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Fort Campbell Sgt. Joe Padula says ‘To tell the Soldier’s story, you must fight by their side’

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Staff Sgt. James P. Hunter was posthumously awarded the Kentucky Medal of Freedom, May 28th. His Family accepted the honor during a ceremony held in Lexington, KY.

In April of 2009, I, then Pfc. Joe Padula, was introduced to a young, strong man of about 24 years old. He stood tall in a stance, built with confidence. He wore a combat patch on his right sleeve. I could tell this man has been tested before, and I was a lost Soldier at Fort Campbell who had just found Staff Sgt. James P. Hunter — thank God.

Staff Sgt. James P. Hunter views his photos while following other Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, during a field training exercise. Hunter's face was rarely in front of the camera, as his job as an Army journalist was to record the lives of Soldiers " whether they were training at Fort Campbell or patrolling the streets of Afghanistan. Hunter died while deployed with Strike in Afghanistan, June 18th, 2010. (Fort Campbell Courier archive)

Staff Sgt. James P. Hunter views his photos while following other Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, during a field training exercise. Hunter’s face was rarely in front of the camera, as his job as an Army journalist was to record the lives of Soldiers ” whether they were training at Fort Campbell or patrolling the streets of Afghanistan. Hunter died while deployed with Strike in Afghanistan, June 18th, 2010. (Fort Campbell Courier archive)

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Week of the Strike – 2nd Brigade Combat Team brings home Commander’s Cup

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – The official color of the Strike Brigade is once again gold as the teams representing the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), brought back the well sought after Week of the Eagles 2012 Commander’s Cup.

“A phenomenal job winning the Week of the Eagles,” said Lt. Col. Townley Hedrick, the deputy commanding officer for the Strike brigade, when speaking about the Strike Soldiers. “This brigade has great, young leaders, officers and non-commissioned officers, who lead by example and make things happen.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Strike, readies Families and Soldiers for Deployment

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell Strike Families and the deploying Strike Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were given their pre-deployment brief at Fort Campbell’s Passenger Processing Facility, March 6th, as the Strike Brigade prepares its Security Force Assistance Teams for their mission to Afghanistan’s Regional Command-East.

Capt. Daniel Belzer, one of the deploying Security Force Assistance Team members with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), holds his newly born child during the brigade’s pre-deployment brief held March 6th. The brief provided information and guidance to the family members and Soldiers regarding the upcoming Strike SFAT deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Capt. Daniel Belzer, one of the deploying Security Force Assistance Team members with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), holds his newly born child during the brigade’s pre-deployment brief held March 6th. The brief provided information and guidance to the family members and Soldiers regarding the upcoming Strike SFAT deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 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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101st Airborne Division Honors their Fallen Gander Soldiers at Memorial Service

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

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

Fort Campbell, KY – “Love is never wasted, love is never lost, love lives on and sees us through sorrow,” said President Ronald Reagan during the December 16th, 1985 Fort Campbell memorial service held for the victims of Arrow Airlines flight 1285, which killed 248 Screaming Eagle Soldiers, majority being from 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “From the moment love is born, it is always with us, keeping us aloft in the time of flooding and strong in the time of trial.”

The Strike Brigade continues the love of its Gander fallen by honoring and recognizing the importance of their accomplishments more than a quarter of a century ago.

Col. Dan Walrath, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Command Sgt. Major Alonzo Smith, command sergeant major, 2nd BCT, salute at Fort Campbell’s monument to the Gander tragedy during the annual remembrance ceremony, The names of the 248 Screaming Eagle Soldiers who died in the crash of Arrow Airlines flight 1285, December 12th, 1985, are etched into the face of the monument. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Col. Dan Walrath, commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Command Sgt. Major Alonzo Smith, command sergeant major, 2nd BCT, salute at Fort Campbell’s monument to the Gander tragedy during the annual remembrance ceremony, The names of the 248 Screaming Eagle Soldiers who died in the crash of Arrow Airlines flight 1285, December 12th, 1985, are etched into the face of the monument. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

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Strike Builds Stronger ties with Family Readiness Groups at Fort Campbell’s Family Resource Center

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

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

Fort Campbell, KY – The Soldiers and families of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are no rookies when it comes to experiencing the lifestyle of a deployment.

The Strike Brigade has been in Iraq and Afghanistan four out of the last eight years and through that time, learned how vital it is to the mission to have a strong bond with their loved ones, whether on the front lines of the War on Terror or within the gates of Fort Campbell.

To ensure a strong bond is made between Soldier and family, the Strike command teams and the Strike Family Readiness Groups leaders held a leadership conference at Fort Campbell’s Family Resource Center, November 29th-30th.

Command teams of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and leaders of the Strike Family Readiness Group discuss topics on creating stronger FRG/unit bonds during a leadership conference at the Family Resource Center, Nov. 30th. About 100 leaders of Strike performed exercises, learned techniques and were provided guidance in creating unit cohesion during the two-day conference. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

Command teams of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and leaders of the Strike Family Readiness Group discuss topics on creating stronger FRG/unit bonds during a leadership conference at the Family Resource Center, Nov. 30th. About 100 leaders of Strike performed exercises, learned techniques and were provided guidance in creating unit cohesion during the two-day conference. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 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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Dancing With The Stars Winner revisits 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

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

Fort Campbell, KY – J.R. Martinez, ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” Season 13 winner and former Soldier with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), came back to Fort Campbell and met with today’s Screaming Eagles and their families, December 4th.

Martinez was an infantryman with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team back in 2003 and the 19-year-old deployed with the Strike Brigade to Iraq that year in February. About two months later, the HMMWV, better known as a Humvee, he was driving rolled over a land mine and Martinez suffered smoke inhalation and severe burns to more than 40 percent of his body.

J.R. Martinez, ABC’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ winner and former 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldier, speaks to 101st Soldiers and their families about overcoming great challenges while visiting Fort Campbell, KY, Dec. 4th. Martinez revisited his old unit, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 101st Abn. Div.)

J.R. Martinez, ABC’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ winner and former 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldier, speaks to 101st Soldiers and their families about overcoming great challenges while visiting Fort Campbell, KY, Dec. 4th. Martinez revisited his old unit, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joe Padula, 2nd BCT PAO, 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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