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  • 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.

  • Documentary follows 'No Slack' battalion

    May 16, 2014

    The documentary film "The Hornest's Nest," which heavily features the combat service and sacrifices of Screaming Eagle Soldiers in Afghanistan, was shown at the Regal Clarksville Stadium 16 Theater in Clarkville, May 12.

  • Command buildings begin quest for Energy Cup

    May 16, 2014

    Few things will light a fire under an important cause better than the introduction of healthy competition. As such, the energy and utilities branch of Fort Campbell's Directorate of Public Works have started the 14 installation command buildings on a pilot energy conservation program that will determine who wins the first-ever Commander's Energy Cup.

  • Former Commander Remembers Hamburger Hill

    May 16, 2014

    Colonel (Ret.) Bob Harkins recalls his time spent in Vietnam and Hamburger Hill

  • In Service to My Men

    May 16, 2014

    "My Men. . .," seems to be the way Stephen "Steve" Patterson starts every comment about his service in Vietnam. He doesn't boast about his Silver Star or his Purple Hearts, he won't tell you about his personal accomplishments, and he definitely won't tell you about the internal struggles he faced as a young lieutenant leading a platoon of Soldiers through the jungles of Vietnam in 1968.

  • 101st Airborne Division unit completes transformation as history comes full circle

    May 15, 2014

    The 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), added to its distinguished history with the formal recognition of the addition of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment "White Currahee" in a ceremony held here May 14, 2014.

  • Strike's "TOP GUNS" fire the first M119A3 in Afghanistan

    May 15, 2014

    BAGRAM, AFGHANISTAN -- Firing their first round from Northeast Afghanistan, Alpha Battery artillerymen of 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment "Top Guns", 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), became the first operators of the M119A3 Howitzer in theater.

  • 1st Brigade conducts Walk and Shoot

    May 14, 2014

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a walk and shoot exercise May 5 - 10 near Observation Post 13 here.

  • Barbers to bicycles: Barkley Elementary students explore career opportunities

    May 14, 2014

    Barkley Elementary School hosted its fifth annual career day May 2, giving students an opportunity to explore a variety of future career opportunities. With more than 25 booths set up outside of the school, students were able to rotate and listen to presenters talk about their occupations that varied from a veterinarian, to golf professionals, to a barber. Students from pre-K through fifth grade were encouraged to dress up to reflect "what they want to be when they grow up," said Shirley Chester, guidance counselor at Barkley, however the career fair goal was to introduce kids to not so obvious career paths. "Our goal is to open up the world of occupations," said Chester. "Basically, it is an exploration -- so they can have exposure to some careers or occupations that they may not know anything about."

  • Post Soldiers pedal in Bluegrass Challenge

    May 13, 2014

    Dozens of Fort Campbell Soldiers lined up the morning of May 2 in front of the 101st Airborne Division Headquarters to cheer on about 150 Ride 2 Recovery Bluegrass Challenge cyclists. The crowd waved and clapped as Sgt. 1st Class Richard Gatewood, Garrison command group operations, sped by on Indiana Avenue -- leading the rest of group, which included Garrison Commander Col. David "Buck" Dellinger. Ride 2 Recovery is a nonprofit organization which provides physical and mental rehabilitation for injured Veterans and healing service members, with cycling as the core activity.

  • Week of the Eagles to honor 101st Vietnam Veterans

    May 12, 2014

    For more than 40 years, Week of the Eagles has been a Fort Campbell tradition that has honored past and present 101st Airborne Division Soldiers. This year's Week of the Eagles will kick off May 16 with its historic division run, led by Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, and division Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith. The 2014 Week of the Eagle's theme, "Remembering the 101st in Vietnam: Building on the legacy of courage and strength," will be emphasized throughout the week as the division highlights and honors Screaming Eagle and Fort Campbell Soldiers who served in Vietnam. The weeklong event will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the deployment of the 101st Airborne Division to Vietnam, as well as the storied division's 72nd anniversary. "The main purpose of the Week of the Eagles is to help honor the Soldiers of the 101st and Fort Campbell and the unit lineage and history within the division," said Sgt. Maj. Steven McNally, WoE project manager.

  • Soldier, athlete heads to training camp

    May 8, 2014

    If you happen upon a certain Fort Campbell Soldier-athlete mid-workout at her newest practice spot at the New Clarksville Base Physical Fitness Center near Gate 10, you can see the intensity in Spc. Angela Tisdale's face as sweat drops to the floor between drills. The Soldier ventures out next month to take part in the Armed Forces Women's Basketball Trial and Training Camp, May 28-June 5 at Fort Indiantown Gap, Penn. If selected, Tisdale will represent Fort Campbell on the Armed Forces team and participate in the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) competition in Meyenheim, France, June 15-22. The Armed Forces team will compete with other similar military teams from many other nations.

