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  • 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.

  • Wishes come true at Fort Campbell's Holiday House

    Dec 13, 2012

    When Operation Homefront took over responsibility of Fort Campbell's Holiday House last year, the plan of action was to learn and grow, laying down a solid foundation for the following Christmas season and seasons to come. As a result, the ball got rolling a bit earlier for Holiday House 2012. "We've been preparing for this year's Holiday House since about the first week of September," said Tina Englen, president of the Tennessee/Kentucky chapter of Operation Homefront. "This was a bit earlier than last year, which gave us a little bit of a head start." The early start allowed for earlier training of command throughout the installation. Units were given applications to be filled out by Soldiers and Families who would need a bit of extra help this holiday season.

  • Palehorse conducts basic combatives course

    Dec 13, 2012

    Soldiers do many things while deployed -- clear buildings, capture terrorist, and even destroy caches with drugs and weapons, in order to protect the local nationals and their fellow comrades from harm. Many times when clearing a building, the enemy will fight back. Whether it is with weapons or hand-to-hand combat, Soldiers need to be prepared to protect themselves and others.

  • Bastogne brigade replaces Mountain Warrior at FOB Fenty

    Dec 12, 2012

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE FENTY, Afghanistan (December 12, 2012) -- U.S. Army Soldiers with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, from Fort Carson, Colo., stood in formation at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, Dec. 5 as their brigade transferred authority to the 201st Afghan National Army Corps, which will now be supported by the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division from Fort. Campbell, Ky.

  • The story of the NUTS! reply

    Dec 12, 2012

    This story retraces the events of December 22nd, 1944 at Bastogne, Belgium, the day we received German surrender ultimatum and issued the subsequent "Nuts!" reply. Its author, Kenneth J. McAuliffe, Jr., is the nephew of Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe who was the acting commander of the Division during the defense of Bastogne.

  • Deployment does not stop education

    Dec 11, 2012

    For many, the idea of taking a math class seems something more out of a nightmare or a torture devised by an educational system that has a vendetta against them. For Soldiers in 5th Battalion, 158th Aviation, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Ready, it's not a nightmare, it's an opportunity.

  • Holiday Letter from Eagle 6

    Dec 9, 2012

    For those with loved ones deployed, take pride and satisfaction that their sacrifice is allowing others to enjoy the holiday season. If we are doing our job, others don't need to worry about terrorist attacks and can celebrate without worry. We can sleep well at night knowing we have Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) protecting us.

  • Glory Conducts Sling Load Operations

    Dec 9, 2012

    U.S. soldiers from Bravo Battery, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, and 7-101 GSAB, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division conduct sling load operations with the M777 Howitzer and the CH-47 Chinook, Dec. 4 2012, at Fort Campbell, Ky. Also available in high definition.

  • SSG James E. Alsobrooks Receives Purple Heart 67 years later

    Dec 9, 2012

    U.S. Army Staff Sergeant James E. Alsobrooks was awarded the Purple Heart by the Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division, Maj. Gen. James C. McConville and Tennessee's 7th District Congressman Martha Blackburn, 67 years after he sustained wounds during World War II. Dec. 7 2012, at Fort Campbell, Ky. Available in High Definition.

  • Go Army! Beat Navy! Video

    Dec 8, 2012

    101st Airborne Division (AASLT) spirit video for 2012 Army Navy football game depicting the Navy mascot attempting to complete The Air Assault Course.

  • Taking to the skies

    Dec 8, 2012

  • Currahees load equipment to get ready for JRTC

    Dec 7, 2012

    Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, began the long processing of preparing for their rotation to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., by loading equipment onto railcars this week at Fort Campbell.

  • TF Wings 2012 training in review

    Dec 7, 2012

    Soldiers from each task force of the Thunder Brigade, came together to form Task Force Wings in order to support training with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. An alliance like Task Force Wings and the 2nd BCT is a rarity, and a great way to keep every section within the units, deployment ready.

  • Currahees and Aviators practice sling loading M777 155mm howitzers.

    Dec 7, 2012

    Soldiers from Bravo Battery, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team pratice sling loading a M777 155mm howitzer to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from 7-101st General Support Aviation Battalion, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade on Dec. 4, 2012.

  • Afghan soldiers take lead in IED defeat

    Dec 6, 2012

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Nov. 21, 2012) -- At Camp Parsa, Afghanistan, an Afghan National Army-led, six-week counter improvised explosive device course is currently on track to churn out more than 40 new, highly trained Afghan soldiers who are motivated to combat IEDs. The training gives Afghan troops another capability necessary to sustain unilateral operations and provide security for Afghanistan. According to a report by, IEDs accounted for 63% of all casualties sustained by the Afghanistan National Security Forces and International Security Assistance Forces from January 2008 to September 2012, thus bringing full attention to defeating this potent and deadly threat.

