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  • Army Ten-Miler shadow run held at Bagram Air Field

    Sep 24, 2013

    More than 700 U.S. and coalition force service members and civilians representing eight different countries gathered in the early morning to participate in a shadow run for the 29th Annual Army Ten-Miler hosted by Combined Joint Task Force - 101, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Sept. 22.

  • Quartermaster Museum adds "Huey" to exhibit

    Sep 24, 2013

    Members of the Aerial Delivery and Field Services Department, U.S. Army Quartermaster School, moved a Bell UH-1H Iroquois "Huey" helicopter into the museum Sept. 24. The helicopter will be part of a new exhibit to help tell the story of aerial delivery's sling load mission.

  • Scouts conduct field training, exercise reconnaissance skills

    Sep 20, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., (Sept. 5, 2013) -- Soldiers assigned to Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct a three day Field Training Exercise to enhance their Soldiers scout abilities at Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 5, 2013. "The objective of this exercise was to validate our scout team's ability to conduct reconnaissance and perform their individual tasks," said Capt. Andrew Jenkins, Commander of Troop B. "This is our first time in the field since our redeployment." While in the field, "Beast" Troop tested their Soldiers on weapons recognition, land navigation, team leader training and reconnaissance during their FTX.

  • Cooperation: One village at a time

    Sep 19, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- U.S. Army Soldiers from Whiskey Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, and leaders from 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, met with their Afghan National Security Force counterparts and village elders of Kunday village to discussion historical security concerns, Sep. 9.

  • Currahees complete Master Fitness Trainer Course

    Sep 19, 2013

    Currahees complete Master Fitness Trainer Course

  • Path to wings: Cadet pushes through final phase of Air Assault School

    Sep 19, 2013

    "UH-60 hoverin o'er the strip, Air Assault Soldier on a one-way trip, Kneel forward, hook up, slide into an L, Out you go, down the rope, rappel…" Since 1974, hundreds of thousands of Soldiers have earned the coveted Air Assault badge. Entering his eighth day at the Sabalauski Air Assault School, Cadet Jeff Garner was determined to join the ranks of that illustrious group. As Garner entered his final phase of Air Assault School, he realized the blueprint for his success has been in his hands all along. "Everything we do, every drill, every repetitive command, every move we make seemed to have a greater purpose later on in the course," said Garner. "Every day is a building block for the next, preparing us for success."

  • Letter from Maj. Gen. James C. McConville - September 2013

    Sep 18, 2013

    Greetings from Afghanistan. Having officially passed the mid-point of the Division's deployment to Afghanistan, it's worthwhile to reflect a bit on where we were and where we are now. At the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan was once a country run by the Taliban, a country that provided safe haven to al Qaeda, a country that had no real infrastructure or public services, and was a country with no security forces to protect and defend its population from the horrors of war and oppression. Since then, Afghanistan and its people have come a long way. Your Screaming Eagles continue to perform a critical role in the success of our mission, supporting the Afghan National Security Forces as they lead the effort to secure their nation for the first time since this conflict began nearly twelve years ago.

  • Red Currahee conducts drill

    Sep 18, 2013

    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- U.S. Army Soldiers with Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct a drill at FOB Gardez, Afghanistan, August 29.

  • Soldiers conduct grenade training

    Sep 18, 2013

    Soldiers of Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a live grenade qualification range on Sept. 3, at Fort Campbell. This was the first time in nearly four years that the unit had participated in a live grenade range.

  • Missouri Guardsmen build bridge helping Currahee movement

    Sep 17, 2013

    U.S. Army soldiers with the 1438th Engineer MRBC, Missouri National Guard, constructed a Maybe-Johnson bridge in the village of Laka Tiza, Afghanistan, Aug. 30 through Sept. 3.

  • Battalion conducts team leader training

    Sep 13, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., (Aug. 22, 2013) -- Team leaders assigned to 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), took part in administrative classes, an obstacle course and leadership classes given by past and present Rakkasans. The three-day course was designed to provide both veteran and new team leaders of 1-187 techniques and procedures to best lead, counsel and mentor their Soldiers. "This three day course had a lot of great information for me to learn," said Pfc. Thomas Zajicek, a mortarman assigned to Company A, 1-187. "I learned many ways to help my Soldiers with any issue."

  • Currahees discuss the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month

    Sep 12, 2013

    From Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, our nation will observe Hispanic Heritage month. This observance provides the Currahees an opportunity to discuss the contributions Hispanic-Americans have been making within the U.S. Army since the Revolutionary War. Originally titled "Hispanic American Week," the observance began in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson; it was expanded to 30 days and written in to law under President Ronald Reagan on August 17, 1988.

