Three Fort Campbell soldiers were killed in Afghanistan over the weekend.
The Department of Defense says 26-year old Staff Sgt. Octavio Herrera of Caldwell, Idaho, 22-year old Sgt. Jamar Hicks of Little Rock, Arkansas and 26-year old Specialist Keith Grace of Baytown, Texas died Sunday when enemy forces attacked their unit with indirect fire.
The soldiers were assigned to the 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.
This week marks the return of another group of Fort Campbell soldiers from deployment.
The 101st Airborne Division will be hosting a welcome home ceremony Wednesday in honor of 300 soldiers who are assigned to the division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team.
Officials say the soldiers were deployed in Afghanistan for nine-months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
It's going to be a big week on Fort Campbell, with two change of command ceremonies and a major figure in the Army to visit.
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Commander Colonel Paul Cordts will relinquish command to Colonel George “Ned” Appenzeller Wednesday morning at 8 o'clock. Colonel Cordts has commanded the hospital since 2011 and has been in charge of reorganizing primary care during his two years.
Colonel Appenzeller recently attended the U.S. Army War College Fellowship in Washington, D.C. and previously served as U.S. Army Medical Department Activity commander at a post in Alaska.
Meanwhile, the Third Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans” will host a change of command ceremony Thursday morning at 10. Colonel R.J. Lillibridge will turn over the reigns to Colonel J.B. Vowell after serving five combat tours with the unit.
Finally, post officials say a “distinguished military visitor” from Headquarters U.S. Army will visit Fort Campbell Thursday to discuss the Army's Ready and Resilient Campaign and to meet with soldiers, families and members of the civilian workforce.
The identity of the individual has not been released for security reasons.
While most area residents were resting peacefully in their homes this morning hundreds of Fort Campbell soldiers returned home from Afghanistan into the arms of loved ones, who have patiently awaited their arrival.
Post officials say 333 soldiers assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team arrived early this morning following a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan where they served as security advisers to their Afghan counterparts.
Sergeant Joshua Barber was among the hundreds of returning soldiers, who stated he was glad to be back from Afghanistan.
Family, friends and comrades of hundreds of Fort Campbell soldiers will be at the local military installation Saturday to welcome home the local troops from their deployment in Afghanistan.
Post officials say about 300 soldiers assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team will be returning home from their nine-month mission in Afghanistan, where they served as advisors to their Afghan counterparts.
The soldiers were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.