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Fort Campbell Lifeliners get support from 157th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division

Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan – They call themselves the Mavericks. Members of the 32nd Transportation Company, 157th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in support of Task Force Lifeliner.

Their mission is a big one. To make sure supplies get out to remote operating bases. Then to turn back around with equipment that is no longer needed. Ensuring security for those full, heavy loads; they travel some of the most dangerous highways in the world. Not a job that could be considered typical.

The scout-truck team with 32nd Transportation Company, Task Force Chain in support of Task Force Lifeliner, performs pre-combat checks on their improvised explosive devise reconnaissance robot for a sustainment convoy escort mission, July 8, 2013. The 32nd Transportation Company conducts sustainment and retrograde support operation out of Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt, Task Force Lifeliner)

The scout-truck team with 32nd Transportation Company, Task Force Chain in support of Task Force Lifeliner, performs pre-combat checks on their improvised explosive devise reconnaissance robot for a sustainment convoy escort mission, July 8, 2013. The 32nd Transportation Company conducts sustainment and retrograde support operation out of Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt, Task Force Lifeliner)

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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’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team conducts successful air assault operation in support of ANSF Soldiers

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division PAO

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Khowst Province, Afghanistan – The engines of the CH-47 Chinook roar deafeningly through the main cabin like the winds of a monsoon. Through nightvision, the stone-chizzled faces of Soldiers stare engrossed with the view out of the back ramp of the helicopter while in flight.

“Five minutes,” yells the back door gunner.

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), tactically exit a CH-47 Chinook during an air assault operation in the Shamul District, March 31, 2013. The unit supported the Afghan Uniform Police mission of clearing villages suspected of possible insurgent activity. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), tactically exit a CH-47 Chinook during an air assault operation in the Shamul District, March 31, 2013. The unit supported the Afghan Uniform Police mission of clearing villages suspected of possible insurgent activity. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Down to the wire: Fort Campbell’s 3rd Special Troops Battalion hones Air Assault Skills

 

Written by Sgt. Shanika L. Futrell
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Pop, Pop.

Soldiers hit the red clay dirt.

“Shots fired, shots fired – break!” screamed a Soldier on the radio. “Shots fired from the Madrasa (an Islamic learning center) – break. I have a team ready to check out the scene.”

“There is a guy … heading down the path; I have eyes on – break,” a voice responded over the radio. “He just threw a (rocket-propelled grenade) and rifle toward the wood line.”

A UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter aircrew fly 3rd Special Troop Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Soldiers to Range 64 Alpha Aug. 8, for an air assault training exercise on Fort Campbell, Ky. The air assault exercise is part of 3rd STBs Soldiers preparation for deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shanika L. Futrell, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

A UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter aircrew fly 3rd Special Troop Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Soldiers to Range 64 Alpha Aug. 8, for an air assault training exercise on Fort Campbell, Ky. The air assault exercise is part of 3rd STBs Soldiers preparation for deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shanika L. Futrell, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Exercise trains unit Mechanics to recover Vehicles in Combat

 

Written by Sgt. Richard Daniels Jr.
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

BastogneFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Damaged nearly beyond repair, they work quickly to bring the vehicle right side up knowing one day bullets will accompany their struggles.

The reintroduction of recovering vehicles in the midst of battle is still a ways away for the Taskmaster mechanics, but their training started here at the ranges January 31st.

Soldiers of Company B, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, work together to place their rigging system back in its place during wrecker training here at the ranges Jan. 31st. (Photo by Sgt. Richard Daniels Jr.)

Soldiers of Company B, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, work together to place their rigging system back in its place during wrecker training here at the ranges Jan. 31st. (Photo by Sgt. Richard Daniels Jr.)

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Three Fort Campbell Soldiers receive medals for Valor

 

Written by Sgt. Kimberly Menzies
4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionThe Currahees

Fort Campbell, KY – Three Currahees from 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were awarded Army Commendation Medals for Valor, during a ceremony January 23rd, 2012, at Fort Campbell, KY.

“The great thing about today is we’re recognizing three soldiers who are mentally and physically tough, they’re masters of their craft, and they have proven themselves under fire,” said U.S. Army Col. Valery C. Keaveny Jr., the commander of the 4th BCT, 101st Airborne Division.

