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5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) celebrates 52 years of service

 

Written by Maj. Brandon Bissell
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – Past and present members of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) family gathered together here last week for its annual Reunion Week festivities.

This year marked the unit’s 52nd anniversary of its activation, which originally took place September 21st, 1961, at Fort Bragg, NC. Although a time to celebrate, the “reunion” has become much more than just an annual gathering throughout the years.

The 5th SFG (A) has a storied history written by very quiet professionals, but more importantly they are a family that encompasses Veterans, past and present, families and friend of the Legion for generations past.

Col. John Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Mr. Steve Woods, son of Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, Mr. Frank Roe, and Col. Frederick Prins, deputy commander of the 5th SFG (A) join together for a picture at the Group’s 52nd Reunion Picnic 21 held on Gabriel Field on Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 21, 2013.  Approximately 49 years after Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, a Soldier with the 5th SFG (A) during the Vietnam War, was pronounced missing and presumed dead in Vietnam his remains were finally found just days before the Group’s Reunion in Cambodia.

Col. John Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Mr. Steve Woods, son of Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, Mr. Frank Roe, and Col. Frederick Prins, deputy commander of the 5th SFG (A) join together for a picture at the Group’s 52nd Reunion Picnic 21 held on Gabriel Field on Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 21, 2013. Approximately 49 years after Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, a Soldier with the 5th SFG (A) during the Vietnam War, was pronounced missing and presumed dead in Vietnam his remains were finally found just days before the Group’s Reunion in Cambodia.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam proclaims POW/MIA Recognition Week

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced September 20th-26th, 2013 as POW/MIA Recognition Week. Meanwhile, the United States Department of Defense announces the identification of Major Howard V. Andre, Jr. of Memphis who has been missing in action since July 8th, 1969.

Major Andre and Major James E. Sizemore of Illinois were on a night armed reconnaissance mission when their A-26A Invader aircraft crashed in Xiangkhoang Province, Laos during the Vietnam War. Both men died in the crash but their remains were unaccounted for until April 2013. The Air Force pilots will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors on September 23rd at Arlington National Cemetery. They were classified as missing in action for nearly 44 years.

Major Howard Andre (photo provided by State of Tennessee)

Major Howard Andre (photo provided by State of Tennessee)

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Memorializes Three Tennesseans Killed in Action

 

Governor Proclaims May 24th, 2013 as the First Gold Star Family Day in Tennessee

The Seal of the State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston of the Tennessee Military Department to pay tribute to three Tennesseans killed in action, including a soldier previously missing in action for 62 years.

Sergeant Jacob M. Schwallie of Clarksville, was fatally injured by a roadside bomb on May 7th, 2012 in the Ghazi Province, Afghanistan. Schwallie graduated from Rossview High School in 2007 and enlisted in the United States Army in 2008.

(L to R) Sergeant Jacob M. Schwallie, Private First Class Glenn Shely Schoenmann and Staff Sergeant Christopher Michael Ward.

(L to R) Sergeant Jacob M. Schwallie, Private First Class Glenn Shely Schoenmann and Staff Sergeant Christopher Michael Ward.

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Korean War Soldier’s Remains will finally come Home to Tennessee

 

Private First Class Glenn Schoenmann’s body will return after 62 years

U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder solemnly announce the body of Private First Class Glenn Schoenmann will finally be laid to rest after 62 years.

Schoenmann was assigned to Company M, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division in the United States Army when he was involved in the infamous Battle of Chosin Reservoir in North Korea on November 28th, 1950.

Private First Class Glenn Schoenmann

Private First Class Glenn Schoenmann

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Why We Serve: Capt. Julie Duffy and Capt. Nicole Nelson of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Duncan Brennan
101st Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of DestinyBagram Airfield, Afghanistan – The call to serve is heard by many, and it is one of the defining characteristics of great Soldiers.

In the cases of U.S. Army Capt. Nicole Nelson, a native of Chicago, IL and U.S. Army Capt. Julie Duffy, a native of Williamstown, KY, both attached to C Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow, as enroute critical care nurses with the 30th Medical Brigade, the call to begin service was different, but their reason for continuing to serve is the same.

U.S. Army captains Nicole Nelson and Julie Duffy, enroute critical care nurses with 30th Medical Brigade, Task Force Med-A, attached to C Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow, stand in front of their office, an HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 8, 2012. Duffy and Nelson bring critical care nursing skills to battlefield aeromedical evactuation assets of TF Shadow. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB PAO)

U.S. Army captains Nicole Nelson and Julie Duffy, enroute critical care nurses with 30th Medical Brigade, Task Force Med-A, attached to C Company, 6th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Task Force Shadow, stand in front of their office, an HH-60M Black Hawk helicopter on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 8, 2012. Duffy and Nelson bring critical care nursing skills to battlefield aeromedical evactuation assets of TF Shadow. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Duncan Brennan, 101st CAB PAO)

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