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Fort Campbell Air Assault unit brings new perspective to network modernization event

 

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U.S. ArmyFort Campbell, KY – Just four months after the last Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (2/101 Air Assault) returned home from an advise and assist mission in Iraq, the 2/101 “Strike” Brigade is gearing up for a new mission as they bring a light infantry perspective to integrating and evolving communications systems during the Army’s signature operational network exercise.

Known as the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) and taking place at Fort Bliss, Texas, in July, the exercise is designed to help the Army keep pace with rapid advances in communications technologies and deliver integrated network and mission command capabilities to support readiness.

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Black Hawk helicopters carrying Soldiers during an operational exercise. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Black Hawk helicopters carrying Soldiers during an operational exercise. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Rakkasan Soldiers use Virtual Reality for Training

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – As a convoy of Humvees travels across the dusty plains, Sgt. Jarrod Stegall scans for potential threats. Suddenly his vehicle comes to a halt as a pickup truck comes out from behind a building. Recognizing it as an insurgent vehicle, the vehicle commander shouts to Stegall, “Enemy vehicle 400 meters!”

Receiving the command, he adjusts his traverse and elevation mechanism to the correct settings and engages the target. A few rounds later, the enemy vehicle is destroyed and he radios the vehicle commander to confirm the kill. Satisfied with the engagement the vehicle commander orders the convoy to keep moving.

Sgt. Jarrod Stegall, a vehicle crew member with the 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, scans for targets during a simulated convoy here July 16, 2015. Stegall conducted training on the 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s unstabilized gunnery trainer-individual, the first of its kind in the active component Army, which allows unit master gunners to build scenarios for crew gunners to virtually engage targets and validate them before conducting live-fire gunnery tables. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Sgt. Jarrod Stegall, a vehicle crew member with the 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, scans for targets during a simulated convoy here July 16, 2015. Stegall conducted training on the 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s unstabilized gunnery trainer-individual, the first of its kind in the active component Army, which allows unit master gunners to build scenarios for crew gunners to virtually engage targets and validate them before conducting live-fire gunnery tables. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division holds inactivation ceremony for 159th Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell

 

Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

159th Combat Aviation BrigadeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, families and friends of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gathered at the division parade field here, May 7th to conduct the final official ceremony in the brigade’s history.

After 18 years of service, the 159th CAB colors were cased at the ceremony by Col. Jimmy Blackmon, the final brigade commander of the 159th CAB “Thunder Brigade,” and retired Col. Bob Freeman, the honorary colonel of the brigade, signifying a conclusion to the legacy of this historic aviation unit.

Soldiers from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pay honors to the nation during the national anthem at the Thunder Brigade's inactivation ceremony at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, Ky., May 7, 2015. The 159th CAB cased its brigade colors for the final time during the ceremony, as well as all of its subordinate battalion colors and company guidons. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Soldiers from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pay honors to the nation during the national anthem at the Thunder Brigade’s inactivation ceremony at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, Ky., May 7, 2015. The 159th CAB cased its brigade colors for the final time during the ceremony, as well as all of its subordinate battalion colors and company guidons. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell 187th Infantry Regiment “Dragon” Soldiers fire up Fort Knox range

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conducted a culminating section- and platoon-level mounted gunnery April 27th through Friday at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

The heavy weapons Soldiers of Dragon Company are tasked with providing heavy fire support for the individual rifle companies of the battalion.

A Soldier assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, engages targets at St. Vith Range at Fort Knox, KY, April 30th, 2015. The Soldiers from Dragon Company trained at Fort Knox as part of a crew, section and platoon certification used to verify the heavy weapons company's ability to provide fire support to the battalion's rifle companies. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (air Assault) Public Affairs)

A Soldier assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, engages targets at St. Vith Range at Fort Knox, KY, April 30th, 2015. The Soldiers from Dragon Company trained at Fort Knox as part of a crew, section and platoon certification used to verify the heavy weapons company’s ability to provide fire support to the battalion’s rifle companies. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (air Assault) Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) welcomes new division Command Sergeant Major Gregory Nowak at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Pubilc Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell, KY. The Home of the Screaming EaglesFort Campbell, KY – Command Sergeant Major Gregory Nowak became the 34th command sergeant major of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during an assumption of responsibility ceremony at McAuliffe Hall, the division headquarters, here October 9th.