  • Rakkasans combat indirect fire threat in Khowst Province

    Dec 6, 2012

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan --Soldiers assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct a patrol in search of signs of insurgent activity in the mountains near Combat Outpost Bowri Tana, Afghanistan, Nov. 30, 2012. Soldiers from Company C conducted a security patrol in search of the site where a rocket was fired from during a recent attack on their combat outpost. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington, Task Force 3/101 Public Affairs)

  • Afghan police lead Rakkasans in security operation

    Dec 6, 2012

  • Soldiers prepare for late rendezvous with Rakkasans

    Dec 6, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- More than 20 "Rakkasans" from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) conducted Individual Readiness Training here in November in preparation for late deployment.

  • Coming together in Faith

    Dec 6, 2012

    Chaplains from Europe and the U.S. took part in the first ever chaplains conference at Camp Marmal in Balkh Province, Afghanistan Nov. 13. Chaplain (Maj.) Billy Graham, chaplain, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade joined fellow chaplains from the U.S., Germany, Sweden, Norway and Croatia in an international exchange of faith and fellowship.

  • BACH earns national recognition for medical home

    Dec 6, 2012

    Blanchfield Army Community Hospital's community-based clinic, the Screaming Eagle Medical Home, recently earned the highest recognition attainable from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

  • 101st Airborne gets 'put through the paces' during Unified Endeavor 13-1

    Dec 4, 2012

    The 101st Airborne Division's Unified Endeavor 13-1 MRX is designed to validate its standing operating procedures associated with the transformation to a Combined Team (CT), to fully test the collaborative communications capabilities between U.S. Forces Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command, subordinate task forces, and enable continuous team-building within the Combined Task Force (CTF) Battle Staff.

  • A step ahead: Wounded warriors offered exclusive access to job fair

    Dec 4, 2012

    For the many Soldiers filtering into the job fair at Cole Park Commons, Tuesday, the goal remained simple: make connections on the way to a new career. This goal is crucial for Fort Campbell's wounded warrior population, who received special treatment at the event with the first hour open exclusively for these Soldiers.

  • Currahees on the gridiron for the first annual Turkey Bowl

    Nov 28, 2012

    Non-commissioned officers and officers from 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, restarted a storied Army tradition with a clash on the gridiron in the first annual Turkey Bowl, Nov. 21, 2012 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • 101st Airborne Division Headquarters and 4th Brigade to deploy to Afghanistan

    Nov 28, 2012

    Maj. Gen. James C. McConville's remarks upon the Department of Defense announcement that the Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), both from Fort Campbell, Ky. will deploy to Afghanistan in 2013.

  • A Strike Thanksgiving

    Nov 25, 2012

    The Soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), celebrate a Thanksgiving meal while at Fort Campbell, Ky, Nov. 20.

  • Service to country, ministry guides Soldier

    Nov 24, 2012

    Some people search their entire life for signs telling them what to do. For Erika Espeseth, it was a billboard for military chaplaincy that pointed her in the direction she had been searching for. She finally knew what she wanted in life: a life of ministry and service.

  • Rakkasans celebrate Thanksgiving

    Nov 24, 2012

  • Currahees enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.

    Nov 21, 2012

    Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were treated to a special meal in honor of Thanksgiving on November 20, 2012 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The officers and non-commissioned officers of the brigade served turkey, ham, crab legs, yams and other Thanksgiving trimmings in keeping with tradition of unit leaders serving a holiday meal to their subordinates.

  • Soldier Policies Updated

    Nov 20, 2012

    Every Soldier at all levels that arrives at Fort Campbell will receive a blue book prior to leaving the Kalsu 20th Replacement Company.

  • Privately owned weapons: Focus on the CAN, not the can't

    Nov 19, 2012

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- On Jan. 7, 2011, Public Law 111-383, also known as the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 or NDAA, was enacted.

  • Fort Campbell Soldiers march to beat of their own drum

    Nov 19, 2012

    NASHVILLE, TN (Nov. 4, 2012)--The crowd rose to their feet, and their cheers were heard echoing throughout the LP Field stadium as nearly 100 Soldiers from Fort Campbell marched out from the visiting team's tunnel Nov. 4. The Soldiers, most from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were at the stadium to participate in the opening and halftime ceremonies, which honored men and women from all branches of service as part of the National Football League's Salute to Service campaign.

