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Fort Campbell holds historic realignment ceremony

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FORT CAMPBELL, KY (WSMV) -

A major Army downsizing is leading to a restructuring of troops at Fort Campbell. Wednesday brought a historic reunion of a group of soldiers to the brigade they fought with during the Battle of Hamburger Hill.

"They're not just great soldiers, great leaders and a great history, but a future of combat power that's much greater than we've ever had," said Brigade Commander J. B. Vowell of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

A march echoed through a hangar on post as history came full circle.

"The Band of Brothers are fighting together again," said Vowell. "We've done this before."

With the ceremony, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team is again the home of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment known as "the White Currahees."

The union took place before during the Vietnam War when they fought in the final assault on the Battle of Hamburger Hill.

"We are honored for our soldiers, our families and our veterans from the Currahee nation to come back to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team as we have a history and a shared history as we're moving forward," said Lt. Col. Scott Kirkpatrick, battalion commander for the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment.

The union comes during a major restructuring of the Army. Last month, Fort Campbell's 4th Brigade Combat Team became one of 10 brigades across the county to inactivate. Those men and women were transferred to the 1st and 3rd Brigades. The move was part of the Defense Department's plan to downsize the Army to just 450,000 active duty soldiers.

"The number of combat teams is coming down under the Army's plan, but the structure and composition is actually increasing in capabilities," said Vowell.

"It's about two storied organizations, the Currahees and the Rakkasans," added Kirkpatrick. "They're coming together to make a legendary one. That's how we see this union."

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