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Marsha Blackburn Report: This Week From Washington – October 13th, 2019

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – I’ve had quite the week catching up with folks in fourteen different counties, all across our great state. Traveling hundreds of miles has allowed me to connect with Tennesseans and hear what’s on their minds.

My fellow Tennesseans have made one thing crystal clear: they are sick and tired of the partisan charades going on in Washington. It was refreshing to hear from local leaders about the real issues our communities are facing, as opposed to the latest outrage overtaking Washington.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Marsha Blackburn announces Increase to Heavy Lift Capacity at Fort Campbell

 

U.S. SenateNashville, TN – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) gave this statement following the announcement that the Army has decided to increase heavy lift capacity within the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell:

“What a win for Fort Campbell. This long-sought activation will bring 12 Chinooks and 200 military personnel to our state. Most importantly, it will increase the ability of the Screamin’ Eagles to ‘fight tonight’ in this new era of Great Power Competition. Tennessee is fortunate to have this great military installation in the Volunteer State!”

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Fort Campbell Strong dedicates new office

 

Fort Campbell Strong Alliance celebrates year of regional collaboration

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Leaders of Fort Campbell Strong, a six-county alliance formed to grow the mission of Fort Campbell and promote regional economic development, gathered Tuesday to celebrate the grand opening of the group’s headquarters.

Leaders gathered Tuesday to dedicate the new offices of Fort Campbell Strong, a regional alliance dedicated to promoting the interests of Fort Campbell and related economic development.

Leaders gathered Tuesday to dedicate the new offices of Fort Campbell Strong, a regional alliance dedicated to promoting the interests of Fort Campbell and related economic development.

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101st Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers preserve history by repairing Historic Glider

 

Written by Sgt. Marcus Floyd
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Over the past year, the Don F. Pratt Museum staff worked tirelessly to renovate the museum and prepare it for its reopening.

During the renovation, the World War II-era glider that serves as the centerpiece of the museum was damaged by a unit mascot.

Despite this minor setback, Staff Sgt. Ian Thompson, the safety officer for the 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, and a team of seven Soldiers repaired the glider in time for the museum’s reopening.

Soldiers with B. Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade repair a damaged World War II era-glider wing November 20, 2017 at Fort Campbell, Ky. As one of the few remaining World War II-era gliders in the world, many Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) used gliders. (Staff Sgt. Ian Thompson, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

Soldiers with B. Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade repair a damaged World War II era-glider wing November 20, 2017 at Fort Campbell, Ky. As one of the few remaining World War II-era gliders in the world, many Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) used gliders. (Staff Sgt. Ian Thompson, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

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Big and Rich to Headline Fort Campbell’s 2014 Week of the Eagles Concert

 

2014 Fort Campbell Week of the EaglesFort Campbell, KY – Join Fort Campbell for our 2014 Week of the Eagles Concert on Friday, May 16th, sponsored by USAA.

We’re really going to get the Parade Field jumping when we have Big & Rich bring their genre’ crossing brand of country music to the stage at the Division Parade Field. As Big & Rich, John Rich and Big Kenny Alphin have exerted a definite “gravitational pull” to the direction modern country music has taken.

2014 Week of the Eagles Concert

2014 Week of the Eagles Concert

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Grand Rapids youth group bring gifts to Fort Campbell for deployed 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Night Stalkers

 

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Public Affairs

160th Soar NightstalkersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers deployed downrange will have a reason to enjoy some holiday cheer from home as a Grand Rapids, Michigan, youth group donated gifts to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) “Night Stalkers,” during a visit to the General Brown Compound December 7th at Fort Campbell, KY.

Members of the Friendship Christian Reform Church capture a memory of their visit in front of an AH-6M Little Bird helicopter during a visit to the General Brown compound December 7th. at Fort Campbell, KY. (160th SOAR (A) courtesy photo)

Members of the Friendship Christian Reform Church capture a memory of their visit in front of an AH-6M Little Bird helicopter during a visit to the General Brown compound December 7th. at Fort Campbell, KY. (160th SOAR (A) courtesy photo)

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160th SOAR adds heavy assault aerial platform to Jackal Stone 2011

 

Written by Kimberly Tiscione
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

160th Soar - Night Stalkers

MK Base, Romania – When special operations forces need to move a large component to a target by air, they often look to the heavy assault Chinook helicopter to do the job.

The U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) brought this capability to Exercise Jackal Stone 2011 with two MH-47G Chinook helicopters and crews. SOAR’s expertise is getting special operations forces to a target, under any environmental and combat conditions, plus or minus 30 seconds from when the ground force commander needs to be there.

“It was a great tactical and cultural learning opportunity for all involved,” said the senior 160th leader on-site. “For most of us, it was our first time training with these partner nations and even the specific U.S. forces involved, and it was mostly their first time working from one of our highly modified helicopters.” «Read the rest of this article»

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40 Soldiers Return Tuesday Night

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The second of two flights arrived at Campbell Army Airfield around 8:00pm Tuesday night bring home another 40 soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team. Just a short time after another amazing sun set on Campbell Army Airfield, the plane made it way to the tarmac.

As Chinook, Black Hawk and Scout helecopters flew above, Soldiers made their way toward Hanger 3 as they returned from a year long deployment to Afghanistan as a group of friends and family members gathered to welcome them home.

The Color Guard making their way to the plane for the disembarkment.

The Color Guard making their way to the plane for the disembarkment.

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Night Stalkers’ week of remembrance and change

 

Written by Kimberly Tiscione
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Public Affairs

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Soar - Night StalkersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – A ceremonial formation of Chinook helicopters and passing of the colors were highlights of the 2011 Week of Night Stalker Activities.

The annual week-long celebration is a rare opportunity for Soldiers, Families, civilians and guests of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment to share in camaraderie and enjoy precious time together while not deployed.

Hundreds gathered for a ceremony remembering the 91 Night Stalkers that died during training or combat in service to their country.  Nearly half of those inscriptions represent Soldiers who died during the last decade while the unit was supporting sustained combat operations in multiple locations around the world.

Maj. Mark Kappelmann (left) accepts the unit colors from Col. John Thompson, commander, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, as he assumes command of the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion from Lt. Col. Brian Hughes during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, May 20th, 2011. Hughes is assuming command at Fort Riley, Kansas. (Photo courtesy of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment)

Maj. Mark Kappelmann (left) accepts the unit colors from Col. John Thompson, commander, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, as he assumes command of the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion from Lt. Col. Brian Hughes during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, May 20th, 2011. Hughes is assuming command at Fort Riley, Kansas. (Photo courtesy of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment)

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Night Stalker a ‘Super Soldier’ in Chinook aviation

 

Written By Kimberly Tiscione
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division160th Soar NightstalkersFort Campbell, KY – A Night Stalker crew member received the Cargo Helicopters Project Management Office 2010 Super Soldier Award.

Staff Sgt. Justin Smith, 2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, received the award during the annual Chinook Users Conference in Huntsville, AL, this October.

Smith was nominated for his performance as a flight engineer instructor and a field first sergeant during combat, training and home station missions, according to his award nomination submitted by his company senior noncommissioned officer, 1st Sgt. Michael Telesco.

A CH-47D Chinook helicopter. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Sadie Bleistein, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

A CH-47D Chinook helicopter. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Sadie Bleistein, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

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