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President Donald Trump speaks to Troops at Bagram Airfield

 

The White HouseBagram, Afghanistan – PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. (Applause.) That was great. And we just had a nice Thanksgiving dinner. I thought I was going to be having it someplace else, and Senator Barrasso is a great friend of mine, and he said, “That’ll be great if we did it.” I said, “You come with me, John.” And he came with me. John, thank you very much. Great friend of ours. He’s a great senator and a great man. (Applause.)

And I want to thank General Milley. Special warrior. He’s a special warrior. And I want to congratulate you also because I just saw some numbers that are incredible. ISIS — you’re wiping them out left and right. There’s almost nothing left in this area. (Applause.) You’re not going to be lonely. And al-Qaeda, the same thing. And tremendous progress.

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U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn Wishes Tennesseans a Happy Thanksgiving

 

U.S. SenateNashville, TN – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) gave the following statement ahead of Thanksgiving:

“On this Thanksgiving, as people in Hong Kong and Iraq are fighting for a better life for themselves and their families, we are reminded of how fortunate we are to live in a country that holds our freedoms in such high regard.

“I also express my deepest gratitude to our men and women in uniform who each day put their lives on the line in the name of freedom, as well as those who are the thin blue line that protect our communities.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Austin Peay State University’s ROTC has 20 combat veterans, meet their Iraq War veteran

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – On the night of the invasion, Christina Taylor drove a light-medium tactical vehicle from Kuwait to Camp Speicher. The drive was 30 to 34 hours, so she caught catnaps whenever possible. 

The convoy stopped to check directions, and Taylor’s noncommissioned officer in charge told her to rest. He’d wake her when the convoy was ready to move. 

Austin Peay State University ROTC cadet Christina Taylor served from 2003-04 in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a cook in the 104th Military Intelligence Battalion. (APSU)

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Bastogne Medic William Lawrence Honored at AUSA Guardian’s Gala

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – On an evening filled with heroes at Valor Hall on October 24th Spc. William Lawrence from 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division was honored at the Fort Campbell Chapter Association of the United States Army Guardian’s Gala.

Lawrence was one out of 21 Soldiers distinguished by the Fort Campbell Chapter of AUSA for heroic efforts as a medic. Lawrence is especially unique as he was nominated for his efforts in the line of duty while deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve just a few short months ago.

Spc. William Lawrence receives award at the Fort Campbell Chapter - Association of the United States Army Guardian's Gala by Maj. Gen. Brian E. Winski on Oct. 24 for his extraordinary actions taken as a combat medic during Operation Inherent Resolve. Spc. Lawrence stands with his parents at the conclusion of the event. From left Meghan Smith, U.S. Army Spc. William Lawrence, mother Linda Hicks, and stepfather Chris Hicks. (Maj. Vonnie Wright)

Spc. William Lawrence receives award at the Fort Campbell Chapter – Association of the United States Army Guardian’s Gala by Maj. Gen. Brian E. Winski on Oct. 24 for his extraordinary actions taken as a combat medic during Operation Inherent Resolve. Spc. Lawrence stands with his parents at the conclusion of the event. From left Meghan Smith, U.S. Army Spc. William Lawrence, mother Linda Hicks, and stepfather Chris Hicks. (Maj. Vonnie Wright)

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101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team cases Colors in Iraq

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Baghdad, Iraq – The 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne,” 101st Airborne Division, officially cased its colors and transitioned its mission to 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team “Arctic Wolves,” 25th Infantry Division, during a ceremony held September 25th, 2019 at Forward Operating Base Union III.

The casing of the colors signified the end of Bastogne’s current mission in Iraq, as they were a part of a regular rotation of forces that support the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.

Col. Derek Thomson, Commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and Command Sgt. Maj. Wray Gabelmann, Command Sgt. Maj. of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, case the brigade colors officially ending their mission within Iraq. Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve are in Iraq to support the Iraqi security forces at the request of the government of Iraq, fully respecting Iraq’s sovereignty. (Maj. Vonnie Wright 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

Col. Derek Thomson, Commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and Command Sgt. Maj. Wray Gabelmann, Command Sgt. Maj. of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, case the brigade colors officially ending their mission within Iraq. Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve are in Iraq to support the Iraqi security forces at the request of the government of Iraq, fully respecting Iraq’s sovereignty. (Maj. Vonnie Wright 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Bulldog Battalion Delivers Backpacks to Children in Mosul

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Ninewah, Iraq – 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment (Bulldog Battalion), 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division currently operates in an advise-and-assist capacity in Mosul, Iraq. The Bulldog Battalion employs its forces to a myriad of mission tasks aimed at strengthening the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) within Ninewah.

