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101st Airborne Division soldiers travel to Bastogne Belgium to celebrate 75th Battle of the Bulge Anniversary

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBastogne, Belgium – Nearly a million people converged on the city of Bastogne to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge victory, fought and won during World War II, with a parade, December 14th, 2019. The Bastogne parade was the physical embodiment of joy as visitors and locals commemorated the defeat of Nazi forces in the small town.

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) sent more than 90 Soldiers to Belgium to march in the parade and participate in other ceremonies, as well as learn about the unit’s history.

The Battle of the Bulge took place six months after D-day.

The 101st Division Artillery Commander, Col. Bryan Babich, leads more than ninety 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers in the Bastogne parade, Dec. 14. The city celebrates 75 years of freedom from Nazi German occupation. Bastogne played a major role in Hitler’s Ardennes Offensive, the German name for Battle of the Bulge. (Pvt. John Simpson, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

The 101st Division Artillery Commander, Col. Bryan Babich, leads more than ninety 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers in the Bastogne parade, Dec. 14. The city celebrates 75 years of freedom from Nazi German occupation. Bastogne played a major role in Hitler’s Ardennes Offensive, the German name for Battle of the Bulge. (Pvt. John Simpson, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade Soldiers Train to Sustain for Eagle Talon II

 

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Fort Campbell, KY – Beneath the hot August sun, a roar of generators can be heard and a cluster of camo-nets can be seen as you make your way through the high arching grass approaching Range 62, on Fort Campbell, Kentucky, all signs identifying the 101st Sustainment Brigade ‘Lifeliners’, Soldiers are hard at work conducting sustainment operations.

However, this is no ordinary brigade training event; Lifeliners’ Soldiers are out training in-support-of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) exercise, Operation Eagle Talon II, a 10-day field training exercise, from August 5th to the 16th, 2019.

Lt. Col. R. Arron Lummer (center), commander of the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, conducts a battle update brief with his senior leadership in order to see how battalion sustainment field operations are going, August 6, 2019, on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Lifeliners’ Soldiers are training in the field, participating in Eagle Talon II, a 10-day division-wide exercise, from August 5th to the 16th, designed to prepare Soldiers and leadership for the larger warfighter exercise, which will validate their warfighting skills as a complete fighting force. (Sgt. Aimee Nordin, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. R. Arron Lummer (center), commander of the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, conducts a battle update brief with his senior leadership in order to see how battalion sustainment field operations are going, August 6, 2019, on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Sgt. Aimee Nordin, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Lifeliner Soldiers Prepare for Warfighter Exercise

 

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Fort Campbell, KY – On May 6th, 2019, as the sun rose above the field on Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Lifeliner Soldiers of the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), unloaded tents and equipment from their military vehicles, as part of a Tactical Operations Center Exercise to get ready for their upcoming Warfighter Exercise in the fall.

After returning from Afghanistan in March 2019, Lifeliner Soldiers were eager to get back to work and continue to maintain optimum readiness.

Capt. Andrew Paulin (left), company commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, ‘Angry Dogs’, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and 1st Sgt. Antodd Richards (right), first sergeant of HHC, discuss the location of where to set up the Tactical Operations Center Exercise for the upcoming week’s training exercise, May 6, 2019, on Fort Campbell, Ky. (Staff Sgt. Caitlyn Byrne, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Capt. Andrew Paulin (left), company commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, ‘Angry Dogs’, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and 1st Sgt. Antodd Richards (right), first sergeant of HHC, discuss the location of where to set up the Tactical Operations Center Exercise for the upcoming week’s training exercise, May 6, 2019, on Fort Campbell, Ky. (Staff Sgt. Caitlyn Byrne, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Band musicians support Division Field Exercise

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Todd Pouliot
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The motto of the 101st Airborne Division Band is “Pride of the Eagle.” Not only does band members build pride in others through their music, the motto also describes the band’s pride in supporting the division. Occasionally that support is provided outside of their role as accomplished musicians.

Recently, the 101st Airborne Division Band provided field operations support to the division for its Warfighter 18-3 exercise conducted in early February.

“It’s not necessarily what we are designed to do, but we are the band of the 101st Airborne Division and if we are asked to support, we are happy to do it,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charles Doswell, commander of the 101st Airborne Division Band.

Staff Sergeant Arthur Cole III and Spc. Jihye Shim, trombonists from the 101st Airborne Division Band, recently check the credentials of Spc. William Hutchinson, 101st Main Command Post-Operational Detachment, Kentucky National Guard, and secures his cellphone before allowing him entry into a secure division area, during the Warfighter 18-3 exercise. (Staff Sgt. Todd Pouliot, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Staff Sergeant Arthur Cole III and Spc. Jihye Shim, trombonists from the 101st Airborne Division Band, recently check the credentials of Spc. William Hutchinson, 101st Main Command Post-Operational Detachment, Kentucky National Guard, and secures his cellphone before allowing him entry into a secure division area, during the Warfighter 18-3 exercise. (Staff Sgt. Todd Pouliot, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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101st Airborne Division Headquarters prepares to Deploy, Cases Colors

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Major General Andrew Poppas, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander and Command Sergant Major Todd Sims, 101st Airborne Division senior enlisted leader, cased the division headquarters’ colors, April 3rd, 2018 at McAuliffe Hall, in advance of the unit’s next “Rendezvous with Destiny,” a deployment to Afghanistan.

