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A Year in Review with Fort Campbell’s Currahees

 

Written by Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - CurraheeFort Campbell, KY – The 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), started 2013 running fast and hard, as the brigade deployed to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA, in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Currahees with 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment "Red Currahee," 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), walk down the mountain following the Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, after a joint patrol into the mountains around Combat Outpost Wilderness, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

Currahees with 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment “Red Currahee,” 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), walk down the mountain following the Afghan National Army soldiers with 6th Khandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, after a joint patrol into the mountains around Combat Outpost Wilderness, Afghanistan, Oct. 21, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A. Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Currahees receive Sergeant Audie Murphy Club induction

 

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

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Paktya Province, Afghanistan – Originating in 1986 at Fort Hood, Texas, the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is an exclusive U.S. Army organization for non-commissioned officers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and performance.

In order to be inducted, the NCOs must be recommended, pass a physical training test as well as several rigorous board appearances.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Danielle A. Whitaker (right) and Sgt. 1st Class Tcherry Samedy, both with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, listen to, Col. Val C. Keaveny Jr., commander, 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., speak during a Sergeant Audie Murphy Club induction ceremony, Sept. 17, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Danielle A. Whitaker (right) and Sgt. 1st Class Tcherry Samedy, both with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, listen to, Col. Val C. Keaveny Jr., commander, 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., speak during a Sergeant Audie Murphy Club induction ceremony, Sept. 17, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee” Soldier killed in Afghanistan

 

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Fort Campbell, KY – A Fort Campbell Soldier died September 26th, as a result of combat-related injuries sustained in Paktya Province, Afghanistan.

Identified is Staff Sgt. Thomas Allen Baysore Jr., 32, of Milton, PA. Baysore was killed by an enemy combatant wearing an Afghan National Army Uniform who opened fire on a group of Soldiers. He was struck on the left side of his neck.

Baysore was taken to taken to his post aid station where he succumbed to his wounds.

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Missouri National Guardsmen build bridge enabling Fort Campbell’s Currahees to Conduct Operation

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division4th Brigade Combat Team - CurraheePaktya Province, Afghanistan – “During the rainy season of this past year the abutment of an existing bridge had washed out, collapsing half of the bridge,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Stephen Keene, soldier with the 1438th Engineer Multi-Role Bridge Company, and native of Columbia, MO. “This bridge helps facilitate [traffic] the forward operating bases that are around this area, fixing it will help the civilians also by keeping them from driving in the creek bed and out of harm’s way.”

With a lightning storm approaching, U.S. Army Soldiers from Gunfighter Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, provide security for the 1438th Engineer Company, Multi-Role Bridge, Missouri National Guard, as they construct a Mabey-Johnson bridge in the Khowst – Gardez Pass, Paktya Province, Afghanistan, Sept. 2, 2013. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell Currahees give Dental Training to Afghan National Army Commandos

 

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

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Paktya Province, Afghanistan – “Life starts in the mouth,” said Capt. Abby Raymond, brigade dentist for 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and native of Anderson, IN. “If you don’t take care of your oral health it can have a systemic affect, it can affect your whole body, your job or your mission.”

In an effort to reduce that affect, Capt. Raymond, the brigade dentist for 4th BCT, 101st Abd. Div., Capt. Shani Thompson, a dentist with the 528th Sustainment Brigade, United States Army Special Operations Command, and their dental assistants, provided training covering dental basics at Forward Operating Base Thunder, Afghanistan, July 21st and 22nd.

U.S. Capt. Abby Raymond, a brigade dentist with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), checks the work of an Afghan medic with the 2nd Commando Battalion, 203rd Corps, Afghan National Army, performing an oral exam on a fellow commando during a basic dental class at Forward Operating Base Thunder in Paktia province, Afghanistan, July 22, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/Released)

U.S. Capt. Abby Raymond, a brigade dentist with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), checks the work of an Afghan medic with the 2nd Commando Battalion, 203rd Corps, Afghan National Army, performing an oral exam on a fellow commando during a basic dental class at Forward Operating Base Thunder in Paktia province, Afghanistan, July 22, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/Released)

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Fort Campbell’s 4th Brigade Combat Team’s Security Force Advisory and Assistance Teams helps train Afghan Army Engineers

 

Written by Sgt. Justin A Moeller
4th Brigade Combat Team

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division101st Airborne Division - 4th Brigade Combat Team - CurraheePaktya Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers of the 203rd Afghan National Army Engineer Khandak with the assistance of Soldiers with the 859th Engineer Company out of Pascagoula, MS, who work along side Security Advise and Assist Team 4, develop their skills as engineers on Forward Operating Base Thunder, Afghanistan, July 2nd, 2013.

