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160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) Compound dedicated to former Commander

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Rick Branch
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Public Affairs

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Soar - Night StalkersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) officially dedicated their compound in honor of retired Gen. Bryan “Doug” Brown during a naming ceremony May 14th at Fort Campbell, KY.

The regiment, who previously referred to their base as “the 160th compound,” bestowed the name dedication upon Brown after a thorough approval process. Col. John Thompson, regiment commander, 160th SOAR (A), hailed the dedication to Brown as an honor long overdue to a pioneer in Night Stalker operations.

From Left to Right: Col. John Thompson, regiment commander, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), retired Gen. Bryan “Doug” Brown, and Maj. Gen. Kevin W. Mangum, commanding general, United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command unveil the new sign greeting visitors to the home of the 160th SOAR (A). (160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment photo)

From Left to Right: Col. John Thompson, regiment commander, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), retired Gen. Bryan “Doug” Brown, and Maj. Gen. Kevin W. Mangum, commanding general, United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command unveil the new sign greeting visitors to the home of the 160th SOAR (A). (160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment photo)

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160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment “Darkhorse Soldiers” stand down for safety

 

Written by Maj. Mike Burns
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), took a day February 14th to stand down and focus on safety issues, both on- and off-duty.

More than 350 “Darkhorse” Soldiers gathered to participate in classes, practical exercises and to present awards, all centered on the day’s safety theme.

Lt. Col. Phil Ryan, the 2nd Battalion, 160th SOAR commander, highlighted the importance of taking time to deliberately focus on safety.

Lt. Col. Phil Ryan, the 2nd Battalion, 160th SOAR commander, addresses troops during the “Darkhorse” Battalion safety stand-down day Feb. 14th at Fort Campbell, KY.  The battalion took the day to participate in classes, practical exercises and to present awards all aimed at safety. (Photo by Maj. Mike Burns, 160th SOAR PAO)

Lt. Col. Phil Ryan, the 2nd Battalion, 160th SOAR commander, addresses troops during the “Darkhorse” Battalion safety stand-down day Feb. 14th at Fort Campbell, KY. The battalion took the day to participate in classes, practical exercises and to present awards all aimed at safety. (Photo by Maj. Mike Burns, 160th SOAR PAO)

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Night Stalkers earn Broken Wing Award

 

Written by Major Mike Burns
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

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Fort Campbell, KY – Three pilots assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) received the Broken Wing Award, December 12th.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Stephen Love, Richard Nielsen and Bryan Young were presented the award from the U.S. Army Safety Center for their skill, judgment and technique during two separate in-flight emergencies.

“The fact that these men were able to successfully recover from such significant aircraft and system failures is a testament to the training and experience of our aviators and crews,” said Col. John Thompson, commander of the 160th SOAR(A).

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Richard Nielsen (left) is presented the Army Aviation Broken Wing certificate by Col. John Thompson, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) commander.  Nielson and two others received the award from the U.S. Army Safety Center for his actions during an in-flight emergency. (Photo by 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (A) Public Affairs)

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Richard Nielsen (left) is presented the Army Aviation Broken Wing certificate by Col. John Thompson, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) commander. Nielson and two others received the award from the U.S. Army Safety Center for his actions during an in-flight emergency. (Photo by 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (A) Public Affairs)

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SOAR celebrates 30 years of Night Stalking

 

Written by Kimberly Tiscione
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

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Fort Campbell, KY – Generations of Night Stalkers, Families and friends recently gathered to celebrate 30 years of Army special operations aviation.

On October 16th, 1981, the Department of Defense officially recognized a unit dedicated to providing helicopter support to the nation’s special operations forces. That small formation has evolved into today’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.

An informal event held the day prior to the milestone anniversary afforded an opportunity for founding members of the unit originally known as Task Force-160 to those serving in today’s formation to gather for camaraderie, reflection and some well-deserved fun.

New York City Fire Department personnel Patrick Neville (left) and Justin Devine (right) present Regiment with a plaque recognizing Night Stalker contributions over a decade of deployments supporting the War on Terror during the unit’s 30th Anniversary Celebration October 15th, 2011. Neville crafted the plaque using a piece of steel recovered from one of the World Trade Center towers and metal from a fire truck at ground zero to the Regiment. (160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment photo)

New York City Fire Department personnel Patrick Neville (left) and Justin Devine (right) present Regiment with a plaque recognizing Night Stalker contributions over a decade of deployments supporting the War on Terror during the unit’s 30th Anniversary Celebration October 15th, 2011. Neville crafted the plaque using a piece of steel recovered from one of the World Trade Center towers and metal from a fire truck at ground zero to the Regiment. (160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment photo)

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2nd Battalion, 160th SOAR, received first Meritorious Unit Commendation

 

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)
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Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division160th Soar - Night Stalkers

Fort Campbell, KY – The 2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), received the Meritorious Unit Commendation streamer during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, August 15th, 2011.

