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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Files NextTennessee Legislative Agenda

 

Legislation focuses on education, community development, and economic growth

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam filed his NextTennessee legislative agenda for the 2017 session of the 110th General Assembly.

“With the NextTennessee agenda, we’re focused on policy proposals to build and sustain economic growth and the state’s competitiveness for the next generation of Tennesseans,” Haslam said.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee National Guard Youth Challenge Program Ready to Roll

 

Tennessee Volunteer ChalleNGe AcademyNashville, TN – Early last year Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Deputy Governor Jim Henry, Commissioner of Children’s Services Bonnie Hommrich and Major General Max Haston announced that Tennessee is the latest state to be approved by the Department of Defense for a National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program.

After months of preparation, the Tennessee Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy (TNVCA)  is ready to become a reality.

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is a 17-month, voluntary, second-chance program for 16-to 18-year-old struggling youth who may have dropped out of school or behind in credits.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam delivers 2017 State of the State Address

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam delivered his annual State of the State Address to a joint convention of the legislature this week, unveiling his budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Haslam addressed multiple issues during the State of the State, the most prominent of which include job recruitment and infrastructure investments, bolstering the state’s Rainy Day Fund, a continued push to make government more efficient and effective, and major contributions in both K-12 and higher education.

Haslam’s $37 billion balanced budget proposal builds up state reserves, puts Tennessee on the path to catch up on long-deferred maintenance of buildings, and reinvests in the state workforce. For a second year in a row, and the second year in Tennessee recorded history, the state budget does not take on any new debt.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam delivers State of the State Address

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam delivers State of the State Address

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam: Community College Tuition-Free for All Tennesseans

 

Reconnect to offer last-dollar scholarship for adults without degrees to attend community college

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – In his seventh State of the State address to the Tennessee General Assembly, Governor Bill Haslam introduced his proposal to make Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all Tennessee adults without a degree access to community college tuition-free – and at no cost to taxpayers. 

If the Tennessee Reconnect Act is approved, Tennessee would become the first state in the nation to offer all citizens – both high school students and adults – the chance to earn a post-secondary degree or certificate free of tuition and fees.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee National Guard to support 58th Presidential Inauguration

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – More than three hundred and thirty Soldiers and Airmen from the Tennessee Army and Air National Guard will support the 58th Presidential Inauguration this week in Washington, D.C.
 
The 194th Engineer Brigade (Army), headquartered in Jackson, has 304 Soldiers providing command and control for Military Police Soldiers performing stationary security at different locations.  A logistics team of supply and maintenance personnel are providing support for the MPs and a Religious Support Team.

Tennessee National Guard soldiers head to Washington D.C. to support the 58th Presidential Inauguration. (Tennessee National Guard)

Tennessee National Guard soldiers head to Washington D.C. to support the 58th Presidential Inauguration. (Tennessee National Guard)

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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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Kentucky, Tennessee National Guard 101st Airborne Division Patch

 

Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division

Fort Knox, KY – Tennessee and Kentucky National Guard Soldiers stood proudly in their formations as senior leaders of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) placed the 101st Abn. Div. patch on the left shoulders of nearly 300 guardsmen.

As part of the Army’s Associated Unit Pilot Program, Soldiers of 2123rd Transportation Company of the Kentucky National Guard and 1176th Trans. Co., of the Tennessee National Guard replaced their unit patches during ceremonies on October 22nd on Fort Knox, Kentucky, and on October 23rd in Smyrna, Tennessee, respectively.

Col. Stanley Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” 101st Abn. Div. (Air Assault), places the 101st Abn. Div. patch on a Soldier from 1176th Transportation Company, Oct. 23, 2016, during the companies patching ceremony in Smyrna, TN. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/ 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Col. Stanley Sliwinski, commander of the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade “Lifeliners,” 101st Abn. Div. (Air Assault), places the 101st Abn. Div. patch on a Soldier from 1176th Transportation Company, Oct. 23, 2016, during the companies patching ceremony in Smyrna, TN. (Sgt. Neysa Canfield/ 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade takes part in U.S. Army’s Associated Units pilot program

 

Written by Sgt. Neysa Canfield
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – In March, the U.S. Army launched its Associated Units Program, an Army Total Force initiative, with the intent of leveraging the capabilities and capacities of the Active component, Army Reserve and the Army National Guard as one Army, according to Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff.

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, is one of the units selected by the Army to participate in the pilot program by partnering with two National Guard units.

Soldiers from 2123rd Transportation Company from the Kentucky National Guard conduct a road march, Sept. 18, 2016, with senior leaders from 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div. during the company’s inactive duty training on Fort Knox, KY. (129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion)

Soldiers from 2123rd Transportation Company from the Kentucky National Guard conduct a road march, Sept. 18, 2016, with senior leaders from 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div. during the company’s inactive duty training on Fort Knox, KY. (129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion)

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Tennessee Military Department Conducts Active Aggressor Exercise

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – When it comes to emergencies, you can never be too prepared. In order to have a plan in place for the worst kind of incidents and disasters, the Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, conducted an Active Aggressor (Active Shooter) Exercise on Wednesday, August 31st.

The exercise was conducted in cooperation with the Metro Nashville Police Department, the Nashville Fire Department and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. During the 2 hour exercise the multi-acre complex was locked down with no one able to enter or leave the area.

Metro Police Lt. Floyd Hyde briefs Tennessee National Guard Lt. Col Travis Powell, Safety Director, and other Metro Police Officers prior to the National Guard Active Aggressor Exercise yesterday at National Guard Headquarters on Sidco Drive.

Metro Police Lt. Floyd Hyde briefs Tennessee National Guard Lt. Col Travis Powell, Safety Director, and other Metro Police Officers prior to the National Guard Active Aggressor Exercise yesterday at National Guard Headquarters on Sidco Drive.

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Tennessee State Guard Receives New Leader

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Guard received a new commander on August 7th, 2016. Brig. Gen. Tommy Baker, Assistant Adjutant General-Army, Tennessee National Guard officiated a formal change of command ceremony at the Armed Forces Reserve Center located on Volunteer Training Site in Smyrna Tennessee. Brig. Gen. Kenneth T. Takasaki relinquished command to Brig. Gen. Craig Johnson, a former Tennessee Guardsman.

Brig. Gen. Kenneth Takasaki (L) relinquishes the colors to Brig. Gen. Tommy Baker, Assistant Adjutant General-Army, Tennessee National Guard (2nd from left) prior to transferring them to Brig. Gen. Craig Johnson (2nd from right). (Staff Sgt. Tim Belcher, Joint Public Affairs, Tennessee National Guard)

Brig. Gen. Kenneth Takasaki (L) relinquishes the colors to Brig. Gen. Tommy Baker, Assistant Adjutant General-Army, Tennessee National Guard (2nd from left) prior to transferring them to Brig. Gen. Craig Johnson (2nd from right). (Staff Sgt. Tim Belcher, Joint Public Affairs, Tennessee National Guard)

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