101st Airborne Division

The 101st Airborne Division—the "Screaming Eagles"—is a U.S. Army modular infantry division trained for air assault operations. During World War II, it was renowned for action during the Normandy landings and in the Battle of the Bulge. During the Vietnam War, the 101st Airborne Division was redesignated first an airmobile division, then later as an air assault division. For historical reasons and because the pathfinder unit and parachute rigger company are both still on jump status, it retains the "Airborne" tab identifier, yet does not conduct parachute operations at a division level. Many modern members of the 101st are graduates of the U.S. Army Air Assault School, and wear the Air Assault Badge, but it is not prerequisite for assignment to the division. The division's headquarters are at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the only U.S. Army division with two aviation brigades. It is one of the most prestigious and decorated divisions in the U.S. Army.

101st Airborne Division:
101st Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion ("Gladiadores")
A Company ("Slayers") MRF
B Company ("Black Dragons")
C Company ("Spartans")
Headquarters and Support Company ("Sentries")
101st Airborne Division Band ("Pride of the Eagle")
1st Brigade Combat Team ("Bastogne")(♣)
1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment ("Above the Rest")
2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment ("No Slack")
2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment ("Balls of the Eagle")
1st Squadron (RSTA), 32nd Cavalry Regiment ("Victory or Death")
Special Troops Battalion
426th Brigade Support Battalion
2nd Brigade Combat Team ("Strike")(♥)
1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment ("First Strike")
2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment ("Strike Force")
1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment ("Top Guns")
1st Squadron (RSTA), 75th Cavalry Regiment ("Widowmakers")
Special Troops Battalion ("One Strike, One Team")
526th Brigade Support Battalion
3rd Brigade Combat Team ("Rakkasans")()
1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment ("Leader Rakkasans")
3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment ("Iron Rakkasans")
3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment ("Red Knight")
1st Squadron (RSTA), 33rd Cavalry Regiment("War Rakkasans")
626th Brigade Support Battalion ("Assurgam")
Special Troops Battalion ("Rak Solid")
4th Brigade Combat Team ("Currahee")(♠)
1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment ("Red Currahee")
2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment ("White Currahee")
1st Squadron (RSTA), 61st Cavalry Regiment ("Panther")
4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment ("Guns of Glory")
801st Brigade Support Battalion ("Maintaineers")
Special Troops Battalion ("Apache")
101st Combat Aviation Brigade ("Wings of Destiny")(♦)
Headquarters and Headquarters Company ("Hell Cats")
2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment ("Out Front")
1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment ("Expect No Mercy")
5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment ("Eagle Assault")[27]
6th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment (GSAB) ("Shadow of the Eagle")
96th Support Battalion (Aviation) ("Troubleshooters")
159th Combat Aviation Brigade ("Eagle Thunder")()
Headquarters and Headquarters Company
7th Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment ("Pale Horse")
3d Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment ("Eagle Attack")
4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment ("Wings of the Eagle").[27]
7th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment (GSAB) ("Eagle Lift")
563rd Support Battalion (Aviation) ("Keep Them Fighting")
101st Sustainment Brigade ("Life Liners") (operational control, but not part of the division
101st Brigade Troops Battalion ("Trojans")
129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion ("Drive the Wedge")
106th Transportation Battalion
326th Engineer Battalion (assigned to the Fort Bragg-based 20th Engineer Brigade; under local admin control of the 101st Sustainment Brigade at Fort Campbell)
716th Military Police Battalion (assigned to the Fort Bragg-based 16th Military Police Brigade; under local admin control of the 101st Sustainment Brigade at Fort Campbell)

Lineage

HHC, 101st Division
Constituted 23 July 1918 in the National Army as Headquarters, 101st Division
Organized 2 November 1918 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi
Demobilized 11 December 1918 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi
Reconstituted 24 June 1921 in the Organized Reserves as Headquarters, 101st Division
Organized 10 September 1921 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Redesignated 31 March 1942 as Division Headquarters, 101st Division
Disbanded 15 August 1942; concurrently, reconstituted in the Army of the United States as Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division, and activated at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana
Inactivated 30 November 1945 in France
Allotted 25 June 1948 to the Regular Army
Activated 6 July 1948 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky
Inactivated 27 May 1949 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky
Activated 25 August 1950 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky
Inactivated 1 December 1953 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky
Activated 15 May 1954 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina
Reorganized and redesignated 3 February 1964 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Airborne Division
HHC, 1st Brigade
Constituted 24 June 1921 in the Organized Reserves as Headquarters Company, 101st Division
Organized in November 1921 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Reorganized and redesignated 31 March 1942 as Headquarters and Military Police Company (less Military Police Platoon), 101st Division
Disbanded 15 August 1942; concurrently reconstituted in the Army of the United States as Headquarters Company, 101st Airborne *Division, and activated at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana
Inactivated 30 November 1945 in France
Allotted 25 June 1948 to the Regular Army
Activated 6 July 1948 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky
Inactivated 27 May 1949 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky
Activated 25 August 1950 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky
Inactivated 1 December 1953 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky
Activated 15 May 1954 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina
Reorganized and redesignated 1 July 1956 as Headquarters and Service Company, 101st Airborne Division
Reorganized and redesignated 25 April 1957 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Command and Control Battalion, 101st Airborne Division
Reorganized and redesignated 3 February 1964 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division
HHC, 2nd Brigade
Constituted 5 August 1917 in the National Army as Headquarters, 159th Infantry Brigade, an element of the 80th Division
Organized 27 August 1917 at Camp Lee, Virginia
Demobilized 1 June 1919 at Camp Lee, Virginia
Reconstituted 24 June 1921 in the Organized Reserves as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 159th Infantry Brigade, an element of the 80th Division
Organized in September 1922 at Richmond, Virginia
Redesignated 23 March 1925 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 159th Brigade
Redesignated 24 August 1936 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 159th Infantry Brigade
Converted and redesignated 12 February 1942 as the 80th Reconnaissance Troop (less 3rd Platoon), 80th Division (Headquarters and *Headquarters Company, 160th Infantry Brigade, concurrently converted and redesignated as the 3rd Platoon, 80th Reconnaissance Company, 80th Division)
Troop ordered into active military service 15 July 1942 and reorganized at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, as the 80th Cavalry *Reconnaissance Troop, an element of the 80th Division (later redesignated as the 80th Infantry Division)
Reorganized and redesignated 12 August 1943 as the 80th Reconnaissance Troop, Mechanized
Inactivated 6 January 1946 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey
Redesignated 15 July 1946 as the Reconnaissance Platoon, 80th Airborne Division
Activated 21 May 1947 at Richmond, Virginia, as the 80th Airborne Reconnaissance Platoon, an element of the 80th Airborne Division
(Organized Reserves redesignated 25 March 1948 as the Organized Reserve Corps; redesignated 9 July 1952 as the Army Reserve)
Reorganized and redesignated 20 April 1948 as the Reconnaissance Platoon, 80th Airborne Division
Reorganized and redesignated 18 September 1950 as the 80th Airborne Reconnaissance Company
Reorganized and redesignated 10 May 1952 as the 80th Reconnaissance Company, an element of the 80th Infantry Division
Disbanded 29 March 1959 at Richmond, Virginia
Reconstituted (less 3rd Platoon) 22 October 1963 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 159th Infantry *Brigade (3rd Platoon, 80th Reconnaissance Company--hereafter separate lineage)
Redesignated 21 January 1964 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2d Brigade, 101st Airborne Division
Activated 3 February 1964 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
HHC, 3rd Brigade
Constituted 5 August 1917 in the National Army as Headquarters, 160th Infantry Brigade, an element of the 80th Division
Organized 27 August 1917 at Camp Lee, Virginia
Demobilized 7 June 1919 at Camp Lee, Virginia
Reconstituted 24 June 1921 in the Organized Reserves as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 160th Infantry Brigade, an element of the 80th Division
Organized in September 1922 at Baltimore, Maryland
Redesignated 23 March 1925 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 160th Brigade
Redesignated 24 August 1936 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 160th Infantry Brigade
Converted and redesignated 12 February 1942 as the 3d Platoon, 80th Reconnaissance Troop, 80th Division (Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 159th Infantry Brigade, concurrently converted and redesignated as the 80th Reconnaissance Troop [less 3rd Platoon], 80th Division)
