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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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Lost boy found

 

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

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

Forward Operating Base Deh Dadi II, Afghanistan – First Lt. Gabriel Chol Deng said he does not envy his fellow officers when they speak fondly of their childhood memories, but he does find himself having to walk away from those particular conversations.

Instead of enjoying a carefree youth and adolescence, Deng spent several years as an orphan separated from his family and as a guerilla fighter in his native Sudan. He was one of the infamous, “Lost Boys of Sudan,” one of thousands of displaced boys whose youth was marred by violence, brutality and survival.

And while Deng admits it’s sometimes hard to remember those hardships of his past, he said he chooses not to dwell on them.

First Lt. Gabriel Chol Deng endured many hardships as on the "Lost Boys of Sudan.” Today, he is a soldier assigned to the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

First Lt. Gabriel Chol Deng endured many hardships as on the "Lost Boys of Sudan.” Today, he is a soldier assigned to the 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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‘Happy we all survived.’ Airman medic receives Purple Heart

 

Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – As a group of eleven Air Force medics prepare their journey home, they stood in formation for awards after six months of supporting Task Force Lifeliners.

One of these airmen, Airmen 1st Class Bryenna Brooks, was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries she received just a week before.

Along with the Purple Heart, Brooks also received a Combat Medical Badge, an Air Force Combat Action Medal for her actions, and a Joint Service Commendation Medal for her actions, June 3rd.

Airman 1st Class Bryenna Brooks, a medic with the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, stands with Spc. Craig Richard Jr., of the 59th Quartermaster Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sust. Bde., after Brooks received four awards, including a Purple Heart Medal. Brooks and Richard were in a vehicle with three other soldiers of the 59th when their vehicle took a rocket propelled-grenade during a resupply convoy mission this past week. (Courtesy Photo)

Airman 1st Class Bryenna Brooks, a medic with the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, stands with Spc. Craig Richard Jr., of the 59th Quartermaster Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sust. Bde., after Brooks received four awards, including a Purple Heart Medal. Brooks and Richard were in a vehicle with three other soldiers of the 59th when their vehicle took a rocket propelled-grenade during a resupply convoy mission this past week. (Courtesy Photo)

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101ST Soldier to receive Silver Star Medal for Valor during Anaheim Angles Baseball Game

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On Saturday, April 9th, 2011,  the United States Army will be presenting the Silver Star Medal to U.S. Army Specialist Daniel A. Foster at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, CA, preceding the start of Angels – Blue Jays baseball game. 

While assigned to 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.  Foster distinguished himself in combat in Afghanistan through exceptionally valorous actions on May 21st, 2010, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, displaying heroism and courage beyond the call of duty.

Angels Stadium.

Angels Stadium.

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Soldier returns to duty after suicide attack

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Richard Daniels Jr.
Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBastogneNangarhar Province, Afghanistan – “We were doing a traffic control point when a female walked up and detonated herself 10 meters from me,” said U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Derek L. Ashman.

On June 21st, Ashman, of San Diego, platoon sergeant of 1st Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, was on the Sholtan Bridge in the Shigal District when he was struck by shrapnel from an insurgent’s suicide vest in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province, leaving scars he bares today.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Derek L. Ashman of San Diego, platoon sergeant of 1st Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack plays volleyball with local Afghan children after a Sept. 26th key leader engagement. (Photos by U.S. Army Spc. Richard Daniels Jr., Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Derek L. Ashman of San Diego, platoon sergeant of 1st Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack plays volleyball with local Afghan children after a Sept. 26th key leader engagement. (Photos by U.S. Army Spc. Richard Daniels Jr., Task Force Bastogne Public Affairs)

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