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President Joe Biden’s Letter to the Speaker of the House, President pro tempore of the Senate Consistent with War Powers Resolution

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

At my direction, on February 25th, 2021, United States forces conducted a targeted military strike against infrastructure in eastern Syria used by Iran-supported non-state militia groups. 

Those non-state militia groups were involved in recent attacks against United States and Coalition personnel in Iraq, including the February 15th, 2021, attack in Erbil, Iraq, which wounded one United States service member, wounded four United States contractors, including one critically, and killed one Filipino contractor.

United States President Joe Biden.

United States President Joe Biden.

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

 

U.S. Army

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 Soldier helps extract Iraqi Soldier from behind enemy lines

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs

82nd Airborne DivisionIraq – Before he enlisted, Spc. Erik Salmon was a traveler fond of seeing new places and experiencing different cultures. When the 26-year-old intelligence analyst deployed to Iraq in May, 2016, with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), he found himself trapped in tiny Camp Swift behind dirt barriers, concrete walls and concertina wire.

“For the last nine months, I’ve only spent a total of eight hours outside Swift for my buddy’s reenlistment in Erbil,” he stated. “I jumped on a convoy during my off-shift. I got about four hours of sleep that night.”

Salmon is just days away from returning to Fort Campbell, KY.

Spc. Erik Salmon, 26, an intelligence analyst assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, poses for a photograph while deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, at Camp Swift, Jan. 8, 2017. Salmon assisted in the recovery of an isolated Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) soldier while working as a member of a U.S. and Iraqi advise and assist operations cell. (Maj. Ireka R. Sanders)

Spc. Erik Salmon, 26, an intelligence analyst assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, poses for a photograph while deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, at Camp Swift, Jan. 8, 2017. Salmon assisted in the recovery of an isolated Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) soldier while working as a member of a U.S. and Iraqi advise and assist operations cell. (Maj. Ireka R. Sanders)

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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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101st Airborne Soldiers in Iraq find ways to keep up morale

 

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 – Throughout Iraq, U.S. Soldiers assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), “Task Force Strike,” are finding ways to stay mentally, physically, and spiritually resilient. They are deployed to the country in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and are now midway through their tour.

One common way Soldiers relieve stress is through physical activity. Once gym facilities were established at Camp Swift, unit leadership organized a workout competition event for Soldiers to test their physical fitness goals.

Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, enjoy a game of dominoes during down time Sept. 28, 2016, at Kara Soar Base, Iraq. As the deployment has gone on, Soldiers are staying resilient through a variety of different techniques – from games to physical fitness events. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, enjoy a game of dominoes during down time Sept. 28, 2016, at Kara Soar Base, Iraq. As the deployment has gone on, Soldiers are staying resilient through a variety of different techniques – from games to physical fitness events. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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U.S. Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning visits Soldiers in Iraq

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBaghdad, Iraq – The U.S. Army’s top civilian leader visited Soldiers deployed to Iraq as part of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve September 17th-18th, 2016.

Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning made stops in Baghdad, Erbil and other areas in northern Iraq during his tour, visiting with service members deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, a Coalition of regional and international nations, that have joined together to enable Iraqi security forces to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

While in Baghdad, Fanning met with Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, the CJTF-OIR commander, Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, CJFLCC-OIR commander, and other senior leaders to receive a ground-level view of operations in Iraq.

U.S. Army Capt. Thomas Izzo, fires support officer, Task Force Strike, Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, takes a selfie with Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning while a group of Strike Soldiers await their opportunity to snap a photo with Fanning at Camp Swift, Iraq, Sept. 18, 2016. This was the second day of Fanning’s tour through Iraq, where he visited Soldiers assigned to the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve to garner firsthand feedback from troops on the ground. (Sgt. 1st Class R.W. Lemmons)

U.S. Army Capt. Thomas Izzo, fires support officer, Task Force Strike, Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, takes a selfie with Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning while a group of Strike Soldiers await their opportunity to snap a photo with Fanning at Camp Swift, Iraq, Sept. 18, 2016. (Sgt. 1st Class R.W. Lemmons)

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101st Airborne Division Task Force Falcon advises, assists Ministry of Peshmerga

 

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 – Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, enable the Kurdish Regional Government’s Peshmerga forces to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant through advise and assist, and train and equip missions.

“We are partnered with the Ministry of Peshmerga,” said Lt. Col. Edwin Matthaidess, commander of 2-502nd, also known as Task Force Falcon. “The MOP is part of the Kurdish Regional Government and is one of the security elements, per the Iraqi constitution, that makes up the Iraqi security forces. It is comprised of 14 regional guard brigades, which makes up their main combat power. As part of our advise and assist duties, we focus on the manning, training, and equipping.”

