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Fort Campbell Lifeliners Commemorate September 11th

 

Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

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Fort Campbell, KY – Sgt. Zachary Patt was an 18-year-old store manager at a shoe store in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on September 11th, 2001.
“I had fallen asleep [at home] with the television on, so when I woke up, I watched the whole thing unfold,” explained Patt, now a food service noncommissioned officer with 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” 101st Airborne Division.

Patt said he thought the footage of American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 crashing into the World Trade Center was a movie.

Col. Stanley Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div. (Air Assault), Brig. Gen. Scott Brower, acting senior commander for the 101st Abn. Div. (Air Assault), and representatives from the police and fire departments from Oak Grove, Ky., and Hopkinsville, Ky., cut a memorial cake at the 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde. dining facility on Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 9, 2016, during the Sept. 11, 2001 memorial luncheon. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Col. Stanley Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div. (Air Assault), Brig. Gen. Scott Brower, acting senior commander for the 101st Abn. Div. (Air Assault), and representatives from the police and fire departments from Oak Grove, Ky., and Hopkinsville, Ky., cut a memorial cake at the 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde. dining facility on Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 9, 2016, during the Sept. 11, 2001 memorial luncheon. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division holds inactivation ceremony for 159th Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell

 

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159th Combat Aviation BrigadeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, families and friends of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gathered at the division parade field here, May 7th to conduct the final official ceremony in the brigade’s history.

After 18 years of service, the 159th CAB colors were cased at the ceremony by Col. Jimmy Blackmon, the final brigade commander of the 159th CAB “Thunder Brigade,” and retired Col. Bob Freeman, the honorary colonel of the brigade, signifying a conclusion to the legacy of this historic aviation unit.

Soldiers from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pay honors to the nation during the national anthem at the Thunder Brigade's inactivation ceremony at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, Ky., May 7, 2015. The 159th CAB cased its brigade colors for the final time during the ceremony, as well as all of its subordinate battalion colors and company guidons. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pay honors to the nation during the national anthem at the Thunder Brigade’s inactivation ceremony at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, Ky., May 7, 2015. The 159th CAB cased its brigade colors for the final time during the ceremony, as well as all of its subordinate battalion colors and company guidons. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Valerie Hunter-Kelly named 2014 Champion of Fort Campbell at Awards Ceremony, Monday

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On Monday, local realtor Valerie Hunter-Kelly was inducted as a Champion of Fort Campbell during the 2014 Week of the Eagles.

The Champions of Fort Campbell award allows Fort Campbell to recognize and give local citizens who have spent their lives supporting Fort Campbell a small token of appreciation.

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville presented the award and unveiled a portrait sized copy of the photo of Valerie Hunter Kelly that would be placed on the wall of honor  with the previously selected champions of Fort Campbell.

His remarks, and Valerie Hunter-Kelly’s are included in full below.

Valerie Hunter-Kelly receives the acclaim of the audience after her portrait photograph is unveiled.

Valerie Hunter-Kelly receives the acclaim of the audience after her portrait photograph is unveiled.

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The 1st Brigade Combat Team welcomed new commander last week

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) held a change of command ceremony on Friday July 22nd, 2011.  Col. Andrew P. Poppas relinquished command to Col. Joseph P. McGee before the entire brigade.

The change of command ceremony is rooted in military history dating back to the 18th century during the reign of Frederick the Great of Prussia. At that time, organizational flags were developed with color arrangements and symbols unique to each particular unit. To this flag and its  commander, the soldiers of the unit would dedicate their loyalty and trust. When a change of command takes place, the flag is taken from the outgoing commander and then passed to the individual assuming the command by their superior officer. This gesture is done in front of the unit so that all could see and witness their new leader assuming his dutiful position. He who holds the flag also holds the soldier’s allegiance. This symbolic tradition has survived throughout military history.

Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell places the 1st Brigade Combat Team colors into the hands of its new Commander Col. Joseph P. McGee

Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell places the 1st Brigade Combat Team colors into the hands of its new Commander Col. Joseph P. McGee

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3rd Brigade Combat Team Welcomes New Commander

 

The 3rd Brigade Combat TeamFort Campbell, KY – The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) held a change of command ceremony on Friday June 17th, 2011, Colonel Viet Luong relinquished command to Col. R.J. Lillibridge before the entire brigade.

The change of command ceremony is rooted in military history dating back to the 18th century during the reign of Frederick the Great of Prussia. At that time, organizational flags were developed with color arrangements and symbols unique to each particular unit. To this flag and its commander, the soldiers of the unit would dedicate their loyalty and trust. When a change of command takes place, the flag is taken from the outgoing commander and then passed to the individual assuming the command by their superior officer. This gesture is done in front of the unit so that all could see and witness their new leader assuming his dutiful position. He who holds the flag also holds the soldier’s allegiance. This symbolic tradition has survived throughout military history.

Col. R. J. Lillibridge accepts the Brigade colors from 101st Airborne Division Commander Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell

Col. R. J. Lillibridge accepts the Brigade colors from 101st Airborne Division Commander Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell

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Maj. Gen John F. Campbell thanks the Fort Campbell Community, and surrounding areas

 

Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell

To the Fort Campbell community and surrounding areas-

I want to take a brief opportunity to say thank you to our wonderful neighbors from Clarksville, Hopkinsville, Oak Grove and surrounding communities for the continuous love and support you provide to our Soldiers and Families here on Fort Campbell. As we case the 101st Airborne Division colors today (May 19th) and deploy on our next “Rendezvous with Destiny” in Afghanistan, it is comforting for me to know our Families will have strong supportive communities to embrace them over the next several months. We cannot thank you enough for the care your businesses, churches, schools, community services and residents provide for our Soldiers and Families not just now, but throughout the years. «Read the rest of this article»

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