Fort Campbell

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

Military veterans taking part in the 'Ride 2 Recovery' program take a moment to visit with WKU Public Radio during a lunch break in Cave City

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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Regional
1:25 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

At Fort Campbell, First Lady Announces Enhanced Job Site For Military Veterans

First lady Michelle Obama has announced a new online effort to link soldiers leaving the military with jobs that match their skill sets.

She said Wednesday that the new Veterans Employment Center provides one-stop shopping for troops as they transition to civilian life.

The move comes as the U.S. winds down wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the administration seeks to lower unemployment among veterans.

Mrs. Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Jill, made the announcement at Fort Campbell along the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.

Regional
4:52 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

First Lady, Jill Biden To Visit Fort Campbell

First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are scheduled to visit Fort Campbell next week to speak with soldiers and their families at a jobs and career fair.

Obama and Biden are expected to be at the military post on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line on Wednesday to deliver remarks to more than 1,000 service members and military spouses and over 100 employers at the Fort Campbell Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum.

The summit is a public, private, and nonprofit sector collaboration that, in coordination with the active duty military, aims to provide transitioning service members with employment resources.

During the meeting, Obama and Biden will also announce new government tools designed to simplify job hunting for veterans, transitioning service members, National Guard members, Reserve components and military spouses.

Ft. Campbell
8:17 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Ft. Campbell's Strike Brigade Preparing for Deployment to Afghanistan

A Fort Campbell unit has a ceremony scheduled this week to mark its deployment to Afghanistan.

Before leaving, it's tradition for deploying troops to "case their colors." The "colors," or flag, represents the unit on the battlefield, and casing it symbolizes the unit is prepared for movement.

The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, known as the Strike Brigade, will case its colors Thursday afternoon at the post on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.

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Regional
1:28 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Fort Campbell Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

The U.S. Defense Department says a Fort Campbell soldier has died after being struck by enemy fire in Afghanistan.

The military says 31-year-old Staff Sgt. Thomas A. Baysore Jr. of Milton, Pa., died Thursday in Paktya Province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell.

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Regional
10:57 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Kentucky To Remember Fallen Fort Campbell Soldiers Friday

Flags at state office buildings in Kentucky will be lowered to half-staff Friday.  Governor Steve Beshear is making the directive in honor of two Fort Campbell soldiers who died earlier this month in Afghanistan.

 A funeral service for Spc. Keith Grace Jr. is being held tomorrow in Baytown, Texas. He’ll be buried at the National Veterans Cemetery in Houston. 

Staff Sgt. Octavio Herrera will be laid to rest in Boise, Idaho on Friday after he’s remembered by family and friends in Caldwell, Idaho. 

Both soldiers were 26 years old.

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Regional
8:54 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Beshear Orders Flags Lowered to Half-Staff in Honor of Ft. Campbell Soldier

Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff Wednesday in honor of a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. Corey E. Garver, 26, of Topsham, Maine, died June 23rd, in Zormat, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. 

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Funeral services and interment for Sgt. Garver will be held July 10 at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

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