The 101st Airborne Division celebrates 80 years during Eagle Week at Fort Campbell

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FORT CAMPBELL, KY (NOW CLARKSVILLE) – The 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell will host the annual Eagles Week May 20-26 at Fort Campbell.

This year, the 101st celebrates 80 years of dedicated service to our nation. The theme for this year’s event is “80 years of experience with 101!” »

The 101st Airborne Division was activated on August 16, 1942 at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. The first commanding general, Maj. Gen. William C. Lee, said the division had no history, but had a “rendezvous with fate”. He added that the new division would usually be called into action when the need was “immediate and dire” and would “fall upon their enemies like a thunderbolt from heaven”.

The Eagles’ first week was held in May 1973, hosted by Major General J. H. Cushman, a year after the 101st returned from Vietnam. The week was planned as a celebration of the division’s combat readiness and featured unit-to-unit displays, tours, reviews, and competitions of military skills. Eagles Week honors the legacy and heritage of the 101st and involves both veterans and current soldiers of the division. Key events are listed below. You can find information about each event on https://home.army.mil/campbell/index.php/week-of-the-eagles.

Key events

May 20, 6:30 a.m. – Division Run. The 101st will run a full-scale run as a division. The race course encompasses several routes on the facility. Please note that an early arrival will be required to cover this event due to earlier than normal road closures, which are necessary to ensure the safety of the route.

May 20, 3:00 p.m. – Boot Display Opening Ceremony at 101st Headquarters. The fallen since 9/11 are represented by nearly 8,000 boots lining the lawn of division headquarters. Senior leaders will deliver remarks at this event.

May 21, 1:30 p.m. – Air assault demonstration and static displays. This event features a live demonstration of air assault tactics involving both aircraft and soldiers. It will take place at the Sabalauski Air Assault School.

May 21, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Outdoor festival and concert. Singer-songwriter Cassadee Pope will be a very special guest at the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert at Fort Campbell’s Division Parade Field. The event is only open to DOD ID card holders and authorized guests.

May 23, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Rededication Ceremony of the Soldier Recovery Unit Eagle Warrior Memorial Garden. A memorial plaque with the names of those lost since the last rededication ceremony will be rededicated and unveiled during the ceremony at SRU Garden, 2311 Kentucky Avenue, Fort Campbell.

May 23 – 24, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Culinary competition. Soldiers from across the division will compete in a live cooking contest featuring required ingredients, judging and elimination rounds. The contest begins at 9 a.m. and the final winner is awarded at 5 p.m. This event will be held at the Fort Campbell Culinary Training Center, 7095 Entrance Road, Fort Campbell.

May 24, 9:30 a.m. – Gold Star Family Memorial Ceremony. A memorial ceremony will be held to honor the families of our fallen soldiers. The ceremony will take place in front of the Dreyer Field House at 2699 Kentucky Avenue, Fort Campbell.

May 25, 1:30 p.m. – 101st mass re-enrollment ceremony. Maj. Gen. JP McGee, Commanding General of the 101st will re-enlist more than 100 Soldiers at the Sabalauski Air Assault School.

May 25 (several times throughout the day) – Finals of boxing competitions and combative finals. This event involves both boxing and army fighting, which is similar to mixed martial arts. The final battles will take place that day.

May 26, 9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – Division review. The 101st will conduct a review ceremony involving large numbers of Soldiers on the division’s parade ground. During this event, the winners of the Division’s Best Air Assault Competition and Commander’s Cup will be announced.

May 26, 2 p.m. – Air Assault Honorary Awards Ceremony. The 101st will present Vietnam veterans then assigned to the division with an honorary award recognizing their service. The ceremony will take place at the Sabalauski Air Assault School.

Vehicles entering Fort Campbell must have either an authorized adult ID card holder in the vehicle or an authorized visitor pass. To obtain a pass, the vehicle driver must go to the Visitor Control Center (VCC) at Gate 4 or Gate 7 and present the following: valid vehicle registration, proof of vehicle insurance current and valid driver’s license. Each person aged 18 and over in the vehicle must also obtain a visitor’s pass.

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