Troop ordered into active military service 15 July 1942 and reorganized at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, as the 80th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop, an element of the 80th Division (later redesignated as the 80th Infantry Division)
Reorganized and redesignated 12 August 1943 as the 80th Reconnaissance Troop, Mechanized
Inactivated 6 January 1946 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey
Redesignated 15 July 1946 as the Reconnaissance Platoon, 80th Airborne Division
Activated 21 May 1947 at Richmond, Virginia, as the 80th Airborne Reconnaissance Platoon, an element of the 80th Airborne Division
(Organized Reserves redesignated 25 March 1948 as the Organized Reserve Corps; redesignated 9 July 1952 as the Army Reserve)
Reorganized and redesignated 20 April 1948 as the Reconnaissance Platoon, 80th Airborne Division
Reorganized and redesignated 18 September 1950 as the 80th Airborne Reconnaissance Company
Reorganized and redesignated 10 May 1952 as the 80th Reconnaissance Company, an element of the 80th Infantry Division
Disbanded 29 March 1959 at Richmond, Virginia
3rd Platoon, 80th Reconnaissance Company, reconstituted 22 October 1963 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 160th Infantry Brigade (remainder of the company - hereafter separate lineage)
Redesignated 21 January 1964 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Brigade, 101st Airborne Division
Activated 3 February 1964 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
HHB, 101st Division Artillery
Constituted 24 June 1921 in the Organized Reserves as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 176th Field Artillery Brigade
Organized in 1923 in Wisconsin
Redesignated 30 January 1942 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 101st Division Artillery
Disbanded 15 August 1942; concurrently reconstituted in the Army of the United States as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 101st Airborne Division Artillery, and activated at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana
Inactivated 30 November 1945 in France
Allotted 25 June 1948 to the Regular Army
Activated 6 July 1948 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky
Inactivated 27 May 1949 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky
Activated 25 August 1950 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky
Inactivated 1 December 1953 at Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky
Activated 15 May 1954 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina
Reorganized and redesignated 1 July 1956 as Headquarters, Headquarters and Service Battery, 101st Airborne Division Artillery
Reorganized and redesignated 25 April 1957 as Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 101st Airborne Division Artillery
HHC, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade
Constituted 7 December 1950 in the Regular Army as the 4th Light Aviation Section
Activated 19 December 1950 in Korea
Inactivated 5 November 1954 in Korea
Redesignated 1 July 1956 as the 101st Aviation Company, assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, and activated at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Reorganized and redesignated 3 December 1962 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Aviation Group
Reorganized and redesignated 16 October 1987 as the 101st Aviation Brigade, a parent regiment under the United States Army Regimental System
HHC, 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment
Constituted 15 November 1962 in the Regular Army as Company A, 101st Aviation Battalion, an element of the 101st Airborne Division
Activated 3 December 1962 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Inactivated 4 April 1979 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Activated 30 September 1981 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Reorganized and redesignated 16 October 1987 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, and remained assigned to the 101st Airborne Division.
HHC, 2nd Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment
Constituted 15 November 1962 in the Regular Army as Company B, 101st Aviation Battalion, an element of the 101st Airborne Division
Activated 3 December December 1962 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Reorganized and redesignated 16 October 1987 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, and remained assigned to the 101st Airborne Division
Inactivated 16 November 1988 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Activated 16 August 1991 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
HHC, 3rd Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment
1 July 1968 in the Regular Army as Company C, 101st Aviation Battalion, an element of the 101st Airborne Division
Activated 20 December 1968 in Vietnam.
Reorganized and redesignated 16 October 1987 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, and remained assigned to the 101st Airborne Division.
