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101st Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers preserve history by repairing Historic Glider

 

Written by Sgt. Marcus Floyd
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Over the past year, the Don F. Pratt Museum staff worked tirelessly to renovate the museum and prepare it for its reopening.

During the renovation, the World War II-era glider that serves as the centerpiece of the museum was damaged by a unit mascot.

Despite this minor setback, Staff Sgt. Ian Thompson, the safety officer for the 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, and a team of seven Soldiers repaired the glider in time for the museum’s reopening.

Soldiers with B. Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade repair a damaged World War II era-glider wing November 20, 2017 at Fort Campbell, Ky. As one of the few remaining World War II-era gliders in the world, many Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) used gliders. (Staff Sgt. Ian Thompson, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

Soldiers with B. Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade repair a damaged World War II era-glider wing November 20, 2017 at Fort Campbell, Ky. As one of the few remaining World War II-era gliders in the world, many Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) used gliders. (Staff Sgt. Ian Thompson, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

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101st Combat Aviation Brigade holds 2nd Annual FARP Rodeo at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Marcus Floyd
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – When an aircraft lands at a Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP), it can be refueled and reloaded with ammunition in a matter of minutes, allowing it to continue with its mission as quickly as possible.

But, FARPs don’t operate on their own.

“In logistics we’re sometimes the unsung heroes,” said Maj. Robin Eskelson the support operations officer for the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. “We’re the ones providing the fuel, the bullets and the clothing and a lot of times we go unnoticed. [The FARP Rodeo] was a time for that to be noticed; to be understood that aircraft don’t fly without fuel.”

Col. Craig Alia, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade commander, awards a trophy to Soldiers from the 6th General Support Aviation Battalion, 101st CAB March 23, 2018 at Fort Campbell, KY. The Soldiers competed in the 2nd Annual 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP). (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marcus Floyd, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

Col. Craig Alia, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade commander, awards a trophy to Soldiers from the 6th General Support Aviation Battalion, 101st CAB March 23, 2018 at Fort Campbell, KY. The Soldiers competed in the 2nd Annual 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Forward Arming and Refueling Point (FARP). (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marcus Floyd, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

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101st Combat Aviation Wings of Destiny compete at DA Level of Connelly Competition

 

Written by Sgt. Marcus Floyd
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Food service specialists with E. Company, 6th General Support Aviation Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) competed in the final round of the 50th Annual Phillip A. Connelly Competition February 28th, 2018 at Fort Campbell, KY.

The Soldiers from the Son Cafe dining facility are one of four teams competing at the Department of the Army level-active army field units category.

Soldiers from E. Company, 6th General Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) receive an award February 28, 2018, at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Soldiers competed in the 50th Annual Phillip A. Connelly Competition, a competition that recognizes units for superb performance and provides innovative training that has a sustainable impact on current and future missions in garrison and field environments. (Sgt. Marcus Floyd, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

Soldiers from E. Company, 6th General Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) receive an award February 28, 2018, at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Soldiers competed in the 50th Annual Phillip A. Connelly Competition, a competition that recognizes units for superb performance and provides innovative training that has a sustainable impact on current and future missions in garrison and field environments. (Sgt. Marcus Floyd, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

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101st Combat Aviation Brigade receives visit from Murray Kentucky City Officials

 

Written by Sgt. Marcus Floyd
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Active-duty Soldiers have more than 150 different career paths to choose from when they join the Army, and although everyone’s time in service will differ from one, there is one thing Soldiers have in common.

“Every single one of us in the military is going to take off the uniform one day,” said Lt. Col. Kenrick Smith, the deputy commander of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, from Las Vegas, Nevada.

A group of community leaders from the city of Murray, Ky., visit a supply support activity warehouse assigned to the 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) August 9, 2017 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The group visited the facility to gain a better understanding of what Soldiers do on a day-to-day basis. (Sgt. Marcus Floyd, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

A group of community leaders from the city of Murray, Ky., visit a supply support activity warehouse assigned to the 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) August 9, 2017 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The group visited the facility to gain a better understanding of what Soldiers do on a day-to-day basis. (Sgt. Marcus Floyd, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

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Course teaches proper Sling Load Inspections at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Marcus Floyd
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell may be where Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division get their air assault prowess, but even professionals can learn more about their craft.

Over the course of five days, more than 40 Soldiers from across Fort Campbell recently participated in the sling load inspector certification course.

“In this course we pretty much teach them the basics of sling load operations,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Davis, a sling load instructor with the aerial delivery and field services department at Fort Lee, Virginia. “We teach them everything from the capabilities of the helicopters, how to rig the loads, how to properly inspect the loads and how to fill out the sling load inspection form.”

Soldiers from across the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) participate in the Sling Load Inspector Certification Course at Fort Campbell, Ky. More than 40 Soldiers participated in the SLICC course. (Sgt. Marcus Floyd, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

Soldiers from across the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) participate in the Sling Load Inspector Certification Course at Fort Campbell, Ky. More than 40 Soldiers participated in the SLICC course. (Sgt. Marcus Floyd, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

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101st Combat Aviation Brigade soldiers visit Hopkinsville Wal-Mart Distribution Center

 

Written by Sgt. Marcus Floyd
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Hopkinsville, KY – Soldiers assigned to A Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, recently visited the Hopkinsville Wal-Mart Distribution Center.

A group of 26 Soldiers maintain a supply support activity warehouse where they organize and distribute, supplies, fuel, machinery and various other mission essential equipment to the many units within the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.

Soldiers assigned to A Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, recently participate in a guided tour of the Hopkinsville, Kentucky Wal-Mart Distribution Center. The Soldiers visited the distribution center to gain a better understanding of how a large-scale distribution network operates, and how it compared to their day-to-day operations in the military. (Sgt. Marcus Floyd, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

Soldiers assigned to A Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, recently participate in a guided tour of the Hopkinsville, Kentucky Wal-Mart Distribution Center. (Sgt. Marcus Floyd, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

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101st Combat Aviation Brigade pilot returns to Fort Campbell to retire

 

Written by Sgt. Marcus Floyd
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – On Friday, shortly after his final flight in an AH-64E Apache helicopter, Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Morrow began his retirement ceremony.

Surrounded by Family, friends and colleagues, Morrow, along with his wife and children, received several awards for their dedicated service to the Army.

However, rather than celebrating his retirement at Fort Rucker, Alabama, where Morrow serves as a flight instructor, the now retired warrant officer chose to commemorate the moment at Fort Campbell in a hangar belonging to 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division.

Col. Bernard Harrington, the commander of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, presents an award to Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Morrow, a flight instructor from Fort Rucker, June 30, 2017 at Fort Campbell, KY. (Sgt. Marcus Floyd, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

Col. Bernard Harrington, the commander of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, presents an award to Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Morrow, a flight instructor from Fort Rucker, June 30, 2017 at Fort Campbell, KY. (Sgt. Marcus Floyd, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

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