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Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team takes Proactive approach as Rakkasans Redeploy

 

Written by 1st Lt. Alex Gephart

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – After an active 9-month deployment to eastern Afghanistan, Soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), known as the “Iron Rakkasans,” are preparing for the transition to life back on American soil.

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), take reintegration surveys on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, May 6th, 2013. Reintegration training assists Soldiers in the transition back to life in the U.S. and life with their Families. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), take reintegration surveys on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, May 6th, 2013. Reintegration training assists Soldiers in the transition back to life in the U.S. and life with their Families. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

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Fort Campbell Rakkasans enjoy Easter services

 

Written by U.S. Army Capt. Erik Alfsen
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 187th Infantry Regiment Chaplain

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – As the sun rose on a beautiful day in eastern Afghanistan, hundreds of Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), came together to celebrate Easter, March 31st.

Eight different Religious Support Teams at locations across Khowst and Paktya provinces led more than 15 services for more than 400 Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and civilians throughout the weekend.

U.S. Army Capt. Erik Alfsen, chaplain, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), delivers the benediction to parishioners praying during Easter Sunday at Chapel Next at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, March, 31st, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

U.S. Army Capt. Erik Alfsen, chaplain, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), delivers the benediction to parishioners praying during Easter Sunday at Chapel Next at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, March, 31st, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

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Christmas Spirit Comes to 101st Airborne Division Rakkasans while Deployed in Afghanistan

 

Written by U.S. Army Capt. Erik Alfsen
Chaplain, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasan

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – It is Christmas Eve on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.

Decorations, colorful lights, Christmas trees, and tables full of home style food fill the room. Live music is playing and someone dressed as Santa Clause is handing out presents.

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pose for a photo to show their holiday cheer. (Courtesy photo)

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pose for a photo to show their holiday cheer. (Courtesy photo)

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101st Airborne Division “Rakkasan” Soldiers gather to strengthen resiliency, combat stress

 

3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasan

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Chaplains from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gathered in a briefing room at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, for an extensive two-day training event aimed at increasing individual resiliency December 5th, 2012.

Members of religious support teams from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pose for a photo after a two-day resiliency course at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Dec. 7, 2012. Seven religious support teams, made up of chaplains and their assistants from across Paktya and Khowst provinces came together for the training, which was aimed at increasing individual resiliency. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

Members of religious support teams from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pose for a photo after a two-day resiliency course at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Dec. 7, 2012. Seven religious support teams, made up of chaplains and their assistants from across Paktya and Khowst provinces came together for the training, which was aimed at increasing individual resiliency. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

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Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans” finds competition promotes physical fitness during deployment

 

Written by U.S. Army Capt. Erik Alfsen, Chaplain
3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanKhowst Province, Afghanistan – At 10:00am the small gym on Combat Outpost Chergotaw was filled with onlookers and competitors who had gathered for a challenging physical fitness competition.

For the first time during their deployment, the Soldiers of Angel Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were conducting their famous Angel Rak physical fitness competition.

U.S. Army Soldiers from Headquarters Platoon, Company A, 3rd Battalion,187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), sprint to the top of an observation point carrying forty-five pound water jugs at Combat Outpost Chergotaw, Nov. 1st, 2012. The Angel Rak Competition is a test that identifies the strongest and most physically fit squads in the Company. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Erik Alfsen, 3-187th Chaplain)

U.S. Army Soldiers from Headquarters Platoon, Company A, 3rd Battalion,187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), sprint to the top of an observation point carrying forty-five pound water jugs at Combat Outpost Chergotaw, Nov. 1st, 2012. The Angel Rak Competition is a test that identifies the strongest and most physically fit squads in the Company. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Erik Alfsen, 3-187th Chaplain)

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25 Task Force Iron Soldiers learn to ASIST Soldiers in need

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division Patch187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansPaktika Province, Afghanistan – In the last two-years, an alarming threat has become more and more prevalent through the ranks of the U.S. Army – suicide.

According to military reports, the number of U.S. Army Soldiers who committed suicide in 2009 was a record-breaking 245. The first half of 2010 has exceeded that pace with 145 suicides in only six-months.

Last month was the highest single month of suicides of the year, claiming the lives of 32 servicemembers.  Fortunately, Task Force Iron Rakkasan has had none, thanks in part to great hands-on leadership and well-resourced training, said U.S. Army Capt. Erik Alfsen, chaplain for 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment.

Soldiers from Task Force Iron, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment listen to a recent suicide prevention class as part of a two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training course.  The Iron Rakkasans have not had a single suicide in their task force this year, and they are hoping the training will help them continue that trend.

Soldiers from Task Force Iron, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment listen to a recent suicide prevention class as part of a two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training course. The Iron Rakkasans have not had a single suicide in their task force this year, and they are hoping the training will help them continue that trend.

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