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Fort Campbell Air Assault unit brings new perspective to network modernization event

 

U.S. Army

U.S. ArmyFort Campbell, KY – Just four months after the last Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (2/101 Air Assault) returned home from an advise and assist mission in Iraq, the 2/101 “Strike” Brigade is gearing up for a new mission as they bring a light infantry perspective to integrating and evolving communications systems during the Army’s signature operational network exercise.

Known as the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) and taking place at Fort Bliss, Texas, in July, the exercise is designed to help the Army keep pace with rapid advances in communications technologies and deliver integrated network and mission command capabilities to support readiness.

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Black Hawk helicopters carrying Soldiers during an operational exercise. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Black Hawk helicopters carrying Soldiers during an operational exercise. (Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado, 3rd BCT Public Affairs)

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Wounded during first tour in Iraq, 101st Airborne Soldier’s return there in support of OIR has personal meaning

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

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

Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq – Smoke rose in the distance from an oil field set on fire during the battle between Iraqi security forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as U.S Army Sgt. Addison Owen stood outside his tent.

Owen, an infantryman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is no stranger to Iraq, this is his second time deployed to the country.

On his first deployment he fought beyond the oil-field, but now he has a different mission. In support of Operation Inherent Resolve he is part of a multi-national effort to assist the Iraq security forces.

Sgt. Logon Ross, left, and Sgt. Addison Owen, right, Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in the U.S compound at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Nov. 1, 2016. Company B provides security for Coalition forces on the base and was one on the first units at the location. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Sgt. Logon Ross, left, and Sgt. Addison Owen, right, Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in the U.S compound at the Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, Nov. 1, 2016. Company B provides security for Coalition forces on the base and was one on the first units at the location. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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101st Airborne Soldiers provide Critical Support and Sustainment Operations in Northern Iraq

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

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

Erbil, Iraq – U.S. Army sustainment Soldiers are playing a critical role in operations at Qayyarah West Airfield.

Personnel from the 526th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and the 336th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion are organizing convoys, loading equipment, and coordinating with contractors to ensure the flow of supplies reaches units supporting the operation.

“Our support units in Erbil have helped move hundreds of vehicles containing multiple types of supplies,” said Capt. Heath Kennedy, supply officer, 39th Brigade Engineer Battalion, Task Force Strike. Arriving early, the 39th BEB was the lead element in the build up at Qayyarah West Airfield.

U.S Air Force Staff. Sgt. Tyler Charles, assigned to the 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineering Group, levels poured concrete into a trench at Qayyarah West airfield, Iraq, Oct. 8, 2017. A Coalition of regional and international nations have joined together to enable Iraqi forces to counter ISIL, reestablish Iraq’s borders and re-take lost terrain thereby restoring regional stability and security. (Spc. Christopher Brecht)

U.S Air Force Staff. Sgt. Tyler Charles, assigned to the 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineering Group, levels poured concrete into a trench at Qayyarah West airfield, Iraq, Oct. 8, 2017. A Coalition of regional and international nations have joined together to enable Iraqi forces to counter ISIL, reestablish Iraq’s borders and re-take lost terrain thereby restoring regional stability and security. (Spc. Christopher Brecht)

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101st Airborne Soldiers in Iraq find ways to keep up morale

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

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

Erbil, Iraq – Throughout Iraq, U.S. Soldiers assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), “Task Force Strike,” are finding ways to stay mentally, physically, and spiritually resilient. They are deployed to the country in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and are now midway through their tour.

One common way Soldiers relieve stress is through physical activity. Once gym facilities were established at Camp Swift, unit leadership organized a workout competition event for Soldiers to test their physical fitness goals.

Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, enjoy a game of dominoes during down time Sept. 28, 2016, at Kara Soar Base, Iraq. As the deployment has gone on, Soldiers are staying resilient through a variety of different techniques – from games to physical fitness events. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, enjoy a game of dominoes during down time Sept. 28, 2016, at Kara Soar Base, Iraq. As the deployment has gone on, Soldiers are staying resilient through a variety of different techniques – from games to physical fitness events. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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U.S. Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning visits Soldiers in Iraq

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBaghdad, Iraq – The U.S. Army’s top civilian leader visited Soldiers deployed to Iraq as part of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve September 17th-18th, 2016.

Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning made stops in Baghdad, Erbil and other areas in northern Iraq during his tour, visiting with service members deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, a Coalition of regional and international nations, that have joined together to enable Iraqi security forces to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

While in Baghdad, Fanning met with Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, the CJTF-OIR commander, Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, CJFLCC-OIR commander, and other senior leaders to receive a ground-level view of operations in Iraq.

U.S. Army Capt. Thomas Izzo, fires support officer, Task Force Strike, Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, takes a selfie with Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning while a group of Strike Soldiers await their opportunity to snap a photo with Fanning at Camp Swift, Iraq, Sept. 18, 2016. This was the second day of Fanning’s tour through Iraq, where he visited Soldiers assigned to the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve to garner firsthand feedback from troops on the ground. (Sgt. 1st Class R.W. Lemmons)

U.S. Army Capt. Thomas Izzo, fires support officer, Task Force Strike, Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, takes a selfie with Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning while a group of Strike Soldiers await their opportunity to snap a photo with Fanning at Camp Swift, Iraq, Sept. 18, 2016. (Sgt. 1st Class R.W. Lemmons)

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101st Airborne Division Task Force Strike: The Gun Raid

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

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

Northern, Iraq – Staff Sgt. Darryl “Gunny” Joseph leapt into the night of northern Iraq as the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter touched down, the dust from the rotary wash clouding his vision. His mission was simple: set up the landing zone and guide in the aircraft carrying the M777 artillery pieces to the raid site.

