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101st Airborne Division 2nd Brigade Soldiers First Warfighters to Sling Load TCN-Light

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and pilots from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, became the first Soldiers in the operational Army to sling load the Tactical Command Node-Light last week.

This training was done in preparation for the brigade’s upcoming rotation as part of the Network Integration Exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas, in July. At NIE 2BCT will validate new systems that will be fielded to the Army for future mission sets.

A CH-47 Chinook flown by Soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), sling loads the Tactical Control Node-Light at Fort Campbell, KY, Jun. 15, 2017. The training was part of 2nd Brigade, 101st’s preparation for the upcoming Network Integration Exercise at Fort Bliss, where they will be the first light BCT to participate. (Sgt. Bradford Alex)

A CH-47 Chinook flown by Soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), sling loads the Tactical Control Node-Light at Fort Campbell, KY, Jun. 15, 2017. The training was part of 2nd Brigade, 101st’s preparation for the upcoming Network Integration Exercise at Fort Bliss, where they will be the first light BCT to participate. (Sgt. Bradford Alex)

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101st Airborne Division Strike Soldiers First to Sling TCN-Light

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – U.S Army Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) validate the technique to sling load the Tactical Command Node-Light at Fort Campbell, Kentucky June 15th, 2017.

The validation was part of the brigade preparation for the upcoming Network Integration Exercise at Fort Bliss, where they will be the first light BCT to participate.

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Fort Campbell Air Assault unit brings new perspective to network modernization event

 

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U.S. ArmyFort Campbell, KY – Just four months after the last Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (2/101 Air Assault) returned home from an advise and assist mission in Iraq, the 2/101 “Strike” Brigade is gearing up for a new mission as they bring a light infantry perspective to integrating and evolving communications systems during the Army’s signature operational network exercise.

Known as the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) and taking place at Fort Bliss, Texas, in July, the exercise is designed to help the Army keep pace with rapid advances in communications technologies and deliver integrated network and mission command capabilities to support readiness.

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Black Hawk helicopters carrying Soldiers during an operational exercise. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Black Hawk helicopters carrying Soldiers during an operational exercise. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Blue Spaders’ hold Change of Responsibility Ceremony

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team held a change of responsibility ceremony April 18th in which outgoing commander Lt. Col. Ryan Wylie relinquished duties to incoming commander Lt. Col. Keith Carter.

Wylie was the first commander of 1-26 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and led the unit on its first deployment in the unit’s history as part of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), where they supported Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq.

U.S Army Col. Brett Sylvia, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), right, hands the guidon to Lt. Col. Keith Carter, commander, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, left, during a change of responsibility ceremony, Apr. 18, 2017, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Carter is taking over 1-26 from Lt. Col. Ryan Wylie, who led the unit since its activation at Fort Campbell. (U.S Army Photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

U.S Army Col. Brett Sylvia, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), right, hands the guidon to Lt. Col. Keith Carter, commander, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, left, during a change of responsibility ceremony, Apr. 18, 2017, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Carter is taking over 1-26 from Lt. Col. Ryan Wylie, who led the unit since its activation at Fort Campbell. (U.S Army Photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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101st Airborne Division’s 320th Field Artillery Regiment has first female in it’s history to lead an artillery platoon in Combat

 

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

Fort Campbell, KY – When U.S. Army 1st Lt. Austen Boroff arrived in Iraq last October as part of Operation Inherent Resolve to take over 1st platoon, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), she was the only female Soldier in the battery. She was also the first female in 1-320th’s history to lead an artillery platoon in a combat environment.

“It was an exciting time to head over,” said Boroff. “I was grateful I was getting the opportunity to join the operation. I had been following the unit and all of their accomplishments all summer.”

U.S Army 1st Lt. Austen Boroff, platoon leader, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) poses near her battery’s guidon, Mar 24, 2017, at Fort Campbell, KY. Boroff, a graduate of the United States Military Academy was the first female platoon leader in 1-320th’s history to lead Soldiers in a combat environment. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

U.S Army 1st Lt. Austen Boroff, platoon leader, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) poses near her battery’s guidon, Mar 24, 2017, at Fort Campbell, KY. Boroff, a graduate of the United States Military Academy was the first female platoon leader in 1-320th’s history to lead Soldiers in a combat environment. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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101st Airborne’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team Artillerymen support Mosul counter-offensive come rain or shine

 

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

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

Northern Iraq – Christmas Eve. Some of the Soldiers in U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Johnathan Walker’s section shiver as freezing rain continues to fall upon their position.

