Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fort Campbell

I thought it was time to show you around Fort Campbell - the home of the Screaming Eagles and the 101st airborne division.
Here's a little information from the web site:

Strategically located on the TN/KY state line, the 106,700 acre installation possesses a unique capability to deploy mission-ready contingency forces by air, rail, highway, and inland waterway.

Fort Campbell is proud to be the home of the only Air Assault Division in the world, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).




This is one of the entries into the base. I think there are 10 in all. We had to get checked out and get a permit to come in and out. This gate is in Kentucky and once in, it took about 20 minutes to drive to Andy's barracks which are in Tennessee. This base is a city onto itself, with a hospital, restaurants, police force, bowling alley, golf course.... It's really quite amazing!


Here's Andy heading to his barracks. It's the building on the right, in the back.


This is his kitchen. He will share this area and a bathroom with one other person. They each get their own room.


And here is his room.



And a good sized closet!



This package was left by the women on the base. They made up care packages with toiletries and some goodies, along with this cute welcome home card.




All over the base you will see monuments set up to commemorate different things that have happened in the history of the 101st.


There is even a museum with the history of the base.

If you've seen the movie "Band of Brothers" you've heard of the 506E, also know an Easy Company. They were a part of the 101st and this is their flag.


This bell was given to the 101st by the Netherlands as thanks for their part in WWII.



This is a picture of a sign that was set up in Normandy at the end of WWII.


This quilt commemorates the loss of a battalion of the 101st, when their plane crashed in 1985 at Dover AFB.



As you would expect, there are lots of Aircraft at the base.
It's interesting to see the base at work, along with the history.

10 comments:

Maple Lane said...

Such an interesting post and I enjoyed the tour.

Mrs. Mac said...

I thank you for producing such a fine young man serving our country. It was like going on a little mini vacation looking at the past few posts. Thanks for sharing.

LL Cool Joe said...

Wow the kitchen and bedroom are so tidy!!!

Susan said...

Thanks for the tour and sharing it. I enjoyed it very much.

Raise Them Up said...

I love your pictures, Mari! I'll have to show the boys when they got home. They would LOVE to visit a working base. :)

Connie said...

I'm thinking these rooms are probably much bettter than what he has been staying in. So nice to have him on this side again.

Glenda said...

I had no idea Ft. Campbell is that large! I enjoyed your photos and info.

Kim said...

Sounds like an amazing place! I used to love visiting my uncle and his family who lived near Wright Patterson in Ohio. He was air force and we spent a lot of time on base, shopping at the PX and going to the pool. I don't think WP is nearly as big as Ft. Campbell, but it seemed really big to me at the time :)

Crown of Beauty said...

I am proud of your son Andy, it means so much to me as a mother that you are willing to share him with your country.

Lovely pictures.

His living quarters are good, and the closet is a big one.

Thank you for sharing... it always makes me feel good to drop by your blog, Mari.

Love
Lidia

Unknown said...

Our son just got there this weekend, joining 5th group, Special forces airborne. We are all the way here in AZ. Nice to see where he will be spending time now. Hopefully he will have a nice room like your son. Right noe he is at reception batrack...