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101st Airborne Division Command Sgt. Maj. Wray E. Gabelmann, A Life of Service

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Recently the Bastogne senior enlisted adviser, Command Sgt. Maj. Wray E. Gabelmann, briskly walked through the tinted glass doors of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), headquarters and warmly greeted the Soldiers manning the staff duty desk.

Gabelmann turned the corner and passed a wall of photos of past leaders of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), as he made his way into his office as he had done so many times in the past 30 months.

Command Sgt. Maj. Gabelmann, senior enlisted advisor, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) delivers heartfelt remarks March 3 during his change of responsibility ceremony in Sabo Physical Fitness Center on Fort Campbell, KY. Gabelmann has been the senior enlisted advisor for 1st BCT for 30 months. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. James Griffin)

Command Sgt. Maj. Gabelmann, senior enlisted advisor, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) delivers heartfelt remarks March 3 during his change of responsibility ceremony in Sabo Physical Fitness Center on Fort Campbell, KY. Gabelmann has been the senior enlisted advisor for 1st BCT for 30 months. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. James Griffin)

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U.S. Army rebuilding Short-Range Air Defense

 

U.S. ArmyFort Sill, OK – The United States Army is now standing up short-range air defense units, known as SHORAD battalions, and offering a five-week pilot Stinger course for Soldiers in maneuver units.

It’s part of a critical effort to defend maneuver units against the threat of aircraft, drones and cruise missiles, said Col. Mark A. Holler, commandant of the Air Defense Artillery School at Fort Sill.

Most of the SHORAD battalions in the active component were deactivated a decade ago because the U.S. Army needed this force structure to grow maneuver brigade combat teams for counter-insurgency operations, Holler said.

In the Stinger Dome, Staff Sgt. Ivan Peralta guides Sgt. 1st Class Arianna Cook as she aims a shoulder-fired Stinger missile at an enemy helicopter projected on the circular wall of the simulation center. A five-week class in the Man-Portable Air Defense System, or MANPADS, is being taught to infantry and armor Soldiers in a stop-gap effort to protect maneuver units from enemy aircraft, drones and cruise missiles. (Gary Sheftick)

In the Stinger Dome, Staff Sgt. Ivan Peralta guides Sgt. 1st Class Arianna Cook as she aims a shoulder-fired Stinger missile at an enemy helicopter projected on the circular wall of the simulation center. A five-week class in the Man-Portable Air Defense System, or MANPADS, is being taught to infantry and armor Soldiers in a stop-gap effort to protect maneuver units from enemy aircraft, drones and cruise missiles. (Gary Sheftick)

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City of Clarksville renames park to honor Sidney Brown

 

‘CSM Sidney R. Brown Park at Birchwood’ pays tribute to veteran, leader

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – City of Clarksville officials will conduct a ceremony at noon Saturday to officially rename Birchwood Park in honor of U.S. Army veteran and community leader Sidney R. Brown.

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Brown, 85, is battling cancer, but is expected to attend the ceremony.

CSM (Ret.) Sidney R. Brown, right, received a proclamation from Councilman Richard Garrett at an event earlier this year. The City of Clarksville has renamed Birchwood Park as “CSM Sidney R. Brown Park at Birchwood” in honor of the U.S. Army veteran and community leader.

CSM (Ret.) Sidney R. Brown, right, received a proclamation from Councilman Richard Garrett at an event earlier this year. The City of Clarksville has renamed Birchwood Park as “CSM Sidney R. Brown Park at Birchwood” in honor of the U.S. Army veteran and community leader.

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Two Austin Peay State University ROTC students attend Army Airborne School

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) chemistry sophomore Cherady Fine recalls parachuting from an airplane for the first time.

“I remember actually shaking hooking up the static line. But after that, I just thought, ‘All right, I’m doing this.’

Austin Peay State University sophomore Cherady Fine shows off her Airborne medal. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University sophomore Cherady Fine shows off her Airborne medal. (APSU)

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Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Soldiers to complete a 101-mile rendezvous Bike Ride

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – On September 27th, 2019, wounded, ill and injured Soldiers will participate in a 101-mile bike ride, “Where Heroes Rendezvous,” on Fort Campbell and in the surrounding communities.

More than 70 riders, including wounded, ill or injured Soldiers assigned to the Fort Campbell, Fort Stewart, Georgia, and Fort Benning, Georgia Warrior Transition Battalions, as well as cadre, veterans and volunteers will ride, sharing their support of WTB Soldiers along the route. The community can help cheer for riders as they ride past along the route.

Participants ride the final stretch past the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Headquarters on the way to the finish line during a previous endurance ride in 2015. (U.S. Army photo by David Gillespie)

Participants ride the final stretch past the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Headquarters on the way to the finish line during a previous endurance ride in 2015. (U.S. Army photo by David Gillespie)

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101st Airborne Division Captains John Bergman, Michael Rose win Best Ranger together for second time; Rose for third time

 

Written by Bryan Gatchell
Fort Benning Public Affairs Office

Fort Benning GeorgiaFort Benning, GA – A team from the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, earned the title of “Best Rangers” during an awards ceremony at the Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters April 15th, 2019 at Fort Benning.

