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109th Tennessee General Assembly opens 2016 Session

 

Tennessee Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The 2016 session of the 109th General Assembly reconvened on Capitol Hill this week to begin work on a number of important issues facing Tennessee. I was pleased to officially be named as Chairman of the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee.

On Monday, the Brig. Gen. Wendell H. Gilbert Tennessee State Veterans Home was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Governor Bill Haslam. This project was years in the making, and I am pleased that it is finally opened to serve our veterans.

Pictured from left, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, Rep. Joe Pitts, Rep. Curtis Johnson, Rep. Jay Reedy, Brig. Gen. Wendell Gilbert, Governor Bill Haslam, Sen. Mark Green, and Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan.

Pictured from left, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, Rep. Joe Pitts, Rep. Curtis Johnson, Rep. Jay Reedy, Brig. Gen. Wendell Gilbert, Governor Bill Haslam, Sen. Mark Green, and Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan.

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Tennessee National Guard Jobs Program Crosses 3,000th Hire Mark

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, today recognized Dollar General Vice President of Government Affairs Steve Brophy and Dollar General for hiring Spc. Josh DeRoisa as the 3,000th hire through the Job Connection Education Program or (JCEP).

DeRoisa’s employment represents yet another milestone in the nearly four year old business partnership program assisting Tennessee National Guard members and their families in finding jobs across the state.

"Maj. Gen. Max Haston, The Adjutant General of Tennessee, recognizes the 3000th hire through the JCEP program.  Seen here (left to right) with Jann Dower, Melinda Kelsey, and Commissioner Burns Phillips of the Tennessee Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development, Haston, Steve Brophy of Dollar General, Spc. Josh De Roisa, and Capt. Michael Riley, National Guard Bureau."

“Maj. Gen. Max Haston, The Adjutant General of Tennessee, recognizes the 3000th hire through the JCEP program. Seen here (left to right) with Jann Dower, Melinda Kelsey, and Commissioner Burns Phillips of the Tennessee Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development, Haston, Steve Brophy of Dollar General, Spc. Josh De Roisa, and Capt. Michael Riley, National Guard Bureau.”

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Fort Campbell receives visit from National Commission on the Future of the Army

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Two commissioners from the National Commission on the Future of the Army (NCFA) spent Tuesday morning at Fort Campbell as part of their congressionally-mandated mission.

The NCFA, made up of eight commissioners appointed by Congress and the President, has been charged with examining the structure of the Army and issues related to its size and force mix.

The Commission will make recommendations to the Congress and President on how to modify the Army’s structure based on anticipated mission requirements, acceptable levels of risk, and anticipated resources. «Read the rest of this article»

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Specialized Tennessee National Guard Unit aids Maryville Residents

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – The Tennessee National Guard’s 45th Civil Support Team (WMD) was ready early last Thursday morning to answer the call made by the Blount County Fire Department through TEMA. When a sheared axle punctured a CSX rail car carrying hazardous material it sparked a fire filling the air with hydrogen cyanide, a poisonous gas, in and around the city of Maryville.

As many as 5000 citizens were evacuated from their homes due to unsafe air and potentially contaminated well water. The 45th deployed 11 personnel and equipment to assist local fire, EPA, and CSX officials with air monitoring of the evacuated area from Thursday to Saturday conducting 24 hour operations during that time.

Members of the 45th CST (WMD), Tennessee National Guard wear protective clothing while monitoring air quality in and around Blount County and the city of Maryville in the aftermath of a CSX rail car fire burning hazardous material.

Members of the 45th CST (WMD), Tennessee National Guard wear protective clothing while monitoring air quality in and around Blount County and the city of Maryville in the aftermath of a CSX rail car fire burning hazardous material.

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Fort Campbell 2nd Brigade Combat Team Strike soldiers take Yoga for benefits

 

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Every Thursday at 6:00am at Freedom Fighter’s Physical Fitness Center, Soldiers throughout the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, participate in a Strike yoga class that is offered and taught by Joined Forces Yoga, a nonprofit organization designed to provide service members a complimentary exercise regimen.

Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct yoga during one of the weekly classes offered by Joined Forces Yoga. Joined Forces Yoga is a nonprofit organization that provides free yoga classes to service members, veterans, family members and Department of Defense civilians. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct yoga during one of the weekly classes offered by Joined Forces Yoga. Joined Forces Yoga is a nonprofit organization that provides free yoga classes to service members, veterans, family members and Department of Defense civilians. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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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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