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  • "Back to Basics"

    Sep 28, 2012

    "Strike Fear" battalion trains on sling load operations with Avengers

  • "ASISTing" a fellow Soldier

    Sep 28, 2012

    Lifeliners, MP's learn to identify comrades in need during suicide skills training

  • Currahees laugh their way to stronger bonds

    Sep 26, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-Soldiers and their Families from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division attend Strong Bonds Retreat, Sept. 21 to Sept. 23, 2012 as part of the brigade's Family resiliency program at Nashville, Tenn.

  • Fort Campbell suicide prevention efforts target a killer

    Sep 26, 2012

    September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell community is ready to stand up to suicide.

  • Medal of Honor recipient trains Currahees

    Sep 25, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-Medal of Honor recipient, retired Lt. Col. Charles Hagemeister assisted with training Currahees with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Sept. 10 to Sept. 18, 2012 as a member of the Mission Command Training Program from Fort Leavenworth, Kan. during the Warfighter Exercise at the Fort Campbell Kinnard Mission Training Complex at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Walk to Afghanistan

    Sep 22, 2012

    Take a hike -- a 10,644-mile hike. Or a run. Or a bike ride. An estimated 350 Family members and other participants from the community show support for deployed Soldiers by doing just that. The 101st Combat Aviation Battalion kicked off the second Walk to Afghanistan Saturday at Fort Campbell, Ky., held in support of Soldiers participating in Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • 3rd BCT, 101st Airborne Division deploys to Afghanistan

    Sep 22, 2012

    Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans", 101st Airborne Division deployed from Fort Campbell, Ky. to Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before the Soldiers departed, they spent time with their loved ones and listened to their leaders as they imparted words of wisdom about why they are deploying and the mission they will need to accomplish.

  • New Chemical suit for Aviators

    Sep 21, 2012

    Soldiers from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division become the first Army unit in the continental U.S. to receive the latest Joint Protective Aircrew Ensemble, Sept. 20, at Fort Campbell, Ky. The JPACE is a flame resistant, light weight, chemical and biological protective coverall that resembles a standard flight suit worn over the physical fitness uniform and consists of an inner CB lining attached to an outer shell.

  • Stand Up! for suicide awareness

    Sep 21, 2012

    Soldiers of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade attended an all-day training event to increase suicide awareness, reduce suicidal and high-risk behavior, and improve the health and discipline of the force. "We will accomplish this in-part by educating the force of the warning signs, risk factors and the resources available to our Soldiers," said Maj. (CH) Edward J. Yurus, the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade's chaplain. The Department of the Army has designated September as Army Suicide Prevention Month, and on Sept. 27, the Army will conduct a suicide prevention day to focus on promoting good health, teammate involvement, risk reduction and resiliency.

  • Eagle 7 sends

    Sep 20, 2012

    Command Sgt. Maj. Alonzo J. Smith, division command sergeant major, speaks to Soldiers on initiatives and opportunities for single Soldiers assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Building resiliency in military children

    Sep 19, 2012

    With the constant moving, changing of schools and friends and having a parent who's deployed or geographically dispersed, being in a military family can, at times, be exceedingly stressful for children.

  • Currahees train using VBSII

    Sep 19, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conduct walk-and-shoot mission rehearsal using Virtual Battle Space II, Sept. 4 to 6, 2012, at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Deploying Soldiers test new female body armor prototype

    Sep 18, 2012

    Female Soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., preparing for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan are getting a chance to weigh in on the latest innovation in personal protective equipment: body armor designed specifically to fit them.

  • Army encourages stigma reduction

    Sep 18, 2012

    Soldiers of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade and other 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers participated in a Stigma Reduction Communications Campaign workshop, Sept. 18, 2012, at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Don't forget the house when preparing for winter

    Sep 17, 2012

    Cold weather is on the horizon, and as members of the Army Family begin their preparations for winter, officials want them to pay special attention to one area in particular - their homes.

  • Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying

    Sep 14, 2012

    All service members have a personal responsibility to intervene and stop any occurrences of sexual harassment, hazing or bullying.

  • Units push to reduce non-deployable personnel

    Sep 14, 2012

    During 2012, the medically non-deployable population at Fort Campbell, Ky., has increased to approximately 20 percent of the Division's overall assigned strength, according to medical profile data reported by Blanchfield Army Community Hospital and the Integrated Disability Evaluation System. To enhance the readiness posture of the brigades, all units must continue to reduce the medically non-deployable population by half, no later than the end of 2013. In an effort to streamline the process and make as many Soldiers as battle-ready as possible, unit commanders will assist with reviews and revisions of policies, processes and training requirements that have caused the medical non-deployable rate to rise.

  • 2012 National Hispanic American Heritage Month

    Sep 11, 2012

    Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

  • Rakkasans deploy to Afghanistan

    Sep 11, 2012

    Rakkasan Soldiers and Families say farewell during a deployment ceremony on Fort Campbell Sept. 6, 2012.

  • 101st Airborne Division receives first female chaplain in combat arms unit

    Sep 10, 2012

    Capt. Delana I. Small, chaplain with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and a native of Springfield, Miss., arrived June 28, 2012, and was assigned as the 101st Airborne Division's first female chaplain in a combat arms unit as part of the Department of Defense initiative, Women in the Service Review.

  • September 11, 2012--11 years later: Honoring the fallen - moving forward

    Sep 10, 2012

    For Americans, the date "September 11, 2001" evokes very distinct memories of that specific time in our lives when the world, as we knew it, changed forever. Our memories mark this day far more poignantly than any words ever will.

  • Eagle 6 Patriot Day message

    Sep 10, 2012

    As I personally reflect on the attacks of September 11th, I want to remember all the Patriots who lost their lives to terrorists.

  • Resiliency required for successful Soldiers

    Sep 6, 2012

    Soldiers are not just in the Army -- they are the Army, and when they overcome personal hurdles, the Army is that much stronger from it. Resiliency training for Soldiers is just as essential as any other military training. Discussing theories is important, but working the techniques into practical, every day activities is where the rubber meets the road. "Soldier resiliency is a Soldier's ability to bounce back from adverse situations much wiser, stronger, and better equipped," said Capt. Vincent L. Hardy, the chaplain for 7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment. "Each experience shows a person a new facet about themselves and it brings out new coping mechanisms. The bottom line is that the information, if utilized, can help a person or family unit bounce back from adversity wiser and stronger." Resiliency training is just one part of the Army's holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to suicide prevention.

  • Currahees receive 1st female chaplain

    Sep 5, 2012

    U.S. Army Chaplain (Cpt.) Delana I. Small, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and a native of Springfield, Miss., arrived June 28, 2012 and was assigned as the 101st Airborne Division's first female chaplain in a combat arms unit as part of the Department of Defense initiative, Women in the Service Review.

  • Eagle Dustoff stands ready to serve

    Sep 5, 2012

    The four aircraft formed a perfect line, then parted ways and danced delicately into individual parking places Saturday at Fort Campbell, Ky. The trip was over, and the Medevac crews were ready to begin what was left of their 4-day weekend. Within only hours of notification, eight crews of Eagle Dustoff (Company C, 7th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade) traveled to Fort Rucker, Ala., Thursday. They were staged for potential search-and-rescue missions, ready to assist at a moment's notice. With the National Guard and the other government agencies in place, the Medevac crews were not needed and returned home. Response time can mean the difference between life and death, and the Army excels at rehearsing for all kinds of emergencies.

  • Suicide prevention: A healthy force is a ready force

    Sep 4, 2012

    The Army has designated September as Suicide Prevention Month and joins the nation in observing National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 10-14, 2012, and World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10.

