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Basic Combatives Course conducted by Fort Campbell’s 17th Cavalry Regiment “Pale Horse”

 

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

159th Combat Aviation BrigadeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers do many things while deployed — clear buildings, capture terrorist, and even destroy caches with drugs and weapons, in order to protect the local nationals and their fellow comrades from harm.

Many times when clearing a building, the enemy will fight back. Whether it is with weapons or hand-to-hand combat, soldiers need to be prepared to protect themselves and others.

Students in the combatives level one class with the 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, practice moves in order to take down their opponent during a combatives level one course Dec. 12th at Fort Campbell, KY.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shanika L. Futrell, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

Students in the combatives level one class with the 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, practice moves in order to take down their opponent during a combatives level one course Dec. 12th at Fort Campbell, KY. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shanika L. Futrell, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

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The 2012 Week of the Eagles Super Saturday Air Show was a real crowd pleaser

 

Fort Campbell, KYFort Campbell's Week of the EaglesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFor many people the highlight of the Week of the Eagles has got to be the Fort Campbell Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Veterans of Foreign Wars Air Show. This aerial extravaganza event drew over 40,000 attendees to Campbell Army Airfield on Saturday.

Things kicked off with the opening ceremonies which consisted of the posting of the colors, and a welcome from Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, the Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, KY; followed by the National Anthem; and performances from the Liberty Jump Team and the 101st Airborne Parachute Demonstration Team, Army’s oldest Parachute Demonstration team

Soldiers and Fort Campbell community participate in air show

Soldiers and Fort Campbell community participate in air show

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Albany Devils Shoutout

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKandahar, Afghanistan – A Company 563rd Aviation Support Battalion shout out to Albany, NY Devils Hockey Team from Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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Women’s Equality Day: The suffrage is still not complete

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation Brigade

Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – A mere two centuries ago, many women across the United States of America had the dream of seeing women treated as equals. If they were alive today they would see women serving in the Senate, Supreme Court, and as generals and admirals within the military. This would have not been possible if it weren’t for the ratification of the 19th amendment.

“It took decades of agitation through protest before the victory was finally realized,” said Lt. Col. Rose H. Bean, the guest speaker at a Women’s Equality Day observance here August 26th. “To achieve the milestones, the women had a lot of lengthy and difficult struggles that took place. This celebration and the observance of this day mark women’s continuing effort toward full equality.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Pathfinders, Surrie District Police take the fight to the enemy at BP Osman

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Carl
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation Brigade

Battle Position Osman, Zabul Province, Afghanistan – The melody of a flute drifts over on the wind from the room in the compound their Afghan National Police partners call home. All of the men wear the evidence of days of enduring the sandblasts of southern Afghanistan’s summer winds.

In fighting positions around the compound, a few other Pathfinders and Afghans maintain a security watch, keeping a close eye out for any suspicious movement that could be a threat to the position, the villagers nearby or, more importantly, Forward Operating Base Wolverine, the group’s home base that sits just a few miles away.

Spc. Ryan Grace, a Pathfinder with Company F, Task Force Wings (4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment), pulls security at Battle Position Osman July 27th. IED emplacements and enemy attacks have significantly dropped in the area since the Pathfinders established the battle position nearly two months ago to increase security at Forward Operating Base Wolverine. (Photo by Sgt. Shanika Futrell)

Spc. Ryan Grace, a Pathfinder with Company F, Task Force Wings (4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment), pulls security at Battle Position Osman July 27th. IED emplacements and enemy attacks have significantly dropped in the area since the Pathfinders established the battle position nearly two months ago to increase security at Forward Operating Base Wolverine. (Photo by Sgt. Shanika Futrell)

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B/2-135 hooks up with Task Force Thunder

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation Brigade

Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – Hawaii’s Task Force Voyagers (Company B, 1st Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment), handed over its reins to Colorado and Nebraska’s Company B, 2nd Bn., 135th Avn. Rgt., after its relief-in-place here at the end of July.

When it is time for units to rotate out of theater, they conduct a relief-in-place with the incoming unit to ensure its soldiers have the necessary intelligence information and situational awareness to assume the mission seamlessly.

Though this transition may appear instantaneous because of the abrupt transfer-of-authority ceremony that finalizes the exchange, the process is not always easy. «Read the rest of this article»

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Afghan Medic completes Flight Training

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division159th Combat Aviation Brigade

Kandahar, Afghanistan – After approximately 30 days of technical training, Afghan Air Force flight medic Sgt. Gulap Ahmadzia received a certificate of completion, July 27th, from Company C, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, for his participation of the U.S. Army and Afghanistan air force medical evacuation partnership program here.

Ahmadzia flew as a flight medic aboard a UH-60A Blackhawk during 13 medevac missions involving Afghan National Army and local national casualties from June 22nd to July 13th.

Afghan Air Force flight medic Sgt. Gulap Ahmadzia receives a certificate of completion, July 27th, from Company C, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment company commander Maj. Michael Mendenhall, for completion of the U.S. Army and Afghanistan Air Force medical evacuation partnership program here. Ahmadzia is the first Afghan flight medic to join Task Force Thunder's medevac crews as they move patients off of the battlefield. (Photo by Sgt. Shanika Futrell)

Afghan Air Force flight medic Sgt. Gulap Ahmadzia receives a certificate of completion, July 27th, from Company C, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment company commander Maj. Michael Mendenhall, for completion of the U.S. Army and Afghanistan Air Force medical evacuation partnership program here. Ahmadzia is the first Afghan flight medic to join Task Force Thunder's medevac crews as they move patients off of the battlefield. (Photo by Sgt. Shanika Futrell)

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Airframe shop: Working hard to help bring troops home

 

Written by Shanika Futrell
159th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

159th Combat Aviation BrigadeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – Every airframe shop in the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Thunder, has one very important mission, and that’s putting aircraft back in the fight quickly.

“We conduct minor maintenance on the aircraft daily, since we have quite a few OH-58 Kiowa helicopters and AH-64 Apache helicopters in our battalion,” said Spc. Chris Moore, a structural aviation repairer with Troop D, 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Palehorse.

Structural aviation repairers are responsible for maintaining all of the aircraft parts that are composed of sheet metal, fiberglass or Plexiglas. These materials make the structural part of maintenance more challenging than many of the other components. «Read the rest of this article»

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