Nashville, TN – General James McConville, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, presented two Soldiers from Company C, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) the Silver Star for heroic actions in support of U.S. Army forces in Afghanistan, July 12th, 2018, during a ceremony at the Army Aviation Association of America Summit 2019 in Nashville, April 16th.
McConville, a former 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander, pinned the medals on Sgt. Armando Yanez and Sgt. Emmanuel Bynum following his keynote address at the summit, an annual gathering of the Army aviation community.
The Silver Star Medal is awarded primarily to members of the United States Armed Forces for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States. Two Soldiers from Company C, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) received The Silver Star during a ceremony held at the Army Aviation Association of America Summit 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee April 16th, 2019. (Sgt. Steven Lopez)
Fort Campbell, KY – The historic and accomplished 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) welcomed its 47th commanding general Thursday, February 14th, 2019, as Major General Andrew Poppas relinquished command to Major General Brian Winski.
Under Poppas’ leadership, the 101st Airborne Division deployed Soldiers to combat, contingency and peacekeeping missions around the world, to include Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan, dozens of training and partnership missions on the African and European continents, and hurricane and disaster relief missions in Puerto Rico and the United States. He spoke to the thousands of “Screaming Eagle” Soldiers, Veterans and community members who assembled for the ceremony at Fort Campbell’s parade field.
Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, acting commanding general for U.S. Forces Command, hands the “Screaming Eagle” colors to Maj. Gen. Brian Winski, as he assumes command of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Feb. 14, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Winski succeeds Maj. Gen. Andrew Poppas, who, after commanding the world’s only air assault division for the past two years, will move on to the Pentagon, as the director of operations for the Joint Staff. (Sgt. James Griffin, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)
Fort Campbell, KY – From its roots as one of the U.S. Army’s first airborne divisions in World War II, to defining air mobile operations in Vietnam, to its current status as the world’s only air assault division, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) has a history of change and innovation.
The 101st will again answer the call as it begins implementing Operation Agile Eagle II, designed to localize and implement the larger Department of the Army-directed BCT 2020 initiative. This overarching move mandates development of a plan that will reduce the overall strength of the Army in order to meet current and future mission requirements.
Lt. Col. Zachary Miller (left), commander of the former 3rd Special Troops Battalion and commander of the newly reflagged 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, and Command Sgt. Maj. Martin Humphreys, the senior enlisted advisor for 21st BEB, uncase the colors of the newly stood up 21st BEB during a ceremony at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, March 27, 2014. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)
Written by Sgt. Jon Heinrich
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs
Fort Campbell, KY – With the cold of the day and even colder night, the soldiers said their goodbyes to the Families as they climbed onto the buses to begin their deployment to Afghanistan.
For the soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, having support from their Families is the motivation need to succeed in their next deployment.
Maj. General James McConville, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division, speaks to soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team Oct. 29 at the airfield terminal here before they deploy to Afghanistan. The soldiers represent the brigade’s advance part teams and will lead the brigade in its next rendezvous with destiny. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich)
Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO
Fort Campbell, KY – Foreheads touching, eyes closed, a half a minute of silence then soft whispers saying, ‘I love you, I love you so much,’ A tear falls from her eye.
The deploying Strike advisory teams of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), embraced and said goodbye to their loved ones as they begin their mission as ‘the new tip of the spear’ in the War on Terror, departing Fort Campbell’s flight line, April 27th-30th, for eastern Afghanistan.
Maj. Gen. James McConville, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, speaks to the deploying advisory teams of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., at Fort Campbell’s flight line moments before Strike’s departure for eastern Afghanistan, Apr. 28th. The 101st’s Strike Brigade is sending advisory teams for the Afghan National Security Forces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)
Clarksville, TN – Lt Gen John Castellaw, a former Commanding General of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing and the President of the Crockett Policy Institute, will lead a “Jobs and Veterans” forum at Austin Peay State University, Monday, February 27th.
MG James McConville of Fort Campbell will be joined by State Commissioner of Veteran’s Affairs Many-Bears Grinder, former Deputy Commissioner of Workforce Development Bob Henningsen, and Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan on the panel. «Read the rest of this article»
Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO
Fort Campbell, KY – “For distinguished service provided to our Soldiers and the Fort Campbell community during the period of November 22nd, 2011 through November 24th, 2011 for selection at the Commander’s Best Decorated Dining Facility for Thanksgiving 2011 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky,” is what’s written on The Commander’s Certificate presented to the Soldier chefs and staff members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Dining Facility, January 24th.
Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Herndon, Fort Campbell’s garrison command sergeant major, poses for a picture with the winners of the Commander’s Certificate, the Strike Dining Facility staff from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during the award ceremony held at the Strike Dining Facility, Jan. 24th. The Commander’s Certificate is awarded for best dining facility during the Thanksgiving holiday. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)
Fort Campbell, KY – Just a scant three days before Christmas 138 Soldiers returned from Iraq in what is a monumental moment for our nation; the return of the last combat troops from Iraq. “This is a pretty historic moment for Fort Campbell as these are the last combat troops coming out of Iraq, and we are glad to be getting them home in time for Christmas” said 101st Sustainment Brigade commander Col. Michael Peterman said when speaking to the media.
The war began with the invasion of Iraq on March 20th, 2003 and officially ended on December 15th 2011, and saw Saddam Hussein captured, tried for the 1982 killing of 148 Shiites for which he was sentenced to death by hanging. It also saw the nation transition to a Democracy with open Democratic elections. During that time 4,484 US soldiers and 318 soldiers from coalition partners lost their lives; including 204 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division. An estimated 126,000 Iraqi civilians were killed.
Fort Campbell, KY – Thanksgiving is a holiday for giving thanks. It is a time to celebrate family and friends, the arrival of crisp fall weather, the turning of the leaves, football, turkey, pumpkin pie; and for the families of 50 Fort Campbell Soldiers from the 305th Quartermaster Company part of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, it’s a time to be thankful that their loved ones arrived home from Iraq just in time to enjoy this special holiday with them.
Fort Campbell, KY – On Thursday in what became the flight that never ended 194 soldiers from 101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners”returned home from a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The soldier’s families had gathered at Campbell Army Airfield to see their loved ones arrive back home. They were expecting the flight to arrive at 6:25pm, however the aircraft finally touched down at 9:00pm to the enthusiastic cheers from those who were waiting for the flight.
"Lifeliner" Commander Col. Michael Peterman is overcome with emotion as the families cheer to welcome his brigade back home.