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101st Airborne Division unit completes transformation as history comes full circle

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – The 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), added to its distinguished history with the formal recognition of the addition of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment “White Currahee” in a ceremony held at Fort Campbell May 14th.

“Both our Soldiers, our Families and our Veterans from the White Currahee nation are extremely honored to come back to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team,” said Lt. Col. Scott Kirkpatrick, commander, 2nd Bn, 506th Inf. Rgt. “It’s about two storied organizations, the Currahees and the Rakkasans, coming together to make a legendary one.”

Formal recognition ceremony of the addition of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment "White Currahee" to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans", 101st Airborne Division.

Formal recognition ceremony of the addition of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment “White Currahee” to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division.

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Agile Eagle transitions the 101st Airborne Division to BCT 2020

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado

101st Airborne Division Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – From its roots as one of the U.S. Army’s first airborne divisions in World War II, to defining air mobile operations in Vietnam, to its current status as the world’s only air assault division, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) has a history of change and innovation.

The 101st will again answer the call as it begins implementing Operation Agile Eagle II, designed to localize and implement the larger Department of the Army-directed BCT 2020 initiative. This overarching move mandates development of a plan that will reduce the overall strength of the Army in order to meet current and future mission requirements.

Lt. Col. Zachary Miller (left), commander of the former 3rd Special Troops Battalion and commander of the newly reflagged 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, and Command Sgt. Maj. Martin Humphreys, the senior enlisted advisor for 21st BEB, uncase the colors of the newly stood up 21st BEB during a ceremony at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, March 27, 2014. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. Zachary Miller (left), commander of the former 3rd Special Troops Battalion and commander of the newly reflagged 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, and Command Sgt. Maj. Martin Humphreys, the senior enlisted advisor for 21st BEB, uncase the colors of the newly stood up 21st BEB during a ceremony at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, March 27, 2014. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division conducts Brigade-Level Air Assault Training Operation at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) holds a unique position as the only air assault division in the world. As an air assault-focused unit, the division must be ready at a moment’s notice to plan, coordinate, and execute brigade-size air assault operations capable of seizing key terrain in support of operational objectives.

“The 101st Airborne Division provides the National Command Authority an air assault early entry force capable of working in austere environments with limited or degraded infrastructure,” said Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), secure a landing zone during the full dress rehearsal for Operation Golden Eagle here April 4, 2014. The four-day exercise was the first brigade-size air assault operation conducted by the 101st Abn. Div. in more than a decade and featured Soldiers from 3rd BCT and 101st Combat Aviation Brigade "Wings of Destiny," moving more than 1,100 Soldiers and sling-loading more than 20 pieces of equipment. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), secure a landing zone during the full dress rehearsal for Operation Golden Eagle here April 4, 2014. The four-day exercise was the first brigade-size air assault operation conducted by the 101st Abn. Div. in more than a decade and featured Soldiers from 3rd BCT and 101st Combat Aviation Brigade “Wings of Destiny,” moving more than 1,100 Soldiers and sling-loading more than 20 pieces of equipment. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

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3rd Brigade Combat Team’s Leader Battalion’s Field Training Exercise on Fort Campbell Builds Soldiers for Future Missions

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell, KY. The Home of the Screaming EaglesFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team ‘Rakkasans’, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), recently wrapped up a ten-day training exercise here March 17, 2014.

The Leader Battalion Field Training Exercise consisted of a series of platoon-level training events including security forces training, situational training, live fire events and integration of indirect fire and close air support. The training was designed to evaluate the unit’s lethal platoons on a variety of collective tasks in preparation for Operation Golden Eagle and the Brigade’s scheduled rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center.

Soldiers with Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team ‘Rakkasans’  take cover after their patrol is attacked by a roadside bomb during a platoon Live Fire Exercise on March 14th, 2014. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado/U.S. Army)

Soldiers with Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team ‘Rakkasans’ take cover after their patrol is attacked by a roadside bomb during a platoon Live Fire Exercise on March 14th, 2014. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado/U.S. Army)

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