  • Vietnam Vet gives back after experiencing TBI

    Sep 12, 2013

    He's an author, psychologist, Vietnam Veteran. He's a husband, teacher and motivational speaker. He's also a severe traumatic brain injury survivor. Meet Dr. James P. Meade Jr., who was shot down over the jungles of Vietnam, May 8, 1967. With just a few months in-country, it would also be the third time the 20-year-old Army helicopter pilot and warrant officer was shot down. However, this time was different. "When we came down, the rotor blade of the helicopter dislocated and when we hit the ground … it came through the cockpit and struck me right in the head," Meade explained in a phone interview from Portland, Ore., Tuesday. "Nobody else was wounded."

  • Fort Campbell Remembers September 11

    Sep 11, 2013

    Today marks the 12-year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in which nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives. The terrorist attacks that led to the Global War on Terror have affected the lives of Soldiers, Families and communities across the nation. As the country takes the time to reflect and remember the attacks, the Fort Campbell community pays its respects in a different way. On this solemn day they honor the fallen by continuing to train and prepare to serve their nation.

  • Coalition forces remember 9/11 at Bagram Air Field

    Sep 11, 2013

    Hundreds of people crowded into the main courtyard of the Joint Operations Center at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2013, to attend a ceremony remembering the tragic events of this day 12 years ago.

  • Remembering 9/11 in Afghanistan

    Sep 7, 2013

    As the twelfth Anniversary of the unprovoked attack against our Nation on September 11, 2001 approaches, I am proud of where we are today in Afghanistan and of the security and peace we enjoy at home.

  • Rakkasans volunteer with Buddy Ball

    Sep 6, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) staff spent time making new friends at the Pinnacle bowling alley in Clarksville, Tenn., August 27, 2013. The Rakkasan staff volunteered with a special needs athletic league known as Buddy Ball as a way of giving back to the community. "The local community has been great to the Rakkasans over our past deployments," said Maj. Dave Conner, the executive officer of 3BCT. "This event was one way we could show our appreciation to the community and help a great organization at the same time."

  • A day in the life of an Air Assault School student: Former Falcon's Rendezvous with Destiny

    Sep 6, 2013

    Cadet Jeff Garner is no stranger to Fort Campbell. Having graduated from Fort Campbell High School in 2011, Garner fondly considers the installation his home. His Family lived in the Werner Park housing community during the time his mother was assigned to 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, which encompassed most of his high school years. During his time as a Falcon, Garner played both defensive end and running back for the 2009 state champion FCHS football team and participated in the JROTC program. After graduation, his Family found themselves relocating again, this time to Fort Sill, OK. "We've been moving all my life, even before my mom joined the military," said Garner. "You think it would make you more enclosed, not wanting to build relationships because you move so much, but it actually makes you even more open, meet more people and get out there and network and build relationships. It just makes you more resilient." It is that resiliency that has continued to help Garner succeed - earning a full-scholarship to the University of Kentucky after graduation. Now a junior and member of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at the university, he recently returned to Fort Campbell to attend Air Assault school as part of his ROTC program. "I felt like I was coming back home," said Garner.

  • Making a connection when it is needed the most

    Sep 4, 2013

    The Unit Ministry Teams of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade conducted Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training on Fort Campbell, KY Aug. 27 and 28.

  • An old bird gets a new mission

    Sep 3, 2013

    Soldiers from B Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are refurbishing an AH-1F "Cobra" helicopter at Fort Campbell, Ky., which will be put on display at across from the post museum.

  • Air Assault Apaches help Soldiers succeed with "Air Assault PT"

    Aug 29, 2013

    The Air Assault course at the Sabalauski Air Assault School can be a tedious course for some U.S. Army Soldiers. Rope climbing, the confidence climb and "the weaver" are just a few of the obstacles Soldiers will face at the beginning of each air assault class. In addition to the intense physical fitness sessions, Air Assault school challenges Soldiers mental aptitude as they digest large amounts of information over a 10-day-time period.

  • 3d ESC Observes Women's Equality Day

    Aug 28, 2013

    The old lady limped slowly through the crowd, assisted only by a weathered cane. Covered in a lightly colored dress and adorned with a white shawl, she moved until she was at the front of the room, her back to the crowd. As she turned around the glasses could do no justice in concealing the passion in her eyes as her arm pointed out amongst the crowd.

  • From Bullets to Buckets

    Aug 27, 2013

    (FORT CAMPBELL, KY) -- August 22 -- CH-47 Chinook helicopter aircrews from B Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault,) began training for severe weather and wildfire missions at Fort Campbell, Ky., August 15, 2013.

  • Eagle Assault remembers fallen pilots

    Aug 26, 2013

    (FORT CAMPBELL, KY) -- August 9 -- Soldiers from 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) conducted a ceremony in honor of fallen Soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., August 9, 2013.

  • ANA stands up new Special Operations Brigade in Paktya

    Aug 26, 2013

    Hundreds of Afghan National Army commandos, distinguished visitors from across the region and reporters from a number of Afghan media outlets gathered on the parade field of a brand new military compound at Forward Operating Base Thunder to celebrate the opening of the newly- formed 1st ANA Special Operations Brigade, Aug. 20, 2013.

