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Fort Campbell Rakkasans recently returned from Afghanistan prepare to Ride

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – With the summer months quickly approaching, Soldiers ready themselves and their equipment to enjoy their time off with their family, friends and loved ones.

More than 60 Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), take part in a motorcycle safety course to get reacquainted with riding after returning home from their deployment.

Ralph Stuck, the safety manager for 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks with Soldiers about the importance of safety while riding their motorcycles during a motorcycle mentorship day event at Fort Campbell, Ky., June 12. Stuck has been hosting motorcycle mentorship days for the Rakkasans for eight years, showing riders that they are supported by the brigade. (Photo by Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton 3/101 Public Affairs)

Ralph Stuck, the safety manager for 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks with Soldiers about the importance of safety while riding their motorcycles during a motorcycle mentorship day event at Fort Campbell, Ky., June 12. Stuck has been hosting motorcycle mentorship days for the Rakkasans for eight years, showing riders that they are supported by the brigade. (Photo by Army Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton 3/101 Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell 101st Combat Aviation Brigade No Mercy Soldiers go beyond the flight line

 

Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of Destiny

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – A short profile of 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force No Mercy at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.

The army performs best when soldiers, leaders, commanders and family come together as a cohesive group. Within the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Destiny, units strive to become more than just a unit.

Sgt. Lee Denhe (right) and Pfc. Keith Recore (left), D Company, 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade avionics and weapons systems technicians, take a sighting kit off of an AH-64D Apache helicopter after conducting maintenance at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Jan. 23, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

Sgt. Lee Denhe (right) and Pfc. Keith Recore (left), D Company, 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade avionics and weapons systems technicians, take a sighting kit off of an AH-64D Apache helicopter after conducting maintenance at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Jan. 23, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

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Rakkasan company commander wins General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award

 

Written by 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – U.S. Army Capt. Joshua Powers, commander of A Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division,  was awarded the 2010 General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award for recognition of his leadership abilities both at home station and while deployed to Afghanistan, March 1st.

Powers, a 2004 graduate of Virginia Military Institute, was one of 14 active duty officers selected for the 2010 calendar year award in the Army-wide competition. «Read the rest of this article»

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Rakkasans induct distinguished members of the 187th Infantry Regiment

 

By 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from the Third Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Rakkasans, honored distinguished members of the 187th Infantry Regiment in a recognition ceremony at Fort Campbell on February 23rd.

The ceremony coincided with the 68th anniversary of the regiment’s activation as part of the 11th Airborne Division, a glider infantry unit who participated in combat campaigns in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

3rd BCT Commander Col. Viet Luong pins the Distinguished Member of the Regiment pin to one of the recipients

3rd BCT Commander Col. Viet Luong pins the Distinguished Member of the Regiment pin to one of the recipients

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Task Force Rakkasan transfers authority to Task Force Duke

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben K. Navratil
Task Force Duke Public Affairs

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKhowst Province, Afghanistan – The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Rakkasan handed over command of Khowst and Paktya Provinces to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke during a transfer of authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khowst Province January 30st.

The Rakkasans also ceremoniously cased their colors in preparation of their trip back to their home base in Fort Campbell, KY, while the 3rd BCT, 1st Inf. Div. of TF Duke from Fort Knox, KY, uncased their own.

U.S. Army Col. Viet Luong, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Rakkasan, and a resident of Fort Campbell, KY, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Patton, a resident of Fort Campbell, KY, case their brigade colors for the transfer of authority ceremony held at Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khowst Province Jan. 30th.  (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Tobey White, Task Force Duke Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Col. Viet Luong, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Rakkasan, and a resident of Fort Campbell, KY, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Patton, a resident of Fort Campbell, KY, case their brigade colors for the transfer of authority ceremony held at Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khowst Province Jan. 30th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Tobey White, Task Force Duke Public Affairs)

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DOD News Briefing with Col. Luong via Teleconference from Afghanistan

 

United States Department of DefenseJames Turner (deputy director, Pentagon Press Office):  Okay, Colonel Luong, this is Jim Turner in the Pentagon Briefing Room.  Can you hear me?

