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  • City slickers: Soldiers, Families navigate post at Urban Orienteering

    May 17, 2013

    "It's like getting a tour of post, but without a tour guide," said local Boy Scout Joel Bryan, about Fort Campbell's City Slicker Urban Orienteering event. Bryan, the son of deployed Chap. (Capt.) Eric Bryan, 1st Brigade Combat Team, partnered with Maj. Zach Mundell, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, and his son, Eli Mundell for the Saturday morning event hosted by 2nd Brigade Combat Team. "They did a great job today," the major said. "They went all across post and all the way back." City Slicker was the third of 10 events scheduled in the 2013 Eagle Challenge Fitness Tour. The yearlong tour is "designed to promote healthy living and lifestyles among all age categories and fitness levels," according to the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation website.

  • Vets, KIAs remembered at Hamburger Hill ceremony

    May 17, 2013

    "It's a myth somebody perpetuated that if we don't do anything, nothing will happen to us. It's not true….It's just a myth that we can pull back and everything will settle down. If we pulled back, and were quiet, they'd kill us in the night. They'd come on and crawl under the wire, and they'd drop satchel charges on our bunkers, and they'd mangle and maim and kill our men." -- Gen. Melvin Zais, commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), 1968-1969, on the Battle of Dong Ap Bia Mountain During the Vietnam War, the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, was known as a "nomad unit," and its Soldiers were routinely placed in enemy hot spots to engage the highly-trained, entrenched forces of the North Vietnamese Army. This hazardous charge would lead the Rakkasans into the treacherous A Shau Valley May 10, 1969, to remove enemy forces from Dong Ap Bia Mountain, or "Hill 937," during Operation Apache Snow.

  • To Friends of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

    May 15, 2013

    Greetings from Afghanistan. Spring is nearly at an end and the fighting season in Afghanistan has begun. Rather differently from my previous years here, the Taliban's public announcement of their fighting season campaign was the biggest news -- not the actual fighting. Although it's much too early to tell and we anticipate heavy fighting between the Afghan Security Forces and the enemy in the days ahead, we have yet to see the enemy achieve any significant effects against the Afghans. The enemy's inability to achieve their stated objectives has been the result of the dedicated advisory and assistance efforts of our Screaming Eagle and CJTF 101 troops combined with the unwavering efforts of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) who continue to take the lead for security; forming the tip of the spear and directly engaging and defeating the enemy throughout the area of operations.

  • Currahees emphasize Motorcycle Safety Awareness

    May 15, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky--Soldiers with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, participated in a 4th BCT Motorcycle Safety Awareness class as part of the brigade's observance of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, May 15, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • 101st CAB Soldiers return home to Families

    May 15, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky., May 15, 2013 -- Approximately 250 Soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault,) arrived at Fort Campbell, Ky., May 14, 2013. Soldiers were reunited with their families after the successful completion of a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The ceremony was held to welcome approximately 260 Soldiers returning home from Afghanistan after completing a nine-month mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Soldiers were from across the brigade and included mechanics, pilots, crew chiefs and support personnel. "You've gone downrange and taken care of yourselves, and each other," said Brig. Gen. Mark R. Stammer, acting senior commander, 101st Airborne Division. "You can now add your families to that list."

  • Fort Campbell Outstanding Military Spouse Award ceremony

    May 13, 2013

    Congressman Marsha Blackburn (center, front row), U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 7th Congressional District, and Brig. Gen. Mark R. Stammer, Senior Acting Commander of Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), presented Outstanding Military Spouse Awards to 19 military spouses across the Fort Campbell community for their commitment to their Families and their dedication to our Armed Forces and country. In her remarks, Blackburn told the awardees, "Thank you for the service you render to our country. It's being officially recognized today."

  • Rapid solutions improve soldiers' capabilities

    May 12, 2013

    It's a small part that could solve a big problem.

  • TF Bastogne selects Soldier, NCO of Quarter

    May 11, 2013

    Nine U.S. Army soldiers competed in the Combined Task Force Bastogne Soldier and NCO of the Quarter Competition at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, May 3.

  • "If she had not been here ... this kid would have died"

    May 10, 2013

    When his 16-year-old son Anbia started getting tired all the time, Ghulum Sayed became concerned and took his son to see a doctor. There was a growth, under the skin, on the side of his neck that a person could feel.