  • Retired Rakkasan visits leaders, shares experience

    Aug 23, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., (Aug. 23, 2013) -- Maj. Gen. (Ret) Robert F. Dees, former commander of the 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and current honorary commander of the 187th Infantry Regiment, visited leaders at the brigade headquarters on Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug 23, 2013. Dees' visited the Rakkasans while at Fort Campbell to be the guest speaker for a graduation at the SSG Glenn H. English Jr. Education Center The former Rakkasan leader commanded the brigade from June 1992 through November 1994. He commanded airborne, air assault, and mechanized infantry forces from platoon through division level; including two tours as company commander and regimental commander in the historic "Rakkasans," the 187th Regimental Combat Team. General Dees is a Distinguished Member of the Regiment, and now serves as Honorary Colonel of the Regiment for the Rakkasans. "We have a saying, 'Rakkasan for Life,' that touches upon the fact that once you are assigned to this brigade, you truly never leave it," said Col. J.B. Vowell, the current Commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans." "The connective tissue of experience from our Rakkasan veterans instills honor, lineage, and history in our current generation and gives context to the reasons why we do what we do."

  • Currahee NCO wins local fishing tournament

    Aug 23, 2013

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Paul Brillinger, a geospatial analyst with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, won First Place-Biggest Bass, Aug. 17, during Operation Weekend Pass held at the Clarksville Marina, Liberty Park at Clarksville, Tenn.

  • Equality through the ranks

    Aug 23, 2013

    "Now, therefore, be it resolved, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as Women's Equality Day, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women's rights took place." -- Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971, Designating Aug. 26 of each year as Women's Equality Day The fight for equal treatment among genders is a thread that can be found throughout the fabric of history -- and seen most prominently in times of battle, revolution and change. Battles within battles are the reason the military has its own unique chapters in the story that is women's equality. Female roles in the Army have gone through a catalog of changes -- evolving from positions of support to those of leadership. It's a process that began during the piecemeal formation of a functioning military during the revolutionary war, when women like Nancy Hart, Margaret McCauley (better known as Molly Pitcher) and Deborah Samson risked life and limb to aid Soldiers, gather enemy information and even sneak their way to the front lines. Others offered their support to the military by serving as cooks and seamstresses.

  • Ed Center offers graduation ceremony

    Aug 23, 2013

    For Soldiers, Family members and others within the Fort Campbell community, the path to earning a degree is sometimes rocky and takes unexpected turns. Deployments, PCS moves and training requirements, mixed in with parenthood, job advancement, bills and everyday responsibilities, can stretch out the time required to obtain a four-year degree exponentially. "Because of everything going on in life, what could take somebody three or four years, it's taken them seven or eight years, 10 years, 14 years, depending on what their goals have been," said Shannon Gardner, chief of counseling at Fort Campbell's Glen H. English Jr. Army Education Center.

  • Rakkasan leaders tackle day "zero," increase understanding

    Aug 22, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - At first glance, the Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell looks abandoned with no visual signs of life in all directions, but out of the thick, ghostly morning fog comes the loud, thunderous cries of "Air Assault" from more than 200 Air Assault candidates quake both the ground and sky. Looking on is company level and above leadership from 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); they are paying close attention to the "day zero" standards of the Air Assault School. Rakkasan leadership gathered for a Leader Personal Development session on Aug. 19 at the Air Assault School in order to gain a better understanding of the standards for the rigorous course.

  • White Currahee provides tactical training for AUP

    Aug 21, 2013

    Soldiers with India Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted tactical call out training for members of the Afghan Uniformed Police, Aug. 14 and 15, at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.

  • Currahees visit local children's home

    Aug 20, 2013

    Sixteen Soldiers with 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division, as part of the Currahee Volunteer Initiative, visited with and played various games with residents from the Tennessee Baptist Children's Home, Aug. 10, 2013, at Brentwood, Tenn.

  • FOX Sports 1 tunes into Fort Campbell life

    Aug 19, 2013

    Seven professional athletes and sports commentators, along with a bus load of Fox Sports Girls, got a sneak peek into the life of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Aug. 12, 2013, when "Fox Sports 1" traveled to post as a part of their summer bus tour.

  • New network provides 'digital guardian angel' for Soldiers in Afghanistan

    Aug 19, 2013

    The Army's new, mobile tactical communications network has reached Afghanistan, where U.S. forces are relying on the technologies to stay connected and cover more ground.

  • Letter from Maj. Gen. James C. McConville - August 2013

    Aug 19, 2013

    Friends of the 101st, Greetings from Combined Joint Task Force -- 101 and Regional Command -- East, Afghanistan. The summer fighting season is about half-way through and the Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan is at a close. The Afghan National Security Forces continue to perform superbly as they maintain an aggressive and offensive effort to keep the Enemies of Afghanistan on their heels, driving them out of their country.

