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Remembering the fallen

 

Written by Cpl. Sarah Keegan
101st Sustainment Brigade

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

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Soldiers of 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, came together to remember, mourn and celebrate the lives of their three fallen comrades killed last week.

The soldiers – Staff Sgt. Kenneth R. Vangiesen, a fuel and electrical systems repairer, Sgt. Edward W. Koehler, a motor transport operator, and Sgt. Brian K. Mowery, also a motor transport operator – were killed July 18th when their convoy struck an improvised explosive device.

The soldiers were assigned to the 131st Transportation Company of the Pennsylvania National Guard. The company is attached to the 101st Sus. Bde., as part of the 142nd CSSB during their deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Soldiers with the 131st Transportation Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, pay their final respects to three of their fallen comrades who were killed when their convoy struck an Improvised Explosive Device July 18th. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Keegan)

Soldiers with the 131st Transportation Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, pay their final respects to three of their fallen comrades who were killed when their convoy struck an Improvised Explosive Device July 18th. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Keegan)

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As far as the imagination can take you

 

Written by Cpl. Sarah Keegan
101st Sustainment Brigade

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

Camp Phoenix, Afghanistan – Being deployed in a combat theater can dull one’s joys, but that is not the case with Sgt. Michael James Dunn, an ammunition supply manager with the 592nd Ordnance Company, 142nd Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade.

Dunn has made the most of his deployment and has helped spread, “Esprit de Corps,” by using his artistic talent to create more than 30 logos, 13 of which have become Unit and special events t-shirts and three that have been made into challenge coins.

 

Sgt. Michael Dunn, an ammunition supply manager with the 592nd Ordnance Company, 142nd Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, poses next to the custom T-shirts and coins he created while deployed to Afghanistan. (Courtesy Photo)

Sgt. Michael Dunn, an ammunition supply manager with the 592nd Ordnance Company, 142nd Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, poses next to the custom T-shirts and coins he created while deployed to Afghanistan. (Courtesy Photo)

 

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‘Mavericks’ deliver humanitarian aid to Afghan village

 

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

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Afghan truck drivers loaded their vehicles this past week with much-needed supplies from the Bagram Air Field Humanitarian Assistance Yard to support a humanitarian aid mission in Regional Command North.

The 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, spear-headed the relief effort to provide rice, beans, flour, cooking oil, coal, tarps, prayer rugs and hygiene for the villagers in the town of Sar –E Pol, located in the Balkh province, said Navy Chief Petty Officer Tychicious Turner, non-commissioned officer in charge for the Bagram Humanitarian Assistance Yard.

Staff Sgt. William Lyons of the 584th Supply Maintenance Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, loads bags of flour into the back of a truck Bagram Humanitarian Yard. The battalion recently sent more than 600,000 pounds of supplies to a local village of Sar-E Pol, which was suffering from a drought. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Staff Sgt. William Lyons of the 584th Supply Maintenance Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, loads bags of flour into the back of a truck Bagram Humanitarian Yard. The battalion recently sent more than 600,000 pounds of supplies to a local village of Sar-E Pol, which was suffering from a drought. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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‘Mired’ in training

 

Written by Cpl. Sarah Keegan
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Exactly how many lieutenants does it take to recover a wrecked vehicle mired in the mud?

More than 20 junior officers with the 101st Sustainment Brigade got the chance to answer that question as they waded through the muddy pit to extract a wrecked Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle during vehicle recovery training.

The training, part of the brigade’s monthly Leadership Professional Development course, is intended to get the officers familiar with recovery procedures that soldiers face regularly as they conduct real world operations in a combat environment.

First Lt. Krystal Hertenstein, a platoon leader for the 584th Maintenance Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, helps rig a snatchbox to recover a MAX-Pro vehicle from a mire pit during the brigade's Leadership Professional Development course. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

First Lt. Krystal Hertenstein, a platoon leader for the 584th Maintenance Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, helps rig a snatchbox to recover a MAX-Pro vehicle from a mire pit during the brigade's Leadership Professional Development course. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Making the transition

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Pete Mayes and Spc. Sarah Keegan
101st Sustainment Brigade

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – One battalion commander marked the beginning of year-his unit’s long deployment to Afghanistan while another finally prepared to bring team home.

Lt. Col. Jose Solis marked the beginning of his command Thursday as the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducted their Relief in Place Transfer of Authority ceremony in Afghanistan at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Center clamshell.

Lt. Col. Leslie Caballero, commander of the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and her unit are preparing to head home to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, following their year-long deployment to Afghanistan. The battalion was assigned to the 101st Sustainment Brigade, Fort Campbell, KY. (Army photo by Spc. Jens Vadelund)

Lt. Col. Leslie Caballero, commander of the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and her unit are preparing to head home to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, following their year-long deployment to Afghanistan. The battalion was assigned to the 101st Sustainment Brigade, Fort Campbell, KY. (Army photo by Spc. Jens Vadelund)

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Standing out among one’s peers

 

Written by Spc. Sarah Keegan
101st Sustainment Brigade

101st Sustainment BrigadeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Two soldiers recently competed and emerged victorious from the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion competed in the Battalion’s Warrior of the Month board on Saturday.

Sgt. Jared Leimeister, a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic for the 131st Transportation Company, 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, won the board’s noncommissioned officer’s division.

Pfc. April Tennyson, a Motor Transport Operator for the 109th Transportation Company, 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, won the soldier’s division.

First Sgt. Irwin Whittington of the 584th Ordnance Maintenance Company, 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, inspects Sgt. Reginald Miniweather’s weapon during the battalion’s Warrior of the Month Board. Miniweather is a Motor Transport Operator with the 109th Transportation Company, 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. (Photo by Sgt Jesse McCullough)

First Sgt. Irwin Whittington of the 584th Ordnance Maintenance Company, 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, inspects Sgt. Reginald Miniweather’s weapon during the battalion’s Warrior of the Month Board. Miniweather is a Motor Transport Operator with the 109th Transportation Company, 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. (Photo by Sgt Jesse McCullough)

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