Soldiers of the division, along with Families and members of the Fort Campbell community, gathered to welcome Nowak, who comes to the division from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Camps Casey and Hovey in the Republic of Korea.

Command Sergeant Major Gregory Nowak assumes responsibility as the 34th command sergeant major of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during a ceremony held at McAuliffe Hall, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Oct. 9, 2014.   (Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

Command Sergeant Major Gregory Nowak assumes responsibility as the 34th command sergeant major of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during a ceremony held at McAuliffe Hall, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Oct. 9, 2014. (Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

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Competition breeds excellence at the 2014 Week of the Eagles Marksmanship Competition on Fort Campbell

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Teams from 101st Airborne Division units and Fort Campbell competed in a series of marksmanship events on Tuesday during the 101st Airborne Division’s Week of the Eagles.

“Competition breeds Excellence,” said 1st Lt. Jonathan Pickens, the planner for the Week of the Eagles Marksmanship Competition. “It also helps build that competitive edge that we need to take to the enemy when we’re deployed overseas.”

Snipers and their spotters conduct a visual search for foreign objects placed down range.

Snipers and their spotters conduct a visual search for foreign objects placed down range.

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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

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

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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Agile Eagle transitions the 101st Airborne Division to BCT 2020

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado

101st Airborne Division Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort 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)

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)

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101st Airborne Division conducts Brigade-Level Air Assault Training Operation at Fort Campbell

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) holds a unique position as the only air assault division in the world. As an air assault-focused unit, the division must be ready at a moment’s notice to plan, coordinate, and execute brigade-size air assault operations capable of seizing key terrain in support of operational objectives.

“The 101st Airborne Division provides the National Command Authority an air assault early entry force capable of working in austere environments with limited or degraded infrastructure,” said Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), secure a landing zone during the full dress rehearsal for Operation Golden Eagle here April 4, 2014. The four-day exercise was the first brigade-size air assault operation conducted by the 101st Abn. Div. in more than a decade and featured Soldiers from 3rd BCT and 101st Combat Aviation Brigade "Wings of Destiny," moving more than 1,100 Soldiers and sling-loading more than 20 pieces of equipment. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), secure a landing zone during the full dress rehearsal for Operation Golden Eagle here April 4, 2014. The four-day exercise was the first brigade-size air assault operation conducted by the 101st Abn. Div. in more than a decade and featured Soldiers from 3rd BCT and 101st Combat Aviation Brigade “Wings of Destiny,” moving more than 1,100 Soldiers and sling-loading more than 20 pieces of equipment. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

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Rakkasans host future Soldiers at Fort Campbell

 

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

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Fourteen future Soldiers from the Bloomington, IN Recruiting Station were given a glimpse of their future during a visit here March 19th.

“This is the first major [tour] we’ve done like this where we’ve gotten the post and an entire Brigade involved,” said Staff Sgt. Forrest Uribe, a recruiter with the Bloomington Recruiting Station.

The primary focus of the tour was observing training and interacting with Soldiers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team ‘Rakkasans’, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Spc. Cliff Baxter (right) and Spc. Christopher Paisley, both forward observers with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) discuss the life of a Soldier and offer insights to the 14 future Soldiers who visited 3rd BCT and Fort Campbell March 19, 2014. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

Spc. Cliff Baxter (right) and Spc. Christopher Paisley, both forward observers with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) discuss the life of a Soldier and offer insights to the 14 future Soldiers who visited 3rd BCT and Fort Campbell March 19, 2014. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

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