DOD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.


Pfc. Matthew H. Walker, 20, of Hillsboro, Missouri, died June 5, in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by enemy fire.
He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
For more information, media may contact the 101st Airborne Division public affairs office at 270-798-9962

 

Two U.S. Army Fort Campbell Soldiers were among the five killed in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, June 9

Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014 6:00 pm

The Department of Defense announced Saturday the death of five Soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

They died June 9, in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered while engaged in a combat operation. The incident is under investigation according to DoD officials.

Killed were:

Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund, 24, of Pasadena, Calif.;

Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald, 28, of Butler, Ga.;

Specialist Justin R. Helton, 25, of Beaver, Ohio;

Corporal Justin R. Clouse, 22, of Sprague, Wash.; and

Private Aaron S. Toppen, 19, of Mokena, Ill.

Studenmund and McDonald were assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group. Helton was assigned to the 18th Ordnance Company, 192nd Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group, Fort Bragg, N.C. Clouse and Toppen were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

Studenmund volunteered for Special Forces and graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2011. His awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Special Forces Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Parachutists Badge and the Special Operations Divers Badge. He is survived by his father, mother and sister.

McDonald enlisted as an Infantryman in the U.S. Army in 2004.  Upon completion of his initial training, he was assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga.  He volunteered for Special Forces and graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2010. His awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medals (with 3 knots), the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with 2 Campaign Stars), the Iraq Campaign Medal (with 2 Campaign Stars), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge and Parachutists Badge. He is survived by his wife, two children, mother, father and stepmother.

One Unit with Unique Family Legacy

 June 14 at 8:13 PM
 Like many soldiers, Lt. Col. Patrick Harkins has a veteran father who knows firsthand the stress of wartime deployments. One big difference is that Harkins’s dad led the very same unit of paratroopers known as the Iron Rakkasans into combat decades earlier.

While the military has long had family legacies, the Harkinses’ 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.

Patrick Harkins, 41, has led the 3rd Battalion of the 187th Infantry Regiment into combat in Iraq and Afghanistan four times since 2001. His father, retired Col. Bob Harkins, led the same regiment four decades ago in Vietnam.

The family legacy reaches back to World War II. Patrick Harkins’s grandfather, Sgt. Clyde Patrick Harkins, served with the 279th Combat Engineers and was attached to the 101st Airborne Division, which includes the Rakkasans.

Bob Harkins, 71, is proud that his sons followed in his footsteps, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t worry. “I told them if they ever got hurt, I’d kick their butts,” Bob Harkins said.

The unit earned its nickname from a Japanese translator after World War II who called the airborne unit “rakkasan,” or “falling down umbrella men.”

After the initial overseas tour, Patrick Harkins returned stateside to help run several training regimens for soldiers and worked his way up to leading the Iron Rakkasans at Fort Campbell, the sprawling military post on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.

Memorial Day Parade Information

 
By incredible good planning we are element #101 in the Memorial Day Parade.  We are with the Central Virginia Mustang Club again this year.  Our rally point will be on Jefferson Drive between 3d Street and 7th Street, right in front of the Air and Space Museum.  We will be behind a Jeep and in front of American Airlines Snowball Express.
The reporting time is 1:15 PM for the parade step-off time of 2 PM.  The parade route and dispersal are the same as in previous years.

There will be a Moment of Remembrance at 3 PM.

General Officer Assignments

 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE-Release No: NR-235-14
May 06, 2014

 General Officer Assignments

The chief of staff, Army announced the following assignments:
Brig. Gen. John G. Ferrari, deputy director, program analysis and evaluation, office of the deputy chief of staff, G-8, U.S. Army, Washington, District of Columbia, to director, program analysis and evaluation, office of the deputy chief of staff, G-8, U.S. Army, Washington, District of Columbia.
Brig. Gen. Daniel L. Karbler, commanding general, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, to director, joint and integration, office of the deputy chief of staff, G-8, U.S. Army, Washington, District of Columbia.
Brig. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas, deputy commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to deputy director for regional operations and force management, J-35, Joint Staff, Washington, District of Columbia.
Brig. Gen. Clarence D. Turner, commanding general, U.S. Army Engineer Division, South Pacific, San Francisco, California, to commanding general, U.S. Army Engineer Division, South Atlantic, Atlanta, Georgia.
Brig. Gen. Michael C. Wehr to commanding general, U.S. Army Engineer Division, Mississippi Valley, Vicksburg, Mississippi. He most recently served as director, joint engineering directorate, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, and commander, Transatlantic Division (Forward), Afghanistan.
Brig. Gen. John A. George, director, joint and integration, office of the deputy chief of staff, G-8, U.S. Army, Washington, District of Columbia, to deputy director, program analysis and evaluation, office of the deputy chief of staff, G-8, U.S. Army, Washington, District of Columbia.
Col. Bertram C. Providence, selected for the rank of brigadier general, commander, 1st Medical Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas to command surgeon, U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.