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101st Airborne Division Transfer of Authority Ceremony at Joint Multinational Training Group, Ukraine

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionYavoriv, Ukraine – Soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) took authority of the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine here, May 2nd, 2019.

The 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment of the Tennessee National Guard, “Task Force Saber”, transferred authority of the JMTG-U to “Task Force Carentan”.

Task Force Saber deployed to the Yavoriv Combat Training Center in July 2018 with over 200 troops in support of CTC cadre development.

Lt. Col. Michael Starz, Commander (left), and Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Manley, Command Sergeant Major (right), uncased their unit colors during a ceremony here, May 2. (Sgt. Justin Navin, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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101st Combat Aviation Brigade “Wings of Destiny” uncases Colors at Fort Campbell

 

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – During a short ceremony on Tuesday the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade uncase the colors signifying the completion of their return to Fort Campbell after a nine-month deployment in RC East and RC North in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 2012–13.

Brig. Gen. Mark R. Stammer, the Acting Senior Commander of Fort Campbell officiated the ceremony which was hosted by Col. Paul Bontrager, the commander of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.

101st Combat Aviation Brigade Uncasing Ceremony at Fort Campbell

101st Combat Aviation Brigade Uncasing Ceremony at Fort Campbell

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Combat Avaiation Brigade “Wings of Destiny” soldiers return from Afghanistan mission

 

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in September 2012. Approximately 103 Soldiers returned home early Wednesday morning, February 27th, 2013.

The “Wings of Destiny” is currently serving a nine-month deployment and will continue to do so.  Due to changing mission requirements the brigade will be sending home selected units before the nine-month deployment is complete.

Approximately 103 Soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), returned from deployment in Afghanistan during a welcome home ceremony, February 27th, at Fort Campbell, KY. (Photos by 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs Office).

Approximately 103 Soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), returned from deployment in Afghanistan during a welcome home ceremony, February 27th, at Fort Campbell, KY. (Photos by 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs Office).

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Fort Campbell Air cavalry soldiers continue tradition in Afghanistan

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of Destiny

Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – The 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, has a long and proud history that spans nearly a century. Its long history includes campaigns in World War II, Vietnam and Iraq.

The Soldiers of 2-17 CAV are currently on their next rendezvous with destiny at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan.

An OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter with 2nd Squadron 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, takes off for a patrol mission at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, Dec. 19th, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

An OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter with 2nd Squadron 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, takes off for a patrol mission at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, Dec. 19th, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

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101st Combat Aviation Brigade First Sergeants behind the diamond

 

Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of Destiny

Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – Being a first sergeant is a labor of love. It is a lot of hard work and long hours, but the responsibility is a reward in, and of itself. The diamond of a first sergeant shows that the Army is entrusting soldiers to consistent and professional leadership.

For 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Saber, at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, the first sergeants enjoy mentoring soldiers. These senior NCOs are personally invested in all their Soldiers.

First Sgt. Bryan Kipp, B Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, catches up with Staff Sgt. Christopher Salmond, B, 6-101 CAB platoon sergeant during battlefield circulation at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan Dec. 22nd, 2012. First sergeants use battlefield circulations to make sure that their soldiers have everything they need when companies are split between different task forces. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

First Sgt. Bryan Kipp, B Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, catches up with Staff Sgt. Christopher Salmond, B, 6-101 CAB platoon sergeant during battlefield circulation at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan Dec. 22nd, 2012. First sergeants use battlefield circulations to make sure that their soldiers have everything they need when companies are split between different task forces. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Combat Aviation Brigade’s Task Force Saber trains with Shadow Unmanned Aerial Systems

 

Written by Sgt. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Irwin, CA – For the first time ever, a task force of an Army aviation brigade deploys to a training scenario with their own unmanned aerial systems troop organic to them.

Task Force Saber, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, made their debut to the National Training Center with F Troop and the RQ-7 Shadow UAS.

The 101st CAB is the first to have the UAS organic to their unit, truly creating a full spectrum aviation brigade.

Spc. David Thibault, F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, unmanned aerial system maintainer, communicates with the UAS operator while conducting pre-flight operations, Feb. 17th, 2012, at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Weeden)

Spc. David Thibault, F Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, unmanned aerial system maintainer, communicates with the UAS operator while conducting pre-flight operations, Feb. 17th, 2012, at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Weeden)

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DART on Target

 

Written by Spc. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – The downed aircraft recovery team of D Troop, Task Force Saber is responsible for reacting within minutes to damaged helicopters that are unable to return to Kandahar Airfield.

They must respond immediately to calls from OH-58D Kiowa Warrior and AH-64 Apache helicopter pilots whose aircraft are unsafe to fly back due to an accident, malfunction or battle damage.

A DART consists of a maintenance non-commissioned officer, a specified aircraft maintainer, a technical inspector and the TF Saber Pathfinders who escort and provide additional security. «Read the rest of this article»

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Behind the Scenes

 

Written by Spc. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade
 
Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of DestinyForward Operating Base Wilson, Afghanistan – In the midst of Operation Enduring Freedom, E Troop, Task Force Saber soldiers are powering the forward arming and refueling point at Forward Operating Base Wilson in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

They are constantly moving to supply aircraft with the necessary resources to defend the coalition troops and local civilians.

The soldiers are available for aircraft around the clock, operating the FARP with quick and precise response techniques.

Spc. Kimberly Brooke Jones, E Troop, Task Force Saber ammunition specialist loads the rocket pod of an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior as a heavy weapons team lands for fuel and ammunition Nov. 29th, 2010. (Photo by Spc. Tracy Weeden)

Spc. Kimberly Brooke Jones, E Troop, Task Force Saber ammunition specialist loads the rocket pod of an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior as a heavy weapons team lands for fuel and ammunition Nov. 29th, 2010. (Photo by Spc. Tracy Weeden)

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Side by Side for Peace and Prosperity

 

Written by Spc. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade
 
Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – Task Force Saber Pathfinder Team One conducted a Kandahar Airfield defense mission with the British Royal Air Force Regiment in Kandahar province, Afghanistan November 16th during the Afghan holiday Eid-al-Qorbon, a celebration of forgiveness, friendship and peace.

International Security Assistance Force and TF Destiny are committed to working side by side with the people of Afghanistan to bring peace and prosperity to their country.

While the Pathfinders have a specific mission of recovering downed aircraft and personnel, they continue to assist coalition forces by providing security to the community surrounding KAF.

Flying Officer Stephen Milne, 51 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment, officer commanding C flight (left) and Staff Sgt. Daniel Damschen, Task Force Saber Pathfinder squad leader (right) conduct a friendly patrol together during a key leader engagement mission in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Nov. 16th. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Sadie Bleistein)

Flying Officer Stephen Milne, 51 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment, officer commanding C flight (left) and Staff Sgt. Daniel Damschen, Task Force Saber Pathfinder squad leader (right) conduct a friendly patrol together during a key leader engagement mission in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Nov. 16th. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Sadie Bleistein)

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Task Force Saber Pathfinders receive commendation

 

Written by Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade  

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of DestinyKandahar Airfield, Afghanistan – Task Force Saber, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division Pathfinders receive an International Security Assistance Force Commander Kandahar Air Field Commendation award December 4th for their contributions to base defense.

Task Force Saber, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division Pathfinders. (Photo by Tracy Weeden, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

Task Force Saber, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division Pathfinders. (Photo by Tracy Weeden, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

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