  • Currahees prepare for Eagle Flight III

    Sep 4, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, started a transition point in their training as elements of 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, "White Currahee", began rehearsals for the brigade's upcoming Eagle Flight III, a company level walk-and-shoot, on August 28, 2012 at Son Drop Zone, Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • 101st Airborne Division female Soldiers first to test prototype body armor

    Aug 28, 2012

    While advances in female Army Combat Uniforms are already available, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) first suggested changes be made to Improved Outer Tactical Vests for women in 2009.

  • Week of the Eagles 2012 - Wrap Up

    Aug 28, 2012

    Week of the Eagles 2012 wrap up.

  • MEDEVAC crews fit into tight spaces

    Aug 28, 2012

    U.S. Army Soldiers are great at what they do, but they don't always make it through the mission without injury or Mother Nature getting in their way. To aid their injured battle buddies, the Medevac aviation crews with the Company C "Eagle Dustoff," 7th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, attached to Task Force Wings, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, prepare for those unfortunate circumstances by combat hoist training operations.

  • CK brightens Soldiers field training

    Aug 28, 2012

    When Soldiers get off work at their duty stations, many of them look forward to a shower and a meal. For the Task Force Wings Soldiers conducting training at Fort Bragg, N.C., Aug. 19-29, that luxury can be hard to come by. However, to keep the morale up, leaders brought food service specialists on the Joint Operations Aviation Exercise to cook and serve food by use of the containerized kitchen.

  • Currahee is Best Cook of the Quarter

    Aug 28, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-U.S. Army Spc. James F. McCollum from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and native of Radcliff, Ky., was awarded the 101st Airborne Division Commanding General's Best Cook of the Quarter, Aug. 22, 2012 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Crew chiefs learn to train future generations through MTT

    Aug 24, 2012

    For nearly five weeks, 10 crew chiefs with 4th and 7th battalions, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, have been studying standards and immersed in instruction as they take the Aircraft Crewmember Standard Instruction course. The objective of the course is to qualify the crewmembers to be flight instructors, meaning they will have all the tools they need to be a certified flight instructor. Soon, the crew chiefs who graduate from the course will be able to train and evaluate future crew chiefs. This means they will be even more proficient in tasks such as aircraft systems, malfunction analysis, aviation medicine and other aviation safety subjects.

  • TF Wings tests deployment readiness plan

    Aug 24, 2012

    Soldiers of the Task Force Wings (4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade) spent four days, Aug. 21-24, rehearsing their quick-response deployment readiness capabilities. The brigade exercised all facets of preparing an aviation task force, including its supporting elements, to deploy on short or no notice, from initial notification to loading the aircraft with personnel, gear and equipment. "In the event we get a prepare-to-deploy order, we have to be capable of getting ourselves out the door with short notice and internal assets, meaning the majority of our support is coming out of our brigade," said Maj. Kareem J. Toomer, the brigade's support operations officer.

  • Jump-FARP fuels monumental outcome

    Aug 24, 2012

    The Forward Support Company, 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, for the newly formed Task Force Wings element provides responsive, manifold logistic support to the task force. The support does not stop at providing the companies with drinkable water, equipment movement, or drivers for convoys; they provide fuel and lots of it.

  • SWO: Forecasts factor in mission execution

    Aug 24, 2012

    Three staff weather officers provide Task Force Wings with weather predictions during a Joint Operations Aviation Exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C., Aug. 20-29. The SWO team monitors the weather in the task force's tactical operations center to keep pilots and their crews updated on the latest weather forecasts and apprised of changes in conditions while they are on mission.

  • Petraeus returns to Fort Campbell to celebrate 70th anniversary

    Aug 23, 2012

    Although rain clouds loomed over the Division Parade Field Friday morning, the 101st Airborne Division closed the "Week of the Eagles 2012: A History of Valor" with the traditional pass and review. About 15,000 Soldiers and other tenant units gathered on the Division Parade Field for the pass and review by Division and Fort Campbell Commander, Maj. Gen. James C. McConville.

