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101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team cases Colors in Iraq

 

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Baghdad, Iraq – The 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne,” 101st Airborne Division, officially cased its colors and transitioned its mission to 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team “Arctic Wolves,” 25th Infantry Division, during a ceremony held September 25th, 2019 at Forward Operating Base Union III.

The casing of the colors signified the end of Bastogne’s current mission in Iraq, as they were a part of a regular rotation of forces that support the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.

Col. Derek Thomson, Commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and Command Sgt. Maj. Wray Gabelmann, Command Sgt. Maj. of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, case the brigade colors officially ending their mission within Iraq. Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve are in Iraq to support the Iraqi security forces at the request of the government of Iraq, fully respecting Iraq’s sovereignty. (Maj. Vonnie Wright 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

Col. Derek Thomson, Commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and Command Sgt. Maj. Wray Gabelmann, Command Sgt. Maj. of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, case the brigade colors officially ending their mission within Iraq. Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve are in Iraq to support the Iraqi security forces at the request of the government of Iraq, fully respecting Iraq’s sovereignty. (Maj. Vonnie Wright 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Headquarters prepares to Deploy, Cases Colors

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Major General Andrew Poppas, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander and Command Sergant Major Todd Sims, 101st Airborne Division senior enlisted leader, cased the division headquarters’ colors, April 3rd, 2018 at McAuliffe Hall, in advance of the unit’s next “Rendezvous with Destiny,” a deployment to Afghanistan.

“The next stop for our colors once we case them is back in Bagram, where we have fought and dominated before,” said Poppas before furling the Screaming Eagle colors in front of hundreds of onlookers who attended the ritualistic ceremony. “This is nothing new for the 101st. In the 17 years of continuous combat, the 101st is the most deployed division.”

Maj. Gen. Andrew Poppas, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Sims, 101st Abn. Div. senior enlisted leader, case the division headquarters’ colors, April 3, at McAuliffe Hall, in advance of the unit’s deployment, its fourth to Afghanistan in the last decade. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Andrew Poppas, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Sims, 101st Abn. Div. senior enlisted leader, case the division headquarters’ colors, April 3, at McAuliffe Hall, in advance of the unit’s deployment, its fourth to Afghanistan in the last decade. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Headquarters to case colors for Afghanistan deployment

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Major General Andrew Poppas, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander and Command Sergeant Major Todd Sims, 101st Airborne Division senior enlisted leader, will case the division headquarters’ colors, April 3rd, at McAuliffe Hall, in advance of the unit’s next “Rendezvous with Destiny,” a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.

“The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) remains, as it did 75 years ago when it was forged during the maelstrom of World War II, ready to answer the call to fight and win our nation’s wars,” said Poppas, after the Department of the Army announced the Screaming Eagles’ Spring deployment, January 10th. “We know the terrain, we know our partners and we know our mission.”

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks to Soldiers and local community members during the division's color casing ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, Feb. 25, 2016. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks to Soldiers and local community members during the division’s color casing ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, Feb. 25, 2016. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Headquarters cases colors at Fort Campbell, looks to Iraq mission

 

Written by Sgt. William White
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) headquarters cased its colors February 25th before a nine-month deployment to Iraq in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.

Soldiers, family members and community leaders attended the ceremony to bid farewell to the Screaming Eagles as they prepare to train and advise the Iraqi army in its mission to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

“Today we case our colors as we deploy in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and replace the 82nd Airborne Division headquarters as the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command in Iraq,” said Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (left), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory F. Nowak (right), 101st Airborne Division command sergeant major, case the storied 101st colors Feb. 25, during a ceremony officially marking the division's deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (left), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory F. Nowak (right), 101st Airborne Division command sergeant major, case the storied 101st colors Feb. 25, during a ceremony officially marking the division’s deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Lifeliners get new patch, new name, same mission

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, cased its colors and uncased new colors in a ceremony to symbolized the brigade’s re-designation as the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade here July 30th, 2015.

The Brigade has seen many transformations since its initial activation. Its first re-designating was from the 101st Abn. Div. Support Group to the 101st Abn. Div. Support Command, February 3rd, 1964. Then the unit re-designation from the DISCOM to the 101st Sust. Bde., April 21st, 2005. Although, they were re-designated in 2005, they didn’t don the brigade’s patch until June 4th, 2010.

A Soldier wears the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), patch before the brigade cased its colors and uncased new colors in a ceremony to symbolized the brigade’s re-designation as the 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde., July 30, 2015, at Fort Campbell, Ky. It also served as a patching ceremony, where the Soldiers of the 'Lifeliners' Brigade donned the very familiar 'Old Abe,' the 101st Abn. Div. patch. (Spc. Joseph Green, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

A Soldier wears the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), patch before the brigade cased its colors and uncased new colors in a ceremony to symbolized the brigade’s re-designation as the 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde., July 30, 2015, at Fort Campbell, Ky. It also served as a patching ceremony, where the Soldiers of the ‘Lifeliners’ Brigade donned the very familiar ‘Old Abe,’ the 101st Abn. Div. patch. (Spc. Joseph Green, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners” complete logistics mission in Liberia

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Buchanan, Liberia – The 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliner, the logistical element for Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, cased its unit colors in a traditional military ceremony held in Buchanan, Liberia, February 24th, 2015.

