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  • 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.

  • Afghan army, U.S. scouts aim to disrupt insurgent activity

    Jan 18, 2013

  • Artillerymen assist forward observers in certification

    Jan 18, 2013

  • Afghan artillerymen certified and ready to lead

    Jan 18, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The sun shines bright in the cloud-free sky; the nonexistent wind makes it ideal weather for shooting artillery. With the arrival of eager artillerymen, a stage is set to demonstrate what has been accomplished during months of extensive training. Soldiers with the Afghan National Army's 203rd Corps, 1st Infantry Brigade, 4th Kandak, D-30 Heavy Coy, performed an indirect-fire training mission using Russian made D-30 Howitzers in Khowst Province Jan. 9, with little mentorship needed from the Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The live-fire exercise was conducted in order for the Afghan artillerymen to become certified, as well as to demonstrate their potential as a qualified gun line to their leadership.

  • Partnered with Rakkasans, Afghan police patrol border

    Jan 18, 2013

  • Soldier maintains path despite adversity

    Jan 18, 2013

    As the sun began to set on the snow-capped mountains of the Afghanistan--Pakistan border, Soldiers huddled together to discuss their upcoming mission. While an infantry platoon leader lays out the mission's details, a young infantryman begins to check his weapon. Through a gritty smile he says, "This is the best job in the Army." Every Soldier has their own reason for enlisting into the U.S. Army. Spc. Michael T. Burnette decided to serve his country for many reasons and very few for himself. In November 2010, Burnette selflessly decided to leave behind college and do something that would better the quality of life for his wife and future family.

  • Bats hanging in the balance: Fungal infection threatens fate of millions

    Jan 17, 2013

    When most people think of bats, they picture creepy little flying creatures that terrify small villages; leaving a trail of chaos, destruction and death in their wake. We are all familiar with at least one scary bat movie. Seeing the flash of their menacing fangs or hearing the swooshing of a thousand bat wings can create a true feeling of dread. But the real dread concerning hibernating bats is a fatal disease called White Nose Syndrome; named for the white fungus evident on the muzzles and wings of affected bats. WNS is responsible for killing more than six million bats in the eastern United States in a little over seven years. WNS was first reported in the New York area in late 2006. The fungus that causes WNS is suspected to have been brought from Europe by cavers. The disease then spread rapidly through the eastern part of the United States. Fort Campbell Wildlife Program Manager Gene Zirkle said, "The most difficult part about this disease is where it may crop up next. The hardest part is not knowing -- not knowing what we may be dealing with four counties over and how that will affect us here on Fort Campbell." Death from WNS is quite traumatic for the bat. According to Fort Campbell Endangered Species Coordinator Amie Lehman, the fungus that causes WNS is an irritant and this irritant causes the bat to scratch. The scratching wakes the bat during hibernation. The bats then lose their fat reserves, which they need to survive hibernation, long before the winter is over. They often leave their hibernacula during the winter and die. The first sign that WNS had touched the Fort Campbell footprint was in March of 2010. Fort Campbell Endangered Species Biologist Morgan Kurz discovered WNS in a nearby cave.

  • Soldier posthumously awarded Distinguished Service Cross

    Jan 17, 2013

    Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Forces Command, awarded the Distinguished Service Cross to the widow of Staff Sgt. Eric B. Shaw, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), during a somber ceremony, Jan. 16, 2013, at Liberty Chapel at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Why We Serve: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. James Reyes

    Jan 11, 2013

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FENTY, Afghanistan (Jan. 9, 2013) -- In the midst of serving on his fourth deployment, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. James Reyes, a native of Killeen, Texas, has developed a different type of appreciation for the Army.

  • Tradition in Afghanistan

    Jan 7, 2013

    Command team for 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade reflects on the resiliency and and accomplishments of their Soldiers.

  • Chaplains strengthen roles, responsibilities at conference

    Jan 7, 2013

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Jan. 6, 2013) -- 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Destiny, unit ministry teams came together for their bi-monthly religious support team conference at the TF Destiny headquarters at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 3.

