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101st Airborne Soldiers test Spider networked Munition System upgrade

 

Written by Maj. Nayari Cameron, Test Officer
Maneuver Support and Sustainment Test Directorate, U.S. Army Operational Test Command

U.S. Department of the ArmyFort Campbell, KY – Two units of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) are testing an upgrade to the Spider munition system here, used to defend perimeters and support offensive ambushes and situational obstacles.

Soldiers with the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion and 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division are employing the Spider Increment 1A networked munition system along with testers of the U.S. Army Operational Test Command (USAOTC), based at West Fort Hood, Texas.

A Soldier from the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion “Bullstrike,” 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike,” operates the remote control unit for the company defense as part of the Spider Increment 1A networked munition system operational test at Fort Campbell, KY. The U.S. Army Operational Test Command (USAOTC), based at West Fort Hood, Texas is conducting the Spider Increment 1A Initial Operational Test (IOT) to collect data to inform senior Army leaders on how effective, suitable, and reliable this Spider increment will be during real-world operations. (Mr. Tad Browning, U.S. Army Operational Test Command)

A Soldier from the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion “Bullstrike,” 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike,” operates the remote control unit for the company defense as part of the Spider Increment 1A networked munition system operational test at Fort Campbell, KY. (Mr. Tad Browning, U.S. Army Operational Test Command)

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101st Airborne Division celebrates its 2018 Day of the Eagles

 

Written by Sgt. Sharifa Newton
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – For over 75 years the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) has celebrated a “Legacy of Heroism,” to honor valiant Soldiers from the past and present.

The 101st Airborne Division hosted the 2018 Day of the Eagles, May 24th, here and presented this division with another opportunity to remember those who have passed and strengthen the bonds of those still here.

Day of the Eagles was open to the veterans, family members and surrounding community members. The celebration included: a division run, Best Air Assault Soldier competition, museum open house, lunch with Soldiers, Sabalauski Air Assault School tour with rappel demonstrations, unit open houses with static displays, Honor Eagle ceremony, and a memorial ceremony.

Brig. Gen. Kenneth T. Royar and Command Sgt. Maj. James L. Manning lead soldiers from 101st Airborne Division in a 4 mile division run for Week of the Eagles, May. 24 on Fort Campbell, Ky. Week of the Eagles was a tradition started in 1973 as an effort to reinvigorate the sense of community and is still carried on today to also honor those who served. (Sgt. Sharifa Newton, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Brig. Gen. Kenneth T. Royar and Command Sgt. Maj. James L. Manning lead soldiers from 101st Airborne Division in a 4 mile division run for Week of the Eagles, May. 24 on Fort Campbell, Ky. Week of the Eagles was a tradition started in 1973 as an effort to reinvigorate the sense of community and is still carried on today to also honor those who served. (Sgt. Sharifa Newton, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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101st Airborne Division Combat Engineers heighten defensive skills with counter-mobility training

 

Written by Pfc. Beverly Mejia
40th Public Affairs Detachment

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

Fort Campbell, KY – Bright and early on a cool April morning at 5:00am, 101st Airborne Division soldiers were called out to their company; they are told to arrive promptly in uniform, with their gear fully packed, ready and set to go.

Spring is the time for renewal and beginning, for these soldiers, it will be the beginning of training once more.

Today, they will endure miles of foot marching followed by hours of intense training out in the hot wood-lines of Fort Campbell.

Pvt. Brandon Lehner, Spc. Zachary Cockrell and Sgt. Jose Acosta from 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) drive pickets into the ground with a picket pounder during a platoon counter-mobility training event, April 18 on Fort Campbell, KY. During this training the soldiers familiarize themselves on how to construct a Triple Strand Concertina Wire Obstacle. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Beverly Roxane Mejia, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Pvt. Brandon Lehner, Spc. Zachary Cockrell and Sgt. Jose Acosta from 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) drive pickets into the ground with a picket pounder during a platoon counter-mobility training event, April 18 on Fort Campbell, KY. During this training the soldiers familiarize themselves on how to construct a Triple Strand Concertina Wire Obstacle. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Beverly Roxane Mejia, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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101st Airborne Soldiers provide Critical Support and Sustainment Operations in Northern Iraq

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

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

Erbil, Iraq – U.S. Army sustainment Soldiers are playing a critical role in operations at Qayyarah West Airfield.

Personnel from the 526th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and the 336th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion are organizing convoys, loading equipment, and coordinating with contractors to ensure the flow of supplies reaches units supporting the operation.

“Our support units in Erbil have helped move hundreds of vehicles containing multiple types of supplies,” said Capt. Heath Kennedy, supply officer, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike. Arriving early, the 39th BEB was the lead element in the build up at Qayyarah West Airfield.

U.S Air Force Staff. Sgt. Tyler Charles, assigned to the 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineering Group, levels poured concrete into a trench at Qayyarah West airfield, Iraq, Oct. 8, 2017. A Coalition of regional and international nations have joined together to enable Iraqi forces to counter ISIL, reestablish Iraq’s borders and re-take lost terrain thereby restoring regional stability and security. (Spc. Christopher Brecht)

U.S Air Force Staff. Sgt. Tyler Charles, assigned to the 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineering Group, levels poured concrete into a trench at Qayyarah West airfield, Iraq, Oct. 8, 2017. A Coalition of regional and international nations have joined together to enable Iraqi forces to counter ISIL, reestablish Iraq’s borders and re-take lost terrain thereby restoring regional stability and security. (Spc. Christopher Brecht)

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101st Airborne Soldiers in Iraq find ways to keep up morale

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

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

Erbil, Iraq – Throughout Iraq, U.S. Soldiers assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), “Task Force Strike,” are finding ways to stay mentally, physically, and spiritually resilient. They are deployed to the country in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and are now midway through their tour.