  • 101st Airborne Div. commander: Afghans lead fight in Afghanistan

    Aug 15, 2013

    The commander of the International Security Assistance Force's Regional Command-East talked to Pentagon reporters via satellite on the progress made by Afghanistan's security forces, Aug. 14, 2013.

  • Currahee engineers conduct route clearance patrol in Khowst

    Aug 15, 2013

    Soldiers with Company A, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a route clearance patrol in Khowst province, Afghanistan, on Aug. 14, 2013.

  • Rakkasans leadership changes out

    Aug 15, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. The change of command ceremony is a time honored military tradition in which the outgoing commander transfers their authority, responsibilities and troops to the incoming commander. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) conducted a change of command ceremony here, August 1, from Col. R.J. Lillibridge to Col J.B. Vowell. Lillibridge, who was the brigade commander on the unit's most recent deployment to Afghanistan, took the opportunity to thank the Fort Campbell community, his fellow leaders, and his Soldiers among others for their support during his tenure.

  • Rakkasans give the Fox Sports 1 Team a taste of Soldier PT

    Aug 15, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., - Soldiers assigned to 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were joined by members of the new Fox Sports 1 network for some intense physical training at Fort Campbell, Ky., Monday, August 12, 2013. The Soldiers hosted the traveling Fox Sports 1 "Girls Road to Launch" team which included Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Jake Ellenberger, sports announcer José Tolentino, broadcaster Jeffrey Hammond , former MLS player Frankie Hejduk, and a multitude of Fox Sports girls from across the country. The Rakkasans led the Fox Sports group through various exercises and activities such as the rope climb, the sled drag and the tire flip.

  • Married couple shares deployment together

    Aug 13, 2013

    U.S. Army Cpl. Douglas Dalton, medic, and his wife Spc. Megan Dalton, radiology specialist, both with Company C, 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are fortunate enough to share a deployment together.

  • Fox Sports lands at Fort Campbell: Athletes, "Fox Sports Girls" visit post to promote Soldier fitnes

    Aug 13, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) hosted members of Fox Sports along with current and former major league sports athletes during their visit here Aug. 12. The crew from Fox Sports visited Ft. Campbell as part of their summer bus tour to promote the creation and launch of Fox Sports 1.

  • Riggers push supplies out to troops with sling load operations

    Aug 12, 2013

    Intense, excitement and fun are some of the words that begin to describe the way two parachute riggers from the 101st Sustainment Brigade "Task Force Lifeliner," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), feel as they prepare for sling load operations.

  • 'Currahees' train for mass casualty exercise

    Aug 9, 2013

    With smoke billowing in the distance and loud speakers blaring instructions, Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a mass casualty exercise during the late afternoon hours, on Forward Operating Base, Salerno, Afghanistan, Aug. 6, 2013.

  • 2-44 ADA changes command

    Aug 8, 2013

    Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), participated in a change of command ceremony August 2, at the division parade field on Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Army Vice Chief finds Ready and Resilient Campaign 'best practices' at Fort Campbell

    Aug 5, 2013

    Vice Chief of Staff of the Army General John F. Campbell spoke with several groups at Fort Campbell, Ky., Aug. 1, 2013, about the Ready and Resilient Campaign as well as other key issues facing Soldiers and families today.

  • Crossing to safety: Be mindful of children as school resumes

    Aug 5, 2013

    With Fort Campbell's first day of school Monday, heavy emphasis is being placed on safety. Having school crossing guards at critical locations throughout the installation plays an important role in ensuring that safety. "The safety of our children is paramount in what we do," said Gary Gerstner, assistant superintendent. "Seeing how they move from their homes to the school, whether they're riding the school bus or walking to school, we all have to be diligent in our movements. They are going to be lots of streets that need to be crossed. I think everyone should be playing a role in that."

  • Currahees establish volunteer initiative

    Aug 1, 2013

    The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, rear detachment's unit ministry team established the "Currahee Volunteer Initiative" as an outreach opportunity and personal developmental tool for Currahees.

  • Currahee chaplain assistants provide ASIST training

    Jul 31, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were provided with the opportunity to attend Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, July 28 and 29.

  • GREEN IS GOLD: Currahees work as volunteer counselors for Green-themed Camp

    Jul 31, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky -- Soldiers with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, volunteered as camp counselors, July 21 to 27, at Green Camp, an environmental-themed camp, which was held at Camp Hinsch at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Siblings' tours dovetail in eastern Afghanistan

    Jul 31, 2013

    "Tag out," Rebecca Stratford said, giving her younger brother, Kyle Thomas, a high-five.