Staff Sgt. Vincent Boyd, left, a trainer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, demonstrates to a Peshmerga soldier how to signal to properly hook a tow winch to another vehicle during vehicle recovery training, in Erbil, Iraq, June 22, 2016. U.S. and German personnel tested Peshmerga soldiers on proper vehicle recovery techniques during the training. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

Staff Sgt. Vincent Boyd, left, a trainer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, demonstrates to a Peshmerga soldier how to signal to properly hook a tow winch to another vehicle during vehicle recovery training, in Erbil, Iraq, June 22, 2016. U.S. and German personnel tested Peshmerga soldiers on proper vehicle recovery techniques during the training. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

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2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division welcomes new Strike 7

 

Written by Maj. Ireka Sanders
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Erbil, Iraq – Command Sgt. Maj. John A. Brady, command sergeant major of the “Strike” brigade, relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Jason L. Wilson, who comes to Strike from the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana, where he played a role in preparing the Soldiers currently deployed to Iraq.

“Command Sgt. Maj. Brady, I have been told on multiple occasions that I have big shoes to fill succeeding you here as the brigade command sergeant major, and they are right,” said Wilson during the ceremony. “What you have been able to accomplish here has been nothing short of amazing.”

Col. Brett G. Sylvia, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), passes the unit’s colors to Command Sgt. Maj. John L. Wilson, incoming brigade command sergeant major, during a change of responsibility ceremony held July 23, in Erbil, Iraq. (Staff Sgt. Peter J. Berardi)

Col. Brett G. Sylvia, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), passes the unit’s colors to Command Sgt. Maj. John L. Wilson, incoming brigade command sergeant major, during a change of responsibility ceremony held July 23, in Erbil, Iraq. (Staff Sgt. Peter J. Berardi)

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team conducts Fire Missions in 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

Kara Soar Base, Iraq – In Iraq, the Kara Soar Base feels like a different world; only a few hours away lies the modern city of Erbil, with sky rises and brand name car dealerships.

Yet, here, in the farmland of northern Iraq at Kara Soar, in the searing heat, through the thick dust smoke can be seen rising from battles raging near the Tigris River and missiles heard launching nearby as smoke clouds on the horizons confirm a successful strike.

A world U.S. Soldiers face daily in support of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve mission.

U.S. Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fire an M777 howitzer at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, May 23, 2016. The Soldiers conducted fire missions to calibrate their weapons systems. The fire missions at the Kara Soar Base serve two roles: to provide force protection for Coalition and Iraqi security forces and to support the Iraqi Security forces ground maneuver by providing indirect fire support, enabling them to defeat Da’esh. (U.S Army photo by Sgt. Paul Sale)

U.S. Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), fire an M777 howitzer at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, May 23, 2016. The Soldiers conducted fire missions to calibrate their weapons systems. The fire missions at the Kara Soar Base serve two roles: to provide force protection for Coalition and Iraqi security forces and to support the Iraqi Security forces ground maneuver by providing indirect fire support, enabling them to defeat Da’esh. (U.S Army photo by Sgt. Paul Sale)

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101st Airborne Division, Coalition celebrate Independence Day

 

Written by Sgt. Katie Eggers
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBaghdad, Iraq – When 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) service members started their day Saturday morning, “Cover Down,” part of the 101st Band, was already playing popular music. Shortly after 6:00am, personnel from 101st, sister services and Coalition were getting covered in colors – blue, green, red, orange, pink, purple and yellow.

The USO-sponsored 5K color run started off an early celebration of Independence Day, which began a day of activities for service members deployed in support of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, led by the 101st at Forward Operating Base Union III, Baghdad.

Volunteers from across the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command -- Operation Inherent Resolve, prepare food in support of the Independence Day celebration sponsored by the USO, held at the former Erbil International Airport, Erbil Iraq, July 4, 2016. The event was held for all U.S. and Coalition service members in Erbil and included a variety of food and drink, games, and live music provided by the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) group, The Other Guys, and a raffle sponsored by the USO and other organizations. (U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Allen Hill/Released)

Volunteers from across the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command — Operation Inherent Resolve, prepare food in support of the Independence Day celebration sponsored by the USO, held at the former Erbil International Airport, Erbil Iraq, July 4, 2016. The event was held for all U.S. and Coalition service members in Erbil and included a variety of food and drink, games, and live music provided by the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) group, The Other Guys, and a raffle sponsored by the USO and other organizations. (U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Allen Hill/Released)

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