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101st Airborne Division holds Memorial Ceremony during Week of the Eagles

 

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101st Airborne Division - Fort Campbell, KYFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) honored fallen Soldiers, veterans, and the men and women currently serving during The Week of the Eagles. Specifically, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) hosted a memorial ceremony to give homage to the Soldiers who paid the ultimate price for freedom.

Gone, but not forgotten is the message the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)  commanding general wants to echo throughout time. Maj. Gen. McGee lamented on the sacrifices of veterans.

“It’s only fitting that we honor our fallen comrades who have given their last for our Army, and this great division. We honor the works of all those who ever donned the Screaming Eagle patch with ceremony and devoted words, as 7800 boots still rest on the soil of the Division Headquarters, representing those who lost their lives defending this nation since September 11th, 2001 while nearly 700 of those boots representing Fort Campbell soldiers,” said McGee.

During this event, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) soldiers and veterans take part in the memorial ceremony, honoring the veterans and fallen Soldiers of the 101st. (U.S. Army, Spc. Jordy Harris)

During this event, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) soldiers and veterans take part in the memorial ceremony, honoring the veterans and fallen Soldiers of the 101st. (U.S. Army, Spc. Jordy Harris)

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Col. Robert Born steps into the kitchen, serves Soldiers’ breakfast at Fort Campbell

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Before the sun rises on the Bastogne footprint, the Snipes Dining Facility culinary experts of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are preparing breakfast for more than 3,000 Soldiers.

May 14th, Col. Robert Born, 1st BCT commander, joined them and personally served every one of his Soldiers.

The morning starts early at 4:45am, when the chefs begin what is called cooks mount.

Colonel Robert Born, commander, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is ready to take the next omelet order at the grill May 14th during breakfast service in Snipes Dining Facility. Culinary experts in Snipes Dining Facility prepare meals for more than 3,000 Soldiers in the brigade every day to ensure the sustainment and readiness of the force. (Sgt. Lynnwood Thomas, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

Colonel Robert Born, commander, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is ready to take the next omelet order at the grill May 14th during breakfast service in Snipes Dining Facility. Culinary experts in Snipes Dining Facility prepare meals for more than 3,000 Soldiers in the brigade every day to ensure the sustainment and readiness of the force. (Sgt. Lynnwood Thomas, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

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Surprising day for first time Hunter

 

Sgt. 1st Class Jacob Connor
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Saturday morning brought cool temperatures and brisk winds, but that didn’t hinder the excitement among Screaming Eagle Soldiers who were selected to be a part of the annual turkey hunt here, hosted by the Military Officers Association of America.

Dressed in camouflage and armed with duck calls and rifles, nearly 60 Veterans and Soldiers from around the Fort Campbell area gathered at Kyle Lake. The focus of the event, build bonds based on shared passions between the young and experienced . . . and to hunt turkeys of course.

During this year’s annual turkey hunt, Brig. Gen. Clair Gill, Deputy Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks with Spc. Faith Breeden, a 13B Cannon Crew Member with 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery "Proud Americans," 1st Brigade Combat Team "Bastogne," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) about her first hunting experience. (Sgt. 1st Class Jacob Connor, 101st Airborne Division)

During this year’s annual turkey hunt, Brig. Gen. Clair Gill, Deputy Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks with Spc. Faith Breeden, a 13B Cannon Crew Member with 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery “Proud Americans,” 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) about her first hunting experience. (Sgt. 1st Class Jacob Connor, 101st Airborne Division)

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101st Airborne Division Command Sgt. Maj. Wray E. Gabelmann, A Life of Service

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Recently the Bastogne senior enlisted adviser, Command Sgt. Maj. Wray E. Gabelmann, briskly walked through the tinted glass doors of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), headquarters and warmly greeted the Soldiers manning the staff duty desk.

Gabelmann turned the corner and passed a wall of photos of past leaders of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), as he made his way into his office as he had done so many times in the past 30 months.

Command Sgt. Maj. Gabelmann, senior enlisted advisor, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) delivers heartfelt remarks March 3 during his change of responsibility ceremony in Sabo Physical Fitness Center on Fort Campbell, KY. Gabelmann has been the senior enlisted advisor for 1st BCT for 30 months. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. James Griffin)

Command Sgt. Maj. Gabelmann, senior enlisted advisor, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) delivers heartfelt remarks March 3 during his change of responsibility ceremony in Sabo Physical Fitness Center on Fort Campbell, KY. Gabelmann has been the senior enlisted advisor for 1st BCT for 30 months. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. James Griffin)

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101st Airborne Division Soldiers share personal ties to Battle of the Bulge

 

U.S. Army EuropeBastogne, Belgium – Seventy-five years ago in Bastogne, Belgium, German soldiers captured American Pfc. Marold Peterson of the 422nd Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division.

Peterson escaped from the work camp where we was held prisoner, only to be captured again and killed by Hitler Youth.

Sgt. Travis Paice, the great-grandson of Peterson, said it is surreal to be in Bastogne where Peterson lived his last moments.

“Maybe he was standing right where I stood,” Paice, a Soldier with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, said.