  • Mechanical Trio

    Jul 29, 2013

    Three proud, highly skilled mechanics from Oklahoma with the 1245th transportation company keep bolts tight and plasma torches hot to ensure trucks continue to hit the road in Northern Afghanistan. Includes sound bites from Spc. Joe Stewart, Mechanic. Hometown: Moore, Okla.; Spc. Brett York, Mechanic. Hometown: Ada Okla.; and Staff Sgt. Albert Arias. Mechanic. Hometown: Pauls Valley Okla. Also available in high definition. Follow the 101st Sustainment Brigade on Facebook at

  • ANA commandos receive dental training

    Jul 25, 2013

    U.S. Army Capt. Abby Raymond, the brigade dentist for 4th BCT, 101st Abn. Div., Capt. Shani Thompson, a dentist with the 528th Sustainment Brigade, United States Army Special Operations Command, and their dental assistants, provided training covering dental basics at Forward Operating Base Thunder, Afghanistan, July 21 and 22.

  • Archangel: Afghan security forces winning local loyalty

    Jul 25, 2013

    "I've never seen somebody that people loved more: him walking down the street, and the crowds would gather around him, and they would listen to every single word he said," said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Charles Studer of his Afghan National Army counterpart. "They wanted to be Afghan, and they wanted to be proud of their country."

  • A small organization with a very big name

    Jul 25, 2013

    In a small Afghan National Army base in city of Asadabad, there sits a small, non-descript, windowless building that houses a small organization with a very big name: the Operational Coordination Center-Provincial.

  • Honaker-Miracle: In the ANA's capable hands

    Jul 24, 2013

    "We appreciate the hard work that you have done here," said Afghan National Army Maj. Rahman, the Kandak executive officer, with the aid of an interpreter.

  • SFAAT Blackhorse: 1st Kandak is proficient, capable, ready to lead

    Jul 24, 2013

    Seven weeks ago, U.S. and Afghan National Security Forces worked together to clear enemy fighters from Hesarak, a remote district center in western Nangarhar province.

  • Eagle 6 sends update from Afghanistan, July 15

    Jul 21, 2013

    In this letter, Eagle 6 sends his update from Afghanistan. Three brigades and the division headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division are currently serving in Regional Command East, Afghanistan. Read what they have been doing during the past 30 days, first-hand from the commanding general.

  • Currahees compete for Soldier, NCO of Quarter

    Jul 17, 2013

    Select Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), participated in the Soldier, Non-commissioned Officer of the quarter board at forward operating base Salerno, Afghanistan.

  • Soldiers and NCOs of the Currahees try for the Honor of being the Soldier or NCO of the Quarter

    Jul 17, 2013

    Select Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), participated in the Soldier, Non-commissioned Officer of the quarter board at forward operating base Salerno, Afghanistan.

  • Soldiers happy to help kids at Camp SOS

    Jul 17, 2013

    A small group of Soldiers from the 101st Sustainment Brigade "Lifeliners" volunteered for an important mission. This mission requires them to agree to lock up their cars and cell phones. They must break contact with their friends and families. For a week, they will live in modest cabins filled with other people at Camp Hinsch near Fort Campbell and cannot leave. Yet, they are enjoying every minute of it.

  • Bastogne Soldiers return to Campbell

    Jul 16, 2013

    After a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan, Soldiers with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division are making their way back to Fort Campbell.

  • Celebrating Independence Day on FOB Sharana

    Jul 14, 2013

    PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan-- The Forward Operating Base Sharana Freedom Fest went off with a bang July 7, with the 101st Airborne Division Rock Band "Ambush" returning for a repeat performance. Fireworks were not allowed but the United Service Organization, Morale Welfare and Recreation as well as FLUOR contracted cooks put together an event that would put the lack of a light show in the back of everyone's mind.

  • Financial Fitness: Currahees hold financial class to help Soldiers plan for future

    Jul 10, 2013

    Currahees hold financial class to help Soldiers plan for future

  • SFAAT 4 supports ANA engineer developement

    Jul 9, 2013

    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers of the 203rd Afghan National Army Engineer Khandak with the assistance of Soldiers with the 859th Engineer Company out of Pascagoula, Miss., who work along side Security Force Advise and Assist Team 4, develop their skills as engineers on forward operating base Thunder, Afghanistan, July 2, 2013.

  • Screaming Eagle Camp: Army kids, Soldiers team up for week

    Jul 3, 2013

    High atop Fort Campbell's Sabalauski Air Assault School rappelling ramp, Skylar Stouffer slid his running shoes to the edge of the platform, holding tight with gloved hands to the green rope wrapped around his waist. "I won't let you fall," said Sgt. Ben Huck, instructor, as he hooked Skylar to the ramp's rappelling rope. "It's impossible, the rope won't let you. Just lean back and start walking down." The 11-year-old Skylar leaned back against the rope, testing it, before looking down the 14-foot structure to the ground. Seconds passed before he took a step of faith -- left foot, then right down the ramp, until he reached the earth, smiling.