Capts. John Bergman and Michael Rose of Team 19, representing the 101st Airborne Division finished in first place over the 54 teams who began the 2019 Best Ranger Competition April 12th through 14th at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Rose is the first ranger to win three times, and Rose and Bergman are the first team members to win together twice.

101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, earned the title of “Best Rangers” during an awards ceremony at the Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters April 15 at Fort Benning. Rose is the first ranger to win three times, and Rose and Bergman are the first team members to win together twice. (U.S. Army photo by Markeith Horace, Fort Benning Public Affairs)

101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, earned the title of “Best Rangers” during an awards ceremony at the Maneuver Center of Excellence headquarters April 15 at Fort Benning. Rose is the first ranger to win three times, and Rose and Bergman are the first team members to win together twice. (U.S. Army photo by Markeith Horace, Fort Benning Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Fallen Signal Soldiers honored in Valhalla Hall

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – In the Command Team hall of Company C, 21st Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), 87 displays line the orange and white walls. On each display is a picture and the name of a Signal Soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving overseas. These service members were posthumously awarded the Golden Order of Mercury by the Signal Corps Regimental Association.

As Company C is also known as Viking Company, Capt. Horacio Rivas, the signal company commander wanted to name the hall after Valhalla, the Norse afterlife for those who fall in battle, where they fight during the day and feast at night.

Capt. Horacio Rivas, commander of Company C, 21st Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, speaks to his Soldiers about the importance of the Valhalla Hall display at the dedication ceremony February 14th. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Carvalho)

Capt. Horacio Rivas, commander of Company C, 21st Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, speaks to his Soldiers about the importance of the Valhalla Hall display at the dedication ceremony February 14th. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Carvalho)

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101st Combat Aviation Brigade: Father, Son National Guard Soldiers serve, deploy together

 

Written by Sgt. Steven Lopez
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

101st Combat Aviation Brigade - Wings of DestinyKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – As a member of the U.S. Army, the wellbeing of your seniors, peers and subordinates is just as important as that of your own family.

Now imagine if your family members were those people to your left and right. Command Sgt. Maj. John Cole, senior enlisted advisor, and CW2 Bradley Cole, AH-64 Apache Helicopter pilot, with 1st Battalion, 130th Aviation Regiment (Attack Reconnaissance Battalion), Task Force Panther, of the North Carolina National Guard, assigned to 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Command Sgt. Maj. John Cole, senior enlisted advisor, and CW2 Bradley Cole, AH-64 Apache Helicopter pilot, with 1st Battalion, 130th Aviation Regiment (Attack Reconnaissance Battalion), Task Force Panther, of the North Carolina National Guard, assigned to 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pose for a picture at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan Dec. 29, 2018. (Sgt. Steven Lopez, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

Command Sgt. Maj. John Cole, senior enlisted advisor, and CW2 Bradley Cole, AH-64 Apache Helicopter pilot, with 1st Battalion, 130th Aviation Regiment (Attack Reconnaissance Battalion), Task Force Panther, of the North Carolina National Guard, assigned to 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pose for a picture at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan Dec. 29, 2018. (Sgt. Steven Lopez, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

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APSU Women’s Golf to honor fallen hero through Folds of Honor program

 

APSU Sports Information

APSU Women's GolfClarksville, TN – When Austin Peay State University (APSU) women’s golf picks up the bags for the first round of the Golfweek Challenge in September, one of the Govs will be carrying more than just her clubs.

She’ll be carrying the memory of a fallen warrior.

Austin Peay Women's golf to honor fallen hero Staff Sergeant Shaun Mittler during the entire 2018-19 season. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s golf to honor fallen hero Staff Sergeant Shaun Mittler during the entire 2018-19 season. (APSU Sports Information)

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Former 101st Airborne Division Rakkasan memorialized at Fort Campbell Fisher House

 

Written by Maria Christina Yager
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – A rocking horse, meant to bring joy to children while honoring a fallen Soldier, was donated to the Fort Campbell Fisher House, October 13th, 2017.

The horse was hand crafted by volunteers in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Tony Knier, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Knier died October 21st, 2006 from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Bayji, Iraq.

Volunteer Scott Snyder presents a custom-made rocking horse to the Fort Campbell Fisher House Oct. 13 in honor of former Rakkasan, Sgt. 1st Class Tony Knier, who was killed in Iraq in 2006. Soldiers from the Iron Rakkasans, BACH, and family friends joined Knier’s mother at the presentation ceremony honoring her son. Knier served at Fort Campbell in 1997 with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division - “Iron Rakkasans”. (Maria Yager)

Volunteer Scott Snyder presents a custom-made rocking horse to the Fort Campbell Fisher House Oct. 13 in honor of former Rakkasan, Sgt. 1st Class Tony Knier, who was killed in Iraq in 2006. Soldiers from the Iron Rakkasans, BACH, and family friends joined Knier’s mother at the presentation ceremony honoring her son. Knier served at Fort Campbell in 1997 with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division – “Iron Rakkasans”. (Maria Yager)

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