Soldiers from Troop C, 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were awarded Army Commendation Medals for Valor, during a ceremony, Jan. 23rd, 2012, at Fort Campbell, KY. U.S. Army Col. Valery C. Keaveny, Jr., the commander of the 4th BCT, 101st ABN DIV, praises U.S. Army Staff Sgt. William D. Stuckey, a squad leader, Sgt. Shuan O. Chandler, a team leader, and Spc. Michael A. Garcia, for their actions and courage while under direct enemy fire. (Photo by Sgt. Kimberly Menzies)

Soldiers from Troop C, 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were awarded Army Commendation Medals for Valor, during a ceremony, Jan. 23rd, 2012, at Fort Campbell, KY. U.S. Army Col. Valery C. Keaveny, Jr., the commander of the 4th BCT, 101st ABN DIV, praises U.S. Army Staff Sgt. William D. Stuckey, a squad leader, Sgt. Shuan O. Chandler, a team leader, and Spc. Michael A. Garcia, for their actions and courage while under direct enemy fire. (Photo by Sgt. Kimberly Menzies)

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Night Stalkers earn Broken Wing Award

 

Written by Major Mike Burns
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

160th Soar - Night Stalkers

Fort Campbell, KY – Three pilots assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) received the Broken Wing Award, December 12th.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Stephen Love, Richard Nielsen and Bryan Young were presented the award from the U.S. Army Safety Center for their skill, judgment and technique during two separate in-flight emergencies.

“The fact that these men were able to successfully recover from such significant aircraft and system failures is a testament to the training and experience of our aviators and crews,” said Col. John Thompson, commander of the 160th SOAR(A).

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Richard Nielsen (left) is presented the Army Aviation Broken Wing certificate by Col. John Thompson, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) commander.  Nielson and two others received the award from the U.S. Army Safety Center for his actions during an in-flight emergency. (Photo by 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (A) Public Affairs)

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Richard Nielsen (left) is presented the Army Aviation Broken Wing certificate by Col. John Thompson, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) commander. Nielson and two others received the award from the U.S. Army Safety Center for his actions during an in-flight emergency. (Photo by 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (A) Public Affairs)

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First Strike Fallen Honored at Western Kentucky University

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division2nd Brigade Combat Team - Strike

Bowling Green, KY – Spearheading the troop surge into southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 10-11, were the Soldiers and leaders of Combined Task Force Strike’s Company B, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), also known as the Bulldogs of Bravo.

They Air Assaulted into Zharay, the birthplace of Taliban and immediately battled Improvised Explosive Devices, Rocket Propelled Grenades, enemy corruption and Taliban intimidation. The Bulldogs won their fights and left Kandahar a year later more secure and less kinetic; to the levels not seen since Russian boots were sent marching home in the late 1980’s.

David and Cathy Yates, parents of fallen First Strike Soldier, 1st Lt. Eric Yates, a fire support officer for Company B, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and a 2008 Western Kentucky University Reserve Officers’ Training Corps graduate, unveil a granite mural with etched images of Eric during a Veteran’s Day ceremony held at Bowling Green, KY, Nov. 11th. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

David and Cathy Yates, parents of fallen First Strike Soldier, 1st Lt. Eric Yates, a fire support officer for Company B, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and a 2008 Western Kentucky University Reserve Officers’ Training Corps graduate, unveil a granite mural with etched images of Eric during a Veteran’s Day ceremony held at Bowling Green, KY, Nov. 11th. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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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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Dog Handlers wrap up Deployment, return to Fort Campbell

 

Written by Spc. Shawn Denham
PAO, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Divison (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division2nd Brigade Combat Team - Strike

Fort Campbell, KY – More than a year in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 2010-2011, Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division finally returned home.

Dog Handlers and Tactical Explosive Detection Dogs (TEDDs) with Strike Brigade returned home to Fort Campbell, August 24th and September 15th as part of the brigade’s final redeployment.

“I’m extremely proud of each of them,” said Maj. Christine Lancia, the Provost Marshall during 2nd BCT’s recent deployment, and native of Akron, Ohio. “The TEDDs team performed superbly. We asked a lot from them and they performed their mission day in and day out successfully.”

Dog Handlers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), rest their Tactical Explosive Detection Dogs after landing at Fort Campbell Army Airfield, Fort Campbell, KY, August 24th. This is the first of two flights returning Combined Task force Strike dog handling Soldiers from Afghanistan to Fort Campbell. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

Dog Handlers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), rest their Tactical Explosive Detection Dogs after landing at Fort Campbell Army Airfield, Fort Campbell, KY, August 24th. This is the first of two flights returning Combined Task force Strike dog handling Soldiers from Afghanistan to Fort Campbell. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

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