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Fort Campbell Currahee Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - CurraheeFort Campbell, KY – On Monday, July 15th 2013, a Fort Campbell Soldier died while on a mounted patrol in Paktiya Province, eastern Afghanistan when his vehicle was struck by a rocket propelled grenade.

Staff Sergeant Sonny Christopher Zimmerman, 25, of Waynesfield, Ohio was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as an infantry squad leader.  He joined the Army in June 2005.

Staff Sergeant Sonny Christopher Zimmerman, Company A, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

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Fort Campbell 4th Brigade Combat Team Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - CurraheeFort Campbell, KY – Sergeant Corey Edwin Garver, 26, of Topsham, Maine, died June 23rd when his dismounted patrol encountered an Improvised Explosive Device in the Paktiya Province of Afghanistan.

Garver was assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as an infantryman. He joined the Army in June 2007.

Sergeant Corey Edwin Garver

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Fort Campbell Soldier reunites with her Twin in Afghanistan after two year separation

 

Written by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Paktiya Province, Afghanistan – Family is and has always been considered one of the most important subjects within the Army.

The Pagan twins are one example.

U.S. Army Spc. Janice Pagan, an automated logistical specialist assigned to Forward Support Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), was granted a 3-day pass to reunite with her twin sister at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.

Army Spc. Janice Pagan (left), an automated logistical specialist assigned to Forward Support Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), with her twin sister Army Spc. Janet Pagan (right), a unit supply specialist assigned to 72nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, pose for a photo at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, March 17, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

Army Spc. Janice Pagan (left), an automated logistical specialist assigned to Forward Support Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), with her twin sister Army Spc. Janet Pagan (right), a unit supply specialist assigned to 72nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, pose for a photo at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, March 17, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Currahee tests ANA’s medical mettle

 

Written by By U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr.
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan — The Soldiers dressed the casualty’s wounds, strapped him to the litter and started moving toward the evacuation site. They ran, climbed and crawled while carrying the casualty to the medical evacuation helicopter. What had seemed an overwhelming task, now became the accomplishment of this group of soldiers and served as a motivator for those who would follow them.

Afghan National Army medics prepare to load a simulated casualty on a helicopter during a combat medical competition held by U.S. Army Task Force Currahee Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division April 5th at Forward Operating Base Thunder in Paktiya Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

Afghan National Army medics prepare to load a simulated casualty on a helicopter during a combat medical competition held by U.S. Army Task Force Currahee Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division April 5th at Forward Operating Base Thunder in Paktiya Province, Afghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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IED device kills two Fort Campbell Soldiers

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchFort Campbell, KY – Two 101st Airborne Division Soldiers were killed August 27th, when a command-wired improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle during convoy operations in the Paktiya province, Afghanistan.

Both Soldiers were assigned to B Troop, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault.)

Killed were: Private 1st Class Chad Derek Coleman,  and Private Adam Jacob Novak.

Adam Jacob Novak and Chad Derek Coleman

Adam Jacob Novak and Chad Derek Coleman

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Along Came the Spiders

 

Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan – Under a blanket of darkness, two UH-60 Black Hawks maneuver low to the ground as they advance vigilantly toward an enemy safe haven, poised to insert lethal ground forces. The twin 1,800-horsepower engines roar with power as the hawks begin their approach into what is expected to be an extremely dusty landing zone in a dry river bed. The pilot calls, “one minute,” as the crew chief relays back to the team leader on board with hand signals and a shout.

(Photo by U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jim Layne, Task Force Viper, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Falcon)

By the time a 30-second call is passed back over the intercom system, the Soldiers’ shouts of excitement and enthusiasm become a roar that seems to overcome the noise from the engines and the rotor blades.  

Based out of Forward Operating Base Salerno, these Black Hawks soaring through the air are not your ordinary helicopter unit. They are Company A, “Spiders” (4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment) 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, Task Force Viper’s lethal Black Hawk unit that is continuously entrusted by Soldiers with the mission of safe passage across the P2K region of the provinces Paktika, Paktiya and Khowst.  

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