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President Donald Trump to Award Sergeant Major Thomas Payne the Medal of Honor

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – On September 11th, 2020, President Donald Trump will award the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Major Thomas P. Payne, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry.

On October 22nd, 2015, during a daring nighttime hostage rescue in Kirkuk Province, Iraq, in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, then-Sergeant First Class Payne led a combined assault team charged with clearing one of two buildings known to house hostages.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump

U.S. President Donald J. Trump

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101st Airborne Division welcomes home redeploying Soldiers

 

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) today welcomed home more than 110 Soldiers returning from their deployment to Africa.

The Soldiers, assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), reunited with their Families following a brief ceremony on the division parade field.

While deployed, the Soldiers supported the East Africa Response Force, which provides a combat-ready rapid deployment capability to support crisis operations across Africa.

Over 110 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Soldiers return to Fort Campbell from deployment to Africa.

Over 110 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Soldiers return to Fort Campbell from deployment to Africa.

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Marsha Blackburn Report: This Week From Washington – February 2nd, 2020

 

A Big Win For Our Farmers And Manufacturers

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – This week, I joined President Donald Trump at the White House for the signing of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA). This agreement is crucial to the success of the American economy.

Over the past two decades, Tennessee auto exports to Canada and Mexico have more than doubled; thousands of Tennessee jobs depend on manufacturing. The USMCA will also help our small businesses succeed by cutting red tape and will make it easier to tap into foreign markets.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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101st Airborne Division platoon provides secure training area for historic Somali National Army training

 

Written by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Harwood
Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa

Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of AfricaMogadishu, Somalia – On May 24th, 2017, nearly 60 Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers from a Danab battalion graduated from a U.S.-led logistics training course offered at Mogadishu, Somalia.

This historic graduation, the first of three to be offered this year by U.S. Africa Command, was carried out by a small team of fewer than 20 total U.S. trainers and security personnel from the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, KY.

Particularly in an area where only six years ago Al-Shabaab was a dominant group, good security is necessary for any activity there.

U.S. Army Spc. Tyler Curtis and Spc. Blaine Grubb allow a Somali National Army (SNA) vehicle through the gate at a training site in Mogadishu, Somalia, on May 23, 2017, during a logistics course with the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, KY. These U.S. Soldiers, who belong to the 101st AD’s 1st Brigade, 1st Battalion, Delta Company, 3rd Platoon, were tasked to secure the training site during a logistics training course for the SNA. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood)

U.S. Army Spc. Tyler Curtis and Spc. Blaine Grubb allow a Somali National Army (SNA) vehicle through the gate at a training site in Mogadishu, Somalia, on May 23, 2017, during a logistics course with the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, KY. These U.S. Soldiers, who belong to the 101st AD’s 1st Brigade, 1st Battalion, Delta Company, 3rd Platoon, were tasked to secure the training site during a logistics training course for the SNA. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Joe Harwood)

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Fort Campbell 86th Combat Support Hospital Soldiers eliminate unseen threats in Gbediah

 

By Sgt. Matthew Britton, 27th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – Ebola may be the reason why U.S. service members have come to Liberia’s aid, but it’s far from the only health concern. Malaria, yellow and dengue fever are among a long list of diseases, viruses and parasites that can threaten troops’ health. Temperature checks, hand washing stations and ensuring service members have taken their anti-malaria medication aren’t the only lines of defense against these microscopic dangers.

A part of this defense consists of preventative medicine Soldiers from the 61st Preventative Medicine Detachment, 86th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. As part of the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, they support the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission, Operation United Assistance, by controlling and eliminating health risks in the JFC area of operations.

Maj. Benjamin Qi, commander, 61st Preventative Medicine Detachment, 86th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Campbell, Ky., sprays insecticide around the area where a health clinic is currently being built in Gbediah, Liberia. Operation United Assistance is a Department of Defense operation in Liberia to provide logistics, training and engineering support to U.S. Agency for International Development-led efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa. (Sgt. Matt Britton/U.S. Army)

Maj. Benjamin Qi, commander, 61st Preventative Medicine Detachment, 86th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Campbell, Ky., sprays insecticide around the area where a health clinic is currently being built in Gbediah, Liberia. Operation United Assistance is a Department of Defense operation in Liberia to provide logistics, training and engineering support to U.S. Agency for International Development-led efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa. (Sgt. Matt Britton/U.S. Army)

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Behavioral Health helps Soldiers better manage stress in fight against Ebola

 

Written by Capt. Eric Hudson
7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandPaynesville, Liberia – It’s a common story for many deployed Soldiers. The stress from their deployment causes problems with their marriages and other relationships, which distracts them from their job as a Soldier. Helping Soldiers deal with that stress is where the Behavioral Health Team can play a vital role.

“We look at the stress levels of the force and help mitigate any symptoms that may be keeping them ineffective, ” said Maj. Alexander Ragan, Behavioral Health Officer for the 36th Engineer Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas.

Maj. Alexander Ragan, Behavior Health Officer for the 36th Engineer Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas speaks to a group of Soldiers about the importance of monitoring your overall health during the deployment to Liberia. Operation United Assistance is a Department of Defense operation in Liberia to provide logistics, training and engineering support to U.S. Agency for International Development-led efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa. (Capt. Eric Hudson/U.S. Army)

Maj. Alexander Ragan, Behavior Health Officer for the 36th Engineer Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas speaks to a group of Soldiers about the importance of monitoring your overall health during the deployment to Liberia. Operation United Assistance is a Department of Defense operation in Liberia to provide logistics, training and engineering support to U.S. Agency for International Development-led efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa. (Capt. Eric Hudson/U.S. Army)

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Joint Forces Command – United Assistance service member holds down her job and then some

 

Written by Sgt. Matthew Britton
27th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – Every job in the military has its own unique level of difficulty. Service members have come to learn that becoming an expert in their job doesn’t happen overnight but is instead crafted over time. Some even become proficient in their original jobs and those of others that they have little-to-no experience in. But troops adapt, overcome and just like the Army song, they keep on rolling along.

This week, Sgt. Yinette Lizardo, water purification specialist, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, was recognized for not only her own outstanding performance, but also the additional jobs she completed for the troops here.

Major General Gary Volesky, left, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Nowak, right, JFC-UA senior enlisted advisor, along with the rest of the command staff at the Barclay Training Center here, congratulates Sgt. Yinette Lizardo, water purification specialist, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, for being chosen as the service member of the week, Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 12, 2014. This is a weekly program that has been put in place to recognize service members’ hard work. Operation United Assistance is a Department of Defense operation in Liberia to provide logistics, training and engineering support to U.S. Agency for International Development-led efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa. (Sgt. Matt Britton/U.S. Army)

Major General Gary Volesky, left, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Nowak, right, JFC-UA senior enlisted advisor, along with the rest of the command staff at the Barclay Training Center here, congratulates Sgt. Yinette Lizardo, water purification specialist, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, for being chosen as the service member of the week. (Sgt. Matt Britton/U.S. Army)

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