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81 soldiers from the 101st Sustainment Brigade returned home from Afghanistan on Sunday

 

Returning Soldiers completed the return of the 227th quartermaster Company

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division gave a joyous welcome home to the final 81 soldiers from the 227th Quartermaster Company as they returned from Afghanistan on Sunday, June 17th, 2012. The 227th Quartermaster Company is part of the part of the 561st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion of the 101st Sustainment Brigade.

What made seeing this flight return even more touching was the fact that it occurred on Father’s Day. I stood out there on the tarmac with family members watching as this airplane with an American flag on it’s tail came closer and closer bringing home the dad’s and those single mothers who serve dual roles in the lives of their children, back to those who missed them so very much. These are not just soldiers, they are parents who sacrificed precious time that they could have spent watching their children grow up, protecting and defending the United States of America! You simply cannot watch something like this and remain unmoved.

One of the returning soldiers being greeted by his young son on Father's Day

One of the returning soldiers being greeted by his young son on Father’s Day

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A Fort Campbell 101st Sustainment Brigade “Sapper Eagle” Receives Purple Heart

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade

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Fort Campbell, KY – A Sapper Eagle has finally won his hard-fought battle to receive his long awaited Purple Heart award.

Sgt. 1st Class Alondo Brown, first sergeant of the 887th Engineer Support Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, received the award for injuries he sustained in Baghdad, Iraq in 2006.  He suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, during that deployment.

The paperwork awarding Brown a Purple Heart has been in the works for several years. After several attempts, he finally received his award at a ceremony May 21st, 2012.

1st Class Alondo Brown receives the Purple Heart from 101st Sustainment Brigade Commander, Col. Michael Peterman, at a special ceremony May 21st, 2012. Brown received the award for injuries he sustained in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom, in 2006. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes.)

1st Class Alondo Brown receives the Purple Heart from 101st Sustainment Brigade Commander, Col. Michael Peterman, at a special ceremony May 21st, 2012. Brown received the award for injuries he sustained in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom, in 2006. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes.)

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101st Sustainment Brigade welcomed home 65 more soldiers

 

Returning Soldiers part of the 227th Quartermaster Company

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division welcomed 65 soldiers from the 227th Quartermaster Company home from Kuwait on May 3rd 2012.  The 227th Quartermaster Company is part of the part of the 561st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion of the 101st Sustainment Brigade.

Half of the Company came home on this flight, while the other half is currently assigned to additional duties in Afghanistan, and will be returning home in a few weeks. This company has been in all three major areas of operation including Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.

Waiting for the doors to open

Waiting for the doors to open

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade units return home for Easter

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – It was a special Easter weekend for the families of the 101st Human Resources Company and 101st Financial Management Company, Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, when their soldiers returned home from deployments this past weekend.

The 101st HR Company was deployed to Kuwait for nine months, and the 101st FM Company deployed to Afghanistan for 12 months. They returned back to Fort Campbell on Easter and Good Friday, respectively.

Spc. Teale Foster, with the 101st Human Resources Company, Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, bonds with his son during a welcome home ceremony, April 8th. The 101st HR Company returned to Fort Campbell Easter Sunday after a nine-month deployment to Kuwait. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Spc. Teale Foster, with the 101st Human Resources Company, Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, bonds with his son during a welcome home ceremony, April 8th. The 101st HR Company returned to Fort Campbell Easter Sunday after a nine-month deployment to Kuwait. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Fort Campbell Welcomes Home 53 Soldiers from the 101st Sustainment Brigade

 

Returning Soldiers part of the 101st Finance Company

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell, KY – Early yesterday morning Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division welcomed home 53 soldiers from the 101st Finance Company part of the 101st Sustainment Brigade after a year long deployment to Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The unit was responsible for handling financial transactions in RC-East and RC-South. “When you talk about the effect of this company it’s pretty staggering. 1.7 Billion dollars this company has either touched or passed back to the Defense Finance and Accounting Services to make sure we are able to pay our financial obligations going forward,” said Col. Michael Peterman the Commander of the 101st Sustainment Brigade.

