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U.S. Army Special Operations Command to conduct training near Fort Campbell starting June 13th

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Elements of U.S. Army Special Operations Command will conduct training June 13th-16th, 2021 in the vicinity of Fort Campbell and the surrounding communities.

The Soldiers will use training ammunition and other training devices to make the exercise as real as possible. There will be periods of increased air traffic to include low-flying helicopters, tilt-rotor aircraft, and airplanes during hours of darkness.

The community can expect to experience an increase in air traffic and noise associated with a large-scale airborne operation.

Fort Campbell is home to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) "Screaming Eagles". (Sam Shore)

Fort Campbell is home to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) “Screaming Eagles”. (Sam Shore)

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5th Special Forces holds Green Beret for a Day event at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Jacob Mahaffey
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) welcomed members from the Middle Tennessee and Southwestern Kentucky communities to participate in Green Beret for a Day on Saturday, August 22nd, on Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Green Beret for a Day was developed to encourage the building of relationships between the U.S. Army Special Operations Command community and civilians from the surrounding areas of Fort Campbell. The attendees were given a small taste of what it is like to be one of the Army’s most elite Soldiers, the Special Forces Green Beret.

Community leaders from Middle Tennessee and Southwestern Kentucky receive an orientation to a parachute rigging facility as part of the Green Beret for a Day on Aug. 22, 2015, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Sgt. Justin Moeller, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office)

Community leaders from Middle Tennessee and Southwestern Kentucky receive an orientation to a parachute rigging facility as part of the Green Beret for a Day on Aug. 22, 2015, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Sgt. Justin Moeller, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office)

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5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) honors fallen warriors at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Jacob Mahaffey
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – Family members and Soldiers honored the fallen Legionnaires of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), also known as The Legion, during the annual 5th SFG (A) Memorial Ceremony on Gabriel Field May 16th, 2015.

The heavy rain and low clouds did not deter Soldiers or family members from paying their respects. In the true uniqueness of the Legion, the steady downpour enhanced the sense of commitment displayed to all present.

Col. John W. Brennan, the commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), prepares to move a memorial wreath into place during the annual 5th SFG(A) Memorial Ceremony on Gabriel Field, May 16, 2015, at Fort Campbell, KY. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 5th SFG(A) Public Affairs)

Col. John W. Brennan, the commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), prepares to move a memorial wreath into place during the annual 5th SFG(A) Memorial Ceremony on Gabriel Field, May 16, 2015, at Fort Campbell, KY. (Sgt. Justin A. Moeller, 5th SFG(A) Public Affairs)

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‘Iron Man’ Suit’s Process Important to U.S. Department of Defense

 

Written by by Jim Garamone
DoD News

United States Department of Defense - DoDMacDill Air Force Base, FL – The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit is being designed to give protection and capabilities to U.S. special operators, but the process of designing it may be as revolutionary as the suit itself, said U.S. Special Operations Command officials.

TALOS started 18 months ago, after incidents downrange caused SOCOM to take a hard look at how special operators are outfitted.

“We’ve put a lot of great technology on the battlefield, but have we really taken a step back and taken a clean sheet and said for the next five, 10, 15 years do we need what we’ve got now, or do are there other game-changing technologies we can incorporate?” James Geurts, Socom’s acquisition executive, said during a recent interview.

TALOS: Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Oliver suits up in a futuristic combat uniform with a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit-like look at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

TALOS: Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Oliver suits up in a futuristic combat uniform with a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit-like look at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

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5th Special Forces Group “Legion”, 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne” conduct TOW missile training at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office

5th Special Forces GroupBastogneFort Campbell, KY – Green Berets with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) teamed up with Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), to conduct TOW missile training December 9th, 2014, in an effort to familiarize themselves with the weapon system.

“The TOW (Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided) weapon system is a crew-portable, heavy antitank weapon,” said a Green Beret team sergeant with Company B, 3rd Battalion, 5th SFG (A). “It consists of a launcher and guided missile designed to complement shoulder-fired weapons.”

A special forces weapons sergeant with 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), fires a BGM-71 Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided, or TOW, missile, during a partnered training exercise with Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team "Bastogne," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Dec. 9, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper, 5th SFG(A) Public Affairs)

A special forces weapons sergeant with 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), fires a BGM-71 Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided, or TOW, missile, during a partnered training exercise with Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team “Bastogne,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Dec. 9, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper, 5th SFG(A) Public Affairs)

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5th Special Forces “Legion” celebrates 53rd anniversary with three days of events at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office

5th Special Forces GroupFort Campbell, KY – On September 21st, 1961, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) officially activated at Fort Bragg, NC; a year later they were fighting in the Republic of Vietnam.

Since the Vietnam War, the 5th SFG (A) has had integral parts in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Bravery runs deep in the unit: they fly 20 campaign streamers and include 18 Medal of Honor recipients.

