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101st Airborne Division part of Family’s Heritage

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra Fown
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Polk, LA – It isn’t very rare for a father and son to share common interests, whether that be sports, fishing or a love of grilling. Many sons look up to their fathers, and some even go on to take over Family businesses when the parent retires.

Staff Sgt. Tomas Rodriguez Jr. and his father, retired Staff Sgt. Tomas Rodriguez Sr., share the love of defending their country from all enemies – foreign and domestic.

They also have had the privilege of donning Old Abe on their left shoulders while serving with the 101st Airborne Division.

Staff Sgt. Tomas Rodriguez Jr., a squad leader with the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division poses for a photo with his father, retired Staff Sgt. Tomas Rodriguez, at Fort Campbell, in 2013. Rodriguez Sr. also served in the 101st Airborne Division. (Courtesy Photo)

Staff Sgt. Tomas Rodriguez Jr., a squad leader with the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division poses for a photo with his father, retired Staff Sgt. Tomas Rodriguez, at Fort Campbell, in 2013. Rodriguez Sr. also served in the 101st Airborne Division. (Courtesy Photo)

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Austin Peay State University students present at Phi Alpha Theta National Conference

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) history honors society has long been among the best in the country, recently winning Best Chapter of the Year Division IV for the seventh consecutive year.

Two members of the University’s chapter were chosen to join members of 77 other PAT chapters in presenting their historical research at the society’s biennial national conference, held January 6th-10th in Orlando, FL at the Walt Disney World resort.

APSU students Sara Alexander and Jennifer Keller with Phi Alpha Theta Executive Director Jack Turnstall at the PAT national conference in Orlando, FL. (Austin Peay State University)

APSU students Sara Alexander and Jennifer Keller with Phi Alpha Theta Executive Director Jack Turnstall at the PAT national conference in Orlando, FL. (Austin Peay State University)

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U.S. Soccer to hold SheBelieves Cup Games at Nissan Stadium

 

Nissan Stadium to Host a Doubleheader Featuring the USA, England, Germany and France

U.S. SoccerChicago, IL – U.S. Soccer will host an elite, four-team international tournament featuring four of the top five ranked women’s national teams in the world as England, France and Germany join the USA for the SheBelieves Cup to be held from March 3rd-9th at three venues in the southeastern United States.

The SheBelieves Cup underlines U.S. Soccer’s continued commitment to investing in the growth of women’s soccer, and will be the globe’s premier women’s soccer tournament staged in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

U.S. Women's Soccer comes to Nashville Tennessee March 6th. Pictured, United States defender Ali Krieger (11) tracks the ball down in front of Germany forward Anja Mittag (11). (Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports)

U.S. Women’s Soccer comes to Nashville Tennessee March 6th. Pictured, United States defender Ali Krieger (11) tracks the ball down in front of Germany forward Anja Mittag (11). (Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports)

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NASA’s InSight Spacecraft moved to Vandenberg Air Force Base to begin preparations for Launch

 

Written by Guy Webster
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – NASA’s next Mars spacecraft has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, for final preparations before a launch scheduled in March 2016 and a landing on Mars six months later.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, built and tested the spacecraft and delivered it on December 16th from Buckley Air Force Base in Denver to Vandenberg, on the central California Coast.

Preparations are on a tight schedule for launch during the period March 4th through March 30th. The work ahead includes installation and testing of one of the mission’s key science instruments, its seismometer, which is scheduled for delivery to Vandenberg in January.

A crate containing NASA's Mars-bound InSight spacecraft is loaded into a C-17 cargo aircraft at Buckley Air Force Base, Denver, for shipment to Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin)

A crate containing NASA’s Mars-bound InSight spacecraft is loaded into a C-17 cargo aircraft at Buckley Air Force Base, Denver, for shipment to Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lockheed Martin)

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Alley Poet’s Pen: For the Troops…

 

Alley Poet's PenNashville, TN – Once, in another life, I found myself seated atop the rear of a convertible Corvette in a Veteran’s Day parade, cruising 5MPH down the streets of the township where I was an elected councilwoman. I’d been called up last minute (just that morning) by a fellow councilman colleague, as though I was to know of the tradition that existed each year.

There would be a program of festivities and a ceremony set up at the local park. As we waved and smiled at our neighbors and friends, I saw the councilman pull out two typed sheets of paper from the breast pocket of his suit. When I asked what it was, he said, “You know we’re making speeches.”

Veterans Day

Veterans Day

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Veterans Day: Soldiers Discuss Service

 

Written by Army Staff Sgt. Tina Villalobos
301st Public Affairs Detachment

United States Department of Defense - DoDHohenfels, Germany  – Although World War I officially ended June 28th, 1919, the fighting had stopped several months earlier, when “an armistice … between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.”

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th as Armistice Day, according to the Veterans Administration. Through legislation passed June 1st, 1954, Nov. 11 became Veterans Day — a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Since the 9/11 attacks against America, many U.S. service members have become seasoned warriors, some with multiple deployments under their belts. Many troops have chosen to continue their service in the military.

Soldiers serving in Germany discuss values, service, and sacrifice as Veterans Day, observed Nov. 11, approaches. Here, Army Sgt. Charles Roseboro prepares to perform preventive maintenance checks and services with his comrade during Exercise Combined Resolve V at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Nov. 7, 2015. (Courtesy photo)

Soldiers serving in Germany discuss values, service, and sacrifice as Veterans Day, observed Nov. 11, approaches. Here, Army Sgt. Charles Roseboro prepares to perform preventive maintenance checks and services with his comrade during Exercise Combined Resolve V at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Nov. 7, 2015. (Courtesy photo)

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Veterans Day

 

U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsWashington, D.C. – World War I, also known as “The Great War” at the time,  officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28th, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France.

However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11th, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58am, on November 11th, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58am, on November 11th, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

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Fort Campbell’s Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) observes Veterans Day

 

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – In honor of the national observance of Veterans Day, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) personnel will observe the federal holiday Wednesday, November 11th. Therefore, all Soldier and Patient-Centered Medical Homes and pharmacies will be closed.

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Austin Peay State University 2016 Alumni Trips to include Italy, Germany and France

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University National Alumni Association recently announced it will host two international trips in the summer of 2016. Next summer’s Alumni Travel program will allow alumni and friends of APSU to watch the sunset in scenic Tuscany and sample wines in Germany and France.

The APSU Alumni Office is hosting an informational meeting on these trips at 6:00pm on September 29th, in room 308 of the APSU Morgan University Center. The meeting is open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. «Read the rest of this article»

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Interpreting Wall Street’s wild swings benefits from perspective

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The stock market sell-off continued Monday, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and other major domestic indices saw a significant drop in early morning trading, regained some ground as the day progressed, but still closed down 3% to 4% for the day.

Global markets were also down, notably in China, Hong Kong, Germany and the United Kingdom. The pullback appears to be driven by concern over slowing global growth, particularly as China’s economy (one of the world’s largest) falters, as well as the drop in commodity prices, namely oil.

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