The returning soldiers of the 101st Finance Company

The returning soldiers of the 101st Finance Company

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade is Surrounded by Excellence

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – From the moment he arrived at the 101st Airborne Division in 2007, the 101st Sustainment Brigade was the unit that Command Sgt. Maj. David Thompson said he wanted to lead.

“I was so happy to be at Fort Campbell, but looking across the post as a logistician, I was always looking for the sustainment brigade. That was the dream brigade job, and we all know as far as logicians go, the 101st Sustainment Brigade is the premiere sustainment brigade,” he said. “There were 12 of us interviewing for this job … I felt just blessed because it was a dream come true.”

Command Sgt. Maj. David Thompson, command sergeant major of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, stands proudly next to the Designated Unit Insignia he created for the brigade. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Command Sgt. Maj. David Thompson, command sergeant major of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, stands proudly next to the Designated Unit Insignia he created for the brigade. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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A lasting impression and legacy

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Sgt. James Croghan and Sgt. David Eldridge definitely left a lasting impression on their last deployment to Afghanistan.

From renovating the brigade’s gym, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Center, to building the “Lifeliner Oasis” in front of the headquarters, the two non-commissioned officers’ carpentry skills were instrumental in leaving the brigade complex in Afghanistan in much better condition.

Sgt. James Croghan (left) and Sgt. David Eldridge of the 101st Sustainment Brigade. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Sgt. James Croghan (left) and Sgt. David Eldridge of the 101st Sustainment Brigade. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Fort Campbell welcomes the last 101st Airborne Division combat soldiers to leave Iraq home just in time for Christmas

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Just a scant three days before Christmas 138 Soldiers returned from Iraq in what is a monumental moment for our nation; the return of the last combat troops from Iraq. “This is a pretty historic moment for Fort Campbell as these are the last combat troops coming out of Iraq, and we are glad to be getting them home in time for Christmas” said 101st Sustainment Brigade commander Col. Michael Peterman said when speaking to the media.

The war began with the invasion of Iraq on March 20th, 2003 and officially ended on December 15th 2011, and saw Saddam Hussein captured, tried for the 1982 killing of 148 Shiites for which he was sentenced to death by hanging.  It also saw the nation transition to a Democracy with open Democratic elections.  During that time 4,484 US soldiers and 318 soldiers from coalition partners lost their lives; including 204 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division. An estimated 126,000 Iraqi civilians were killed.

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77 Soldiers from the 372nd Transportation Company welcomed home on Sunday

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Early Sunday morning 77 soldiers from the 372nd Transportation Company part of the 101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners”returned home from a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn.

The soldier’s families had gathered at Campbell Army Airfield to see their loved ones arrive back home. The aircraft touched down at 4:00am to the enthusiastic cheers from those who were waiting for the flight.

A 372nd Transportation Company looks out at the hanger where his family eagerly waits for his return

A 372nd Transportation Company looks out at the hanger where his family eagerly waits for his return

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Fort Campbell Welcomes Home 102 Soldiers from the 194th Military Police Company Sunday night

 

Cold rainy weather can’t dampen the spirits of returning Soldiers and their Families

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On a cold rainy night 102 soldiers from the 194th Military Police Company, 101st Sustainment Brigade (Lifeliners), returned to Fort Campbell after a 9 month deployment to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Family and friends of the returning soldiers had gathered together to give their loved ones a proper welcome home. We arrived right as the announcement that the flight was 15 minutes out was made over the PA system.  So as we entered the family members were getting themselves weather ready. Normally when the family members are allowed to head outdoors it’s a mad dash to get outside so they can claim the best spots, but due to the rain most of the family members waited inside until the plane had actually touched down.

The 102 Soldiers of the 194th Military Police Company

The 102 Soldiers of the 194th Military Police Company

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