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Latest advances in aviation and technology are impacting the armed forces, especially within the ranks of units like the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, based out of Fort Campbell.
Military officials have recently announced they will be phasing out the UH-60-Kilo Blackhawk, with Master Sergeant Joshua Boisselle of Fort Bragg, North Carolina saying the MH-60K BlackHawk has been in operation since the early 1990’s.
A group of Fort Campbell soldiers are set to receive a new cutting-edge hearing protection and enhancement communication system previously only available to Special Forces units.
The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, who will be fitted tomorrow with the equipment and will undergo a live fire exercise utilizing the state of the art gear.
Military officials say the purpose of the state-of-the art equipment is to protect soldiers and improve their tactical dominance.
Officials say the 1st Brigade Combat team is the first regular Army unit to receive the Tactical Communication and Protective System, which has been shown to improve communication, protect hearing and reduce the risk of overpressure damage from a blast on the battlefield.
Officials also say the device can also be used to improve hearing abilities, allowing soldiers to hear low-profile sounds more clearly.
Governor Steve Beshear announced this week that flags at all state office buildings will be lowered to half-staff on the day of internment for a fallen Kentucky soldier.
According to the Department of Defense, 36-year old Master Sergeant Aaron Torian of Paducah died February 15th while conducting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Master Sergeant Torian was assigned to the 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
The Governor will order that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of Master Sergeant Torian’s interment for which arrangements are still pending.
101st Airborne Division Commanding General, James McConville has been nominated to the rank of Lieutenant General and will be heading to Washington for his next assignment.
According to the Department of Defense, Major General James C. McConville will serve as the deputy chief of staff, in Washington, D.C.
Major General McConville is currently the 101st Airborne Division’s Commanding General and recently returned from Afghanistan.
Post officials have not release any information concerning the Major General’s replacement.
A former Fort Campbell soldier, who was convicted of raping and killing an Iraqi teenager along with her family has been found dead in a federal prison, where he was serving his time.
A spokesperson with the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed an investigation is now underway to determine the cause of death for 28-year old Steven Dale Green of Midland Texas, who was found unresponsive in his cell Saturday morning.
Officials say they are investigating the death as a suicide.
Green was convicted in 2009 for the March 2006 rape and killing of a 14-year old girl, with three other former soldiers sentenced to life in prison for their part in killing three members of the girl’s family.
No further information was provided and the death investigation remains ongoing.