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Tennessee National Guard’s 30th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Deploys to Afghanistan

 

Written by SPC Lauren Ogburn
118th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Before embarking on a year-long deployment, 36 Tennessee National Guard men and women from the 30th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 230th Sustainment Brigade, participated in a casing of the colors ceremony October 21st, 2017 in Humboldt, TN.

The term “Colors” refers to a command, brigade or regiment’s distinct flag that uniquely represents the command. The Casing of the Colors ceremony is a U.S. Army tradition that commemorates a unit being deactivated from a parent unit. In the case of the 30th CSSB, the ceremony represents them leaving for their deployment.

(L to R): Command Sergeant Major Michael Warren, Battalion CSM, and Lieutenant Colonel Brooke Grubb, Battalion Commander, prepare the 30th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion colors for casing prior to their deployment to Afghanistan during a ceremony on October 21, 2017 in Humboldt, Tenn. More than 30 personnel will provide logistical combat support to U.S. Forces in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

(L to R): Command Sergeant Major Michael Warren, Battalion CSM, and Lieutenant Colonel Brooke Grubb, Battalion Commander, prepare the 30th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion colors for casing prior to their deployment to Afghanistan during a ceremony on October 21, 2017 in Humboldt, Tenn. More than 30 personnel will provide logistical combat support to U.S. Forces in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

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Tennessee National Guard Soldiers return home from year-long deployment

 

Written by Sgt. Sarah Kirby
118th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – More than 120 Soldiers assigned to the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 230th Signal Company returned home to Smyrna, Tennessee, October 14th, 2017 after a year-long deployment overseas.

“I’m so excited to be home,” said Army Sgt. James Collier, a signal support systems specialist with the 230th Signal Company. “My daughters have grown up so much since I’ve been gone and I can’t wait to get back into a new routine with them and my wife.”

Families and friends eagerly wave to the Soldiers of the Tennessee National Guard’s 230th Signal Company, based in Nashville, Tenn., who just returned home from a year long deployment overseas Oct. 14. (Spc. Lauren Ogburn, Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters).

Families and friends eagerly wave to the Soldiers of the Tennessee National Guard’s 230th Signal Company, based in Nashville, Tenn., who just returned home from a year long deployment overseas Oct. 14. (Spc. Lauren Ogburn, Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters).

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Tennessee National Guard detachment leaves for year-long deployment to Kuwait

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Twenty-two Tennessee Army National Guard members of Detachment 5, Company B, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, left Joint Base Berry Field, Nashville, Tennessee September 30th, 2017 to complete two months of pre-deployment training at Fort Hood, Texas.  

Det. 5, Co. B, 248 ASB, is a small maintenance detachment based out of Nashville that is set to embark on a year-long deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield. Operation Spartan Shield is a multiple-force contingency operation based in Kuwait that’s set in place to prevent and react to possible threats within the region.

Twenty-two Tennessee National Guard members assigned to Detachment 5, Company B, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, attend a departure ceremony Sept. 28 at Joint Base Berry Field, Nashville, Tenn. The detachment departed Nashville Sept. 30 to participate in pre deployment training at Fort Hood, Texas before deploying to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

Twenty-two Tennessee National Guard members assigned to Detachment 5, Company B, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, attend a departure ceremony Sept. 28 at Joint Base Berry Field, Nashville, Tenn. The detachment departed Nashville Sept. 30 to participate in pre deployment training at Fort Hood, Texas before deploying to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

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Integrated Tennessee National Guardsman fulfills air assault goal at Fort Campbell

 

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 – Earning and wearing the coveted air assault badge was a goal Staff Sgt. Cole Champion, a motor transport operator assigned to the 1176th Transportation Company of the Tennessee National Guard, has been striving toward for almost 11 years.

However, being in the National Guard made achieving that goal a little more challenging.

It wasn’t until Champion’s unit selected him to integrate with 541st Transportation Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., as part of the Associated Unit Pilot Program that his goal became a reality.

