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101st Airborne Division’s 26th Infantry Regiment conducts live fire exercise at Network Integration Evaluation 17.2

 

Written by Sgt. Maricris McLane
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Dona Ana Range Complex, NM – 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, conducts a live fire exercise, as part of the network systems testing, during the Network Integration Evaluation 17.2, July 14th, Dona Ana Range Complex, New Mexico.

As part of the 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div., the major participant of NIE 17.2, 1-26 Infantry “Blue Spaders” not only are able to hone their craft but also get to experience working in a new challenging environment.

Mortar men with 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, conduct live fire exercise during Network Integration Evaluation 17.2, July 14, Dona Ana Range Complex, New Mexico. 2nd BCT, 101st ABN DIV is the first rotational unit to participate in NIE. (Sgt. Maricris C. McLane)

Mortar men with 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, conduct live fire exercise during Network Integration Evaluation 17.2, July 14, Dona Ana Range Complex, New Mexico. 2nd BCT, 101st ABN DIV is the first rotational unit to participate in NIE. (Sgt. Maricris C. McLane)

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101st Airborne Division Blue Spaders’ hold Change of Responsibility Ceremony

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team held a change of responsibility ceremony April 18th in which outgoing commander Lt. Col. Ryan Wylie relinquished duties to incoming commander Lt. Col. Keith Carter.

Wylie was the first commander of 1-26 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and led the unit on its first deployment in the unit’s history as part of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), where they supported Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq.

U.S Army Col. Brett Sylvia, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), right, hands the guidon to Lt. Col. Keith Carter, commander, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, left, during a change of responsibility ceremony, Apr. 18, 2017, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Carter is taking over 1-26 from Lt. Col. Ryan Wylie, who led the unit since its activation at Fort Campbell. (U.S Army Photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

U.S Army Col. Brett Sylvia, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), right, hands the guidon to Lt. Col. Keith Carter, commander, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, left, during a change of responsibility ceremony, Apr. 18, 2017, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Carter is taking over 1-26 from Lt. Col. Ryan Wylie, who led the unit since its activation at Fort Campbell. (U.S Army Photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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Blue Spaders first in Regiment History to deploy as 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Taji, Iraq – As the sun shone down on their heads in Taji, Iraq, the Soldiers of Company D, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, stood ready. For some, this moment had come once, or twice before.

For a large number of the Soldiers however, this would be their first time. In a few minutes, they would don a Screaming Eagle on their right shoulder.

“Do not take it lightly what this patching ceremony means,” said Capt. Justin Shaw, the commander of Co. D. “You’re setting the standard.”

Cpt. Justin Shaw, center, commander of Company D, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, shakes the hands of Soldiers of Company D after their patching ceremony June 3, 2016, in Taji, Iraq. Soldiers are allowed to wear the patch for the rest of their careers, signifying service in a theater of combat operations with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Cpt. Justin Shaw, center, commander of Company D, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, shakes the hands of Soldiers of Company D after their patching ceremony June 3, 2016, in Taji, Iraq. Soldiers are allowed to wear the patch for the rest of their careers, signifying service in a theater of combat operations with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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101st Airborne Blue Spaders gain ‘G.I. Janes’

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – As part of the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division’s ‘GI Jane day’ conducted here on April 21st, wives of the Blue Spaders were able to participate in a variety of different events throughout the day.

The ladies started their day at the Sabalauski Air Assault School, conquering the 40 foot rappel tower. Instructed by cadre from the school, spouses were walked taught on how to tie a swiss rappel seat and proper rappelling techniques.

Spouses of Soldiers in 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division are coached by their husbands on M4 rifle skills here, April 21, 2016. (1st Lt. Daniel I. Johnson, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) UPAR)

Spouses of Soldiers in 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division are coached by their husbands on M4 rifle skills here, April 21, 2016. (1st Lt. Daniel I. Johnson, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) UPAR)

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101st Airborne Division part of Family’s Heritage

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra Fown
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Polk, LA – It isn’t very rare for a father and son to share common interests, whether that be sports, fishing or a love of grilling. Many sons look up to their fathers, and some even go on to take over Family businesses when the parent retires.

Staff Sgt. Tomas Rodriguez Jr. and his father, retired Staff Sgt. Tomas Rodriguez Sr., share the love of defending their country from all enemies – foreign and domestic.

They also have had the privilege of donning Old Abe on their left shoulders while serving with the 101st Airborne Division.

Staff Sgt. Tomas Rodriguez Jr., a squad leader with the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division poses for a photo with his father, retired Staff Sgt. Tomas Rodriguez, at Fort Campbell, in 2013. Rodriguez Sr. also served in the 101st Airborne Division. (Courtesy Photo)

Staff Sgt. Tomas Rodriguez Jr., a squad leader with the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division poses for a photo with his father, retired Staff Sgt. Tomas Rodriguez, at Fort Campbell, in 2013. Rodriguez Sr. also served in the 101st Airborne Division. (Courtesy Photo)

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Fort Campbell’s Blue Spaders are the Queen of Battle’s Backbone

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra Fown
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Polk, LA – On any given day in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, infantrymen can be found training, firing at ranges and engaged in missions – whether that be at Fort Campbell or deployed overseas.

Behind the brass and ground pounding is an immense and incredibly important element that tends to get overlooked, especially in a unit mainly made of Infantry. While there is no denying the significance of the men with blue chords, support MOS’s are vital in their overall success.

Spc. Johnny Marmolejo, a wheeled vehicle mechanic with Company J, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, works on a vehicle at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, La., Feb. 16, 2016. Support elements play a crucial role in the success of any mission. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) public affairs)

Spc. Johnny Marmolejo, a wheeled vehicle mechanic with Company J, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, works on a vehicle at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, La., Feb. 16, 2016. Support elements play a crucial role in the success of any mission. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) public affairs)

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101st Airborne Division’s oldest Battalion prepares for Joint Readiness Training

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra Fown
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers and leaders with 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are packing their rucks, brushing up on battle drills and kissing their families goodbye before heading off to the swamps of Fort Polk, Louisiana, for a decisive action training environment rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center.

A decisive action training environment, better known as a DATE rotation, gives Soldiers a taste of a hybrid threat similar to the complexities of potential adversaries the nation could face in the 21st century.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prepare to be picked up by UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters before an air assault mission at Fort Knox, Ky., Dec. 9, 2015. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prepare to be picked up by UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters before an air assault mission at Fort Knox, Ky., Dec. 9, 2015. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” welcomes Blue Spaders

 

Written by Sgt. David Cox
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY –  First Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment “Blue Spaders”, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division unfurled its unit colors signifying its activation during a ceremony April 14th, 2015, at Freedom Fighters Physical Fitness Center.

The addition of a third infantry battalion brings 2BCT on par with its sister brigades within the 101st Abn. Div., which have already added an addition maneuver unit in accordance with the Department of the Army’s restructuring initiative, BCT 2020.

Second Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) held an activation Ceremony for 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment April 14, 2015, at Freedom Fighters Gym at Fort Campbell, KY. (Courtesy Photo)

Second Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) held an activation Ceremony for 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment April 14, 2015, at Freedom Fighters Gym at Fort Campbell, KY. (Courtesy Photo)

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