  • Welcome to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

    Aug 20, 2012

    Welcome to the official homepage of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Screaming Eagles, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

  • Soldiers, Families remember fallen

    Aug 17, 2012

    Roughly 2,200 supporters participated in the 2012 Week of the Eagles' Run for the Fallen, Saturday, which began at the Sabalauski Air Assault School. Attendees honored fallen heroes by participating in the 5th Annual Run for the Fallen, a tribute event that involved a 3.2-mile run or 2-mile walk.

  • Toughest Air Assault Soldier on Fort Campbell

    Aug 16, 2012

    The moon still hovers in a predawn sky, visibility is low but the distinct sound of Soldiers adjusting their kits, boots and gear can still be strongly heard. They step off into the dark, the first of many in the next 12- miles, which has to be to be finished in under three hours time. This is the Toughest Air Assault Soldier Competition. Soldiers from each brigade are tested on their physical stamina, attention to detail and knowledge of tactical aerial operations. By day's end, one team will be the Toughest Air Assault Soldiers in Fort Campbell.

  • Strike's dodgeball team wins new event

    Aug 16, 2012

    The Week of the Eagles has been a Fort Campbell tradition for over 70 years. This tradition brings not only Soldiers, but also their family members and Veterans of the Screaming Eagle family as well. The events started in 1970's to build the cohesion of Soldiers. Over that span, the events have evolved not just for Soldier participation, but also former Screaming Eagles and family members alike. The week is a highlight for some.

  • 3rd Bn., 5th SFG, takes home 2012 Week of the Eagles basketball title

    Aug 16, 2012

    The crowd roars as their favorite brigade basketball team from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) steps on the court to compete in the final round of the 2012 Week of the Eagles basketball tournament.

  • Soccer Tournament Scores a Winning Goal for All: Rakkasan Wears Gold at Week of the Eagles 2012

    Aug 16, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, KY -- Soccer, or football to the rest of the world, is a sport that is gaining popularity in the United States. The Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), competed in a tournament during Week of the Eagles to determine the best Soccer team in the division. Beginning with nine teams consisting of Soldiers from all across Fort Campbell, the championship was decided Aug. 15. The tournament stretched out over three-days and was a test of all the preparations leading up to Week of the Eagles 2012.

  • Strike Brigade wins legacy golf tournament

    Aug 16, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Golf is a sport loved by people all over; Soldiers are no different. Fort Campbell's Cole Park Commons Golf Course hosted the Week of the Eagles, Legacy Golf Tournament Aug. 13. Despite inclement weather, 36 teams came out for the best ball style tournament hoping to emerge on top.

  • Team 'Strike' wins 2012 Week of Eagles marksmanship competition

    Aug 16, 2012

    Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, "Strike," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), took top honors in the Week of the Eagles 2012 Marksmanship Competition held Aug. 14, 2012, at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • STRIKE'S BASKETBALL JONES

    Aug 16, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, KY - Basketball is just one of the 14-events that took place during the Week of the Eagles, 2012. The Strike team, made up of Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), has provided much excitement during the basketball tournament. This inter-division 3-day competition, held at Fort Campbell's Lozada gym began Aug. 13. The Strike team gave fans that came out to support more than their money's worth.

  • Week of the Eagle's 5th Annual Run for the Fallen

    Aug 16, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky- Roughly 2,200 supporters participated in the 2012 Week of the Eagles Run for the Fallen, Aug. 11, 2012 which began at the Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Strike's Team "Lat Attack" creates history with ultimate frisbee

    Aug 16, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - This year, for the first time in the Screaming Eagle's history, the game of Ultimate Frisbee is a part of the Week of the Eagles competition. The Week of the Eagles is celebrated each year to honor the activation of the 101st Airborne Division in 1942. This year is the division's 70th anniversary.

