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101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Brigade “Bastogne” Welcomes New Commander

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne” said farewell to Col. Derek Thomson and welcomed Col. Robert Born on Saturday, November 22nd, 2019 during a change of command ceremony.

Thomson, affectionately known as “Bastogne 6”, and his wife Erin, served the division with distinction for 2 years.

“Over the past 2 years on this journey one word comes to mind,” said Thomson. “Gratitude.”

Maj. Gen. Brian Winski, Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), right, passes the brigade colors to Col. Robert G. Born, left, during 1st Brigade Combat Team’s Change of Command ceremony Nov. 22, in Sabo Physical Fitness Center on Fort Campbell, Ky. The ceremony is a time-honored military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility of a unit from one commanding officer to another. (Maj. Vonnie Wright, 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.)

Maj. Gen. Brian Winski, Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), right, passes the brigade colors to Col. Robert G. Born, left, during 1st Brigade Combat Team’s Change of Command ceremony Nov. 22, in Sabo Physical Fitness Center on Fort Campbell, Ky. The ceremony is a time-honored military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility of a unit from one commanding officer to another. (Maj. Vonnie Wright, 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs.)

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

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

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 Bastogne Army officer Dana Lafarier bids farewell to Iraq

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Baghdad, Iraq – On June 30th, 2019, Maj. Dana Lafarier ended his tour of duty in Iraq serving as the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division fire support officer.

Lafarier ended his tour in Iraq at six months in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He served with the brigade stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky for two years.

“Dana is one of the most hardest working officers I have ever met”, said U.S. Army Col. Derek Thomson, deputy commander of Task Force Iraq and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division commander.

U.S. Army Col. Derek Thomson, deputy commander of Task Force Iraq and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division commander, presents U.S. Army Maj. Dana Lafarier, Task Force Iraq and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division fire support officer, with the Meritorious Service Medal for his contributions to the unit on June 30, 2019 in Baghdad. (Maj. Vonnie Wright, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Col. Derek Thomson, deputy commander of Task Force Iraq and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division commander, presents U.S. Army Maj. Dana Lafarier, Task Force Iraq and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division fire support officer, with the Meritorious Service Medal for his contributions to the unit on June 30, 2019 in Baghdad. (Maj. Vonnie Wright, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team assumes mission in Iraq from Brave Rifles

 

Written by Capt. Jason Welch
3rd Cavalry Regiment Public Affairs Office

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Baghdad, Iraq – The 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne,” 101st Airborne Division, from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, officially assumed the mission from the outgoing 3rd Cavalry Regiment “Brave Rifles” from Fort Hood, Texas, during a ceremony held January 23rd, 2019.

The transfer of authority was part of the regular rotation of forces that support the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Adam Nash, 3rd Cavalry Regiment sergeant major, and Col. Jonathan Byrom, commander of 3rd Cav. Regt., case the regimental colors during the transfer of authority ceremony between 3rd Cav. Regt. and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 23, 2019.(Capt. Jason Welch, 3rd Cavalry Regiment Public Affairs Office)

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Adam Nash, 3rd Cavalry Regiment sergeant major, and Col. Jonathan Byrom, commander of 3rd Cav. Regt., case the regimental colors during the transfer of authority ceremony between 3rd Cav. Regt. and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 23, 2019.(Capt. Jason Welch, 3rd Cavalry Regiment Public Affairs Office)

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U.S. Army Surgeon General talks at Fort Campbell about Readiness and Modernization

 

Written by Maria Yager
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Public Affairs

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General U.S. Army Medical Command Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West visited Fort Campbell to meet with Army and community leaders and share her message for all of Army Medicine October 29th to 31st, 2018.

West began her visit with a meeting with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Acting Senior Mission Commander, Brig. Gen. Todd K. Royar, followed by a round table discussion at 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) headquarters with brigade command team leaders to personally ensure they are getting what they need from Army Medicine to support medical readiness for their Soldiers.

Lt. Gen. Nadja West, U.S. Army surgeon general and commander of Army Medical Command, speaks at Fort Campbell's Wilson Theater during one of two town halls Oct. 30. (U.S. Army photo by David E. Gillespie)

Lt. Gen. Nadja West, U.S. Army surgeon general and commander of Army Medical Command, speaks at Fort Campbell’s Wilson Theater during one of two town halls Oct. 30. (U.S. Army photo by David E. Gillespie)

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2017-18 Top-10 – No. 9: APSU Basketball hosts Bethel at Fort Campbell

 

APSU Sports Information

APSU Men's BasketballClarksville, TN – Austin Peay men’s basketball put forth a unique event in November, just ahead of Thanksgiving, when the Govs hosted Bethel.

That of itself was unique as it was the first meeting between the two schools since 1969, but the site—at Fort Campbell’s Shaw Physical Fitness Center—made the game much more than just a game.

Austin Peay Men's Basketball defeats Bethel 90-58 at Fort Campbell's Shaw Physical Fitness Center. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Men’s Basketball defeats Bethel 90-58 at Fort Campbell’s Shaw Physical Fitness Center. (APSU Sports Information)

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Six 101st Airborne Division Soldiers receive Soldier’s Medal for response to Helicopter Crash

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Six Soldiers belonging to C Troop, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) received the Soldier’s Medal during a ceremony held, November 28th, 2017 at McAuliffe Hall, the division headquarters.

Staff Sgt. Beau Corder, Staff Sgt. Richard Weaver, Staff Sgt. Engel Becker, Sgt. Damon Seals, Spc. Christopher White and Pfc. Ryan Brisson were recognized by Gen. Mark A. Milley, Army chief of staff, for their heroic actions following a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crash, January 31st, on Fort Campbell.

“I’m very humbled to be a part of this,” said Milley. “I’ve been in the Army for 40 years and I’ve only seen a few Soldier’s Medals. It’s a very rare thing. What you (Soldiers) did took tremendous courage; you knew it was very likely you would be hurt yourself, but you did it anyway. You make anyone who has been associated with the 101st enormously proud.”

Six Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received the Soldier’s Medal, Nov. 28, during a ceremony held at the 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) headquarters. The Soldiers earned the highest peacetime award for valor for their life-saving actions following a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crash, Jan. 31. (Spc. Patrick Kirby, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Six Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received the Soldier’s Medal, Nov. 28, during a ceremony held at the 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) headquarters. The Soldiers earned the highest peacetime award for valor for their life-saving actions following a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crash, Jan. 31. (Spc. Patrick Kirby, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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