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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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City of Clarksville renames park to honor Sidney Brown

 

‘CSM Sidney R. Brown Park at Birchwood’ pays tribute to veteran, leader

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – City of Clarksville officials will conduct a ceremony at noon Saturday to officially rename Birchwood Park in honor of U.S. Army veteran and community leader Sidney R. Brown.

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Brown, 85, is battling cancer, but is expected to attend the ceremony.

CSM (Ret.) Sidney R. Brown, right, received a proclamation from Councilman Richard Garrett at an event earlier this year. The City of Clarksville has renamed Birchwood Park as “CSM Sidney R. Brown Park at Birchwood” in honor of the U.S. Army veteran and community leader.

CSM (Ret.) Sidney R. Brown, right, received a proclamation from Councilman Richard Garrett at an event earlier this year. The City of Clarksville has renamed Birchwood Park as “CSM Sidney R. Brown Park at Birchwood” in honor of the U.S. Army veteran and community leader.

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Fort Campbell’s Sabalauski Air Assault School congratulates latest Graduates

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On April 4th, 2019, Fort Campbell’s newest Air Assault School graduates from The Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, KY congratulates Pvt. Tony Cateriano from 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment and Pvt. Christan Morales from 1-502nd Infantry Regiment “First Strike”, 2nd Brigade Combat Team for becoming the Honor Graduate and Ruck March Champion for class 17-19.

Pvt. Cateriano, 21, from Santa Barbara, CA, was the Distinguished Honor Graduate for his class. “There wasn’t anything that was too hard to deal with because we had the best instructors,” said Cateriano. “I knew what was going to happen and when it was going to happen. Team 3 was the best team!”

Pvt. Tony Cateriano (Left) from 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment and Pvt. Christan Morales (Right) from 1-502nd Infantry Regiment "First Strike", 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Campbell KY, hold up their awards. Cateriano was the Honor Graduate for class 17-19 and Morales was the Ruck March Champion for class 17-19, April 4th, 2019. (Sgt. Justin Navin, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

Pvt. Tony Cateriano (Left) from 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment and Pvt. Christan Morales (Right) from 1-502nd Infantry Regiment “First Strike”, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Campbell KY, hold up their awards. Cateriano was the Honor Graduate for class 17-19 and Morales was the Ruck March Champion for class 17-19, April 4th, 2019. (Sgt. Justin Navin, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Transfer of Authority Ceremony at Joint Multinational Training Group, Ukraine

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionYavoriv, Ukraine – Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) took authority of the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine here, May 2nd, 2019.

The 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment of the Tennessee National Guard, “Task Force Saber”, transferred authority of the JMTG-U to “Task Force Carentan”.

Task Force Saber deployed to the Yavoriv Combat Training Center in July 2018 with over 200 troops in support of CTC cadre development.

Lt. Col. Michael Starz, Commander (left), and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Manley, Command Sergeant Major (right), uncased their unit colors during a ceremony here, May 2. (Sgt. Justin Navin, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Soldiers to return to Fort Campbell from Cameroon

 

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Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – More than 100 Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will return to Fort Campbell from their deployment to Cameroon. The welcome home ceremony is slated for the afternoon of March 24th, 2019 at Fort Campbell’s Hangar 3.

These “First Strike” Soldiers made up the majority of Task Force Talon, who deployed to northern Cameroon from October 2018 through March 2019. During their deployment, the task force conducted security and infrastructure missions at Contingency Location Garoua, Cameroon, in order to provide force protection and enhance United States government strategic relationships, access and influence in the area.

Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” and 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are greeted by family members during their welcome home ceremony, May 20th, 2013, at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Soldiers returned home after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where they advised and assisted the Afghan National Security Forces to better enable them to take a lead role for their country in the future.

Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” and 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are greeted by family members during their welcome home ceremony, May 20th, 2013, at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Soldiers returned home after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where they advised and assisted the Afghan National Security Forces to better enable them to take a lead role for their country in the future.

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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 Chaplains provide quality of life support

 

Written by Pfc. Lynnwood Thomas
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – An Army chaplain’s primary mission is to provide spiritual support and guarantee free religious expression in the military.

However, chaplains also offer a variety of quality of life counseling to Soldiers and their Families including relationship building, premarital and marriage counseling, ethics training, financial management and suicide prevention.

Sergeant Alonzo Johnson, religious affairs specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division sought out his chaplain’s counsel before he and his wife were married.

Chaplain Lt. Col. Sean Wead, acting division chaplain, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) counsels a Soldier Dec. 12, at the Installation Chaplain’s Office on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The chaplaincy offers many types of religious and non-religious support to soldiers and their families to help enrich their quality of life. (Pfc. Lynnwood Thomas, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Chaplain Lt. Col. Sean Wead, acting division chaplain, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) counsels a Soldier Dec. 12, at the Installation Chaplain’s Office on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The chaplaincy offers many types of religious and non-religious support to soldiers and their families to help enrich their quality of life. (Pfc. Lynnwood Thomas, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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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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