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  • TAAC-E celebrates 3rd CR achievements, Rakkasans begin new chapter

    Feb 16, 2015

    Train, Advise, Assist Command - East held a casing and uncasing ceremony for the outgoing 3rd Cavalry Regiment "Brave Rifles" and incoming 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Tactical Base Gamberi Feb. 15, 2015.

  • BOSS program teaches vehicle maintenance

    Feb 13, 2015

    The Fort Campbell Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers was one of two BOSS programs selected by the Department of the Army for the BOSS Life Skills Training pilot program which began Monday.

  • Wingin' It: Video series documents Air Assault School obstacle course

    Feb 13, 2015

    A picture might be worth a thousand words, but in today's social media-drenched society, nothing makes a statement or proves a point quite like video. To keep up with the trends of information-sharing, personnel at Fort Campbell's Sabalauski Air Assault School recently began a video series to highlight some of the more popular aspects of the program.

  • Garrison initiates supervisory course

    Feb 13, 2015

    Since 2011, the supervisors across Fort Campbell have taken the Supervisory Development Course online every three years. The Civilian Human Resources Training Application System conducted the course, making sure all the important topics were covered.

  • Sounds of freedom mark Division Artillery Brigade's return

    Feb 13, 2015

    The Division Artillery Brigade came back after a 10-year absence, a timeframe during which field artillery Soldiers were reorganized under each of Fort Campbell's brigade combat teams. At the time, this decision helped bolster the brigade combat teams, who were busy in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • Medical laboratory leads task force in Liberia

    Jan 8, 2015

    The 1st Area Medical Laboratory is leading a joint task force that is operating six Ebola testing laboratories in Liberia.

  • U.S. Army news, information about Army's response to Ebola threat

    Dec 23, 2014

    U.S. Army news, information about Army's response to Ebola threat

  • Medical team provides life-saving care to Soldiers deployed to Africa

    Dec 18, 2014

    The 86th Damage Control Resuscitation Team, 86th Combat Support Hospital, based out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, is a one-of-a-kind medical team operating in the Joint Forces Command-United Assistance Field Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, capable of facilitating life-saving interventions and surgeries to Soldiers here.

  • Social network safety: How to protect your identity online

    Dec 15, 2014

    As a result of recent world events and a continual effort to protect the force, special agents with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command's Computer Crime Investigative Unit, are strongly recommending that anyone affiliated with the U.S. military, review their social media accounts to make sure they are using the best security settings to protect their online profiles.

  • Chaplain assistant provides care, patience

    Dec 12, 2014

    Only three days after Christmas, the Army will celebrate its 105th year since the creation of the chaplain assistant position, and will dedicate this day to honoring the men and women who were given the special duty of assisting chaplains in performing their duties by providing religious support for all Soldiers and their Families. Chaplain Assistant Sgt. Aaron LaBarge, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, arrived at Fort Campbell in October and has been fulfilling his duties with enthusiasm since joining the Army in 2007.

  • Holiday House gives gift of Christmas to Families

    Dec 12, 2014

    Kicking off its fifth year under Operation Homefront, Holiday House opened its doors Monday, and began spreading holiday cheer. For roughly 1,700 children, and more than 750 Fort Campbell Families this holiday season, the program will provide more than 10,000 gifts to be opened Christmas morning.

  • 1st BCT takes top honors in Energy Cup

    Dec 12, 2014

    At the beginning of May, each of Fort Campbell's 14 installation command buildings were equipped with 32-inch television monitors called "energy dashboards." Using these monitors, the energy and utilities branch of Fort Campbell's Directorate of Public Works was able to monitor the energy consumption of each location over a six-month period. It was the responsibility of each location's occupants to employ energy-savvy practices, in hopes of winning the installation's first-ever Commander's Energy Cup.

  • Stokes retires after 38 years

    Dec 12, 2014

    Members of the Fort Campbell community and distinguished guests bid a fond farewell to Van Stokes, deputy director for the Fort Campbell Morale, Welfare and Recreation department, at his retirement luncheon ceremony Monday at Cole Park Commons.

  • Holiday House provides gifts for military Families

    Dec 5, 2014

    The Operation Homefront program "Holiday House" is in full swing this giving season as they prepare to help Fort Campbell Families celebrate the holidays. This program provides help to military service members E-6 and below and their Families by providing toys to those in need.

  • Air Assault School donates food, toys to community

    Dec 5, 2014

    The Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, Ky., is spreading holiday cheer this season by sponsoring both a canned food and toy drive to benefit the local community.