  • 5 and 10 kilometers run is fun

    Aug 14, 2012

    Go figure, one of the most competitive five and ten kilometer races at Fort Campbell is a called a Fun Run. They are both a timed team event, in which the outcome depends on an individual's performance. Each brigade within the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), has representing teams for each race. The teams met up on the Sunday morning of Aug. 12 at Fort Campbell's Sabalauski Air Assault School and put on display all of that hard work and physical training they've invested in for this 'fun' competition.

  • Week of the Eagles Run held for fallen but not forgotten Soldiers

    Aug 14, 2012

    During this Week of the Eagles 2012, the Run for the Fallen event was held at the Sabalauski Air Assault School, Aug. 11, 2012, bringing Soldiers, veterans and family members together to remember.

  • Week of the Eagles Basketball Tournament

    Aug 14, 2012

    The Screaming Eagles Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), compete in a basketball tournament, Aug. 13., part of Week of the Eagles. The seven day event host competitions and activities to promote physical fitness, Soldiering skills and esprit de corps throughout the division's brigades.

  • 101st Airborne Division kicks off Week of the Eagles 2012 with Division run

    Aug 13, 2012

    The Screaming Eagles Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), kick off the Week of the Eagles 2012 with a four mile division run through Fort Campbell, Aug. 10. The seven day event host competitions and activities to promote physical fitness, Soldiering skills and esprit de corps throughout the division's brigades.

  • Super Saturday Air Show celebrates 70-year legacy of Air Assault Division

    Aug 11, 2012

    Approximately 20,000 spectators turned out Aug. 11, to watch the 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell Super Saturday Air Show at Campbell Army Airfield.

  • 101st Airborne Division kicks off Week of the Eagles with a division run

    Aug 10, 2012

    The Screaming Eagles Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), kick off the Week of the Eagles 2012 with a four mile division run through Fort Campbell, Aug. 10. The seven day event host competitions and activities to promote physical fitness, Soldiering skills and esprit de corps throughout the division's brigades.

  • Currahees conduct rehearsals for the 2012 Week of the Eagles

    Aug 9, 2012

    Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment; 4th Battalion,320th Field Artillery Regiment,4th Brigade Combat Team and the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, conduct air assault rehearsals for the Week of the Eagles, that starts 10 August 2012.

  • Currahees receive first Spouse Master Resiliency Trainers

    Aug 7, 2012

    Representatives from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), attended the Spouse Master Resiliency Training course from July 23 to Aug. 3, 2012, at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • ASA Lamont visits Fort Campbell to discusses force manning, manpower issues

    Aug 1, 2012

    Thomas R. Lamont, assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, visited Fort Campbell, Ky., July 25, 2012, to discuss force manning and manpower issues as well as observe several aspects of training.

  • Currahee DFAC earns Best Mess Award

    Jul 31, 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 by Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, July 20, 2012 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Glory conducts Platoon Air Assualt Raid

    Jul 31, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky- Soldiers from Bravo Battery, 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, setup a M119A2 105mm howitzer after unloading from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter during an night air assault training exercise, July 24, 2012 at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

  • Medics from Charlie Med. conduct a tactical field problem.

    Jul 31, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky- Medics from Company C, 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, put all they learned in the week long Tactical Combat Causality Care class in a final training exercise, July 27, 2012 at Fort Campbell, Ky. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Todd A Christopherson, 4th Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs)

  • Currahee induct 14 DMOR/HMOR

    Jul 24, 2012

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky-Leaders from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, induct 14 individuals as Distinguished Members of the Regiment and Honorary Members of the Regiment during a ceremony celebrating the Regiment's 70th Birthday, July 20, 2012 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Collaborative training develops muscle memory for when it matters most

    Jul 23, 2012

    For the first time in five deployment cycles, all seven companies of Eagle Lift, 7th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, trained together during a collaborative situational training exercise that began at Fort Campbell, Ky., July 16, 2012.

