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

 

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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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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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Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund dedicates new $11 Million Intrepid Spirit Center at Fort Campbell

 

Center to treat Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Psychological Health conditions in America’s Wounded Military Service Members
Fort Campbell Center is the Third of Nine to be Completed Nationwide

Intrepid Fallen Heroes FundFort Campbell, KY – Since September 11th, 2001, psychological health conditions, including Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), have become an epidemic among members of the American military, due to violent encounters with IEDs during deployments, combat related incidents and training activities.

On Monday, service members, and thousands of others who experience TBI or psychological health conditions have new hope, as the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) joined with military leaders to officially dedicate the new $11 million Intrepid Spirit Center set to provide crucial treatment of psychological injuries in returning service members at Fort Campbell, KY.

Staff Sgt. Todd Domorese, Maj. Gen. Richard W. Thomas, retired Gen. Richard Cody, Spc. Miguel Hernandez, Arnold Fisher, Dave Winters, Sgt. Maj. Robert Haemmerle, Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, Dr. Brett Logan, and retired Lt. Gen. Edgar Anderson help cut the ribbon at the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund dedication of the new Intrepid Spirit Center, on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 at Fort Campbell, KY. (Dean Dixon/AP Images for AP Images for Intrepid Fallen Heroes)

Staff Sgt. Todd Domorese, Maj. Gen. Richard W. Thomas, retired Gen. Richard Cody, Spc. Miguel Hernandez, Arnold Fisher, Dave Winters, Sgt. Maj. Robert Haemmerle, Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, Dr. Brett Logan, and retired Lt. Gen. Edgar Anderson help cut the ribbon at the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund dedication of the new Intrepid Spirit Center, on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 at Fort Campbell, KY. (Dean Dixon/AP Images for AP Images for Intrepid Fallen Heroes)

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Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team clears the way for a safer future

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Lisa Maginot
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs

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Jalalabad, Afghanistan – Coalition Forces in eastern Afghanistan can drive the roads with a little more confidence when route clearance patrols are on the job.

Alpha Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Route Clearance Package 77, conducts route clearance patrols along high traffic routes, nearly every day, in order to mitigate risks for fellow Soldiers and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Soldiers from Route Clearance Package 77, Alpha Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), clear the roads in eastern Afghanistan to help ensure safe travel for civilians and Coalition Forces. (Courtesy photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Lisa Maginot, Task Force 426 UPAR)

U.S. Army Soldiers from Route Clearance Package 77, Alpha Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), clear the roads in eastern Afghanistan to help ensure safe travel for civilians and Coalition Forces. (Courtesy photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt. Lisa Maginot, Task Force 426 UPAR)

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Collectively Dealing With Collective Trauma

 

warrior retreat resizeClarksville, TN – Jeffrey Alexander defines collective trauma as what occurs when members of a group have been subjected to a horrendous experience that forever marks and changes their identity (Streesland, 2005). The events of September 11th, 2001 have forever altered the American identity. Most young adults today (ages 18-25) have never experienced a commercial flight that did not involve intense security screening. Today, an 11-year old child growing up in the United States has no idea what it is like to live in a country that is not at war.

A Soldier assigned to 3rd Battalion 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans", 101st Airborne Division,(Air Assault), oversees a live-fire exercise conducted by the Afghan National Army's 203rd Corps, 1st Infantry Brigade, 4th Kandak, D-30 Heavy Coy at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, Jan. 9, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

A Soldier assigned to 3rd Battalion 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), oversees a live-fire exercise conducted by the Afghan National Army’s 203rd Corps, 1st Infantry Brigade, 4th Kandak, D-30 Heavy Coy at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, Jan. 9, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team Scouts adapt for a safer Afghanistan

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Christopher Bonebrake
115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanKhowst Province, Afghanistan – The mountains of Afghanistan are an unforgiving landscape. Shale blankets the ground, providing little traction and a painful or deadly fall if footing is lost.

Regardless the scouts of Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), deftly scrambled up and down the ridgelines as they conducted a route reconnaissance with their Afghan National Army counterparts.

U.S. Army Spc. Erik Nantz, a medic attached to Blue Platoon, Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), points out a possible weapons cache location in Shamal District, Oct. 26, 2012. Troop B conducted route reconnaissance and looked for weapons caches and improvised explosive devices. (U.S Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Bonebrake, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Spc. Erik Nantz, a medic attached to Blue Platoon, Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Calvary Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), points out a possible weapons cache location in Shamal District, Oct. 26, 2012. Troop B conducted route reconnaissance and looked for weapons caches and improvised explosive devices. (U.S Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Bonebrake, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Fort Campbell’s 887th Engineer Support Company clears roads in Afghanistan

 

The little things that add up
Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan – The mission for route clearance team is quite simple: find a barrage of small-arms, mortars and improvised explosive devices on the roads of Afghanistan and get them off.

For the soldiers of the 887th Engineer Support Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, everything over there is always easier said than done. The company is primarily a Horizontal Construction Company comprised of heavy equipment operators who were remissioned as route clearance experts eight months prior to their deployment.

Soldiers with the 887th Engineer Support Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, conduct route clearing in Regional Command East, Afghanistan. (Courtesy Photo)

Soldiers with the 887th Engineer Support Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, conduct route clearing in Regional Command East, Afghanistan. (Courtesy Photo)

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Fort Campbell Exercise trains unit Mechanics to recover Vehicles in Combat

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – Damaged nearly beyond repair, they work quickly to bring the vehicle right side up knowing one day bullets will accompany their struggles.

The reintroduction of recovering vehicles in the midst of battle is still a ways away for the Taskmaster mechanics, but their training started here at the ranges January 31st.

Soldiers of Company B, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, work together to place their rigging system back in its place during wrecker training here at the ranges Jan. 31st. (Photo by Sgt. Richard Daniels Jr.)

Soldiers of Company B, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, work together to place their rigging system back in its place during wrecker training here at the ranges Jan. 31st. (Photo by Sgt. Richard Daniels Jr.)

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Bastogne Engineers have a Blast

 

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

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Remnants of door and wire fell to the ground as soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division held demolitions training here at the ranges December 8th-9th.

Soldiers from the 1st Special Troops Battalion and 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment trained up on various techniques on preparing explosives and breaching as time draws near for their upcoming deployment.

Soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, detonate a bangelore torpedo to destroy concertina wire during a training scenario here at the range Dec. 9th. (Photo by Sgt. Richard Daniels Jr.)

Soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, detonate a bangelore torpedo to destroy concertina wire during a training scenario here at the range Dec. 9th. (Photo by Sgt. Richard Daniels Jr.)

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First Strike / Strike Blitz, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Soldiers Train as Deployed

 

Written by Spc. Shawn Denham
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) PAO

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

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers train daily to meet the requirements of the Army standards and become familiarized with what maybe faced on deployments. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), trains in a unique way, putting its units in a combat-like environment right here inside the gates of Fort Campbell and call the training ‘Strike Blitz.’

The Strike Soldiers of Company D, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, were the most recent Strike Blitz participant held deep into the training lands of Fort Campbell, from November 28th – December 2nd.

Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) pull security during a patrol to a key leadership engagement in Afghanistan, Dec. 30th, 2010. Strike Brigade trains its battalions to conduct these patrols during its Strike Blitz scenarios. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) pull security during a patrol to a key leadership engagement in Afghanistan, Dec. 30th, 2010. Strike Brigade trains its battalions to conduct these patrols during its Strike Blitz scenarios. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

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