Fort Campbell

8:01 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Injured Vets to Ride Through Ft. Campbell on Bikes

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More than 200 injured veterans, troops and their supporters will ride bicycles and hand cycles through Fort Campbell, Ky., today. The Ride 2 Recovery Bluegrass Challenge started in Cincinnati Sunday and will end Friday in Nashville. The ride is a way for veterans to improve their health by cycling. Most of the participants are from Warrior Transition Units that help troops rehabilitate from injuries. The cycling veterans include some from Clarksville, Dickson and Murfreesboro.

7:28 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Former Soldier Convicted of Possessing Child Porn

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A former Fort Campbell soldier has been convicted of possessing child pornography. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says a Christian County jury found Michael Myers guilty on 12 counts and recommended he register as a sex offender for 20 years. Myers was indicted in 2010 after an undercover cybercrimes investigation in September 2009. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 5.

3:11 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Fort Campbell Soldiers Prepare to Deploy for Support Role in Afghanistan

Soldiers after a training day at Fort Campbell

Fort Campbell Army leaders are learning how to take a backseat role when they return to Afghanistan this fall to serve as military advisers. About 1,900 troops from the 1st Brigade Combat Team in the 101st Airborne Division, will serve as a Security Force Assistance Brigade with a mission to prepare the Afghan security forces for the coming withdrawal of NATO troops.

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9:00 am
Sun September 23, 2012

Fort Campbell Soldiers Suit Up in New Female Body Armor

Members of the Fort Campbel Female Engagement Team (FET) practice shooting their rifles while wearing new body armor designed specifically for women
Angela Hatton / WKMS

In the early 70s, only 2.5 percent of the United States Armed Forces were women. But these days women are a common part of the military. For the last couple decades, women have made up close to one-sixth of soldiers. Until recently, they’ve served in support roles, and haven’t been on many front lines. With changing roles, more female soldiers are training for situations that put them in harm’s way. But military bases recognized a problem: body armor was designed to fit men, not women. Equipment designers began work to change that in 2009 with a new generation of female body armor.

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3:57 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

2,800 Troops To Deploy from Fort Campbell This Winter

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2,800 1st Brigade Combat Team soldiers from Fort Campbell’s 101st Airborne Division will deploy to Afghanistan this winter. 

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9:45 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Defense Language Institute Instructors Teach Eid al-Fitr to 101st Airborne

Fort Campbell soldiers preparing for upcoming deployments to Afghanistan will be learning about the Islamic holiday Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan. Thousands of troops from the post are slated to return to Afghanistan this year.  Defense Language Institute instructors will work with U.S. personnel to teach them about the holiday. They will have the traditional meal, along with dancing and rugby. 

9:26 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Plans for New Fort Campbell Museum Scaled Back

An organization trying to raise money to build a new museum at Fort Campbell says it has scaled back plans for the project.  Fort Campbell Historical Foundation Executive Director Robert Nichols says changes in the design will cut the cost for the Wings of Liberty project in half. Originally, the organization had planned a two-floor, 80,000 square-foot structure at a cost of about $40 million.

Morning Cram
9:45 am
Thu August 16, 2012

morning cram [Sudanese cattle-rustlin' edition]

"The distance from our lands to Murle lands is a five-day walk," Toonya says. "From there, when the battle starts, you might be running constantly for six hours, stealing cows and taking children and women."

Today on NPR: In South Sudan, a man's worth is measured by bovine wealth, and ever-increasing dowries are paid in cows. Cattle-rustling is an age-old problem. But recently, these raids have become markedly more violent, and the new nation is having difficulty stopping them.

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9:18 am
Thu August 16, 2012

CIA Director Petraeus to visit Fort Campbell

CIA Director, and retired four-star general, David Petraeus returns to  101st Airborne Division, the unit he led into Iraq in 2003.  His visit caps a week of celebration at the post, as the 101st commemorates its 70th anniversary.  Petraeus will also attend a retirement ceremony for Command Sergeant Major Marvin Hill, who served under Petraeus as the senior non-commissioned officer.  After leaving the division, Petraeus served as the commander of U.S.forces in Iraq, was the head of U.S. Central Command and then was tapped by President Barack Obama to lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

10:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

101st Airborne (Air Assault) Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Thousands of active, veteran and retired soldiers and their families gather at Fort Campbell this week to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 101st Airborne Division, even as some of its soldiers leave for Afghanistan.  The elite airborne-air assault division was created August 16, 1942 as the Army searched for a new type of division that could be quicker, more aggressive and able to parachute behind enemy lines.