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101st Airborne Division central to Nation’s Security says House Representative William Thornberry

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The congressional delegation that toured Fort Campbell on March 7th, 2017, held a brief press conference before returning to Washington D.C.

The delegation included House Representatives William “Mac” Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee; Diane Black, chairman of the House Budget Committee; Marsha Blackburn of the Tennessee 7th district which includes part of Fort Campbell, and chairman of the subcommittee on communications and technology.

Major Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, escorted the delegation as they met with Soldiers, toured facilities and saw firsthand how budget cuts in previous years had affected readiness across the installation.

Major Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, commander of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, answers questions during a press conference following a congressional delegation visit to post. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Major Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, commander of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, answers questions during a press conference following a congressional delegation visit to post. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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U.S. Army’s top General visits 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 39th chief of staff of the Army visited with the commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell and other senior leaders during a luncheon at the 2nd Brigade Combat Team’s dining facility here September 11th.

Gen. Mark A. Milley discussed with Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky and brigade commanders and command sergeants major his vision for the Army and addressed issues facing the force moving forward.

During his visit the CSA spoke about his number-one priority – readiness.

Gen. Mark A. Milley, the 39th chief of staff of the Army, shakes hands with Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, after arriving to Fort Campbell, Sept. 11, 2015, for a brief luncheon with senior leaders. Milley focused on his number one priority – readiness of the force. (Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Gen. Mark A. Milley, the 39th chief of staff of the Army, shakes hands with Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, after arriving to Fort Campbell, Sept. 11, 2015, for a brief luncheon with senior leaders. Milley focused on his number one priority – readiness of the force. (Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Joe Pitts reminds you that Time is Running Out for Public Comments to spare Fort Campbell

 

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

Fort Campbell Troop Cuts Under Review

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Clarksville, TN – 16 days remain in the public comment period by the United States Army Environmental Command, which is looking at the reduction of active duty troop strength of our armed forces. The US Army Environmental Command is currently taking public comments about this plan through August 25th, 2014.

“The time is now,” said Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville). “Unrest in the world anywhere means the national defense of the United States must be at full strength in terms of numbers and resources. We need everyone, veterans and the civilian community alike, to send letters, emails and make telephone calls in support of our U.S. Army generally and Fort Campbell specifically.”

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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President Bush says war in Iraq ‘will extend beyond my presidency’

 

bush.jpgIraq will require U.S. political, economic and security engagement that will extend beyond my presidency.” — President Bush

No kidding. It’s obvious that whoever is elected to succeed Bush is being handed a mess, a quagmire that some members of the administration say could require U.S. presence in Iraq for ten years or more. It’s not an idea drawing popular support.

~~ 5,700 troops home for Christmas ~~

iraq-many-soldiers.jpgIn his speech to the nation tonight, President Bush said he will continue to stay the course without actually saying the words “stay the course.” Despite the fact that he has pledged to return 5,700 troops stateside by Christmas, that still leaves approximately 155,000 troops in Iraq, including 25,000 of the “surge” troops. These troops were already scheduled to return home. The only difference is that they will not be replaced. Do the math. «Read the rest of this article»

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Congress grills Petraeus on Iraq status; demands ‘no-nonsense’ answers

 

congress1.jpgInch the price up, a dollar here, a dollar there. Customers rarely notice. On the day of the big sale, “slash” prices and people will come, buy, plunk down dollars and pay what you would have gotten in the first place — and they’ll be happy that they think they got a deal.

That’s what unfolded this afternoon on the Senate floor before the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as General David Petraeus made a case for keeping the war in Iraq alive even as he concedes the next nine months of war will cost America “60 soldiers a day” and “nine billion dollars a month.”

Petraus tried to sell the prospect of drawdown in US troop levels that were in fact a pulling of troops who are part of the President’s highly touted 2007 “surge,” and would not likely affect the base number of troops — 130,000 — for another 9-12 months. «Read the rest of this article»

 



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