Though my son Matt has transferred out of the One-Oh-One and is now with the 1st Armored Division in Iraq on his third tour of that country (the first two were with the 101st), I know his thoughts and prayers are with the Screaming Eagles as the entire division heads to Afghanistan. So are mine.
101st to Afghanistan; 4th deployment in 2 wars
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- The U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division is heading to Afghanistan this summer. It is the division's fourth deployment since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq began.
The division wrapped up its flag in a case during a ceremony Wednesday at its Fort Campbell post on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line.
That is the final step before taking over NATO operations in the eastern region of the country.
The entire division of 20,000 soldiers will be in Afghanistan this year and most will be stationed in areas in the eastern region near the Pakistan border.
Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell said the 101st units will focus on transferring responsibility for security to the Afghan government.