3rd BCT, 101st Airborne Division deploys to Afghanistan

By Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd BCT, 101st Airborne DivisionSeptember 22, 2012

Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division prepare to deploy from Fort Campbell, Ky. to Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before departing, the Soldiers spent time with families and listened to their leaders speak about the importance of the unit's mission. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)
1 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division prepare to deploy from Fort Campbell, Ky. to Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before departing, the Soldiers spent time with families and listened to their leaders speak about the importance of the unit's mission. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Alan Graziano) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division climb aboard an airplane just before they deploy from Fort Campbell, Ky. to Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before departing, the Soldiers spent time with families and listened to their leaders speak about the importance of the unit's mission. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)
2 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division climb aboard an airplane just before they deploy from Fort Campbell, Ky. to Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before departing, the Soldiers spent time with families and listened to their leaders speak about the importance of the unit's mission. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Alan Graziano) VIEW ORIGINAL
Maj. Gen James McConville, Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division, speaks to Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans", 101st Airborne Division about the importance of their mission before they deploy from Fort Campbell, Ky. to Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before departing, the Soldiers were given a chance to spend some of their last state-side moments with their families. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)
3 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Gen James McConville, Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division, speaks to Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans", 101st Airborne Division about the importance of their mission before they deploy from Fort Campbell, Ky. to Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before departing, the Soldiers were given a chance to spend some of their last state-side moments with their families. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Alan Graziano) VIEW ORIGINAL
A Soldier in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division relaxes on the grass with his wife near his battalion headquarters Sept. 2012 before he deploys from Fort Campbell, Ky. to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before departing, the Soldiers also listened to their leaders speak about the importance of the unit's combat mission. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)
4 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Soldier in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division relaxes on the grass with his wife near his battalion headquarters Sept. 2012 before he deploys from Fort Campbell, Ky. to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before departing, the Soldiers also listened to their leaders speak about the importance of the unit's combat mission. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Alan Graziano) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. 1st Class Augustine Chavez, from Columbus, Ohio and a security transition team member in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, embraces his daughter, Chloe, while he enjoys precious moments with his wife, Amy, and second daughter, Eva, before deploying from Fort Campbell, Ky. to Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before departing, the Soldiers also listened to their leaders speak about the importance of the unit's combat mission. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)
5 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. 1st Class Augustine Chavez, from Columbus, Ohio and a security transition team member in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, embraces his daughter, Chloe, while he enjoys precious moments with his wife, Amy, and second daughter, Eva, before deploying from Fort Campbell, Ky. to Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before departing, the Soldiers also listened to their leaders speak about the importance of the unit's combat mission. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Alan Graziano) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division climb aboard an airplane at the Fort Campbell, Ky. airfield to depart for Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before leaving, the Soldiers spent time with families and listened to their leaders speak about the importance of the unit's combat mission. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)
6 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division climb aboard an airplane at the Fort Campbell, Ky. airfield to depart for Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before leaving, the Soldiers spent time with families and listened to their leaders speak about the importance of the unit's combat mission. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Alan Graziano) VIEW ORIGINAL
Brig. Gen. William Hickman speaks to Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at the Fort Campbell, Ky. Passenger Processing Center Sept. 2012 about the importance of their combat mission before they leave for Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before departing, the Soldiers also enjoyed some last-minute time with their families. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)
7 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Brig. Gen. William Hickman speaks to Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at the Fort Campbell, Ky. Passenger Processing Center Sept. 2012 about the importance of their combat mission before they leave for Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before departing, the Soldiers also enjoyed some last-minute time with their families. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Alan Graziano) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division embrace their loved ones just before they deploy from Fort Campbell, Ky. to Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before departing, the Soldiers also listened to their leaders speak about the importance of the unit's combat mission. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)
8 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division embrace their loved ones just before they deploy from Fort Campbell, Ky. to Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before departing, the Soldiers also listened to their leaders speak about the importance of the unit's combat mission. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Alan Graziano) VIEW ORIGINAL
Lt. Col. James Patrick Work, from Watsonville, Calif. and the Commander of 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division spends a moment with his wife, Mara, his son, J.P., his daughter, Sally and with Georgia Lillibridge, the wife of Col. R.J. Lillibridge, Commander of 3rd BCT, just before deploying from Fort Campbell, Ky. to Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before departing, the Soldiers also listened to their leaders speak about the importance of the unit's combat mission. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)
9 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lt. Col. James Patrick Work, from Watsonville, Calif. and the Commander of 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division spends a moment with his wife, Mara, his son, J.P., his daughter, Sally and with Georgia Lillibridge, the wife of Col. R.J. Lillibridge, Commander of 3rd BCT, just before deploying from Fort Campbell, Ky. to Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before departing, the Soldiers also listened to their leaders speak about the importance of the unit's combat mission. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Alan Graziano) VIEW ORIGINAL
Pvt. Derrick Newton, from Medina, NY and an assistant gunner in D Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, spends time with his father, Gregory Newton, from Clarksville, Tenn. and the rear detachment noncommissioned officer-in-charge of operations for 3rd BCT before deploying from Fort Campbell, Ky. to Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; also spending time with Pvt. Newton are his step-mother, Tabitha and his step-brother, Tyson. Before departing, the Soldiers also listened to their leaders speak about the importance of the unit's combat mission. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)
10 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pvt. Derrick Newton, from Medina, NY and an assistant gunner in D Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, spends time with his father, Gregory Newton, from Clarksville, Tenn. and the rear detachment noncommissioned officer-in-charge of operations for 3rd BCT before deploying from Fort Campbell, Ky. to Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; also spending time with Pvt. Newton are his step-mother, Tabitha and his step-brother, Tyson. Before departing, the Soldiers also listened to their leaders speak about the importance of the unit's combat mission. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Alan Graziano) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Eric Anzur, from Monaca, Penn. and the battalion paralegal for 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, sits and relaxes with his wife and son before deploying from Fort Campbell, Ky. to Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before departing, the Soldiers also listened to their leaders speak about the importance of the unit's combat mission. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)
11 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Eric Anzur, from Monaca, Penn. and the battalion paralegal for 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, sits and relaxes with his wife and son before deploying from Fort Campbell, Ky. to Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before departing, the Soldiers also listened to their leaders speak about the importance of the unit's combat mission. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Alan Graziano) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division board an airplane at the Fort Campbell, Ky. airfield just before departing to Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before departing, the Soldiers spent time with families and listened to their leaders speak about the importance of the unit's combat mission. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)
12 / 12 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division board an airplane at the Fort Campbell, Ky. airfield just before departing to Afghanistan Sept. 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Before departing, the Soldiers spent time with families and listened to their leaders speak about the importance of the unit's combat mission. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Alan Graziano, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Alan Graziano) VIEW ORIGINAL