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U.S. Army Reserve Family’s Love exceeds boundaries

 

U.S. ArmyFort Bragg, NC – “Life before we moved here wasn’t good. We used to fight a lot,” said 14-year-old Olivia.

“We all stayed in one room, on one bed,” added her 15-year-old sister Emma. “I always slept on the edge.”

At an early age, both girls are well versed in what various illegal drugs are and how they are used.

“I got scared when they did drugs,” Emma explained. “They did them all: needles, pot, meth and spice. Their moods were up and down, up and down, all the time.”

For years Emma and Olivia lived in a three-bedroom home with nine other people. In Kentucky the two were exposed to drugs, explicit sexual scenes and verbal altercations that would sometimes become physical.

U.S. Army Reserve Chief Warrant Officer 3 Daniel Schoonmaker, assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, 244th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, plays touch football with his children after work on March 11, 2020. Two of his six children are foster children his family took into their home while stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Alexandra Shea)

U.S. Army Reserve Chief Warrant Officer 3 Daniel Schoonmaker, assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, 244th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, plays touch football with his children after work on March 11, 2020. Two of his six children are foster children his family took into their home while stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Alexandra Shea)

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Bonded for Life

 

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Reuniting with a long-lost friend is a good thing, but reuniting with a brother can save a life.

Veterans of B Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, reunited with the help of the Independence Fund in Nashville, Tennessee, September 26th-29th, in hopes of maintaining their “brotherly” connections for life support.

“This has been the best experience for me since I got out [the Army],” said Wesley Rogers, a reunion attendee. “The one thing that I noticed when I got here is how much better I felt looking in the faces of all these people, verses when I was at home and I’d let all these people go by.”

Veterans of B Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, pose for a group picture during a unit reunion, organized with the help of the Independence Fund, in Nashville, Tennessee, September 26-29. (Staff Sergeant Michael Eaddy, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

Veterans of B Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, pose for a group picture during a unit reunion, organized with the help of the Independence Fund, in Nashville, Tennessee, September 26-29. (Staff Sergeant Michael Eaddy, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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Unfinished Business

 

U.S. Army Warrior Care and TransitionFort Bragg, NC – Representing Team Army and competing at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, Florida in June was the highlight of all Sgt. 1st Class Ian Crawley’s hard work. Now, the Soldier from the Warrior Transition Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky wants another shot.

“Honestly I feel like I have unfinished business [at the DoD Warrior Games]. I’m trying to improve on what got me there before,” said Crawley who is participating in the Adaptive Reconditioning Camp at Fort Bragg, North Carolina this week.

Sgt. 1st Class Ian Crawley of Fort Campbell, Kentucky pushes himself to be better than last year to make Team Army and return to the 2020 Department of Defense Warrior Games in San Antonio, Texas. Fort Bragg Adaptive Reconditioning Camp, November 7, 2019. (Photo by MaryTherese Griffin, U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition)

Sgt. 1st Class Ian Crawley of Fort Campbell, Kentucky pushes himself to be better than last year to make Team Army and return to the 2020 Department of Defense Warrior Games in San Antonio, Texas. Fort Bragg Adaptive Reconditioning Camp, November 7, 2019. (Photo by MaryTherese Griffin, U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition)

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Green Beret Hector Valleortiz returns to Fort Campbell after 17 years

 

5th Special Forces GroupFort Campbell, KY – New Special Forces leader is determined to always be there for the troops.

Command Sergeant Major Hector J. Valleortiz took on the mantle of leadership of 4th Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), as Command Sgt. Maj. Sean D. Mullins passed him the colors in a Change of Responsibility Thursday morning at Gabriel Field on post.

“My focus as Command Sergeant Major for 4th Battalion is to be there for the troops and support them to the fullest,” Valleortiz said.

Valleortiz began his Army career 25-years-ago as a mechanized infantryman.

From left to right, Lt. Col. Brian Mulhern and Command Sgt. Maj. Hector Valleortiz 4th Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), posed with their spouse at a Change of Responsibility on Fort Campbell, Ky. Oct. 4, 2019. The Change of Responsibility is a ceremony in which previous commands relinquish authority and responsibility to a new command. (Sgt. Christopher Richardson)

From left to right, Lt. Col. Brian Mulhern and Command Sgt. Maj. Hector Valleortiz 4th Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), posed with their spouse at a Change of Responsibility on Fort Campbell, Ky. Oct. 4, 2019.  (Sgt. Christopher Richardson)

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Tennessee Soldier Trevor Joseph Killed in Aviation Accident, Memorialized

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Courtney Rogers recognize the service and sacrifice of U.S. Army Major Trevor Joseph of Collierville, TN. Joseph was killed when his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed while attempting to recover a soldier on the Fort Polk training ranges on September 26th.

U.S. Army Major Trevor Joseph

U.S. Army Major Trevor Joseph

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Officials discuss Blanchfield Army Community Hospital ’s future as transition nears

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – The Defense Health Agency’s acting assistant director for health care administration visited Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) and Fort Campbell, Kentucky August 7th, 2019 for more discussion about the hospital’s transition to DHA October 1st.

Maj. Gen. Ron Place, who was recently confirmed for promotion to lieutenant general and selected to serve as the next director of DHA, was accompanied by Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Julie Bottroff, senior enlisted representative.

