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Fort Campbell Carnival, Fireworks will happen this Independence Day despite Sequestration

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Fort Campbell Fourth of July Independence Day Carnival and Fireworks Show will go on as scheduled, even as budget cuts and furloughs impact military bases across the nation, officials said.

Traditionally, the post Morale, Welfare, and Recreation office hosts a carnival in honor with Independence Day, complete with a concert featuring the 101st Airborne Division band and celebrity music acts, and a fireworks show that evening.

This year’s event will only include performances from the Division Band. The Parachute Demonstration Team and celebrity music act was cut from this year’s event, officials said.

Fort Campbell Carnival - Tuesday, July 2nd through Saturday, July 6th.

Fort Campbell Carnival – Tuesday, July 2nd through Saturday, July 6th.

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Fort Campbell’s 887th Engineer Support Company clears roads in Afghanistan

 

The little things that add up
Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan – The mission for route clearance team is quite simple: find a barrage of small-arms, mortars and improvised explosive devices on the roads of Afghanistan and get them off.

For the soldiers of the 887th Engineer Support Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, everything over there is always easier said than done. The company is primarily a Horizontal Construction Company comprised of heavy equipment operators who were remissioned as route clearance experts eight months prior to their deployment.

Soldiers with the 887th Engineer Support Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, conduct route clearing in Regional Command East, Afghanistan. (Courtesy Photo)

Soldiers with the 887th Engineer Support Company, 326th Engineer Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, conduct route clearing in Regional Command East, Afghanistan. (Courtesy Photo)

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A lasting impression and legacy

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Sgt. James Croghan and Sgt. David Eldridge definitely left a lasting impression on their last deployment to Afghanistan.

From renovating the brigade’s gym, Morale, Welfare and Recreation Center, to building the “Lifeliner Oasis” in front of the headquarters, the two non-commissioned officers’ carpentry skills were instrumental in leaving the brigade complex in Afghanistan in much better condition.

Sgt. James Croghan (left) and Sgt. David Eldridge of the 101st Sustainment Brigade. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Sgt. James Croghan (left) and Sgt. David Eldridge of the 101st Sustainment Brigade. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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716th Military Police Battalion Loads up and Heads out to Afghanistan

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – As he walked into one of the post shopettes dressed in an Army Multi-cami uniform, Lt. Col. David Thompson said he was told, “thank you” and “welcome home” from a few of the civilians there.

“They thought I had come home from a deployment,” he said.

The fact was Thompson, commander of the 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, was actually preparing to head out on deployment. He and the rest of his battalion headquarters staff left this week for their year-long tour to Afghanistan.

Families and friends watch the soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, as they prepare to depart Fort Campbell for a deployment to Afghanistan. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Families and friends watch the soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, as they prepare to depart Fort Campbell for a deployment to Afghanistan. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Col. Peterman assesses 101st Sustainment Brigade’s Deployment

 

Video by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Col. Mike Peterman, commander, 101st Sustainment Brigade, from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan talks to a military reporter about his assessment of the Brigade’s deployment winding down.

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Long time coming

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Staff Sgt. Danny Estep said he firmly believes that he represents his former non-commissioned officers that helped mentor and coach him during his 16-year military career.

Those NCO would be particularly proud of Estep today, who recently became one of the newest inductee into the prestigious Sgt. Audie Murphy Club.

Estep was one of four new members inducted into the club during a special ceremony conducted at the 101st Sustainment Brigade headquarters, October 13th. The ceremony marks the first time the Lifeliners brigade and the 101st Special Troops Battalion has sponsored a SAMC induction ceremony at Bagram Airfield since deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Staff Sgt. Danny Estep, Alpha Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, receives his Sgt. Audie Murphy Club Medal during an induction ceremony at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, from Command Sgt. Maj. Travis Williams, command sergeant major, Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan. Estep was one of four new inductees into the prestigious organization. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Staff Sgt. Danny Estep, Alpha Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, receives his Sgt. Audie Murphy Club Medal during an induction ceremony at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, from Command Sgt. Maj. Travis Williams, command sergeant major, Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan. Estep was one of four new inductees into the prestigious organization. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Lifeliners receive Bronze Star Medals

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – The 101st Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners” awarded more than 120 officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers the Bronze Star Medal for their contributions to the brigade’s mission this past year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, October 9th.