  • New fuse a benefit for everyone

    May 9, 2013

    U.S. Army soldiers from Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division have been training diligently with a new artillery fuse at Forward Operating Base Joyce, Kunar province, Afghanistan.

  • Fort Campbell Validates Working Dogs

    May 8, 2013

    Search dog handlers and thier dogs assigned to the 510th Military Police Company, 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), validate for deployments at a certification course May 7, at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Welcome Home Ceremonies

    May 7, 2013

  • Currahee awarded commendation medal

    May 6, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-- The 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahees", 101st Airborne Division, awarded the Army Commendation Medal to the Soldier and non-commissioned officer of the quarter, April 23, in front of the Currahee Memorial at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Coalition leaders emphasize strength of Afghan forces

    May 4, 2013

    Between now and the end of 2014, International Security Assistance Forces will pull most of their troops out of Afghanistan, but one military leader said leaving the country should not be considered ISAF's primary mission.

  • Bulldog troops make former enemy safe havens uncomfortable

    May 4, 2013

    With a full moon to light the sky, a pair of U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters broke the deafening silence of the night as they descended into the valley where the village of Sahak, Afghanistan, lay still. Slowly the sound of the Chinooks faded into the night, only to be replaced by the sound of dogs barking in the distance as the soldiers from "Bulldog" Company B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), zigzagged their way through the maze of narrow footpaths that separate the wheat and sweet clover fields. They made their way to the first staging area some several hours later, where the soldiers began to prepare for what would be an eventful 48 hours to come.

  • UAV Shadow

    May 4, 2013

    Soldiers from UAS platoon, B company, 1 BSTB, answer questions about the effectivenes of their UAV Shadow. Soundbites include SFC Chad Keirns - UAS Platoon NCO, UAS Plt B Co, 1 BST, 101st Div, Homtown: Cincinatti, OH. and SPC Tyler James Brewer - UAS Systems Repairer, UAS Plt B Co, 1 BST, 101st Div, Hometown: Eugene, OR. Produced by SGT Brittany Armstrong, FOB Fenty, Afghanistan. Also available in High Definition.

  • Afghan soldiers succeed with training

    Apr 30, 2013

    Afghan National Army soldiers from 4th Combat Support Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 201st Corps, trained with U.S. Army Soldiers from Security Forces Advisory and Assistance Team Phalanx, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), March 12, 2013, at Combat Outpost Fortress, Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

  • Welding a stronger bond in Afghanistan

    Apr 30, 2013

    When U.S. Army Spc. April Harvey walked into the recruiting office near her hometown of Gallup, N.M., after graduating high school, she knew she wanted to take control of her life, and she wanted to do it her way.

  • 'Strike' Soldier graduates Air Assault School despite amputation

    Apr 30, 2013

    Sgt. 1st Class Greg Robinson, a 34-year old combat engineer assigned to the Company A, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), pinned on his Air Assault badge during a graduation ceremony held at the Sabalauski Air Assault School, April 29, 2013, at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Marathons pay tribute, boost morale, and more

    Apr 30, 2013

    It's hot, the sun's not even up yet and it's the weekend. Given a choice, most people would still be in bed with the air conditioning on. And then there are those few, those crazy few, who do otherwise in a grand fashion. Running marathons and half marathons in a combat theater isn't a new phenomenon. The challenge may be unconventional given time or space constraints, but marathons appear on the calendar with predictable regularity. For instance, two posts on the outskirts of Jalalabad in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, each hosted a marathon over the April 27-28 weekend.

  • Fort Campbell practices Resilience from brigade-level up

    Apr 29, 2013

    To examine the efforts being made by Fort Campbell to adopt an effective and far-reaching resiliency program, officials held a media roundtable at the 101st Sustainment Brigade "Lifeliner" Resiliency Center Wednesday morning. Part of this effort includes collaboration between unit and brigade commanders and the Community Health Promotion Council.

  • Maintainers spike morale with volleyball tournament

    Apr 28, 2013

    LOGHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan (April 28, 2013) -- The 'Maintainers' of the 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, participated in a battalion volleyball tournament, April 28, on Forward Operating Base Shank.

