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Pentagon Announces Upcoming Changes to Imminent Danger Pay

 

By Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr., American Forces Press Service

United States Department of Defense - DoDWashington, DC – The Defense Department announced today changes in imminent danger pay that will go into effect June 1, DOD spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told reporters here.

“This is a process that began [in 2011],” he said, and “included in-depth threat assessment from the combatant commands. It was made in coordination with the Joint Staff, combatant commands and military services.”

Soldiers assigned to Blue Platoon, Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discuss possible movement routes through the mountainous terrain before a patrol in Musa Khel District, Afghanistan, March 6, 2013. Soldiers conducted a 12-mile dismounted patrol in order to reach a village in the valley that is inaccessible by vehicle. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton TF 3/101 Public Affairs)

Soldiers assigned to Blue Platoon, Troop B, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans,” 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discuss possible movement routes through the mountainous terrain before a patrol in Musa Khel District, Afghanistan, March 6, 2013. Soldiers conducted a 12-mile dismounted patrol in order to reach a village in the valley that is inaccessible by vehicle. (Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton/U.S. Army – File Photo)

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5th Special Forces Group Soldier from Fort Campbell killed in action

 

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – Warrant Officer Sean W. Mullen, 39, of Rehobeth Beach, DE, died June 2nd, 2013, in Ghur Ghuri, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device.

Mullen was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, KY, as an assistant detachment commander for a Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha (ODA), or A-team. He was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan.  This was Mullen’s sixth deployment in support of an overseas contingency operation.

Warrant Officer Sean W. Mullen

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Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan speaks about her Economic Development and Cultural Exchange trip to Saudi Arabia

 

City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – A few weeks ago, I was extremely honored to be asked to represent Clarksville on an economic development and cultural exchange trip to Saudi Arabia. The trip was organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and was fully funded by the Saudi Arabian government.

It was not funded by the taxpayers in any way. This is the fifth year that select U.S. mayors have been invited to Saudi Arabia. I was so pleased that Clarksville was selected as one of the represented cities because I believe it shows that our reputation as a growing and vibrant city is being recognized around the country and now around the world. «Read the rest of this article»

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Clarksville City Councilwoman for Ward 11 Kaye Jones to hold Town Hall Meeting December 11th, 2012

 

Clarksville City Council - Ward 11Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Ward 11 Councilwoman Kaye Jones will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, December 11th at 6:30pm at Clarksville Gas and Water on Madison Street.

Due to Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan’s visit to Saudi Arabia, the regular City Council schedule has changed. The Executive Session will be on December 10th, and then Regular Session on December 14th.

Because of this, her Town Hall meeting was moved to a later date than normal.

Kaye Jones hopes each of you had a very special Thanksgiving, and are ready for the Holiday Season.

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Vietnam veteran continues service in Afghanistan with 101st Combat Aviation Brigade

 

Written by Capt. Christina Wright
101st Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionWings of Destiny

Logar, Province, Afghanistan – Ask Chief Warrant Officer 4 Walter Jones why he serves and he will tell you “It’s all about flying and Soldiers

Jones, born in Mountain Home, ID, is serving in Afghanistan as an aviation maintenance officer with D Company, 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. Jones enlisted in the Army at the age of eighteen and after completing basic training in 1969, went on to Fort Rucker to become a Huey crew chief. Soon after that he found himself assigned to the 162nd Assault Helicopter Company in Can Tu, Vietnam.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Walter Jones is a 61-year-old native of Clarksville, TN, who serves with D Company, 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade in eastern Afghanistan. Jones is a Vietnam veteran with over 30 years of service. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Christina Wright, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Walter Jones is a 61-year-old native of Clarksville, TN, who serves with D Company, 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade in eastern Afghanistan. Jones is a Vietnam veteran with over 30 years of service. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Christina Wright, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

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Jordanian Special Operations Forces, 5th Special Forces partner for Best Warrior Competition

 

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

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – For the first time in its history two joint teams, consisting of soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and Jordanian Special Operations Forces, competed in the 3rd Annual Best Warrior Competition at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Center, Hashemite Kingdom in Jordan, May 8th-12th.

Despite having less than two weeks to train and prepare for the contest the two joint teams, made up of four U.S. Special Forces and three Jordanian SOF soldiers each, finished sixth and twelfth overall out of 22 teams that entered the 4-day competition. 

Special Forces Soldiers from 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) compete with select members of the Jordanian Special Operations Forces in the 3rd Annual King Abdullah II Best Warrior Competition, 8th-12th May 2011, in Amman, Jordan. (U.S. Army photo)

Special Forces Soldiers from 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) compete with select members of the Jordanian Special Operations Forces in the 3rd Annual King Abdullah II Best Warrior Competition, 8th-12th May 2011, in Amman, Jordan. (U.S. Army photo)

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Task Force Currahee team up with religious leaders to spread message of peace

 

Written by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Todd A Christopherson
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

The CurraheesFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionPaktika Province, Afghanistan—The 4th Brigade Combat Team and the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion Religious Support Teams attended a religious Shura June 8th at Forward Operating Base Rushmore, Afghanistan.

More than 40 Muslim scholars or mullahs, who are trained in Islam and Islamic law, and are interpreters of Islam’s sciences, doctrine, laws, the chief guarantors of continuity in the spiritual and intellectual history of the Islamic community attended.

Afghan Uniformed Police Gen. Dawlat Khan of Paktika Province speaks to the assembled mullahs about the need for peace and stability for their country and the Afghan people during a shura on Forward Operating Base Rushmore, Afghanistan, June 8th. (Photo by U.S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Joshua A Chittim, Task Force Currahee)

Afghan Uniformed Police Gen. Dawlat Khan of Paktika Province speaks to the assembled mullahs about the need for peace and stability for their country and the Afghan people during a shura on Forward Operating Base Rushmore, Afghanistan, June 8th. (Photo by U.S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Joshua A Chittim, Task Force Currahee)

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The Final Presidential Debate: The thumpin’ that wasn’t

 

Approximately 100 people stand in line waiting to vote.

As early voting opened in Tennessee to heavy turnouts, Senator McCain’s promised thumping of Senator Obama didn’t materialize. Groups gathered at both local Republican and Democratic party headquarters to watch the debate, discuss their preferences and hear the candidates present their proposals.

Republican HeadquartersThe final candidates debate of the 2008 presidential election season was a much anticipated showcase of America’s choices for leadership for the next four years. The debate’s focus was to be on domestic policy, with the recent upheaval in the financial markets to be a focal point. The level of negative ads has increased to  near crescendo as McCain’s campaign unleashed new charges and the Obama campaign refuted falsehoods and returned the fire to McCain. The debate was supposed to offer a clear demonstration of McCain’s superiority to Obama. Sadly, for McCain, the smear adhesive didn’t stick.

Members await the debate at Republican Party Hqtrs Viewers were treated to a consistent presentation of proposals and ideas from Obama as he responded to  McCain’s attempts to hang negatives.

Obama noted that McCain’s own campaign said publicly last week that, “if we keep on talking about the economic crisis, we lose, so we need to change the subject.” Such was the tone for the course of the evening. «Read the rest of this article»

 



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