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101st Airborne Division Soldiers receive Honors above Army-Wide Rate

 

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs Staff

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) recently completed Expert Infantryman Badge and Expert Soldier Badge training and testing, during which the division performed above the Army-wide benchmark for both awards.

The 101st Airborne Divison’s pass rate for the ESB was 25 percent. Army-wide pass rates hover between 12 to 18 percent, according to the ESB test management office, with statistics updated as new training events are conducted.

EIB pass rates also outperformed the average, at 27 percent. Average EIB rates are similar to ESB rates.

Expert Soldier Badge candidate Maj. James Lucas plots navigation points on his map during ESB land navigation testing at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Capt. Steven Guevara, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault))

Expert Soldier Badge candidate Maj. James Lucas plots navigation points on his map during ESB land navigation testing at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Capt. Steven Guevara, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault))

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Fort Campbell Soldiers complete Expert Infantryman Badge qualifications

 

Written by Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – On February 2nd, more than 900 Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Brigade Combat Team and units across Fort Campbell stepped onto Johnson Field at 4:00am to take a physical fitness test, after spending weeks training and preparing for this day, to begin day one of their expert infantryman badge qualifications.

That day more than half of the Soldiers failed to meet the EIB standards to pass the physical fitness test or the day and night land navigation portion. In the following four days, Soldiers were tested on basic infantryman tasks ranging from the proper way to throw a grenade to putting together an M4 rifle.

Pfc. Nicholas Vaughan, Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) performs a functions check on an M4 after performing remedial action during the red lane portion of the expert infantryman badge qualifications Tuesday, Feb. 3. Vaughan received a go at this station, performing the proper measures in 17 seconds. Soldiers are permitted 30 seconds. (Sgt. Samantha Parks, 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Pfc. Nicholas Vaughan, Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) performs a functions check on an M4 after performing remedial action during the red lane portion of the expert infantryman badge qualifications Tuesday, Feb. 3. Vaughan received a go at this station, performing the proper measures in 17 seconds. Soldiers are permitted 30 seconds. (Sgt. Samantha Parks, 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Why We Serve: Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s Spc. Michael T. Burnette

 

Written by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasan

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – As the sun began to set on the snow-capped mountains of the Afghanistan–Pakistan border, soldiers huddled together to discuss their upcoming mission.

While an infantry platoon leader lays out the mission’s details, a young infantryman begins to check his weapon. Through a gritty smile he says, “This is the best job in the Army.”

Every soldier has their own reason for enlisting into the U.S. Army.

U.S. Army Spc. Michael T. Burnette, a native of San Antonio, Texas, and infantry team leader assigned to 2nd Platoon, Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), selflessly serves his country while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Burnette joined the Army in hopes to better himself and future for his wife and now, two month old daughter. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Spc. Michael T. Burnette, a native of San Antonio, Texas, and infantry team leader assigned to 2nd Platoon, Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), selflessly serves his country while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Burnette joined the Army in hopes to better himself and future for his wife and now, two month old daughter. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s Currahees take the Spur Ride Challenge

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson
4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionThe CurraheesFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers with 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, earned their spurs during a Spur Ride on October 24th to 25th, 2012 at Fort Campbell, KY.

The cavalry tradition within the U.S. Army is called the Order of the Spur. Any Soldier serving with cavalry units (referred to as troopers) can be inducted into the Order of the Spur after successfully completing a “Spur Ride” or for having served during combat as a member of or with a Cavalry unit.

Trying to earn the coveted spurs of a Cavalry "Trooper", Soldiers with 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, a fire team moves into a support by fire position covered by the other fire team in the Movement to Contact lane during a Spur Ride, Oct. 24 to 25, 2012, as a Spur Holder observes their movement, commands and team work, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Trying to earn the coveted spurs of a Cavalry “Trooper”, Soldiers with 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, a fire team moves into a support by fire position covered by the other fire team in the Movement to Contact lane during a Spur Ride, Oct. 24 to 25, 2012, as a Spur Holder observes their movement, commands and team work, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 4th Brigade Combat Teams Infantrymen earn Expert Infantryman Badge

 

Written by Sgt. Kimberly Menzies
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionThe Currahees

Fort Campbell, KY – One hundred eighty-one Infantrymen from the 101st Airborne Division were awarded the Expert Infantryman Badge for successfully completing the 4th Brigade Combat Team EIB training event, during a ceremony March 9th, at Fort Campbell, KY.

“You are the best of the best,” said Col. Val C. Keaveny Jr., the commander of 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Thomas A. Reece, a platoon leader for Company E, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, engages a simulated enemy opposition force with the M240B Medium Machine Gun during the Reconnaissance Lane portion of the Expert Infantryman Badge testing, March 5th, 2012 at Fort Campbell, KY. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Todd Christopherson)

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Thomas A. Reece, a platoon leader for Company E, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, engages a simulated enemy opposition force with the M240B Medium Machine Gun during the Reconnaissance Lane portion of the Expert Infantryman Badge testing, March 5th, 2012 at Fort Campbell, KY. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Todd Christopherson)

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Strike’s Expert Infantrymen

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team Soldiers Battle for Expert Infantryman Badge

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division2nd Brigade Combat Team - Strike

Fort Campbell, KY – The Expert Infantryman Badge is defined as a military badge presented for completion of a course of testing designed to demonstrate proficiency in infantry skills and the 11 series Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), battled harsh weather conditions and demanding challenges to obtain the significant EIB badge.

Infantrymen in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stride closer to the finish line of a 12-mile road march during Strike’s Expert Infantryman Badge test at Ft. Campbell, KY, Oct. 28. Throughout the five-day event, 612 Soldiers competed and by week’s end, 106 Soldiers earned the badge. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Infantrymen in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stride closer to the finish line of a 12-mile road march during Strike’s Expert Infantryman Badge test at Ft. Campbell, KY, Oct. 28. Throughout the five-day event, 612 Soldiers competed and by week’s end, 106 Soldiers earned the badge. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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