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5th Special Forces Group “Legion”, 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne” conduct TOW missile training at Fort Campbell

 

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

5th Special Forces GroupBastogneFort Campbell, KY – Green Berets with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) teamed up with Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), to conduct TOW missile training December 9th, 2014, in an effort to familiarize themselves with the weapon system.

“The TOW (Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided) weapon system is a crew-portable, heavy antitank weapon,” said a Green Beret team sergeant with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 5th SFG (A). “It consists of a launcher and guided missile designed to complement shoulder-fired weapons.”

A special forces weapons sergeant with 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), fires a BGM-71 Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided, or TOW, missile, during a partnered training exercise with Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team "Bastogne," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Dec. 9, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper, 5th SFG(A) Public Affairs)

A special forces weapons sergeant with 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), fires a BGM-71 Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided, or TOW, missile, during a partnered training exercise with Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Dec. 9, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper, 5th SFG(A) Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell soldiers train Motorcycle Safety; Teddy Bear Run

 

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

5th Special Forces GroupFort Campbell, KY – The thunder of motorcycle engines rolls across a parking lot as Soldiers with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), as well as Soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), train on motorcycle safety.

“Motorcycle safety is very important because it is a dangerous hobby, you have to take precautions,” said Staff Sgt. Elain Colon, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the water section for the Group Support Battalion, 5th SFG (A). “In the Army, we care about Soldiers, we want them in formation tomorrow morning, so we put a system in place – the Motor Cycle Safety Program teaches different levels of skills to ensure our Soldiers are properly trained while riding a motorcycle and also properly equipped with safety gear.”

A Soldier with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), shakes the hand of a patient of the Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial of Nashville, Sept. 26, 2014, while conducting a “teddy bear run.” The Soldiers rode from Fort Campbell to deliver teddy bears to the patients of the hospital in an attempt to brighten their day. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 5th SFG (A) Public Affairs)

A Soldier with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), shakes the hand of a patient of the Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial of Nashville, Sept. 26, 2014, while conducting a “teddy bear run.” The Soldiers rode from Fort Campbell to deliver teddy bears to the patients of the hospital in an attempt to brighten their day. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 5th SFG (A) Public Affairs)

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5th Special Forces “Legion” celebrates 53rd anniversary with three days of events at Fort Campbell

 

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

5th Special Forces GroupFort Campbell, KY – On September 21st, 1961, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) officially activated at Fort Bragg, NC; a year later they were fighting in the Republic of Vietnam.

Since the Vietnam War, the 5th SFG (A) has had integral parts in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Bravery runs deep in the unit: they fly 20 campaign streamers and include 18 Medal of Honor recipients.

Soldiers with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) fight during the cobatives tournament Sept. 20, 2014, during the Legion’s 53rd anniversary picnic. (Sgt. Justin Moeller, 5th SFG (A) Public Affairs)

Soldiers with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) fight during the cobatives tournament Sept. 20, 2014, during the Legion’s 53rd anniversary picnic. (Sgt. Justin Moeller, 5th SFG (A) Public Affairs)

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5th Special Forces “Legion” 2nd Battalion changes command at Fort Campbell

 

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

5th Special Forces GroupFort Campbell, KY  – Soldiers, families and friends with the 2nd 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. John R. Dyke III relinquished command of the 2nd Bn., 5th SFG (A), to Lt. Col. Solomon Woods, a native of Chicago.

Prior to the relinquishment of command, Dyke had the honor of attaching a Valorous Unit Award to the 2nd Bn. colors.

Lt. Col. John R. Dyke III, the outgoing commander of 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne),shakes the hand of Lt. Col. Solomon Wood, the incoming commander of 2nd Bn., 5th SFG (A), July 31, 2014, during the 2nd Bn. Change of Command ceremony. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

Lt. Col. John R. Dyke III, the outgoing commander of 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne),shakes the hand of Lt. Col. Solomon Wood, the incoming commander of 2nd Bn., 5th SFG (A), July 31, 2014, during the 2nd Bn. Change of Command ceremony. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

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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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Fort Campbell Currahees conduct NCO, Soldier of the Quarter Competition

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – “I think that Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier of the Quarter competitions are important to organizations, as it fosters a much-needed competitive spirit in our young NCOs and soldiers,” said Master Sgt. Leonard N. Taylor III, future operations noncommissioned officer in charge with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “Additionally, it gives them a sense of pride being a representative of their unit specifically chosen to challenge the best the brigade has to offer.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Fort Campbell Currahee soldier receives ARCOM with Valor, Purple Heart

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY  – Spc. Brian D. Messersmith, a soldier with Able Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received two Army Commendation Medals, one with a Valor device, as well as a Purple Heart, during a ceremony February 7th, 2014.

Spc. Brian D. Messersmith, a soldier with Able Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received two Army Commendation Medals, one with a Valor device, as well as a Purple Heart, during a ceremony Feb. 7, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Spc. Brian D. Messersmith, a soldier with Able Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received two Army Commendation Medals, one with a Valor device, as well as a Purple Heart, during a ceremony Feb. 7, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Battalion Command Sergeant Major sets standard for Currahees

 

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 – A group of Currahees graduated from the Fort Campbell Sabalauski Air Assault School January 24th, 2013.

While seeing Currahees graduate from that school is a common occurrence, one of this class’ graduates was Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Dent, command sergeant major of 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Dent (front row, right), command sergeant major of 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses with his fellow Currahees after graduating from the Fort Campbell Sabalauski Air Assault School, Jan. 24, 2014. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Dent (front row, right), command sergeant major of 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), poses with his fellow Currahees after graduating from the Fort Campbell Sabalauski Air Assault School, Jan. 24, 2014. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Band of Brother’s Easy Company returns home to Fort Campbell; End of an Era

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionThe 4th Brigade Combat Team

Fort Campbell, KY – The 506th Infantry Regiment has had a powerful lineage ever since their initial activation July 20th, 1942.

Since World War II, the 506th has been inactivated, reactivated and re-designated a number of times. They have served within different brigades, divisions and military posts.

The 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 506th Inf. Regt. reunited in September of 2005 under the Colors of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Abn. Div., and have since had two separate deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scott W. Kirkpatrick, commander of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), leads the last group of soldiers, consisting mainly of soldiers with Easy Company, 2nd Bn., 506th Inf. Regt., who returned home in the early hours of Jan. 26, 2014, marking the end of an era for the brigade. (Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scott W. Kirkpatrick, commander of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), leads the last group of soldiers, consisting mainly of soldiers with Easy Company, 2nd Bn., 506th Inf. Regt., who returned home in the early hours of Jan. 26, 2014, marking the end of an era for the brigade. (Sgt. Kimberly K. Menzies, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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