“Fire!” yells Walker as he makes a cutting motion through the rain with his hand. The round leaves the tube of the M777 artillery piece with its trademark boom and smoke and the artillerymen begin to move again. The soft sound of boots impacting the mud and gravel echoes through the gun pit.

U.S Army Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission to support the Iraqi security forces during the Mosul counter offensive, Dec. 24, 2016, in northern Iraq. Battery C is supporting the ISF with indirect fires in their fight against the ISIL. (U.S Army Photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

U.S Army Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission to support the Iraqi security forces during the Mosul counter offensive, Dec. 24, 2016, in northern Iraq. Battery C is supporting the ISF with indirect fires in their fight against the ISIL. (U.S Army Photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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101st Airborne Division Soldier reflects on call to duty while on 9th Deployment during Global War on Terror

 

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

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Northern Iraq – Following the attacks of September 11th, then Pfc. Brian Bailey prepared for war along with the rest of the U.S Army. When he arrived to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, home of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), he was immediately called to duty.

“Who wants to deploy right now?” asked the Soldier who ran the replacement company. Bailey and one other man raised their hands and they were separated from the group. A few weeks later they were in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Bailey, the first sergeant of Company A, 1st Battalion 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), waits for Soldiers to arrive to a security patrol briefing, Dec. 7, 2016, in northern Iraq. This is Bailey's 9th deployment during the Global War on Terror, and he has spent over 7 years deployed. As part of Operation Inherent Resolve, he is part of a multi-national effort advising and assisting the Iraqi security forces. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Bailey, the first sergeant of Company A, 1st Battalion 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), waits for Soldiers to arrive to a security patrol briefing, Dec. 7, 2016, in northern Iraq. This is Bailey’s 9th deployment during the Global War on Terror, and he has spent over 7 years deployed. As part of Operation Inherent Resolve, he is part of a multi-national effort advising and assisting the Iraqi security forces. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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101st Airborne Soldiers, Special Marine Ground Task Force advise Iraqi security forces in push towards Mosul

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionQayyarah West, Iraq – The United States Marine Corps and the U.S. Army are partnering to enhance the readiness of Iraqi security forces as they move towards the critical city of Mosul.

The Marines, from 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, and Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are leveraging their previous experiences to aid the ISF as part of the Coalition’s mission to provide advice and assistance.

“These men [the ISF] are going to win,” said Marine Maj. Ryan Hunt, the team’s officer in charge. “They’re a very adaptive organization. They’ve had multiple successes since we’ve arrived that we’re very excited about.”

U.S Army 1st Lt. Patrick Abele, left, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Strike, and U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Travis Madden , right, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, monitor the status of a joint United States Army and United States Marine Corps readiness drill, Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Nov. 17 2016. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

U.S Army 1st Lt. Patrick Abele, left, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Strike, and U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Travis Madden , right, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, monitor the status of a joint United States Army and United States Marine Corps readiness drill, Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Nov. 17 2016. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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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 provide Critical Support and Sustainment Operations in Northern Iraq

 

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 – U.S. Army sustainment Soldiers are playing a critical role in operations at Qayyarah West Airfield.

Personnel from the 526th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and the 336th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion are organizing convoys, loading equipment, and coordinating with contractors to ensure the flow of supplies reaches units supporting the operation.

“Our support units in Erbil have helped move hundreds of vehicles containing multiple types of supplies,” said Capt. Heath Kennedy, supply officer, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike. Arriving early, the 39th BEB was the lead element in the build up at Qayyarah West Airfield.

U.S Air Force Staff. Sgt. Tyler Charles, assigned to the 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineering Group, levels poured concrete into a trench at Qayyarah West airfield, Iraq, Oct. 8, 2017. A Coalition of regional and international nations have joined together to enable Iraqi forces to counter ISIL, reestablish Iraq’s borders and re-take lost terrain thereby restoring regional stability and security. (Spc. Christopher Brecht)

U.S Air Force Staff. Sgt. Tyler Charles, assigned to the 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineering Group, levels poured concrete into a trench at Qayyarah West airfield, Iraq, Oct. 8, 2017. A Coalition of regional and international nations have joined together to enable Iraqi forces to counter ISIL, reestablish Iraq’s borders and re-take lost terrain thereby restoring regional stability and security. (Spc. Christopher Brecht)

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