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Vietnam Veterans still look out for battle buddies 5 years later

 

Written by Sgt. William White
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – More than 50 Vietnam Veterans, Family members and Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) held a memorial rededication ceremony August 23rd at Fort Campbell, KY to honor 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment Soldiers who were killed in action during the Vietnam War.

The Veterans, who served in the 2-502 Infantry Regiment (formerly the 2-502d Parachute Infantry Regiment) of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team during the Vietnam War, unveiled an updated version of the unit’s Vietnam memorial.

Roy Hill, a Vietnam Veteran from Rockhold, Kentucky reads names from a newly rededicated 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Vietnam Veterans Memorial following a ceremony Fort Campbell, Ky., Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. Hill's unit lost more than half of its Soldiers during the war. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William White)

Roy Hill, a Vietnam Veteran from Rockhold, Kentucky reads names from a newly rededicated 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division Vietnam Veterans Memorial following a ceremony Fort Campbell, Ky., Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. Hill’s unit lost more than half of its Soldiers during the war. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William White)

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General Andrew Poppas takes command of 101st Airborne Division, Screaming Eagles bid farewell to General Gary Volesky

 

Written by Sgt. William White
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) has opened a new chapter in its rendezvous with destiny. Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the 45th commanding general of the 101st, placed the division in the hands of Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, the incoming division commander, during a change of command ceremony January 19th, 2017.

During the ceremony, Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, XVIII Airborne Corps commander, praised Volesky’s leadership during his command.

“Our Army couldn’t have chosen a better leader to command this division two and a half years ago than Gary Volesky,” Townsend said. “During his watch, elements of the 101st have deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Liberia and a whole list of other nations around the world in support of both combat and shaping operations for our nation.”

Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, the incoming division commander for the 101st Airborne Division, speaks to Fort Campbell community members, Families and 101st Airborne Division Soldiers during a change of command ceremony held at the division parade field, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Jan. 19, 2017. Poppas assumes a command position in the 101st for the second time, as he previously commanded the 1st Brigade Combat Team. (Sgt. William White)

Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, the incoming division commander for the 101st Airborne Division, speaks to Fort Campbell community members, Families and 101st Airborne Division Soldiers during a change of command ceremony held at the division parade field, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Jan. 19, 2017. Poppas assumes a command position in the 101st for the second time, as he previously commanded the 1st Brigade Combat Team. (Sgt. William White)

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101st Airborne Division Headquarters cases colors at Fort Campbell, looks to Iraq mission

 

Written by Sgt. William White
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) headquarters cased its colors February 25th before a nine-month deployment to Iraq in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve.

Soldiers, family members and community leaders attended the ceremony to bid farewell to the Screaming Eagles as they prepare to train and advise the Iraqi army in its mission to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

“Today we case our colors as we deploy in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and replace the 82nd Airborne Division headquarters as the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command in Iraq,” said Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (left), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory F. Nowak (right), 101st Airborne Division command sergeant major, case the storied 101st colors Feb. 25, during a ceremony officially marking the division's deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky (left), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory F. Nowak (right), 101st Airborne Division command sergeant major, case the storied 101st colors Feb. 25, during a ceremony officially marking the division’s deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Soldiers graduate Master Fitness Trainer Course at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. William White
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Master Fitness Trainer Course is sweeping the Army, bringing sports nutrition and researched-backed exercise science down to the squad level by informing senior squad members.

On January 20th, 2016, MFT instructors from the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School in Fort Jackson, SC, dispatched to Fort Campbell, KY, to bring the science of physical training to officers and noncommissioned officers the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

“We say it all the time: PT is not the most important thing we do as a Soldier, but it’s the most important thing we do every day” said Staff Sgt. John Wood, a Master Fitness Trainer instructor with U.S. Army Physical Fitness School.

Sgt. 1st Class Liela Cowhig, a senior instructor for the Master Fitness Training Course, demonstrates how to position a Soldier before lifting him during an MFTC at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 26, 2016. Cowhig and the other MFTC instructors spent two weeks at Fort Campbell teaching 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers about nutrition and exercise science. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class Liela Cowhig, a senior instructor for the Master Fitness Training Course, demonstrates how to position a Soldier before lifting him during an MFTC at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 26, 2016. Cowhig and the other MFTC instructors spent two weeks at Fort Campbell teaching 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers about nutrition and exercise science. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell Soldiers get visit from U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter before upcoming Deployment

 

Written by Sgt. William White
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter visited 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers at Fort Campbell. January 13th, 2016.

