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101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade Master Sergeant Squad Forged in Afghanistan, “We are the Backbone of the Army”

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Caitlyn Byrne
101st Airborne Division (AA) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

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Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan – It is said that people are bound together through adversity, and under the added demands of a deployment, the members of the self-proclaimed Master Sergeant Squad came together as a cohesive team in order to tackle the challenges presented to them.

Despite their more ominous title, the Master Sergeant Squad is nothing but courteous and professional, with the word “squad” instead representing their ferocious dedication to Soldiers, the accomplishment of the mission and each other.

The Master Sergeant Squad of the 101st Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, consists of (from left to right): Master Sgt. Mark Gomez, signal support systems chief and native of San Antonio, TX; Master Sgt. Fontella Keesee, native of Erin, TN and operations NCOIC for the brigade; Master Sgt. Amy Prince, native of Statesboro, GA and noncommissioned officer in charge of the brigade’s supply section; Master Sgt. Kelvin Ladner, the senior human resources sergeant and native of Hattiesburg, MI. (Staff Sgt. Caitlyn Byrne, 101st Sustainment Brigade PAO)

The Master Sergeant Squad of the 101st Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, consists of (from left to right): Master Sgt. Mark Gomez, signal support systems chief and native of San Antonio, TX; Master Sgt. Fontella Keesee, native of Erin, TN and operations NCOIC for the brigade; Master Sgt. Amy Prince, native of Statesboro, GA and noncommissioned officer in charge of the brigade’s supply section; Master Sgt. Kelvin Ladner, the senior human resources sergeant and native of Hattiesburg, MI. (Staff Sgt. Caitlyn Byrne, 101st Sustainment Brigade PAO)

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101st Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners” Train to Sustain Life

 

Written by 1st Lt. Verniccia Ford
101st Airborne Division (AA) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

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Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – The 101st Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade medical team consists of three personnel, one family practice medical doctor, and two combat medic specialists that work the unit’s aid station 7 days a week.

The brigade consists of over 500 service members, leaving this three-man team to render medical support to all deployed brigade personnel. With limited amounts of medical experts in the brigade, the medical team’s goal is to thoroughly train as many Lifeliner soldiers as possible to be combat lifesavers.

SPC Nicholas Leverette (left), and PFC Lani Suther (right), administer a nasal pharyngeal tube to a casualty dummy in order to practice performing combat lifesaver techniques, on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, July 26. (1st Lt. Verniccia Ford, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

SPC Nicholas Leverette (left), and PFC Lani Suther (right), administer a nasal pharyngeal tube to a casualty dummy in order to practice performing combat lifesaver techniques, on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, July 26. (1st Lt. Verniccia Ford, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners” Mark Their Rendezvous with Destiny

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Caitlyn Byrne
101st Airborne Division (AA) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

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Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan –  The U.S. Army combat patching ceremony is a 100-year tradition, which began in 1918. The combat patch, or Shoulder Sleeve Insignia-Former Wartime Service, represents a soldier’s participation in an overseas deployment to a hostile environment.

“The combat patch that you don today represents the brother and sisterhood, the lifelong commitment, the service, and the sacrifices of all Screaming Eagles past and present,” said Col. Stanley Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, as he presided over the ceremony.

The brigade command team, consisting of Col. Stanley Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade and Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony B. McAdoo, senior enlisted leader for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade, along with the rest of their formation and the soldiers of the 495th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion of the Montana National Guard, participate in the time-honored tradition of their brigade patching ceremony, July 11, 2018, in Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. (Staff Sgt. Caitlyn Byrne, 101st Sustainment Brigade PAO)

The brigade command team, consisting of Col. Stanley Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade and Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony B. McAdoo, senior enlisted leader for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade, along with the rest of their formation and the soldiers of the 495th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion of the Montana National Guard, participate in the time-honored tradition of their brigade patching ceremony, July 11, 2018, in Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. (Staff Sgt. Caitlyn Byrne, 101st Sustainment Brigade PAO)

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101st Airborne Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners” 4th of July Shout Out

 

Video by Sgt. Lerone Simmons
101st Airborne Division (AA) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

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Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan – The 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners” would like to wish everyone back home a very happy Independence Day.

Col. Stan Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, and CSM Anthony McAdoo, Command Sgt. Maj. of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, have a special holiday message to those back home at Fort Campbell, KY and the surrounding communities; have an amazing holiday, stay safe and thank you for your continued support to our soldiers deployed here at Bagram, Afghanistan.

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101st Airborne Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners” Uncase Colors in Afghanistan

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Caitlyn Byrne
101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

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Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan – As the sun set, the brigade command team, consisting of Col. Stanley Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade and CSM Anthony B. McAdoo, command sergeant major for 101st Sustainment Brigade, ceremoniously uncased the colors, marking the beginning of the brigade’s fifth deployment to Afghanistan.

As the sun set, the brigade command team, consisting of Col. Stanley Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade and CSM Anthony B. McAdoo, command sergeant major for 101st Sustainment Brigade, ceremoniously uncased the colors, marking the beginning of the brigade’s fifth deployment to Afghanistan. (SSG Caitlyn Byrne, 101st SBDE PAO)

As the sun set, the brigade command team, consisting of Col. Stanley Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade and CSM Anthony B. McAdoo, command sergeant major for 101st Sustainment Brigade, ceremoniously uncased the colors, marking the beginning of the brigade’s fifth deployment to Afghanistan. (SSG Caitlyn Byrne, 101st SBDE PAO)

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Fort Campbell’s Task Force Thunder’s motto “Finish the fight”

 

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Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionAfghanistan – “Finish the Fight!” This is the motto of the combative instructors from Task Force Thunder.