HHC, 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment
Constituted 1 July 1968 in the Regular Army as Company D, 101st Aviation Battalion, an element of the 101st Airborne Division
Activated 20 December 1968 in Vietnam
Inactivated 30 September 1981 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Redesignated 16 October 1987 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, and activated at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as an element of the 101st Airborne Division
HHC, 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment
Constituted 16 September 1987 in the Regular Army as the 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, and activated at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
HHC, 6th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment
Constituted 16 September 1987 in the Regular Army as the 6th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, and activated at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Battalion was formed using the assets of the 123rd Aviation Battalion. The 123rd had been reactivated on 17 December 1985 from aviation assets within the 101st Division's command groups and the 163rd Aviation Company.
HHC, 7th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment
Constituted 7 December 1950 in the Regular Army as the 4th Light Aviation Section.
Activated 19 December 1950 in Korea
Inactivated 5 November 1954 in Korea
Redesignated 1 July 1956 as the 101st Aviation Company, assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, and activated at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Reorganized and redesignated 3 December 1962 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Aviation Battalion
Headquarters Company, 101st Aviation Battalion reorganized and redesignated 16 October 1987 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 7th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, and remained assigned to the 101st Airborne Division
HHC, 8th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment
Constituted 16 October 1987 in the Regular Army as the 8th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, and activated at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
HHC, 9th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment
Constituted 16 December 1989 in the Regular Army as the 9th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, and activated at Fort Campbell, Kentucky
HHC, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade

Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division fly to Forward Operating Base Dagger near Tikrit, Iraq, aboard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters flown by the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.
Constituted 16 October 1992 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 159th Aviation Group, and activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Reorganized and redesignated 16 June 1998 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division.

Campaign Participation Credit
World War I (2nd and 3rd Brigades ONLY):
Hundred Days Offensive (also known as the Battle of Saint-Quentin or the Second Battle of the Somme);
Meuse-Argonne Offensive;
Picardy 1918
World War II (except 159th Aviation Brigade):
Normandy (with arrowhead);
Rhineland (with arrowhead);
Ardennes-Alsace;
Central Europe
Vietnam War (Except 159th Aviation Brigade):
Defense (1st Brigade Only);
Counteroffensive (1st Brigade Only);
Counteroffensive, Phase II (1st Brigade Only)
Counteroffensive, Phase III;
Tet Counteroffensive;
Counteroffensive, Phase IV;
Counteroffensive, Phase V;
Counteroffensive, Phase VI;
Tet 1969/Counteroffensive;
Summer-Fall 1969;
Winter-Spring 1970;
Sanctuary Counteroffensive;
Counteroffensive, Phase VII;
Consolidation I;
Consolidation II
Southwest Asia (Except 159th Aviation Brigade):
Defense of Saudi Arabia;
Liberation and Defense of Kuwait
Decorations
Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for NORMANDY (Division and 1st Brigade Only)
Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for BASTOGNE (Division and 1st Brigade Only)
Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for DAK TO, VIETNAM 1966 (1st Brigade only)
Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for DONG AP BIA MOUNTAIN (3rd Brigade Only)
Valorous Unit Award for THUA THIEN PROVINCE (3rd Brigade and DIVARTY Only)
Valorous Unit Award for TUY HOA (1st Brigade Only)
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for VIETNAM 1965-1966 (1st Brigade Only)
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for VIETNAM 1968 (3rd Brigade Only)
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for SOUTHWEST ASIA (Except 159th Aviation Brigade)
