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101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell set to host Week of the Eagles, May 17th-23rd

 

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Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers and civilians of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell are excited to host Family members, community members, veterans and distinguished guests on Fort Campbell in celebration of our annual “Week of the Eagles” events, May 17th-23rd, 2019. This year’s WOE celebration will also include “Military Survivor Appreciation Week” and Retiree Appreciation Day.

Come see why Fort Campbell is the installation of choice for Army Soldiers, Families, civilians and veterans. Events are free and open to the public. Non-military ID card holders will need to follow normal gate entry procedures.

101st Airborne Division Review to be held May 3rd during Week of the Eagles 2019.

101st Airborne Division Review to be held May 3rd during Week of the Eagles 2019.

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101st Airborne Division receives visit from General George Patton’s Granddaughter

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – By late fall of 1944, Allied forces had halted the German advance and secured Paris, France, during World War II. Victory seemed to be at hand. During the relative calm of the German retreat, 101st Airborne Division Soldiers, stationed in Champagne, began to plan a Christmas day football game, known as the “Champagne Bowl.”

In mid-December, however, a German counterattack began in the Ardennes region, and 10,000 Soldiers of the 101st – having never played their game – were called upon to march north and partake in what we now know as the Battle of the Bulge.

Helen Ayer Patton, granddaughter of the legendary Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., who commanded the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany following the Allied invasion of Normandy, takes time to read the names of fallen Soldiers at the Screaming Eagle Memorial Aerie inside the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) headquarters during her visit to Fort Campbell, Feb. 25. (Sgt. James Griffin, 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Helen Ayer Patton, granddaughter of the legendary Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., who commanded the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany following the Allied invasion of Normandy, takes time to read the names of fallen Soldiers at the Screaming Eagle Memorial Aerie inside the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) headquarters during her visit to Fort Campbell, Feb. 25. (Sgt. James Griffin, 1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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As original Gander Memorial closes at Fort Campbell, plans for new site take shape

 

Written by Maria McClure
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Gander memorial – Task Force 3-502nd Memorial Park – sits on the peninsula between the post’s Screaming Eagle and Normandy boulevards.

It was established to honor the U.S. Army Soldiers and crew members who lost their lives in the December 12th, 1985, crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 at Gander, Newfoundland, Canada.

The flight was scheduled to bring 248 Soldiers – all of whom were attached or assigned to 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, “Strike and Kill,” 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division – home to Fort Campbell following a six-month peacekeeping mission to the Sinai Peninsula in the Middle East. There were no survivors.

The new Task Force 3-502nd Memorial site will feature two sugar maples standing on either side of the black granite monuments representing the commander and the command sergeant major of Task Force 3-502nd – Lt. Col. Marvin Jeffcoat and Command Sgt. Maj. Hasland O. Black. (Courtesy Graphic)

The new Task Force 3-502nd Memorial site will feature two sugar maples standing on either side of the black granite monuments representing the commander and the command sergeant major of Task Force 3-502nd – Lt. Col. Marvin Jeffcoat and Command Sgt. Maj. Hasland O. Black. (Courtesy Graphic)

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101st Airborne Division Honors their Fallen Gander Soldiers at Memorial Service

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – “Love is never wasted, love is never lost, love lives on and sees us through sorrow,” said President Ronald Reagan during the December 16th, 1985 Fort Campbell memorial service held for the victims of Arrow Airlines flight 1285, which killed 248 Screaming Eagle Soldiers, majority being from 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “From the moment love is born, it is always with us, keeping us aloft in the time of flooding and strong in the time of trial.”

The Strike Brigade continues the love of its Gander fallen by honoring and recognizing the importance of their accomplishments more than a quarter of a century ago.

Col. Dan Walrath, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Command Sgt. Major Alonzo Smith, command sergeant major, 2nd BCT, salute at Fort Campbell’s monument to the Gander tragedy during the annual remembrance ceremony, The names of the 248 Screaming Eagle Soldiers who died in the crash of Arrow Airlines flight 1285, December 12th, 1985, are etched into the face of the monument. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Col. Dan Walrath, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Command Sgt. Major Alonzo Smith, command sergeant major, 2nd BCT, salute at Fort Campbell’s monument to the Gander tragedy during the annual remembrance ceremony, The names of the 248 Screaming Eagle Soldiers who died in the crash of Arrow Airlines flight 1285, December 12th, 1985, are etched into the face of the monument. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Fort Campbell honors memory of soldiers lost in Gander Newfoundland airplane crash

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Gander Crash happened 26 years ago yesterday, but for those who lived through the aftermath of that tragic plane crash the memories are as fresh as if it happened yesterday. Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division honored the memories of those who lost their lives in a short ceremony yesterday.

The Ceremony was held at the Task Force 3-502 Memorial. On this memorial are the names of the 248 Screaming Eagles who where killed in the crash; along with a verse from the Bible, Isaiah 10:30-31, which reads “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings as Eagles.” The memorial also features a grove of trees in perfect formation, each one represents a soldier who lost their life, a small stone sits at the foot of the tree identifying the specific soldier that tree represents.

Col. Daniel R. Walrath and Sgt Maj.Alonzo J. Smith lay the wreath to honor the Gander Crash Victims

Col. Daniel R. Walrath and Sgt Maj.Alonzo J. Smith lay the wreath to honor the Gander Crash Victims

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Gander Memorial ceremony planned at Fort Campbell

 

101st Airborne Divison at Fort CampbellThe 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), will host a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 12 at the Gander Memorial on post to honor the fallen 248 Soldiers of Arrow Airlines flight 1285.

The Strike Brigade Soldiers tragically perished 24-years ago when their plane crashed just after takeoff at 6:45 a.m. following a six-month peacekeeping mission in the Sinai. Every year since the incident, the 2nd BCT has honored these Soldiers and mourned their passing. «Read the rest of this article»

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