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  • 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.

  • Junior chef team takes healthy recipes to competition

    Jun 7, 2013

    A group of Fort Campbell students sizzled in the kitchen, May 22, when the high school's Junior Chef Team won the regional competition held at the Christian County Cooperative Extension Education Center in Hopkinsville. Competing against Trigg County High School, team members of the newly-formed Falcons' team were unsure of who would take the top chef prize.

  • Task Force Lifeliner Medics Value Training

    Jun 7, 2013

    Medics and other first responders with Task Force Lifeliner put their skills to test during a training exercise focused on a mass-casualty situation, June 7, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

  • Stammer talks SHARP, Fort Campbell's role

    Jun 6, 2013

    Senior Commander and Screaming Eagles tackle sexual misconduct with week-long SHARP, "Stand Up" initiative

  • In His Jump Boots: Family shares father's story on 69th anniversary of D-Day

    Jun 6, 2013

    "Dad always told me, 'The harder you work, the luckier you get.' That was the phrase I've used on my kids a thousand times -- only through hard work does everything else happen," said Randy Clouser, while sitting in an easy chair at his father's former home in Clarksville, Monday. Randy's father, retired Sgt. Maj. Wilbur C. Clouser, passed away in 2012 at 90 years old. With more than 24 years of Army service, the Soldier better known as Bill parachuted with the 101st Airborne Division in Operation Overlord and Operation Market Garden. His legacy of patriotism now rests with his four children and nine grandchildren. Of the approximately 1.2 million living World War II Veterans still remaining, more than 600 die each day according to Veteran's Administration statistics. It is now left increasingly to their Family members, as well as the letters, articles, photographs and medals the Veterans left behind, to tell the Greatest Generation's meaningful story.

  • 101st Airborne Division Names NCO and Soldier of the Year

    Jun 5, 2013

    The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) named its NCO and Soldier of the Year, during a ceremony June 3, at Fort Cambpell, Ky. After a unique and tough 34-hour competition, Sgt. Jose L. Orozco and Spc. Jonathan D. Gragert scored the top overall performances while pitted against some of the best Soldiers of the 101st.

  • Westphal awards Purple Heart medals to Soldiers wounded in southern Afghanistan

    Jun 4, 2013

    Sgt. Joseph Moore, Pfc. Steven Bergen and Staff Sgt. Jose Canales received Purple Heart Medals from Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal, during a ceremony, May 31, 2013, on Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar, Afghanistan.

  • SFAATs advise and assist Afghan National Security Forces

    Jun 3, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers from the Security Force Advise and Assist Team 11, along with the assistance of Soldiers from Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, met with Afghan National Army Soldiers at one of their combat ouposts outside of Shur Kalay, Afghanistan, on May 25.

  • "Operation Yellow Ribbon" connects graduates, Soldiers

    Jun 1, 2013

    This unique program collaboration between the 101st Airborne Division and Austin-Peay State University allows deployed Soldiers to watch their loved ones commencement ceremonies and then Skype with them following.

  • Wounded warriors 'SOAR,' find strength through music therapy

    May 31, 2013

    To many Soldiers, the acronym SOAR represents Special Operations Aviation Regiment. For Soldiers in the Wounded Transition Battalion it is the Sounds of Acoustic Recovery music program. In an eight-week program, Wounded Warriors learn the basic music theory of voice lessons, guitar and piano, with an option of taking a beginner or intermediate course.

  • Female Soldiers honored at Opry

    May 31, 2013

    What does it take to become part of the Grand Ole Opry? For most, it takes commitment, practice and hard work. The ability to sing helps. For a very few, all it takes is an invitation. Fifteen female Soldiers from Fort Campbell were asked to share the stage with country singer Ayla Brown as she made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry. All 15 Soldiers wore combat patches, indicating they had served in a combat zone.

  • Fort Campbell Soldiers Aim for "Expert" with Expert Infantryman Badge

    May 30, 2013

    Two hundred and fifty seven Soldiers started out testing for the Expert Infantryman Badge hosted by 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), May 20, which is almost a quarter of the number Soldiers who would normally test for this badge. The unusualness of this testing by 1st BCT is that just less than half the brigade is deployed to Afghanistan at the time, and it is very rare to have this type of testing at all while the unit is gone. Besides Bastogne Soldiers testing they were also joined by a few Soldiers from several other units throughout the Division.

  • SFAATs advise and assist Afghan National Security Forces

    May 29, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers from the Security Force Advise and Assist Team 11, along with the assistance of Soldiers from Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, met with Afghan National Army Soldiers at one of their combat ouposts outside of Shur Kalay, Afghanistan, on May 25.