  • Celebrating History: 101st Airborne 70th Anniversary

    Jul 19, 2012

    On August 16th, 1942, the 101st Airborne Division came into being. The unit, also known as the Screaming Eagles, have made a name for themselves, earning many accolades. Seventy years later, the division celebrates its history with a week-long tribute to Soldiers past and present. Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Widemond walks us through a short history of the Screaming Eagles.

  • 9-year-old cancer patient takes flight

    Jul 17, 2012

    As he perched eagerly in a chair at the Fort Campbell flight simulator July 17, it would be easy to mistake 9-year-old Adam Crider for any other boy his age. His slightly shaggy blond hair and baby-blue eyes that light up as quickly as his infectious smile spreads across his face belie the 18-month battle Adam and his family have endured.

  • Letters home: Local family receives letters of Soldier killed 43 years ago

    Jul 16, 2012

    Four letters written by a Columbia Soldier killed in Vietnam have finally found their way home more than 40 years after they were first inked.

  • Communication, counseling preserve Family, unit ties

    Jul 10, 2012

    The 159th Combat Aviation Brigade has been home from deployment around 100 days, and the honeymoon is over.

  • Campbell impresses Hammack during visit

    Jul 10, 2012

    When the Honorable Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installation, Energy and Environment, visited Tuesday, her objective was two-fold: Spread the word about current and future Army efforts in her area of responsibility and learn what Fort Campbell is doing in these areas.

  • Heat wave highlights importance of Bambi Bucket training

    Jul 3, 2012

    When the Soldiers of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Campbell, Ky., are called upon, they have three hours to get up in the air and be on their way to aid in extinguishing wildland fires.

  • Field sanitation training empowers 159th CAB Soldiers

    Jul 3, 2012

    Soldiers with the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade buckled down for a 40-hour field sanitation certification class beginning June 22 to learn how to protect themselves and their battle buddies against diseases in field environments.

  • Safety before Glory

    Jun 28, 2012

    "Dakota" was announced over the Air Battle Net, indicating the flight of four CH-47s with dual shotgun HMMWVs on long lines had reached the release point and would starburst to four separate landing zones. After about one minute of flight, all aircraft lost communication with each other due to the limited line of sight and aged, failing equipment. In zero illumination, I was in the lead aircraft using my limited experience and flight training to find an LZ, which was located along the border of a non-allied country in a very austere environment. Once we delivered the load and our passengers, we exited the LZ en route to the start point. Our plan was to link up with the flight as we returned to the pickup zone for one more trip into the objective area. Just shy of the SP, I heard a broken radio transmission over the ABN: "The HMMWVs are in a pile, but we're OK."

  • Stick to the Standards

    Jun 28, 2012

    Just like many Army aviators, I've lost friends to helicopter accidents. I'd like to share what happened in one of those accidents so others can learn the hard lessons and correct the way they do business and improve the safety of operations in their units.

  • What Would You Do?

    Jun 28, 2012

    Our mission was to conduct a multiship air assault of ground forces. We were under night vision goggles with less than 20 percent illumination and below 300 feet above ground level. I suddenly noticed out of the left side of my field of view a set of wires perpendicular to our route of flight. At that exact moment, my left-side door gunner announced, "Wires!"

  • Aircrews train on water survival skills

    Jun 25, 2012

    One by one, pilots and aircrew members assigned to the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade splashed - boots and all - into the deep end of Gardner Pool here June 20 to complete the first challenge of Dunker HEEDs training. with A2CUs (the flight uniform), boots and all individual gear aircrew members use on their person in the aircraft for a pre-dunker swim qualification.

  • Full spectrum: Army pilots, Unmanned Aircraft Systems operators to team up on battlefield

    Jun 21, 2012

    Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems will take on a new role as a Combat Aviation Brigade element with the upcoming deployment this fall of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.

  • 159 CAB earns Army's Best of the Best Award for unit movement

    Jun 18, 2012

    "Man, equip, train - those are the things we did," said Maj. Nate Surrey, the aviation intermediate maintenance officer for 563rd Aviation Support Battalion during the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade's 2011-2012 deployment to southern Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and currently the executive officer of the brigade. "We manned (our move) properly, we equipped them with everything they needed for all the phases (and) made sure everyone had the right training -- bottom line." This mentality earned the 159th CAB the Army's coveted Best of the Best Award in Washington, D.C., June 5.