The MUC was awarded for exceptionally meritorious actions in support of combat operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility from October 2009 to September 2010. Elements of 2nd Battalion remain continuously deployed in support of the War on Terror. Night Stalkers Don’t Quit!

Lt. Col. Phil Ryan (left), commander of 2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), and Col. John Thompson, SOAR commander, secure the battalion's first Meritorious Unit Commendation streamer to the unit colors during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, August 15th, 2011. (160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment photo)

Lt. Col. Phil Ryan (left), commander of 2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), and Col. John Thompson, SOAR commander, secure the battalion's first Meritorious Unit Commendation streamer to the unit colors during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, August 15th, 2011. (160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment photo)

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Night Stalkers’ week of remembrance and change

 

Written by Kimberly Tiscione
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Public Affairs

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Soar - Night StalkersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – A ceremonial formation of Chinook helicopters and passing of the colors were highlights of the 2011 Week of Night Stalker Activities.

The annual week-long celebration is a rare opportunity for Soldiers, Families, civilians and guests of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment to share in camaraderie and enjoy precious time together while not deployed.

Hundreds gathered for a ceremony remembering the 91 Night Stalkers that died during training or combat in service to their country.  Nearly half of those inscriptions represent Soldiers who died during the last decade while the unit was supporting sustained combat operations in multiple locations around the world.

Maj. Mark Kappelmann (left) accepts the unit colors from Col. John Thompson, commander, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, as he assumes command of the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion from Lt. Col. Brian Hughes during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, May 20th, 2011. Hughes is assuming command at Fort Riley, Kansas. (Photo courtesy of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment)

Maj. Mark Kappelmann (left) accepts the unit colors from Col. John Thompson, commander, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, as he assumes command of the Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion from Lt. Col. Brian Hughes during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, May 20th, 2011. Hughes is assuming command at Fort Riley, Kansas. (Photo courtesy of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment)

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Clarksville honors military veterans

 

US Army Special Operations CommandClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its 18th annual Veterans Day Breakfast on Saturday and honored attending military veterans who fought in wars ranging from World War Two through the present day war in the Middle East.

Citizens and leaders of Clarksville-Montgomery County were in attendance and showed great appreciation of each and every veteran through a standing ovation. Master of ceremonies, Bill Harpel, individually thanked city and county leaders for coming out and showing their support.  «Read the rest of this article»

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November chamber of Commerce Events

 

Clarksville Area Chamber of CommerceClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce announces upcoming events during the month of November.

On Saturday, November 6th, the 18th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast will be held at APSU’s Morgan University Center starting at 7:30am. The breakfast is an excellent opportunity to honor and show support of our veterans. «Read the rest of this article»

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2010 Veterans Day Breakfast

 

Clarksville Area Chamber of CommerceClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce will host their 18th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast on Saturday, November 6th at 7:30am at APSU’s Morgan University Center. The breakfast is an excellent opportunity to honor and show support of our veterans.

This year’s guest speaker is Colonel John Thompson, Commander, 160th SOAR (A). «Read the rest of this article»

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Night Stalkers recognized for combat actions and garrison safety

 

By Sgt. 1st Class Jason Cauley
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Public Affairs

160th Soar NightstalkersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), were recognized for combat actions during the past 24 months at a rare ceremony August 16th.

The unit added seven combat streamers to the battalion colors, and more than 30 Night Stalkers were recognized by the unit for their service and contributions.

“Today we will present more than 40 awards which will represent just some of the hard work and achievement that each of you in uniform does every day to employ the combat power of our nation,” said Lt. Col. Phil Ryan, 2nd Battalion commander. “This recognition by the Army shows the unprecedented commitment of the Darkhorse to our nation’s fight against terrorism.”

Col. John Thompson, 160th Special Operations Aviations Regiment (Airborne) commander shakes hands with Sgt. Brian Buckingham, a 2nd Battalion crew chief who was awarded two Air Medals (one for Valor) during the battalion awards ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, August 16th. (Photo courtesy of 160th SOAR)

Col. John Thompson, 160th Special Operations Aviations Regiment (Airborne) commander shakes hands with Sgt. Brian Buckingham, a 2nd Battalion crew chief who was awarded two Air Medals (one for Valor) during the battalion awards ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY, August 16th. (Photo courtesy of 160th SOAR)

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