  • ANA demonstrate excellence, graduate mortar training

    Jan 6, 2013

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Jan. 6, 2013) -- As each day passes, the Afghan National Army is adding to its capabilities. This progress is significant in building a security force that can provide stability for its people and future. The development is becoming increasingly evident at Camp Parsa, Afghanistan. The modern training facility of the ANA is an example of the ever-growing force they're becoming. Afghans from the 4th Kandak, 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps, completed a two-week mortar course at the Fires Center of Excellence, or FCOE, a school developed and mentored by Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). The course is designed to teach sustainable practices and methods that will allow them to engage the enemy with confidence.

  • Afghan Army completes successful resupply mission

    Jan 5, 2013

    The Afghan National Army recently conducted a mission to resupply the Afghan Uniform Police at Chapah Darah, Afghanistan, by conducting a convoy operation from Nangalam Base, Dec. 26, 2012.

  • Fear not option in Alamodome rappel

    Jan 4, 2013

    The Alamodome is not for the faint of heart, at least when rappelling from the ceiling to the artificial turf, 180 feet below.

  • Couple takes journey through life side-by-side

    Jan 2, 2013

    Once David and Lizeth Wakasa exchanged their vows they would set into motion an inseparable journey that would lead them to Afghanistan and eventually the Pentagon.

  • Afghan soldiers successfully graduate combat engineer course

    Jan 2, 2013

    Soldiers assigned to 2nd Platoon, 258th Mobile Combat Engineer Training Team, Task Force Prowler, partnered with Afghan soldiers from the 4th Kandak, Engineer Coy, Afghan National Army, conducted a live-fire exercise to conclude a two-week combat engineer course near Camp Clark, Afghanistan, Dec. 20, 2012.

  • Father, son spend time together on Christmas Day in Afghanistan

    Dec 28, 2012

    First Sgt. Stephen Givens and his son Pfc. Zachary Givens spent time together on Christmas Day in Afghanistan. Both father and son are currently deployed with the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.

  • 'Rakkasan' chaplains bring Christmas hope in Afghanistan

    Dec 28, 2012

    This year the chaplains of 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), sought to bring the Christmas spirit to the Soldiers of Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.

  • Christmas with the Wynns

    Dec 28, 2012

    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Sgt. 1st Class Audra Wynn, A Company, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade 101st Airborne Division truck master, and Master Sgt. Lemuel Wynn, Headquarters Support Company, 96th Aviation Support Battalion operations non-commissioned officer in charge, have been married for 16 years and have been through many deployments together.

  • 159th Combat Aviation Brigade closes out busy 2012

    Dec 28, 2012

    As 2012 comes to an end, the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade adds numerous events to its history.

  • 'Rakkasans' receive support for Christmas

    Dec 27, 2012

    During this holiday season, Soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), will be spending the holidays deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Rakkasan Chaplains Bring Christmas Hope in Afghanistan

    Dec 27, 2012

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Dec. 25, 2012) -- Christmas is often a difficult time to be separated from loved ones during a combat deployment. This year the chaplains of 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), sought to bring the Christmas spirit to the Soldiers of Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan. "We usually expect to see an increase in family and relationship problems following the holidays," said Capt. Justine Majeres, the brigade psychologist. "The stress of being away from family is only compounded by our environment." This is an issue that the 3rd Brigade religious support teams were keenly aware of as they prepared for the holiday season.

  • A Rakkasan Christmas

    Dec 27, 2012

  • Spreading the holiday spirit

    Dec 26, 2012

    -- For Soldiers serving on forward operating bases and combat outposts across Afghanistan, receiving packages from home during the holiday season can turn a good day into the best day of the deployment. With that thought in mind, Albuquerque, N.M., native Maj. Eric Meyners, brigade chaplain, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, began gathering boxes and packages from people and organizations across the United States in order to provide a little extra holiday spirit during the deployment.

  • Yakima native serves for love of country

    Dec 26, 2012

    When it comes to joining the military, the decision can be easier for some than it is for others. For U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Dollar, a native to Yakima, Wash., the decision wasn't too hard at all.

  • Torkham Gate security forces protect Afghanistan's people

    Dec 26, 2012

    Torkham Gate is one of Afghanistan's busiest gates along the country's border with Pakistan. Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were recently joined on a mission to the gate by the brigade's command sergeant major.

  • Chaplains spread holiday spirit across Afghanistan

    Dec 26, 2012

    For Soldiers serving on forward operating bases and combat outposts across Afghanistan, receiving packages from home during the holiday season can turn a good day into the best day of the deployment.

