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Fort Campbell Soldier uses military training to better community

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – By signing an enlistment contract, Soldiers are already showing their dedication not only to their local community but to their country as a whole.

However, fulfilling the call of duty is sometimes not enough. For Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Roberts, a food service sergeant with 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), it was an opportunity to use the skills the Army trained him to do, to better his community.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Roberts, food service sergeant with 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), talks to the children of his football team, Oct. 21, 2014. The team he coaches is part of the Bud Hudson Youth Football League of the Boys and Girls Club of America in Christian County, Ky. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Roberts, food service sergeant with 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), talks to the children of his football team, Oct. 21, 2014. The team he coaches is part of the Bud Hudson Youth Football League of the Boys and Girls Club of America in Christian County, Ky. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

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5th Special Forces Support Battalion hold change of command at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
5th Special Forces Group

5th Special Forces GroupFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, families and friends with the Group Support Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), also known as “Legion,” welcomed their new commander July 24th, 2014.

During a ceremony held here at Gabriel Field, Lt. Col. Fred L. Dela Cruz relinquished command of the GSB, 5th SFG (A), to Lt. Col. Anthony J. Boniface Jr. a native of Albany NY.

Lt. Col. Anthony J. Boniface Jr., incoming commander of the Group Support Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), salutes the battalion formation at the close of the GSB change of command ceremony held July 25, 2014, here at Gabriel field. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

Lt. Col. Anthony J. Boniface Jr., incoming commander of the Group Support Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), salutes the battalion formation at the close of the GSB change of command ceremony held July 25, 2014, here at Gabriel field. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

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5th Special Forces Group “Legion” dedicates building at Fort Campbell to Medal of Honor recipient Drew Dix

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moell
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – Awarded for personal acts of valor, above and beyond the call of duty, the highest award a Soldier can earn during combat is the Medal of Honor.

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Drew D. Dix, native of Pueblo, CO, was awarded the Medal of Honor from President Lyndon B. Johnson on January 19th, 1969, for repeatedly leading a 20-man force of local fighters in to Chau Phu, Vietnam, multiple times, driving out the Viet Cong resulting in 14 confirmed Viet Cong Killed in action and a potential 25 more, the rescue of 14 United States and free world civilians, and capturing 20 enemy combatants, including a high ranking Viet Cong official, during the early days of the Tet Offensive.

(L to R) Col. John W. Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), retired Maj. Drew Dix, Medal of Honor recipient and former member of the 5th SFG(A), Lt. Col. Joseph Lock, commander of 4th Battalion, 5th SFG(A) and Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stand in front of the plaque dedicating the 4th Bn. special operations complex to Dix, after a ceremony held here July 11, 2014. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller)

(L to R) Col. John W. Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), retired Maj. Drew Dix, Medal of Honor recipient and former member of the 5th SFG(A), Lt. Col. Joseph Lock, commander of 4th Battalion, 5th SFG(A) and Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), stand in front of the plaque dedicating the 4th Bn. special operations complex to Dix, after a ceremony held here July 11, 2014. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller)

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5th Special Forces Group (A)’s 3rd Battalion holds change of command ceremony at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), welcomed their new commander July 1st, 2014.

During a ceremony held at Gabriel Field, Lt. Col. Lewis J. Powers relinquished command of the 3rd Bn., 5th SFG (A), to Lt. Col. Brent W. Lindeman.

“Under the command of Lt. Col. Powers, 3rd Battalion has successfully executed hundreds of missions of critical importance across the entire Middle East,” said Col. John W. Brennan, commander of the 5th SFG (A). “From combat operations in remote locations of Afghanistan, to critical advise and assist missions in Iraq, and other locations throughout the Central Command’s area of responsibility—3rd Battalion has always risen to the challenges before them and emerged victorious.”

Col. John W. Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), passes the colors to Lt. Col. Brent W. Lindeman, the incoming commander of 3rd Battalion, 5th SFG(A), during a change of command ceremony, July 1, 2014, held at Gabriel Field. (Pfc. Robert Vanegas)

Col. John W. Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), passes the colors to Lt. Col. Brent W. Lindeman, the incoming commander of 3rd Battalion, 5th SFG(A), during a change of command ceremony, July 1, 2014, held at Gabriel Field. (Pfc. Robert Vanegas)

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101st Airborne Division Currahees case colors at Fort Campbell but legacy lives on

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, Veterans, Families and friends alike, looked on with heavy hearts as the colors of the 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), furled in the wind one last time.

As part of the U.S. Army’s Brigade Combat Team 2020 Model, the 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., cased their colors during an inactivation ceremony, April 25th, 2014, at the division parade field.