  • Post welcomes new garrison chaplain

    Dec 5, 2014

    Recently, Fort Campbell bid a fond farewell to its garrison chaplain. Following the retirement ceremony of Chap. (Col.) Jeffrey Houston, there was little time for reflection at Liberty Chapel. Work doesn't stop for those affiliated with the Army spiritual community, and the holiday season is always especially busy. There are holiday services to be planned, food baskets to fill for Operation: Helping Hand and stacks of festively-decorated, gift-filled shoeboxes ready to ship to less fortunate children around the world. And in the middle of it all stands Fort Campbell's newest garrison chaplain, Col. Terry Austin.

  • Chaplain assistant brings mentoring mindset to drill sergeant role

    Dec 5, 2014

    Many Soldiers have a skewed vision of what Army chaplain assistants do. With chaplains not carrying weapons, some think their enlisted Soldier assistants are there just for protection. On the other side of the coin, some see chaplain assistants as what Staff Sgt. Keith Johnson Jr. calls "candy boys" -- passing out lollipops and happy thoughts to their fellow Soldiers.

  • Chaplain assistants: Called to serve, minister

    Dec 5, 2014

    From Infantryman, to tanker, to chaplain assistant. Not your typical military resume for a member of a brigade unit ministry team, but according to Staff Sgt. Howard Robison, his path was predestined.

  • Rakkasan chaplain assistant helps brothers-in-arms

    Dec 5, 2014

    Chapel duty a few weekends out of the year is just one of the responsibilities of installation chaplain assistants. The chaplain assistant, as a member of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps, is a Soldier that provides expertise in religious support and religious support operations, according to the Army. It's a job and mission that Fort Campbell's Memorial Chapel chaplain assistant Staff Sgt. Eric Esposito embraces. In addition to completing administrative paperwork, helping with religious programming and being the 3rd BCT chaplain's right-hand man, Esposito said the joy of the job for him is "just helping Soldiers out."

  • Biggest threat to U.S. troops in Liberia is malaria, not Ebola

    Dec 4, 2014

    In October 2014, Service members deployed to Liberia for Operation United Assistance, an operation supporting the U.S. Agency for International Development-led efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa. The fight against Ebola, however, poses a significantly smaller health threat to U.S. forces than malaria does.

  • Joint Forces Command-United Assistance celebrates Thanksgiving in Liberia

    Dec 1, 2014

    With 79 percent humidity and a warm ocean breeze, Thanksgiving for Soldiers deployed in Monrovia, Liberia, feels far from traditional. But thanks to a variety of Thanksgiving activities and fare, Soldiers can still get into the holiday spirit throughout the Joint Forces Command-United Assistance area of operations in Liberia.

  • Chaplains bring hope, unity to service members, Liberians

    Nov 22, 2014

    When Lt. Col. David Bowlus, 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division chaplain, Joint Forces Command - United Assistance, thought about his next deployment, he assumed it would be to a combat zone. Over the past 20 years, this Soldier's deployment experience involved risks like bullets flying and insurgent attacks. Virus outbreaks were one of his least concerns.

  • Engineers drive on

    Nov 19, 2014

    Drive On is the motto for the engineers deployed with the 902nd Engineer Company (Vertical), 15th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade, 21st Sustainment Command, to build a potentially lifesaving Ebola treatment unit in the city of Buchanan, Liberia. The Engineers are supporting the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission, United Assistance.

  • Tubmanburg ETU brings partnership through critical mission

    Nov 13, 2014

    In 2014, the most widespread epidemic of the Ebola virus disease hit western African countries like never before. Many people feared the epidemic would cause total mayhem. Some countries have encountered difficulties controlling the epidemic, but in the city of Tubmanburg there's a chance at a new life.

  • Fort Campbell brigade takes on logistics role in Liberia

    Nov 13, 2014

    The logistical element for Joint Forces Command - United Assistance unfurled its colors in a military ceremony held at Firestone, Monrovia, Liberia, Nov. 12.

  • Service members in Liberia receive morale booster

    Nov 12, 2014

    Hot quality meals were served for the first time on Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia, as well as other locations across Liberia, Nov. 9, 2014. The meal provided a well-needed change of pace for Soldiers, and a morale booster.

  • Hero and Remembrance run caps Military Survivor Appreciation Week

    Nov 7, 2014

    More than 1,000 people in the Fort Campbell and surrounding communities came together, Saturday, to honor fallen service members despite chilly morning temperatures.