  • STRIKE SUPPORTS FORT CAMPBELL STUDENTS AT AREA 12 SPECIAL OLYMPICS

    Apr 25, 2013

    Soldiers from the 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), supported the student athletes of Fort Campbell at the Area 12 Special Olympics held at Clarksville's Austin Peay Stadium, April 18.

  • Soldiers use hands-on training to teach life-saving tactics

    Apr 24, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Approximately 30 Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), took part in a brigade-consolidated Combat Life-Saver course April 15-18 at the Rascon School of Combat Medicine.

  • Rak Sale connects Rakkasan community

    Apr 24, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Family Readiness Group leaders from all six battalions of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), joined together April 18 in the brigade conference room for what they call a "Rak (pronounced 'rock') Sale," in an effort to raise funds for FRG events held throughout the year.

  • Maintaineers win Army Award for Maintenance Excellence

    Apr 23, 2013

    Soldiers with Company B "Bulldawg", 801st Brigade Support Battalion "Maintaineers", 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division, received an award for being the 1st runner-up in the AAME competition at the Forces Command level, presented by Brig. Gen. Mark R. Stammer, acting commander of the 101st Abn. Div., on April 22, 2013 at the 101st Abn. Div. Headquarters, Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • To Friends of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

    Apr 18, 2013

    Greetings from Afghanistan! Every day is a great day when you serve in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); yet every day is even better when you have the opportunity to see our Screaming Eagles proudly serving the Nation in Afghanistan and representing all of us so well. They are leading the way in all areas of operations; setting a standard of excellence and living up to the legacy of the Screaming Eagle heroes that have gone before them in the most difficult of environments.

  • "Gold Status" for Soldiers of 1st Sqdn., 75th Cav. Regt.

    Apr 18, 2013

    Cavalry Soldiers from Troop A, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), earned the Gold Air Assault Excellence Streamer, April 16, during a ceremony at Fort Campbell. The golden streamer is awarded to company-level units of the 101st who achieve a 90 percent, or above, completion rate of The Sabalauski Air Assault School.

  • Bulldogs assist ANSF to secure Wazir Valley

    Apr 18, 2013

    U.S. Army soldiers from 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), recently completed a five-day mission with their Afghan National Security Forces partners March 27 to 31, in the Wazir Valley of the Khogyani district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan.

  • Currahees induct 20 into 506th Infantry Regiment

    Apr 18, 2013

    The 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division inducted 20 individuals as Distinguished or Honorary Members into the 506th Infantry Regiment during a ceremony, April 11, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Soldiers coach farmers for superior harvest

    Apr 17, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (March 16, 2013) -- While some Coalition Force units build up the Afghan National Security Forces others have a different mission within the area of operations. Soldiers assigned to 5-19th Agribusiness Development Team, Indiana National Guard, assist the Afghan people through an emphasis on agricultural techniques. "For about the last year we have focused on their knowledge of basic farming tasks and training those tasks to local farmers," said U.S. Army Maj. Gregory Motz, the executive officer for the Khowst Province Provincial Reconstruction Team.

  • Medic provides "healthy" knowledge to ANSF

    Apr 17, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (April 11, 2013) -- The brightly lit hallways lined with numerous medical supplies look spotless under the florescent lights within Forward Operating Base Salerno's medical center. Military medical personnel quickly stride to and from rooms like bees around a honey comb completing their daily duties. This facility, built to aid and save lives is also training grounds for Afghan National Security Forces aspiring to become medics.

  • Junior Enlisted Council: It's not what you think

    Apr 14, 2013

    At first glance, it might seem like the Junior Enlisted Council is a group of Soldiers trying to pull a fast one over their sergeants. The JEC, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is a proactive council that represents the voice of more than 400 Soldiers from private to staff sergeant. Their mission is to inform senior-enlisted leaders on enlisted-force matters - including morale - and recommend policy changes affecting the readiness of the enlisted Soldiers.

  • Advising ANA goes beyond combat roles

    Apr 14, 2013

    While many of the stories that make headlines today concerning the conflict in Afghanistan focus on the Afghan National Security Forces taking the lead in the fight against insurgent forces for the future of the nation, a small group of Afghan National Army soldiers are taking the lead on a different and equally important front: telling their own story to the Afghan people and the world.