  • Normandy monument dedicated to Maj. Richard Winters

    Jun 12, 2012

    Along the causeway to Utah Beach stands a new monument to combat leadership, dedicated June 6, 2012, in memory of Maj. Richard Winters, who led paratroopers from Company E, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, during the D-Day landings.

  • Ring leader: 159th CAB Soldier uses fighting spirit to mentor

    Jun 7, 2012

    His Soldier describes his mentoring as "punch-love" style. Sgt. 1st Class Jay Karvaski, the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade's intelligence section NCO in charge, admits his boxing experience began much that way. "If you are out of line or out of regulation, he'll come at you strong, then afterward, once you've realized what's ... wrong, then comes the love -- the mentoring," said Sgt. Ryan Pillette, an intelligence specialist with HHC, 159th CAB. A good NCO knows his strengths. A better NCO knows his weaknesses. The best NCOs work to change those weaknesses, and Karvaski seems to aspire to that.

  • Battle of beautification: Army and AF engage in facelift faceoff

    Jun 7, 2012

    A Skytrain and a Flying Boxcar are the lucky recipients of a much-needed makeover here at Fort Campbell, Ky. The aircraft, a Douglas C-47 Skytrain and Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar, are on static display on the corner of Wickham and Entrance roads. Sun damage, lack of use and weather have all left signs of aging on the aircraft, but thanks to some friendly competition between the Army and the Air Force, these beautiful ladies will soon find their fine lines and wrinkles significantly erased.

  • Vietnam 40 years later: Simple letter reunites 101st Airborne Division vets

    Jun 1, 2012

    With a simple "Letter to the Editor" to the Fort Campbell Courier from the Philippines, two Vietnam veterans were able to catch up after more than four decades apart.

  • Army promotes National Safety Month

    May 24, 2012

    June is National Safety Month, and senior Army Leaders are asking Soldiers at all levels to use this opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to safety.

  • 159th CAB changes hands

    May 23, 2012

    The outgoing commander of 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, for the past 26 months set the standard in training his Soldiers and leading them through a successful deployment, but more importantly, bringing them back home to their Families.

  • Army develops generator 1.5 tons lighter than current option

    May 22, 2012

    Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center engineers were recognized for their collaborative efforts with small business to develop a transportable 100 kW generator that is 3,150 pounds lighter than those currently in theater.

  • 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Week of the Eagles

    May 21, 2012

    The "Screaming Eagles" of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will host the 2012 Week of the Eagles, Aug. 10-17, 2012, at Fort Campbell, Ky., to reflect upon all that the division's Soldiers have achieved since the unit was created with no history, but with a "Rendezvous with Destiny."

  • Vietnam 40 years later: 101st Airborne Division veteran recalls Ripcord battle

    May 17, 2012

    Tet Offensive. Fall of Saigon. Siege of the Khe Sanh. These are just a few of the names a person might hear when discussing famous battles of the Vietnam War. Less likely to be mentioned is the final high-casualty engagement between units of the U.S. infantry and the North Vietnamese Army. Taking place between March and July 1970, the Battle of Fire Support Base Ripcord would stay tucked into a hidden chapter of the war's history for decades.

  • Operation Restored Warrior seeks to mend invisible wounds

    May 17, 2012

    The program he found was Operation Restored Warrior, a five-day, faith-based program designed to "rescue, rebuild and restore what was lost and stolen from our warriors' lives," according to the ORW website.

  • Fort Campbell Soldiers earn EFMB in record numbers

    May 17, 2012

    When an Expert Field Medical Badge is seen on the uniform of a Soldier, it is a strong indication of his commitment to training, technique and life-saving skills under pressure. Established in 1965, the EFMB is a special skill award that recognizes exceptional performance by field medical personnel. It is only awarded to Soldiers who successfully complete combat tactical lane casualty care tasks, day and night land navigation, a written test and a 12-mile forced road march.