  • Camp Toccoa to live on: Historical society to preserve 506th birthplace

    Jul 3, 2013

    "Three miles up, three miles down!" It was the rallying cry of Easy Company, 506th Infantry Regiment, as the Soldiers left Camp Toccoa, Ga., and ran to the top of Currahee Mountain and back down again under the constant vigil of Col. Robert Sink and Capt. Richard Winters. As World War II raged overseas, the experimental airborne regiment endured rigorous physical and combat training at Camp Toccoa, all in the name of forming a cohesive team of American fighters -- a Band of Brothers. The paratroopers invaded Normandy on D-Day during Operation Overlord, united under a motto derived from the translation of the Cherokee-named mountain: "Stands alone." As the birthplace of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, many Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team have made the sojourn to Currahee Mountain to run the famed trail in preparation for deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Recently, the Currahee Military Museum and Camp Toccoa historical society have announced the inception of a phase-based project to restore key structural elements of the military camp to create a center of remembrance for Easy Company Veterans and Families and a historical visitation site for generations to come.

  • 716th MP gets new commander

    Jul 3, 2013

    Soldiers of the 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a change of command ceremony June 28, on the division parade field at Fort Campbell.

  • The Show will go on: Fort Campbell Carnival, fireworks will happen this Independence Day

    Jul 1, 2013

    The Fort Campbell Fourth of July Independence Day Carnival and Fireworks show will go on scheduled, even as budget cuts and furloughs impact military bases across the nation, officials said. Traditionally, the post Morale, Welfare, and Recreation office hosts a carnival in honor with Independence Day, complete with a concert featuring the 101st Airborne Division band and celebrity music acts, and a fireworks show that evening.

  • Soldier remember the Vulcan

    Jul 1, 2013

    Twenty one years ago a platoon sergeant choose a single Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadet from his platoon to fire a Vulcan air defense weapon system. Although the weapon system was on the verge of retirement from the Army, that old Vulcan had a lasting impact on the cadet.

  • ANA train at Afghan Fires Center of Excellence

    Jun 28, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Soldiers with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, help train Afghan National Army soldiers at the Afghan Fires Center of Excellence and Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, June 15, 2013.

  • Installation at brass tacks with furlough implementation

    Jun 28, 2013

    Since the beginning of the year, members of Fort Campbell's civilian workforce have carried out their duties under the persistent loom of a proposed mandatory furlough. Though the plan was not etched in stone, contingencies were laid out and discussed in-depth during a Garrison Town Hall meeting March 1. Since that time, civilian employees throughout the Department of Defense have waited for the other proverbial shoe to drop -- which happened in the form of notification letters, distributed to affected personnel between May 30 and June 7. Fort Campbell Garrison Commander Col. David "Buck" Dellinger held a media roundtable Friday afternoon to address concerns and talk plans of action regarding the furlough and its effects on the installation.

  • Job fair helps Soldiers, veterans build connections

    Jun 28, 2013

    The Army Career and Alumni Program office at Fort Campbell, Ky., sponsored a job fair, June 26, 2013, for transitioning service members, veterans and their family members

  • Post exercise evaluates response agencies

    Jun 28, 2013

    Fort Campbell quickly reacted to reports of an active shooter with hostages in the northern sector of post Tuesday, placing the installation on lockdown as Fort Campbell military and civilian law enforcement officials, along with emergency services, sprang into action for a post-wide exercise. With an undisclosed number of hostages and unconfirmed KIAs, military police special agents on location briefed law enforcement personnel on situation reports, intelligence report indicators and their response procedures. As emergency medical services arrived on the scene to treat fictitious casualties and prepare for more of the wounded as hostage negations began to take place, law and emergency personnel swiftly fell into their prospective roles and took control of the area.

  • ANA conducts mortar live fire exercise

    Jun 26, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- In an effort to increase response to indirect fire, soldiers with the Afghan National Army's 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, conducted a live fire exercise with the 60mm mortar system, June 22, 2013, at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan.

  • Fit to fight: Currahees conduct Individual Readiness Training

    Jun 26, 2013

    Currahees conduct Individual Readiness Training at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Strike Fear week challenges Soldiers to be the best

    Jun 25, 2013

    After a series of challenges, two Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), emerged as winners in the battalion's Soldier and noncommissioned officer of the quarter competition June 21, at Fort Campbell. Known as "Strike Fear Week," this competition presents Soldiers with a series of events that tests them on their Soldier skills, physical stamina and mental agility.

  • EOD supports Afghan Army's counter-IED training

    Jun 24, 2013

    Soldiers with 2nd platoon, 49th Explosive Ordinance Disposal Company, attached to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), supported the Afghan National Army's EOD team from the 4th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 203 Corps, with running a counter-improvised explosive device lane for the 4th Kandak Route Clearance Company, June 20, 2013, at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan.

  • Engineers look back to go forward

    Jun 24, 2013

    The U.S. Army just marked its 238th birthday and in its centuries of existence, it has developed a strong tradition of service and sacrifice for the nation. It is fairly unique in that it is an organization of organizations, each having their own history, accolades and traditions that contribute to the greater whole. Steamers of battles won, campaigns fought and accomplishments earned crown unit flags with a mane of colors. Those strands of cloth are one way to both respect the valor of earlier Soldiers and a way to pass down unit traditions and ideals.