  • Currahees case colors for deployment

    Apr 11, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky--The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division case their brigade and regimental colors during a ceremony, April 11, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • ANSF, Troop conduct successful air assault operation

    Apr 9, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (April 2, 2013) -- The engines of the CH-47 Chinook roar deafeningly through the main cabin like the winds of a monsoon. Through nightvision, the stone-chizzled faces of Soldiers stare engrossed with the view out of the back ramp of the helicopter while in flight. "Five minutes," yells the back door gunner. Five minutes. The gravity of the mission flows through the cabin like a white water river. This is not just an everyday mission, this is an air assault. The bread and butter of the 101st Airborne Division.

  • 'Screaming Eagle' Soldier receives Silver Star, re-enlists in the Army

    Apr 8, 2013

    Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Loheide was awarded the Silver Star Medal at a special ceremony, April 5, 2013, at Fort Campbell, Ky., for heroic actions as a platoon leader assigned to the 2nd Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), during Operation Strong Eagle while deployed to Afghanistan in June 2010.

  • Bastogne Soldier receives Combat Action Badge from his father

    Apr 4, 2013

    Five months ago, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Raymond J. Benning was handpicked to deploy to eastern Afghanistan as a Security Force Assistance Team adviser with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). That decision, and the events that followed, scripted a story that ended with his father, U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Thomas M. Pollack, presenting him the Combat Action Badge during a ceremony here March 29.

  • Rakkasans return, reunite with family

    Apr 3, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Approximately 240 Soldiers from various companies and battalions of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) returned home from a deployment to Afghanistan and were recognized with a welcome home ceremony March 27 at the Campbell Army Airfield.

  • Veteran trains Servicemembers for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Apr 2, 2013

    Servicemembers at Bagram Air Field learn how to prevent sexual assault in light of the Prevention Month increasing self defense, confidence and avoidance skills March 31, 2013.

  • Bagram celebrates Women's History Month

    Apr 1, 2013

    A special Women's History Month observance at Bagram Air Field, Friday, March 29 includes a banquet and speeches from U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Tonika Scott-Morris and Lt. Col. Anneliese Steele, as well as entertainment from the Air Assault Band, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), which plays "Isn't she lovely," and "Celebration."

  • Restored aircraft honors casualties of war

    Apr 1, 2013

    A dedicated team of structural aircraft mechanics with Company B (the "Bandits"), 563rd Aviation Support Battalion, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, has devoted numerous hours of their personal time to restoring a Hillard OH-23B Raven helicopter at Fort Campbell, Ky., soon to be on display outside the Warrior Transition Battalion here.

  • Ministry team's dream becomes reality before Easter

    Mar 31, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (March 28, 2013) --Within the early days of their deployment, a team of chaplain's assistants came together with a plan: a mutual agreement making something beautiful for all to enjoy, helping make days here in Afghanistan brighter. Within their offices at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, the team of assistants from various battalions within the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), decided to restore the chapel after it had been heavily damaged in an attack in the summer of 2012. Located in a throughway, the building's only distinguishing features are its tiny steeple and the zebra patterned wood on its exterior. Like battle wounds, the building stood resilient with scars of unpainted wood. When the team arrived from Fort Campbell, Ky, to the large FOB in eastern Afghanistan, much of the chapel was already repaired. However, one feature remained absent. "When we arrived here, the chapel was all boarded up and didn't look like a chapel," said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eric Esposito, brigade chaplain's assistant. "All the windows were covered with wood. It was hard to distinguish where the chapel was." While working long hours with multiple responsibilities, they made it a common goal to repair the stained glass windows within the chapel. The task required many hours of planning, designing and building, much of which would take place during their personal time.

  • Twins reunite in Afghanistan after 2 year separation

    Mar 28, 2013

    PAKTIYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan (March 21, 2013) - Family is and has always been considered one of the most important subjects within the Army. The Pagan twins are one example. U.S. Army Spc. Janice Pagan, an automated logistical specialist assigned to Forward Support Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), was granted a 3-day pass to reunite with her twin sister at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. "I am very excited to see my sister," said Janice. "After telling my family what is going to happen they are very happy as well." The twins have not been able to come together in more than two years due to being in different units within the Army.

