Nashville, TN – General James McConville, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, presented two Soldiers from Company C, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) the Silver Star for heroic actions in support of U.S. Army forces in Afghanistan, July 12th, 2018, during a ceremony at the Army Aviation Association of America Summit 2019 in Nashville, April 16th.
McConville, a former 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander, pinned the medals on Sgt. Armando Yanez and Sgt. Emmanuel Bynum following his keynote address at the summit, an annual gathering of the Army aviation community.
The Silver Star Medal is awarded primarily to members of the United States Armed Forces for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States. Two Soldiers from Company C, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) received The Silver Star during a ceremony held at the Army Aviation Association of America Summit 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee April 16th, 2019. (Sgt. Steven Lopez)
Fort Campbell, KY – 101st Airborne Division’s Sabalauski Air Assault School soldiers will welcome a new commander, Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 at 11:30am.
Capt. Matt Rivas, who has commanded the unit for the last two years, will pass the mantle of command to Capt. Kevin Gibbons in a ceremony at the school.
“Over the last two years it’s been my honor to oversee the training of over 3,800 students who earned the coveted Air Assault badge,” said Rivas. “I’m also proud of the team for developing the Air Assault symposium program to develop and share techniques across the division, building a new Sling Load Master course, and hosting the Secretary of the Army and numerous celebrities to share and promote the ‘Screaming Eagle’ culture.”
A soldier low crawls under barbed wire at The Sabalauski Air Assault School’s on Fort Campbell, KY. (Sgt. Sharifa Newton, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)
Written by Staff Sgt. Thaddius S. Dawkins
U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command Public Affairs
Fort Campbell, KY – As the Company A, 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) hangar began to fill with people March 21st, it was clear this wasn’t just another retirement ceremony.
This ceremony had an even greater significance than most others. After all, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Karl H. Maier and Chief Warrant Officer 5 George “Billy” Cook had more than 70-years of combined Army Service — with more than 50 of those years spent as Night Stalkers.
Chief Warrant Officer 5 George “Billy” Cook and Chief Warrant Officer 5 Karl H. Maier stand with Col. John R. Evans Jr., 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment during a retirement ceremony March 21st at Fort Campbell, Ky. Cook and Maier retired following a combined 70-years of service, with more than 50 years spent as Night Stalkers. (U.S. Army photo)
Written by Maj. Brandon Bissell
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs
Fort Campbell, KY – Bob Howard grew up in Opelika, Alabama, in a house on a hill accessed by a single road. At the bottom of the hill living in two houses on either side of the road were two families, each with several boys that were both older and bigger than him.
Bob Howard was a smart boy. He knew the odds were not in his favor if he challenged the boys, so every day on his way home from school he would devise a different plan to get past the boys and up the hill to his home without getting into trouble.
Colonel Scott Brower, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), is joined by Mrs. Melissa Gentsch, daughter of retired Army Col. Robert Howard, following the dedication of the 5th SFG (A) headquarters building in honor of Col. Howard July 3rd, 2013, at Fort Campbell, KY. (Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)
Final update detailing the first session of the 108th General Assembly
Food, Clothing, and Hygiene Drive to support the Austin Peay State University Food Pantry
Nashville, TN – House Bill 32, License Plates for our Veterans and Active Duty Military.
House Bill 32, sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) will make some changes, effective July 1st, 2014, to the issuance of license plates to our active duty military and veterans who receive honors and awards such as the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Air Medal, and Medal of Honor.
The most substantial change is moving the Air Medal plates to the category of military cultural license plates. This category also contains other license plates such as the Silver Star and Bronze Star.
Clarksville,TN – Friends and family gathered on Friday to honor George Kazuo Nishimura, who was a member of the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Military Intelligence Service.
Sponsored in part by F&M Bank and Clarksville Online, the ceremony was to present Nishimura with a bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal that had been awarded to his unit in 2010, in a unanimous vote of Congress, and approved by President Barack Obama.
Nishimura was left off of the list of veterans to receive their recognition due to a field promotion he received while serving his country, and a change in his serial number. Through the efforts of friends and family, Nishimura received his award and was given his place in history on Friday.
Fort Campbell, KY – The 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division will honor one of their fallen heroes by posthumously awarding him the Silver Star August 25th, 2011 during a ceremony to be held at the 4th BCT Headquarters Building, Fort Campbell, KY.
Specialist Jordan M. Byrd will be posthumously awarded the Silver Star.
Written/Produced by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller
16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Kandahar Province, Afghanistan – While visiting Regional Command South to see and hear what is operationally and strategically important, General David Petraeus made time to present multiple awards of valor, including the Silver Star, Bronze Stars for Valor, Army Commendation Medals for Valor, and Purple Hearts at Forward Operating Base Wilson.
He also handed out coins to engineers that worked on the Kandahar Power Bridging Solution.
Written by Combined Joint Task Force-101 Public Affairs
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates presented six Silver Star Medals and a Bronze Star Medal with Valor to Task Force Bastogne Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Joyce December 7th.
The Soldiers, all from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were recognized for heroic actions during Operation Strong Eagle in June and July in eastern Afghanistan.
U.S Army Spc. Richard T. Bennett of St. Charles, IL, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, is awarded the Silver Star Medal by the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at Forward Operating Base Joyce Dec. 7th. Bennett was awarded Silver Star for valorous actions against armed and heavily fortified enemies during Operation Strong Eagle. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Andy Barrera/Released)
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Donald Starks from Grayling, MI, received the Silver Star in a ceremony on Combat Outpost Margah in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika Province today.
U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, International Security Assistance Force commander, awarded Starks for his actions during an insurgent attack on COP Margah October 30th. «Read the rest of this article»