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101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION BAND
 FORT CAMPBELL, KENTUCKY -

History

Summary

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Band is a multi-faceted organization whose mission is to provide the Soldiers and Families of Fort Campbell, Kentucky and the surrounding communities with first class musical support. The Band accomplishes this mission by fielding a variety of Music Performance Teams tailored to support many different types of ceremonies, concerts, and events. These teams include: Ceremonial Band, Rock Band, Brass Band, Jazz Combo and Brass Quintet. All of these ensembles support the Fort Campbell and surrounding communities as part of the Commanding General's Soldier and Family support and Strategic Outreach asset.

The band's history began in August 1942 when constituted as the Band, 101st Airborne Division Artillery. During the next forty-six years the Band was periodically reorganized, deactivated, reactivated, and reassigned at various locations throughout the world. They performed their mission in France; Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky; Fort Jackson, South Carolina; and finally reached their current home at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The "Screaming Eagle" Band has one of the most distinguished histories of any Army Band. They were awarded four campaign participation credits during World War II, twelve during the Vietnam conflict, three from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and they have deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I and IV, as well as Operation Enduring Freedom IX and XI. The Band has also earned numerous decorations which include the Presidential Unit Citation for actions at Bastogne, the Meritorious Unit Citation for actions in Vietnam and Iraq, the French and Belgian Croix De Guerre from World War II, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm and the Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class.

The Soldiers of the Band train vigorously to maintain not only their musical skills, but their basic Soldier skills as well. Weapons qualification, physical training, small unit tactical movement techniques, and tactical combat casualty care are all part of these Soldiers’ training regimen.

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