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101st Airborne Division Soldier reflects on call to duty while on 9th Deployment during Global War on Terror

 

Written by 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

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Northern Iraq – Following the attacks of September 11th, then Pfc. Brian Bailey prepared for war along with the rest of the U.S Army. When he arrived to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, home of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), he was immediately called to duty.

“Who wants to deploy right now?” asked the Soldier who ran the replacement company. Bailey and one other man raised their hands and they were separated from the group. A few weeks later they were in Afghanistan.

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Bailey, the first sergeant of Company A, 1st Battalion 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), waits for Soldiers to arrive to a security patrol briefing, Dec. 7, 2016, in northern Iraq. This is Bailey's 9th deployment during the Global War on Terror, and he has spent over 7 years deployed. As part of Operation Inherent Resolve, he is part of a multi-national effort advising and assisting the Iraqi security forces. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

Sgt. 1st Class Brian Bailey, the first sergeant of Company A, 1st Battalion 26th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Strike, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), waits for Soldiers to arrive to a security patrol briefing, Dec. 7, 2016, in northern Iraq. This is Bailey’s 9th deployment during the Global War on Terror, and he has spent over 7 years deployed. As part of Operation Inherent Resolve, he is part of a multi-national effort advising and assisting the Iraqi security forces. (1st Lt. Daniel Johnson)

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Tennessee National Guard’s 230th Signal Company heads to Kuwait

 

Written by Maj. Darrin Haas

Tennessee National GuardNashville, 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.

Guardsmen from Nashville's 230th Signal Company pose for company photograph prior to boarding a bus to begin their journey to Fort Hood, Texas, for roughly one month of pre-deployment training. Following their training, the Soldiers will deploy to Kuwait for one year in support of Operation Spartan Shield. (Sgt. 1st Class Edgar Castro)

Guardsmen from Nashville’s 230th Signal Company pose for company photograph prior to boarding a bus to begin their journey to Fort Hood, Texas, for roughly one month of pre-deployment training. Following their training, the Soldiers will deploy to Kuwait for one year in support of Operation Spartan Shield. (Sgt. 1st Class Edgar Castro)

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AAA reports 40 Days of Falling Gas Prices

 

AAATampa, FL – Gas prices have been falling at a consistency not seen since last summer. State average prices fell for the 40th consecutive day in Florida and Georgia on Sunday, for a total discount of 19 and 23 cents respectively.

The average price in Tennessee fell for the 39th day in a row, for a total decline of 22 cents. The Tennessee state average fell below $2.00 a gallon on Friday for the first time since April 27th, 2016.

Tennessee state average falls below $2.00; First time since April.

Tennessee state average falls below $2.00; First time since April.

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52nd Ordnance Group holds Colors Casing ceremony at Fort Campbell, ready to deploy

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Angel D. Martinez
20th CBRNE Command

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Berdeen Proving Ground, MD – Soldiers, friends and family members gather at Fort Campbell, Kentucky to bid farewell to members of the 52nd Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)) during their casing of the colors ceremony on March 1st.

During this Army traditional event, Col. Mark Faria, the group’s commander, furled the 52nd EOD’s colors before sheathing and casing it symbolizing the movement of the group to the Middle East, their new theater of operation.

Soldiers, friends and family members gather at Fort Campbell, KY, to bid farewell to members of the 52d Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)) during their Casing of the Colors Ceremony on March 1st. During this Army traditional event, Col. Mark Faria, the group’s commander, furled the 52nd EOD’s colors before sheathing and casing it symbolizing the movement of the group to the Middle East, their new theater of operation. (20th CBRNE Command)

Soldiers, friends and family members gather at Fort Campbell, KY, to bid farewell to members of the 52d Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)) during their Casing of the Colors Ceremony on March 1st. During this Army traditional event, Col. Mark Faria, the group’s commander, furled the 52nd EOD’s colors before sheathing and casing it symbolizing the movement of the group to the Middle East, their new theater of operation. (20th CBRNE Command)

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APSU to hold discussion about Arabic Calligraphy, Graffiti, Street Art and Urban Culture February 4th

 

Visiting speaker Safa Samiezadé-Yazd to discuss Arabic calligraphy, graffiti, street art and urban culture

APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative ArtsClarksville, TN – The Department of Art and Design, with support from The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, is pleased to welcome Safa Samiezadé-Yazd to the campus of Austin Peay State University.

