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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team holds Change of Command

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 2nd Brigade Combat Teamheld a change of command ceremony On Monday July 22nd, to honor the outgoing battalion commander, Col. Daniel R. Walrath, and to recognize the incoming Commander Col. Pete Benchoff before the entire Brigade.

Colonel Benchoff has had several previous assignments at Fort Campbell including a stint in 2009 as the commander of the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, and as the Assistant Chief of Staff for 101st Airborne Division.

Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the acting commander of Fort Campbell, KY, while the 101st Airborne Division is deployed to Afghanistan passes command of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team from Col. Walrath to their new Commander Col. Pete Benchoff

Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, the acting commander of Fort Campbell, KY, while the 101st Airborne Division is deployed to Afghanistan passes command of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team from Col. Walrath to their new Commander Col. Pete Benchoff

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Fort Campbell’s Strike Dining Facility wins Army Connelly Award and Commanding General’s Best Dining Facility Award

 

Written by Sgt. Keith Rogers
2nd BCT UPAR

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

Fort Campbell, KY – “An army marches on its stomach,” was the famous observation made by Napoleon Bonaparte. The quote stood true then as it does now.

The Strike food service specialist Soldiers of the 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), won the Department of the Army’s Philip A. Connelly Award and was also presented the Commanding General’s Best Dining Facility Award, during a ceremony held outside of the Strike Dining Facility, May 16th. The command team of the 101st understands the importance of the Strike Soldier chefs’ accomplishments.

Col. Dan Walrath, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), congratulates the culinary Soldiers of the Strike Brigade outside of the Strike Dining Facility, Fort Campbell, Ky., May 16. The Soldier chefs were awarded Fort Campbell’s Commanding General’s Best Dining Facility Award for the 2nd Quarter of fiscal year 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Col. Dan Walrath, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), congratulates the culinary Soldiers of the Strike Brigade outside of the Strike Dining Facility, Fort Campbell, Ky., May 16. The Soldier chefs were awarded Fort Campbell’s Commanding General’s Best Dining Facility Award for the 2nd Quarter of fiscal year 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Week of the Strike – 2nd Brigade Combat Team brings home Commander’s Cup

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

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Fort Campbell, KY – The official color of the Strike Brigade is once again gold as the teams representing the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), brought back the well sought after Week of the Eagles 2012 Commander’s Cup.

“A phenomenal job winning the Week of the Eagles,” said Lt. Col. Townley Hedrick, the deputy commanding officer for the Strike brigade, when speaking about the Strike Soldiers. “This brigade has great, young leaders, officers and non-commissioned officers, who lead by example and make things happen.” «Read the rest of this article»

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2nd Brigade Combat Team’s Strike Advisory Team deploys to Afghanistan

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

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Fort Campbell, KY – Foreheads touching, eyes closed, a half a minute of silence then soft whispers saying, ‘I love you, I love you so much,’ A tear falls from her eye.

The deploying Strike advisory teams of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), embraced and said goodbye to their loved ones as they begin their mission as ‘the new tip of the spear’ in the War on Terror, departing Fort Campbell’s flight line, April 27th-30th, for eastern Afghanistan.

Maj. Gen. James McConville, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, speaks to the deploying advisory teams of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., at Fort Campbell’s flight line moments before Strike’s departure for eastern Afghanistan, Apr. 28th. The 101st’s Strike Brigade is sending advisory teams for the Afghan National Security Forces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Maj. Gen. James McConville, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, speaks to the deploying advisory teams of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., at Fort Campbell’s flight line moments before Strike’s departure for eastern Afghanistan, Apr. 28th. The 101st’s Strike Brigade is sending advisory teams for the Afghan National Security Forces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Strike, readies Families and Soldiers for Deployment

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

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

Fort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell Strike Families and the deploying Strike Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were given their pre-deployment brief at Fort Campbell’s Passenger Processing Facility, March 6th, as the Strike Brigade prepares its Security Force Assistance Teams for their mission to Afghanistan’s Regional Command-East.

Capt. Daniel Belzer, one of the deploying Security Force Assistance Team members with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), holds his newly born child during the brigade’s pre-deployment brief held March 6th. The brief provided information and guidance to the family members and Soldiers regarding the upcoming Strike SFAT deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Capt. Daniel Belzer, one of the deploying Security Force Assistance Team members with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), holds his newly born child during the brigade’s pre-deployment brief held March 6th. The brief provided information and guidance to the family members and Soldiers regarding the upcoming Strike SFAT deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Fort Campbell’s Strike First Unit in Army Issued M26 Shotgun

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

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Fort Campbell, KY – It weighs 3.5 pounds, has a barrel length of 7.75 inches, fires 12-gauge shells and can be mounted on the M4 carbine or act as a stand alone firearm; it is the M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is the first unit in the Army to be issued the combat enhancer.