From left, Col. Patrick T. Birchfield, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital commander briefs Maj. Gen. Ron Place, Defense Health Agency acting director for health care administration Aug. 7. Place visited Blanchfield and Fort Campbell for further discussions on the hospital’s transition from Army Medicine to DHA, Oct. 1. (U.S. Army, Maria Yager)

From left, Col. Patrick T. Birchfield, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital commander briefs Maj. Gen. Ron Place, Defense Health Agency acting director for health care administration Aug. 7. Place visited Blanchfield and Fort Campbell for further discussions on the hospital’s transition from Army Medicine to DHA, Oct. 1. (U.S. Army, Maria Yager)

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Former 5th Group battalion commander Jeremy Bell takes command at Fort Campbell

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On Thursday, July 11th, 2019,  Col. Jeremy E. Bell accepted the garrison colors from Brenda Lee McCullough, director of Installation Management Command-Readiness during a change of command ceremony at Wilson Theater.

The symbolic ritual marks the end of Col. Joseph P. Kuchan’s command and the beginning of Bell’s tenure as garrison commander.

“It is indeed a privilege to be here with you as we salute an outstanding garrison commander and his Family for a job well done and celebrate the arrival of an equally outstanding Soldier who assumes the leadership of U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Campbell,” McCullough said. “Command is one of the most awesome responsibilities one can experience.”

Col. Jeremy E. Bell, commander U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Campbell, Ky., makes remarks July 11, 2019, during his change of command ceremony. Col. Joseph P. Kuchan relinquished command to Bell at Wilson Theater, Fort Campbell. (Fort Campbell)

Col. Jeremy E. Bell, commander U.S. Army Garrison-Fort Campbell, Ky., makes remarks July 11, 2019, during his change of command ceremony. Col. Joseph P. Kuchan relinquished command to Bell at Wilson Theater, Fort Campbell. (Fort Campbell)

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586th Field Hospital Soldiers hone essential tasks in medical field training exercise at Fort Campbell

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) joined their medical counterparts from the Fort Campbell-based 586th Field Hospital recently for a field training exercise aimed at measuring the readiness of the 586th and its ability to integrate medical staff from BACH.

“The 586th Field Hospital was activated last year and began its training cycle from the ground up, creating clinical standard operating procedures…developing methods to test the SOPs. The focus of this FTX is to get after our clinical tasks for the 68 Whiskey’s (combat medic specialists) and 68 Charlies (practical nursing specialists) and integrate some of our medical augmentees who work at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital,” said Maj. Matthew O’Conner, chief of nursing for the 586th and FTX coordinator.

BACH Soldiers joined Soldiers from the Fort Campbell-based 586th Field Hospital for a training exercise, recently, aimed at readiness. A mass casualty drill, featuring role-players with realistic-looking wounds and injuries, tested the unit's ability to respond and triage patients to the appropriate level of care.  (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)

BACH Soldiers joined Soldiers from the Fort Campbell-based 586th Field Hospital for a training exercise, recently, aimed at readiness. A mass casualty drill, featuring role-players with realistic-looking wounds and injuries, tested the unit’s ability to respond and triage patients to the appropriate level of care. (U.S. Army photo by Maria Yager)

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Army Warrior Care and Transition announces Three Fort Campbell Soldiers selected for Team Army in 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games

 

Written by Christopher Fields
Army Warrior Care and Transition

U.S. Army Warrior Care and TransitionArlington, VA – The Deputy Chief of Staff for Warrior Care and Transition is proud to announce the 40 wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and veterans who will represent Team Army at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, Florida June 21st – 30th hosted by the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Approximately 300 warrior athletes with upper-body, lower-body, and spinal cord injuries; traumatic brain injuries; visual impairment; serious illnesses; and post-traumatic stress will engage in friendly competition and experience the healing power of sports.

The Deputy Chief of Staff for Warrior Care and Transition is proud to announce the 40 wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and veterans who will represent Team Army at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, Florida June 21st–30th hosted by the U.S. Special Operations Command. (U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition)

The Deputy Chief of Staff for Warrior Care and Transition is proud to announce the 40 wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and veterans who will represent Team Army at the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, Florida June 21st–30th hosted by the U.S. Special Operations Command. (U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition)

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Management of Blanchfield Army Community Hospital to transfer from Army Medicine to Defense Health Agency

 

Written by Maria Yager
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Public Affairs

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – The director of the Defense Health Agency’s Transitional Intermediate Management Organization visited staff at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital recently, to discuss the hospital’s transition as an Army managed facility to a DHA managed facility later this year.

“For our patients it should be invisible. Whether it’s the Department of the Army, who has [medical] responsibility for this community now, or the Defense Health Agency, our collective requirements, responsibilities, authorities, are all the same,” said Major General Ronald J. Place, who also serves as the director, National Capital Region Medical Directorate, for DHA. “Patients will receive the same great care, same access, same everything. They shouldn’t see any difference.”

Hospital Commander, Col. Anthony McQueen welcomes Defense Health Agency's Transitional Intermediate Management Organization Director, Maj. Gen. Ronald Place to BACH. Place came to speak with McQueen and hospital staff about BACH's transition from Army Medicine to DHA. (U.S. Army Photo by Laura Boyd.)

Hospital Commander, Col. Anthony McQueen welcomes Defense Health Agency’s Transitional Intermediate Management Organization Director, Maj. Gen. Ronald Place to BACH. Place came to speak with McQueen and hospital staff about BACH’s transition from Army Medicine to DHA. (U.S. Army Photo by Laura Boyd.)

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