  • Air Defenders return from Afghanistan

    Nov 7, 2014

    Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, supported by the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, returned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and uncased their battalion colors Oct. 30 signifying the end of a successful mission. In addition to the air defenders from the battalion's headquarters and Battery A, approximately 20 members of the 72nd Veterinary Detachment, 86th Combat Support Hospital, returned home as well.

  • Ebola treatment unit for medical workers to open

    Nov 6, 2014

    The Monrovia Medical Unit, an Ebola treatment unit constructed specifically for the treatment of medical workers who were infected while caring for Ebola patients, is scheduled to open Nov. 8, 2014, located about 30 miles outside Monrovia, Liberia.

  • 101st Sustainment Brigade 'Lifeliners' case colors

    Nov 6, 2014

    The 101st Sustainment Brigade "Lifeliners," cased their colors in a color casing ceremony Oct. 27 at its headquarters at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The ceremony signaled the brigade's readiness to deploy to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, the humanitarian mission to combat Ebola.

  • Fort Campbell MPs hold change of responsibility ceremony

    Nov 6, 2014

    The Military Police of the 716th Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade, supported by the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, held a change of responsibility ceremony Oct. 22 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. During the ceremony, Command Sgt. Maj. David J. Tookmanian relinquished responsibility as the senior enlisted adviser of the U.S. Army's most decorated military police battalion to Command Sgt. Maj. John D. Vicars.

  • 101st Sustainment Brigade welcomes Command Sgt. Maj. Graham

    Nov 6, 2014

    Soldiers, families, dignitaries and friends of the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division gathered to send off Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher T. Crawford and welcome Command Sgt. Maj. Frank M. Graham to the battalion during a change of responsibility ceremony Oct. 28 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The ceremony furthered the Army's heritage and carried on traditions dating back to the Continental Army.

  • Operation United Assistance Soldiers train first class of Ebola treatment unit workers

    Nov 4, 2014

    The Joint Forces Command-United Assistance DOD Ebola Training Team completed training the first class of workers who will staff the Ebola treatment units, Oct. 31, 2014, at the National Police Training Center, Paynesville, in Liberia.

  • CSM Daniel A. Dailey selected to be next Sergeant Major of the Army

    Nov 3, 2014

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno announced today that Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey will become the 15th sergeant major of the Army January 30, 2015.

  • Steps of Honor: Military survivors remember fallen troops

    Oct 31, 2014

    "It's kind of like a community that we don't want to belong to, but we do belong to," said Tammy Stansbery. The community to which Stansbery is referring is military survivors -- the Family and friends that service members leave behind when they are killed in combat or die while in active-duty status. These Family members are also known as Gold Star Families. To recognize these individuals, Fort Campbell Survivor Outreach Services is hosting Military Survivor Appreciation Week. The event formerly known as Gold Star Family Appreciation Week is held traditionally during the last week of October. Events ranging from installation tours, to a dance and special memorial events bring survivors together to share their experience and receive support from SOS staff.

  • BACH celebrates life with annual Walk to Remember

    Oct 31, 2014

    During Blanchfield Army Community Hospital's 8th annual Walk to Remember Ceremony Oct. 23, Families and parents gathered to remember and honor children lost at birth, miscarriage or at a young age. The event, held on the hospital's "A" Building veranda, was organized by BACH's chaplain and Bereavement Support Committee in support of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month.

  • Corps of Engineers mission in West Africa aimed at supporting Ebola containment

    Oct 30, 2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has joined the fight against Ebola in West Africa. The main body of Europe District's Forward Engineer Support Team-Advanced departed Oct. 21, 2014, for Monrovia, Liberia, to take part in Operation United Assistance.

  • 414th CSB Supports the Fight Against Ebola

    Oct 30, 2014

    U.S. Army forces began deploying in late September in order to support the U.S. Agency for International Development mission to combat Ebola in West African nations and contracting officers were among the first to arrive.

  • 101st Airborne Division assumes Ebola response mission in Liberia

    Oct 27, 2014

    Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), assumed responsibility of Joint Forces Command -- United Assistance from Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, during a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Barclay Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia, Oct. 25, 2014.

  • Air scouts use aviation to teach about the importance of math

    Oct 20, 2014

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Pilots from 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), hosted sixth-grade students from Kenwood Middle School for a demonstration of how math is relevant to aviation, here, Oct. 8, 2014.

  • Pathfinders teach White Currahee scouts tactical fast rope techniques

    Oct 20, 2014

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Pathfinders from Company F, 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), trained scouts from 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, on tactical-fast-rope-insertion-and-extraction-system operations here, Sept. 15 - 17.