These simple, yet absolutely appropriate words of advice convey the mission of all U.S. Soldiers, and particularly, the mission of his enthusiastic trainees. Spc. Samuel Lam and Sgt. Jose Mercado, both with TF Thunder, are Level III Certified Basic Combatives Course Instructors.

Pfc. Chelsea Kasper conducts a clench drill against Staff Sgt. Marshall Cote during level one Combatives training. Clench drills are used to train Soldiers to close the gap between them and their opponent and limit mobility. (Courtesy Photo)

Pfc. Chelsea Kasper conducts a clench drill against Staff Sgt. Marshall Cote during level one Combatives training. Clench drills are used to train Soldiers to close the gap between them and their opponent and limit mobility. (Courtesy Photo)

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Fort Campbell’s 159th Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers work at maintaining relationships across the globe

 

Fort Campbell, KY. The Home of the Screaming Eagles159th Combat Aviation BrigadeBagram Air Field, Afghanistan – Admit it! Your spouse is a million miles away; you are in Afghanistan. Before boarding the plane, you knew just what to do. While deployed, you would write, Skype and dedicate all of your free time to family and friends. But of course, nothing is going as planned! Exhausted, you wonder how you could possibly keep your relationship(s) strong while serving your country, under unparalleled stress– in an unfamiliar and ever-changing environment.

Communication and conflict resolution are paramount in relationships, especially those that are under duress. Sgt. Carl Israel, Behavioral Health NCOIC of Task Force Thunder at Bagram Air Field, helps Soldiers to develop their communication and conflict resolution skills, in his training program “Relationships Across the Globe.”

1st Lt. Nicole McCoy, 159th CAB strength manager, uses Skype to stay in contact with her son Landon while her husband Michael looks on.  McCoy tries to Skype with her family as much as possible.  Skype is one of many tools used by many service members to stay in contact with their loved ones, it helps them to feel closer to home while deployed. (U.S. Army Photo)

1st Lt. Nicole McCoy, 159th CAB strength manager, uses Skype to stay in contact with her son Landon while her husband Michael looks on. McCoy tries to Skype with her family as much as possible. Skype is one of many tools used by many service members to stay in contact with their loved ones, it helps them to feel closer to home while deployed. (U.S. Army Photo)

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A Year in Review with Fort Campbell’s Currahees

 

Written by Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - CurraheeFort Campbell, KY – The 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), started 2013 running fast and hard, as the brigade deployed to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA, in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Currahees with 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment "Red Currahee," 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), walk down the mountain following the Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, after a joint patrol into the mountains around Combat Outpost Wilderness, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Currahees with 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment “Red Currahee,” 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), walk down the mountain following the Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, after a joint patrol into the mountains around Combat Outpost Wilderness, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade ensures combat cash flow

 

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Air Field,  Afghanistan – Support, management and accountability are all three key elements to support financial operations throughout Afghanistan.

The maintenance of financial support for soldiers in a deployed environment is essential. If a soldier’s personal finances are not in order it can create devastating effects to mission readiness.

“We have to ensure soldier’s pay is accurate; and if it isn’t, it is our job to fix it correctly and accurately,” said 1st Lt. Wesley S. Tudor, detachment commander of the 101st Financial Management Support Detachment. “If we don’t, Soldiers will be thinking about their finances and how they are going to take care of their Families, rather than their mission.”

Spc. Nicoll C. Flores, a native of Woburn, Mass., and a cashier with the 101st Financial Management Support Detachment fills out the exchange transaction record to withdraw money as part of a transaction for a soldier, Nov. 4, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. With this form a soldier can withdraw money to exchange Afghani currency to U.S. dollars or vice versa. The 101st Financial Management Support Detachment is a Massachusetts National Guard Unit. (Sgt. Sinthia Rosario/U.S. Army)

Spc. Nicoll C. Flores, a native of Woburn, Mass., and a cashier with the 101st Financial Management Support Detachment fills out the exchange transaction record to withdraw money as part of a transaction for a soldier, Nov. 4, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. With this form a soldier can withdraw money to exchange Afghani currency to U.S. dollars or vice versa. The 101st Financial Management Support Detachment is a Massachusetts National Guard Unit. (Sgt. Sinthia Rosario/U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell 101st Sustainment Brigade soldiers become noncommissioned officers

 

Written by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan – Fifty-two newly promoted noncommissioned officers (NCO) crossed into the corps with a symbolic induction ceremony, which represented their right of entry into, what is known as, the time honored Corps of the noncommissioned officer.

The heritage and history of the corps is rich with symbolism and traces its roots as far back as the 17th century. The NCO Induction Ceremony gave the NCOs a better understanding of the significance of becoming a sergeant and what it takes to be a good leader.

Newly promoted noncommissioned officers (NCO) pose for a group photo after completing their NCO Induction Ceremony, Oct. 30, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. During this ceremony, the newly promoted conducted the rite of passage into the U.S. Army NCO Corps. (Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

Newly promoted noncommissioned officers (NCO) pose for a group photo after completing their NCO Induction Ceremony, Oct. 30, 2013, at Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. During this ceremony, the newly promoted conducted the rite of passage into the U.S. Army NCO Corps. (Sgt. Sinthia Rosario, Task Force Lifeliner Public Affairs)

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