Two of the current projects they have in the works are the construction of a windsock to provide the ANA with improved wind direction readings on the FOB Thunder flight line, as well as a guard shack.

Soldiers of the 203rd Afghan National Army Engineer Khandak hold a piece of plywood and nail it in place as they build a guard hut on forward operating base Thunder, Afghanistan, July 2, 2013. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

Soldiers of the 203rd Afghan National Army Engineer Khandak hold a piece of plywood and nail it in place as they build a guard hut on forward operating base Thunder, Afghanistan, July 2, 2013. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller/U.S. Army)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Airborne Division Band “Ambush” performs at Forward Operating Base Lightning

 

Written by U.S. Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Fitzgerald
129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionPaktya Province, Afghanistan – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Band ‘Ambush’ performs at Forward Operating Base Lightning in Paktya Afghanistan, to boost moral for service members and civilian employees, June 25th, 2013.

This six member team travels throughout Afghanistan to support the service members deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom.

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Band ‘Ambush’ performs at Forward Operating Base Lightning. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Fitzgerald)

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Band ‘Ambush’ performs at Forward Operating Base Lightning. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Fitzgerald)

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Fort Campbell Currahee Soldiers receive Combat Patch on D-Day Anniversary

 

Written by U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Ryan Scott
129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

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Paktya Province, Afghanistan – The 101st Airborne Division combat patch was presented to Currahee Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Lightning, during a patching ceremony, June 6th.

On this day, 69 years ago, Currahee Soldiers participated in Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy, France.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Funk, noncomissioned officer in charge, Forward Operating Base Lightning Base Defense Operations Center, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a combat patching ceremony for the Currahee Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Lightning June 6th, 2013. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Ryan Scott, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Funk, noncomissioned officer in charge, Forward Operating Base Lightning Base Defense Operations Center, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahee”, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a combat patching ceremony for the Currahee Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Lightning June 6th, 2013. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Ryan Scott, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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Fort Campbell Currahees uncase colors in Afghanistan

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionThe Currahees

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – The 4th Brigade Combat Team “Currahees”, 101st Airborne Division, participated in a transfer of authority ceremony held at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, May 22nd.

The ceremony featured the casing of the 3rd BCT “Rakkasan”, 101st Abn. Div., colors and the uncasing of the Currahee colors. The ceremony signified the transfer of authority of the Khowst and Paktya Provinces to the Currahees.

U.S. Army Soldiers and Afghan National Security Force members, attending the transfer of authority ceremony, salute the National flags of Afghanistan and the United States of America during the playing of each country’s National Anthem at Forward Operating Base Salerno, on May 22, 2013. The transfer of authority ceremony signifies the beginning of the Currahee’s mission as a partner with their Afghan National Security Force partners. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Justin Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

U.S. Army Soldiers and Afghan National Security Force members, attending the transfer of authority ceremony, salute the National flags of Afghanistan and the United States of America during the playing of each country’s National Anthem at Forward Operating Base Salerno, on May 22, 2013. The transfer of authority ceremony signifies the beginning of the Currahee’s mission as a partner with their Afghan National Security Force partners. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Justin Moeller, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

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Fort Campbell Bulldog Troops make former Enemy Safe Havens Uncomfortable

 

Written by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua Edwards
129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Paktya Province, Afghanistan – With a full moon to light the sky, a pair of U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters broke the deafening silence of the night as they descended into the valley where the village of Sahak, Afghanistan lay still.

Slowly the sound of the Chinooks faded into the night, only to be replaced by the sound of dogs barking in the distance as the Soldiers from “Bulldog” Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), zigzagged their way through the maze of narrow footpaths that separate the wheat and sweet clover fields.

ZORMAT, Afghanistan – Soldiers from “Bulldog” Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) observe an A-10 Warthog as it drops flares over a wheat field during Operation Sham Shir April 24, 2013, Sahak, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards)

ZORMAT, Afghanistan – Soldiers from “Bulldog” Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) observe an A-10 Warthog as it drops flares over a wheat field during Operation Sham Shir April 24, 2013, Sahak, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards)

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