  • Shaheen XI: Safeguarding Afghan economy

    Jun 21, 2013

    The Highway 7 corridor running through eastern Nangarhar isn't like any other in the province, maybe even the country. Sure, the two- to-three-lane asphalt road doesn't look like much. It winds through mountains and tree-lined villages and shoots across broad, arid spaces the same as any other paved road in the region.

  • Job fair helps match Veterans, employers

    Jun 21, 2013

    With the nation in an economic downturn and the national unemployment rate steadily rising, Veterans and service members preparing to transition into the civilian job sector look to programs such as the Fort Campbell's Army Career and Alumni Program to help them prepare and get a head start. ACAP will host a summer job fair at Cole Park Commons from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wednesday. More than 40 local, national and international, companies will be present ready to interview and accept resumes. Transitioning Soldiers and retirees who are looking for a job, now or in the future, are encouraged to attend said ACAP Transition Services Manager Harold Riggins.

  • Secretary of the Army visits Bagram Air Field

    Jun 21, 2013

    U.S. Army Capt. Paul Cluverius, center, with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, demonstrates the capabilities of a handheld radio to Secretary of the Army John McHugh at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 12, 2013. McHugh visited Bagram to meet with Soldiers and to evaluate retrograde operations as U.S. forces prepare for the transition of the International Security and Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan at the end of 2014. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Mark VanGerpen/Released)

  • 3 generations of Minor's doing major things

    Jun 20, 2013

    As father and son, Col. Michael W. Minor and Cadet Isaac A. Minor haven't been able to spend a whole lot of time with each other over the past couple of years. Both men got a chance to spend ten of the toughest days in the Army together as they started and completed Air Assault training at the Fort Campbell's Sabalauski Air Assault School.

  • Returned Rakkasans prepare to ride

    Jun 19, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., (June 12, 2013) - With the summer months quickly approaching, Soldiers ready themselves and their equipment to enjoy their time off with their family, friends and loved ones. More than 60 Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), take part in a motorcycle safety course to get reacquainted with riding after returning home from their deployment. "Today is all about getting the riders together and letting them know what right looks like, as far as being a responsible motorcycle rider," said Sgt. Maj. Todd Dalton, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team operations Sgt. Maj. "What we are doing is a mentorship day to re-instill motorcycle driving principles after the redeployment as well as show the Soldiers we support motorcycle riders," said Ralph Stuck, the Safety Manager for 3rd BCT. The idea of the event was to brief Soldiers on the importance of safety. As well as teach Soldiers the importance of motorcycle maintenance and inspections.

  • Intelligence face-to-face an important first

    Jun 19, 2013

    In a regional first, U.S. Army intelligence officers met face-to-face with their Afghan National Security Forces counterparts at the Afghan Border Police Zone 1 compound in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province, June 10.

  • Jordanian Engagement Team Imams share with Afghans

    Jun 18, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Imams with the Jordanian Armed Forces, Jordanian Engagement Team, met with village elders, Mullahs and Afghan National Security Forces from Paktika and Khowst Provinces June 11.

  • A soldier's story: How he got here, where he's going

    Jun 18, 2013

    While soldiers on a team usually have all gone through the same military training to prepare them for their mission, each one brings his or her own talents and interests to the table.

  • Currahees don 101st combat patch 69 years after D-Day

    Jun 15, 2013

    Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), donned their "Screaming Eagle" Shoulder Sleeve Insignia-Former Wartime Service during a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, June 6.

  • Female body armor prototypes put through paces

    Jun 15, 2013

    Last summer, prototypes for new female body armor was distributed to select female soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., for field-testing during an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

  • Combined Joint Task Force - 101 and RC-East cake cutting in celebration of the Army's 238th Birthday

    Jun 14, 2013

    PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James C. McConville (left), commanding general, Combined Joint Task Force - 101 and Regional Command East and native of Quincy, Mass., and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith (right), command sergeant major, CJTF - 101 and RC-East and native of Fayetteville, N.C., look on as U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Thomas Coulter, CJTF - 101 and RC-East CJ2 (Intelligence) sergeant major, and U.S. Army Pvt. Alice Harris, CJTF - 101 and RC-East CJ1 (Personnel) awards clerk, prepare to make the ceremonious first cut into a birthday cake, celebrating the U.S. Army's 238th birthday at Bagram Airfield, June 14, 2013. Coulter, 55, a native of Syracuse, N.Y., and Harris, 18, a native of Pinellas Park, Fla., the oldest and youngest Soldiers in the CJTF-101 headquarters, teamed up to cut the cake as part of a time-honored tradition representing the past and future of the Army. Today's celebration recognized the continued strength, professionalism, and bravery of our ready and resilient Soldiers in the all-volunteer force.