  • Air assault, the Afghan way

    May 28, 2013

    Afghan forces took the lead in an operation that joined Afghan National Security Forces with U.S. Army advisers, to drive back insurgents harassing the inhabitants of Hesarak in western Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, May 15-18, 2013.

  • Charlie med's MASCAL: we train as we fight

    May 26, 2013

    Amid a cacophony of theatrical shrieks and cries of pain, medics from Charlie Company, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, sharpened their skills with a mass casualty training exercise at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, May 12.

  • Prime Power soldiers bring progress under fire

    May 26, 2013

    They were just getting ready to leave for the day when the rounds hit. There were at least three of them, said Staff Sgt. Andrew Garza, Prime Power noncommissioned officer in charge, Forward Operating Base Shank, 249th Engineer Battalion, United States Forces-Afghanistan.

  • Screaming Eagle court reporter receives JAG honor

    May 24, 2013

    When it comes to courts-martial, it's not only 101st Airborne Division Staff Judge Advocate who puts in long hours at Fort Campbell. Court reporters are responsible for tasks ranging from performing legal research to recording court proceedings and preparing documents -- all vital tasks when it comes to courts-martial. For Staff Sgt. Ana Hairston, the senior court reporter assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, it is all in a day's work. For her dedication to the U.S. Army, Hairston recently received notice she will be the sole recipient of the 2013 Sgt. Eric L. Coggins Award for Excellence.

  • Volunteer continues legacy of service

    May 24, 2013

    At Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Tuesday and Friday afternoons are pretty good. It is on these days that the unmistakable aroma of fresh popcorn permeates the hallways near the Patient and Family Medical Resource Center, where a rolling popcorn stand has sat for years. Throughout the day, patrons and staff alike carry away treats in neat paper bags, always giving thanks to the man responsible for the entire popcorn operation -- the man most refer to as "Mr. Wally." Rufus W. Mendenhall has been a part of the Blanchfield Family for nearly 27 years, working in patient records and as a patient resource clerk. Nowhere in his job description will one find the words "popcorn chef" -- it's just one of the many things he does, behind the scenes, to help boost the spirits of any person who crosses his path.

  • NCOA emphasizes standards

    May 24, 2013

    For the past decade, Fort Campbell Soldiers have performed and exceeded standards throughout multiple deployments and conflicts. Within the next few years, the Army will be required to perform at that same level, only they will have to do it with less. Over the next five years, the Army will undergo many changes in preparation for a smaller force, reducing the active-duty population from 570,000 to 490,000 while operating on a smaller budget, according to the U.S. Army. Although a reduction in strength is unavoidable, the need for Soldiers to remain technically and tactically proficient while taking on additional responsibilities has increased. With today's economic uncertainties, initiative is now a trait that must become synonymous with leadership. In preparation for future changes, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III announced a strong emphasis on maintaining standards and discipline within the Army, with a focus on developing young leaders "to be competent, have character, and be committed to the Army profession," according to his Standards and Discipline public service announcement. At the John W. Kreckel 101st Airborne Division Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Fort Campbell, this directive means business as usual.

  • White Currahee conducts patrol in Khowst Province

    May 23, 2013

    3rd Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conducted a patrol in Khowst Province, Afghanistan, on May 19, 2013.

  • 'Currahees' uncase colors in Afghanistan

    May 23, 2013

    The 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahees," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), participated in a transfer of authority ceremony held at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, May 22, 2013.

  • Currahees participate in elementary school field day

    May 22, 2013

    Soldiers with 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, visited and mentored local community children, May 17, 2013, during a field day at Byrns Darden Elementary School, Clarksville, Tn.

  • 101st CAB Wing of Destiny returns home

    May 22, 2013

    Soldiers from 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault,) reunited with their Families at a welcome home ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., May 22, 2013.


    May 21, 2013

    The Strike food service specialist Soldiers of the 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), won the Department of the Army's Philip A. Connelly Award and was also presented the Commanding General's Best Dining Facility Award, during a ceremony held outside of the Strike Dining Facility, May 16.

  • Afghans Organize Plans

    May 20, 2013

    Members of the Afghan National Security Forces come together under one roof to coordinate joint operation planning for upcoming events south of Kabul, Afghanistan May 13, 2013. This Afghan managed organization maintains communication and synchronization between he pillars of ANSF. Available in high definition.

  • ANSF plans security for 2014 national election

    May 18, 2013

    Representatives from across the Afghan National Security Forces attended an update brief at the Operations Coordination Center - Regional East at Forward Operating Base Thunder May 13.

  • 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.


    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.