Carentan, France – 85 Soldiers assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) which include many from the world-famous 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment highlighted in the book and TV show “Band of Brothers,” are in Normandy, France this week to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the WWII Allied invasion of Normandy, commonly known as D-Day.
The “Screaming Eagle” Soldiers will participate in a wide range of parades, ceremonies, and military and government events.
Clarksville, TN – Produced by The Downtown Clarksville Association, First Thursday Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour spanning a 5-block radius that combines visual art, live music, engaging events and more in the heart of Downtown Clarksville.
With 10+ venues, bars and businesses participating each month, the First Thursday Art Walk in Clarksville is the ultimate opportunity to savor and support local creative talent.
Washington, D.C. – Whether on the battlefields of Bunker Hill, on the beaches of Normandy, in the jungles of Vietnam, or in the mountains and deserts of the Middle East, brave Americans of every generation have given their last full measure of devotion in defense of our country, our liberty, and our founding ideals. On Memorial Day, we humbly honor these incredible patriots and firmly renew our abiding commitment to uphold the principles for which they laid down their lives.
As a free people, we have a sacred duty to remember the courageous warriors who have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that our great country would endure. It is our responsibility to strive to ensure that their noble acts of dedication to our country and the cause of freedom were not in vain and to comfort the families they have left behind, who bear the heartbreak of their loss.
Clarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is located in historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee. Come explore an entire city block featuring large gallery spaces filled with fine art, science and history.
Some of the events in May at the Museum are: The Infamous Captain Weems, Remembering D-Day: 75th Anniversary, Sharon Rusch Shaver: The Way I See It, Here Comes the Bride, Annual Staff Art and Flying High.
Written by Staff Sgt. Cody Harding
Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conducted live-fire exercises in the trenches of Fort Campbell’s Training Area January 15th to January 20th.
The exercises, which tested the battalion’s ability to breach, clear and organize in tight spaces, allowed the Soldiers to help build their team and unit cohesion, clear a large area of enemy forces and defend against a counterattack.
Written by Maj. Ireka Sanders
Erbil, Iraq – Command Sgt. Maj. John A. Brady, command sergeant major of the “Strike” brigade, relinquished responsibility to Command Sgt. Maj. Jason L. Wilson, who comes to Strike from the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, Louisiana, where he played a role in preparing the Soldiers currently deployed to Iraq.
“Command Sgt. Maj. Brady, I have been told on multiple occasions that I have big shoes to fill succeeding you here as the brigade command sergeant major, and they are right,” said Wilson during the ceremony. “What you have been able to accomplish here has been nothing short of amazing.”
Clarksville, TN – With Independence Day approaching, if you can read only one book this year, let it be Blood River to Berlin. No, you aren’t going to find it on the best seller list available from a New York publisher. This book is written by your neighbor, Michael Freeland, who lives in Hopkinsville, KY.
Published by Proctor’s Hall Press in Sewanee, Tennessee, Blood River to Berlin: The World War II Journal of an Army Medic is the story of someone who started to school in a one-room schoolhouse in a remote community called “Blood River” in Henry County, Tennessee. He dropped out of high school, went to Detroit to work, and was drafted into the United States Army.
Written by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore
Beuzeville au Plain, France – U.S. Airmen, Soldiers, veterans and French citizens gathered June 1st , 2016 the Currahee Memorial in the Normandy region to pay their respects to the men who died at the crash site on D-Day near Beuzeville au Plain, France.
In attendance for the ceremony, part of the 72nd annual commemoration of the Invasion of Normandy in 1944, were Soldiers from the historic 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Airmen from the 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
Clarksville, TN – On December 16th, 1944, the German Army launched a desperate offensive designed to split the Allied armies in two and capture the strategic supply port of Antwerp, Belgium. This offensive has come to be known as the Battle of the Bulge.
We are now in the midst of the 70th Anniversary of that offensive and historians from the Clarksville area including history faculty from Austin Peay State University will take part in presenting a series of programs that will educate, inform and enlighten the public as to the importance of this offensive. A highlight of one seminar will be actual World War 2 veterans that served in the Bulge fighting.
Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers with F Company, 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault,) Pathfinders, conducted a jump at Corregidor drop zone on Fort Campbell, KY, October 16th, 2013.
This jump was the last airborne exercise for the Pathfinders. The jump is being conducted because the Pathfinder companies are coming off jump status for the foreseeable future.
Taking the Pathfinders off of jump status is the end of an era. The Pathfinders of the 101st CAB trace their roots back to World War II.
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