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Blanchfield Army Community soldier Kyle Wagner named 2020 U.S. Army Angel of the Battlefield

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Public Affairs

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – A combat medic specialist currently assigned to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital on Fort Campbell, Kentucky was named the 2020 Angel of the Battlefield for the United States Army during a virtual ceremony with Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, October 27th, 2020.

Sgt. First Class Kyle J. Wagner was among five recipients honored by the Armed Services YMCA for selfless courage and unwavering sacrifice while saving lives on the front lines overseas or during emergencies at home. The program honors angels nominated from each service for actions from the past and present.

Sgt. First Class Kyle J. Wagner was among five recipients honored Oct. 27, by the Armed Services YMCA with the Angels of the Battlefield Award given for selfless courage and unwavering sacrifice while saving lives on the front lines overseas or during emergencies at home. The program honors angels nominated from each service for actions from the past and present. (U.S. Army photo)

Sgt. First Class Kyle J. Wagner was among five recipients honored Oct. 27, by the Armed Services YMCA with the Angels of the Battlefield Award given for selfless courage and unwavering sacrifice while saving lives on the front lines overseas or during emergencies at home. The program honors angels nominated from each service for actions from the past and present. (U.S. Army photo)

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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital remembers fallen physician assistant during PA Week

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Public Affairs

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – Located deep within Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) on the zero level of the A building near the medical library, the Physician Assistant Training Center honors the memory of Capt. Sean P. Grimes, who served as a physician assistant deployed to Iraq with the 2nd Infantry Division.

On March 4th, 2005, Grimes and three members of his unit; Sgt. 1st Class Donald W. Eacho, Cpl. Stephen M. McGowan, and Spc. Wade Michael Twyman, were killed when an improvised explosive device exploded near their vehicle in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.

U.S. Army Capt. Sean P. Grimes was a physician assistant serving in Iraq with the 2nd Infantry Division when he and three Soldiers from his unit were killed when an improvised explosive device exploded near their vehicle March 4th, 2005. The Captain Sean P. Grimes Physician Assistant Training Center at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Kentucky was named in his honor in 2011. During this year’s observance of Physician Assistant Week, Oct. 6th to 12th, Blanchfield staff remembered Grimes, who completed his clinical rotations here. (U.S. Army)

U.S. Army Capt. Sean P. Grimes was a physician assistant serving in Iraq with the 2nd Infantry Division when he and three Soldiers from his unit were killed when an improvised explosive device exploded near their vehicle March 4th, 2005. The Captain Sean P. Grimes Physician Assistant Training Center at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Kentucky was named in his honor in 2011. During this year’s observance of Physician Assistant Week, Oct. 6th to 12th, Blanchfield staff remembered Grimes, who completed his clinical rotations here. (U.S. Army)

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101st Airborne’s 510th Military Police Detachment Continues to Support Operations Overseas

 

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

Fort Campbell, KY – The 510th Military Police Detachment, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division provides continuous service to the community and the nation for training and fielding Military Working Dogs (MWDs). From providing unique patrol, explosives and narcotic detection capabilities through law enforcement on Fort Campbell, Kentucky to deploying into combat zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, the 510th Military Police Detachment is staying busy.

Sergeant Megan Hurley and Military Working Dog Bill from the 510th Military Police Detachment (MWD), 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, prepare to fast rope out of a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter during pre-deployment training. (1st Lt. M. Austin Giles, 510th Military Police Detachment (MWD), 716th Military Police Battalion)

Sergeant Megan Hurley and Military Working Dog Bill from the 510th Military Police Detachment (MWD), 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, prepare to fast rope out of a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter during pre-deployment training. (1st Lt. M. Austin Giles, 510th Military Police Detachment (MWD), 716th Military Police Battalion)

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Bagram Airfield K9 Competition

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Caitlyn Byrne
101st Airborne Division (AA) Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

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

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Pebbles and dust flew as the black and tan German Shepard, Larry, a working dog from United States Forces-Afghanistan Mad Dog Kennels, hurtled toward his intended target, a burly man from AMK9’s contract working dog team in a bite suit.

In an explosion of muscle and fur, Larry launched himself at the man, clamping his jaws around a healthy portion of the suit.

Larry, the working dog who is handled by Spc. Austin Lancaster, native of Amarillo, Texas and military working dog handler for the 180th Military Working Dog Detachment in Fort Leonard Wood, latches on to the bite sleeve of an AMK9 contractor during the controlled aggression portion of the K9 Competition here on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. (Staff Sgt. Caitlyn Byrne, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Larry, the working dog who is handled by Spc. Austin Lancaster, native of Amarillo, Texas and military working dog handler for the 180th Military Working Dog Detachment in Fort Leonard Wood, latches on to the bite sleeve of an AMK9 contractor during the controlled aggression portion of the K9 Competition here on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. (Staff Sgt. Caitlyn Byrne, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Explosive Ordnance Disposal trains for the unexpected

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Adam Hinman
20th CBRNE Command

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – This is the first time the group’s headquarters was able to conduct training with one of its subordinate battalions, the 184th Ordnance Battalion (EOD), and two of the battalion’s companies, the 49th Ordnance Company (EOD) and 717th Ord. Co. (EOD), at the same time.

The exercise included External Evaluations for the two companies as they prepare to deploy in support of contingency operations in Asia while simultaneously giving the group and battalion an opportunity to increase their level of preparation for no-notice, world-wide deployment.