  • OPSEC: Helpful hints to prevent information spillage

    Jun 14, 2013

    Loose lips sink ships. A phrase first used on U.S. propaganda posters during World War II, it still rings true for today's military in the age of social media, a 24/7 news cycle and quick information exchange. All in all, it's now more than ever a "loose keys break knees" society. On post, Soldiers and Department of Defense civilians are trained to keep quiet on information considered to be matters of Operations Security, better known as OPSEC. This guidance also applies to Army Family members, contractors, retirees and others throughout the community. Operations Security, as defined by Garrison OPSEC Officer Jay Fangman, is "a systematic and analytic process to deny potential adversaries information about capabilities and intentions by identifying, controlling and protecting evidence of the planning and execution of sensitive activities and operations."

  • Fort Campbell breaks ground for new brain injury center

    Jun 13, 2013

    Military leaders, including Gen. Robert Cone, Commanding General for the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, and Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell Senior Mission Commander, joined leaders of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) at a groundbreaking ceremony here today marking the start of construction for the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Satellite Centers. These centers are designed to diagnose and treat Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). The ceremony took place one day before Flag Day, which is recognized every June 14th to commemorate the birthday of the U.S. Army and the adoption of the United States flag. When completed, the center, named Intrepid Spirit III, will provide the most advanced diagnosis and treatment protocols for wounded, injured and ill military heroes while creating effective programs for rehabilitation and recovery.

  • USDA workshop teaches business techniques to Afghan farmers

    Jun 12, 2013

    Local farmers, farmers' representatives and government officials from Parwan district arrived at Bagram Air Field to participate in a workshop on produce productivity and meet with the representative of the United States Department of Agriculture, Regional Command-East, Afghanistan.

  • 101st Sustainment Brigade "Lifeliners" stay SHARP

    Jun 11, 2013

    Soldiers from the 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), spent a week emphasizing sexual assault prevention that culminated with the division leadership addressing the brigade June 7, at Fryar Stadium on Fort Campbell.

  • ANA soldiers complete train the trainer course at FOB Gamberi

    Jun 11, 2013

    An Afghan National Army soldier explains the functions of a hand-held metal detector during a counter improvised explosive device, train the trainer, course at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, May 21, 2013. The course trains Afghan soldiers to be instructors for other classes throughout the 201st Corps. "We train them how to operate the equipment and show them how to set up a training lane to bring back to their units," said Capt. Jeremy Pinson, company commander, 744th Explosive Ordinance Company, 184th Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group based at Fort Campbell, Ky. The graduates of this course will enable the 201st Corps to expand its counter IED efforts and help protect the Afghan people from the enemies of Afghanistan. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Sam Otto, 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/Released)

  • White Currahee, ANA conduct mission in Khowst Province

    Jun 8, 2013

    Soldiers with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, supoprt the Afghan National Army on a mission in Khowst Province, Afghanistan, on May 30, 2013.

  • 4th BSTB conducts route clearance patrol in Khowst Province

    Jun 8, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers with 1st Platoon, Company A, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct a route clearance patrol on May 25, 2013.

  • Easy Company supports ANSF mission

    Jun 8, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- U.S. Soldiers with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division,supported Soldiers of the Afghan National Army's 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps during a mission in Khowst Province, Afghanistan, on June 2, 2013.

  • Task Force Durable transfers authority to Task Force Lifeliners in Afghanistan

    Jun 8, 2013

    A ceremony was held to denote the transfer of authority of sustainment operations and retrograde support at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 8.

  • Hatbox letters mystery: Forgotten notes forge bonds

    Jun 7, 2013

    What began as a trivial consignment purchase 15 years ago ended with a pair of siblings obtaining a priceless link to their past. Pamela Gilliland was at an estate sale in Drumright, Okla., when she came across an old hatbox, which she purchased for $1. Once home, she discovered that the box contained a treasure trove of correspondence -- 250 handwritten letters to Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Harvill from their sons, Robert and Eural, highlighting their experiences as WWII-era Soldiers -- one stationed at Fort Campbell.

  • 'To tell the Soldier's story, you must fight by their side'

    Jun 7, 2013

    Staff Sgt. James P. Hunter was posthumously awarded the Kentucky Medal of Freedom, May 28. His Family accepted the honor during a ceremony held in Lexington, Ky. In April of 2009, I, then Pfc. Joe Padula, was introduced to a young, strong man of about 24 years old. He stood tall in a stance, built with confidence. He wore a combat patch on his right sleeve. I could tell this man has been tested before, and I was a lost Soldier at Fort Campbell who had just found Staff Sgt. James P. Hunter -- thank God. Hunter was the combat correspondent for the Strike Brigade, the 101st Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, one of the most decorated and deployed units in the Army. His job there was to tell the Strike Soldier's story, and he did so like no other before him. Through his writing, pictures, videos, radio broadcasts, social and global media, Hunter took the Army Public Affairs standard to the next level.