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U.S. Army moves to reclaim lost time in Modernization Programs

 

U.S. ArmyWashington, D.C. – Signature modernization programs remain on track to deliver capabilities to Soldiers, despite facing delays due to the coronavirus, Army leaders said Thursday.

Some of the more than 30 programs have already postponed tests, including Soldier-input events, as a result of safety concerns and supply chain challenges.

The service, though, plans to make up for lost time to stay on schedule, said Gen. John M. Murray, commander of Army Futures Command.

Army Futures Command demonstrates the Integrated Visual Augmentation System on November 6th, 2019. The Army is working closely with industry partners to fulfill critical modernization programs on time, all while reviewing procedures to mitigate future delays amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Luke Allen)

Army Futures Command demonstrates the Integrated Visual Augmentation System on November 6th, 2019. The Army is working closely with industry partners to fulfill critical modernization programs on time, all while reviewing procedures to mitigate future delays amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Luke Allen)

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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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U.S. Army Health of Force report wake up call for improving readiness

 

Written by David Vergun
Defense Media Activity – Army

U.S. ArmyWashington, D.C. – Obesity and overweight metrics, along with health indicators like tobacco use, injuries, substance abuse and the Performance Triad were among the topics at a conference last week discussing the inaugural “Health of the Force” report.

The HOF report, released at the end of 2015, provides Army leaders, including installation commanders, a starting point regarding where best to invest resources to help Soldiers lead healthier lives, and consequently, improve combat readiness, said Col. Deydre Teyhen, assistant deputy chief of staff, Army Public Health Center.

That report, she said during a media roundtable conducted from the Office of the Army Surgeon General in Falls Church, Virginia, March 16th, is similar to, but much more comprehensive than “The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America” report, issued by the non-profit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2014.

The Health of the Force report provides Army leaders, including installation commanders, a starting point regarding where best to invest resources to help Soldiers lead healthier lives, and consequently, improve combat readiness, said Col. Deydre Teyhen, assistant deputy chief of staff, Army Public Health Center. (David Vergun, Defense Media Activity - Army)

The Health of the Force report provides Army leaders, including installation commanders, a starting point regarding where best to invest resources to help Soldiers lead healthier lives, and consequently, improve combat readiness, said Col. Deydre Teyhen, assistant deputy chief of staff, Army Public Health Center. (David Vergun, Defense Media Activity – Army)

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Fort Campbell 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment soldiers return from Afghanistan

 

Written by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, supported by the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, returned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and uncased their battalion colors October 30th signifying the end of a successful mission.

In addition to the air defenders from the battalion’s headquarters and Battery A, approximately 20 members of the 72nd Veterinary Detachment, 86th Combat Support Hospital, returned home as well.

Lt. Col. Timothy Shaffer (left), the battalion commander and native of Pontiac, Ill., and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Brown (right), the battalion’s senior enlisted adviser and native of Fort Riley, Kan., uncase the battalion colors after returning from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan Oct. 30 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The battalion supported Operation Enduring Freedom by providing counter-rocket, artillery and mortar attacks capabilities to coalition forces. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart)

Lt. Col. Timothy Shaffer (left), the battalion commander and native of Pontiac, Ill., and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Brown (right), the battalion’s senior enlisted adviser and native of Fort Riley, Kan., uncase the battalion colors after returning from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan Oct. 30 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The battalion supported Operation Enduring Freedom by providing counter-rocket, artillery and mortar attacks capabilities to coalition forces. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart)

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Fort Campbell Garrison Command Sergeant Major Change of Responsibility Ceremony Monday, June 23rd

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Command Sergeant Major Stephen Bower will relinquish responsibility and authority as command sergeant major of the Fort Campbell Garrison, a component of the Installation Management Command, to Command Sergeant Major Gabriel Espinosa at a ceremony in front of the Garrison Headquarters, Monday, June 23rd at 3:00pm.

Command Sgt. Maj. Espinosa joins the Fort Campbell Garrison Command Group from Fort Riley, KS, where he was the Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. for 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, and, most recently, the Command Sgt. Maj. of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

(L to R) Command Sergeant Major Stephen Bower and Command Sergeant Major Gabriel Espinosa.

(L to R) Command Sergeant Major Stephen Bower and Command Sergeant Major Gabriel Espinosa.

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Fort Campbell Lifeliners return home from Afghanistan

 

Written by Sgt. Leejay Lockhart
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), returned from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom February 9th, at Fort Campbell.

A large number of families, friends and fellow soldiers turned out to greet the 122 returning troops during a welcome home ceremony at Hangar 3 on Campbell Army Airfield.