“This is a new capability that is now in your hands for you to conduct your mission downrange,” said Col. Scott C. Armstrong, with Project Manager Soldier Weapons, during a presentation ceremony held at Fort Campbell’s Strike Academy, February 7th. “This is a big day, not just for the 2nd Brigade, but for the Army.”

Sgt. Vincent Mennell, a combat engineer with Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires the newly issued M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System at Fort Campbell’s Range 44b, Feb. 10th. The 2nd BCT, also known as the Strike Brigade, is the first unit in the Army to be issued the future weapon. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Sgt. Vincent Mennell, a combat engineer with Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fires the newly issued M26 Modular Accessory Shotgun System at Fort Campbell’s Range 44b, Feb. 10th. The 2nd BCT, also known as the Strike Brigade, is the first unit in the Army to be issued the future weapon. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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101st Airborne Division Honors their Fallen Gander Soldiers at Memorial Service

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – “Love is never wasted, love is never lost, love lives on and sees us through sorrow,” said President Ronald Reagan during the December 16th, 1985 Fort Campbell memorial service held for the victims of Arrow Airlines flight 1285, which killed 248 Screaming Eagle Soldiers, majority being from 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “From the moment love is born, it is always with us, keeping us aloft in the time of flooding and strong in the time of trial.”

The Strike Brigade continues the love of its Gander fallen by honoring and recognizing the importance of their accomplishments more than a quarter of a century ago.

Col. Dan Walrath, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Command Sgt. Major Alonzo Smith, command sergeant major, 2nd BCT, salute at Fort Campbell’s monument to the Gander tragedy during the annual remembrance ceremony, The names of the 248 Screaming Eagle Soldiers who died in the crash of Arrow Airlines flight 1285, December 12th, 1985, are etched into the face of the monument. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Col. Dan Walrath, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Command Sgt. Major Alonzo Smith, command sergeant major, 2nd BCT, salute at Fort Campbell’s monument to the Gander tragedy during the annual remembrance ceremony, The names of the 248 Screaming Eagle Soldiers who died in the crash of Arrow Airlines flight 1285, December 12th, 1985, are etched into the face of the monument. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Strike Builds Stronger ties with Family Readiness Groups at Fort Campbell’s Family Resource Center

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – The Soldiers and families of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are no rookies when it comes to experiencing the lifestyle of a deployment.

The Strike Brigade has been in Iraq and Afghanistan four out of the last eight years and through that time, learned how vital it is to the mission to have a strong bond with their loved ones, whether on the front lines of the War on Terror or within the gates of Fort Campbell.

To ensure a strong bond is made between Soldier and family, the Strike command teams and the Strike Family Readiness Groups leaders held a leadership conference at Fort Campbell’s Family Resource Center, November 29th-30th.

Command teams of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and leaders of the Strike Family Readiness Group discuss topics on creating stronger FRG/unit bonds during a leadership conference at the Family Resource Center, Nov. 30th. About 100 leaders of Strike performed exercises, learned techniques and were provided guidance in creating unit cohesion during the two-day conference. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Command teams of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and leaders of the Strike Family Readiness Group discuss topics on creating stronger FRG/unit bonds during a leadership conference at the Family Resource Center, Nov. 30th. About 100 leaders of Strike performed exercises, learned techniques and were provided guidance in creating unit cohesion during the two-day conference. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Iron Strike Combat Physical Fitness Test

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team Develops Combat Focused PT Test

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

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Fort Campbell, KY – Bob Dylan sang, “The times are a changing” and so is the Army’s Physical Fitness Test. It’s assured the singer/songwriter was not talking about push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile run, but the time is near where the Army will test its Soldiers in a more combat focused fashion. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), will be ready for that change.

Capt. Michael Gold, commander, Company C, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pulls a loaded medical liter in full combat gear across Strike Field while taking the Iron Strike Combat Physical Fitness Test, Nov. 10th. The ISCPFT is designed to better prepare Strike Soldiers for future combat operations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Capt. Michael Gold, commander, Company C, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pulls a loaded medical liter in full combat gear across Strike Field while taking the Iron Strike Combat Physical Fitness Test, Nov. 10th. The ISCPFT is designed to better prepare Strike Soldiers for future combat operations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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