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Fort Campbell’s Blanchfield Army Community Hospital to hold Battalion Change of Command Ceremony

 

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – Blanchfield Army Community Hospital will host a battalion change of command ceremony on the hospital’s A building front lawn at noon June 30th, 2017.

Lt. Col. Patrick T. Birchfield will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Deidre B. Lockhart, who most recently served in Hawaii as the Chief of Support Operations for the U.S. Army Pacific Surgeon Cell. During that time, she joined the USARPAC Coordination Element in Korea as the Deputy Director and the Republic of Korea Army 2nd Operational Command Lead Liaison.

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital will host a change of battalion command ceremony June 30th, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by David E. Gillespie)

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital will host a change of battalion command ceremony June 30th, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by David E. Gillespie)

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Eyes of Freedom Traveling Memorial to Join Clarksville’s Welcome Home Veterans Week in September

 

Visit Clarksville TennesseeClarksville, TN The Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial is the latest addition to the many events that have become part of Welcome Home Veterans Week in Clarksville, Tennessee September 13th-17th, 2017.

This traveling memorial depicts the fallen Marines and Navy Corpsman of Columbus, OH based Lima Company 3/25, one of the most heavily engaged units of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial

The Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial

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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital’s Warrior Transition Battalion to host Change of Command Ceremony

 

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – Lt. Col. Lyle (Chip) Finley, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital’s Warrior Transition Battalion Commander, is slated to change command with Lt. Col. Shawn D. Butler at 2:00pm March 23rd at the installation’s Passenger Processing Center.

Finley took charge of the WTB at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, July 10th, 2015. Finley is deactivating from his active duty reserve status and returning back to his home in North Carolina.

Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Campbell to hold Change of Command Ceremony March 23rd, 2017. (Sam Shore)

Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Campbell to hold Change of Command Ceremony March 23rd, 2017. (Sam Shore)

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Austin Peay State University to hold Military and Veteran Graduate Recognition Ceremony for APSU Fall Graduates, December 7th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Active duty military and veteran students graduating from Austin Peay State University in December will be honored with an APSU military coin and a special cord to wear with their commencement regalia.

The military and veteran graduate recognition and coin presentation ceremony, with the theme “All Hail to Those Who Serve,” is scheduled for 5:00pm, Wednesday, December 7th in the Mabry Concert Hall, located inside the Music/Mass Communication Building on the University campus. The event is open to the public.

APSU’s Military Coin.

APSU’s Military Coin.

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101st Airborne Division Task Force Strike: The Gun Raid

 

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

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

Northern, Iraq – Staff Sgt. Darryl “Gunny” Joseph leapt into the night of northern Iraq as the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter touched down, the dust from the rotary wash clouding his vision. His mission was simple: set up the landing zone and guide in the aircraft carrying the M777 artillery pieces to the raid site.

The process of setting up a landing zone, or sling load area, was not new to him. Back at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Joseph and the Soldiers from Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, “Task Force Strike,” practiced sling load operations many times before.

But this was not a training exercise; this was the real deal.

U.S Army Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission in northern Iraq, Aug. 14 2016, during an operation to support the Iraqi army. Battery C is supporting the Iraqi security forces with indirect fires as retake territory from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (1st Lt. Daniel I Johnson/Released)

U.S Army Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, Task Force Strike, execute a fire mission in northern Iraq, Aug. 14 2016, during an operation to support the Iraqi army. Battery C is supporting the Iraqi security forces with indirect fires as retake territory from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (1st Lt. Daniel I Johnson/Released)

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Angels of the Battlefield event honors Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Medic

 

Written by Laura Boyd
BACH Public Affairs

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – A Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion Soldier was one of 13 medics honored at nearby Valor Hall Tuesday during the 7th Annual Armed Services YMCA Angels of the Battlefield event featuring decorated Army veteran, Noah Galloway, as keynote speaker.

Medics save lives on the battlefield and are often referred to as “Doc” by their peers. Sgt. 1st Class Robert Ernest Minor was no exception to this worthy title.

Minor was the team sergeant in charge of training and leading medics at Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan from May 2010 to May 2011.

Noah Galloway, a 101st Airborne Division veteran, speaks during the 7th annual Angels of the Battlefield at Valor Hall in Hopkinsville, Ky., Sept. 13, 2016. Galloway said his life was saved by combat medics in 2005 after his patrol was hit with an improvised explosive device. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Noah Galloway, a 101st Airborne Division veteran, speaks during the 7th annual Angels of the Battlefield at Valor Hall in Hopkinsville, Ky., Sept. 13, 2016. Galloway said his life was saved by combat medics in 2005 after his patrol was hit with an improvised explosive device. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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Austin Peay State University announces Fort Campbell Colonel James R. Salome to deliver keynote at Summer Commencement

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Fort Campbell Garrison Commander Colonel James R. Salome will deliver the keynote address at Austin Peay State University’s 88th Summer Commencement on August 5th.

Salome took command of Fort Campbell on June 18th, 2015, after arriving from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as the Commander’s Initiatives Group director, U.S. Army Forces Command. Salome previously served with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, as an operations officer.

Fort Campbell Garrison Commander Colonel James R. Salome

Fort Campbell Garrison Commander Colonel James R. Salome

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Pathfinder Company to be deactivated on Tuesday, August 2nd

 

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016, F Company, 5th Battalion (101st Pathfinder Company), 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will be deactivated.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:00am. The location is subject to change in the case of inclement weather, a weather call will be made the morning of the event.

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Governor Bill Haslam Appoints Mike Krause To Lead Tennessee Higher Education Commission

 

Krause successfully launched Tennessee Promise as executive director of Drive to 55

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of Mike Krause as executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).

Krause has served as executive director of the Drive to 55 since 2014 and successfully managed the launch and implementation of Tennessee Promise and the other initiatives under the Drive to 55 umbrella.

Mike Krause

Mike Krause

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Memorializes Seven Service Members

 

Tennessee Fallen Heroes Medal Posthumously Awarded

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston of the Tennessee Military Department to pay tribute to seven service members killed in action to include four Marines and one Sailor killed in Chattanooga on July 16th, 2015.

(Top L to R) Thomas Sullivan, David Wyatt, Carson Holmquist, Randall Smith, K.P. Wells, Alexander Bonnyman, Jr., and Gary Reese.

(Top L to R) Thomas Sullivan, David Wyatt, Carson Holmquist, Randall Smith, K.P. Wells, Alexander Bonnyman, Jr., and Gary Reese.

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