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

FORT CAMPBELL, KY (CLARKSVILLE NOW) — The 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell are hosting the annual Week of the Eagles May 20-26 at Fort Campbell.

This year marks the 101st 80 years of dedicated service to our nation. The theme of this year’s event is “80 Years of Get-It-Done with the 101!”.

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

The first Week of the Eagles was held in May 1973, hosted by Maj. Gen. J.H. Cushman, a year after the 101st returned home from Vietnam. Planned as a celebration of the division’s combat readiness, the week included demonstrations, tours, reviews and unit-to-unit military competency competitions. Eagle Week honors the legacy and heritage of the 101st and includes both veterans and current Soldiers of the division. Important events are given below. Information on each event can be found at https://home.army.mil/campbell/index.php/week-of-the-eagles.

key events

May 20, 6:30 a.m. – Division Run. The 101st will conduct a large-scale run as a division. The running course includes several streets on the facility. Please note that due to earlier than normal road closures required to accommodate the route safely, an early arrival is required to cover this event.

May 20, 3:00 p.m. – Boot Exhibition Opening Ceremony at 101st Headquarters. Soldiers who have fallen since 9/11 are represented by nearly 8,000 boots that line the lawn in front of the division’s headquarters. Senior executives will make remarks during this event.

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

May 21st, 6pm – 10pm – Outdoor Festival & Concert. Singer-songwriter Cassadee Pope will be the very special guest for Lynyrd Skynyrd’s concert at Fort Campbell’s Division Parade Field. The event is open to DOD ID cardholders and authorized guests only.

May 23rd, 10am 11am – Rededication Ceremony of Soldier Recovery Unit Eagle Warrior Memorial Garden. A 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, 9am-5pm – Cooking Contest. Soldiers from across the division will compete in a live cooking contest complete with required ingredients, judging, and elimination rounds. The competition starts at 9:00 am, the final winner will be awarded at 5:00 pm. This event will be held at the Fort Campbell Culinary Training Center at 7095 Entrance Road, Fort Campbell.

May 24, 9:30 am – Dedication ceremony for the Gold Star Families Memorial. A memorial ceremony will be held to honor the families of our fallen soldiers. The ceremony will be held across from the Dreyer Field House at 2699 Kentucky Avenue in Fort Campbell.

May 25, 1:30 p.m. – 101st Mass Recall Ceremony. Maj. Gen. JP McGee, commanding general of the 101st, will recruit more than 100 soldiers at the Sabalauski Air Assault School.

May 25th (several times throughout the day) – Boxing Contest Finals and Combatives Finals. This event includes both boxing and army fighting that resembles mixed martial arts. Final battles will be held on this day.

May 26 9:30am 11:30am – Division Review. The 101st will conduct a review ceremony with a large number of soldiers on the division’s parade field. 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. – Honorary Air Assault Award Ceremony. The 101st will present Vietnam veterans then assigned to the division with an honorary award in recognition of their service. The ceremony will take place at the Sabalauski Air Assault School.

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

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