  • Gettin' dirty: FOB Salerno hosts mud run

    Mar 27, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- More than 50 Soldiers from various units from Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, participated in a mud run obstacle course, March 24. The two-mile course featured 15 different obstacles that challenged the Soldiers physically and mentally, while adding the elements of water and mud to help make the course even more difficult. The top three teams with the fastest times received Apple iPods that were donated from the FOB Salerno Army Air Force Exchange Service office.

  • Twins Reunite During Deployment

    Mar 26, 2013

    Fraternal twins, SPC Janice and Janet Pagan, enjoy spending a couple days at Bagram Airfield reuniting for the first time in more than two years.

  • Deployment fair prepares Currahees and family

    Mar 21, 2013

    In an effort to alleviate some of that weight approximately to 4,000 Soldiers and Family members with the 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee", 101st Airborne Division, attended the Currahee Deployment Fair at the Family Resource Center on Mar. 19, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Soldier carries pride as third-generation 'Rakkasan'

    Mar 19, 2013

    Spc. Robert Fay Jr., an infantryman with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is the third Soldier to be part of the Rakkasans in his family; following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps.

  • Commander aims to keep Soldiers sharp

    Mar 19, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan --U.S. Army Lt. Col. Donald Evans, squadron commander for 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a quarterly discussion with his squadron pertaining to their mission accomplishments during their deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom while at Camp Clark, Afghanistan, March 4 . 2013.

  • Scouts scale Afghan mountains to disrupt insurgents

    Mar 19, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers assigned to Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conducted a dismounted patrol in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in order to disrupt possible insurgent activity in Musa Khel District, Afghanistan, March 6.

  • New Regional Command East commanding general views 401st AFSB retrograde operations

    Mar 19, 2013

    Within a couple of hours of assuming command for Regional Command East, CJTF 101on Mar. 14, Maj. Gen. James C. McConville paid a visit to the 401st Army Field Support Brigade to see their processes and procedures to retrograde non-mission essential equipment from RC East and the Combined Joint Operations Area-Afghanistan.

  • 101st Airborne Division assumes command in Afghanistan

    Mar 14, 2013

    The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) took charge of military operations from the 1st Infantry Division in eastern Afghanistan, March 14, 2013, in a ceremony on Bagram Airfield.

  • Currahee crew drills with M119 105mm Howitzer

    Mar 14, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky - Soldiers with 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, practice crew drills with their M119 105 mm Howitzer during a live-fire exercise Mar. 6, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky. Currahees utilize the live-fire exercise to hone their ability to provide accurate and indirect fire in preparation for their upcoming rendezvous with destiny.

  • Army makes strides in accommodating Soldiers

    Mar 13, 2013

    Women have served in military roles, though unrecognized, since this country's founding. With each passing decade, women have seen more and more equality within the U.S. military. Women have been at the forefront of the urban, counter-insurgency battles in Iraq and Afghanistan, changing the traditional roles of centuries ago.

  • Currahees fine-tune skills with live-fire exercise

    Mar 12, 2013

    The Currahees with Company A and Company B, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conducted a platoon mounted and dismounted live-fire exercise on Mar. 7, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Secretary of Defense visits Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan

    Mar 10, 2013

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visited the Soldiers of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), March 9, 2013, at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan.

  • Why We Serve: Pfc. Nicholas Bakker

    Mar 8, 2013

    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- As dust blows wildly through Combat Outpost Champkani, Afghanistan; the mixture of sand between the helicopter landing zone and the small COP makes it ideal for miniature dust storms. The closest building to the landing zone is the Aid station, set up for any type of emergency. On the outside, it's covered with Afghan dirt and dust, but on the inside, it's a clean, well kept medical facility. While some medics pass the time playing games or working out, one young medic sits in front of a bookshelf with enormous medical books and manuals.

  • Strike Zone 3-1

    Mar 8, 2013

    Strike Zone is an Army TV show that displays the stories and events of the 101st Airborne Division and its Strike Brigade, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team. Each episode has video stories, music montages and segments informing its viewers of the famous Black Heart wearing Soldiers.

