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101st Sustainment Brigade honors fallen soldiers lost at Gamberi with run

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – On the morning of April 16th, the Sustainers ran for their fallen comrades. They ran for friends that were lost one year ago. They ran for soldiers that will never run again.

The run honored five soldiers of the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade who were lost in an attack at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, April 16th, 2011.

“It was a significant portion of this formation, and we will always remember them on this day as the fallen heroes that left this formation,” said Lt. Col. Derek Bean, the battalion commander.

Capt. Alicia Harness, the commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, and Spc. Andrew Spencer, the guidon bearer, run with the children of Sgt. 1st Class Charles Adkins, April 16th. The run honored five soldiers of the 101st STB, including Adkins, who were killed during an attack at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, April 16th, 2011. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Capt. Alicia Harness, the commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, and Spc. Andrew Spencer, the guidon bearer, run with the children of Sgt. 1st Class Charles Adkins, April 16th. The run honored five soldiers of the 101st STB, including Adkins, who were killed during an attack at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, April 16th, 2011. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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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’s 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade Air Defenders go head to head for Best Stinger

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – This summer, the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment will send some of their soldiers to live-fire a Stinger missile.

The Avenger gun trucks crews of 2-44 ADA are competing for an opportunity to shoot the missile by holding a “Best Stinger” competition that will test the crews on their air defense knowledge and execution.

Pfc. Shawn Bandy, a gunner with B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, and Spc. Arturo Gonzalez, a team chief with B Battery, load .50-caliber ammunition during a crew drill, April 3rd. The two air defenders are competing to be the 2-44 ADA’s Best Stinger. The competition measures the two-man teams based on physical fitness, crew drills and air defense knowledge. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Pfc. Shawn Bandy, a gunner with B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, and Spc. Arturo Gonzalez, a team chief with B Battery, load .50-caliber ammunition during a crew drill, April 3rd. The two air defenders are competing to be the 2-44 ADA’s Best Stinger. The competition measures the two-man teams based on physical fitness, crew drills and air defense knowledge. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Fort Campbell’s Lifeliner ‘Sappers’ Engineers gear up for competition

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – In between reintegration, setting up their battalion’s new headquarters, and returning to life here, four engineer officers with the 326th Engineer Battalion are wasting no time.

When their hands are free from work, they’re busy tying knots and rigging rescue carriers. These tasks will help them when they venture to Fort Leonard Wood, MO, next month.

Capt. Stephen Kraus, the plans officer for the 326th Engineer Battalion, and Capt. Robert Putnam, the construction officer for the operations section of the 326th, rig a rescue carrier during some downtime from their jobs. Kraus, Putnam and their two teammates just returned from deployment this past Christmas and started their extensive training just a month ago. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Capt. Stephen Kraus, the plans officer for the 326th Engineer Battalion, and Capt. Robert Putnam, the construction officer for the operations section of the 326th, rig a rescue carrier during some downtime from their jobs. Kraus, Putnam and their two teammates just returned from deployment this past Christmas and started their extensive training just a month ago. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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101st Sustainment Brigade Air Defenders get back to roots

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – Batteries of the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, went to the range this week for their Table VIII certifications on their Avenger gun trucks.

At the ranges, the soldiers shot their M3P machine guns, mounted on their Avengers, at ground and aerial targets.

Soldiers with C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, look in at the remote forward-looking infrared receiver, which fires the M3P machine gun away from the truck. The Avenger batteries of the 2-44 Battalion went to the range this week to certify on their weapons by shooting ground and aerial targets from the turret and remotely. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Soldiers with C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, look in at the remote forward-looking infrared receiver, which fires the M3P machine gun away from the truck. The Avenger batteries of the 2-44 Battalion went to the range this week to certify on their weapons by shooting ground and aerial targets from the turret and remotely. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Fort Campbell Soldier from the 101st Sustainment Brigade Saves Three Children from Car Fire

 

Story by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell, KY – A trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles this to get a driver’s license this past December resulted in a Fort Campbell soldier getting more than he bargained for.

Bob was recently awarded an Impact Army Achievement Medal for helping save the lives of three children trapped in a minivan as it caught on fire.

The soldier, a cargo specialist with the 372nd Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, received the medal, March 9th, for his heroic actions.

