Topic: Suicide Bomber
Written by Sgt. Joe Padula
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.
Written by Spc. Michael Vanpool
Fort Campbell, KY – On the morning of April 16th, the Sustainers ran for their fallen comrades. They ran for friends that were lost one year ago. They ran for soldiers that will never run again.
The run honored five soldiers of the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade who were lost in an attack at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, April 16th, 2011.
“It was a significant portion of this formation, and we will always remember them on this day as the fallen heroes that left this formation,” said Lt. Col. Derek Bean, the battalion commander.
Fort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) held a Purple Heart Ceremony for two young heroes December 15th at the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion. Sgt. Joseph Sandlin received the medal for wounds received in action in Afghanistan. Retired Sgt. Cory Perrin was awarded the medal for wounds received in action while deployed to Iraq.
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey N. Colt 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Deputy Commanding General for Support presided over the ceremony and pinned the soldiers with their Purple Heart medals.
Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Like many Purple Heart recipients, Maj. Mike Cupp said he does not believe he deserves the award.
“I did what I was trained to do in that situation,” the former executive officer of the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade said.
Cupp was awarded the Purple Heart Friday at a small ceremony at the brigade headquarters. He also received the Bronze Star with a Valor Device and a Combat Action Badge for his actions during a suicide bombing at Forward Operating Base Gamberi this past April.
Fort Campbell, KY – Four Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and headquarters Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY died April 16th as a result of a suicide attack during a meeting on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan.
Killed were: Sergeant 1st Class Charles Lewis Adkins, Staff Sgt. Cynthia Renea Taylor, Sergeant Linda Lamou Pierre, and Specialist Joseph Brian Cemper.
Written by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey presented a Task Force Leader Rakkasan Soldier with a Silver Star Medal for combat heroism at a brief ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno December 23rd.
“I feel honored to receive this medal,” said U.S. Army Spc. Nicholas Robinson, M240B machine gunner with Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. “It’s a great opportunity for me to be able to represent my battalion and the division, as well.”
Fort Campbell, KY – Three 101st Airborne Division Soldiers died November 13th, when an insurgent suicide bomber detonated a vest bomb and struck their unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
The three were all Infantrymen assigned to Company B., 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). «Read the rest of this article»
Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Kunar Province, Afghanistan – Task Force No Slack, provides security during a visit to Lar Sholtan village in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar province August 21st. Two months previously, a female suicide bomber killed two Soldiers with the unit and seriously wounded two other Soldiers, three Afghan police officers and at least five children in the village.
This marked the first visit to the community by International Security Assistance Forces since the attack.
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