  • 'Operation Slingshot' allows Soldiers to turn in equipment quicker prior to Afghan departure

    Mar 6, 2013

    Fort Campbell's "Rakkasans" are on a slingshot course that will lead them straight home to Fort Campbell, Ky., a bit quicker thanks to turn-in operations with the 401st Army Field Support Brigade in Bagram, Afghanistan.

  • Currahees train on M3 Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle

    Mar 5, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- The Currahees conducted training on the M3 Carl Gustav 84mm Recoilless Rifle, Feb. 20, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky., in preparation for their upcoming deployment.

  • Currahees train with GPS guided mortars

    Mar 5, 2013

    In an effort to reduce the possibility of collateral damage even further, the 4th Brigade Combat Team, Currahee, 120mm mortar teams trained with XM-395 Precision Guided Mortar Munitions round paired with the M150/M151 Mortar Fire Control System on Feb. 27, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Currahee Fire Support specialists certify in preparation for deployment

    Mar 5, 2013

    The Currahees started certification for the fire support specialists from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division to prepare and qualify them for their next rendezvous with destiny, on Feb. 12, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Army aviation branch CSM visits troops

    Feb 26, 2013

  • Soldiers in competition for top spot

    Feb 23, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Feb. 15, 2013) -- The sun begins to rise on the mountains of Khowst province as Soldiers assigned to different units within 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), ready their gear and each other while being briefed on the intense upcoming events for the day. Nineteen Soldiers competed in the Brigade non-commissioned officer and Soldier of the quarter competition on Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, Feb. 15. Their task was to travel a fivemile loop, dressed in all of their battle equipment, stopping at different points on the trail to do different stations that would test their basic Soldiering skills while being in a deployed environment.

  • Afghans quickly learning medical procedures

    Feb 23, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Jan. 26, 2012) -- The Afghan National Army medical personnel on Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, are proving they are willing to learn and accept any challenge thrown their way after four months of partnership with coalition forces. Afghans with the 203rd Corps, 4th Brigade, 1st Kandak Aid Station, and the Garrison Support Unit Troop Medical Clinic continue to partner with their American advisors, 1st Lt. Bryan Spear, medical logistics officer, and Pfc. Luis Simeon, a combat medic, both assigned to 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), in order to meet and eventually surpass the lofty goals set by Corps' Surgeon Lt. Col. Rahimi.

  • Cruising to a Crash

    Feb 22, 2013

    It had been a great day at the Atlanta Supercross. Three first-timers and I had driven five hours from Clarksville, Tenn., for the evening show and were determined to have as much fun as possible. We arrived early so we could spend plenty of time in the pits admiring the finely tuned machinery. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and soon it was time for the long trip home. While we didn't know it at the time, the return trip would provide nearly as much excitement as the races.

  • Currahee DFAC three-time Best Mess Award winner

    Feb 19, 2013

    The 4th Brigade Combat Team Dining Facility was awarded the 101st Airborne Division Commanding General's Best Dining Facility or "Best Mess" of the Quarter for the third consecutive quarter, Feb. 8, 2013 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • "ROCK" Solid Support

    Feb 19, 2013

    Fort Campbell Officer group aims to groom African-American officers of the future

  • Army Materiel Command Leadership Visits Fort Campbell Warfighters

    Feb 14, 2013

    Senior leadership, including the commanding general, from the Army Materiel Command, headquartered in Redstone Arsenal, Al., met with several military and civilian leaders on Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb 8.

  • Lewis Receives "Stars and Stripes" Award at Annual BEYA Conference

    Feb 14, 2013

    Brig. Gen. Ronald F. Lewis, deputy commanding general for support, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received the Army Stars and Stripes Award during the 27th annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards Global Competitiveness Conference, held Feb. 7-9.

  • Battlefield Acupuncture

    Feb 13, 2013

    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - (January 27, 2013) - 1st Lt. Robert Blume, the physician assistant for 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), performed battlefield acupuncture on a U.S. civilian contractor on Combat Outpost Champkani, Afghanistan, Jan. 27. The patient had come to Blume complaining of massive back pain sustained from years of being enlisted in the military and had opted for acupuncture. "Battlefield acupuncture is done so as to augment therapy for people who don't want to take pills everyday," said Blume. Two needles were inserted through both ears of the patient without flaw or complications and he was able to walk out with no complaints of back pain. Battlefield acupuncture may be still in the beginning phases within the military but many service members are opting for therapy over medication.

