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As original Gander Memorial closes at Fort Campbell, plans for new site take shape

 

Written by Maria McClure
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Gander memorial – Task Force 3-502nd Memorial Park – sits on the peninsula between the post’s Screaming Eagle and Normandy boulevards.

It was established to honor the U.S. Army Soldiers and crew members who lost their lives in the December 12th, 1985, crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 at Gander, Newfoundland, Canada.

The flight was scheduled to bring 248 Soldiers – all of whom were attached or assigned to 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, “Strike and Kill,” 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division – home to Fort Campbell following a six-month peacekeeping mission to the Sinai Peninsula in the Middle East. There were no survivors.

The new Task Force 3-502nd Memorial site will feature two sugar maples standing on either side of the black granite monuments representing the commander and the command sergeant major of Task Force 3-502nd – Lt. Col. Marvin Jeffcoat and Command Sgt. Maj. Hasland O. Black. (Courtesy Graphic)

The new Task Force 3-502nd Memorial site will feature two sugar maples standing on either side of the black granite monuments representing the commander and the command sergeant major of Task Force 3-502nd – Lt. Col. Marvin Jeffcoat and Command Sgt. Maj. Hasland O. Black. (Courtesy Graphic)

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Fort Campbell Remembrance offers Gander survivors reconnection, healing

 

Written by Maria McClure
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Jeremy Rains remembers his father’s love of flying. He remembers he was tall, so tall he was almost too tall to become a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army.

“He was a big guy, everybody called him a gentle giant,” Rains said. “He was 6-4 and if you look at pictures he is always the tallest guy. I just remember him as a larger than life personality.”

U.S. Army Capt. Terry L. Rains died December 12th, 1985, in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 that also killed 247 of his fellow Soldiers and eight crewmembers.

Jeremy Rains was 9 years old.

Jeremy Rains (left) speaks with Frank Moore Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, during a reception at the Brig. Gen. Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The reception was part of the final remembrance ceremony at Task Force 3-502nd Memorial Park. (Maria Rice McClure, Fort Campbell Courier/Fort Campbell Public Affairs)

Jeremy Rains (left) speaks with Frank Moore Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, during a reception at the Brig. Gen. Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The reception was part of the final remembrance ceremony at Task Force 3-502nd Memorial Park. (Maria Rice McClure, Fort Campbell Courier/Fort Campbell Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division No Slack Soldiers Prepare for Movement to South Africa

 

Written by Maj. Martin Meiners
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – The preparation for this deployment saw 2-327th “No Slack” Soldiers and leaders surmount innumerable hurdles to successfully plan and execute the movement to South Africa. The burden of the planning fell to No Slack’s S-4 section, led by Capt. Clay Drnek, 2-327th battalion supply officer.

“This was a lot for such a small unit to handle,” said Drnek, a native of Eau Claire Pennsylvania.

2-327th “No Slack” Soldiers and leaders prepare and plan for movement to South Africa. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

2-327th “No Slack” Soldiers and leaders prepare and plan for movement to South Africa. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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James Salome retiring, Joseph Kuchan takes command at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell garrison, which serves more than 26,000 Soldiers as well as more than 45,000 Family members, civilian employees and contractors, held a change of command ceremony at Wilson Theater Friday.

Colonel James “Rob” Salome, Fort Campbell’s garrison commander for the past two years, relinquished command to Col. Joseph Kuchan in a ceremony presided over by Brenda McCullough, director of Installation Management Command-Readiness.

Salome will retire after more than 23 years of Army service later in the year, while Kuchan is a familiar face at Fort Campbell, having most recently served as operations officer for the 101st Airborne Division.

Colonel James “Rob” Salome, Fort Campbell’s garrison commander for the past two years, addresses attendees at a retirement ceremony Friday held moments before he relinquished command of Fort Campbell to Col. Joseph Kuchan. Both Salome and Kuchan had served with the 101st Airborne Division before becoming garrison commander. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Colonel James “Rob” Salome, Fort Campbell’s garrison commander for the past two years, addresses attendees at a retirement ceremony Friday held moments before he relinquished command of Fort Campbell to Col. Joseph Kuchan. Both Salome and Kuchan had served with the 101st Airborne Division before becoming garrison commander. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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Fort Campbell reports Activity, Noise at Sabre Army Airfield will increase until late Summer

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Residents of Fort Campbell, Clarksville and Montgomery County may notice increased activity and noise levels at Sabre Army Airfield starting April 10th, 2017, when Campbell Army Airfield closes for repairs.

The repairs will last until the end of July or beginning of August, and during that time C-17s and smaller fixed wing aircraft such as C-130s will use Sabre. Larger aircraft, including C-5s and 747s will use space Fort Campbell has arranged at Nashville International Airport for operations.

The flight path for aircraft landing at Sabre takes planes over Outlaw Field at Clarksville Regional Airport as they descend to Sabre. So, people who live and work in the vicinity of Gate 1, especially Gardner Hills, should expect increased levels of noise.