Soldiers with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) fight during the cobatives tournament Sept. 20, 2014, during the Legion’s 53rd anniversary picnic. (Sgt. Justin Moeller, 5th SFG (A) Public Affairs)

Soldiers with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) fight during the cobatives tournament Sept. 20, 2014, during the Legion’s 53rd anniversary picnic. (Sgt. Justin Moeller, 5th SFG (A) Public Affairs)

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U.S. Special Operations Command stresses preservation of Force

 

Written by Terri Moon Cronk
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

U.S. Special Operations CommandWashington, D.C. – To combat the demands on the nation’s special operations forces, U.S. Special Operations Command has made its Preservation of the Force and Family initiative a priority, the program’s director said September 17th.

Speaking at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Resilience Summit in Falls Church, Virginia, Navy Capt. Thomas Chaby said the program for the joint command’s 67,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines centers on prevention by building resilience and giving troops the tools and strategies they need to navigate combat’s challenges. «Read the rest of this article»

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Night Stalkers compete in U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s Best Warrior competition

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Thaddius Dawkins
USASOAC Public Affairs

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Soar - Night StalkersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Bragg, NC – Two Soldiers from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) tested their inner warrior last week during the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s Best Warrior Competition.

Spc. Mark E. Aescht, a Blackhawk crew chief in the Aviation Life Saving Equipment section, and Sgt. Derek A. Youngs, a wheeled vehicle mechanic, both from 1st Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 160th SOAR (A), competed in four days of events that included an Army physical fitness test, written essay, live-fire range and stress shoot, day and night land navigation, Army Warrior Task testing and combatives.

Spc. Mark E. Aescht (center), 1st Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and Sgt. Derek A. Youngs (right), with 1st Platoon, HHC, 160th SOAR (A), receive instruction on writing an operations order during the Army Warrior Task lanes while competing in the United States Army Special Operations Command's Best Warrior Competition June 25, 2014. (Sgt. 1st Class Thaddius S. Dawkins II)

Spc. Mark E. Aescht (center), 1st Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and Sgt. Derek A. Youngs (right), with 1st Platoon, HHC, 160th SOAR (A), receive instruction on writing an operations order during the Army Warrior Task lanes while competing in the United States Army Special Operations Command’s Best Warrior Competition June 25, 2014. (Sgt. 1st Class Thaddius S. Dawkins II)

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160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment Night Stalkers based at Fort Campbell compete for title of top NCO, Soldier

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Rick Branch
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) Public Affairs

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Soar - Night StalkersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Two Night Stalkers earned the titles of NCO and Soldier of the Year in a four-day competition that tested the determination and perseverance of Soldiers from the 160th Special Operation Aviation Regiment (Airborne), April 15th-18th.

Staff Sgt. Andrew G. McCallister and Spc. Andrew Fowler were announced during an awards presentation April 18th.  Eleven Night Stalkers participated, five Soldiers and six NCOs for the chance to be declared top Soldier, NCO of the Regiment.

Soldiers of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) conduct weapons-qualification while wearing their gas masks during the Noncommissioned Officer, and Soldier of the Year Competition, April 15-18 at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Ricardo Branch, 160th SOAR (A) Public Affairs)

Soldiers of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) conduct weapons-qualification while wearing their gas masks during the Noncommissioned Officer, and Soldier of the Year Competition, April 15-18 at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Ricardo Branch, 160th SOAR (A) Public Affairs)

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Know where you are going – a Tuskegee airman’s story

 

Written by Jerry Green
USASOC Public Affairs

US Army Special Operations Command

Donald Elder, left, was guest speaker at the 8th Military Information Support Group (Airborne) Equal Opportunity office hosting the first MISOC led African American Heritage Observance at the Fort Bragg Club. Joining Elder is Reverend James Jones. Elder and Jones were members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen squadron . (Photo by Jerry Green/USASOC Public Affairs)

Donald Elder (left) with Reverend James Jones. Elder and Jones were members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen squadron . (Photo by Jerry Green/USASOC Public Affairs)

Fort Bragg, NC – On Friday, February 1st, 2013, history came alive for the more than 500 people in attendance at the Fort Bragg Officer’s Club.

The event, part of the African American Heritage Observance, was hosted by the 8th Military Information Support Group (Airborne) Equal Opportunity office, and the start of African American History Month at Fort Bragg, NC.

Featured guest speaker, Donald Elder, captivated the audience with his stories and experiences as a young man who enlisted into the Army with the desire to join the famed Tuskegee Airmen unit. As Elder took the podium and observed the mass of military uniforms, he was visibly awed with the response from the audience.

“If I had any idea of the things I went through after joining the Army Air Corps would  result into this opportunity to be with you today, reliving those experiences for you, I would do it all again over,” said Elder. «Read the rest of this article»

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