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Fort Campbell’s New Garrison Commander Joseph Kuchan excited to lead garrison into the future

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On June 23rd, 2017, Col. Joseph Kuchan took command of the Fort Campbell garrison, bringing more than 22 years of experience to the position.

Kuchan has served in a variety of roles throughout his career, from aide de camp to the commanding general in two different commands to deputy operations officer while deployed to Afghanistan. He also has commanded an infantry battalion.

This is his third duty assignment at Fort Campbell. For nearly a year he was the 101st Airborne Division’s operations officer before he took over as garrison commander from Col. James “Rob” Salome who is retiring from the Army.

Colonel Joseph Kuchan, Fort Campbell’s garrison commander, addresses attendees during a change of command ceremony at Wilson Theater June 23rd, 2017,. Kuchan brings more than 22 years of service to the position. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Colonel Joseph Kuchan, Fort Campbell’s garrison commander, addresses attendees during a change of command ceremony at Wilson Theater June 23rd, 2017,. Kuchan brings more than 22 years of service to the position. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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James Salome retiring, Joseph Kuchan takes command at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell garrison, which serves more than 26,000 Soldiers as well as more than 45,000 Family members, civilian employees and contractors, held a change of command ceremony at Wilson Theater Friday.

Colonel James “Rob” Salome, Fort Campbell’s garrison commander for the past two years, relinquished command to Col. Joseph Kuchan in a ceremony presided over by Brenda McCullough, director of Installation Management Command-Readiness.

Salome will retire after more than 23 years of Army service later in the year, while Kuchan is a familiar face at Fort Campbell, having most recently served as operations officer for the 101st Airborne Division.

Colonel James “Rob” Salome, Fort Campbell’s garrison commander for the past two years, addresses attendees at a retirement ceremony Friday held moments before he relinquished command of Fort Campbell to Col. Joseph Kuchan. Both Salome and Kuchan had served with the 101st Airborne Division before becoming garrison commander. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Colonel James “Rob” Salome, Fort Campbell’s garrison commander for the past two years, addresses attendees at a retirement ceremony Friday held moments before he relinquished command of Fort Campbell to Col. Joseph Kuchan. Both Salome and Kuchan had served with the 101st Airborne Division before becoming garrison commander. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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U.S. House Representatives visit Fort Campbell, Major General Andrew Poppas talks readiness

 

Written by Sgt. William White
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – A congressional delegation visited Fort Campbell Tuesday in an effort to better understand readiness challenges the Army is facing.

House Reps. William “Mac” Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Diane Black, chairwoman of the House Budget Committee and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and chairman of the subcommittee on communications and technology, visited some of Fort Campbell’s facilities in need of updates.

The delegation met with Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, who discussed with them the installation’s readiness challenges.

Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander, speaks to Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, Rep. William "Mac" Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and Rep. Diane Black, Chairman of the House Budget Committee about logistical and manning challenges in the brigade due to sequestration during a tour Mar. 7, 2017 at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander, speaks to Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, Rep. William “Mac” Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and Rep. Diane Black, Chairman of the House Budget Committee about logistical and manning challenges in the brigade due to sequestration during a tour Mar. 7, 2017 at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell named U.S. Army’s 2016 Best Installation

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell is the best installation in the Army, confirmed today by earning its first Gold Award in the 2016 Installation Management Command Army Communities of Excellence competition.

ACOE recognizes Army garrisons for their performance in meeting and exceeding goals of IMCOM’s Installation Management Campaign Plan.

In a message to the entire installation, garrison commander Col. James “Rob” Salome said, “Congratulations to all of you and your teams as this reflects all of the hard work and tremendous commitment you’ve had to making Fort Campbell truly the BEST Soldier and Family Experience! I am very proud to be on this team and wish the sincerest congratulations to each and every one of you and our team mates.”

Fort Campbell is home to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) "Screaming Eagles". (Sam Shore)

Fort Campbell is home to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) “Screaming Eagles”. (Sam Shore)

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