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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital welcomes new Command Sergeant Major Daniel Santiago

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – On Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 a new command sergeant major was welcomed by Blanchfield Army Community Hospital and the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Fort Campbell.

Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Earle passed responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Santiago during a change of responsibility ceremony in front of the hospital. The MEDDAC Fort Campbell includes the medical missions on Fort Campbell, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois and Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital and the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Fort Campbell welcomed a new command sergeant major July 9. Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Earle relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Santiago during a change of responsibility ceremony in front of the hospital. Santiago comes to BACH from Weed Army Community Hospital, Fort Irwin, California. Earle is transferring to Fort Sam Houston, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by David E. Gillespie)

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital and the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Fort Campbell welcomed a new command sergeant major July 9. Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Earle relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Santiago during a change of responsibility ceremony in front of the hospital. Santiago comes to BACH from Weed Army Community Hospital, Fort Irwin, California. Earle is transferring to Fort Sam Houston, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by David E. Gillespie)

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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital’s transition to Defense Health Agency eyed by Army Leaders

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – On June 25th, 2019, the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, General Michael X. Garrett, visited Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) to discuss how the hospital’s transition to the Defense Health Agency will impact Soldier medical readiness on Fort Campbell and medical care for service members, retirees and family members enrolled at the facility.

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 called for transitioning the management of the three separate military health systems of the Army, Navy and Air Force to one, managed by a single Defense Health Agency. Blanchfield’s transition from an Army Medicine managed facility to DHA is scheduled for October 1st.

Col. Patrick T. Birchfield, center, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Earle, right, welcome Gen. Michael X. Garrett, U.S. Army Forces Command commander, to the hospital, June 25. (U.S. Army photo by David Gillespie)

Col. Patrick T. Birchfield, center, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Earle, right, welcome Gen. Michael X. Garrett, U.S. Army Forces Command commander, to the hospital, June 25. (U.S. Army photo by David Gillespie)

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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital holds Change of Command Ceremony for new Commander

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – On June 17th, 2019 at the Fort Campbell Family Resource Center, Tennessee-native Col. Patrick T. Birchfield assumed command of Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) and the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Fort Campbell during a change of command ceremony.

Birchfield replaced Col. Anthony McQueen, who led efforts to transform BACH’s medical support to units from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, enabling the medical readiness of more than 90 percent of their Soldiers for deployment, and providing access to care for more than 73,000 beneficiaries.

Col. Anthony McQueen relinquishes command of U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Fort Campbell to Col. Patrick Birchfield during a change of command ceremony June 17. Brig. Gen. Michael J. Talley, Deputy Commanding General of Regional Health Command-Atlantic, passes the hospital colors to Birchfield, symbolizing the transfer of command responsibility. (David E. Gillespie)

Col. Anthony McQueen relinquishes command of U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Fort Campbell to Col. Patrick Birchfield during a change of command ceremony June 17. Brig. Gen. Michael J. Talley, Deputy Commanding General of Regional Health Command-Atlantic, passes the hospital colors to Birchfield, symbolizing the transfer of command responsibility. (David E. Gillespie)

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101st Airborne Division Strike Force Supports XCTC at Fort McCoy

 

Written by Lt. Riley Foster
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Fort McCoy, WI – In the heat of June, Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prepare to rotate out to training sites as the opposition force to the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Illinois National Guard. If that weren’t enough, the Battalion will move directly from playing OPFOR to conducting squad live fires and crew gunnery to prepare for follow on training back home at Fort Campbell.

The Strike Force Battalion deployed to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, early in the month to support the eXportable Combat Training Capability, or XCTC.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. David Souliotis, platoon leader, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) center, briefs Capt. Nathan Goldsmith, commander, Company C, 2-502, during 2-502 IN's deployment to the Exportable Combat Training Capability at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Jun. 16, 2017. (1st Lt. Riley Foster)

U.S. Army 1st Lt. David Souliotis, platoon leader, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) center, briefs Capt. Nathan Goldsmith, commander, Company C, 2-502, during 2-502 IN’s deployment to the Exportable Combat Training Capability at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Jun. 16, 2017. (1st Lt. Riley Foster)

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Fort Campbell Soldiers train with National Guard during XCTC Exercise at Fort McCoy

 

Written by Scott Sturkol
Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office

88th Infantry Division, Fort McCoy WFort McCoy, WI – Hundreds of Soldiers at Fort McCoy for the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) Exercise completed gunnery training with vehicle-mounted weapons at Fort McCoy’s Range 26 as part of exercise operations.

The training includes Soldiers with the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and Joint Forces Headquarters-Illinois of the Illinois National Guard — the units coordinating the XCTC Exercise. XCTC is the Army National Guard’s program to provide participants with an experience similar to an Army combat training center at home station or a regional training center, such as Fort McCoy, according to the National Guard Bureau.

A Soldier with the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment of the Illinois National Guard who is at Fort McCoy for training in the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) Exercise prepares a weapon for gunnery training at Range 26 on June 9, 2017, at Fort McCoy, WI. (Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, WI)

A Soldier with the 1st Battalion, 178th Infantry Regiment of the Illinois National Guard who is at Fort McCoy for training in the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) Exercise prepares a weapon for gunnery training at Range 26 on June 9, 2017, at Fort McCoy, WI. (Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, WI)

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Fort Campbell Soldiers support training effort for XCTC Exercise at Fort McCoy

 

Written by 1st Lt. Riley Foster
2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment

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

Fort McCoy, WI – In the heat of June, Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment (2nd, 502nd), 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division prepared to rotate out to training sites as the opposition force to the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) of the Illinois Army National Guard here.

If that weren’t enough, the battalion moved directly from playing as opposing forces to conducting squad live fires and crew gunnery to prepare for follow-on training back at Fort Campbell, KY.

Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of Fort Campbell, Ky., practice patrolling formations in a wooded area outside of Integrated Tactical Training Base Freedom on South Post during operations for the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) Exercise on June 9, 2017, at Fort McCoy, WI. (Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, WI)

Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of Fort Campbell, Ky., practice patrolling formations in a wooded area outside of Integrated Tactical Training Base Freedom on South Post during operations for the Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) Exercise on June 9, 2017, at Fort McCoy, WI. (Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, WI)

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