In late July 2019, Bulldog Battalion received 950 backpacks from Retired General Petreaeus’ foundation. Each backpack contained a variety of school supplies to include pencils, markers, notebooks, and rulers.

Lt. Col. Trevor Voekel and Command Sgt. Maj. Eddie Brewer of 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment pose for a photo with local children and the mayor of Mosul in Mosul, Iraq, Sept. 10, 2019. Task Force Ninewah donated 500 backpacks to the Mosul Mayor’s office to distribute to children within the town. The U.S. Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division are deployed from Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Maj. Vonnie Wright, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. Trevor Voekel and Command Sgt. Maj. Eddie Brewer of 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment pose for a photo with local children and the mayor of Mosul in Mosul, Iraq, Sept. 10, 2019. Task Force Ninewah donated 500 backpacks to the Mosul Mayor’s office to distribute to children within the town. The U.S. Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division are deployed from Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Maj. Vonnie Wright, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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Armed Services Blood Program Seeks Blood Donors for Clarksville Blood Drive

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – On Tuesday, August 27th, 2019, Clarksville residents and surrounding communities can support deployed service members by participating in an Armed Services Blood Program blood drive from 8:00am to 4:00pm at the Screaming Eagle Medical Home located at 647 Dunlop Lane, Suite 301, next to Tennova Healthcare.

An ASBP blood drive will be held on Fort Campbell, August 28th and 29th from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the Soldier Support Center at 2702 Michigan Avenue.

Residents of Clarksville and surrounding communities can support deployed service members by participating in an Armed Services Blood Program blood drive Aug. 27th from 8:00am to 4:00pm at Screaming Eagle Medical Home located at 647 Dunlop Lane, near Tennova Healthcare. A blood drive will be held on Fort Campbell, Aug. 28th and 29th. (U.S. Army photo)

Residents of Clarksville and surrounding communities can support deployed service members by participating in an Armed Services Blood Program blood drive Aug. 27th from 8:00am to 4:00pm at Screaming Eagle Medical Home located at 647 Dunlop Lane, near Tennova Healthcare. A blood drive will be held on Fort Campbell, Aug. 28th and 29th. (U.S. Army photo)

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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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426th Brigade Support Battalion celebrates 101st Airborne Division birthday with NCO Induction Ceremony

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Camp Taji, Iraq – 14 Soldiers embrace their destiny as they await their induction ceremony to officially become a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army on July 23rd, 2019.

The 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division hosted a noncommissioned officer induction ceremony on the day the unit was born. 426th Brigade Support Battalion has been around for 101 years and belongs to the 101st Airborne Division, so it was a perfect day to celebrate the 14 men and women who stood ready to take the charge of the NCO.

Newly inducted U.S. Army Non-Commissioned Officers serving in the 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division stand with Command Sgt. Maj. Charles W. Albertson at their NCO Induction Ceremony on July 23, 2019 at Camp Taji, Iraq. (Maj. Vonnie L. Wright)

Newly inducted U.S. Army Non-Commissioned Officers serving in the 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division stand with Command Sgt. Maj. Charles W. Albertson at their NCO Induction Ceremony on July 23, 2019 at Camp Taji, Iraq. (Maj. Vonnie L. Wright)

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101st Airborne Division Bastogne Army officer Dana Lafarier bids farewell to Iraq

 

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Baghdad, Iraq – On June 30th, 2019, Maj. Dana Lafarier ended his tour of duty in Iraq serving as the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division fire support officer.

Lafarier ended his tour in Iraq at six months in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He served with the brigade stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky for two years.

“Dana is one of the most hardest working officers I have ever met”, said U.S. Army Col. Derek Thomson, deputy commander of Task Force Iraq and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division commander.

U.S. Army Col. Derek Thomson, deputy commander of Task Force Iraq and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division commander, presents U.S. Army Maj. Dana Lafarier, Task Force Iraq and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division fire support officer, with the Meritorious Service Medal for his contributions to the unit on June 30, 2019 in Baghdad. (Maj. Vonnie Wright, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Col. Derek Thomson, deputy commander of Task Force Iraq and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division commander, presents U.S. Army Maj. Dana Lafarier, Task Force Iraq and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division fire support officer, with the Meritorious Service Medal for his contributions to the unit on June 30, 2019 in Baghdad. (Maj. Vonnie Wright, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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