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Fort Campbell soldier Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Loheide received Silver Star in Ceremony on Friday

 

Bill Larson, Master Sgt. Pete Mayes, Laura Boyd, and Fred Holly contributed to this piece.

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – It was June 27th 2010 and elements of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division were in Afghanistan participating in Operation Strong Eagle. Among these were 2nd Platoon  HHC of the 2/327th Infantry Regiment.

Their mission was to clear the Ghaki Valley working in conjunction with Explosive Ordinance Disposal Teams (EOD), Route Clearance, Civil Affairs, the Afghan National Army (ANA), Afghan Border Police (ABP), and the Afghan National Police (ANP).

A info graphic from the Stars and Stripes on Operation Strong Eagle

A info graphic from the Stars and Stripes on Operation Strong Eagle

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Fort Campbell Welcomed Home 65 “Strike” Soldiers on Saturday

 

Fort Campbell, KYFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeOn Saturday, February 9th, 2013 65 soldiers from 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike,” returned home to Fort Campbell, Kentucky the home of the 101st Airborne Division (air assault). These soldiers were returning from a nine-month deployment to RC-East in Afghanistan, where they continued the process of training and mentoring the Afghan National Security Forces and the Afghan National Police in preparation for their assumption of responsibility for the Afghan people security in that region.

“For the past 9 months. The Strike advisory teams have been deployed to Eastern Afghanistan, where they were put in charge of transferring combat power over to the Afghan National Security Forces, like the Afghan Army and the Afghan National Police. What that really means in layman terms is that our leaders from Strike were hand-picked to be sent over to help of our Afghan brothers by providing training and mentoring the leadership over there,” said Sgt. Joe Padula, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team’s Public Affairs Officer. “They’ve done an outstanding job!” He said.

The returning soldiers disembark from the aircraft and head past their families to the hanger

The returning soldiers disembark from the aircraft and head past their families to the hanger

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The 159th Combat Aviation Brigade uncased their colors in a ceremony at Fort Campbell yesterday

 

159th Combat Aviation BrigadeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 159th Combat Aviation Brigade part of the 101st Airborne Division held a ceremony uncasing their unit colors at the Fort Campbell Army Airfield’s Passenger Processing Center on March 22nd.

The colors uncasing ceremony is a time-honored tradition that marks the final step of redeployment for the brigade from its yearlong mission providing rotary-wing aviation support throughout southern Afghanistan.

Col. Royar, the Commander of the 159th addressing the assembled soldiers and family members

Col. Royar, the Commander of the 159th addressing the assembled soldiers and family members

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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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716th Military Police Battalion Loads up and Heads out to Afghanistan

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – As he walked into one of the post shopettes dressed in an Army Multi-cami uniform, Lt. Col. David Thompson said he was told, “thank you” and “welcome home” from a few of the civilians there.

“They thought I had come home from a deployment,” he said.

The fact was Thompson, commander of the 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, was actually preparing to head out on deployment. He and the rest of his battalion headquarters staff left this week for their year-long tour to Afghanistan.

Families and friends watch the soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, as they prepare to depart Fort Campbell for a deployment to Afghanistan. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Families and friends watch the soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, as they prepare to depart Fort Campbell for a deployment to Afghanistan. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Afghan National Civil Order Police patrol Kandahar

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation Brigade

Kandahar, Afghanistan – Members of the 2nd Afghan National Civil Order Police SWAT team and the Task Force Thunder Kandahar Pathfinder Detachment conduct a patrol September 4th. Presence patrols give the units an opportunity to interact with the local population and build a rapport with the people, while it also gives the ANCOP an opportunity to practice some of their basic operational techniques.

The SWAT team is considered to be one of the most elite of the Afghan Security Forces. Its members receive special weapons and tactics training that allows them to plan and participate in more complex or specialized missions.