Pvt. Terrance Bob (right), a cargo specialist with the 372nd Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, stands in front a formation of the 129th CSSB as they applaud what he did on Dec. 8th, 2011. Bob received an Army Achievement Medal for his actions. (U.S. Army/Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Pvt. Terrance Bob (right), a cargo specialist with the 372nd Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, stands in front a formation of the 129th CSSB as they applaud what he did on Dec. 8th, 2011. Bob received an Army Achievement Medal for his actions. (U.S. Army/Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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101st Sustainment Brigade’s Spc. Kannesha Nept goes Beyond duty

 

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – Spc. Kannesha Nept starts out every weekend with a game plan. Dinners, games and laughing with friends top her list.

This sounds typical of many soldiers here, but it’s anything but. Dinners are with her Little Sister from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Games are at local convalescent homes. Laughs are shared all around.

Selfless service goes beyond the uniform for Nept, a Georgiana, AL, native, as she volunteers her free time and encourages her battle buddies to get involved as well.

Spc. Kannesha Nept, a supply sergeant with the 2-44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, is being recognized her volunteer efforts with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarksville Tennessee. (Courtesy Photo)

Spc. Kannesha Nept, a supply sergeant with the 2-44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, is being recognized her volunteer efforts with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clarksville Tennessee. (Courtesy Photo)

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716th Military Police Battalion’s Operation Linus brings blankets and comfort to kids in need

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division716th Military Police BattalionFort Campbell, KY – The military police patrols here prepare themselves to respond to a wide array of calls. In case they come across a distressed child, they’re outfitting their squad cars and SUVs with handmade blankets.

“Operation Linus” is a partnership between the 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, and the Clarksville chapter of Project Linus to provide blankets to kids in a devastating situation.

Spc. Ignacio Rivera, an assistant patrol supervisor with the 551 Military Police Company, 716th MP Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, places a handmade blanket in his patrol vehicle. Blankets are being included in the patrol kit bags as part of “Operation Linus,” a mission to give comfort and security to children in stressful situation. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Spc. Ignacio Rivera, an assistant patrol supervisor with the 551 Military Police Company, 716th MP Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, places a handmade blanket in his patrol vehicle. Blankets are being included in the patrol kit bags as part of “Operation Linus,” a mission to give comfort and security to children in stressful situation. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade receives new Lift System

 

Lifting the load

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – The 101st Sustainment Brigade is receiving new lift systems to make better use of space and cut down on time at the Supply Support Activity at the Eagle Complex here.

The two systems, the Vertical Lift System and STAK, consist of rows of shelves where bins used to be. Smaller forklifts go up the shelves to pull parts for customers.

“Instead of a new facility with more space, you can maximize your storage, and monitor your parts better,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joseph Sweatt, the accountable officer for the SSA, and service and supply officer for the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade.

Spc. Eric Dorough, who works in storage at the 101st Sustainment Brigade Supply Support Activity, with the 305th Quartermaster Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sust. Bde., pulls pieces of the new lift systems for the SSA. The two new automated units will expand the space for storage and cut down on time spent looking for parts and supplies. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Spc. Eric Dorough, who works in storage at the 101st Sustainment Brigade Supply Support Activity, with the 305th Quartermaster Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sust. Bde., pulls pieces of the new lift systems for the SSA. The two new automated units will expand the space for storage and cut down on time spent looking for parts and supplies. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade hosts Retreats to help Couples reinforce their Marriages

 

The Ties that Bond

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

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Fort Campbell, KY – The front page of many military post newspapers is routinely populated photos and stories of couples sharing loving embraces when a soldier returns home from a deployment.

Emotion pours from the paper or screen, telling a story of love and commitment and the time the couple has invested to build a powerful relationship.

Families of the 101st Sustainment Brigade learn how to do the awareness wheel, an exercise at the brigade’s Strong Bonds retreat. The three-day workshop allowed families to strengthen relationships, inspire hope and rekindle marriages, away from post. (Courtesy Photo)

Families of the 101st Sustainment Brigade learn how to do the awareness wheel, an exercise at the brigade’s Strong Bonds retreat. The three-day workshop allowed families to strengthen relationships, inspire hope and rekindle marriages, away from post. (Courtesy Photo)

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