“The next stop for our colors once we case them is back in Bagram, where we have fought and dominated before,” said Poppas before furling the Screaming Eagle colors in front of hundreds of onlookers who attended the ritualistic ceremony. “This is nothing new for the 101st. In the 17 years of continuous combat, the 101st is the most deployed division.”

Maj. Gen. Andrew Poppas, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Sims, 101st Abn. Div. senior enlisted leader, case the division headquarters’ colors, April 3, at McAuliffe Hall, in advance of the unit’s deployment, its fourth to Afghanistan in the last decade. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Andrew Poppas, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Todd Sims, 101st Abn. Div. senior enlisted leader, case the division headquarters’ colors, April 3, at McAuliffe Hall, in advance of the unit’s deployment, its fourth to Afghanistan in the last decade. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade Soldiers strengthen readiness through Command Post Exercise

 

Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., recently conducted a command post exercise.

Soldiers of the brigade conducted the CPX, September 25th-October 5th, to validate and enhance the brigade’s tactical operation center and enhance the brigade staff’s readiness in a decisive action training environment, according to Col. Stanley J. Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde.

Private First Class Jordan Maine, a human resource specialist with the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., works with Staff Sgt. Shenea Andrews, religious affairs noncommissioned officer in charge for the 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde., 101st Abn. Div., Sept. 27, during the brigade command post exercise on Fort Campbell. (101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

Private First Class Jordan Maine, a human resource specialist with the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., works with Staff Sgt. Shenea Andrews, religious affairs noncommissioned officer in charge for the 101st Abn. Div. Sust. Bde., 101st Abn. Div., Sept. 27, during the brigade command post exercise on Fort Campbell. (101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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Texas Guardsmen stand battle ready after Warfighter at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Elizabeth Peña
Joint Task Force 136th (Maneuver Enhancement Brigade)

Army National GuardJoint Task Force 136th (Maneuver Enhancement Brigade)Fort Campbell, KY – Texas Guardsmen from the 136th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, based out of Round Rock, Texas, exercised their combat readiness skills during a three-week Warfighter at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, just in time to get home for Thanksgiving.

The 136th MEB went to Fort Campbell November 5th-22nd in support of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) for the real-time scenario spanning three fictional countries in the Middle East. The purpose of Warfighter is to test a unit’s battle skills and ensure it is fit for overseas combat.

“This is our available year, so generally that is when you are going to see a brigade assigned to a warfighter exercise,” said Col. Scott Mac Leod, commander of the 136th MEB. “It’s part of the [Army Force Generation] cycle, which means, theoretically, that if an overseas contingency requirement occurred, it’s possible that the 136th MEB could be assigned to deploy in support of that assignment.”

Brigade Gen. John E. Novales II, deputy commanding general of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., visits Texas Army National Guards' 136th MEB during the Warfighter exercise Nov. 10, 2015. (U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Elizabeth Pena/Released)

Brigade Gen. John E. Novales II, deputy commanding general of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., visits Texas Army National Guards’ 136th MEB during the Warfighter exercise Nov. 10, 2015. (U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Elizabeth Pena/Released)

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New-age combat simulation challenges 101st Airborne Division to think outside the ‘box’

 

Written by Sgt. William White

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) headquarters, along with other combat and support units, conducted an in-depth deployment simulation known as the Warfighter Exercise here November 12th-21st.

The WFX measures combat effectiveness of a headquarters asset, such as a division or corps, in working with subordinate units to execute a full-scale offensive against a modern and equipped enemy. It also gives them the opportunity to work with simulated government and aid organizations.

Maj. Mindi Furnier, a military intelligence officer, Capt. David-Shea Melloy, an operations planner, and Warrant Officer Mike Rieber, an imagery technician with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), coordinate plans for split-based operations during Warfighter Exercise 16-02 at Fort Campbell, Ky., Nov. 19. The WFX tested the 101st staff sections' abilities to coordinate with other combat and combat support elements in a simulated full-scale war. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Maj. Mindi Furnier, a military intelligence officer, Capt. David-Shea Melloy, an operations planner, and Warrant Officer Mike Rieber, an imagery technician with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), coordinate plans for split-based operations during Warfighter Exercise 16-02 at Fort Campbell, Ky., Nov. 19. The WFX tested the 101st staff sections’ abilities to coordinate with other combat and combat support elements in a simulated full-scale war. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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