Colonel Luong:  I can hear you loud and clear, Jim.

Mr Turner:  Good morning here, and good morning in Afghanistan, I’d like to welcome to the Pentagon Briefing Room Colonel Viet Luong. He is commander of Task Force Rakkasan and commander of — and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.  As part of Regional Command East, Colonel Luong’s 3,800-soldier brigade deployed to Afghanistan in January of this year.  In February, the brigade assumed operational responsibility of Khost, Paktika and Paktya provinces.  In August, Task Force Rakkasan relinquished control of Paktika province to Task Force Currahee composed of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.  One of Colonel Luong’s battle task forces subsequently joined Task Force White Eagle, the Polish battle group, and is currently conducting operations in Andar and Deh Yak districts in Ghazni province. «Read the rest of this article»

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Task Force Leader Soldiers patrol Zambar

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Andrew Guffey
Task Force Rakkasan 
 
Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansKhowst Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment patrol Zambar, Afghanistan, January 18th and provide security for squad members as they search for contraband and question locals.

After patrolling through Zambar, the soldiers board a CH-47 Chinook helicopter.

U.S. Army Spc. Ryan Charles, an infantryman with 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, and a native of Brooklyn, NY, provides security as platoon leaders question locals about an improvised explosive device in Zambar, Afghanistan, Jan. 18th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Andrew Guffey, Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs Office)

U.S. Army Spc. Ryan Charles, an infantryman with 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, and a native of Brooklyn, NY, provides security as platoon leaders question locals about an improvised explosive device in Zambar, Afghanistan, Jan. 18th. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Andrew Guffey, Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs Office)

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Task Force Iron selects Soldier, NCO of the Year

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers and noncommissioned officers with 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team took part in an annual NCO and Soldier of the Year competition January 4th-5th at Forward Operating Base Andar.

“This is really a great honor,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Britt Cantrell from Walker, LA, with Company A, 3rd Bn. 187th Inf. “I was proud to represent A Company in this competition, and now I have the opportunity to represent the Battalion. I’m grateful to all of the NCOs and officers who motivated me throughout my career.”

U.S. Army Sgt. Shelton Woolever from Stevenville, Texas, with A Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, completes in a hands-on portion of the Task Force Iron Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt R.J. Peek, Task Force Rakkasan)

U.S. Army Sgt. Shelton Woolever from Stevenville, Texas, with A Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, completes in a hands-on portion of the Task Force Iron Noncommissioned Officer of the Year competition. (Photo by U.S. Army 1st Lt R.J. Peek, Task Force Rakkasan)

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Task Force Iron eliminates insurgent IED team

 

Written by U.S. Army 1st Lt. R.J. Peek
Task Force Rakkasan

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionGhazni Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers form Task Force Iron Rakkasan and members of the Afghan Uniformed police, using the Precision Threat Detection System blimp at Forward Operating Base Andar, identified a group of insurgents with weapons and explosives January 3rd.

Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, first identified four insurgents acting in a suspicious manner at a road intersection.

As the insurgents began to move, TF Iron Rakkasan took quick actions to prevent the insurgents from emplacing an improvised explosive device and escaping. A combination of hellfire missiles and 30 mm machine gun fire killed one insurgent and drove the second one to seek refuge in a nearby qalat.  «Read the rest of this article»

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275 members of the 3rd Brigade Combat team now safe at home

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – It started with an announcement moments after arriving at the airfield, “Flight 92012 is one hour out.”

The friends and family members of the soldiers scheduled to arrive home  from Afghanistan began to cheer wildly. Their excited murmurs filling the air.

The first 3rd Brigade Combat Team soldier heads for the hanger after getting off the plane.

The first 3rd Brigade Combat Team soldier heads for the hanger after getting off the plane.

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