The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Fort Campbell soldier, who was deployed in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Military officials say 26-year old Sergeant Corey E. Garver of Topsham, Maine, died June 23rd, in Zormat, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team.
The Department of the Army’s announcement in deactivating a brigade in 10 military installations including Fort Campbell and Fort Knox by 2017 has become the talk of the town, especially for local military families and organizations that work closely with the military.
Christian County Chamber of Commerce President Carter Hendricks says he has been following the situation closely and spoke about information he received and how Fort Campbell will be impacted as a result of the decision.
The Department of the Army announced today that Fort Campbell and Fort Knox will be among 10 other Army installations to reduce its troop numbers by 2017.
The Department of the Army announced today these reductions in force structure and stationing decisions are consistent with fiscal constraints resulting from the Budget Control Act of 2011 and defense planning guidance of 2012 and as a result, 80,000 soldiers will be affected, resulting in an Army end-strength of 490,000 by 2017.
Military officials say the Army will make the following changes to its structure: reorganize infantry and armor brigade combat teams to restore the third maneuver battalion and increase engineer and fires capability, reduce active component brigades from 45 modular to 33 reorganized brigades and continue growth in aviation, special operations, missile defense and cyber capabilities.
Officials say the reduction of 80,000 soldiers from the force represents a 14 percent reduction Army-wide.
Fort Campbell Garrison Commander, Colonel David Dellinger announced today that the post’s nearly 3,000 civilian workers will be furloughed due to budget constraints.
Colonel Dellinger offered more details about the furlough which will be implemented during the remainder of the fiscal year, with the new fiscal year to begin October 1st.
Fort Campbell’s Warrior Transition Battalion will be dedicating a Korean War era helicopter to be housed on complex grounds during a unveiling ceremony tomorrow afternoon.
Post officials say in an effort to honor the brave men and women who have healed and continue to heal within the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion since its inception, the WTB leadership will dedicate an OH-23 Raven helicopter tomorrow, which will be permanently displayed on the WTB grounds.
Officials add that the OH-23 Raven was restored by structural aircraft mechanics from Company B, 563rd Aviation Support Battalion, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division on behalf of Fort Campbell W-T-B Soldiers.
During the Korean War, the air craft performed as a utility, observation and medical evacuation helicopter.