The Bronze Star is awarded to soldiers who demonstrate heroic or meritorious achievement or service while engaged in military operations against an enemy of the United States.

Col. Michael Peterman, the commander of the Lifeliners, said that his formation should always take the opportunity to thank those around them. The Bronze Stars were an extension of the gratitude from a year in Afghanistan.

Col. Michael Peterman, 101st Sustainment Brigade commander, shakes hands with Staff Sgt. Kofi Nyarko, 101st Sustainment Brigade Support Operations, after he receives his Bronze Star Medal at the unit’s End of Tour Awards Ceremony. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Col. Michael Peterman, 101st Sustainment Brigade commander, shakes hands with Staff Sgt. Kofi Nyarko, 101st Sustainment Brigade Support Operations, after he receives his Bronze Star Medal at the unit’s End of Tour Awards Ceremony. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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Warrior spirit, working lunch: 530th CSSB hosts Afghan leaders, discuss future projects

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Forward Operating Base Deh Dadi II, Afghanistan – In U.S. Southern culture, it is a common practice to develop relationships over food; that is, the art of sitting down at a table and bonding over a hot meal.

The 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Commander’s Emergency Response Program team took a page out of the book of Southern hospitality and invited Deh Dadi District Deputy Subgovernor Mohammad Akbar Askadabi and several local Afghan leaders to lunch at Forward Operating Base Deh Dadi II dining facility.

Deh Dadi District Deputy Subgovernor Mohammad Akbar Askari (center) enjoys his lunch with Maj. John Stringer (right), executive officer for the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, at the base dining facility. The battalion commander’s emergency response program team hosted Askari and other village elders while also discussing future development projects for the district. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Deh Dadi District Deputy Subgovernor Mohammad Akbar Askari (center) enjoys his lunch with Maj. John Stringer (right), executive officer for the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, at the base dining facility. The battalion commander’s emergency response program team hosted Askari and other village elders while also discussing future development projects for the district. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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First step into leadership

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Like many of his contemporaries, Sgt. Socorro Garcia waited what seemed like an eternity for this day. On this particular day he would finally be officially recognized as a new sergeant in the Army.

Never mind he had already made the promotion points cutoff and was wearing his hard stripes. This day, he and his fellow new non-commissioned officers would be officially brought over into the brotherhood of NCOs through the induction ceremony.

Approximately 26 newly pinned NCOs took part in the ceremony at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Center Clamshell and hosted by the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sust. Bde.

Sgt. Socorro Garcia, an administrative non-commissioned officer with the 101st Sustainment Brigade, prepares to step through the archway of the newly promoted non-commissioned officers during a ceremony at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Perez)

Sgt. Socorro Garcia, an administrative non-commissioned officer with the 101st Sustainment Brigade, prepares to step through the archway of the newly promoted non-commissioned officers during a ceremony at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Perez)

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New line for coalition forces, new life for Afghanistan

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Balkh Province, Afghanistan – More than 3,000 miles make up the borders of Afghanistan. Yet for all this land, there is not a single view of the ocean, much less a way to receive supplies through the waterways.

For years, Afghanistan and coalition forces have shipped most of their supplies through the Indian Ocean, then trucked through Pakistan before arriving in the south of Afghanistan.

A year ago, nearly three-quarters of everything entering the country came through Pakistan. Now, through a small town in the north, the dynamics are changing. The port of Hairatan is the final stop for cargo destined for Afghanistan through a railroad that starts in central Europe.

Local Afghans load containers of cargo for coalition forces in Afghanistan at the port of Hairatan. This past year, the amount of goods coming into Afghanistan through the railroad ending at Hairatan has doubled. The rails start in Central Europe, and make their final trip here over the Freedom Bridge from Uzbekistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Local Afghans load containers of cargo for coalition forces in Afghanistan at the port of Hairatan. This past year, the amount of goods coming into Afghanistan through the railroad ending at Hairatan has doubled. The rails start in Central Europe, and make their final trip here over the Freedom Bridge from Uzbekistan. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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