  • MICC battalion deploying to Africa

    Oct 9, 2014

    Members of the 922nd Contingency Contracting Battalion at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, are preparing to depart in the coming weeks in support of the government's response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

  • 1st Area Medical Laboratory to deploy for Ebola mission

    Oct 9, 2014

    The 1st Area Medical Laboratory will deploy to Liberia to support the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

  • 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) welcomes new division CSM

    Oct 9, 2014

    Command Sergeant Major Gregory Nowak became the 34th command sergeant major of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during an assumption of responsibility ceremony at McAuliffe Hall, the division headquarters, here Oct. 9.

  • 101st HQ deploying to Liberia in response to Ebola epidemic

    Sep 30, 2014

    The headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will deploy to Monrovia, Liberia, as the Joint Force Command for Operation United Assistance, DOD announced during a Pentagon news conference, Sept. 30, 2014.

  • Enhancing resiliency: Forces Command Soldiers intervene, help Army "battle buddies"

    Sep 29, 2014

    U.S. Army Forces Command units across the United States are helping ensure suicide prevention and awareness among their Soldiers, Forces Command G-1 personnel officials say.

  • JRTC takes on cyber, hybrid, conventional threats as training evolves with missions

    Sep 26, 2014

    When the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), descended from the night sky into the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, last month, it not only marked the first large-scale joint forced entry air assault in more than 11 years, it also signaled a larger shift in how the Army executes training missions.

  • Strike Soldiers honor fallen hero during shadow run

    Sep 23, 2014

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- During 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division's deployment to Afghanistan in 2010, they lost one of their brightest young officers, and for the "Strike" Soldiers who remembered him best, the loss of 1st Lt. Eric Yates the loss was tragic.

  • 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) remembers 9/11

    Sep 12, 2014

    Soldiers, family members and friends of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) gathered in front of the division headquarters Sept. 11, for a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

  • 101st ABN platoon completes 120th mission in Kunar Province

    Sep 12, 2014

    Members of 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, currently operate in Kunar province, Afghanistan.

  • Newest Intrepid Spirit Center opens at Campbell

    Sep 11, 2014

    The newest Intrepid Spirit Center officially opened at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Sept. 8, 2014.

  • Fort Campbell Intrepid Center, third of nine completed nationwide

    Sep 9, 2014

    Members of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), along with senior Army leaders and dignitaries, dedicate the new $11 million Intrepid Spirit Center Sept. 8, 2014 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Fort Campbell Center is the third of nine completed nationwide.

  • Army Launches New Safety Campaign

    Sep 8, 2014

    The Army launched the first installment of its new two-year seasonal safety awareness campaign today.

  • SMA Chandler addresses Soldier, family member questions during Fort Campbell visit

    Sep 8, 2014

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler visited Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Sept. 3-5, 2014.

  • Train as you fight: 584th SMC conducts sling load training

    Sep 3, 2014

    Soldiers from the 584th Support Maintenance Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, conducted Air Assault operations training Sept. 3, at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • 'Rakkasans' wrap up Joint Readiness Training Center rotation

    Aug 28, 2014

    Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a month-long training rotation to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, recently.

  • 101st Combat Aviation Brigade conducts joint forced entry at JRTC

    Aug 22, 2014

    Air crews from 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), flew in support of 1st Brigade Combat Team rotation to the Joint Readiness Training Center, at Fort Polk, Louisiana, Aug. 14, 2014.

  • 'See something, say something': Antiterrorism Awareness Month

    Aug 4, 2014

    Senior Army Leaders have proclaimed August Antiterrorism Awareness Month. With the slogan "see something, say something," its intent is to increase understanding and vigilance throughout the community while emphasizing the importance of suspicious activity reporting.

  • Fort Campbell's Elite: Fort Campbell athletes prepare to go All-Army

    Aug 4, 2014

    Across the country, the Army's best athletes are preparing themselves for their respective trial camps, hoping to secure spots on the rosters of this year's Morale, Welfare and Recreation All Army Sports teams and compete in the Armed Forces tournaments. Among the camps scheduled to begin next month are men's rugby and women's softball -- and once again, two of Fort Campbell's finest will be in attendance.

  • National Night Out offers fun, resources to post residents

    Aug 4, 2014

    Campbell Crossing is encouraging on-post residents to hit the streets and come out to the annual National Night Out celebration at the Village Commons at Hammond Heights. The nationwide event will be held on post from 4 until 7 p.m., Aug. 5, and focuses on promoting crime prevention programs as well as strengthening partnerships between police organizations and the local community. As such, representatives from the Fort Campbell Police Department, as well as other local law enforcement agencies from outside the installation, will be on hand to do demonstrations and provide valuable services in one central location.

