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Strike Force Wins Strike Iron Competition

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell, KY – As the Army prepares to implement its new physical training program and new physical fitness test, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is already prepared.

Soldiers of Strike Brigade’s Company D, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, competed and won the latest Strike Iron Competition at Fort Campbell, KY, December 15th.

Soldiers of Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), start the first 800-meter run during Strike Iron Challenge at Fort Campbell, KY, Dec. 15th. The competition was modified to contain most of the events in a smaller area while increasing the amount of running between each event, increasing the physical difficulty. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

Soldiers of Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), start the first 800-meter run during Strike Iron Challenge at Fort Campbell, KY, Dec. 15th. The competition was modified to contain most of the events in a smaller area while increasing the amount of running between each event, increasing the physical difficulty. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Top Guns Soldiers participate in Blitz Physical Training

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – From searing heat in summer to freezing winter conditions, The Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) continue to train for best performance in any climate.

This was proven by the Strike Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd BCT, as they conducted the latest ‘Top Guns Blitz’ training event at Fort Campbell, KY, December 7th.

The Strike Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), push a disabled military vehicle during the ‘Top Guns Blitz’ at Fort Campbell, KY, Dec. 7th. Soldiers had to push the vehicle about 50-meters to complete this portion of the event. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

The Strike Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), push a disabled military vehicle during the ‘Top Guns Blitz’ at Fort Campbell, KY, Dec. 7th. Soldiers had to push the vehicle about 50-meters to complete this portion of the event. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Strike Force gives back to the Community, Builds Home for Family

 

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

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

Hopkinsville, KY – On a cold Saturday morning, Soldiers gathered together to help a family in need of assistance. With tools in hand, they began to erect the walls on a concrete foundation for a house, which will one day become a home.

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), worked with Habitat for Humanity to construct a house for a family in need, in Hopkinsville, KY, December 10th.

This volunteer opportunity was a way for Soldiers to give back to the communities that support Fort Campbell, said 2nd Lt. Mark Patton, an officer who helped coordinate the project with Strike Force.

2nd Lt. Mark Patton and Pvt. 1st Class Shammah Nasheed, both with 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), carry pre-made walls to be installed at a house under construction in Hopkinsville, KY, Dec. 10th. Strike Force Soldiers volunteered with Habitat for Humanity to help construct a home for a family in need. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

2nd Lt. Mark Patton and Pvt. 1st Class Shammah Nasheed, both with 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), carry pre-made walls to be installed at a house under construction in Hopkinsville, KY, Dec. 10th. Strike Force Soldiers volunteered with Habitat for Humanity to help construct a home for a family in need. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

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First Strike / Strike Blitz, 2nd Brigade Combat Team Soldiers Train as Deployed

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers train daily to meet the requirements of the Army standards and become familiarized with what maybe faced on deployments. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), trains in a unique way, putting its units in a combat-like environment right here inside the gates of Fort Campbell and call the training ‘Strike Blitz.’

The Strike Soldiers of Company D, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, were the most recent Strike Blitz participant held deep into the training lands of Fort Campbell, from November 28th – December 2nd.

Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) pull security during a patrol to a key leadership engagement in Afghanistan, Dec. 30th, 2010. Strike Brigade trains its battalions to conduct these patrols during its Strike Blitz scenarios. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) pull security during a patrol to a key leadership engagement in Afghanistan, Dec. 30th, 2010. Strike Brigade trains its battalions to conduct these patrols during its Strike Blitz scenarios. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Strike CAV Spouses participate in Spouse Spur Ride

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – The Army encourages its Soldiers and family members to bond together through activities and events designed to promote camaraderie and understanding within each family. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) also promotes family bonds throughout its battalions and squadron.

Spouses of Soldiers from Strike Brigade’s 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, attended a ‘Spouse Spur Ride’ at Fort Campbell, November 18th.

Molli Igou, wife of Spc. Eduardo Mendez with 1st Squadron 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), charges a Browning M2 .50 caliber machine gun during the ‘Spouse Spur Ride’ at Fort Campbell, KY, Nov. 18th. Weapons familiarization was one of several events meant to demonstrate to the spouses what their husbands do on a daily basis. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

Molli Igou, wife of Spc. Eduardo Mendez with 1st Squadron 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), charges a Browning M2 .50 caliber machine gun during the ‘Spouse Spur Ride’ at Fort Campbell, KY, Nov. 18th. Weapons familiarization was one of several events meant to demonstrate to the spouses what their husbands do on a daily basis. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Home for the Holidays, Strike Thanksgiving 2011

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – A year ago the Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), celebrated the holiday season in southern Afghanistan, 7,741 miles away from Fort Campbell, friends and family. For this year in garrison, Strike Brigade celebrates the season at home with its Soldiers and family members together.