Sgt. Coleton Jones of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101 Airborne Division, center, meets reenactors at a community event at the Bastogne Barracks in Bastogne, Belgium. The event took place before the parade commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the World War II Battle of the Bulge. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt, Erica Earl)

Sgt. Coleton Jones of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101 Airborne Division, center, meets reenactors at a community event at the Bastogne Barracks in Bastogne, Belgium. The event took place before the parade commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the World War II Battle of the Bulge. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt, Erica Earl)

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101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Brigade “Bastogne” Welcomes New Commander

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne” said farewell to Col. Derek Thomson and welcomed Col. Robert Born on Saturday, November 22nd, 2019 during a change of command ceremony.

Thomson, affectionately known as “Bastogne 6”, and his wife Erin, served the division with distinction for 2 years.

“Over the past 2 years on this journey one word comes to mind,” said Thomson. “Gratitude.”

Maj. Gen. Brian Winski, Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), right, passes the brigade colors to Col. Robert G. Born, left, during 1st Brigade Combat Team’s Change of Command ceremony Nov. 22, in Sabo Physical Fitness Center on Fort Campbell, Ky. The ceremony is a time-honored military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility of a unit from one commanding officer to another. (Maj. Vonnie Wright, 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.)

Maj. Gen. Brian Winski, Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), right, passes the brigade colors to Col. Robert G. Born, left, during 1st Brigade Combat Team’s Change of Command ceremony Nov. 22, in Sabo Physical Fitness Center on Fort Campbell, Ky. The ceremony is a time-honored military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility of a unit from one commanding officer to another. (Maj. Vonnie Wright, 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.)

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101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team cases Colors in Iraq

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Baghdad, Iraq – The 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne,” 101st Airborne Division, officially cased its colors and transitioned its mission to 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team “Arctic Wolves,” 25th Infantry Division, during a ceremony held September 25th, 2019 at Forward Operating Base Union III.

The casing of the colors signified the end of Bastogne’s current mission in Iraq, as they were a part of a regular rotation of forces that support the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.

Col. Derek Thomson, Commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and Command Sgt. Maj. Wray Gabelmann, Command Sgt. Maj. of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, case the brigade colors officially ending their mission within Iraq. Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve are in Iraq to support the Iraqi security forces at the request of the government of Iraq, fully respecting Iraq’s sovereignty. (Maj. Vonnie Wright 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

Col. Derek Thomson, Commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and Command Sgt. Maj. Wray Gabelmann, Command Sgt. Maj. of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, case the brigade colors officially ending their mission within Iraq. Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve are in Iraq to support the Iraqi security forces at the request of the government of Iraq, fully respecting Iraq’s sovereignty. (Maj. Vonnie Wright 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Bastogne Army officer Dana Lafarier bids farewell to Iraq

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Baghdad, Iraq – On June 30th, 2019, Maj. Dana Lafarier ended his tour of duty in Iraq serving as the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division fire support officer.

Lafarier ended his tour in Iraq at six months in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He served with the brigade stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky for two years.

“Dana is one of the most hardest working officers I have ever met”, said U.S. Army Col. Derek Thomson, deputy commander of Task Force Iraq and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division commander.

U.S. Army Col. Derek Thomson, deputy commander of Task Force Iraq and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division commander, presents U.S. Army Maj. Dana Lafarier, Task Force Iraq and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division fire support officer, with the Meritorious Service Medal for his contributions to the unit on June 30, 2019 in Baghdad. (Maj. Vonnie Wright, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Col. Derek Thomson, deputy commander of Task Force Iraq and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division commander, presents U.S. Army Maj. Dana Lafarier, Task Force Iraq and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division fire support officer, with the Meritorious Service Medal for his contributions to the unit on June 30, 2019 in Baghdad. (Maj. Vonnie Wright, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division White Currahee Takes to the Trenches at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conducted live-fire exercises in the trenches of Fort Campbell’s Training Area January 15th to January 20th.

The exercises, which tested the battalion’s ability to breach, clear and organize in tight spaces, allowed the Soldiers to help build their team and unit cohesion, clear a large area of enemy forces and defend against a counterattack.

Pvt. David, Montoya, a squad automatic weapon gunner with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), awaits orders amid firing at distance targets at Fort Campbell, KY, January 16th. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Aaron Daugherty)

Pvt. David, Montoya, a squad automatic weapon gunner with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), awaits orders amid firing at distance targets at Fort Campbell, KY, January 16th. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Aaron Daugherty)

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101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team assumes mission in Iraq from Brave Rifles

 

Written by Capt. Jason Welch
3rd Cavalry Regiment Public Affairs Office

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Baghdad, Iraq – The 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne,” 101st Airborne Division, from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, officially assumed the mission from the outgoing 3rd Cavalry Regiment “Brave Rifles” from Fort Hood, Texas, during a ceremony held January 23rd, 2019.

The transfer of authority was part of the regular rotation of forces that support the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Adam Nash, 3rd Cavalry Regiment sergeant major, and Col. Jonathan Byrom, commander of 3rd Cav. Regt., case the regimental colors during the transfer of authority ceremony between 3rd Cav. Regt. and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 23, 2019.(Capt. Jason Welch, 3rd Cavalry Regiment Public Affairs Office)

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Adam Nash, 3rd Cavalry Regiment sergeant major, and Col. Jonathan Byrom, commander of 3rd Cav. Regt., case the regimental colors during the transfer of authority ceremony between 3rd Cav. Regt. and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 23, 2019.(Capt. Jason Welch, 3rd Cavalry Regiment Public Affairs Office)

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