  • Fort Campbell Soldier KIA honored at Ohio school

    Nov 19, 2012

    FAIRBORN, OHIO (Nov. 14, 2012)--A crowd of approximately 200 2nd and 3rd grade students from Fairborn Primary School bundled up and gathered around their flagpole in the frigid morning air Nov. 14 to witness a ceremony that honored one of the school's former students, U.S. Army Spc. Jesse Snow who was killed in action in Afghanistan Nov. 2010.

  • 101st names division's "Top Gun"

    Nov 19, 2012

    "Strike" Brigade battery earns top distinction

  • Nashville comes to Soldiers

    Nov 18, 2012

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Nov. 15, 2012) -- On a sunny afternoon Soldiers gathered for a brief escape from their surroundings. As they crowded together, acoustic guitars rang throughout the facility. Equipped with a smile, their eyes sparkled: Music, laughter and ease were in the air. Country music's brightest song writers left the comforts of Nashville, Tenn., to travel around the world for this enjoyable delivery. On its second day, the Nashville to You Tour came to forward operating base Gardez and Camp Clark, playing country music's top hits for Soldiers, Nov. 15, 2012. The tour featured five of Nashville's top songwriters; Hillary Lindsay, Keni Thomas, Carlton Ray Scott, Thomas Verges and Billy Montana.

  • Attitude gives Helicopter Landing Zone team what it needs

    Nov 17, 2012

    The Soldiers of Headquarters Company, 626th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), show off their combat efficiency with sling load operations in Khowst Province, Afghanistan.

  • Currahees compete in Brigade Top Squad Competition

    Nov 16, 2012

    Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, compete in the brigade's top squad competition on November 14, 2012 at Fort Campbell, Ky. The competition's events included a 1/2-mile run with a 30-foot log, 1/4-mile stretcher carry, obstacle course, buddy team carry, and call-for-fire scenario. Each battalion from within the brigade sends one squad each month to compete for the honor and bragging rights of being named the 'Top Squad'.

  • Variety is the spice of physical exercise

    Nov 16, 2012

    Army physical training is important and to add variety to the program, leadership encourages Soldiers to submit suggestions to do something different weekly.

  • Strike Force Stress Shoot

    Nov 16, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, KY -- When the bullets are flying and the enemy is sight, a Soldier's heart is beating fast, his adrenaline is pumping and his mind races, but he keeps his cool, maintains his composure and eliminates the enemy.

  • Marksmanship academy shows Army's adaptability

    Nov 16, 2012

    The Eagle Marksmanship Academy at Fort Campbell, Ky., is a train-the-trainer program the Sabalauski Air Assault School offers to teach leaders how to coach and mentor Soldiers on marksmanship.

  • Rakkasan veterans stay connected, reach out to new generation

    Nov 16, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Whether they are currently serving in Afghanistan or have served in historical conflicts such as World War II, Korea or Vietnam, the "Rakkasans" of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) have been recognized for many outstanding achievements.

  • The Story of "Old Abe," famous Wisconsin War Eagle on 101st Airborne Division patch

    Nov 14, 2012

    The Screaming Eagle insignia of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is perhaps the most recognized and famous shoulder sleeve insignia in the United States Army. However the history and symbolism of the patch is often forgotten. The eagle on your shoulder is not just any American Bald Eagle, but instead, it commemorates the most famous animal mascot that ever served in the United States Army.

  • Celebrating Thanksgiving

    Nov 14, 2012

    As America comes together to celebrate Thanksgiving, it is important that we give thanks to those who have earned this freedom.

  • MEDEVAC in action

    Nov 13, 2012

    Soldiers of C Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Briagde are charged with the crucial task of providing medical evacuation to Regional Command East.

  • Veterans Day: Honoring the ones who served the Nation

    Nov 13, 2012

    Veterans of the past, present and even those of the future marched Nov. 10 for nearly three hours in the downtown Clarksville, Tenn., Veterans Day Parade, an annual exhibition where they patriotically celebrate the men and women who have served in the U.S. military armed forces.

  • Competition promotes physical fitness during deployment

    Nov 10, 2012

    KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Nov. 1, 2012) --At 10 a.m. the small gym on Combat Outpost Chergotaw was filled with onlookers and competitors who had gathered for a challenging physical fitness competition. For the first time during their deployment, the Soldiers of Angel Company, 3rd Battalion,187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were conducting their famous Angel Rak physical fitness competition. The Angel Rak Competition is a test that identifies the strongest and most physically fit squads in the Company.

  • Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade

    Nov 9, 2012

    Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade provides world class aviation support to Regional Command East and Regional Command North.

  • Titans drop in on Wounded Warrior unit

    Nov 8, 2012

    Three Tennessee Titans quarterbacks dropped by Fort Campbell's Warrior Resiliency and Recovery Center on Tuesday, visiting Soldiers recovering from traumatic brain injuries as well as other wounded, injured and ill Soldiers in the Warrior Transition Battalion.

  • Medics recognized at Fort Campbell

    Nov 8, 2012

    A collection of 52 medics from across Fort Campbell were recognized during the third annual Armed Services YMCA Angels of the Battlefield dinner Nov. 1 at Cole Park Commons for their courage, dedication and professionalism.

  • 159th CAB continues the standard of excellence

    Nov 8, 2012

    "A Thunder Warrior is highly trained, disciplined and fit -- a member of a team built on trust and respect, devoted to the mission , Soldiers, and Families," is the creed for the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade. Command Sgt. Maj. Ron Dvorsky, the 159th CAB's command sergeant major, said the brigade's Soldiers continue to exemplify this creed by repeatedly showing exemplary performance during the Warrior Leader Course at Fort Campbell, Ky. Throughout the last four consecutive graduating classes at the Staff Sgt. John W. Kreckel Noncommissioned Officer Academy, numerous 159th CAB Soldiers have made the Commandant's List. Forty-two 159th CAB Soldiers graduated with honors, one with distinguished honors, one with the Leadership Award and two earned the title Iron Soldiers.

  • 401st AFSB's LTF Salerno supports Task Force Rakkasan in Afghanistan

    Nov 7, 2012

    The 401st Army Field Support Brigade's Logistics Task Force Salerno is dedicated to supporting the Soldiers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division and associated units, also known as Task Force Rakkasan, in their area of operations. The small team has or can reach back to leverage all the skill sets needed to support the Warfighters in their area.

  • Top snipers compete on Fort Benning

    Nov 7, 2012

    The world's premier snipers converged on Fort Benning, Ga., Nov. 2-5, 2012, for the 12th annual International Sniper Competition.

  • Appreciating America's veteran

    Nov 7, 2012

    A young private shakes the hand of an older Soldier and thanks him for his service during the Korean War, over sixty years ago. As James Rutherford, a retired Army veteran, receives his medical treatment at the Veterans Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., he beams with pride and vitality as he relays his memories of the distant past to Pvt. Nancy Delgado, a chaplains assistant, 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, who is barely 19 and has only served two months in the Army. Delgado is one member of the 159th CAB's Unit Ministry Team who traveled to Nashville's VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) hospital Nov. 5 in order to say "thank you" to the nation's veterans that turn to this facility for medical needs.

  • Spouse resilience training assists Rakkasan families

    Nov 7, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- When nearly 2,000 Soldiers are deployed to Afghanistan, many spouses are left to take care of the children, finances and other matters on their own, which has the potential to create a lot of stress in their lives.

  • Female body armor named among best inventions by Time Magazine

    Nov 6, 2012

    An innovation that will leave female Soldiers safer and more comfortable on the battlefield was named one of Time Magazine's "Best Inventions of the Year 2012."

  • Rakkasans Conduct Sling Load Operations

    Nov 6, 2012

    Sling loads help resupply Soldiers at outlining Combat Outposts and FOBs with essential items such as fuel, water, food and other various supplies.

  • Rakkasans vote while deployed

    Nov 5, 2012

    Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), were provided the opportunity to vote in our nation's 57th quadrennial Presidential elections while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Soldier Takes Patriotic Stand for Freedom

    Nov 4, 2012

    As he sat down, he brushed the dust off his uniform. His boots well broken in, dirty from a recent patrol and the sun had painted his face two shades darker. Through a gritty smile, he'll tell you he doesn't mind. This is what he signed up for. This is exactly what Sgt. Joseph Wroniak, an infantry team leader assigned to "Choppin" Company, 3rd Battlion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), wanted when he decided to enlisted for the U.S. Army in 2007.

  • Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division participate in Tenn. Titan's Salute to the Troops

    Nov 4, 2012

    Soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division participate in a Tennessee Titan's Salute to the Troops event, Nov. 4, 2012, held during their home game at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.

  • Afghan National Security Forces One Step Closer

    Nov 3, 2012

    PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan (Oct. 23, 2012) -- Afghan National Security Forces demonstrated their ever increasing ability to conduct independent counter insurgent operations in Chamkani District near the Pakistan border, Oct. 23, 2012. Members of the Afghan Uniformed Police, Afghan Border Police and Afghan Local Police successfully coordinated and executed a security mission, while Soldiers of Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), augmented security and intelligence support.

