The 506th Back in Action
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- The 101st Airborne Division on Thursday reactivated a historic unit whose actions during World War II were the subject of the book "Band of Brothers."
The 506th Regimental Combat Team _ also known as the "Currahees," a Cherokee Indian word meaning "stands alone" _ returned to the division just as its soldiers were completing final preparations to return to Iraq.
"Our Currahees have trained hard and are ready to join their brothers," Col. Thomas Vail, said as the unit's 3,500 soldiers stood behind him. "They are ready to sacrifice their personal comfort and safety to answer a call to duty."
The reactivation is part of the 101st Airborne Division's recent expansion from three to four brigade combat teams under a Pentagon plan to reorganize the Army into smaller, easily deployable units.
This is a unit that has been killing totalitarian thugs for a long time, from Nazis to Communists. Time to break out the colors for them to go kill some Islamaniacs.