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Small challenge: Breaking barriers for God and Country

 

Written by Gary Sheftick
Defense Media Activity – Army

U.S. ArmyFort Meade, MD – As the only woman to serve as an Army Special Forces chaplain, Capt. Delana Small said the key to success was just being herself.

“I never tried to act like a guy,” she said, explaining that Soldiers look for authenticity. “So I never tried to be anything other than myself.”

Between May 2015 and December 2017, she deployed with the 5th Special Forces Group to Turkey and Jordan.

The operations tempo was high and she admits that she worked hard to stay in shape like the green berets and keep competent in basic soldiering skills in order to maintain credibility, but said the operators always accepted her.

Special Forces Chaplain Capt. Delana Small in an OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter shortly before the active component divested the airframe in 2017. (Gary Sheftick, Defense Media Activity - Army)

Special Forces Chaplain Capt. Delana Small in an OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter shortly before the active component divested the airframe in 2017. (Gary Sheftick, Defense Media Activity – Army)

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101st Airborne Division Soldier Matthew Walker Killed in Afghanistan

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Pfc. Matthew H. Walker, 20, of Hillsboro, Missouri, died June 5th in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by enemy fire.

Pfc. Matthew H. Walker died in Afghanistan from wounds suffered from enemy fire.
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Fort Campbell’s 101st Airborne Division Band “Ambush” rocks Independence Day Celebration at Forward Operating Base Sharana

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan– The Forward Operating Base Sharana Freedom Fest went off with a bang July 7th, with the 101st Airborne Division Rock Band “Ambush” returning for a repeat performance.

Fireworks were not allowed but the United Service Organization, Morale Welfare and Recreation as well as FLUOR contracted cooks put together an event that would put the lack of a light show in the back of everyone’s mind.

At 8:00am, the FOB Sharana town square was a silent parking lot.

U.S. Army Spc. Stephen Thacker, drummer for the 101st Airborne Division band “Ambush” drums out a groovy beat to a Radio Head song, at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, July 7th, 2013. Soldiers and civilians assigned to the post celebrated Independence Day with carnival games, a barbecue and music. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Justin Brooks, 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment)

U.S. Army Spc. Stephen Thacker, drummer for the 101st Airborne Division band “Ambush” drums out a groovy beat to a Radio Head song, at Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan, July 7th, 2013. Soldiers and civilians assigned to the post celebrated Independence Day with carnival games, a barbecue and music. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Justin Brooks, 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment)

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Jordanian Engagement Team imams share with Afghans

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionKhowst Province, Afghanistan – Imams with the Jordanian Armed Forces, Jordanian Engagement Team, met with village elders, mullahs and Afghan National Security Forces from Paktika and Khowst provinces June 11th.

The Jordanian imams, leaders or teachers of the Muslim religion, have been working on engagement teams since 2006 and spreading the Amman message, a calling for tolerance and unity in the Muslim world.

Capt. Imam Sabri Al Qudah with the Jordanian Engagement Team, based out of Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, talks to soldiers of the Afghan National Army’s 5th Kandak during a meeting June 11, 2013, in Khowst province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo Sgt. Justin Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Capt. Imam Sabri Al Qudah with the Jordanian Engagement Team, based out of Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, talks to soldiers of the Afghan National Army’s 5th Kandak during a meeting June 11, 2013, in Khowst province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo Sgt. Justin Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans” complete transition in Afghanistan

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington
3rd Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division PAO

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionRakkasanKhowst Province, Afghanistan – The 101st Airborne Division has a remarkable and distinguished history. Within the storied lineage, the book of the Rakkasans is thick with chapters of heroism and success.

Since it’s activation in 1943, Rakkasans have played a vital part in every major conflict in which our nation fought.

Col. R.J. Lillibridge, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Task Force 3-101, and Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Crabtree, Command Sgt. Maj. of the 3rd BCT, 101st ABN DIV (ASSLT), inspect their Brigade colors after they uncased them at the Transfer of Authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 6, 2012. (Photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington)

Col. R.J. Lillibridge, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Task Force 3-101, and Command Sgt. Maj. Eric Crabtree, Command Sgt. Maj. of the 3rd BCT, 101st ABN DIV (ASSLT), inspect their Brigade colors after they uncased them at the Transfer of Authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, Oct. 6, 2012. (Photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington)

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October Eagle Remembrance Ceremony Planned

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – A remembrance ceremony honoring Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, is scheduled for 4:00pm October 12th at the Division Headquarters.

Remembrance ceremonies are held to honor fallen Soldiers deployed in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom and are held monthly, as needed.

Eagle Remembrance Ceremony

Eagle Remembrance Ceremony

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Fallen Currahee Hero to be posthumously awarded Silver Star

 

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – The 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division will honor one of their fallen heroes by posthumously awarding him the Silver Star August 25th, 2011 during a ceremony to be held at the 4th BCT Headquarters Building, Fort Campbell, KY.

Specialist Jordan M. Byrd will be posthumously awarded the Silver Star.

Specialist Jordan M. Byrd will be posthumously awarded the Silver Star.

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Currahees celebrate regiment’s 69th birthday

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Key Afghan National Security Forces and provincial leadership and staff members from Task Force Currahee, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, celebrated Currahee’s 69th birthday with a dinner, July 20th at Forward Operating Base Sharana in the Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

“We were able to share a delicious meal and good fellowship with our Afghan counterparts,” said U.S. Army Maj. Edward Brady, the brigade executive officer from 4th BCT, 101st Airborne Div., Task Force Currahee, and native of Las Cruces, NM. “It was fitting to be celebrating the birth of our unit with our Afghan partners who are in certain aspects at the beginning of building their legacy.”

U.S. Army Col. Sean M. Jenkins, the commander of Task Force Currahee, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, cuts and serves the first piece of the birthday cake during a dinner to celebrate the 69th birthday of the 506th Infantry Regiment, July 20th, at Forward Operating Base Sharana in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.  (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Col. Sean M. Jenkins, the commander of Task Force Currahee, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, cuts and serves the first piece of the birthday cake during a dinner to celebrate the 69th birthday of the 506th Infantry Regiment, July 20th, at Forward Operating Base Sharana in Paktika Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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Commander delivers special meals to Forward Operating Bases, boosts morale

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Graham, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs and U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Crail, Task Force Blackhawk Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from Company B, “Baker Company”, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Red Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division recently received a pleasant surprise. They were treated to an impromptu lunch, July 18th, at Combat Outpost Sar Howza, Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

The special lunch consisted of grilled steak, mashed potatoes, fresh salad and fruits. The meal finished with cookies, cakes, pies and ice cream,– considered a treat at the remote outpost.

Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division deployed to Combat Outpost Sar Howza, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, are served lunch by U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Preston, 801st Brigade Support Battalion commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, from Belchertown, MA, July 18th as a morale boost eight days after the loss of one of their own, Spc. Rafael Nieves. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Crail, Task Force Blackhawk Public Affairs)

Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division deployed to Combat Outpost Sar Howza, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, are served lunch by U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Preston, 801st Brigade Support Battalion commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, from Belchertown, MA, July 18th as a morale boost eight days after the loss of one of their own, Spc. Rafael Nieves. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Crail, Task Force Blackhawk Public Affairs)

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4th Brigade Combat Team Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

 

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – A 101st Airborne Division Soldier died July 14th, of wounds suffered from small arms fire while on dismounted patrol July 13th in Paktika province, Afghanistan.

Sergeant Jeremy R. Summers, 27, of Mount Olivet, KY, was a fire support specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He joined the Army in March 2005 and arrived at Fort Campbell in August 2009. «Read the rest of this article»

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