  • Dirty bomb scenario unites Fort Campbell, community agencies

    May 17, 2012

    Fort Campbell, Ky., held its annual Full-Scale Anti-terrorism Exercise May 10, 2012, uniting both on- and off-post agencies to respond to a fictional scenario, May 10.

  • 'Screaming Eagle' Soldiers oversee demining in Democratic Republic of the Congo

    May 15, 2012

    Years after the Great War of Africa ended, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is covered with remnants of war scattered throughout the country in the aftermath of one of the deadliest conflicts worldwide since World War II.

  • Vietnam 40 years later: 101st Airborne Division veteran recalls Hamburger Hill

    May 14, 2012

    Forty-three years ago today, Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, started fighting the Battle of Hamburger Hill. Pvt. Dan Cochran was one of them.

  • 101st Airborne Division adds realism to Army network exercise

    May 10, 2012

    While thousands of Soldiers maneuver across the New Mexico desert to assess the Army's future tactical communications network, a smaller group more than a thousand miles away is playing a quieter but essential role in the Network Integration Evaluation 12.2.

  • Comancheros build houses, give back to community

    May 10, 2012

    The Comancheros of New Mexico in the 1830's built wealth by raiding and trading. The Comancheros of Fort Campbell traded their time to help build houses for Habitat for Humanity Thursday. Even before lunchtime, more than 20 Soldiers of Company A, 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, made excellent headway in completing several homes in order to bring joy to families in need in Antioch, Tenn.

  • Vietnam 40 years later: 101st Airborne Division widow to Army mom

    May 8, 2012

    Linda Eaton became a war widow in 1969, and the proud mother of a Soldier 40 years later.

  • 101st Airborne Soldiers test howitzer upgrades

    May 8, 2012

    Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky., recently assisted the Picatinny Arsenal M119A2 Howitzer Logistics Team complete the last phase of logistics training.

  • Fort Campbell Iron Rakkasans remember Hamburger Hill

    May 20, 2011

    Iron Rakkasans - both young and old - gathered Friday to remember the Battle of Hill 937, better known as Hamburger Hill. The 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Soldiers fought valiantly at Vietnam's Dong Ap Bia mountain in May 1969. A part of Operation Apache Snow, these Soldiers battled tough terrain to overcome the North Vietnamese forces' stronghold at the hill. The Rakkasans went on to eliminate more than 500 enemy troops and seize stores of weaponry.

  • Fort Campbell Army journalist honored in U.S. Capital

    May 20, 2011

    A 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Soldier was among those honored during a rededication of the Journalists Memorial at the Newseum Monday. Staff Sgt. James P. Hunter, an Army writer and photographer, was killed in Afghanistan last year while telling the Soldier's story.

  • NYC gifts 5th Group with piece of history

    May 6, 2011

    The City of New York donated two beams from the World Trade Center to the 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Marines, Army combine efforts at FARP

    Mar 24, 2011

    Ten Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit based out of Cherry Point, N.C., and the Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 based out of Miramar, Calif., received Army Achievement Medals here Mar. 20.

  • Avionics Shop: Essential to mission readiness

    Mar 20, 2011

    Though the pilots, and their crew in any aviation brigade seem to be the most important mission while deployed, they could not fly without equipment working properly.

  • SecDef visits wounded Soldiers at Bagram hospital

    Mar 9, 2011

    PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates pins the Purple Heart Medal and a Combat Action Badge on the chest of wounded service members, March 7 at the Heathe N. Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Airfield. Gates gave a quick speech to troops at Bagram before he left.

  • Simplifying the Logistics ground

    Mar 9, 2011

    How the 101st Sustainment Brigade is undertaking an ambitious project to re-configure Bagram Airfield's Logistics complex

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