Fort Campbell officials say they are trying to preserve the lineage of the 506th Infantry Regiment. The unit is part of the brigade combat team being cut for budgetary reasons.
Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer says deactivating units is just part of winding down a war.
“If you fought under a flag in combat, it’s very near and dear to your heart. There will be some folks that are not as pleased with this as others, but we’ll learn, we’ll grow and we’ll continue to move on.”
Stammer says the hope is to simply place the 506th in one of the other three brigade combat teams on post.
The unit was created during World War II. The soldiers parachuted into France for D-Day. They also fought in the Battle of the Bulge. The 4th Brigade Combat Team inherited its nicknamed “the Currahee” from the 506th. The name is taken from the Cherokee that roughly means “stand alone.”