Sabre Army Airfield normally serves rotor wing aircraft such as these AH-64 Apache attack helicopters parked on a ramp across from the runway March 30, 2017. However, in coming weeks fixed wing aircraft such as C-17s will make use of the runway while Campbell Army Airfield undergoes repairs. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Sabre Army Airfield normally serves rotor wing aircraft such as these AH-64 Apache attack helicopters parked on a ramp across from the runway March 30, 2017. However, in coming weeks fixed wing aircraft such as C-17s will make use of the runway while Campbell Army Airfield undergoes repairs. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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Fort Campbell Army Airfield to undergo needed repairs

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Campbell Army Airfield’s main runway will close for repairs April 10th and should reopen in late July or early August.

The $28 million project includes resurfacing the runway, repairing ramps, taxiways, adding lights to the secondary runway, and moving lights to make them easier to maintain on the main runways.

Terry Ennis, airfield manager for Campbell Army Airfield, said the repairs also will decrease the runway width by 50 feet to the industry standard of 150 feet in width. Its overall length will decrease from 11,822 feet to 10,500 feet. The excess portion of the runways will become paved overrun that serve as a safety measure to decrease damage to aircraft on takeoff and landings if something goes wrong.

Construction equipment with suction devices that can lift concrete slabs from taxiways at Campbell Army Airfield will speed repairs to CAAF and make them cheaper since it preserves the rock subbase. The repairs are part of a $28 million contract awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Construction equipment with suction devices that can lift concrete slabs from taxiways at Campbell Army Airfield will speed repairs to CAAF and make them cheaper since it preserves the rock subbase. The repairs are part of a $28 million contract awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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Fort Campbell Fire and Emergency Services hosts Second Annual Light and Fight

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell Fire and Emergency Services in cooperation with Middle Tennessee Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society, hosted the second annual Light and Fight February 18th, 2017, at the Fort Campbell Fire Training Facility near Campbell Army Airfield.

The event provided firefighter training to approximately 50 participants from approximately 20 fire departments and involved 30 volunteer instructors. Personnel from seven states were at the training.

Dave Brasells, president of the Middle Tennessee Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society, served as incident commander and he said the training was modeled after the Illinois Fire College Urbana-Champaign.

Soldiers assigned to 550th Engineer Detachment, 716th Military Police Battalion, supported at Fort Campbell by the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, perform vertical ventilation training at the second annual Light and Fight Feb. 18, 2017, at the Fort Campbell Fire Training Facility near Campbell Army Airfield. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Soldiers assigned to 550th Engineer Detachment, 716th Military Police Battalion, supported at Fort Campbell by the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, perform vertical ventilation training at the second annual Light and Fight Feb. 18, 2017, at the Fort Campbell Fire Training Facility near Campbell Army Airfield. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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101st Airborne Division releases name of Fort Campbell Shooter

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) has released the name of the soldier who was apprehended yesterday by military police after responding to a report of shots fired near Campbell Army Airfield.

The soldier has been identified as 23-year old Spc. Bryan Castillo, a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter repairer, who arrived at Fort Campbell in September, 2013.

Castillo allegedly entered Hangar 8 on the airfield at approximately 11:30am yesterday and fired two shots. Installation law enforcement was notified and immediately responded. He fled the hangar in his privately owned vehicle and law enforcement pursued.

Fort Campbell shooter identified, charges decision pending. (Sam Shore)

Fort Campbell shooter identified, charges decision pending. (Sam Shore)

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Fort Campbell releases update on Active Shooter incident

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – A 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) soldier was apprehended this afternoon by military police after they responded to a report of shots fired near Campbell Army Airfield.

The soldier allegedly entered Hangar 8 on the airfield at approximately 11:30am and fired two shots. Installation law enforcement was notified and immediately responded. The soldier fled the hangar in his privately owned vehicle and law enforcement pursued.

During the pursuit, the soldier hit another vehicle but was able to continue his flight to his on-post residence. He attempted to leave his vehicle on foot, but was subdued by law enforcement and taken into custody.

Fort Campbell reports a soldier fired shots in Hanger 8 near Campbell Army Airfield. The soldier fled in his vehicle, was pursued by law enforcement and taken into custody. (Sam Shore)

Fort Campbell reports a soldier fired shots in Hanger 8 near Campbell Army Airfield. The soldier fled in his vehicle, was pursued by law enforcement and taken into custody. (Sam Shore)

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APSU alum Gregory C. Mabry Jr. to be inducted into inaugural class of ROTC Hall of Fame

 

 APSU - Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – According to APSU, more than 300 former U.S. Army ROTC cadets will be inducted into the inaugural class of the Army Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Fort Knox, Kentucky on June 10th that will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Army ROTC program.

A 2000 graduate of Northeast High School (NEHS) in Clarksville, Gregory C. Mabry Jr. earned his Bachelor of Science in sociology from APSU in 2004.

Gregory C. Mabry Jr.

Gregory C. Mabry Jr.

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