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Fort Campbell Gander ceremony bittersweet as post readies for memorial relocation

 

Written by Maria McClure
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – U.S. Army Soldiers, Families, veterans and friends gathered December 12th, 2018, at the Task Force 3-502nd Memorial Park for one final remembrance ceremony.

“Today is a time to say goodbye. Today is the last day that the Gander remembrance will be conducted on this hallowed ground,” said U.S. Army Col. Joseph Escandon, commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), in the opening remarks of this speech. “We could be sad, but there is much to rejoice in for this is a time of renewal.”

The memorial is dedicated to 248 Soldiers – all of whom were attached or assigned to 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, “Strike and Kill,” 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and eight crewmembers, who died in when their flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Gander, Newfoundland, Canada.

Amy Gallo, a Gander widow, shakes hands with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers Wednesday, December 12th, 2018, following the final remembrance ceremony at Task Force 3-502nd Memorial Park at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Maria Rice McClure, Fort Campbell Courier/Fort Campbell Public Affairs)

Amy Gallo, a Gander widow, shakes hands with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers Wednesday, December 12th, 2018, following the final remembrance ceremony at Task Force 3-502nd Memorial Park at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Maria Rice McClure, Fort Campbell Courier/Fort Campbell Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division to hold Final Ceremony at Gander Memorial before Re-Location

 

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Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Media members and the public are invited to the Fort Campbell Gander Memorial annual remembrance ceremony, December 12th, 2018 at Fort Campbell. This will be the final ceremony at the memorial’s current site before it is moved to a new location on the installation.

The site, consisting of a monument and 256 Canadian Sugar Maple trees, was built as a living memorial to the 248 Soldiers and eight crew members who lost their lives when Arrow Air Flight 1285 crashed in Gander, Newfoundland shortly after takeoff on the morning of December 12th, 1985.

A grove of 256 Canadian Sugar Maple trees at the Gander Memorial on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The 256 trees represent 248 101st Airborne Division Soldiers and eight civilians, who were killed in a 1985 airplane accident in Gander, Newfoundland. The trees, donated by Canadian citizens, have grown too close together and a new memorial is being constructed on Fort Campbell. (U.S. Army photos by Maj. Kevin Andersen)

A grove of 256 Canadian Sugar Maple trees at the Gander Memorial on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The 256 trees represent 248 101st Airborne Division Soldiers and eight civilians, who were killed in a 1985 airplane accident in Gander, Newfoundland. The trees, donated by Canadian citizens, have grown too close together and a new memorial is being constructed on Fort Campbell. (U.S. Army photos by Maj. Kevin Andersen)

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101st Airborne Division’s Strike Brigade receives Operation Inherent Resolve streamer following Iraq deployment

 

Written by Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) stood tall on Strike Field here, February 20th, 2018 as an Iraq campaign streamer was added to the brigade’s guidon.

Maj. Gen. Andrew Poppas, 101st Abn. Div. commander, alongside Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Sims, 101st Abn. Div. senior enlisted leader, joined Col. Joseph Escandon and Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Wilson, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. command team, to attach the streamer for the brigade’s contribution to Operation Inherent Resolve during their most recent deployment to Iraq.

(L to R) Col. Joseph Escandon, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander, Maj. Gen. Andrew Poppas, 101st Abn. Div. commander, Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Sims, 101st Abn. Div. senior enlisted leader, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Wilson, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. senior enlisted leader, attach a streamer to the brigade’s guidon at Strike Field, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Feb. 20, for the unit’s contribution to Operation Inherent Resolve during their most recent deployment to Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen)

(L to R) Col. Joseph Escandon, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander, Maj. Gen. Andrew Poppas, 101st Abn. Div. commander, Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Sims, 101st Abn. Div. senior enlisted leader, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Wilson, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. senior enlisted leader, attach a streamer to the brigade’s guidon at Strike Field, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Feb. 20, for the unit’s contribution to Operation Inherent Resolve during their most recent deployment to Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen)

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