Fort Campbell, KY – Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith, the senior enlisted advisor for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), said goodbye to the division and Fort Campbell today during his relinquishment of responsibility ceremony in front of the division headquarters, but not without passion, emotion, and many thanks for lessons learned and passed.
Smith, who took responsibility of the 101st in June 2012, will transition to Fort Hood, Texas, where he’ll become the senior enlisted advisor of III Corps, a unit responsible for more than 100,000 Soldiers.
Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, felt the day was bittersweet.
Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith (background, left), the senior enlisted advisor for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), smiles as he listens to the remarks from Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the commanding general of the 101st and Fort Campbell, during Smith’s relinquishment of responsibility ceremony today. (Jerry Woller)
Fort Campbell, KY – On Memorial Day, the 101st Airborne Division on Fort Campbell held a wreath laying at the 101st Airborne Division Headquarters honoring the soldiers from Fort Campbell who have given their all, in the service of their country.
87 year old Clarksville resident Gene Paladin, was on hand for the ceremony. A veteran of 3 wars, he landed in Europe with the 82nd Airborne during WWII, served in the Korean war, and did three tours with the in Vietnam with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans” of the 101st Airborne Division. He is one of the few remaining living solders who were qualified for the U.S. Army Airborne Glider Badge which he still proudly wears on his hat. He came close to skipping this years ceremony due to health issues, but he said that was glad he came.
Maj. Gen. James C. McConville and Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith lay a wreath before the 101st Airborne Division monument at the 101st Airborne Division Headqurters on Memorial Day
Written by Sgt. William Battle
372nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Fort Campbell, KY – The sun may have been bright this morning, but it could not shine brighter than the pride of the 101st Airborne Division as 12,800 Soldiers stood together on the Division Parade Field to close out this year’s Week of the Eagles celebration.
The theme of the 2014 observance was “Remembering the 101st in Vietnam: Building on the legacy of courage and strength,” and gathered at the parade field were representatives of the division’s history looking upon the Soldiers that are the division’s present and future – building on that legacy created by the Veterans in attendance.
12,800 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division stand on the Division Parade Field (Jerry Woller/ Fort Campbell Multimedia Visual Information Service Center)
Fort Campbell, KY – The 2014 Week of the Eagles Celebration kicked off on Friday with a Division Run and the Week of the Eagles Concert headlined by Big and Rich with Special Guest Cowboy Troy, Joe Diffie, and Mallory Hope. Sporting events and athletic competitions continue throughout the week, and the 2014 Week of the Eagles closes out on Thursday with the 101st Airborne Division Review.
As things kicked off Clarksville Online spoke with Melissa Schaffner, the Marketing Manager for the Fort Campbell Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR). “We’ve got a great lineup for this evening! We started out with Cover Down, the 101st Airborne Division Rock Band; following them will be Mallory Hope an up-and-coming artists out of Nashville; then we will have Joe Diffie, a big country music star during the 90s, who is making a repeat visit to Fort Campbell; and our headliner tonight will be Big and Rich with special guest Cowboy Troy, personal favorite of mine! I love Big and Rich so I’m really excited about this show.”
Big Kenny and John Rich performing on Stage at the 2014 Week of the Eagles Concert on Friday
Fort Campbell, KY – On Friday, Fort Campbell welcomed home the last of the 101st Headquarters and Headquarters Brigade consisting of 24 members of the command group of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) including Commanding General, Maj. Gen. James C. McConville.
They were completing a 9 month long mission in RC-East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where they were training the Afghan National Army to take over ensuring the security of their own country.
Bagram, Afghanistan – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), known famously as the “Screaming Eagles,” assumed responsibility of the combined joint task force in eastern Afghanistan March 14th in a ceremony on Bagram Air Field.
Combined Joint Task Force-101, will operate in Regional Command – East, an area roughly the size of Virginia, which includes 14 provinces and 7.5 million Afghans.
The 1st Infantry Division wrapped up its yearlong deployment and will be heading back to Fort Riley, Kansas.
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James C. McConville and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith (forefront), the command team of 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Combined Joint Task Force-101, salute the unit’s flag at a transfer of authority ceremony at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, March 14th, 2013. The 101st Airborne Division assumed responsibility of Regional Command-East from the 1st Infantry Division. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David J. Overson, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
Written by Sgt. Grant Matthes
101st Airborne Division Public Affairs
Fort Campbell, KY – Artillerymen with the 101st Airborne Division waited seven years to have a shot at a red muzzle cover and the distinction of being known as the division’s “Top Gun” unit.
The day finally came as six artillery batteries competed in the “Best Howitzer” competition this past week to claim the title and take the prize back to their brigade.
The winning team from year’s competition was Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.
Soldiers with Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conduct rigging operations on a M-119 Howitzer during a division “Top Gun” competition here Nov. 14-15. The competition was held to see who the division’s best artillery section is. (Photo by Sgt. Grant Matthes, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)
Written by Sgt. Kimberly Menzies
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division
Fort Campbell, KY – The 4th Brigade Combat Team Dining Facility was awarded the 101st Airborne Division Commanding General’s Best Dining Facility or “Best Mess” of the Quarter for the second quarter in-a-row, October 17th, 2012, at Fort Campbell, KY.
The dining facilities on the entire installation are inspected and graded on criteria to include food preparation, food safety, customer service and cleanliness of each facility.
Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Carl E. Christian, who retired as the FORSCOM command sergeant major in 2005, emphasizes to soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Oct. 17, 2012, the significance of earning the 101st Airborne Division Commanding General’s Best Dining Facility or “Best Mess” of the Quarter at Fort Campbell, Ky. This is the second time back-to-back that the Currahee Dining Facility earned this award. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)
Written by Sgt. Alan Graziano
3rd Brigade Combat Team
Fort Campbell, KY – Nearly 120 Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division participated in the 2012 Week of the Eagles Marksmanship Competition here August 14th to provide the Soldiers a challenging and realistic assessment of their marksmanship skills and provide scores toward the Commander’s Cup.
Out of the seven units that competed, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” won first place overall, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans” won second place and the 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne” won third place. The scoring system for all of the events provided each team one point per hit on target and deducted one point per safety violation and for every 30 seconds of the timed movements between firing orders. The winner was determined by the total hit count remaining after all deductions.
Fort Campbell, KY – The Week of the Eagles has been a Fort Campbell tradition for over 70 years. This tradition brings not only Soldiers, but also their family members and Veterans of the Screaming Eagle family as well.
The events started in 1970’s to build the cohesion of Soldiers. Over that span, the events have evolved not just for Soldier participation, but also former Screaming Eagles and family members alike. The week is a highlight for some.
Fort Campbell- Strike’s dodge ball team made of Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses with Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith, command sergeant major of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, after winning the Week of the Eagles 2012 Dodge Ball tournament at Fort Campbell, Aug 15. The Dodge ball tournament is a new event for Fort Campbell’s Week of the Eagles, which is held to build cohesion within the brigade teams throughout the division. (U.S. Army photo by SPC. Jared Houke, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st ABN. DIV)