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4th Brigade Combat Team (Currahee) June Troop Morale Video

 

Video by Sgt. Matthew Graham
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – The 4th Brigade Combat Team (Currahee) released a Morale Video for June highlighting the soldiers of the Brigade in action during the month including a visit by the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on June 6th in the Paktika province of Afghanistan. The 4th Brigade Combat Team will begin returning home from Afghanistan in the next few months.

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Gates Visits Task Force Currahee on D-Day Remembrance

 

Video by Sgt. Matthew Graham
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Footage of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates visiting with soldiers from Task Force Currahee, the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division in Paktika province on D-Day to share some time with soldiers before retiring later this month.

Scenes include the secretary speaking to an audience of soldiers.

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Face of the Brigade

 

Written by Spc. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade  

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – A surge of military and civilian traffic passes through the U.S. Army rotary wing terminal at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan introducing to them the face of Task Force Destiny.

The TF Troubleshooter Movement Control Team, an element of Destiny, coordinates passenger and cargo travel.

Providing rotary air support for Regional Command (South), they have enhanced an operation that efficiently manages incoming and outgoing movement of space available and air movement request for personnel and cargo, in addition to providing professional and courteous service.

Spc. Sean Harney, A Company, Task Force Troubleshooter Movement Control Team pax runner, conducts a roll-call of passengers before escorting them to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The soldier in charge of the mission will conduct two different role calls before the flight

Spc. Sean Harney, A Company, Task Force Troubleshooter Movement Control Team pax runner, conducts a roll-call of passengers before escorting them to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The soldier in charge of the mission will conduct two different role calls before the flight

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Afghan President visits Fort Campbell

 

The Logo of the 101st Airborne DivisionFORT CAMPBELL, Ky.  — Afghan President Hamid Karzai brought a message of thanks to Soldiers and their Families at Fort Campbell today, as the 101st Airborne Division continues to deploy to his country.

Karzai’s visit to the installation comes on the heels of a week of talks in Washington, D.C., with President Barack Obama. The two leaders used the time to help repair relations between Afghanistan and the U.S., after a year of rising tensions.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates recognized the history and sacrifice of the 101st Airborne Division Soldiers and their Families in his introduction of Karzai.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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Tanner announces retroactive pay for ‘Stop Loss’ troops

 

tannerheaderWASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. John Tanner said some military personnel can now apply for special retroactive payments to compensate for stop-loss orders that extended their enlistments. Approved by Congress in the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act, the program will provide $500 for each month that a service member served under stop loss since Sept. 11, 2001.

“Our service members and their families have made great sacrifices to serve our country,” said Congressman Tanner, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the Tennessee National Guard. “Many times, their enlistments were extended involuntarily or their retirements were put on hold because of the strain that was placed on the Armed Forces. With these special payments, we are sending the message that we recognize their sacrifices and greatly appreciate their service.”

The Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay is available to service members who had their enlistments extended or retirement suspended due to stop loss between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009. «Read the rest of this article»

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Pace: The Iraqi Army ‘disintegrated’; Gates: “Avoid appearance of failure”

 

peter_pace_official_portrait.jpg“One of the mistakes I made in my assumptions going in was that the Iraqi people and the Iraqi Army would welcome liberation, that the Iraqi Army, given the opportunity, would stand together for the Iraqi people and be available to them to help serve the new nation.”

— Gen. Peter Pace, on the Iraq War

On Friday, General Pace, outgoing and soon to be retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke publicly Friday about what he termed “mistakes made” at the onset of the Iraq War. Pace clearly admitted the assumption that the Iraqi Army would hold together and fight was wrong.

“They disintegrated in the face of the coalition’s first several weeks of combat, so they weren’t here.”

Pace said that if he had realized this disintegration would happen, he would have increased the number of troops deployed at the outset of the war. Pace said that he would not have escalated deployment of troops at the start of 2006 because he was working under the expectation of building and equipping an Iraqi Army and turning over security duties to it.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, also speaking out on Friday, said all the President’s senior military advisers are in agreement with those recommendations. Gates said the next steps taken by the United States in Iraq:

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