  • Back-to-School Brigade: Operation Homefront volunteers fill backpacks

    Aug 4, 2014

    Description: Pencils and papers. Markers and glue. The time has come to go back to school. The Tennessee and Kentucky chapter of Operation Homefront is trying to make the new school year easier on some military Families at Fort Campbell. Today, the nonprofit organization is giving away 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to pre-registered active duty Families staff sergeant and below at their headquarters inside Gate 7 during the Back-to-School Brigade program.

  • New SOS building, boot drive gives Gold Star Mom renewed purpose

    Jul 25, 2014

    Sheila Patton remembers driving up to Indiana on a Friday in April four years ago to celebrate her father's birthday. She went with her 16-year-old daughter, Megan, and left her son, Cliff, at home for the night. The rest of her Family, including now retired Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory Patton, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and Staff Sgt. James Patton, B Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, were deployed in missions overseas. As Sheila and Megan sat with their Family celebrating at a restaurant, Cliff called his mother to tell her he had just gotten a ticket. Shortly after, Megan spilled her tea across the table, all while a pit of worry amassed in Sheila's stomach.

  • Guenette visits post, brother's legacy

    Jul 25, 2014

    "Wow, it's heavier than I thought it would be," said Michael Guenette of the M60 machine gun, handed to him by Capt. Tyler Reid, historian for the 101st Airborne Division. Standing inside Fort Campbell's Don F. Pratt Museum, Guenette held the gun and imagined his brother, Spc. Peter M. Guenette, holding the same cumbersome weapon as he trekked through the jungles of Vietnam in 1968 with his comrades from Whiskey Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment.

  • Top Cops: Post MPs shine in National Law Enforcement Challenge

    Jul 25, 2014

    Fort Campbell police are being recognized for their hard work keeping the installation's roads safe. Fort Campbell beat out Fort Carson to take first place in the military division of the National Law Enforcement Challenge, a traffic safety awards program that recognizes excellent law enforcement traffic safety programs on the national level.

  • Gridiron Grins: Steelers' cornerback hosts youth football experience

    Jul 11, 2014

    "Are you fired up?" "Yes we are!" yelled a swarm of more than 100 military kids, at the top of their lungs. Sporting eyeblack stickers, cleats and athletic attire, the campers could barely contain themselves as they smiled, high-fived each other and jumped about, eagerly awaiting the start of the day's fun-filled events. This was the scene at Fort Campbell's Fryar Stadium June 9 as 120 military children prepared to train at a two-day football ProCamp hosted by Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen, who is no stranger to military life.

  • SOS Summer Camp spreads joy to fallen troops' children

    Jul 11, 2014

    As 12-year-old Nate Vargas runs to tag a teammate as part of a competition at Camp Hinsch June 9, it seems like a typical summer day. That is the feel that organizers of Fort Campbell's Survivor Outreach Services Summer Camp hope to provide for the 8- to 13-year-old children in attendance despite the unspoken fact that each camper is here because of the death of a military parent, often in actions overseas during Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom.

  • 'Filthy Thirteen,' 506th PIR live on at Camp Toccoa, Ga.

    Jul 3, 2014

    The Filthy Thirteen -- a nickname given to the 1st Demolition Section of the Regimental Headquarters Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in World War II -- says a lot about the men of the unit. They are the men who suited up in war paint and shaved their hair into mohawks prior to parachuting into Normandy. Despite their reputation as troublemakers, the section was tasked to secure or destroy bridges overlooking the Douve River in the days following D-Day. While the activities of these men rose to new fictional heights in the 1960s book and movie, "The Dirty Dozen," there is much more to the story.

  • Revolutionary Mystery: Grave marker of local patriot returned, rededicated

    Jul 3, 2014

    As the Nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day, thoughts and thanks are given to those Patriots that came before us and fought for freedom and liberty. On June 28, a Revolutionary War Soldier who helped fight for that independence more than 235 years ago was honored and a stolen grave marker was returned to its rightful place during a grave dedication ceremony.

  • Fort Campbell athletes triumph at Warrior trials

    Jul 3, 2014

    Two Fort Campbell Soldiers from the Warrior Transition Battalion recently returned from the Army Warrior Games trials with gold, silver and bronze medals in hand -- along with the esprit de corps that represents the determined and resilient strength of the famed installation that sits on the Kentucky/Tennessee border.