Staff Sgt. Jason McClure, an explosive ordnance disposal team leader with 717th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 184th Ordnance Battalion (EOD), 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD), 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosive Command, is assisted by Spc. Jared Hopson, a team member from the same unit, to put on a bomb suit on the training areas of Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 22, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Jay Diaz)

Staff Sgt. Jason McClure, an explosive ordnance disposal team leader with 717th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 184th Ordnance Battalion (EOD), 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD), 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosive Command, is assisted by Spc. Jared Hopson, a team member from the same unit, to put on a bomb suit on the training areas of Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 22, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Jay Diaz)

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Marsha Blackburn: This Week From Washington – February 5th, 2018

 

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

7th District of Tennessee

U.S. CongressWashington, D.C. – At President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, he invited a very important guest from our own Clarksville, TN. We all know that any person who signs up for the armed services already exhibits an extraordinary character.

The sacrifice that they, and their families, make to serve our country is beyond measure. Through their commitment to protecting our nation, we are forever in their debt. America is the greatest country on earth, but it can only remain so because of the selfless acts of those who serve in our military.

Honoring Staff Sergeant Justin Peck

Honoring Staff Sergeant Justin Peck

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Former 101st Airborne Division Rakkasan memorialized at Fort Campbell Fisher House

 

Written by Maria Christina Yager
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – A rocking horse, meant to bring joy to children while honoring a fallen Soldier, was donated to the Fort Campbell Fisher House, October 13th, 2017.

The horse was hand crafted by volunteers in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Tony Knier, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Knier died October 21st, 2006 from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Bayji, Iraq.

Volunteer Scott Snyder presents a custom-made rocking horse to the Fort Campbell Fisher House Oct. 13 in honor of former Rakkasan, Sgt. 1st Class Tony Knier, who was killed in Iraq in 2006. Soldiers from the Iron Rakkasans, BACH, and family friends joined Knier’s mother at the presentation ceremony honoring her son. Knier served at Fort Campbell in 1997 with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division - “Iron Rakkasans”. (Maria Yager)

Volunteer Scott Snyder presents a custom-made rocking horse to the Fort Campbell Fisher House Oct. 13 in honor of former Rakkasan, Sgt. 1st Class Tony Knier, who was killed in Iraq in 2006. Soldiers from the Iron Rakkasans, BACH, and family friends joined Knier’s mother at the presentation ceremony honoring her son. Knier served at Fort Campbell in 1997 with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division – “Iron Rakkasans”. (Maria Yager)

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Wounded during first tour in Iraq, 101st Airborne Soldier’s return there in support of OIR has personal meaning

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

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

Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq – Smoke rose in the distance from an oil field set on fire during the battle between Iraqi security forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as U.S Army Sgt. Addison Owen stood outside his tent.

Owen, an infantryman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is no stranger to Iraq, this is his second time deployed to the country.

On his first deployment he fought beyond the oil-field, but now he has a different mission. In support of Operation Inherent Resolve he is part of a multi-national effort to assist the Iraq security forces.

Sgt. Logon Ross, left, and Sgt. Addison Owen, right, Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in the U.S compound at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Nov. 1, 2016. Company B provides security for Coalition forces on the base and was one on the first units at the location. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Sgt. Logon Ross, left, and Sgt. Addison Owen, right, Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in the U.S compound at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Nov. 1, 2016. Company B provides security for Coalition forces on the base and was one on the first units at the location. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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Canine Capabilities at Bagram Afghanistan

 

Written by Robert Harrison
U.S. Forces Afghanistan

U.S. Forces AfghanistanBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – They look like normal everyday dogs with their tails wagging. But when given the right command by the right person, military working dogs “snap-to,” just like the disciplined Soldiers they protect.

Working alongside U.S. service members throughout the world, military working dogs are a dedicated, reliable battlefield companion to the military police (MP) handler. They are always on guard to protect the team, either through bomb detection or when necessary aggressive protection.

U.S. Army Sgt. Ethan Taylor takes his military working dog Alex through some obstacle course drills. Taylor and Alex are assigned to the U.S. Forces Afghanistan Military Working Dog Detachment. Alex is a six-year-old male German Shepherd. Both Taylor and Alex deployed from Fort Drum, N.Y. (Bob Harrison, U.S. Forces Afghanistan Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Sgt. Ethan Taylor takes his military working dog Alex through some obstacle course drills. Taylor and Alex are assigned to the U.S. Forces Afghanistan Military Working Dog Detachment. Alex is a six-year-old male German Shepherd. Both Taylor and Alex deployed from Fort Drum, N.Y. (Bob Harrison, U.S. Forces Afghanistan Public Affairs)

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Angels of the Battlefield event honors Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Medic

 

Written by Laura Boyd
BACH Public Affairs

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – A Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Soldier was one of 13 medics honored at nearby Valor Hall Tuesday during the 7th Annual Armed Services YMCA Angels of the Battlefield event featuring decorated Army veteran, Noah Galloway, as keynote speaker.

Medics save lives on the battlefield and are often referred to as “Doc” by their peers. Sgt. 1st Class Robert Ernest Minor was no exception to this worthy title.

Minor was the team sergeant in charge of training and leading medics at Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan from May 2010 to May 2011.

Noah Galloway, a 101st Airborne Division veteran, speaks during the 7th annual Angels of the Battlefield at Valor Hall in Hopkinsville, Ky., Sept. 13, 2016. Galloway said his life was saved by combat medics in 2005 after his patrol was hit with an improvised explosive device. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Noah Galloway, a 101st Airborne Division veteran, speaks during the 7th annual Angels of the Battlefield at Valor Hall in Hopkinsville, Ky., Sept. 13, 2016. Galloway said his life was saved by combat medics in 2005 after his patrol was hit with an improvised explosive device. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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