Samiezadé-Yazd will be on campus to give a brief introduction into the world of Arabic calligraphy, graffiti writing, street art and urban culture, and the artists, graffiti writers and typographers who keep the tradition alive.

Austin Peay State University's Trahern Building. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University’s Trahern Building. (APSU)

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AAA reports average U.S. Gas Prices Begin 2016 Under $2.00 per Gallon

 

AAAWashington, D.C. – Gas prices rang in the New Year by reaching the lowest average price ($1.997) for the holiday since 2009.  Today’s average price of $1.99 per gallon is the cheapest average since March 25th, 2009, and the national average has moved lower for 50 of the past 59 days, largely due to an abundance of crude oil. Pump prices are discounted by fractions of a penny on the week, by five cents per gallon on the month, and are down by 22 cents on the year.

In 2015, consumers paid an annual average of $2.40 per gallon, which was the lowest annual average since 2009.

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Texas Guardsmen stand battle ready after Warfighter at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Elizabeth Peña
Joint Task Force 136th (Maneuver Enhancement Brigade)

Army National GuardJoint Task Force 136th (Maneuver Enhancement Brigade)Fort Campbell, KY – Texas Guardsmen from the 136th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, based out of Round Rock, Texas, exercised their combat readiness skills during a three-week Warfighter at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, just in time to get home for Thanksgiving.

The 136th MEB went to Fort Campbell November 5th-22nd in support of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) for the real-time scenario spanning three fictional countries in the Middle East. The purpose of Warfighter is to test a unit’s battle skills and ensure it is fit for overseas combat.

“This is our available year, so generally that is when you are going to see a brigade assigned to a warfighter exercise,” said Col. Scott Mac Leod, commander of the 136th MEB. “It’s part of the [Army Force Generation] cycle, which means, theoretically, that if an overseas contingency requirement occurred, it’s possible that the 136th MEB could be assigned to deploy in support of that assignment.”

Brigade Gen. John E. Novales II, deputy commanding general of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., visits Texas Army National Guards' 136th MEB during the Warfighter exercise Nov. 10, 2015. (U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Elizabeth Pena/Released)

Brigade Gen. John E. Novales II, deputy commanding general of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., visits Texas Army National Guards’ 136th MEB during the Warfighter exercise Nov. 10, 2015. (U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Elizabeth Pena/Released)

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AAA says July 4th Gas Prices were lowest in Six Years

 

Georgia Gasoline was cheapest in Five years

AAATampa, FL AAA forecast the most auto travelers for the Independence Day holiday on record, and motorists in Florida and Tennessee found the cheapest gas prices for the holiday since 2009, while gasoline in Georgia was the lowest since 2010.

“Low gas prices were a major driver in the rise in auto travelers this year,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “However, Americans have grown cautious about rising gas prices during recent months and worry they would be again be paying $3.00 a gallon soon. Fortunately, gas prices peaked last month and have been on a slow and relatively steady downturn during the past 20 days, which is even more incentive for Americans to take a road trip this summer.”

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AAA says Drivers paying Highest Gas Prices of the Year

 

AAAClarksville, TN – Thursday’s national average price for gas was $2.58 per gallon – the highest average so far this year. Average U.S. gas prices are up 55 cents per gallon since reaching a low of $2.03 per gallon in late January, making this the largest seasonal increase in gas prices since 2012.

“Gas prices have climbed to the highest levels of the year due largely to rising crude oil costs,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “As prices keep climbing, it getting more difficult to believe that gas was below $2.00 per gallon at the majority of stations earlier this year.”

Average U.S. Gas Price Climbs 55 Cents since January

Average U.S. Gas Price Climbs 55 Cents since January

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AAA reports Gas Prices reach Four Month High

 

AAATampa, FL – For the first time in 127 days, the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline exceeded $2.50 per gallon on Friday. Sunday’s price of $2.53 per gallon represents an increase of 8 cents per gallon in comparison to last Sunday, and the national average has moved higher for 12 consecutive days

“Motorists haven’t seen prices this high since December,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group.

The National Average for gas surpasses $2.50 for the first time in 127 days

The National Average for gas surpasses $2.50 for the first time in 127 days

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