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101st Airborne Division to Host First Ceremony at Relocated Gander Memorial

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Members of the media and the public are invited to attend the 34th Anniversary Gander Memorial remembrance ceremony, Thursday, December 12th, 2019 at Fort Campbell. This will be the first ceremony held at the recently relocated memorial. 

The memorial consists of two monuments and 256 Canadian sugar maple trees. It was built to honor the memory of the 248 Soldiers and eight crew members who lost their lives when Arrow Air Flight 1285 crashed in Gander, Newfoundland, shortly after takeoff on the morning of December 12th, 1985.

The new Gander Memorial on Fort Campbell, Kentucky, December 5th, 2019. The memorial tree park consists of 256 trees, representing the 248 Soldiers and eight civilians who were killed in a 1985 airplane crash in Gander, Newfoundland. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin Navin)

The new Gander Memorial on Fort Campbell, Kentucky, December 5th, 2019. The memorial tree park consists of 256 trees, representing the 248 Soldiers and eight civilians who were killed in a 1985 airplane crash in Gander, Newfoundland. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin Navin)

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As original Gander Memorial closes at Fort Campbell, plans for new site take shape

 

Written by Maria McClure
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Gander memorial – Task Force 3-502nd Memorial Park – sits on the peninsula between the post’s Screaming Eagle and Normandy boulevards.

It was established to honor the U.S. Army Soldiers and crew members who lost their lives in the December 12th, 1985, crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 at Gander, Newfoundland, Canada.

The flight was scheduled to bring 248 Soldiers – all of whom were attached or assigned to 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, “Strike and Kill,” 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division – home to Fort Campbell following a six-month peacekeeping mission to the Sinai Peninsula in the Middle East. There were no survivors.

The new Task Force 3-502nd Memorial site will feature two sugar maples standing on either side of the black granite monuments representing the commander and the command sergeant major of Task Force 3-502nd – Lt. Col. Marvin Jeffcoat and Command Sgt. Maj. Hasland O. Black. (Courtesy Graphic)

The new Task Force 3-502nd Memorial site will feature two sugar maples standing on either side of the black granite monuments representing the commander and the command sergeant major of Task Force 3-502nd – Lt. Col. Marvin Jeffcoat and Command Sgt. Maj. Hasland O. Black. (Courtesy Graphic)

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Fort Campbell Gander ceremony bittersweet as post readies for memorial relocation

 

Written by Maria McClure
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – U.S. Army Soldiers, Families, veterans and friends gathered December 12th, 2018, at the Task Force 3-502nd Memorial Park for one final remembrance ceremony.

“Today is a time to say goodbye. Today is the last day that the Gander remembrance will be conducted on this hallowed ground,” said U.S. Army Col. Joseph Escandon, commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), in the opening remarks of this speech. “We could be sad, but there is much to rejoice in for this is a time of renewal.”

The memorial is dedicated to 248 Soldiers – all of whom were attached or assigned to 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, “Strike and Kill,” 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and eight crewmembers, who died in when their flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Gander, Newfoundland, Canada.

Amy Gallo, a Gander widow, shakes hands with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers Wednesday, December 12th, 2018, following the final remembrance ceremony at Task Force 3-502nd Memorial Park at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Maria Rice McClure, Fort Campbell Courier/Fort Campbell Public Affairs)

Amy Gallo, a Gander widow, shakes hands with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers Wednesday, December 12th, 2018, following the final remembrance ceremony at Task Force 3-502nd Memorial Park at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Maria Rice McClure, Fort Campbell Courier/Fort Campbell Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Remembrance offers Gander survivors reconnection, healing

 

Written by Maria McClure
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Jeremy Rains remembers his father’s love of flying. He remembers he was tall, so tall he was almost too tall to become a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army.

“He was a big guy, everybody called him a gentle giant,” Rains said. “He was 6-4 and if you look at pictures he is always the tallest guy. I just remember him as a larger than life personality.”

U.S. Army Capt. Terry L. Rains died December 12th, 1985, in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 that also killed 247 of his fellow Soldiers and eight crewmembers.

Jeremy Rains was 9 years old.

Jeremy Rains (left) speaks with Frank Moore Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, during a reception at the Brig. Gen. Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The reception was part of the final remembrance ceremony at Task Force 3-502nd Memorial Park. (Maria Rice McClure, Fort Campbell Courier/Fort Campbell Public Affairs)

Jeremy Rains (left) speaks with Frank Moore Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, during a reception at the Brig. Gen. Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The reception was part of the final remembrance ceremony at Task Force 3-502nd Memorial Park. (Maria Rice McClure, Fort Campbell Courier/Fort Campbell Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division to hold Final Ceremony at Gander Memorial before Re-Location

 

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Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Media members and the public are invited to the Fort Campbell Gander Memorial annual remembrance ceremony, December 12th, 2018 at Fort Campbell. This will be the final ceremony at the memorial’s current site before it is moved to a new location on the installation.

The site, consisting of a monument and 256 Canadian Sugar Maple trees, was built as a living memorial to the 248 Soldiers and eight crew members who lost their lives when Arrow Air Flight 1285 crashed in Gander, Newfoundland shortly after takeoff on the morning of December 12th, 1985.

