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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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101st Sustainment Brigade honors fallen soldiers lost at Gamberi with run

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division101st Sustainment Brigade - Lifeliners

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.

Capt. Alicia Harness, the commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, and Spc. Andrew Spencer, the guidon bearer, run with the children of Sgt. 1st Class Charles Adkins, April 16th. The run honored five soldiers of the 101st STB, including Adkins, who were killed during an attack at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, April 16th, 2011. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

Capt. Alicia Harness, the commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, and Spc. Andrew Spencer, the guidon bearer, run with the children of Sgt. 1st Class Charles Adkins, April 16th. The run honored five soldiers of the 101st STB, including Adkins, who were killed during an attack at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, April 16th, 2011. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Purple Heart Ceremony

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort 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.

Retired Sgt. Cory Perrin, his wife Nancy and their daughter Sumer listen as Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Colt 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Deputy Commanding General for Support explains the history and honor behind the Purple Heart medal before presenting one to Perrin Dec. 15th at the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion.

Retired Sgt. Cory Perrin, his wife Nancy and their daughter Sumer listen as Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Colt 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Deputy Commanding General for Support explains the history and honor behind the Purple Heart medal before presenting one to Perrin Dec. 15th at the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion.

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Lifeliner officer ‘humbled’ by Purple Heart

 

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

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionBagram 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.

101st Sustainment Brigade Commander Col. Michael Peterman awards Maj. Mike Cupp the Purple Heart for wounds received during the suicide bombing at Forward Operating Base Gamberi April 16th. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

101st Sustainment Brigade Commander Col. Michael Peterman awards Maj. Mike Cupp the Purple Heart for wounds received during the suicide bombing at Forward Operating Base Gamberi April 16th. (Photo by Spc. Michael Vanpool)

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Four Fort Campbell 101st Sustainment Brigade Soldiers Killed

 

LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort 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.

Charles Adkins, Cynthia Taylor, Linda Pierre, and Joseph Cemper were killed April 16th during a suicide attack in Afghanistan.

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Casey awards Leader Rakkasan Soldier Silver Star for combat heroism

 

Written by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna
Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKhowst 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.”

Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey pins a Silver Star Medal on U.S. Army Spc. Nicholas Robinson of Tacoma, WA, Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, during a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno Dec. 23rd. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Christopher McKenna, Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs)

Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey pins a Silver Star Medal on U.S. Army Spc. Nicholas Robinson of Tacoma, WA, Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, during a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno Dec. 23rd. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Christopher McKenna, Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs)

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Suicide bomber kills three 101st Airborne Soldiers

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort 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.

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Coalition forces return to village hit by suicide bomb

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchKunar 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.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. James D. Horne of Fayetteville, NC, a platoon leader with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, talks to a resident of Lar Sholtan village in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province Aug. 21st.  (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

U.S. Army 1st Lt. James D. Horne of Fayetteville, NC, a platoon leader with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, Task Force No Slack, talks to a resident of Lar Sholtan village in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province Aug. 21st. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Witte, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

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