  • 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Conducts Change of Command

    Jun 27, 2014

    Maj. Gen. James C. McConville relinquished command of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) to Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky during a change of command ceremony, June 20, 2014, at the division parade field here. The ceremony and passing of the division colors was presided over by Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command.

  • New CG ready to lead Screaming Eagles

    Jun 27, 2014

    It is Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky's first week on the job as commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell. The Silver Star recipient and Princeton grad is not one to rest on his laurels, however, as he's spent the past few days crafting a plan for his tenure here.

  • McConville bids farewell to Soldiers, community

    Jun 27, 2014

    History added another page to 101st Airborne Division's rendezvous with destiny Friday morning, when the Screaming Eagles longest-serving commander handed the unit's storied colors to a new leader June 20.

  • Espinosa assumes garrison CSM duties

    Jun 27, 2014

    Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel A. Espinosa Jr., assumed responsibility and authority as command sergeant major of the Fort Campbell Garrison from Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Bower in a rainy ceremony at the Garrison Headquarters, June 23.

  • Strike, TAAC-NE assist ANSF during Afghan Runoff Elections

    Jun 19, 2014

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- In April, there were eight candidates vying to become Afghanistan's next president; in June there were two. In as many months as there are candidates from the last election, the Afghans went to the voting booths to decide who will become their country's next top official.

  • SOS asking community to donate boots

    Jun 16, 2014

    It may sound strange to say that old basic training boots stuck in the back of the closet can help honor fallen service members. But that's exactly what Fort Campbell Army Community Service Survivor Outreach Services is planning to do. Fort Campbell is hosting a Hero and Remembrance Walk, Run or Roll, Nov. 1. While this date is a little less than five months away, SOS is already in heavy planning mode. The first-time event will cap off the organization's annual Gold Star Family Appreciation Week.

  • Soldiers use filmmaking to heal, share stories in workshop

    Jun 16, 2014

    Sergeant Michael Rodgers, Charlie Company, Warrior Transition Battalion, lies unconscious in his bed at the Fort Campbell WTB barracks. His hand loosely grips a near-empty bottle of whiskey, and the bed is littered with empty prescription bottles. On his nightstand sits a solitary item -- a photograph of his Family. As he struggles for life, he unknowingly sweeps the empty pill bottles off of the bed and sends them rolling across the floor … "Cut!" shouts Sgt. Cory Followill, a medic with the 563rd Aviation Support Battalion, from his station behind the video camera. As he checks the footage for continuity with Sgt. Christopher Bober, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Rodgers jumps up, empties the apple juice from the prop bottle and prepares to change into his ACUs for the next shoot. The three Soldiers have been spending the week learning the art of filmmaking in order to bring their story -- the tale of a Wounded Warrior attempting suicide -- to life. They are part of a group of Soldiers participating in the I Was There Film Workshop, a four-day creative therapeutic program for Soldiers dealing with post-traumatic stress, developed by Benjamin Patton, grandson of famed World War II General George S. Patton Jr.

  • 101st Sustainment Brigade Brick Laying Memorial Ceremony

    Jun 11, 2014

    The 101st Sustainment Brigade "Lifeliners," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), hosted a Memorial Brick Laying Ceremony, June 9, 2014, to honor and pay tribute to their fallen comrades.

  • 101st Sustainment Brigade Change of Command

    Jun 11, 2014

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Col. Charles R. Hamilton relinquished command of the 101st Sustainment Brigade "Lifeliners," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), to Col. Kimberly J. Daub during a change of command ceremony, June 10, 2014.

  • Distracted driving: an Armywide hazard

    Jun 11, 2014

    In January 2014, the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center released a 19-question survey tailored specifically for respondents to report their perceptions of distracted driving, awareness of hazards and potential legal implications, and whether they have knowingly participated in any activity that distracted them while driving. A random sample of 1,099 Soldiers was selected for the survey, and some findings are outlined below.

  • 93-year-old D-Day vet jumps again in Normandy

    Jun 9, 2014

    In a true rendezvous with history, paratrooper veteran James "Pee Wee" Martin again took to the sky, June 5, 2014, over Normandy, France, and parachuted onto the one-time battlefield, seven decades after his historic D-Day landing.

  • D-Day heroes inducted into French Legion of Honor

    Jun 9, 2014

    Three surviving D-Day veterans of the 101st Airborne Division were recognized June 6, 2014, for their bravery with one of France's highest decorations, the Legion of Honor medal.

