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Tennessee National Guard unit trained, prepared, ready, for disaster response

 

The 45th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil-Support Team, ever vigilant, always ready

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Headquartered in Middle Tennessee resides a unique National Guard unit consisting of 22 Soldiers and Airmen prepared to place their lives on the line during times of unprecedented civil emergencies.

The 45th Weapons of Mass Destruction- Civil Support Team (WMD-CST) was qualified as “mission ready” by the Department of Defense in 2003, and is tasked to support civilian authorities when a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) or natural disaster incident occurs in Tennessee or throughout the nation.

The 45th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil-Support Team training.

The 45th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil-Support Team training.

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Tennessee National Guard Earthquake Exercise a Success

 

Army and Air Guard personnel and assets put to the test in TNCAT14

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Soldiers, Airmen and civilian emergency response personnel throughout the state concluded the TNCAT14 Exercise on June 20th, simulating the Tennessee Military Department’s response to a catastrophic earthquake along the New Madrid Fault.

On June 16th, a simulated 7.7 magnitude earthquake scenario was declared, setting into action requests for military support requests from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA,) as local authorities in areas across the seismic zone began to test the capabilities of the Military Department.

Tennessee National Guard Soldiers with the 194th Engineer Brigade in Milan, Tenn., train alongside Soldiers from the National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, Directorate of Information Management in Nashville, Tenn., to construct a High Frequency antenna to test remote communications likely to be needed in the event of a major disaster.

Tennessee National Guard Soldiers with the 194th Engineer Brigade in Milan, Tenn., train alongside Soldiers from the National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, Directorate of Information Management in Nashville, Tenn., to construct a High Frequency antenna to test remote communications likely to be needed in the event of a major disaster.

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All American Liquidators Inc. aids Tennessee National Guard Soldier after fire destroys home

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Melisa Washington
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Tennessee National GuardSmyrna, TN – When a fire destroyed Sgt. David Adams’ home in Johnson City, Tennessee, this past Wednesday, he was grateful to have his National Guard family at the ready for support. The house caught fire while he was conducting annual training in Alcoa, Tennessee with his unit, Detachment 1, G Troop, 1/230th Air Cavalry.

All of Adams’ belongings were destroyed, but luckily his brother, who was staying in the home at the time, was able to evacuate without injuries.

All American Liquidators Inc., a furniture company in Smyrna, Tenn., donated several pieces of furniture to Sgt. David Adams from Detachment 1, G Troop, 1/230th Air Cavalry Regiment after learning a fire had destroyed the Soldier's home in Johnson City, Tennessee. (Chief Warrant Officer Emily Wiest)

All American Liquidators Inc., a furniture company in Smyrna, Tenn., donated several pieces of furniture to Sgt. David Adams from Detachment 1, G Troop, 1/230th Air Cavalry Regiment after learning a fire had destroyed the Soldier’s home in Johnson City, Tennessee. (Chief Warrant Officer Emily Wiest)

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Dollar General donates backpacks for Tennessee National Guard Youth Camp

 

Tennessee National GuardDollar GeneralGoodlettsville, TN –  For almost 20 years, the Tennessee National Guard’s Child and Youth Program has hosted a Youth Development Week for military-connected children of Tennessee. This year, the Child and Youth Program will host over 200 campers from across the state on Boxwell Reservation in Lebanon, Tenn.

Paige Major, Child and Youth Program coordinator, explains the impact this camp makes on Tennessee’s military kids.

Dollar General Corporation donated backpacks to the Tennessee National Guard Child and Youth Program for their Youth Development Week in July. The camp is hosted every year for military-connected youth in the state of Tennessee. Lt.  Col. James Reed, Deputy Director for the Tennessee National Guard Military Family Readiness Operations, presents a coin to the Community Initiatives team.

Dollar General Corporation donated backpacks to the Tennessee National Guard Child and Youth Program for their Youth Development Week in July. The camp is hosted every year for military-connected youth in the state of Tennessee. Lt. Col. James Reed, Deputy Director for the Tennessee National Guard Military Family Readiness Operations, presents a coin to the Community Initiatives team.

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Clarksville-Montgomery County gathers together to honor Memorial Day

 

Montgomery County Veterans Service OrganizationClarksville, TN – The Montgomery County Veterans Service Organization hosted its annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday May 26th, at Veterans Memorial Park in Clarksville Tennessee.