Staff Sgt. Cole Champion, a motor transport operator assigned to the 1176th Transportation Company of the Tennessee National Guard, attached to 541st Transportation Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., poses for a photo, Sept. 11, 2017, after graduating from the Sabalauski Air Assault School on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Courtesy photo)

Staff Sgt. Cole Champion, a motor transport operator assigned to the 1176th Transportation Company of the Tennessee National Guard, attached to 541st Transportation Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade, 101st Abn. Div., poses for a photo, Sept. 11, 2017, after graduating from the Sabalauski Air Assault School on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Courtesy photo)

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3rd annual Be More Like Wade Scholarship 5K Run/Walk/Crawl continues success

 

Wade Morgan - Be More Like WadeCunningham, TN – The 3rd annual Be More Like Wade Scholarship 5K Run/Walk/Crawl, in honor of Wade Morgan, was held Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at the Montgomery Central High School. Registration began at 8:00am and the race started at 8:30am.

It was just perfect weather for the event. Partly sunny with a slight breeze that kept everyone cool.

“Compared to the weather we have had just over the last couple of days, this weather is exactly what we prayed for,” stated Jessica Morgan, sister-in-law of Wade Morgan.

The 3rd annual Be More Like Wade 5k Scholarship Run/Walk/Crawl was held Saturday, July 29th, 2017.

The 3rd annual Be More Like Wade 5k Scholarship Run/Walk/Crawl was held Saturday, July 29th, 2017.

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Viral Photo of Soldier Saluting Funeral Procession Identified

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – The viral photo of a Soldier saluting a funeral procession while standing in the rain has been identified. Colonel Jack L. Usrey is the Senior Army Advisor to the Adjutant General at Tennessee National Guard Headquarters in Nashville.

While driving from Fort Knox, KY last week, Col. Usrey met a funeral procession, stopped, got out of his vehicle and paid his respects to the deceased.

Tennessee National Guard Colonel Jack L. Usrey saluting funeral procession

Tennessee National Guard Colonel Jack L. Usrey saluting funeral procession

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Opens Tennessee Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy

 

Alternative residential program operated by the Tennessee National Guard

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has officially opened the Tennessee Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy, an alternative residential program operated by the Tennessee National Guard that offers youth between ages 16-18 who have dropped out of school a chance to earn a high school equivalency diploma outside of a traditional school setting.

The academy is housed at the site of the former Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville where Haslam was joined Friday by Deputy Governor Jim Henry and Major General Max Haston for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The first class of approximately 100 cadets is set to begin July 9th, 2017.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 9

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The first session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on May 10th, 2017, after passing major legislation that will benefit Tennesseans for generations to come. This is Part 9 of a 12 Part report.

This includes a measure making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college; a new law rebuilding a safe and reliable transportation network, while reallocating revenues to maximize taxpayers’ return on that investment; and a bill which provides a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation, and education. 

Action in the General Assembly also included passage of a balanced budget which takes on no new debt, as well as legislation protecting the elderly, enhancing the state’s robust job growth, cracking down on crime, and boosting efforts as the fastest improving state in the nation in K-12 student achievement.  Following is a report on key legislation passed this year.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 7

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The first session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on May 10th, 2017, after passing major legislation that will benefit Tennesseans for generations to come. This is Part 7 of a 12 Part report.

This includes a measure making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college; a new law rebuilding a safe and reliable transportation network, while reallocating revenues to maximize taxpayers’ return on that investment; and a bill which provides a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation, and education. 

Action in the General Assembly also included passage of a balanced budget which takes on no new debt, as well as legislation protecting the elderly, enhancing the state’s robust job growth, cracking down on crime, and boosting efforts as the fastest improving state in the nation in K-12 student achievement.  Following is a report on key legislation passed this year.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 1

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The first session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on May 10th, 2017, after passing major legislation that will benefit Tennesseans for generations to come. This is Part 1 of a 12 Part report.

This includes a measure making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college; a new law rebuilding a safe and reliable transportation network, while reallocating revenues to maximize taxpayers’ return on that investment; and a bill which provides a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation, and education. 

Action in the General Assembly also included passage of a balanced budget which takes on no new debt, as well as legislation protecting the elderly, enhancing the state’s robust job growth, cracking down on crime, and boosting efforts as the fastest improving state in the nation in K-12 student achievement.  Following is a report on key legislation passed this year.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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