One common way Soldiers relieve stress is through physical activity. Once gym facilities were established at Camp Swift, unit leadership organized a workout competition event for Soldiers to test their physical fitness goals.

Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, enjoy a game of dominoes during down time Sept. 28, 2016, at Kara Soar Base, Iraq. As the deployment has gone on, Soldiers are staying resilient through a variety of different techniques – from games to physical fitness events. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, enjoy a game of dominoes during down time Sept. 28, 2016, at Kara Soar Base, Iraq. As the deployment has gone on, Soldiers are staying resilient through a variety of different techniques – from games to physical fitness events. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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101st Airborne Division Task Force Strike Signal Soldiers maintain Communication Lines

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Erbil, Iraq – For the Soldiers of Task Force Strike’s signal section, ensuring redundant and reliable communications is their way of life. Establishing mission command – previously known as command and control – and maintaining it, is the purview of these Soldiers. Though sometimes forgotten about until a communication issue arises, their mission never pauses.

“The number one thing with any team being successful is communication,” said 1st Lt. Kalapu Fasavalu, platoon leader in Company C, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, from Long Beach, California. “Especially to talk to our guys all over Iraq. The Brigade doesn’t communicate with anyone if the systems are down.”

Spc. Sean Luoma, a systems operator/maintainer in Company C, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, checks his satellite communications equipment, May 20, 2016, in Erbil, Iraq. Luoma and other signal Soldiers deployed with Task Force Strike to ensure the more than 1,300 personnel of the Task Force can communicate throughout their area of Operations. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Spc. Sean Luoma, a systems operator/maintainer in Company C, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, checks his satellite communications equipment, May 20, 2016, in Erbil, Iraq. Luoma and other signal Soldiers deployed with Task Force Strike to ensure the more than 1,300 personnel of the Task Force can communicate throughout their area of Operations. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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Fort Campbell’s Task Force Strike Soldiers build camp in Erbil, Iraq

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Erbil, Iraq – LSA Strike is named after the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) whose Soldiers comprise Task Force Strike in northern Iraq.

When we first got here, all there was, was gravel.” said 1st Lt. Kalapu Fasavalu, platoon leader in Company C, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, from Long Beach, California. “There were no facilities set up at all.”

As part of their deployment during Operation Inherent Resolve, Soldiers of Task Force Strike, are moving to many locations throughout Iraq to advise and assist the Iraqi Security Forces.

Pfc. Mark Herron, a Soldier in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, helps set up a tent May 18, 2016, at Life Support Area Strike in Erbil, Iraq. Task Force Strike, comprised of Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is in Iraq as part of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, building partner capacity and advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces.  (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Pfc. Mark Herron, a Soldier in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike, helps set up a tent May 18, 2016, at Life Support Area Strike in Erbil, Iraq. Task Force Strike, comprised of Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is in Iraq as part of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, building partner capacity and advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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Fort Campbell’s 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion opens Task Force Engineer Academy

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – Engineers from 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), opened their doors up to the first ever Task Force Engineer Academy, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, January 7th-14th.

The academy is the first of its kind in Strike brigade, and the thought of starting an academy began during the brigade’s last rotation to Joint Readiness Training Center, Louisiana, in the fall of 2015.

Soldiers from the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct a practical exercise at the 39th BEB Engineer Academy, at Fort Campbell, KY, Jan. 13, 2016. The academy was designed to take engineer lieutenants and give them the knowledge base on how to work with light Air Assault battalions. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct a practical exercise at the 39th BEB Engineer Academy, at Fort Campbell, KY, Jan. 13, 2016. The academy was designed to take engineer lieutenants and give them the knowledge base on how to work with light Air Assault battalions. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Food Service Specialists important part of Joint Readiness Training Center operations

 

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

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

Fort Polk, LA – When people think about infantry brigades, they often think about blood, guts and glory. Movies like “Saving Private Ryan” and “Full Metal Jacket” may come to mind.

But an often-forgotten group of Soldier Soldiers who help to keep the morale up, put a smile on troops’ faces when they finally get to see them, and keep their bodies nourished are the food service specialists – the stomach of Joint Readiness Training Center 16-01 operations.

Sgt. 1st Class Trerilski Davis, the culinary management noncommissioned officer, from Wadley, Ga., with Company E, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) serves hot lunch chow at the intermediate staging base at Fort Polk, La., Sept. 25, 2015. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class Trerilski Davis, the culinary management noncommissioned officer, from Wadley, Ga., with Company E, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) serves hot lunch chow at the intermediate staging base at Fort Polk, La., Sept. 25, 2015. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Strike Soldier recognized for SHARP effort

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – A Soldier from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) was recognized by the division commanding general during a ceremony here August 20th for putting the Army’s Sexual Assault and Harassment Response and Prevention program to good use.

Spc. Nasser O. Al-Shasemi, a chemical specialist for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd BCT “Strike,” received a coin from Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) for his efforts.

Spc. Nasser O. Al-Shamesi, a chemical specialist for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) receives a coin from Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at the division headquarters here, Aug. 20, 2015. Al-Shamesi played an integral role in assisting a fellow Strike Soldier through the SHARP reporting process following an incident that occurred in November 2014. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Spc. Nasser O. Al-Shamesi, a chemical specialist for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) receives a coin from Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at the division headquarters here, Aug. 20, 2015. Al-Shamesi played an integral role in assisting a fellow Strike Soldier through the SHARP reporting process following an incident that occurred in November 2014. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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