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (left), commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), looks on as Col. Val C. Keaveny, Jr. (center), former commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., and Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin Velez, command sergeant major of 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., fold the brigade colors prior to casing them during the inactivation and relinquishment of command ceremony at the division parade field at Fort Campbell, KY, April 25th, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th BCT Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (left), commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), looks on as Col. Val C. Keaveny, Jr. (center), former commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., and Command Sgt. Maj. Franklin Velez, command sergeant major of 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., fold the brigade colors prior to casing them during the inactivation and relinquishment of command ceremony at the division parade field at Fort Campbell, KY, April 25th, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th BCT Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s longest deployed Currahee receives induction as Distinguished Member of 506th Infantry Regiment

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - Currahee

Fort Campbell, KY – “It is always so humbling to celebrate the greatness of the Currahee Nation….we truly do walk among heroes,” said Col. Val C. Keaveny Jr., commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “Inducting true patriots as distinguished and honorary members of our regiment and reverently memorializing our fallen makes this day priceless.”

Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), hosted an induction ceremony, March 13th, 2014, for Distinguished and Honorary members of the 506th Infantry Regiment, at the 4th BCT Headquarters on Fort Campbell.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Billy R. Weiland, a Soldier with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), was presented a certificate by Col. Val C. Keavney Jr., commander of the 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., formally inducting him as a Distinguished Member of the 506th Infantry Regiment, during a ceremony March 13, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Billy R. Weiland, a Soldier with 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), was presented a certificate by Col. Val C. Keavney Jr., commander of the 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., formally inducting him as a Distinguished Member of the 506th Infantry Regiment, during a ceremony March 13, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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U.S. Army to Open 33,000 Positions to Female Soldiers

 

Written by C. Todd Lopez

United States Department of Defense - DoDWashington, D.C. – About 33,000 of the positions in the Army today that are closed to women are closed because they were in units that were designated as direct ground combat. That will change this year in units that are not under Army Special Operations.

The Office of the Secretary of Defense recently notified Congress of the Army’s intent to open those 33,000 positions to women. The change is expected to take place in April 2014, said Col. Linda Sheimo, chief of the Command Programs and Policy Division at the Directorate of Military Personnel Management, Army G-1.

U.S. Army Capt. Carla L. Bender, a human resources officer assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pulls security during a battle drill on Forward Operating Base Lightning, Afghanistan, Sept. 3, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/Released)

U.S. Army Capt. Carla L. Bender, a human resources officer assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pulls security during a battle drill on Forward Operating Base Lightning, Afghanistan, Sept. 3, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/Released)

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Fort Campbell Married couple shares deployment together

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - Currahee

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – A deployment to Afghanistan is no vacation and for newly-married couples it is especially hard.

“Obviously deployments are stressful,” said Cpl. Douglas Dalton, a native of Greenville, Texas. “Having Skype or receiving mail is great but nothing beats being able to hug your wife at the end of the day.”

Being a dual-military couple is one of the few instances where a soldier can deploy with their spouse.

U.S. Army Cpl. Douglas Dalton, medic, and his wife Spc. Megan Dalton, radiology specialist, both with Company C. 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), talk with each other next to field litter ambulances on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Aug. 11, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team public affairs)

U.S. Army Cpl. Douglas Dalton, medic, and his wife Spc. Megan Dalton, radiology specialist, both with Company C. 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), talk with each other next to field litter ambulances on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Aug. 11, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team public affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 4th Brigade Combat Team’s Security Force Advisory and Assistance Teams helps train Afghan Army Engineers

 

Written by Sgt. Justin A Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division101st Airborne Division - 4th Brigade Combat Team - CurraheePaktya Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers of the 203rd Afghan National Army Engineer Khandak with the assistance of Soldiers with the 859th Engineer Company out of Pascagoula, MS, who work along side Security Advise and Assist Team 4, develop their skills as engineers on Forward Operating Base Thunder, Afghanistan, July 2nd, 2013.

Two of the current projects they have in the works are the construction of a windsock to provide the ANA with improved wind direction readings on the FOB Thunder flight line, as well as a guard shack.

Soldiers of the 203rd Afghan National Army Engineer Khandak hold a piece of plywood and nail it in place as they build a guard hut on forward operating base Thunder, Afghanistan, July 2, 2013. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

Soldiers of the 203rd Afghan National Army Engineer Khandak hold a piece of plywood and nail it in place as they build a guard hut on forward operating base Thunder, Afghanistan, July 2, 2013. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell’s 4th Brigade Combat Team cases their colors as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan

 

By Bill Larson and Spc. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

The 4th Brigade Combat TeamFort Campbell, KY – The 4th Brigade Combat Team on Thursday held a color casing ceremony marking the transition of the unit to a wartime footing as they prepare to once again deploy to Afghanistan. In November 2012, the Currahees received the news that they would be deploying to Regional Command East (RC-East) this spring, where they will continue to provide training and mentoring to Afghan security forces.

The Brigade and Regimental colors were cased during the ceremony on Thursday and will remain furled until the unit’s command completes its transition to Afghanistan where the colors will be unfurled to fly in combat.

4th Brigade Combat Team Commander Colonel Valery C. Keaveny, Jr. and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston prepare the Brigade Flag for casing in preparation for unit's upcoming deployment to Afghanistan

4th Brigade Combat Team Commander Colonel Valery C. Keaveny, Jr. and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston prepare the Brigade Flag for casing in preparation for unit’s upcoming deployment to Afghanistan

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