  • ISAF CSM Capel Recognizes 7 Rakkasans During Visit to FOB Salerno

    Nov 3, 2012

  • 159th CAB showcases aviation assets

    Nov 2, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2012) - Delegates from the Swedish Armed Forces visited the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Oct. 31, to see how the U.S. Army manages and operates their helicopter units. This is not the first time the 159th CAB has supported coalition forces with a tactical overview of their aviation assets in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The SwAF is the second international armed forces delegation the brigade has hosted within 40 days. SwAF Brig. Gen. Johan Svensson, the head of procurement and training for the Swedish Air Force, said he was impressed with the size and professionalism of the 101st Airborne Division, and he appreciated the generosity with which 159th CAB shared important information and experiences on the UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters. A year ago, Company C, "Dustoff," 7th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th CAB, supported a Swedish medical delegation comprised of doctors and nurses. The Swedes said they were very impressed, and asked specifically to visit the 159th CAB again this time. "We will apply all the lessons learned from you into our role and use them when we deploy to Afghanistan," Svensson said.

  • Bastogne begins its next rendezvous with destiny

    Nov 1, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- With the cold of the day and even colder night, the Soldiers said their goodbyes to the Families as they climbed onto the busses to begin their deployment to Afghanistan.

  • A Price Too Great to Pay

    Oct 31, 2012

    The day started like any other. I had no idea that soon I'd come dangerously close to killing two of my friends.


    Oct 31, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, KY -- "Fire in the hole! Fire in the hole, Fire in the hole!" screams a combat engineer, then the sound of a soft click leaves his hands and then a deafening boom; a secured doorway is no more. A combat engineer, also known as a Sapper, is a Soldier who performs an array of construction and demolition duties under combat conditions. They are trained in constructing and breaching trenches, building bunkers, creating tank traps and fortifications, constructing and/or demolishing bridges, roads and now perhaps most commonly known as the guys who cleared land mines and IED's from routes in Iraq and Afghanistan.


    Oct 31, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, KY -- An award ceremony was held to present the Forces Command Level 45th Annual Phillip A. Connelly Award to the Soldiers of the 526th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Oct. 24, outside of the Strike Dining Facility. Strike's 526th BSB, known as Best By Performance, won in the category for Active Army Field Kitchen-Field Feeding Operations, during the Connelly evaluation phase conducted earlier this summer; which tested Team Strike's ability to establish a field kitchen and while providing effective over-watch. Presenting the award was Maj. Gen. John R. "Jack" O'Connor, Maj. Gen. John R. "Jack" O'Connor, FORSCOM Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4.

  • Battling the odds: His amazing journey

    Oct 31, 2012

    101st Airborne Division Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo Smith shares his story on overcoming depression.

  • Currahee DFAC two-time Best Mess Award winner

    Oct 30, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-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 second quarter in-a-row, Oct. 17, 2012, at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Currahees take the Spur Ride Challenge

    Oct 30, 2012

    The cavalry tradition within the U.S. Army is called the Order of the Spur. Any Soldier serving with cavalry units (referred to as troopers) can be inducted into the Order of the Spur after successfully completing a "Spur Ride" or for having served during combat as a member of or with a Cavalry unit.

  • Family resiliency strengthens Army

    Oct 29, 2012

    "'Man up?' What does that even mean?" The women on the right side of the room burst out into laughter. The men seated on the left side of the room began to defend their answer to "Ten things you want and need from your partner." The 20 couples attending the 563rd Aviation Support Battalion marriage retreat in Sevierville, Tn., shared their answers to demonstrate the differences in priorities men and women have in a relationship. The three-day Strong Bonds retreat, Oct. 26-28, provided resiliency training for Families utilizing workshops on love languages, how to resolve conflict, and defining wants and needs within relationships. Couples demonstrated strategies discussed during the session through role-playing. Capt. (CH) Trey Vaughn, the 563rd ASB chaplain said the message the retreats convey is cohesion -- between Families, spouses and unit members. "(This training) also tells you how to listen to one another and be sensitive, but the whole time it's stressing teamwork, and in the Army, that's definitely something they stress all the time," Vaughn said.

  • Under the cover of darkness

    Oct 26, 2012

    It was 10 p.m. on Bagram Air Field and the hustle and bustle of garrison had begun to slow down. The workday was ending and most soldiers and airmen were preparing to call it a night.


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