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101st Combat Aviation Brigade’s Task Force Sabre Maintenance crews take care of aircraft and each other

 

Written by Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Irwin, CA – Aircraft are not the only things needing to be maintained in a combat aviation brigade. From the most junior to senior members, soldiering and life skills need to be in top shape just like the helicopters.

Should any of the aircraft get shot down or have mechanical difficulty and crash, the downed aircraft recovery team springs into action.

Staff Sgt. Justin Thompson, D Troop, Task Force Saber shops platoon sergeant, helps maneuver a OH-58 Kiowa helicopter inside a hangar at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA, Feb. 15th, 2012. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Weeden)

Staff Sgt. Justin Thompson, D Troop, Task Force Saber shops platoon sergeant, helps maneuver a OH-58 Kiowa helicopter inside a hangar at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA, Feb. 15th, 2012. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Weeden)

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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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101st Combat Aviation Brigade supports 82nd Airborne Division at Joint Readiness Training Center

 

Written by Sgt. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of Destiny

Fort Polk, LA – The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade’s Task Force Shadow from Fort Campbell, KY, is training for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan this month at the Joint Readiness Training Center here with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division ground forces.

Different elements from all units of the 101st CAB came together to train as a task force, combining attack, scout, medevac and other aviation assets to support 82nd Airborne infantry soldiers.

A flight medic of 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, lowers himself to the ground by a hoist mechanism installed on the UH-60A Black Hawk medevac helicopter to retrieve a medical patient of the 1st Battalion, 82nd Infantry Regiment, during a situational training exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA, Jan. 17th, 2012. The 101st CAB is training at JRTC throughout the month of January. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Weeden)

A flight medic of 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, lowers himself to the ground by a hoist mechanism installed on the UH-60A Black Hawk medevac helicopter to retrieve a medical patient of the 1st Battalion, 82nd Infantry Regiment, during a situational training exercise at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA, Jan. 17th, 2012. The 101st CAB is training at JRTC throughout the month of January. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Weeden)

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Aviation and ground forces unite to improve tactics

 

Written by Sgt. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of Destiny

MacDill Air Force Base, FL – The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, conducted a multi-echelon training exercise called Jaded Thunder at MacDill Air Force Base and Avon Park outside of Tampa, FL, October 20th-30th, along with elements of the Air Force, ground forces and artillery.

The simulated battlefield was set up to resemble real-life scenarios in combat, to include a fully functioning forward arming and refueling point, mock villages and a forward operating base.

Lt. Col. William A. Ryan, 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade commander shakes the hand of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Adam Marik, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., 101st CAB Apache pilot before Marik's night operation during Jaded Thunder training exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, FL, Oct. 24th, 2011. The purpose of Jaded Thunder was to train on aviation tactics, techniques and procedures in a joint forces environment to prepare for the upcoming deployment. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Weeden)

Lt. Col. William A. Ryan, 1st Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade commander shakes the hand of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Adam Marik, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Bn., 101st CAB Apache pilot before Marik's night operation during Jaded Thunder training exercise at MacDill Air Force Base, FL, Oct. 24th, 2011. The purpose of Jaded Thunder was to train on aviation tactics, techniques and procedures in a joint forces environment to prepare for the upcoming deployment. (Photo by Sgt. Tracy Weeden)

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Vietnam Veteran buried after 45 years missing

 

Written by Sgt. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of Destiny

Palmer, TN – An unexpected and emotional reunion occurred Monday in Grundy County, Tennessee, when 17 soldiers of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) escorted the remains of a Vietnam veteran back to his home town and family, after being missing in action for 45 years.

The veteran was Spc. Marvin Foster Philips of Palmer, Tennessee. He joined the Army at the age of eighteen and was assigned to the 114th Assault Helicopter Company, 101st Airborne Division, were he was a UH-1B Huey helicopter crew chief.

On September 26th, 1966, he departed on a combat assault mission in the Delta region of South Vietnam over Vinh Binh province and was never seen again.

Veterans and service members grieve and salute Spc. Marvin Foster Phillips after it arrives in Tennessee for proper burial. Soldiers of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade provided Phillips full military honors, to include receiving, guarding and burial details upon his return home, September 24th, 2011. Phillips was buried September 26th, 2011 in Grundy County, TN, exactly 45 years after a fatal helicopter crash in southern Vietnam. (Courtesy Photo)

Veterans and service members grieve and salute Spc. Marvin Foster Phillips after it arrives in Tennessee for proper burial. Soldiers of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade provided Phillips full military honors, to include receiving, guarding and burial details upon his return home, September 24th, 2011. Phillips was buried September 26th, 2011 in Grundy County, TN, exactly 45 years after a fatal helicopter crash in southern Vietnam. (Courtesy Photo)

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Scouts’ Honor

 

Written by Spc. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of DestinyForward Operating Base Wolverine, Afghanistan — A Banshee Troop scout weapons team, two OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters, successfully aided coalition ground forces clear a known enemy location to protect and assist them in recovering dangerous weapons in Zabul province, Afghanistan early October.

The battle ended with no coalition force or civilian casualties, when two Task Force Eagle Assault UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters extracted the ground forces and their findings from the battlefield.

A Banshee Troop, Task Force Eagle Assault, scout weapons team departs Forward Operating Base Wolverine, Afghanistan for a reconnaissance and security mission to protect coalition forces and Afghan civilians from insurgent threats in Zabul province Nov. 6th. (Photo by Spc. Tracy Weeden )

A Banshee Troop, Task Force Eagle Assault, scout weapons team departs Forward Operating Base Wolverine, Afghanistan for a reconnaissance and security mission to protect coalition forces and Afghan civilians from insurgent threats in Zabul province Nov. 6th. (Photo by Spc. 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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Stetsons and Spurs, a Cavalry Legacy

 

Written by Spc. Tracy Weeden
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of DestinyAfghanistan – Cavalry soldiers stand apart from the rest of the crowd. They take great pride in their customs and traditions, much like a distinguished cultural. Their heritage drives their traditions and pride they carry.

The history of the cavalry can be traced back to 1776, when the U.S. cavalry was established with horse-mounted troopers. The role of the cavalry has always been reconnaissance, security and mounted assault. After World War II, the cavalry began phasing out horses and transitioning to a mechanized, mounted force.

They are seen wearing Stetson hats rather than normal head gear, and strapping spurs to their heals during formal cavalry events. But these items must be earned, they are not free.

OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter Cavalry pilots hang their Stetsons and spurs on the wall throughout their deployment to Afghanistan. (Photo by Spc. Tracy Weeden)

OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter Cavalry pilots hang their Stetsons and spurs on the wall throughout their deployment to Afghanistan. (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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