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Servicemembers celebrate Christmas at COP Najil

 

Written by
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs, and
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Matthew Parrino, Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Laghman Province, Afghanistan – Remote. Small. Austere.

These are all adjectives one could use to describe Combat Outpost Najil here in eastern Afghanistan. COP Najil is home to less than 200 Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, part of the Iowa National Guard’s 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Red Bulls Division, as well as other servicemembers.

The COP is nestled along the base of a mountain, and there is no flat ground; everywhere the servicemembers walk is on a grade. Living conditions are tough, as water for showering and laundry is limited, and the bathrooms are tubes in the ground. There’s no post exchange to be found here; the Soldiers are just happy to have power.

U.S. Army Spc. Anthony Ludwig (right) from Farley, Iowa, and U.S. Army Pfc. Jayson Vandeneinde from St. Petersburg, FL, both infantryman with Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, unload holiday mail Dec. 24th at Combat Outpost Najil. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Spc. Anthony Ludwig (right) from Farley, Iowa, and U.S. Army Pfc. Jayson Vandeneinde from St. Petersburg, FL, both infantryman with Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, unload holiday mail Dec. 24th at Combat Outpost Najil. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Matson, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)

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Rakkasan leaders bring Christmas dinner to remote base in Khowst province

 

Written by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna 
3rd Brigade Combat Team

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansKhowst Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers eat Christmas dinner in Bak, Afghanistan, December 25th. The food was brought to the remote location by helicopter and served to the Soldeirs by the 3rd Brigade Combat Team command team.  Flying in Christmas dinner helped to brighten holiday spirits while the Soldiers are separated from friends and family during the holidays.

The unit recently began operations in the new facility, requiring the Christmas meal to be flow from a larger installation near Khowst, Afghanistan to the remote location.

Two U.S. Army Soldiers eat Christmas dinner in Bak, Afghanistan, December 25th. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Chris McKenna)

Two U.S. Army Soldiers eat Christmas dinner in Bak, Afghanistan, December 25th. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Chris McKenna)

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Homicide Victim has passed away

 

Clarksville Police DepartmentClarksville, TN – Samantha Marie Miller of 1488 Buchanon Drive has died from her gunshot wound she recieved during a domestic dispute. On December 25th, 2010, around 2:42am, officers responded to a Domestic in Progress at the residence. When officers arrived they found Timothy Andrew Putnam and Samantha Marie Miller inside of the home. Samantha Miller had sustained a gunshot wound to the head.

A Homicide charge will be pursued through the court system.

Additionally, the children are now with family members.

Crime scene - Residence at night. (Photo by CPD-Jim Knoll)

Crime scene - Residence at night. (Photo by CPD-Jim Knoll)

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The Best Laid Plans ~ A Christmas Devotional

 

The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps. ~ Proverbs 16:9.

The Herdmans

The Herdmans

In “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” Barbara Robinson introduces us to six of the biggest troublemakers that ever crashed a Christmas  Pageant; the Herdmans.

When Gladys, Claude, Imogene, Leroy, Ollie and Ralph Herdman came to Church to be part of the annual Christmas Pageant all hell breaks lose.  Beth Bradley recalls the last time they came…”Before the service was over, they cleaned out the collection plates, scribbled on the bibles, and stuck gum  all over the pews.” The Herdmans lied, smoked cigars and beat up little kids. They threw a monkey wrench into the best laid of plans, especially those of Grace Bradley, that year’s pageant director. «Read the rest of this article»


Task Force Archer Soldiers carol for Christmas

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Kristina L. Gupton
Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Soldiers from the 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Archer, sing Christmas carols for the staff and patients Staff Sgt. Heathe N. Craig Joint Theater Hospital December 24th.

The Carolers were U.S. Army Capt. Martha Kester of Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Sarah Droll of Iowa City, Iowa, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jackie Malloy of State Center, Iowa, U.S Army Sgt. Jarrod Hogan of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Cecelia Anderson of Natchitoches, LA., and U.S. Army Sgt. Harold Dudley of Des Moines, Iowa.

U.S. Army Capt. Martha Kester (far left), U.S. Army 1st Lt. Sarah Droll (left), U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jackie Malloy (center), U.S Army Sgt. Jarrod Hogan (center), U.S. Army 1st Lt. Cecelia Anderson (right), and U.S. Army Sgt. Harold Dudley (far right), all with 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Archer, pose in front of the Staff Sgt. Heathe N. Craig Joint Theater Hospital.(Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kristina L. Gupton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Capt. Martha Kester (far left), U.S. Army 1st Lt. Sarah Droll (left), U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jackie Malloy (center), U.S Army Sgt. Jarrod Hogan (center), U.S. Army 1st Lt. Cecelia Anderson (right), and U.S. Army Sgt. Harold Dudley (far right), all with 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Archer, pose in front of the Staff Sgt. Heathe N. Craig Joint Theater Hospital.(Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kristina L. Gupton, Task Force Red Bulls Public Affairs)

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Man Charged with Criminal Attempted Homicide After Shooting His Girlfriend

 

Clarksville Police DepartmentClarksville, TN – On December 25th, 2010, around 2:42am, officers responded to a Domestic in Progress at 1488 Buchanon Drive.  When officers arrived they found Timothy Andrew Putnam and Samantha Marie Miller inside of the residence.

Samantha Miller had sustained a gunshot wound to the head. Two juvenile witnesses in the house advised that Miller and Putnam were arguing and fighting and during the fight, Putnam had a gun in his hand and had their mother by the hair.

Timothy Andrew Putnam

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A Visit from Saint Nicholas

 

Written by Clement Moore
Illustrated from Drawings by F.O.C. Darley

A Visit from Saint NicholasTwas the night before Christmas, when all through the house;
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap—

A Visit from Saint Nicholas

A Visit from Saint Nicholas

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F&M Bank has a strong commitment to customers, community

 

Clarksville, TN – When you take a look at the Banking industry in Clarksville, F&M Bank will definitely be at the top of the list. The bank is well known for their top notch customer service, and their philanthropy in the community.

They have received national recognition in The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, BusinessTN Magazine. The bank has been named as one of Tennessee’s top 15 independent banks, and are currently the twelfth largest community bank in Tennessee. F&M Bank is frequently held up as being the role model for other community banks

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Casey awards Leader Rakkasan Soldier Silver Star for combat heroism

 

Written by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna
Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionKhowst Province, Afghanistan – Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey presented a Task Force Leader Rakkasan Soldier with a Silver Star Medal for combat heroism at a brief ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno December 23rd.

“I feel honored to receive this medal,” said U.S. Army Spc. Nicholas Robinson, M240B machine gunner with Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. “It’s a great opportunity for me to be able to represent my battalion and the division, as well.”

Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey pins a Silver Star Medal on U.S. Army Spc. Nicholas Robinson of Tacoma, WA, Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, during a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno Dec. 23rd. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Christopher McKenna, Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs)

Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey pins a Silver Star Medal on U.S. Army Spc. Nicholas Robinson of Tacoma, WA, Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, during a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno Dec. 23rd. (Photo by U.S. Army Pfc. Christopher McKenna, Task Force Rakkasan Public Affairs)

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