The ceremony was opened by Frank Mir, the Director of the Montgomery County Veterans Service Organization; who welcomed the dignitaries and attendees to the Memorial ceremony. The colors were posted by the 101st Airborne Division Honor Guard, and Stella McKnight backed up by the 101st Airborne Division band sang the national anthem. The Rev. Jodi McCullah the Executive Director of Soldiers and Families Embraced gave the Invocation.

Col. Karen M. Darnell gives the Memorial Day address at the 2014 Montgomery County Memorial Day Ceremony

Col. Karen M. Darnell gives the Memorial Day address at the 2014 Montgomery County Memorial Day Ceremony

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Clarksville-Montgomery County Memorial Day Ceremony to be held Monday, May 26th

 

Montgomery County Veterans Service OrganizationMontgomery County, TN – The Montgomery County Veterans Service Organization is hosting its annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 10:00am, May 26th, at Veterans Memorial Park, Clarksville.

City and county officials, as well as MCVSO staff will give remarks, with the keynote address given by Colonel Karen M. Darnell, United States Air Force, who currently serves as the state inspector general for the Tennessee National Guard.

Clarksville-Montgomery County Memorial Day Ceremony

Clarksville-Montgomery County Memorial Day Ceremony

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Nashville Sounds honored Gold Star families Sunday at Greer Stadium

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Melisa Washington
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Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Any given Sunday you’ll find the Nashville Sounds in camouflage for Military Sunday. It’s their tribute to the impact veterans and service members have made on our country.

This Sunday, the team did more than honor service members and their families with their apparel; they made an impact on families of fallen heroes, ensuring these important legacies live on in our community and in their families.

The Nashville Sounds hosted a Veteran and Surviving Military Game on Sunday, May 18. The Sounds honored Gold Star families before the game on the field. Amber Diaz's husband, Army Cpl. Isaac Diaz, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2004. Her son, Aaron Diaz, was only three years old when his father passed. Aaron threw out the first pitch of the game in honor of his father. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Melisa Washington)

The Nashville Sounds hosted a Veteran and Surviving Military Game on Sunday, May 18. The Sounds honored Gold Star families before the game on the field. Amber Diaz’s husband, Army Cpl. Isaac Diaz, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2004. Her son, Aaron Diaz, was only three years old when his father passed. Aaron threw out the first pitch of the game in honor of his father. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Melisa Washington)

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Tennessee Army Guard Assists Motorists in West Tennessee

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Soldiers of the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 168th Military Police Battalion and the Volunteer Training Site-Milan have been mobilized to assist motorists in the Dyer County area of West Tennessee.

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Tennessee National Guard gives back to local community

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – The Tennessee National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters staff collected items for 40 local children as part of the Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree project, Monday, December 9th.

“There are a lot of kids who wouldn’t have a Christmas present if not for this program,” said Chief Master Sgt. Buffy Burton, Superintendent, Knowledge Operations, Tennessee Air National Guard Joint Force Headquarters.

Brig. Gen. Donald Johnson, Assistant Adjutant General - Air, Tennessee National Guard, sits among the mass of items the Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters staff members collected to support the Salvation Army's annual Angel Tree Program. (Master Sgt. Robin Olsen, TN National Guard Joint Public Affairs.)

Brig. Gen. Donald Johnson, Assistant Adjutant General – Air, Tennessee National Guard, sits among the mass of items the Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters staff members collected to support the Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree Program. (Master Sgt. Robin Olsen, TN National Guard Joint Public Affairs.)

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Tennessee National Guard Furloughs Employees Due to Government Shutdown

 

Tennessee Military DepartmentNashville, TN – The government shutdown leaves more than 1,500 Tennessee National Guard military technicians and contract employees throughout the state on unpaid furlough.

Major General Max Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General notified employees last week of possible furloughs beginning on October 1st, 2013.

“This is an across the board furlough effecting essentially every military technician and contract employee in the Tennessee Army and Air National Guard,” Haston said. “There is no question that this will  cause serious hardships on our employees and degrade our ability to conduct operations, but even with the government shutdown, our remaining Soldiers and Airmen will strive to continue to meet the challenges and ensure the security of our state and nation.  Our Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) and Tennessee State employees will continue to work and maintain essential operations of the Military Department.”

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