  • D-Day paratrooper shares experiences with former Waffen-SS soldier

    Jun 9, 2014

    Meeting at the notorious "bloody" Omaha Beach along the coast of northern France, two former enemies talked about what happened 70 years ago in the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

  • Garrison CSM gives kudos to communities, civilian workforce

    Jun 9, 2014

    It's a typical Tuesday afternoon at Fort Campbell, and the inside of Garrison Headquarters is particularly quiet. The peaceful atmosphere gave Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Bower time to reflect on his tenure here. Bower will soon be leaving for a new assignment, and he invites the community to attend his Change of Responsibility ceremony at Garrison Headquarters, June 23 at 3 p.m. The Soldier, with 26-years of service, admits that learning how to be a garrison command sergeant major required a certain learning curve after spending most of his career as an Infantryman, where he deployed to Uganda, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. However, being at the post on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line for the first time made it enjoyable.

  • Better halves don't quit: 160th spouses take on SOAR challenge

    Jun 9, 2014

    It's widely-known that the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment employs some of the best aviators, crew-chiefs and support Soldiers the Army has to offer. Given the nature of their mission, however, little else is known about the extensive training that goes into making -- and maintaining -- Night Stalkers. Not even spouses are exempt from the shroud of "need-to-know basis." Tuesday morning, 160th spouses arrived at the Old Clarksville Base in droves, ready to experience a day in the life of a 160th Soldier. Those who hope to join the ranks of the Night Stalkers must endure a five-week training cycle -- what is infamously known as "Green Platoon." The SOAR Challenge (sometimes known as Pink Platoon) gave participants a chance to go through a day's worth of challenges -- an exercise designed to boost morale and encourage cohesion among Night Stalker spouses. "The day is about giving some of our spouses the opportunity to experience what these guys go through … in terms of physical fitness, challenges through modified combat, rifle experience and the Air Assault course," said Maj. Alan Hill, 160th SOAR public affairs officer. "They get the chance to be a Soldier for a day and share in what their spouses do on a day-to-day basis."

  • Motorcycle safety week rides onto post

    Jun 9, 2014

    There is nothing like that feeling of freedom that one gets while riding on the open road, racing through the wind. That exhilaration, however, can be taken away in a split second due to any number of factors. Speed, collision with other vehicles, rider fatigue and indiscipline are just some of the causes that can lead to a death or a lifetime of disability. To ride means requiring skill and diligence when on the road. Cars are built with numerous safety features in the case of an accident which causes some drivers to feel protected and invincible. Motorcycle riders, on the other hand, wear their protection and have to pay much closer attention to the road and travel conditions. Data from the Combat Readiness Center states that there were 41 motorcycle fatalities Army-wide in fiscal year 2013 with five of those Soldiers being from Fort Campbell. According to the Installation Safety Office, as of April 22 the Army has already seen 21 motorcycle fatalities for fiscal year 2014 with three of those being Soldiers from Fort Campbell. Even further, 14 of those casualties were noncommissioned officers.

  • D-Day vets remember 'Jumpin' Joe' Beyrle

    Jun 6, 2014

    With the tricolor of French, American and British flags draped in the windows, parades of vintage military vehicles and ceremonies in villages across the region, Normandy is abuzz with celebration on the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

  • D-Day hero posthumously honored in Normandy

    Jun 5, 2014

    Municipality leaders, veterans and residents gathered to remember a local legend June 5, 2014, unveiling a new site and monument dedicated to a D-Day hero of the 101st Airborne Division, in Carentan, France.

  • Honoring the past ... securing the future: 101st participates in 70th anniversary commemoration

    Jun 5, 2014

    The Second World War was fought in thousands of locations across the globe, yet one place and one day stands out as being the inflection point in the allied struggle to liberate Europe from the tyranny of Nazi Germany. The "Day of Days" was originally planned for June 5, 1944, but foul weather and choppy seas would push right the largest seaborne invasion in history [Operation Neptune] and the subsequent invasion of German-occupied western Europe [Operation Overlord]. On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops collided into a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline -- part of the Reich's Atlantic Wall -- to go toe-to-toe with the Nazis on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, called the operation a "crusade" in which, "We will accept nothing less than full victory."

  • D-Day paratrooper remembers historic jump ahead of 70th anniversary

    Jun 2, 2014

    Veteran paratrooper Jim "Pee Wee" Martin, who jumped into Normandy on D-Day, is returning to coastal France to mark the 70th anniversary of the invasion that changed the course of World War II.