  • Christmas with the Wings of Destiny

    Dec 25, 2012

    BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - With Christmas in full swing here in Afghanistan with the Wings of Destiny, the Soldiers are physically here, but their hearts are at home with their Families and friends. With the holidays bring many traditions some of which find their way into life even when thousands of miles separate Soldiers from their Families. "Traditions, whether in Afghanistan or at home, whether physical or intangible, are real and they are important," said Col. Paul Bontrager, commander, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. "They give us our humanity, they define us as individuals and Families, and they strengthen our ability to withstand adversity and difficult times. The distance between Soldiers and their families during the holidays has always been tough to endure, especially in times of repeated deployments. In this season, the traditions that the Wings of Destiny shares with its Soldiers and Families is the bridge between worlds and a way to communicate love and togetherness in spite of the distance. "I would like to thank you for your continued support of this great and wonderful unit," said Command Sgt. Maj. Harold Plattenberg, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade command sergeant major. "The support we have at home is an uplifting spirit that words cannot describe as we see it in the eyes of our Soldiers."

  • Christmas with the Sabers

    Dec 25, 2012

  • In the dark of Wilderness, Rakkasans maintain mortar readiness

    Dec 20, 2012

  • Preventive medicine used to save lives

    Dec 20, 2012

    Army Pfc. Demetrius Roberson, a preventive medicine medic with Company C, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, works daily to prevent disease and bodily injuries to Soldiers on Forward Operating Base Fenty and on other FOBs and Combat Outposts across the country.

  • Advisory brigade prepares Afghan soldiers to train themselves

    Dec 20, 2012

    COMBAT OUTPOST HONIKAR-MIRACLE, Afghanistan -- A specially trained brigade from the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division has been training their Afghan National Army counterparts since arriving to Combat Outpost Honikar-Miracle last month.

  • Rakkasan Christmas

    Dec 20, 2012

    Family members of deployed Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division celebrate the Christmas season with food, activities and a visit from Santa Claus Dec. 10 at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Center in Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo taken by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

  • Eagle Express: A team of junior leaders making it happen

    Dec 19, 2012

    For the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Destiny, supporting the aviation needs of ground forces is the core of the mission. In order to achieve success, the aircraft need to be at peak performance.

  • Retreat focuses on families of deployed Rakkasans

    Dec 19, 2012

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- More than 40 family members of Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division attended a Strong Bonds retreat Dec. 7 -- 9 here at the Sheraton Music City Hotel.

  • A 159th CAB kindergarten reading

    Dec 19, 2012

    Five Soldiers with the 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, volunteered to read short stories to all of the kindergarten and first grade classes at the Rossview Elementary School, Dec. 19.

  • Chinook crew and a Blackhawk

    Dec 15, 2012

    The 101st Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Campbell, KY provides multi functional air support to Regional Command East and Regional Command North.

  • Soldiers gather to strengthen resiliency, combat stress

    Dec 14, 2012

    Chaplains from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), gathered in a briefing room at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, for an extensive two-day training event aimed at increasing individual resiliency, Dec. 5, 2012.

  • Rebuilding one gate at a time

    Dec 14, 2012

    On the morning of Dec. 2, 2012, insurgents detonated a truck laden with explosives next to Forward Operating Base Fenty in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, and detonated it. A two-hour battle followed and the insurgents were defeated by the cooperation of coalition and Afghan forces. The insurgents were defeated, but a gate was destroyed as a result of the battle.

  • ANSF, Rakkasans combat insurgency in rural Paktya

    Dec 13, 2012

    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Dec. 10, 2012) -- Soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), teamed up with 1st Kandak, 1st Coy, Afghan National Army, Zormat Afghan Uniformed Police and Afghan National Civil Order Police, on a two-day mission to disrupt and clear insurgent activity in the Zormat District, Afghanistan, Dec. 9, 2012. During the ANSF-led mission, several suspected insurgents were detained for questioning and more than 80 lbs of home-made explosive material was destroyed. The operation was aimed at destabilizing an alleged safe-haven for anti government activity within the district. ANSF conducted all clearing and questioning operations while the Rakkasans of Company D, 1-187, assisted in facilitating aerial support while supplying additional ground forces.

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