Carter wanted to speak to 101st Airborne Division Soldiers directly prior to their upcoming deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, in which they will work to train, advise and assist the Iraqi army to defeat the ISIL.

“Frankly, I know the 101st has taken Mosul before, and you could do it again,” Carter said while speaking to more than 200 Screaming Eagle Soldiers set to deploy in the coming weeks. “We could deploy multiple brigades on the ground and arrive in force, but then it would likely become our fight and our fight alone.”

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter speaks to 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers during a visit to Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 13, 2016. Carter visited Fort Campbell Soldiers to talk about the division's upcoming mission and to thank deploying Soldiers for their sacrifices. (Sgt. William White)

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter speaks to 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers during a visit to Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 13, 2016. Carter visited Fort Campbell Soldiers to talk about the division’s upcoming mission and to thank deploying Soldiers for their sacrifices. (Sgt. William White)

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101st Airborne Division welcomes new acting Senior Commander at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. William White
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers and leaders from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell gathered to welcome their new acting senior commander at an Honor Eagle ceremony Tuesday in the division headquarters building here.

Brig. Gen. Scott E. Brower, who is returning to Fort Campbell for his fourth assignment will take interim responsibility of Fort Campbell and its units from Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

“Over 90 percent of the division is going to remain here and we need a competent and reliable leader to sustain readiness and take care of our Soldiers and Family members while we’re deployed,” Volesky said during the ceremony. “And Scott is exactly the right officer to fill this critical role.”

Brig. Gen. Scott E. Brower, incoming acting senior commander for 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks to Fort Campbell Soldiers, families and community leaders during an Honor Eagle ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 5, 2016. Brower will step in for Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky during the division's deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Brig. Gen. Scott E. Brower, incoming acting senior commander for 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), speaks to Fort Campbell Soldiers, families and community leaders during an Honor Eagle ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 5, 2016. Brower will step in for Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky during the division’s deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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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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101st Airborne Division receives second highest unit award for mission to Liberia during Ebola breakout

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) was awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award by the commanding general of U.S. Africa Command, Gen. David M. Rodriquez, during a ceremony held in the division headquarters building here August 27th. The JMUA is the second highest award a unit can receive.

Rodriquez and Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division, unveiled the award and a campaign streamer, recognizing the division’s five-month deployment in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission to fight the spread of Ebola in western Africa.

“The day the 101st got into Africa, things started changing,” said Rodriguez. “Every day they were there, the confidence and courage of the Liberian people started picking up.”

Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Africa Command, speaks to the crowd during the Joint Meritorious Unit Award presentation ceremony at McAuliffe Hall August 27, 2015. The JMUA, the second most prestigious award a unit can receive, was presented to the 101st Airborne Division for their humanitarian mission during the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Africa Command, speaks to the crowd during the Joint Meritorious Unit Award presentation ceremony at McAuliffe Hall August 27, 2015. The JMUA, the second most prestigious award a unit can receive, was presented to the 101st Airborne Division for their humanitarian mission during the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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Commander delivers special meals to Forward Operating Bases, boosts morale

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Graham, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs and U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Crail, Task Force Blackhawk Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from Company B, “Baker Company”, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Red Currahee, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division recently received a pleasant surprise. They were treated to an impromptu lunch, July 18th, at Combat Outpost Sar Howza, Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

The special lunch consisted of grilled steak, mashed potatoes, fresh salad and fruits. The meal finished with cookies, cakes, pies and ice cream,– considered a treat at the remote outpost.

Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division deployed to Combat Outpost Sar Howza, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, are served lunch by U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Preston, 801st Brigade Support Battalion commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, from Belchertown, MA, July 18th as a morale boost eight days after the loss of one of their own, Spc. Rafael Nieves. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Crail, Task Force Blackhawk Public Affairs)

Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division deployed to Combat Outpost Sar Howza, Paktika Province, Afghanistan, are served lunch by U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Preston, 801st Brigade Support Battalion commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Task Force Currahee, from Belchertown, MA, July 18th as a morale boost eight days after the loss of one of their own, Spc. Rafael Nieves. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Charles Crail, Task Force Blackhawk Public Affairs)

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