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101st Airborne

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Roberts / 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs

The 101st Airborne is moving to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The division based at Fort Campbell has shipped out 370 soldiers, 35 helicopters and 40 vehicles.

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The 101st Airborne is hosting Vietnam Veterans at Fort Campbell this week as part of the division's 75th anniversary. While the unit was born in World War II, Vietnam is where the division earned its modern role in the Army.

3rd Brigade Combat Team

More than 1,300 soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, who were deployed last year to Afghanistan, are now back at Fort Campbell. The last troops arrived over the weekend. 

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Dozens of officers from the 101st Airborne are spending part of the week in Nashville, getting face time with business and community leaders. The visit is part of the Army division's efforts to go out of its way to strengthen personal relationships far from the installation at Fort Campbell.

Spc. Ryan Hallgarth / U.S. Army photo

The 101st Airborne gets a new commander Thursday. Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky is moving on after multiple deployments, including one to Liberia to help contain the ebola outbreak. Most recently, he's returned from leading troops in Iraq as they train local forces to defeat ISIS.

Spc. Anna Pongo / U.S. Army

The 101st Airborne is no longer in charge of coalition troops in Iraq. The division based at Fort Campbell is on its way home after officially passing the baton.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Gunfire from training exercises could be heard outside as Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke to a room of 200 troops from Fort Campbell heading to Iraq in the coming weeks. He noted that for some in the 101st Airborne Division, this will be a return trip with a new enemy.

“I know the 101st has taken Mosul before, and you could do it again," he said. "We could deploy multiple brigades on the ground and arrive in force. But then it would likely become our fight, and our fight alone.”

Spc. Rashene Mincy / DVIDS

On Thursday, the 101st Airborne Division packed up its battle flags to mark the end of its mission in West Africa. Troops didn’t have to build nearly as many Ebola treatment units as first expected, mostly because the number of cases began to drop off.

Spc. Caitlyn Byrne / U.S. Army

One hundred Fort Campbell soldiers will finally be able to hug their families Tuesday after a months-long deployment in response to Ebola. They’ve been at Fort Bliss, Texas, for the last three weeks waiting out the virus’s incubation period. 

Like with any other mission, soldiers say they’re ready to be with their families and get back to their routines. Sgt. Maj. Thomas Pollack of the 101st Airborne Division says he plans to spend some time outside.

Fort Campbell
Stephen Jerkins / WPLN (File photo)

Tuesday night is Clarksville’s chance to make its case for preserving as many jobs as possible at Fort Campbell. Local leaders have been working to recruit an overflow crowd in order to persuade Pentagons officials, going as far as to put up Interstate billboards advertising the so-called "listening session."

According to Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, Lamar Advertising donated 10 billboards - five in Clarksville and five in Nashville.