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Wounded during first tour in Iraq, 101st Airborne Soldier’s return there in support of OIR has personal meaning

 

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

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

Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq – Smoke rose in the distance from an oil field set on fire during the battle between Iraqi security forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as U.S Army Sgt. Addison Owen stood outside his tent.

Owen, an infantryman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is no stranger to Iraq, this is his second time deployed to the country.

On his first deployment he fought beyond the oil-field, but now he has a different mission. In support of Operation Inherent Resolve he is part of a multi-national effort to assist the Iraq security forces.

Sgt. Logon Ross, left, and Sgt. Addison Owen, right, Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in the U.S compound at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Nov. 1, 2016. Company B provides security for Coalition forces on the base and was one on the first units at the location. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Sgt. Logon Ross, left, and Sgt. Addison Owen, right, Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in the U.S compound at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Nov. 1, 2016. Company B provides security for Coalition forces on the base and was one on the first units at the location. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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101st Airborne Soldiers in Iraq find ways to keep up morale

 

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

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

Erbil, Iraq – Throughout Iraq, U.S. Soldiers assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), “Task Force Strike,” are finding ways to stay mentally, physically, and spiritually resilient. They are deployed to the country in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and are now midway through their tour.

One common way Soldiers relieve stress is through physical activity. Once gym facilities were established at Camp Swift, unit leadership organized a workout competition event for Soldiers to test their physical fitness goals.

Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, enjoy a game of dominoes during down time Sept. 28, 2016, at Kara Soar Base, Iraq. As the deployment has gone on, Soldiers are staying resilient through a variety of different techniques – from games to physical fitness events. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, enjoy a game of dominoes during down time Sept. 28, 2016, at Kara Soar Base, Iraq. As the deployment has gone on, Soldiers are staying resilient through a variety of different techniques – from games to physical fitness events. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division welcomes new Strike 7

 

Written by Maj. Ireka Sanders
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Erbil, Iraq – Command Sgt. Maj. John A. Brady, command sergeant major of the “Strike” brigade, relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Jason L. Wilson, who comes to Strike from the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana, where he played a role in preparing the Soldiers currently deployed to Iraq.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Brady, I have been told on multiple occasions that I have big shoes to fill succeeding you here as the brigade command sergeant major, and they are right,” said Wilson during the ceremony. “What you have been able to accomplish here has been nothing short of amazing.”

Col. Brett G. Sylvia, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), passes the unit’s colors to Command Sgt. Maj. John L. Wilson, incoming brigade command sergeant major, during a change of responsibility ceremony held July 23, in Erbil, Iraq. (Staff Sgt. Peter J. Berardi)

Col. Brett G. Sylvia, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), passes the unit’s colors to Command Sgt. Maj. John L. Wilson, incoming brigade command sergeant major, during a change of responsibility ceremony held July 23, in Erbil, Iraq. (Staff Sgt. Peter J. Berardi)

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Fort Campbell’s Strike Brigade takes charge of advise, assist mission in North Iraq

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel I. Johnson
Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve

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

Erbil, Iraq – The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), took over the division-level advise and assist mission in northern Iraq from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during a ceremony May 15th, in Erbil, Iraq.

About 1,250 1st BCT “Warriors” of the 10th Mountain Division making up Task Force Warrior redeployed back to Fort Drum, New York, after serving nine months in Iraq and Kuwait, training and advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Col. Brett Sylvia, the commander of 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), “Task Force Strike,” and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeremy Gebhardt, the senior noncommissioned officer for 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, uncase the Strike Brigade’s colors during their transfer of authority ceremony in Erbil, Iraq, May 17th, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Peter Berardi, 205th Press Camp Headquarters)

Col. Brett Sylvia, the commander of 2nd Brigade 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), “Task Force Strike,” and Command Sgt. Maj. Jeremy Gebhardt, the senior noncommissioned officer for 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, uncase the Strike Brigade’s colors during their transfer of authority ceremony in Erbil, Iraq, May 17th, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Peter Berardi, 205th Press Camp Headquarters)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” inducts new members into the regiment

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – The inductees were Honorary Colonel of the Regiment, Col. (R) Theodore Purdom and Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment Master Sgt. (R) Alonzo Rollins.

The Distinguished Members inductees were Command Sgt. Maj. John A. Brady, Maj. Michael Haith, Wayne Dugger, Jorge Otero and J.R. Martinez.

