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Tennessee National Guard looks at Winter Storm Damage Response

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Late on Presidents Day 2015, 19 members of the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 194th Engineer Brigade, equipped with High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV’s), were called out to perform health and wellness checks on motorists in response to rapidly deteriorating road conditions on two major interstates.

That was two weeks ago, and today, Tennessee Army and Air Guard personnel are still at work aiding state and local responders in efforts to recover from a severe winter storm that swept across the state in two waves.

Personnel from the Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment clear debris from the destructive winter storm that devastated portions of Fentress, Overton, and Putnam Counties from Cookeville to Crossville, Tennessee, February 26th.

Personnel from the Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment clear debris from the destructive winter storm that devastated portions of Fentress, Overton, and Putnam Counties from Cookeville to Crossville, Tennessee, February 26th.

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Tennessee National Guard Teams respond to Winter Weather

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Soldiers from Dickson’s 267th Military Police Company were on the highway Friday night assisting local authorities with health and welfare checks for stranded motorists along I-40, west of Nashville.

The Soldiers patrolled a 50 mile stretch, both east and west, along the most congested areas. Some motorists were stranded for several hours and the appearance of Soldiers with various supply and comfort items were a welcome sight.

Soldiers from the 267th Military Police Company headquartered in Dickson check the welfare of a motorist stranded on I-40 Friday night. The Soldiers patrolled over 50 miles of highway during the worst of the storm.

Soldiers from the 267th Military Police Company headquartered in Dickson check the welfare of a motorist stranded on I-40 Friday night. The Soldiers patrolled over 50 miles of highway during the worst of the storm.

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Wounded Warriors recognized during Music City Bowl

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Eight wounded warriors, their families, and two Gold Star families were invited as special guests through Humana’s Wounded Warriors Program to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville. The group arrived at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Nashville on Sunday, December 28th and attended bowl game festivities the next two days.

Franklin American Mortgage provided several tables for the group at the Franklin American Mortgage Coaches Luncheon, held at the Wildhorse Saloon on Monday, December 29th.

Eight wounded warriors, their families, and two Gold Star families were invited to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City bowl to be honored during each event leading up to the game on Dec. 30, 2014. Before the game, the group stood on the field during the singing of the national anthem.

Eight wounded warriors, their families, and two Gold Star families were invited to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City bowl to be honored during each event leading up to the game on Dec. 30, 2014. Before the game, the group stood on the field during the singing of the national anthem.

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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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