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Lamar Alexander reports Senate approves Pay Raises, Better Training, More Equipment for Troops

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after he voted for and the Senate passed by an overwhelming vote of 84-13, the conference report of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which establishes the nation’s military spending priorities for troops, including those at Fort Campbell, and supports important U.S. Department of Energy national security programs at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.

“For the last 60 years, Congress has passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which prioritizes the men and women who serve in our armed forces,” Senator Alexander said.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander says President Donald Trump Signs Bill that Gives Troops Biggest Pay Raise in 10 Years

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

“Governing is about setting priorities, and this bill shows our priority is the men and women who serve in our armed forces. This defense bill authorizes the biggest pay raise for troops at Fort Campbell, Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma and Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington in 10 years, and continues to make research and development of new technologies a priority so our military can deal with new and emerging threats,” said Senator Alexander.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander reports U.S. Senate Passes Defense Bill that Gives Troops Pay Raises, Better Housing, More Equipment and Training

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report:

“Governing is about setting priorities, and this bill shows our priority is the men and women who serve in our armed forces. This defense bill authorizes pay raises for troops at Fort Campbell and the Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, and continues to make research and development of new technologies a priority so our military can deal with new and emerging threats,” stated Senator Alexander.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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101st Airborne Soldier helps extract Iraqi Soldier from behind enemy lines

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs

82nd Airborne DivisionIraq – Before he enlisted, Spc. Erik Salmon was a traveler fond of seeing new places and experiencing different cultures. When the 26-year-old intelligence analyst deployed to Iraq in May, 2016, with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), he found himself trapped in tiny Camp Swift behind dirt barriers, concrete walls and concertina wire.

“For the last nine months, I’ve only spent a total of eight hours outside Swift for my buddy’s reenlistment in Erbil,” he stated. “I jumped on a convoy during my off-shift. I got about four hours of sleep that night.”

Salmon is just days away from returning to Fort Campbell, KY.

Spc. Erik Salmon, 26, an intelligence analyst assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, poses for a photograph while deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, at Camp Swift, Jan. 8, 2017. Salmon assisted in the recovery of an isolated Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) soldier while working as a member of a U.S. and Iraqi advise and assist operations cell. (Maj. Ireka R. Sanders)

Spc. Erik Salmon, 26, an intelligence analyst assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, poses for a photograph while deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, at Camp Swift, Jan. 8, 2017. Salmon assisted in the recovery of an isolated Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) soldier while working as a member of a U.S. and Iraqi advise and assist operations cell. (Maj. Ireka R. Sanders)

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101st Airborne’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team Artillerymen support Mosul counter-offensive come rain or shine

 

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

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

Northern Iraq – Christmas Eve. Some of the Soldiers in U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Johnathan Walker’s section shiver as freezing rain continues to fall upon their position.

“Fire!” yells Walker as he makes a cutting motion through the rain with his hand. The round leaves the tube of the M777 artillery piece with its trademark boom and smoke and the artillerymen begin to move again. The soft sound of boots impacting the mud and gravel echoes through the gun pit.

U.S Army Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission to support the Iraqi security forces during the Mosul counter offensive, Dec. 24, 2016, in northern Iraq. Battery C is supporting the ISF with indirect fires in their fight against the ISIL. (U.S Army Photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

U.S Army Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission to support the Iraqi security forces during the Mosul counter offensive, Dec. 24, 2016, in northern Iraq. Battery C is supporting the ISF with indirect fires in their fight against the ISIL. (U.S Army Photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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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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Coalition Forces, 101st Airborne Division supports Iraqi Security Forces Mosul offensive

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBaghdad, Iraq – Iraqi security forces began the offensive to retake Mosul October 17th, 2016, with support from the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the major operation to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The top Coalition general in Iraq, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, highlighted the leading role played by the Iraqis in the operation.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, left, commander, Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, visits with an Iraqi soldier at a tactical assembly area in northern Iraq, Iraq, prior to the start of the Mosul offensive, Oct. 10, 2016. The TAAs are where ISF assembled prior to making their push toward Mosul. (Sgt. 1st Class R.W. Lemmons IV)

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, left, commander, Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, visits with an Iraqi soldier at a tactical assembly area in northern Iraq, Iraq, prior to the start of the Mosul offensive, Oct. 10, 2016. The TAAs are where ISF assembled prior to making their push toward Mosul. (Sgt. 1st Class R.W. Lemmons IV)

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101st Airborne Division Task Force Falcon advises, assists Ministry of Peshmerga

 

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

Erbil, Iraq – Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, enable the Kurdish Regional Government’s Peshmerga forces to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant through advise and assist, and train and equip missions.

“We are partnered with the Ministry of Peshmerga,” said Lt. Col. Edwin Matthaidess, commander of 2-502nd, also known as Task Force Falcon. “The MOP is part of the Kurdish Regional Government and is one of the security elements, per the Iraqi constitution, that makes up the Iraqi security forces. It is comprised of 14 regional guard brigades, which makes up their main combat power. As part of our advise and assist duties, we focus on the manning, training, and equipping.”

Staff Sgt. Vincent Boyd, left, a trainer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, demonstrates to a Peshmerga soldier how to signal to properly hook a tow winch to another vehicle during vehicle recovery training, in Erbil, Iraq, June 22, 2016. U.S. and German personnel tested Peshmerga soldiers on proper vehicle recovery techniques during the training. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

Staff Sgt. Vincent Boyd, left, a trainer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, demonstrates to a Peshmerga soldier how to signal to properly hook a tow winch to another vehicle during vehicle recovery training, in Erbil, Iraq, June 22, 2016. U.S. and German personnel tested Peshmerga soldiers on proper vehicle recovery techniques during the training. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

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Fort Campbell Soldiers provide Artillery support for Iraqi security forces with indirect fires

 

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

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

Kara Soar Base, Iraq – U.S. Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)  Task Force Strike conducted fire mission from Kara Soar Base Iraq, during an operation in support of the Iraqi Army, June 14th, 2016.

U.S. Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission with an M777 howitzer during an operation to support Iraqi security forces at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, Aug. 7, 2016. Battery C Soldiers support the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve mission by providing indirect fire support for Iraqi security forces as they continue to combat Da’esh and re-take lost terrain. (1st Lt. Daniel I Johnson)

U.S. Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission with an M777 howitzer during an operation to support Iraqi security forces at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, Aug. 7, 2016. Battery C Soldiers support the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve mission by providing indirect fire support for Iraqi security forces as they continue to combat Da’esh and re-take lost terrain. (1st Lt. Daniel I Johnson)

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101st Airborne’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team Logistics Advise, Assist enables Iraqi security force

 

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

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

Camp Taji, Iraq – In the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, comprised of forces from 18 Coalition nations, is building the capacity of Iraqi security forces.

Whether it is targeting the enemy with ground and air strikes or training and equipping, CJFLCC-OIR’s mission is to enable ISF and the government of Iraq to defeat ISIL.

Capt. Shige Clark with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 526th Brigade Support Battalion, speaks to her Iraqi counterpart about the layout and procedures of a medical supply storage facility July 12, 2016, in Taji, Iraq. The 5256th BSB and other coalition forces on Camp Taji are advising the Iraqi security forces on logistics programs and procedures. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

Capt. Shige Clark with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 526th Brigade Support Battalion, speaks to her Iraqi counterpart about the layout and procedures of a medical supply storage facility July 12, 2016, in Taji, Iraq. The 5256th BSB and other coalition forces on Camp Taji are advising the Iraqi security forces on logistics programs and procedures. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

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