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for Iraq 2005-2006 (4th Brigade Only)
French Croix de guerre with Palm, World War II for NORMANDY (Division and 1st Brigade Only)
Belgian Croix de guerre 1940 with Palm for BASTOGNE (Division and 1st Brigade Only);
cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action at BASTOGNE (Division and 1st Brigade Only)
Belgian Fourragère 1944 (Division and 1st Brigade Only)
Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in FRANCE AND BELGIUM (Division and 1st Brigade Only)
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1966-1967 (1st Brigade Only)
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1968 (2d Brigade Only)
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1968-1969 (Except 159th Aviation Brigade)
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1971 (Except 159th Aviation Brigade)
Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class for VIETNAM 1968-1970 (Except 159th Aviation Brigade)
Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class for VIETNAM 1970 (DIVARTY only)
Navy/Marine Unit Commendation (Army) for Iraq 2005-2006 (4th Brigade Only)
Division commanders

MG William C. Lee August-42 - February-44
BG Don F. Pratt 6-February-44 - 14-March-44[33]
MG Maxwell D. Taylor March-44 - August-45
BG Anthony C. McAuliffe 5-December-44 - 26-December-44
BG William N. Gillmore August-45 - September-45
BG Gerald St. C. Mickle September-45 - October-45
BG Stuart Cutler October-45 - November-45
MG William R. Schmidt July-48 - May-49
MG Cornelius E. Ryan August-50 - May-51
MG Roy E. Porter May-51 - May-53
MG Paul DeWitt Adams May-53 - December-53
MG Riley F. Ennis May-54 - October-55
MG F. S. Bowen October-55 - March-56
MG Thomas L. Sherburne, Jr. May-56 - March-58
MG William C. Westmoreland April-58 - June-60
MG Ben Harrell June-60 - July-61
MG C.W.G. Rich July-61 - February-63
MG Harry H. Critz February-63 - March-64
MG Beverly E. Powell March-64 - March-66
MG Ben Sternberg March-66 - July-67
MG Olinto M. Barsanti July-67 - July-68
MG Melvin Zais July-68 - May-69
MG John M. Wright May-69 - May-70
MG John J. Hennessey May-70 - February-71
MG Thomas M. Tarpley February-71 - April-72
MG John H. Cushman April-72 - August-73
MG Sidney Bryan Berry August-73 - July-74
MG John W. McEnery August-74 - February-76
MG John A. Wickham, Jr. March-76 - March-78
MG John N. Brandenburg March-78 - June-80
MG Jack V. Mackmull June-80 - August-81
MG Charles W. Bagnal August-81 - August-83
MG James E. Thompson August-83 - June-85
MG Burton D. Patrick June-85 - May-87
MG Teddy G. Allen May-87 - August-89
MG J. H. Binford Peay III August-89 - June-91
MG John Miller[disambiguation needed] June-91 - July-93
MG John M. Keane July-93 - February-96
MG William F. "Buck" Kernan February-96 - February-98
MG Robert T. Clark February-98 - June-00
MG Richard A. Cody June-00 - July-02
MG David H. Petraeus July-02 - May-04
MG Thomas R. Turner II May-04 - November-06
MG Jeffrey J. Schloesser November-06 - July-09
MG John F. Campbell July-09 - present
Noted Members (selection)

Notable Members
Donald Burgett - Author of four books on his experiences as a paratrooper during World War II
Joseph Beyrle - The only American soldier to have served with both the United States Army and the Soviet Army in World War II
Robert G. Cole - World War II Medal of Honor recipient
Fred Dailey - Ohio politician
Joe E. Mann - World War II Medal of Honor recipient
James R. Hendrix - World War II Medal of Honor recipient
William C. Lee - General, World War II veteran, considered as one of the most important influences behind the establishment of U.S. airborne troops
Mike Lebowitz - Attorney, pioneer in field of military expression, military law, served in Iraq with Pathfinder Company of 101st Airborne Division.
Eric Rudolph - Terrorist responsible for the Centennial Olympic Park bombing and others
Robert Sink- was most famous for his command of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. Played by Dale Dye in the mini-series Band Of Brothers.
Jack Warden - actor who served with the 501st Infantry Regiment (United States); Ironically in That Kind of Woman Warden played a paratrooper from the 101st's rivals: the 82nd Airborne Division!
Ernie Wheelwright - American football player, actor & singer
Jesse White - Illinois politician
Barry Winchell - Pfc, whose murder by a fellow soldier at Fort Campbell, Kentucky became a point of reference in the ongoing debate about the law known as the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Richard D. Winters - Major, World War II veteran, portrayed in the TV series Band of Brothers
Jimi Hendrix - American musician
Blake Clark - American actor