US House honors 101st Airborne

US House honors 101st Airborne

Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 9:25 pm
By: AP

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives has approved a resolution honoring the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell, Ky. The vote Monday was 378-0. The measure was co-sponsored by all nine members of Tennessee’s House delegation. The 101st, also known as the Screaming Eagles, was originally activated during World War I, and has served in World War II, Vietnam and Desert Storm. They were the first Americans to land in France during the D-Day invasion. Congressman John Tanner, who represents the 8th Congres-sional District, praised the House of Representatives for passing the resolution — “a resolution honoring the extraordinary service and sacrifice of the Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army and their families. I am proud to represent in this chamber a portion of Fort Campbell, where the Screaming Eagles are based.” He said the resolution is especially timely as soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division are currently deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. “In April, Major General Jeff-rey Schloesser, who commands the Screaming Eagles, took over as the senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan,” he said. “Under General Schloesser, the 101st Airborne Division took over command of Regional Command East, an area comprised of 14 provinces in eastern Afghanistan. At the same time, three Brigade Combat Teams from the 101st Airborne Division are serving in Iraq. “Many of the soldiers have been deployed multiple times in Afghanistan and Iraq, some of those deployments under the command of General David Petraeus, now the Commander of U.S. Central Command. Tanner said one need only look at the history of the Screaming Eagles to understand the legacy of the 101st Airborne Division. “During World War II, the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division would have the distinction of being the first Americans to land in France as part of the D-Day invasion,” he said. “Nearly 60 years later, the Screaming Eagles became the first conventional unit to deploy in the Global War on Terror; participated in Operation Anaconda, a tough early battle in Afghanistan; and help lead the invasion into Iraq.” “They and their families will be in our thoughts and prayers as they continue to serve with distinction.” Published in The Messenger 7.15.08

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