Fort Campbell

Regional
12:31 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Service Set at Fort Campbell on Gander Anniversary

Michelle Leibold and her sister Amy Lawrence take a moment to honor the memory of their father, Major Michael R. Lawrence. He was among the 258 Fort Campbell soldiers who died when their plane crashed in Newfoundland in 1985
Credit U.S. Army

Nearly 29 years ago, 248 soldiers from Fort Campbell's 101st Airborne Division died when their plane crashed as they were returning home from a peacekeeping mission in Sinai, Egypt.

Members of the soldiers' unit will again hold a memorial service for the soldiers this week.

The ceremony is set for 10:30 a.m. CST Friday at the Gander Memorial on Screaming Eagles Boulevard at the post. It is being held by the 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

The flight crashed at Gander International Airport in Newfoundland on Dec. 12, 1985, also killing eight crew members.

Regional
5:16 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Families of Fallen Soldiers Get New Home

Credit Fort Campbell

The oldest surviving structure on the Fort Campbell Army post is now being used to help a different kind of survivor: family members of fallen soldiers.

   Fort Campbell dedicated the Parrish House as the Survivor Outreach Services building as part of Military Survivor Appreciation Week.

   The structure was built in 1833 and is a plantation-style farmhouse that has been home to all commanding generals of the 101st Airborne Division since 1947.

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Regional
3:27 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Hagel Updates U.S. Ebola Mission at Fort Campbell

Chuck Hagel
Credit US Dept. of Defense

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says there are encouraging signs of progress against the Ebola virus in West Africa, and he says the U.S. military can take some credit for containing it.

Hagel told a group of 101st Airborne Division soldiers Monday that it is too early to say when the U.S. military's Ebola mission in Liberia and Senegal will be finished.

 He said, "We're not at the end yet."

 Hagel toured the pre-deployment training that is given to soldiers before they go to West Africa. The soldiers are providing logistics and other support there but are not in direct contact with people infected with the virus. Nevertheless, soldiers are required to undergo 21 days of quarantine upon their return.

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Health
5:40 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Health Official Wants Fort Campbell to Work With the State

Credit Fort Campbell

Tennessee's top health department official is recommending that Fort Campbell use the state lab facility for testing for specific diseases, including Ebola.

Dr. John Dreyzehner, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health, told a round table discussion at the military post that the state lab is close to Fort Campbell and could provide assistance.

Some Fort Campbell troops recently deployed, as the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) assumed a role as the Headquarters Unit for the military mission in Liberia. The troops joined soldiers from all five services who are providing engineering, health care training and logistical support to USAID, the armed forces of Liberia and the government of Liberia.

The round table was held between military and civilian health administrators at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell.

Environment
2:35 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Kentucky's Largest Solar Array Will Be Built on an Old Landfill at Fort Campbell

A new solar panel array being installed at Fort Campbell will be the largest of its kind in Kentucky

A partnership between the local utility and state and federal government will build Kentucky’s largest solar array at Fort Campbell. The solar array will cover about 20 acres at the army base, and will produce five megawatts of power.

Kenya Stump, Kentucky’s assistant director of the Division of Renewable Energy, said five megawatts is enough energy to power about 500 homes.

The array will sit on an abandoned landfill, Stump said.

“The landfill itself wasn’t in a position to be utilized since it was already capped and just sitting there, so they had space,” Stump said. “So the array actually fits perfectly with the abandoned landfill.”

She said it’s only one example of using brownfields sites to spur renewable energy development, which is an initiative the Environmental Protection Agency has been working on for awhile. And in Kentucky, it’s becoming more feasible.

“I think as the price of solar is dropping, I think we’re starting to see a little bit more demand from the consumers to utilize solar resources,” Stump said.

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Military
6:17 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Soldiers Biking for Health

About 20 soldiers from Fort Campbell and Fort Knox who've been wounded or injured or who are ill are riding bicycles from one post to the other this week.

Warrior Transition Battalion physical therapist Rebecca Murphy is one of the event coordinators. She says while the soldiers will be pedaling the 164 miles, their cadre and chain of command will be with them, pedaling alongside them.

Murphy says biking gives soldiers obvious health benefits of physical activity and positive social interaction with other riders. She says it also relieves stress.

Regional
6:44 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Soldiers Deploying From Ft. Campbell

Soldiers from two 101st Airborne Division Brigades from Fort Campbell and from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, will deploy to Afghanistan. The deployment will include about 3,600 personnel.

The Defense Department said the deployment involves about 1,000 soldiers from the 1st Brigade and about 900 from the 3rd Brigade from Fort Campbell and about 1,725 from the 82nd Airborne Division.

The military said the deployments are to take place in the fall.

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Regional
5:25 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Portion of Hardin County Highway Named For Fallen Soldier

Spc. Nathaniel Garvin

A new stretch of highway connecting Kentucky Routes 220 and 313 in Hardin County has been named in honor of Specialist Nathaniel D. Garvin. 

Garvin, a Radcliff native, died in Kandahar, Afghanistan two days shy of his 21st birthday in July 2010.  He repaired electronics and avionics systems for the Army and had been assigned to Fort Campbell. 

When he died, he left behind a wife and two children.

A dedication was held Friday to mark the occasion after the Kentucky General Assembly passed a joint resolution honoring Garvin earlier this year.

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Regional
4:24 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Father, Son Lead Fort Campbell Army Unit 4 Decades Apart

An Army officer and his veteran father have an unusual bond for Father's Day.

Lt. Col. Patrick Harkins and his dad, retired Col. Bob Harkins have led the same unit into combat four decades apart. Patrick Harkins took the unit known as the Rakkasans from Fort Campbell, Kentucky into battle in Afghanistan. Bob Harkins led the same unit into combat in Operation Apache Snow, better known as the Battle of Hamburger Hill, in Vietnam in 1969.

While the military has long had family legacies — and featured them prominently in Father's Day celebrations — the Harkins' achievements stand out. Capt. Charles Emmons, a spokesman for the brigade, said it appears to be the first time a father and son have commanded the same unit decades apart.

Regional
7:09 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Military Veterans Bike Through Elizabethtown, Cave City and Bowling Green On 450 Mile Trek

Military veterans stop for a lunch break in Cave City, Kentucky as part of a 450-mile bike journey across Kentucky into Tennessee
Credit Emil Moffatt

The journey across Kentucky continues Thursday morning for 150 military veterans taking part in the Ride 2 Recovery Bluegrass Challenge.  

Dan Wermuth was an avid cyclist growing up.  But a broken back suffered during the Vietnam War kept him away from the bike for years.  That was until a Ride 2 Recovery event came through the Florida town in which he was living.  Since then, he’s taken part in 10 rides, but many of his fellow cyclists are much younger veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I have a lot of connection with them because…especially coming from the era that I did – they didn’t appreciate us so much when we came home. That’s an understatement.  We will not let that happen for our young guys,” said Wermuth. 

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