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Louisville ‘Adopts’ Fort Campbell Unit

Wednesday June 29, 2005

Louisville is now the official city of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today the “adoption” of the unit based at Fort Campbell, Ky., and invited Louisville residents to support members of the unit by sending cards or care packages.

The air-assault unit is commonly known as the Rakkasans, which is Japanese for “falling umbrellas.” The Japanese coined this term during World War II.

The unit will be deployed to Iraq in late August, and at that time, addresses for sending letters and email greetings will be posted on Louisville Metro's official website, and will also be available by calling MetroCall at 311.

The adoption took place through the Americans Supporting Americans group, which encourages citizen interaction with military personnel during times of peace and conflict. Abramson launched the initiative as a tribute to Metro Government employees who have recently served tours of duty. He said that since the merged government began in January 2003, 73 Metro employees have taken leaves of absence for military deployment.

“Our new relationship with Fort Campbell is a way to thank our employees who have served in the military for their hard work and commitment, and to provide our community a channel to support the men and women of the armed service.”

Several Metro Government employees who have recently returned from deployments were on hand for the announcement, as was a member of the Fort Campbell unit. Abramson presented U.S. Army Capt. Scott Brannon with a certificate designating him an honorary citizen of Louisville, and teenagers with the Neighborhood Youth Board presented him cards made by children participating in Metro Parks summer camps.
“It is an honor to receive these gifts from the citizens of Louisville. This support during our deployment will be a lifeline for many soldiers,” Brannon said.

Soldiers from Louisville’s adopted unit also will be available to speak to local classes or civic groups after their return from Iraq.