  • Post to conduct antiterrorism exercise

    May 5, 2014

    Fort Campbell will conduct a full-scale antiterrorism and emergency response exercise May 8. More than 20 on-post agencies will respond to several notional scenarios throughout the morning, designed to help evaluate the installation's first responders and support organizations' emergency response procedures. The post-wide exercise will kick-off around 8:30 a.m. with an active shooter scenario, followed by a resident search in the afternoon, according to Jay Fangman, exercise director, Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security. Agencies participating include installation First Responders and other support organizations that have an emergency role or responsibility. "The senior leadership at Fort Campbell is fully engaged in the entire emergency management plan," said Brian Carrigan, DPTMS. "The protection, well-being and safety of all Soldiers, civilians and Families are a priority. Even though this full scale exercise concentrates mainly on an active shooter scenario, it exercises several other elements of protection."

  • Campbell Crossing aims for stress-free on-post residency

    May 5, 2014

    Moving can be a stressful time in a Soldier's life, whether he or she is single or has a Family. "We're here to help and to try and take that stress away from them," said Chris Leary, assistant leasing manager at Campbell Crossing LLC, Lend Lease's privatized Family on-post housing community. "It's one less stressful thing. At least they know their housing is secured." To be eligible to live in on-post housing at Fort Campbell, Soldiers must be stationed here and have accompanying dependents. Eligibility is verified via PCS orders and the DD Form 1172, which is the DEERS enrollment. Eligible inbound Soldiers should visit the "Become a Resident" page at, to fill out a housing application first.

  • Preserving a legacy: 4th Brigade Combat Team inactivating

    May 5, 2014

    The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, furled and cased its colors April 25 during its inactivation ceremony. As one of 10 brigades Army wide, chosen to inactive as part of the BCT 2020 model, great care has been taken to preserve its history and honors through the safeguarding and conservation of its historical property, artifacts and archives. "The 4th Brigade Combat Team is aligned with the 506th Infantry Regiment, so our history goes all the way back to 1942," said Maj. Kamil Sztalkoper, 4th BCT public affairs officer. "There are more than 100 historical artifacts related to the 506th. Thankfully, we have a much better historical item accountability process than we have had in the past, to help preserve the history, the legacy and the lineage of not only the 506th, but the entire brigade." When the brigade inactivates, 1st Battalion and 2nd Battalion of the 506th Infantry Regiment, will realign under 1st and 3rd Brigade Combat Teams of the 101st Airborne Division respectively, maintaining the "Currahee" legacy and thereby transferring with their corresponding historical artifacts.

  • Housing Services helps troops find off-post homes

    May 5, 2014

    Relocating to a new Army duty station can be tough for any Soldier and his or her Family if they've never lived at that location. Moving to a home off post may pose some challenges for service members without knowledge of the area. Officials at Fort Campbell's Housing Services Office provide off-post residency guidance to all Soldiers. "We focus on Soldiers that live off-post -- guiding them to a stress-free move," said Yolanda McDaniel, Housing Services Offices chief. "It's mandatory to in-process and out-process HSO."

  • Quartermasters welcomed home

    May 4, 2014

    Families and friends welcomed home 115 Soldiers from the 227th Quartermaster Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade "Lifeliners," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), May 4, as they returned to Fort Campbell, Ky. The Soldiers returned in the middle of the night from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of the U.S. Central Command Materiel Retrograde Element which focused on redistribution, disposal, and retrograde of excess materiel in Afghanistan.

  • Storied 'Currahees' prepare to inactivate

    May 1, 2014

    Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion; the 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment; the 801st Brigade Support Battalion; the 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment; and the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); cased their colors during an inactivation ceremony, April 25, 2014, at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Currahees case colors but legacy lives on

    Apr 30, 2014

    As part of the U.S. Army's Brigade Combat Team 2020 Model, the 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., cased their colors during an inactivation ceremony, April 25, 2014, at the division parade field.

  • Be a Hero

    Apr 30, 2014

  • All For the Family

    Apr 28, 2014

    Throughout the Army there are stories about second and third generation Soldiers following in their parents and grandparents footsteps, but what about a young Soldier making a difference in a parents military career? For Spc. Yemima Tarber, a communications specialist from Charlie Company, 326th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), that's exactly what happened.

  • Reflecting back on a successful deployment

    Apr 23, 2014

    Having lunch is a thing few people normally associate with danger. However, for deployed Soldiers any large gathering of personnel brings about risk of attack, so Soldiers in a combat zone must always remain vigilant for threats.

  • 101st Airborne begins transitioning to BCT 2020

    Apr 23, 2014

    The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is beginning Operation Agile Eagle II, designed to localize and implement the larger Department of the Army-directed Brigade Combat Team 2020 initiative.