Officials with Fort Campbell’s Blanchfield Army Community Hospital’s Warrior Transition Battalion will be hosting a change of command ceremony tomorrow morning.
W-T-B Commander, Colonel William G. Howard will relinquish command to Lieutenant Colonel Bryan J. Walrath during a ceremony in the Fort Campbell Personnel Processing Center.
Officials say for the past 24 months, Howard has commanded the Fort Campbell W-T-B, the second largest of the 17 Warrior Transition Units in the Army, which is considered to be a model for other Warrior Transition Units across the Army.
Officials say under Howard’s leadership, the battalion was the first Warrior Transition Unit in the Army to earn the Department of the Army Safety Excellence Streamer and was the only battalion at Fort Campbell to receive a 100 percent commendable rating across the board by the Fort Campbell Inspector General.
Howard will be going to Fort Belvoir to serve as the Operations Officer for the Northern Region Medical Command, while Walrath comes to the local post from his role as Adjutant and Chief of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security for MacDonald Army Community Hospital in Fort Eustis, Virginia.
Governor Steve Beshear is recognizing the service and sacrifice of a Fort Campbell soldier, who died while supporting Operating Enduring Freedom.
According to the Department of Defense, 25-year old Sergeant Justin R. Rogers of Barton, New York died June 28th in Bagram, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident, which is currently under investigation.
Sergeant Rogers was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division.
The Governor will order that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of Sgt. Rogers’ interment for which arrangements are still pending.
The USAA and MWR Independence Carnival is being held at Fort Campbell this week.
Festivities include 20 adult rides and a dozen for kids plus food vendors and games of skill. Fireworks will fill the sky at 9 p.m. on Independence Day. The midway excitement starts tomorrow and continues through July 6th. For more information, call 270-798-7535.
A Fort Campbell soldier died in a non-combat related incident in Afghanistan Friday.
The Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office says 25-year old Sgt. Justin Richard Rogers of Barton, New York died in the incident near Bagram Airfield.
Sgt. Rogers was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division as a horizontal construction engineer. He joined the Army in March 2008.
His awards include two Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.
Sgt. Rogers is survived by both of his parents, who reside in New York.
Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp says he hates to lose any Fort Campbell troops to upcoming Army cutbacks, but he's thankful the outcome wasn't worse.
As previously reported, Fort Campbell's 4th Brigade Combat Team will be deactivated in addition to one at Fort Knox and 10 other bases across the United States. Almost all of the unit's members will be re-assigned to other units, according to officials, who say the local post will only see a net reduction of about 300 soldiers.
Mayor Kemp says the news brought mixed emotions, but certainly could have been much worse.
Other bases across the country weren't as fortunate as Fort Campbell, so Mayor Kemp says this region was fortunate in some ways.
Hopkinsville, Oak Grove and Clarksville rely heavily on the presence of Fort Campbell for economic growth and stability, so all three communities were certainly relieved when all of the details came out that most of the soldiers will be sticking around in other capacities.