The ceremony, which signifies the completion of their mission in West Africa where they provided logistical support for Operation United Assistance, was attended by Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Nowak, the JFC-UA senior enlisted advisor, and Etweda “Sugar” Cooper, the superintendant for Bassa County, Liberia.

Col. Kimberly Daub, right, commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliner, the logistical element for Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, and Command Sgt. Maj. Ian Griffin, the brigade senior enlisted advisor, case their unit’s colors in a ceremony held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, Liberia, Feb. 24, 2015. The casing ceremony signifies the completion of the logistical mission for Operation United Assistance for the 101st Sustainment Brigade. (Sgt. First Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt, 101st Sustainment Brigade (Lifeliners))

Col. Kimberly Daub, right, commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliner, the logistical element for Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, and Command Sgt. Maj. Ian Griffin, the brigade senior enlisted advisor, case their unit’s colors in a ceremony held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, Liberia, Feb. 24, 2015. The casing ceremony signifies the completion of the logistical mission for Operation United Assistance for the 101st Sustainment Brigade. (Sgt. First Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt, 101st Sustainment Brigade (Lifeliners))

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Train Advise Assist Command – East welcomes 101st Airborne Division “Rakkasans”, says goodbye to 3rd Cavalry Regiment “Brave Rifles”

 

Written by Capt. Jarrod Morris
TAAC-E Public Affairs

Train Advise Assist Command - EastLaghman Province, Afghanistan – Train, Advise, Assist Command – East held a casing and uncasing ceremony for the outgoing 3rd Cavalry Regiment “Brave Rifles” and incoming 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Tactical Base Gamberi February 15th, 2015.

Col. Cameron Cantlon, the 3rd CR commander, and Senior Enlisted Leader Command Sgt. Maj. Roger Heinze carefully folded and cased the regimental colors, a symbolic representation of a mission completion for the Brave Rifles.

The 3rd Cavalry Regiment commander Col. Cameron Cantlon (left) and 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Commander Col. J.B. Vowell pose for a photo following the casing and uncasing ceremony held at Tactical Base Gamberi Feb. 15, 2015. (Capt. Jarrod Morris, TAAC-E Public Affairs)

The 3rd Cavalry Regiment commander Col. Cameron Cantlon (left) and 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Commander Col. J.B. Vowell pose for a photo following the casing and uncasing ceremony held at Tactical Base Gamberi Feb. 15, 2015. (Capt. Jarrod Morris, TAAC-E Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade headquarters cases unit colors in Liberia

 

Written by  Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Monrovia, Liberia – On Monday, January 26th, 2015, Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Graham, senior enlisted advisor for the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliner, the sustainment asset for Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, and Lt. Col. Alexander Gallegos commander, of 101st STB, case their unit colors during a ceremony at Roberts International Airport, located outside Monrovia, Liberia.

Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Graham, left, senior enlisted adviser for the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliner, the sustainment asset for Joint Forces Command - United Assistance, and Lt. Col. Alexander Gallegos, right, commander, of 101st STB, case their unit colors during a ceremony at Roberts International Airport, located outside Monrovia, Liberia Jan. 26, 2015. (Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Graham, left, senior enlisted adviser for the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliner, the sustainment asset for Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, and Lt. Col. Alexander Gallegos, right, commander, of 101st STB, case their unit colors during a ceremony at Roberts International Airport, located outside Monrovia, Liberia Jan. 26, 2015. (Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade ‘Lifeliners’ hold Color Casing Ceremony

 

Written by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – The 101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” cased their colors in a color casing ceremony October 27th at its headquarters at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The ceremony signaled the brigade’s readiness to deploy to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, the humanitarian mission to combat Ebola.

Col. Kimberly J. Daub and Command Sgt. Maj. Ian C. Griffin the command team of the 101st Sustainment Brigade furl the brigade colors during a color casing ceremony Oct. 27 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The brigade will deploy Soldiers from three of its battalions - the 101st Special Troops Battalion, the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and the 716th Military Police Battalion - to carry out its logistical support and humanitarian aid mission as part of the United States Agency for International Development led comprehensive U.S. government response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (Sgt. Leejay Lockhart)

Col. Kimberly J. Daub and Command Sgt. Maj. Ian C. Griffin the command team of the 101st Sustainment Brigade furl the brigade colors during a color casing ceremony Oct. 27 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The brigade will deploy Soldiers from three of its battalions – the 101st Special Troops Battalion, the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and the 716th Military Police Battalion – to carry out its logistical support and humanitarian aid mission as part of the United States Agency for International Development led comprehensive U.S. government response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (Sgt. Leejay Lockhart)

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101st Airborne Division Currahees case colors at Fort Campbell but legacy lives on

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, Veterans, Families and friends alike, looked on with heavy hearts as the colors of the 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), furled in the wind one last time.

As part of the U.S. Army’s Brigade Combat Team 2020 Model, the 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., cased their colors during an inactivation ceremony, April 25th, 2014, at the division parade field.

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (left), commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), looks on as Col. Val C. Keaveny, Jr. (center), former commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., and Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin Velez, command sergeant major of 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., fold the brigade colors prior to casing them during the inactivation and relinquishment of command ceremony at the division parade field at Fort Campbell, KY, April 25th, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th BCT Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (left), commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), looks on as Col. Val C. Keaveny, Jr. (center), former commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., and Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin Velez, command sergeant major of 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., fold the brigade colors prior to casing them during the inactivation and relinquishment of command ceremony at the division parade field at Fort Campbell, KY, April 25th, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th BCT Public Affairs)

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