By Lt. Col. Martin O'DonnellApril 16, 2019
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) strengthened its mutually-supporting relationships with all its partnered U.S. Army National Guard and Reserve units during the third Screaming Eagle Partnership Conference, April 11-12, at the Kinnard Mission Training Center on Fort Campbell.
"This conference is about readiness," said Maj. Gen. Brian Winski, 101st Abn. Div. commander. "It is about finding intersecting training opportunities between the active and reserve component to enhance our collective lethality and ensure we remain ready as an operational and expeditionary force to fight and win our nation's wars."
The head of the air assault division's operations directorate agreed.
"The partnership between the 101st and our Army National Guard and Army Reserve partners has greatly increased the readiness of all those involved," said Col. Brandon Teague, the 101st Abn. Div. (Air Assault) operations director. "We saw it on our most recent 'Rendezvous with Destiny' to Afghanistan, and this conference solidified the fact even further."
During the conference, National Guard and Reserve units from nine states -- Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, New Jersey, Kentucky, Tennessee and Wisconsin -- shared partnership lessons learned and synchronized their training calendars with the division for the next few years.
"The conference was very productive," said Brig. Gen. Joane Mathews, Wisconsin's deputy adjutant general for Army. "It is important we strengthen these relationships, and we could not be prouder to be partnered with the 101st, [especially considering Wisconsin is where the famous War Eagle 'Old Abe' originated]."
The conference also allowed attendees to create a shared understanding of each other's capabilities, resources and requirements under the Army Total Force Policy and Forces Command Total Force Partnership Program.
"I would like to see a place where there is a better partnership than with the 101st," said Col. David Sanders, First Army operations director.