The process of setting up a landing zone, or sling load area, was not new to him. Back at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Joseph and the Soldiers from Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, “Task Force Strike,” practiced sling load operations many times before.

But this was not a training exercise; this was the real deal.

U.S Army Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission in northern Iraq, Aug. 14 2016, during an operation to support the Iraqi army. Battery C is supporting the Iraqi security forces with indirect fires as retake territory from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (1st Lt. Daniel I Johnson/Released)

U.S Army Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission in northern Iraq, Aug. 14 2016, during an operation to support the Iraqi army. Battery C is supporting the Iraqi security forces with indirect fires as retake territory from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (1st Lt. Daniel I Johnson/Released)

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101st Airborne Division Task Force Falcon advises, assists Ministry of Peshmerga

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

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

Erbil, Iraq – Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, enable the Kurdish Regional Government’s Peshmerga forces to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant through advise and assist, and train and equip missions.

“We are partnered with the Ministry of Peshmerga,” said Lt. Col. Edwin Matthaidess, commander of 2-502nd, also known as Task Force Falcon. “The MOP is part of the Kurdish Regional Government and is one of the security elements, per the Iraqi constitution, that makes up the Iraqi security forces. It is comprised of 14 regional guard brigades, which makes up their main combat power. As part of our advise and assist duties, we focus on the manning, training, and equipping.”

Staff Sgt. Vincent Boyd, left, a trainer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, demonstrates to a Peshmerga soldier how to signal to properly hook a tow winch to another vehicle during vehicle recovery training, in Erbil, Iraq, June 22, 2016. U.S. and German personnel tested Peshmerga soldiers on proper vehicle recovery techniques during the training. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

Staff Sgt. Vincent Boyd, left, a trainer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, demonstrates to a Peshmerga soldier how to signal to properly hook a tow winch to another vehicle during vehicle recovery training, in Erbil, Iraq, June 22, 2016. U.S. and German personnel tested Peshmerga soldiers on proper vehicle recovery techniques during the training. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

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101st Airborne Soldiers build elite Iraqi force with Ranger Training

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Camp Taji, Iraq – U.S. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), took charge of a ranger training program for qualified volunteers from Iraqi security forces at Camp Taji, Iraq, when they arrived in May.

The ranger training program, led by Company A, 1-502nd, is one of the multiple building partner capacity missions the around 1,800 member strong task force leads in Iraq.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brandon Blanton, center, a trainer with Company A, 1st Battalion 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, assists Iraqi army ranger students during a room clearing drill at Camp Taji, Iraq July 18, 2016. Students were first instructed as a whole by their leadership, then broken into small groups for practice. Camp Taji is one of four Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve build partner capacity locations dedicated to training Iraqi security forces. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brandon Blanton, center, a trainer with Company A, 1st Battalion 502nd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, assists Iraqi army ranger students during a room clearing drill at Camp Taji, Iraq July 18, 2016. Students were first instructed as a whole by their leadership, then broken into small groups for practice. Camp Taji is one of four Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve build partner capacity locations dedicated to training Iraqi security forces. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

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Fort Campbell Soldiers provide Artillery support for Iraqi security forces with indirect fires

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Kara Soar Base, Iraq – U.S. Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)  Task Force Strike conducted fire mission from Kara Soar Base Iraq, during an operation in support of the Iraqi Army, June 14th, 2016.

U.S. Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission with an M777 howitzer during an operation to support Iraqi security forces at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, Aug. 7, 2016. Battery C Soldiers support the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve mission by providing indirect fire support for Iraqi security forces as they continue to combat Da’esh and re-take lost terrain. (1st Lt. Daniel I Johnson)

U.S. Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission with an M777 howitzer during an operation to support Iraqi security forces at Kara Soar Base, Iraq, Aug. 7, 2016. Battery C Soldiers support the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve mission by providing indirect fire support for Iraqi security forces as they continue to combat Da’esh and re-take lost terrain. (1st Lt. Daniel I Johnson)

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101st Airborne’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team Logistics Advise, Assist enables Iraqi security force

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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

Camp Taji, Iraq – In the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve, comprised of forces from 18 Coalition nations, is building the capacity of Iraqi security forces.

Whether it is targeting the enemy with ground and air strikes or training and equipping, CJFLCC-OIR’s mission is to enable ISF and the government of Iraq to defeat ISIL.

Capt. Shige Clark with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 526th Brigade Support Battalion, speaks to her Iraqi counterpart about the layout and procedures of a medical supply storage facility July 12, 2016, in Taji, Iraq. The 5256th BSB and other coalition forces on Camp Taji are advising the Iraqi security forces on logistics programs and procedures. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

Capt. Shige Clark with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 526th Brigade Support Battalion, speaks to her Iraqi counterpart about the layout and procedures of a medical supply storage facility July 12, 2016, in Taji, Iraq. The 5256th BSB and other coalition forces on Camp Taji are advising the Iraqi security forces on logistics programs and procedures. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/Released)

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