The regiment’s Honorary Members were Sgt. 1st Class Bryan K. Hardy, Darlene Castillo, Kelli Caldwell, and Paul McConville.

Col. Brett G. Sylvia, commander of Strike brigade, began the ceremony by recognizing the contributions of each individual.

The newest members of the 502nd Infantry Regiment are all smiles during an induction ceremony, here, March 24, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

The newest members of the 502nd Infantry Regiment are all smiles during an induction ceremony, here, March 24, 2016. (Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” completes rotation at Joint Readiness Training Center

 

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

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Polk, LA – The smiles on the faces of the Soldiers as they heard the word “index” were readily apparent as 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, successfully completed their rotation at Joint Readiness Training Center.

More than 3,000 Soldiers, most of who came from the six battalions that make up Strike Brigade, participated in the training. Additional units from the Marines and Air Force participated in the training as well.

JRTC training is complex and demanding. The training prepares units for deployments by exposing them to an environment that duplicates prospective areas of operations.

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct live fire exercise training lanes at Fort Polk, La. Strike Brigade recently finished their 30-day training exercise at Joint Readiness Training Center. (Staff Sgt. Amanda Zuniga, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct live fire exercise training lanes at Fort Polk, La. Strike Brigade recently finished their 30-day training exercise at Joint Readiness Training Center. (Staff Sgt. Amanda Zuniga, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division “Strike” spouses bring Performance Triad home

 

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 DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) held a “spark your inner fire” workshop, September 30th, at the Family Resource Center here.

The event aimed to educate Strike Family Members on the Performance Triad, an Army-wide initiative to ensure Soldiers and their families are provided tools and information to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Started in 2013 by the U.S. Army Medical Command, the performance triad aims to optimize performance by emphasizing the importance of three components – sleep, activity and nutrition.

Family members with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) pose for a photo during the “spark your inner fire” workshop at the Family Resource Center, Sept. 30, 2015. (U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Family members with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) pose for a photo during the “spark your inner fire” workshop at the Family Resource Center, Sept. 30, 2015. (U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade “Strike” ready for training at Joint Readiness Training Center

 

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

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

Fort Polk, LA – Many Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division departed Fort Campbell over the past few days for a 30-day training exercise at the Army’s Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

More than 2,000 Strike Soldiers have prepared and train for their ‘date’ with Geronimo – the moniker of the opposing forces who are stationed at Fort Polk and aid in the training of brigade combat teams that rotate through JRTC.

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division arrive at Fort Polk, LA. Strike Brigade will participate in a 30-day training exercise at Joint Readiness Training Center. (U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division arrive at Fort Polk, LA. Strike Brigade will participate in a 30-day training exercise at Joint Readiness Training Center. (U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” honors History; Builds on their Legacy

 

Written by Maj. Ireka Sanders
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Fort Campbell, KY – The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), held a rededication ceremony here July 30th, 2015, officially moving the memorials to their new location.

The ceremony was one of the many events featured during the Day of the Eagles.

The Strike brigade memorial is the first of the BCT memorials to go on what will become Memorial Row.

An honor guard rifle detail fires a 21-gun salute in honor of Spc. Matthew Walker during a wreath laying at the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division’s memorial rededication ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., July 30, 2015. Walker was the only Soldier killed in action during Strike’s 2014 Operation Enduring Freedom deployment to Afghanistan. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

An honor guard rifle detail fires a 21-gun salute in honor of Spc. Matthew Walker during a wreath laying at the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division’s memorial rededication ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., July 30, 2015. Walker was the only Soldier killed in action during Strike’s 2014 Operation Enduring Freedom deployment to Afghanistan. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Strike Soldiers conduct Walk and Shoot to prepare for Joint Readiness Training Center rotation

 

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 with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conducted a brigade-wide walk and shoot exercise, July 20h-24th in the vicinity of observation post 13 here.

The exercise was conducted in conjunction with 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Division Artillery, 101st Airborne Division and was intended to prepare maneuver units to integrate fire support assets for future combat operations.

A Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fires a squad automatic weapon during the Strike Brigade’s walk and shoot here, July 23, 2015. The walk and shoot was a month long training event that took place in order to prepare the brigade for its’ upcoming Joint Readiness Training Center rotation. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

A Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fires a squad automatic weapon during the Strike Brigade’s walk and shoot here, July 23, 2015. The walk and shoot was a month long training event that took place in order to prepare the brigade for its’ upcoming Joint Readiness Training Center rotation. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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