  • Mechanics doing their part for OEF

    Feb 13, 2013

    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - (January 24, 2013) - Soldiers assigned to Company E, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), work around the clock to have vehicles and equipment in working order for ongoing missions at Forward Operating Base Gardez, Afghanistan, Jan. 24.The mechanics work tirelessly to repair or replace vehicles and equipment that have been damaged due to combat, terrain or accidents. They also use their vehicle recovery trucks to go out to troops who need assistance. The advanced knowledge the mechanics have on tactical vehicles and equipment ensure troops can rely on them to have properly maintained equipment for their missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Rakkasans receive combat badges

    Feb 13, 2013

    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - (January 21, 2013) - Soldiers assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), received combat awards for their involvement in combat operations during a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Gardez, Afghanistan, Jan. 21. Soldiers were awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, Combat Action Badge and Combat Medical Badge depending on their military occupational specialty within the military. Thirty-seven Soldiers received awards for serving under hostile enemy fire while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Taskmaster maintains traditions in Afghanistan

    Feb 13, 2013

    To be called a noncommissioned officer, or NCO, in the U.S. Army means that you have met the requirements set forth by the Army to be promoted to the rank of sergeant and the senior enlisted soldiers and officers above you have the confidence in your ability to allow you to lead your fellow soldiers. But that is just the beginning.

  • Kiowa Warrior Helicopters take a trip

    Feb 12, 2013

    OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters stand in the snow awaiting transport at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Feb. 3, 2013. (U.S. Army photo illustration by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

  • Kiowa Warrior helicopters take a trip

    Feb 12, 2013

    Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment pull an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter into position to be loaded on an Antonov AN-124 cargo plane at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Feb. 7, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

  • Kiowa Warrior helicopters take a trip

    Feb 12, 2013

    Soldiers from 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Destiny observe while an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter is towed up the cargo ramp of an Antonov AN-124 cargo plane at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Feb. 7, 2013. Soldiers maintain safety while conducting cargo operations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

  • Kiowa Warrior helicopters take a trip

    Feb 12, 2013

    Soldiers from 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Destiny, pose in the mouth of an Antonov AN-124 cargo plane after loading OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Feb. 8, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB public affairs)

  • Currahees receive memorial bench

    Feb 8, 2013

    The memorial at the 4th Brigade Combat Team headquarters received an addition last Tuesday of an Operation Iraqi Freedom V-VII memorial bench.

  • Being Leaders of "Change"

    Feb 8, 2013

    The theme for 2013's Black History Month--"At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation 1863 and the March on Washington 1963"--addresses directly with our nation's storied past, amazing present and its colorful future.

  • Land Navigation: Training hard for mission success

    Feb 8, 2013

    Soldiers realize that electronics are not always reliable, because batteries can die; signals can fad, inclement weather or Murphy's Law, if it can go wrong it will go wrong. To overcome these obstacles, Company F, 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, Pathfinders spent Wednesday in the woods armed with compasses and maps.

  • Scouts conduct battlefield circulation at OPs

    Feb 7, 2013

    A U.S. Army Security Force Assistance and Advisory Team with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, recently met with local Afghan Border Police on Jan. 28 at two ABP observation posts near Forward Operating Base Joyce in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

  • Team building on an Afghan mountainside

    Feb 7, 2013

    Soldiers from Provincial Reconstruction Team Kunar and various elements of Combined Team Bastogne conducted a team-building exercise Jan. 24 with a hike up "Bull Run," an observation post, or OP, near Camp Wright and Asadabad, the capital city of Kunar province, Afghanistan.

  • Rakkasans return home early

    Feb 6, 2013

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Approximately 100 Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) were recognized at a Welcome Home Ceremony here Feb. 1 when they returned from a deployment in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Strong Bonds retreats build healthy families, stronger units

    Feb 5, 2013

    Holly Coats and her husband, 1st Lt. Josh Coats, a platoon leader with 563rd Aviation Support Battalion, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, have used her parents as a marital role model.

  • 101st targets cost cuts, efficiency with first-ever precision fires instructor certification

    Feb 1, 2013

    Several months of training culminated in the certification of three 101st Airborne Division targeting officers as precision fires instructors this week -- the first three in the Army to be certified at a division level.

