the school and says, “A disability is only a disability if you let it hold you down.” (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Sgt. 1st Class Greg Robinson, a combat engineer with Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pours water over himself moments before finishing the12-mile road march for The Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, April 29. Robinson is the first amputee to graduate the school and says, “A disability is only a disability if you let it hold you down.” (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” wins Fort Campbell Sapper Stakes 2012

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO, 101st Airborne Division

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – “Fire in the hole! Fire in the hole, Fire in the hole!” screams a combat engineer, then the sound of a soft click leaves his hands and then a deafening boom; a secured doorway is no more.

A combat engineer, also known as a Sapper, is a Soldier who performs an array of construction and demolition duties under combat conditions. They are trained in constructing and breaching trenches, building bunkers, creating tank traps and fortifications, constructing and/or demolishing bridges, roads and now perhaps most commonly known as the guys who cleared land mines and IED’s from routes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Combat Engineers from Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), construct an 11-Row Wire Obstacle for both time and efficiency during the Fort Campbell Sapper Stakes 2012 held at the post’s Demolition Range 39 and Training Area 44, Oct. 23rd-24th. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Combat Engineers from Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), construct an 11-Row Wire Obstacle for both time and efficiency during the Fort Campbell Sapper Stakes 2012 held at the post’s Demolition Range 39 and Training Area 44, Oct. 23rd-24th. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Week of the Eagles Basketball Tournament sees 5th Special Forces Group edge out Strike for Gold

 

Written by Spc. Paul Russ
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell's Week of the Eagles

Fort Campbell, KY – Basketball is just one of the 14-events that took place during the Week of the Eagles, 2012. The Strike team, made up of Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), has provided much excitement during the basketball tournament.

This inter-division 3-day competition, held at Fort Campbell’s Lozada gym began August 13th. The Strike team gave fans that came out to support more than their money’s worth.

The first game for the Strike Team seemed like an easy one. It started with tough defense, which was the focal point for the team during the competition.

Soldiers from 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), shake hands prior to the tip off on August 13. The basketball game was held at Lozada Gym as part of Week of the Eagles. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Paul Russ, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st ABN. DIV.)

Soldiers from 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), shake hands prior to the tip off on August 13. The basketball game was held at Lozada Gym as part of Week of the Eagles. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Paul Russ, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st ABN. DIV.)

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Week of the Eagles Legacy Golf Tournament winners, Strike Brigade

 

Written by  SGT Jason Ross
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell's Week of the Eagles

Fort Campbell, KY – Golf is a sport loved by people all over; Soldiers are no different.  Fort Campbell’s Cole Park Commons Golf Course hosted the Week of the Eagles, Legacy Golf Tournament August 13th. Despite inclement weather, 36 teams came out for the best ball style tournament hoping to emerge on top.

“I think we have some great teams out here,” said Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell. “I think it’s a great day to come out and celebrate being a part of the 101st Airborne Division.”

The Strike Brigade’s Team Two poses with their gold medals at Fort Campbell’s Cole Park Commons after winning the Week of the Eagles Legacy Golf Tournament, Aug 13. The tournament hosted 36 teams of four in a best-ball style competition. Strike Team 2 finished with a 14-under par, while Strike’s Team 1 finished 1st place in the 4th flight with 4 under par. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jason Ross, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

The Strike Brigade’s Team Two poses with their gold medals at Fort Campbell’s Cole Park Commons after winning the Week of the Eagles Legacy Golf Tournament, Aug 13. The tournament hosted 36 teams of four in a best-ball style competition. Strike Team 2 finished with a 14-under par, while Strike’s Team 1 finished 1st place in the 4th flight with 4 under par. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jason Ross, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Week of the Eagles Run for the Fallen – Fallen But Never Forgotten

 

Written by Spc. Sara Connolly
2nd Brigade Combat Team UPAR

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The sun rises on a somewhat seasonably cold Saturday Kentucky morning, a mass of people gather in an open lot; they shake hands, embrace each other, they’ve come to honor their fallen heroes.

The Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), know the importance of honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom.  During this Week of the Eagles 2012, the Run for the Fallen event was held at the Sabalauski Air Assault School, August 11th, bringing Soldiers, Veterans and Family members together to remember.

Michelle Leibold, wife of Spc. Jeff Leibold, an infantryman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pay their respects to a fallen comrade during the Run for the Fallen Aug. 11th. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st ABN.DIV)

Michelle Leibold, wife of Spc. Jeff Leibold, an infantryman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pay their respects to a fallen comrade during the Run for the Fallen Aug. 11th. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st ABN.DIV)

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Fort Campbell’s Strike First Unit in Army Issued M26 Shotgun

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – It weighs 3.5 pounds, has a barrel length of 7.75 inches, fires 12-gauge shells and can be mounted on the M4 carbine or act as a stand alone firearm; it is the M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is the first unit in the Army to be issued the combat enhancer.

“This is a new capability that is now in your hands for you to conduct your mission downrange,” said Col. Scott C. Armstrong, with Project Manager Soldier Weapons, during a presentation ceremony held at Fort Campbell’s Strike Academy, February 7th. “This is a big day, not just for the 2nd Brigade, but for the Army.”

Sgt. Vincent Mennell, a combat engineer with Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires the newly issued M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System at Fort Campbell’s Range 44b, Feb. 10th. The 2nd BCT, also known as the Strike Brigade, is the first unit in the Army to be issued the future weapon. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Sgt. Vincent Mennell, a combat engineer with Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires the newly issued M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System at Fort Campbell’s Range 44b, Feb. 10th. The 2nd BCT, also known as the Strike Brigade, is the first unit in the Army to be issued the future weapon. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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