  • A Place of Peace: Remembrance Trail pays tribute to fallen Night Stalkers

    Jun 2, 2014

    As Black Hawk helicopters flew overhead, Jazlyn Redd glided her index finger lightly over her father's name engraved on a plaque and posted on a young elm tree. The 22-year-old spent a few precious moments in silence looking at the letters that spelled, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Steven B. Redd. The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Soldier was 37 when he died Aug. 8, 2011, after his AH-6M Little Bird helicopter crashed at a live-fire range at Fort Benning, Ga., during a training mission. "A lot of people remember my dad as being intense -- an intense dude, very aggressive into his work," Jazlyn said. "But, I have those memories of him laughing and us having fun together all the time." Those memories came flooding back as Jazlyn walked the new Remembrance Trail, located in a wooded area just outside the 160th SOAR compound at Fort Campbell.

  • D-Day 70th anniversary activities provide chance of lifetime for JROTC Cadets

    Jun 2, 2014

    Several high school Army JROTC programs will attend this year's 70th D-Day anniversary in Normandy, France, and march in the parade held on the streets of Sainte Mere Eglise.

  • Walraths share love story that started during Vietnam War

    Jun 2, 2014

    Retired Col. Burt Walrath, and Gail, his wife of more than 43 years, stood proudly near 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell commander Gen. James C. McConville, May 22, at the Division Review. Part of the highly-anticipated Week of the Eagles festivities, 101st Airborne Division Vietnam Veterans and their Family members participated in the ceremony and stood proudly at the reviewing stand to watch the troops pass. The Walraths surveyed the Soldiers in formation, and thoroughly enjoyed seeing their son -- Lt. Col. Bryan Walrath, Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion commander -- lead his troops across the Division Parade Field. The reunion of sorts was sweeter for the Walraths, since the Week of the Eagles theme "Remembering the 101st in Vietnam -- Building on the Legacy of Courage and Strength" brought back memories of how they met. The pair first crossed paths during the Vietnam War, in the middle of Burt's Army career. Gail was in Vietnam working as a civilian counselor, one of just 12 women based at Cu Chi.

  • Rakkasan Soldier rises from humble beginnings

    May 28, 2014

    This month the nation recognizes the contributions of Asian American and Pacific Islanders to the history of the United States. Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Tagalicud, senior noncommissioned officer for 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), exemplifies this theme not only as a leader, but also as a person who has lived a life that embodies the concept of opportunity.

  • Army to observe National Safety Month in June

    May 27, 2014

    The Army will begin its annual observance of National Safety Month June 1, and senior leaders are encouraging Soldiers, civilian employees and their Family members to use the time to focus on mitigating summertime risks.

  • Heroes, big and small: Andre Lucas fifth graders take on firefighter challenge

    May 23, 2014

    Laughter and cheering from children poured out in abundance Monday afternoon, as Andre Lucas Elementary School fifth grade students participated in the Firefighter Challenge. The challenge, which brings together these on-post students with Fort Campbell Fire Department employees, has been a popular end-of-year event at the school for several years.

  • Barsanti students travel world for International Day

    May 23, 2014

    Today's military communities are unique reflections of the world, comprised of people from all over the globe, and as a U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity school, Barsanti Elementary School embraced that diversity through a cultural event May 16. Barsanti held its second annual International Day, transforming its main hallway into a travel gateway with 14 international destinations represented through colorful and informative stations.

  • A legacy of courage, strength honored at Fort Campbell

    May 23, 2014

    The sun may have been bright this morning, but it could not shine brighter than the pride of the 101st Airborne Division as Soldiers stood together on the Division Parade Field to close out this year's Week of the Eagles celebration. The theme of the 2014 observance was "Remembering the 101st in Vietnam: Building on the legacy of courage and strength," and gathered at the parade field were representatives of the division's history looking upon the Soldiers that are the division's present and future -- building on that legacy created by the Veterans in attendance.

  • Rakkasans strike gold at Best Air Assault

    May 23, 2014

    Select Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division started their day early May 20, as the 2014 Week of the Eagles Best Air Assault Soldier Competition was set in motion. The competition lasted approximately 12 hours, beginning at 3:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. Soldiers completed seven events in two-person teams. For each event, teams had to start and finish within one arm's length of their teammate.

  • Fort Campbell contracting director to retire

    May 22, 2014

    One of the command's most senior contracting leaders is saying farewell after almost 33 years of federal service -- all of those in acquisitions.

  • Vietnam Vets show 101st pride before WoE kickoff

    May 16, 2014

    Major Gen. James C. McConville, 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell commander, emphasized the importance of Vietnam Veterans and their accomplishments in a recent message welcoming guests to post for WoE, which begins with the Division Run Friday.


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