  • 159th Combat Aviation Brigade hosts medical students for worksite visit

    Feb 1, 2013

    It's not often that medical students get an inside look at Army Aviation, but that's exactly what resident students from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. did. The residents participated in a worksite visit with the 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division to gain firsthand knowledge about the components of occupational and environmental medicine within the military.

  • Top Gear's Fort Campbell Episode Airs Feb. 5

    Jan 31, 2013

    Top Gear, an American motoring television series on the History Channel, is scheduled to air their second episode of its third season, Feb. 5, which was filmed inside the gates of Fort Campbell, Ky. during this past fall.

  • Rakkasans assist Afghan army with inspections and training

    Jan 30, 2013

    Soldiers assigned to Company G, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), joined with the Afghan National Army's 4th Kandak, 1st Infantry Brigade, 203rd Afghan Army Corps, on a partnership support mission in Qalandar District, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, Jan. 8, 2013.

  • ANSF lead counter insurgency mission, find IED

    Jan 30, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (January 12, 2013) -- Members of the Afghan National Army and Afghan Uniformed Police partnered with Soldiers of 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), while conducting a foot patrol in mountains of Nadir Shah Kot District, Khowst Province, Afghanistan, Jan. 12, 2013

  • Soldier "living the dream" as artilleryman

    Jan 30, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Jan. 14, 2013) -- The sun is high above and its heat is beating down on an M119A2 Howitzer and its nine-man team at Camp Clark, Afghanistan. As a radio squawks aloud, all nine men repeat the words they wait to hear day-in and day-out. "Fire mission!" "Living the dream boys," says Spc. Taylor Barnes, the gunner for the M119A2 Howitzer. Even though it is a training mission to help qualify forward observers, to the men behind the artillery gun it makes no difference.

  • AUP, Rakkasans deliver aid to Khowst village

    Jan 30, 2013

    Afghanistan - Soldiers from Second Platoon, Company A, 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), assisted the Afghan Uniformed Police in distributing school supplies for the local school children in order to build relations between the village and the AUP.

  • 101st Airborne Division cases colors before Afghanistan deployment

    Jan 29, 2013

    The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) cased its colors during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., Jan. 25, 2013, as approximately 600 Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion get set to begin their latest "Rendezvous with Destiny."

  • Medal of Honor recipient honored, joins others from storied 101st Airborne Division

    Jan 29, 2013

    The 101st Airborne Division's latest Medal of Honor recipient was honored during an emotional ceremony, Jan. 25, 2013, at McAuliffe Hall on Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • U.S. troops, Afghan police visit border observation post

    Jan 28, 2013

    Afghan Border Police officers and U.S. Soldiers from ABP Zone 1 recently visited Observation Point 12, a small post in Kunar Province along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Jan. 21, 2013.

  • OPERATION HOMELINK: 100 Laptops for the 101st

    Jan 27, 2013

    Operation Homelink provides 100 laptops to the spouses of the deployed 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers at Fort Cambpell, Ky, Jan. 26.

  • 101st Airborne Division to induct Sabo to Medal of Honor Rotunda tomorrow

    Jan 24, 2013

    101st Airborne Division to hold ceremony this Friday to honor former "Screaming Eagle" Soldier, Specialist Leslie Sabo Jr., who made the ultimate sacrifice during combat in the Vietnam War.

  • 101st Airborne Division to case colors, ready for Afghanistan deployment

    Jan 23, 2013

    The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will hold its colors-casing ceremony Jan. 25, 2013, to mark its upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • PRT Nangarhar meets with district sub-governors

    Jan 22, 2013

    U.S. Army Soldiers from Provincial Reconstruction Team Nangarhar, a U.S. Army-led team from Forward Operating Base Finley-Shields, conducted key leader engagements Jan. 12 and 13, with Afghan district sub-governors in Nangarhar Province.

  • Currahees begin rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center

    Jan 20, 2013

    Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, traveled to Fort Polk, La., last week to begin rotational training at Fort Polk's Joint Readiness Training Center. JRTC is used for pre-deployment training on various scenarios that Soldiers may be faced with while serving their country over-seas.

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