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101st Airborne Division Soldier finds calling in medicine

 

Written by Sgt. Sharifa Newton
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Many people join the Army trying to figure out what to do with themselves and Spc. Anthony Gonzalez was no different.

“I enlisted because I didn’t want to stay home and do nothing,” said Gonzalez, a Fontana, California, native, and a combat medic specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Artillery Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. “I joined because I wanted to find out what I wanted to do with my life.”

Gonzalez joined at the age of 17 after completing high school. He originally wanted to be an AH-64 Apache repairer, but when he went to the recruiting office they did not have an opening.

Spc. Anthony Gonzalez, a Combat Medic Specialist and a Fontana, California, native, with 2nd platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Artillery Brigade, poses for a photo during the unit’s Table XV gunnery exercise 9th May at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Sharifa Newton, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Spc. Anthony Gonzalez, a Combat Medic Specialist and a Fontana, California, native, with 2nd platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Artillery Brigade, poses for a photo during the unit’s Table XV gunnery exercise 9th May at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Sharifa Newton, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Memorializes Five Service Members

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee Military Department Adjutant General, Major General Terry “Max” Haston paid tribute to five service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the state’s Memorial Day service.

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Alley Poet’s Pen: For the Troops…

 

Alley Poet's PenNashville, TN – Once, in another life, I found myself seated atop the rear of a convertible Corvette in a Veteran’s Day parade, cruising 5MPH down the streets of the township where I was an elected councilwoman. I’d been called up last minute (just that morning) by a fellow councilman colleague, as though I was to know of the tradition that existed each year.

There would be a program of festivities and a ceremony set up at the local park. As we waved and smiled at our neighbors and friends, I saw the councilman pull out two typed sheets of paper from the breast pocket of his suit. When I asked what it was, he said, “You know we’re making speeches.”

Veterans Day

Veterans Day

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New Border Advisor Team up to bat in Helmand

 

Written by Cpl. Marco Mancha
2nd Marine Division

Combat Outpost Castle

Marines Corp SealHelmand Province, Afghanistan – A new Border Advisor Team recently stepped up to the plate in the war on terror. While nearly half a dozen teams have come before them to train the Afghan policemen guarding the borders of Afghanistan, this group is unlike those before them.

The Marines and sailors of BAT-1 bring a whole new skill set to the Afghan Border Police of 1st Kandak, 6th Zone.

The team noticed a big change in the ABP’s performance and attitude from the beginning of their relationship. One member with the team gives credit to the BATs that came before them and the Afghan policemen’s will to work.

Sergeant James Carney IV of Clarksville, Tennessee, interacts with an Afghan Border Policeman after training. The motor transport operator for Border Advisor Team 1 is one of more than 20 service members on the team who brings their own expertise to help make the ABP a better fighting force. (Photo by Cpl. Marco Mancha)

Sergeant James Carney IV of Clarksville, Tennessee, interacts with an Afghan Border Policeman after training. The motor transport operator for Border Advisor Team 1 is one of more than 20 service members on the team who brings their own expertise to help make the ABP a better fighting force. (Photo by Cpl. Marco Mancha)

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‘Drive the Wedge’ finishes Afghan mission

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Helmand Province, Afghanistan – Gun trucks, a wretch, and distribution and recovery vehicles precisely outline a formation of soldiers in the motorpool.

“This all represents the distribution fight, our ability to move supplies down the road and to support the fight as a combat sustainment support battalion,” said Command Sgt. Maj. John Seelhorst, command sergeant major of the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.

The soldiers of the 129th CSSB, 101st Sustainment Brigade, attached to the 7th Sustainment Brigade for their deployment, stand inside the formation of vehicles as the battalion transferred authority of its mission to the 375th CSSB, a reserve unit from Mobile, AL, at Camp Leatherneck October 12th.

Command Sgt. Maj. John Seelhorst, command sergeant major of the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and Lt. Col. Daniel Rickleff, the commander of the 129th, case their battalion colors as a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, October 12th. The battalion staff was deployed to Regional Command Southwest, where they took over command and control of companies from active and reserves and Alaska to Germany. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Command Sgt. Maj. John Seelhorst, command sergeant major of the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and Lt. Col. Daniel Rickleff, the commander of the 129th, case their battalion colors as a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, October 12th. The battalion staff was deployed to Regional Command Southwest, where they took over command and control of companies from active and reserves and Alaska to Germany. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Purple Heart beats strong

 

Written by Spc. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – Spc. Patricia Fowler, B Company, Task Force Shadow UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew chief, received a Purple Heart for wounds she sustained in action, August 5th, while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

Fowler was a crew member of a chase helicopter on a medevac mission when the aircraft came under enemy fire while flying over Helmand province, May 6th.

Spc. Patricia Fowler

Spc. Patricia Fowler

Five rounds impacted the aircraft, and one of those rounds ricocheted off the window frame and struck her helmet.

She sustained head trauma from the impact of the bullet and shrapnel that embedded in her left shoulder.

Fowler said she did not know what hit her until they landed and evaluated the situation. When she removed her helmet there were two bullet holes, an entry and exit.

Fowler has been in the Army since April 2008. Her awards include the Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal and now the Purple Heart.

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Petraeus Explains Afghanistan Strategy

 

Written by John Banusiewicz
Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs

United States Central CommandKabul, Afghanistan – Progress in Afghanistan has been faster than expected in some respects, and not as far along in others, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus said here September 3rd.

Petraeus, the commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, spoke to reporters traveling with Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, before attending a working lunch with the admiral.

The progress achieved so far in Afghanistan is “about standard for any one of these kinds of deliberate campaigns,” Petraeus said.

The current Afghanistan strategy has been in the making since 2008, the general said, when a U.S. Central Command assessment and subsequent policy reviews revealed that factors he called “the inputs” of the Afghanistan mission weren’t right. New organizational structures and some new leaders were necessary, he explained, and concepts and approaches needed refinement. And, he added, insufficient resources had been applied to the effort at that time.

U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, commander, International Security Assistance Force depart ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sept. 3rd. Mullen made a short stop in the Afghan capital addressing Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 and receiving an operational update from Petraeus during his visit.

U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, commander, International Security Assistance Force depart ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sept. 3rd. Mullen made a short stop in the Afghan capital addressing Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435 and receiving an operational update from Petraeus during his visit.

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