Soldiers from the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), march into the hangar as they return from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan Feb. 9, at Fort Campbell. During the deployment, the brigade provided sustainment operations and retrograde support to coalition forces throughout Afghanistan. (Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), march into the hangar as they return from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan Feb. 9, at Fort Campbell. During the deployment, the brigade provided sustainment operations and retrograde support to coalition forces throughout Afghanistan. (Sgt. Leejay Lockhart, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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Task Force Durable transfers authority to Fort Campbell’s Task Force Lifeliners in Afghanistan

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan – A ceremony was held to denote the transfer of authority of sustainment operations and retrograde support at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, June 8th.

Task Force Durable, headquartered by 1st Sustainment Brigade from Fort Riley, KS, cased its colors as Task Force Lifeliners, headquarter by the 101st Sustainment Brigade from Fort Campbell, KY, unfurled its colors during the ceremony. The task force provides sustainment to Soldiers and retrograde support throughout the Regional Commands: East, North and Capital.

U.S. Army Col. Charles R. Hamilton, commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade and Task Force Lifeliner and Command Sgt. Maj. Eugene J. Thomas Jr., unfurled the unit's colors during the transfer of authority ceremony June 8, 2013, at Bagram Airfield in Parwan province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario/Released)

U.S. Army Col. Charles R. Hamilton, commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade and Task Force Lifeliner and Command Sgt. Maj. Eugene J. Thomas Jr., unfurled the unit’s colors during the transfer of authority ceremony June 8, 2013, at Bagram Airfield in Parwan province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario/Released)

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101st Airborne Division assumes command of Regional Command-East, Afghanistan

 

Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram, Afghanistan – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), known famously as the “Screaming Eagles,” assumed responsibility of the combined joint task force in eastern Afghanistan March 14th in a ceremony on Bagram Air Field.

Combined Joint Task Force-101, will operate in Regional Command – East, an area roughly the size of Virginia, which includes 14 provinces and 7.5 million Afghans.

The 1st Infantry Division wrapped up its yearlong deployment and will be heading back to Fort Riley, Kansas.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James C. McConville and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith (forefront), the command team of 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Combined Joint Task Force-101, salute the unit’s flag at a transfer of authority ceremony at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, March 14th, 2013. The 101st Airborne Division assumed responsibility of Regional Command-East from the 1st Infantry Division. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David J. Overson, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James C. McConville and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith (forefront), the command team of 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Combined Joint Task Force-101, salute the unit’s flag at a transfer of authority ceremony at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, March 14th, 2013. The 101st Airborne Division assumed responsibility of Regional Command-East from the 1st Infantry Division. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. David J. Overson, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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A Soldier’s journey to lead

 

Written by Spc. Richard Daniels Jr.
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – The Army has many aspiring leaders within its ranks; however each soldier, like 26-year-old Staff Sgt. Scott D. Mark, a native of Orlando, FL, and a platoon sergeant with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, has their own story on how they got there.

“I joined the military on September 2003, two years after September 11th because I was still in high school, so I wasn’t allowed to join right after 9/11,” he said. “The other half of it is, I just needed a break from school, and I saw the military as an opportunity to get my feet wet in the real world. That’s pretty much why I joined.”

The military was not always easy for the fresh high school graduate, but as time changed, so did he.

Staff Sgt. Scott D. Mark, a platoon sergeant with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, leads his section and teaches them the skills instilled into him by two influential leaders. Today he trains for his upcoming deployment and his next “rendezvous with destiny.” (Photo by Spc. Richard Daniels Jr.)

Staff Sgt. Scott D. Mark, a platoon sergeant with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, leads his section and teaches them the skills instilled into him by two influential leaders. Today he trains for his upcoming deployment and his next “rendezvous with destiny.” (Photo by Spc. Richard Daniels Jr.)

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Night Stalkers’ week of remembrance and change

 

Written by Kimberly Tiscione
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Public Affairs

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Soar - Night StalkersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – A ceremonial formation of Chinook helicopters and passing of the colors were highlights of the 2011 Week of Night Stalker Activities.

The annual week-long celebration is a rare opportunity for Soldiers, Families, civilians and guests of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment to share in camaraderie and enjoy precious time together while not deployed.

Hundreds gathered for a ceremony remembering the 91 Night Stalkers that died during training or combat in service to their country.  Nearly half of those inscriptions represent Soldiers who died during the last decade while the unit was supporting sustained combat operations in multiple locations around the world.

Maj. Mark Kappelmann (left) accepts the unit colors from Col. John Thompson, commander, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, as he assumes command of the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion from Lt. Col. Brian Hughes during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, May 20th, 2011. Hughes is assuming command at Fort Riley, Kansas. (Photo courtesy of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment)

Maj. Mark Kappelmann (left) accepts the unit colors from Col. John Thompson, commander, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, as he assumes command of the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion from Lt. Col. Brian Hughes during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, May 20th, 2011. Hughes is assuming command at Fort Riley, Kansas. (Photo courtesy of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment)

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