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101st Airborne Division Soldiers to Commemorate “Hamburger Hill” 50th Anniversary with 31.87-mile Run / Walk

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On Wednesday, May 15th, 2019, several hundred active-duty 101st Airborne Division Soldiers will be joined by almost 80 Vietnam-era U.S. Army Veterans for a 31.87-mile ultramarathon at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as part of their commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Hamburger Hill.

This week marks 50 years since the frontal assault on Hill 937, Dong Ap Bia, Vietnam. The ten-day engagement, more commonly referred to as Hamburger Hill, was fought by U.S. Army Soldiers, including those from the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Marines and the South Vietnamese military.

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Secretary of the Army Mark Esper visits Fort Campbell

 

Written by Pfc. Beverly Mejia
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper shared his recently published Army Vision with Soldiers, leaders, Families and civilians of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, Tuesday during a visit to the post.

“The Army Vision speaks about where we want to be in the year 2028 and within that it outlines manning, training, equipping and leading,” Esper said.

As secretary of the Army, Esper has constitutional responsibility of all aspects in relation to the U.S. Army, to include organization, recruiting, equipping, training and supervision of more than 1.4 million active duty, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers, as well as Army civilians and their Families.

Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper observes Soldiers as they maneuver through the air assault obstacle course at The Sabalauski Air Assault School July 10th, 2018 on Fort Campbell, Ky. The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is the Army’s only air assault division. Air assault gives the division unique capabilities of quick and precise infiltration and exfiltration methods. (Sgt. Patrick Kirby, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper observes Soldiers as they maneuver through the air assault obstacle course at The Sabalauski Air Assault School July 10th, 2018 on Fort Campbell, Ky. The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is the Army’s only air assault division. Air assault gives the division unique capabilities of quick and precise infiltration and exfiltration methods. (Sgt. Patrick Kirby, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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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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101st Airborne Division Iron Rakkasans: 50 years later

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

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Fort Campbell, KY – Friday morning people boarded two white buses on the final leg of a trip 50 years in the making. Many of the passengers were founding members of D Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, Rakkasans, 101st Airborne Division, created in 1967 during the Vietnam War.

Traveling with these men were other veterans, spouses, children, grandchildren and siblings. Throughout the day they talked and joked with each other, as they caught up since their last reunion. The group looked more like a large Family than anything else, and that is because of how close these men became when they were young Soldiers.

Veterans and their Families who returned to Fort Campbell Sept. 8, 2017, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of D Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, visits a wall that includes the names of the Rakkasans that fell in combat during a search and destroy mission in March 1968. These veterans did not find out the fate of the Soldiers evacuated from the battlefield with critical wounds for decades, and the reunion was the first time some of the veterans had seen each other since Vietnam. (Leejay Lockhart)

Veterans and their Families who returned to Fort Campbell Sept. 8, 2017, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of D Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, visits a wall that includes the names of the Rakkasans that fell in combat during a search and destroy mission in March 1968. These veterans did not find out the fate of the Soldiers evacuated from the battlefield with critical wounds for decades, and the reunion was the first time some of the veterans had seen each other since Vietnam. (Leejay Lockhart)

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101st Airborne Division unit completes transformation as history comes full circle

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – The 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), added to its distinguished history with the formal recognition of the addition of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment “White Currahee” in a ceremony held at Fort Campbell May 14th.

“Both our Soldiers, our Families and our Veterans from the White Currahee nation are extremely honored to come back to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team,” said Lt. Col. Scott Kirkpatrick, commander, 2nd Bn, 506th Inf. Rgt. “It’s about two storied organizations, the Currahees and the Rakkasans, coming together to make a legendary one.”

Formal recognition ceremony of the addition of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment "White Currahee" to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans", 101st Airborne Division.

Formal recognition ceremony of the addition of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment “White Currahee” to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division.

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Fort Campbell’s Iron Rakkasans train ‘Brilliance in Basics’

 

Written by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanFort Campbell, KY – With the arrival of new soldiers, companies within the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), train their soldiers for combat starting at the foundation.

Leaders within the 3-187th “Iron” Rakkasans train the soldiers throughout the battalion during a field training exercise aimed at training the smallest element within units, the fire teams.

Pfc. Shea Simpson, an infantryman assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) assaults an objective during a fire team exercise at U.S. Army Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 24, 2013. The team exercise was one event that soldiers had to complete during a three day field training exercise, designed to strengthen the battalion’s fire teams. (Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton 3/101 Public Affairs)

Pfc. Shea Simpson, an infantryman assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT) assaults an objective during a fire team exercise at U.S. Army Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 24, 2013. The team exercise was one event that soldiers had to complete during a three day field training exercise, designed to strengthen the battalion’s fire teams. (Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team takes Proactive approach as Rakkasans Redeploy

 

Written by 1st Lt. Alex Gephart

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – After an active 9-month deployment to eastern Afghanistan, Soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), known as the “Iron Rakkasans,” are preparing for the transition to life back on American soil.

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), take reintegration surveys on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, May 6th, 2013. Reintegration training assists Soldiers in the transition back to life in the U.S. and life with their Families. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), take reintegration surveys on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, May 6th, 2013. Reintegration training assists Soldiers in the transition back to life in the U.S. and life with their Families. (U.S. Army courtesy photo)

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Fort Campbell Rakkasans return home, reunite with family

 

Written by Sgt. Alan Graziano
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Approximately 240 soldiers from various companies and battalions of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) returned home from a deployment to Afghanistan and were recognized with a welcome home ceremony March 27th at the Campbell Army Airfield.

Welcome home ceremonies are very unique events because they provide the first opportunity for soldiers and family members to reunite after long periods of separation that result from deployments.

Spc. Robert Fay Jr., an infantryman from Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division, reunites with his father, Robert Fay, a former Rakkasan, March 27 at a welcome home ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky. Although not at the ceremony, Fay's grandfather is also a former Rakkasan, and the three generations of the Fay family have served the elite 187th Infantry Regiment in several wars dating back to the beginning of its history. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

Spc. Robert Fay Jr., an infantryman from Company D, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division, reunites with his father, Robert Fay, a former Rakkasan, March 27 at a welcome home ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky. Although not at the ceremony, Fay’s grandfather is also a former Rakkasan, and the three generations of the Fay family have served the elite 187th Infantry Regiment in several wars dating back to the beginning of its history. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

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Christmas Spirit Comes to 101st Airborne Division Rakkasans while Deployed in Afghanistan

 

Written by U.S. Army Capt. Erik Alfsen
Chaplain, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasan

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – It is Christmas Eve on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.

Decorations, colorful lights, Christmas trees, and tables full of home style food fill the room. Live music is playing and someone dressed as Santa Clause is handing out presents.

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pose for a photo to show their holiday cheer. (Courtesy photo)

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pose for a photo to show their holiday cheer. (Courtesy photo)

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Hamburger Hill Veterans return to Fort Campbell

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Dozens of Vietnam-era, 101st Airborne Division Veterans will return to Fort Campbell May 8th-9th to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the Battle of Hamburger Hill.

The 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, “Iron Rakkasans” will welcome the Veterans back to Fort Campbell and will host several events in their honor.

On May 8th, two generations of Rakkasan warfighters will watch a screening of the movie Hamburger Hill together on Fort Campbell followed by a private tour and capabilities demonstration for the Vietnam-era “Iron Rakkasans.”

Hamburger Hill Veterans listen to the Air Assault instructor during their tour of the facilities at last years event..

Hamburger Hill Veterans listen to the Air Assault instructor during their tour of the facilities at last years event..

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