Soldiers of Strike Brigade were served Thanksgiving Dinner by the brigade’s command staff at Strike’s dining facility, at Fort Campbell, KY, November 22nd.

The tradition of the command staff serving the Soldiers shows the respect the leaders have for the Soldiers under their command.

Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) eat a Thanksgiving meal together at the brigade’s dining facility at Fort Campbell, KY, Nov. 22nd The dinner brought Soldiers and participating family members together to share a festive holiday meal in a welcoming atmosphere. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) eat a Thanksgiving meal together at the brigade’s dining facility at Fort Campbell, KY, Nov. 22nd The dinner brought Soldiers and participating family members together to share a festive holiday meal in a welcoming atmosphere. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Strike’s Sapper Beast competes in Sapper Stakes

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – Training can be as simple as a manual or online PowerPoint presentation, or more complex, such as an extended outdoor field exercise involving all aspects of modern combat. Soldiers build new skills or perfect old skills during such training events and sometimes participate in challenges designed to both instruct and assess their abilities at the same time.

Engineers from Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) participated in the ‘Sapper Stakes’ Competition at Fort Campbell, KY, October 26th.

Pfc. Michael Jones and Pfc. Alexander Kornelakis, combat engineers with Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), set up an anti-personnel obstacle breaching system during ‘Sapper Stakes’ at Fort Campbell, KY, Oct. 26th. Called ‘APOBS’, the system launches a line of explosive devices to trigger nearby hidden bombs to detonate. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

Pfc. Michael Jones and Pfc. Alexander Kornelakis, combat engineers with Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), set up an anti-personnel obstacle breaching system during ‘Sapper Stakes’ at Fort Campbell, KY, Oct. 26th. Called ‘APOBS’, the system launches a line of explosive devices to trigger nearby hidden bombs to detonate. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Strike Officers Win latest Iron Strike Competition

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – Physical training is one of the cornerstones of the Army and its day-to-day activities. Every aspect of performance contains the basic principles of good physical conditioning and capabilities. The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), holds a monthly combat focused competition for the brigade’s Soldiers and Leaders with the Strike Iron Competition.

Each of Strike’s battalions go head to head with one and other and the brigade staff officers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, won the latest Iron Strike Competition held at Strike and Johnson Field, October 20th.

Staff officers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), do pushups during the first part of the Iron Strike Challenge at Fort Campbell, KY, Oct. 20th. The competition puts teams from each battalion within the brigade together to see who can win based on finishing the course in the shortest amount of time. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

Staff officers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), do pushups during the first part of the Iron Strike Challenge at Fort Campbell, KY, Oct. 20th. The competition puts teams from each battalion within the brigade together to see who can win based on finishing the course in the shortest amount of time. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Strike Soldiers compete for Expert Field Medical Badge

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers train daily to perform to the best of their abilities and sometimes compete for special badges and professional recognition. These challenges present an opportunity for a Soldier to practice their skills and prove their competence in their line of work.

Medics from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), participated in the division’s Expert Field Medical Badge qualification October 5th.

Sgt. Matthew Baumann, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), tests a the responses of a simulated casualty during testing for the Expert Field Medical Badge at Fort Campbell, KY, October 5th. Medics throughout the division competed together to earn the prestigious badge which represents their abilities and knowledge in combat medical care. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

Sgt. Matthew Baumann, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), tests a the responses of a simulated casualty during testing for the Expert Field Medical Badge at Fort Campbell, KY, October 5th. Medics throughout the division competed together to earn the prestigious badge which represents their abilities and knowledge in combat medical care. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Former NFL Star Herschel Walker Visits Strike’s Top Guns

 

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

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

Fort Campbell, KY – Oftentimes people feel alone in life due to circumstances beyond their control and Soldiers are not exempt from feelings of isolation, depression and despair. The Army encourages Soldiers and their families to seek proper medical help and attention when needed and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), offers assistance at all times, sometimes with the help from well-known celebrities.

Herschel Walker, former National Football League player who won the Heisman Trophy in 1982 and played for teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants, visited the Strike Brigade’s 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment at their headquarters at Fort Campbell, KY, September 28th.

Herschel Walker, former NFL player and mixed martial arts fighter, speaks to Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at the Top Guns battalion’s headquarters at Fort Campbell, KY, Sept. 28th. Walker shared his personal struggle through mental health care problems, his rebound and recovery and encouraged Soldiers to seek help whenever it is needed. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

Herschel Walker, former NFL player and mixed martial arts fighter, speaks to Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at the Top Guns battalion’s headquarters at Fort Campbell, KY, Sept. 28th. Walker shared his personal struggle through mental health care problems, his rebound and recovery and encouraged Soldiers to seek help whenever it is needed. (U.S. Army Photo By Spc. Shawn Denham, PAO, 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.)

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