A grove of 256 Canadian Sugar Maple trees at the Gander Memorial on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The 256 trees represent 248 101st Airborne Division Soldiers and eight civilians, who were killed in a 1985 airplane accident in Gander, Newfoundland. The trees, donated by Canadian citizens, have grown too close together and a new memorial is being constructed on Fort Campbell. (U.S. Army photos by Maj. Kevin Andersen)

A grove of 256 Canadian Sugar Maple trees at the Gander Memorial on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The 256 trees represent 248 101st Airborne Division Soldiers and eight civilians, who were killed in a 1985 airplane accident in Gander, Newfoundland. The trees, donated by Canadian citizens, have grown too close together and a new memorial is being constructed on Fort Campbell. (U.S. Army photos by Maj. Kevin Andersen)

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101st Finance Management Support Unit rededicates memorial to fallen Soldiers

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Lessmeister
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – When a plane crashed in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, in 1985, killing eight crew members and 248 Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), it shook the entire Army, including the Finance Corps.

The Soldiers, who were returning home from a peace-keeping mission in the Sinai Peninsula as part of Multinational Force and Observers, were mainly from 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div.

Lt. Gen. Karen Dyson, the Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller), poses for a group picture, June 25, 2017, with veterans of the Fort Campbell finance team after the memorial rededication ceremony at the Defense Military Pay Office on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st SBDE Public Affairs)

Lt. Gen. Karen Dyson, the Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management and Comptroller), poses for a group picture, June 25, 2017, with veterans of the Fort Campbell finance team after the memorial rededication ceremony at the Defense Military Pay Office on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st SBDE Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell to hold 31st Gander Memorial Ceremony Monday, December 12th

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On December 12th, 2016 the 2nd Brigade Combat, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will hold the 31st Gander Memorial Ceremony at 9:30am at the Gander Memorial Site located at Screaming Eagle Boulevard, Fort Campbell, KY.

This ceremony marks the 31st anniversary of the plane crash at Gander International Airport in Newfoundland, Canada, which took the lives of 248 Screaming Eagles.

A past remembrance ceremony for Soldiers who perished at Gander, Newfoundland International Airport on their way back to Fort Campbell after a six-month peacekeeping deployment to the Sinai Peninsula is pictured. A ceremony has been held ever since the crash on Dec. 12, 1985. (Courtesy photo)

A past remembrance ceremony for Soldiers who perished at Gander, Newfoundland International Airport on their way back to Fort Campbell after a six-month peacekeeping deployment to the Sinai Peninsula is pictured. A ceremony has been held ever since the crash on Dec. 12, 1985. (Courtesy photo)

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Fort Campbell remembers Gander veterans 30 years later: Not forgotten

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY –  When Soldiers look back on American military history over the last century, most can recall famous wars like Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm or Operation Iraqi Freedom. Often times, the American public can forget about Soldiers who lost their lives not in battle nor in combat

On December 12th, 1985, Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, boarded Arrow Airline flight 1285 to reunite with their families for the holidays, after a six-month peacekeeping mission in the Sinai, Egypt, but never made it home.

A past remembrance ceremony for Soldiers who perished at Gander, Newfoundland International Airport on their way back to Fort Campbell after a six-month peacekeeping deployment to the Sinai Peninsula is pictured. A ceremony has been held ever since the crash on Dec. 12, 1985. (Courtesy photo)

A past remembrance ceremony for Soldiers who perished at Gander, Newfoundland International Airport on their way back to Fort Campbell after a six-month peacekeeping deployment to the Sinai Peninsula is pictured. A ceremony has been held ever since the crash on Dec. 12, 1985. (Courtesy photo)

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Widow turns grief to gracious deed

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – On the early, frosty morning of December 12th, 1985, Amy Gallo’s Tennessee home was filled with the aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls. They were her husband’s favorite, and he hadn’t had them in over six months.

Like many mothers, Gallo was juggling the sometimes overwhelming tasks of cooking, cleaning and tending to her two children. Her youngest, Sarita, had just began walking, and was exploring every square inch of their home with her newly-found ability.

Gallo’s then 3-year-old son Chip, was quietly sitting in the living room watching “He-Man,” a popular cartoon in the 1980s.

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), carry the remains of the 248 101st Soldiers who perished in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285, Dec. 12, 1985, near Gander International Airport in Newfoundland, Canada. Amy Gallo’s late husband, Sgt. Richard S. Nichols, remains are in the third coffin from the left. (Courtesy Photo)

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), carry the remains of the 248 101st Soldiers who perished in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285, Dec. 12, 1985, near Gander International Airport in Newfoundland, Canada. Amy Gallo’s late husband, Sgt. Richard S. Nichols, remains are in the third coffin from the left. (Courtesy Photo)

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30 years later Trees still Sprout Impact at Fort Campbell

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – To any passerby, the trees planted on the corner of Screaming Eagle Boulevard and Tennessee Avenue at Fort Campbell may just appear to be an ordinary, insignificant grove.

To 101st Airborne Soldiers and veterans, the meaning of those trees are as deep-rooted as the foundation they have sprouted on.

And to think, it all started with a letter.

Janice Nikkel stands at the Gander Memorial Site at Fort Campbell, Ky., with her husband and children 25 years after the trees she donated were planted in 2010. When Nikkel was 15, she donated $20 in order to have one tree planted for every life lost during the Gander crash. (Courtesy photo)

Janice Nikkel stands at the Gander Memorial Site at Fort Campbell, Ky., with her husband and children 25 years after the trees she donated were planted in 2010. When Nikkel was 15, she donated $20 in order to have one tree planted for every life lost during the Gander crash. (Courtesy photo)

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