Nashville, TN – More than 120 Soldiers from the National Guard’s 230th Signal Company, based in Nashville, left December 4th on the first leg of a one-year deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield.
The unit departed Houston Barracks, the Tennessee Military Department Headquarters, by bus and traveled to Nashville International Airport, where they boarded a plane headed to Fort Hood, Texas. The company will spend around one month at Fort Hood undergoing advanced pre-deployment training prior to departing for Kuwait.
Fort Campbell, KY – The U.S. Department of Defense announces today the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
1st Lt. Jeffrey D. Cooper, of Mill Creek, Washington, died September 10th, in Kuwait, from a non-combat related incident. He was killed as a result of a vehicle rollover accident while traveling from Camp Buehring, Kuwait, to Ali Al Salem Airfield.
Cooper, 25, was an infantry officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
Written by Sgt. Katie Eggers
Baghdad, Iraq – U.S. veterans and now stars of recent military horror-comedy, “Range 15,” visited multiple locations in Iraq to meet with service members and offer a free screening of their movie July 9th-11th.
Service Members deployed to Forward Operating Base Union III in support of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve filed into a room to watch “Range 15” and got an opportunity to meet the stars: Mat Best, Army Ranger veteran and CEO of Article 15 Clothing company, Jarred Taylor, Air Force veteran and Article 15’s chief marketing officer, and Nick Palmisciano, Army veteran and founder of Ranger Up clothing company.
Written by 1st Lt. Daniel I. Johnson
Erbil, Iraq – The 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), took over the division-level advise and assist mission in northern Iraq from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during a ceremony May 15th, in Erbil, Iraq.
About 1,250 1st BCT “Warriors” of the 10th Mountain Division making up Task Force Warrior redeployed back to Fort Drum, New York, after serving nine months in Iraq and Kuwait, training and advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Written by Sgt. Katie Eggers
Baghdad, Iraq – Passover is one of the most celebrated Jewish holidays. It is an eight-day celebration that starts with a Seder meal commemorating the biblical story of when the Angel of Death passed over the homes of Israelites, sparing their first-born children and ultimately emancipating them from slavery in ancient Egypt.
From April 28th to April 30th, Jewish service members and civilian contractors deployed in support of Combined Joint Force Land Component Command – Operation Inherent Resolve celebrated Passover services and Seder meals provided by a rabbi at the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in Iraq.
Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Melendez
Fort Campbell, KY – The ceremony marks the 4th time the storied brigade cased its’ colors in preparation for a deployment to Iraq; the 7th overall in support of the Global War on Terror.
Little remains known about Strike’s impending mission, however, their focal point will be advising and assisting Iraqi counterparts against insurgents.
The Strike brigade will join the Screaming Eagle’s headquarters, who deployed to the region a few short weeks ago. Units within Strike will be deployed throughout several locations in both Iraq and Kuwait.
Tryout Process Begins With Pre-Audition Clinics on April 3rd
Nashville, TN – The 2016 Tennessee Titans Cheerleader auditions will be held Saturday, April 9th at 9:30am, at Nissan Stadium’s West Club, Titans Director of Cheerleading Stacie Kinder announced.
“I’m eagerly anticipating this season’s tryouts because we have the opportunity to add more vibrant women to our talented squad,” Kinder said. “Being a Titans cheerleader is more than just supporting the team from the sidelines. Our women have experienced many national and international opportunities from traveling overseas to visit the U.S. troops to being featured on national television, including numerous awards shows, the Bravo! Network, The Oprah Show and Dr. Oz.”
Written by Staff Sgt. Sierra Fown
Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers and leaders with 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are packing their rucks, brushing up on battle drills and kissing their families goodbye before heading off to the swamps of Fort Polk, Louisiana, for a decisive action training environment rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center.
A decisive action training environment, better known as a DATE rotation, gives Soldiers a taste of a hybrid threat similar to the complexities of potential adversaries the nation could face in the 21st century.
Written by Sgt. William White
Fort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) headquarters, along with other combat and support units, conducted an in-depth deployment simulation known as the Warfighter Exercise here November 12th-21st.
The WFX measures combat effectiveness of a headquarters asset, such as a division or corps, in working with subordinate units to execute a full-scale offensive against a modern and equipped enemy. It also gives them the opportunity to work with simulated government and aid organizations.
Five Military Veteran State Employees Honored for Exemplary Service
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam today joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Colonel Jimmie Cole from the Tennessee Military Department to recognize five veteran state employees and more than 506,000 Tennessee veterans of all ages and eras.
The Governor’s Veterans Day event was held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza in downtown Nashville.
“It’s an honor to celebrate these veterans and the contributions they make to state government,” Haslam said. “There are nearly 3,000 veterans working for the state, and we are grateful for their military service and their service to Tennessee.”
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