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Father, Son Lead Fort Campbell Army Unit 4 Decades Apart

Jun 14, 2014

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.

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. 

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.

First Lady, Jill Biden To Visit Fort Campbell

Apr 18, 2014

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Army officials say the manager of the sexual assault response program at Ft. Campbell has been arrested in a domestic dispute and relieved of his post.

Lt. Col. Darin Haas turned himself in to police on charges of violating an order of protection and stalking.  A spokesman for the post said Haas was immediately removed as manager of a program meant to prevent sexual harassment and assault and encourage equal opportunity.

MSGT Pete Mayes said Haas and his ex-wife have orders of protection against each other. Sgt. Chuck Gill of the Clarksville police department said Hass's ex-wife said he repeatedly contacted her Wednesday night despite the order.

Allegations of sexual assault in the military have triggered outrage from local commanders to Capitol Hill and the White House.

Fort Campbell to Welcome Home 270 Soldiers Tuesday Night

May 14, 2013

Almost 300 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell are due home from Afghanistan.

A welcome-home ceremony is scheduled for late Tuesday night at the Army installation on the Kentucky-Tennessee line.

The soldiers are members of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. They have been in Afghanistan for nine months.