Members of the 2nd Afghan National Civil Order Police SWAT team and the Task Force Thunder Kandahar Pathfinder Detachment conduct a patrol September 4th. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

Members of the 2nd Afghan National Civil Order Police SWAT team and the Task Force Thunder Kandahar Pathfinder Detachment conduct a patrol September 4th. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

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Pathfinders, Surrie District Police take the fight to the enemy at BP Osman

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation Brigade

Battle Position Osman, Zabul Province, Afghanistan – The melody of a flute drifts over on the wind from the room in the compound their Afghan National Police partners call home. All of the men wear the evidence of days of enduring the sandblasts of southern Afghanistan’s summer winds.

In fighting positions around the compound, a few other Pathfinders and Afghans maintain a security watch, keeping a close eye out for any suspicious movement that could be a threat to the position, the villagers nearby or, more importantly, Forward Operating Base Wolverine, the group’s home base that sits just a few miles away.

Spc. Ryan Grace, a Pathfinder with Company F, Task Force Wings (4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment), pulls security at Battle Position Osman July 27th. IED emplacements and enemy attacks have significantly dropped in the area since the Pathfinders established the battle position nearly two months ago to increase security at Forward Operating Base Wolverine. (Photo by Sgt. Shanika Futrell)

Spc. Ryan Grace, a Pathfinder with Company F, Task Force Wings (4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment), pulls security at Battle Position Osman July 27th. IED emplacements and enemy attacks have significantly dropped in the area since the Pathfinders established the battle position nearly two months ago to increase security at Forward Operating Base Wolverine. (Photo by Sgt. Shanika Futrell)

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Mission accomplished for the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment

 

Story by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionForward Operating Base Phoenix, Afghanistan – A little more than a year ago, the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, found itself on the list of units that the Army had scheduled to de-activate, ending its illustrious history.

What a difference time makes. The battalion, which is assigned to the 101st Sustainment Brigade, is now preparing to head home from its fourth deployment in eight years in support of the war on terrorism. They also take with them the belief that their mission to train and mentor Afghan security will have a lasting impact.

Maj. Gen. James Mallory, deputy commander, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Training Mission-Afghanistan, attaches the Meritorious Unit Commendation streamer onto the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, guidon. The battalion, originally scheduled for de-activation, was re-activated for deployment to Afghanistan as trainers to the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police. (Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes/U.S. Army)

Maj. Gen. James Mallory, deputy commander, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Training Mission-Afghanistan, attaches the Meritorious Unit Commendation streamer onto the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, guidon. The battalion, originally scheduled for de-activation, was re-activated for deployment to Afghanistan as trainers to the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police. (Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes/U.S. Army)

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Dust Landing

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

159th Combat Aviation BrigadeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – A UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter with the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade lands in Deh Gholaman village in southern Afghanistan to drop off humanitarian assistance supplies. The 159th CAB, part of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY, is providing aviation support throughout Regional Command-South.

Pathfinders from the unit provided ground security when the aircraft landed and while Afghan National Police officers distributed the donations to the local population.

A UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter lands in Deh Gholaman village to drop off supplies. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl)

A UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter lands in Deh Gholaman village to drop off supplies. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl)

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ANSF, Task Force Currahee eliminate enemy stronghold during Operation Overlord

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr.
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan — Nearly 350 Afghan National Security Forces and U.S. Army Soldiers from Task Force White Currahee air assaulted into Naka District, Afghanistan for the first time this deployment April 10th-21st.

Their mission, the largest combined operations for TF White Currahee, was to clear and eliminate the insurgent staging area.

The preparation for Operation Overlord was months in the making.

U.S. Army Soldiers from Task Force White Currahee, Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division stand guard on a mountain overlooking the district of Naka during Operation Overlord, Afghanistan, April 14th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Zachary Burke)

U.S. Army Soldiers from Task Force White Currahee, Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division stand guard on a mountain overlooking the district of Naka during Operation Overlord, Afghanistan, April 14th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Zachary Burke)

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