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101st Airborne Division takes part in Nashville Predators Military Salute Week

 

Written by Capt. Jennifer Cruz
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionNashville, TN – The leadership of 101st Airborne Division Artillery Brigade along with the 101st Airborne Division Band, took part in the Nashville Predators’ Military Salute Week at Bridgestone Arena.

During the Predators’ March 6th game against the Dallas Stars, the Big 5 Band played during the first and second intermission. Positioned just above the Zamboni tunnel, they performed classic rock covers for the more than 17,000 fans who filled the arena.

“Before a big performance like this I always get very excited. It’s fantastic that this large of an audience will be hearing Army music tonight,” said Pfc. Shawn McGovern, an Army musician with the 101st Airborne Division Band.

Members of the 101st Airborne Division Brass Band, perform during the New Jersey Devils vs Nashville Predators hockey game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville March 10. The band was performing in support of the Predators Military Salute Week. (Capt. Jennifer Cruz, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Members of the 101st Airborne Division Brass Band, perform during the New Jersey Devils vs Nashville Predators hockey game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville March 10. The band was performing in support of the Predators Military Salute Week. (Capt. Jennifer Cruz, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Credit Report Freeze Legislation Passes House Floor

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Property Tax Relief for disabled Veterans, disabled persons and elderly low-income homeowners, House Bill 1496/Senate Bill 1675 (Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville), scheduled for the House Finance, Ways, and Means Full committee on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 was rolled for 1 week awaiting a possible amendment that will strengthen the bill.

This legislation corrects a rule change made in October, 2017 which would have caused individuals to lose their eligibility for tax relief if the veteran, low-income elderly, and disabled person if admitted to a nursing home for an indeterminate amount of time.

“I am hopeful we will see this bill pass and the tax relief programs will be left intact and alone in the future,” said Pitts.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk to be held March 1st, 2018

 

First Thursday Art WalkClarksville, TN – Produced by The Downtown Clarksville Association, First Thursday Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour spanning a 5-block radius that combines visual art, live music, engaging events and more in the heart of Downtown Clarksville.

With 10+ venues, bars and businesses participating each month, the First Thursday Art Walk in Clarksville is the ultimate opportunity to savor and support local creative talent.

First Thursday Art Walk in downtown Clarksville

First Thursday Art Walk in downtown Clarksville

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NASA looks back at America’s first Satellite, Explorer 1

 

Written by Preston Dyches
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Media Relations

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Sixty years ago next week, the hopes of Cold War America soared into the night sky as a rocket lofted skyward above Cape Canaveral, a soon-to-be-famous barrier island off the Florida coast.

The date was January 31st, 1958. NASA had yet to be formed, and the honor of this first flight belonged to the U.S. Army. The rocket’s sole payload was a javelin-shaped satellite built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Explorer 1, as it would soon come to be called, was America’s first satellite.

A vintage JPL graphic celebrating the Explorer 1 satellite. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

A vintage JPL graphic celebrating the Explorer 1 satellite. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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Two Explosive Ordnance Disposal Soldiers from Fort Campbell honored in Washington

 

Written by Clemens Gaines
20th CBRNE Command

20th CBRNE CommandWashington, D.C. – Two explosive ordnance disposal Soldiers from the 52nd Explosives Ordnance Group, Fort Campbell, KY, were honored November 7th, 2017 at the annual EOD Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C.

Sgt. First Class Joshua Tygret and Sgt. Austin Murphy endured the grueling EOD competition event at Fort A.P. Hill, VA in August and displayed operational excellence to beat out teams from the Air Force, Navy and National Guard, as well as several civilian organizations.

EOD Team of the Year members Sgt. First Class Joshua Tygert (left) and Sgt. Austin Murphy (center) are congratulated by Reps. Susan Davis, Brian Mast and Rick Crawford at the EOD Day on the Hill November 7th. Sponsors from the National Defense Industrial Association (back) added their congratulations. (U.S. Army photo by MAJ. Troy Frey)

EOD Team of the Year members Sgt. First Class Joshua Tygert (left) and Sgt. Austin Murphy (center) are congratulated by Reps. Susan Davis, Brian Mast and Rick Crawford at the EOD Day on the Hill November 7th. Sponsors from the National Defense Industrial Association (back) added their congratulations. (U.S. Army photo by MAJ. Troy Frey)

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First Annual Wags & Wings Family Fun Fest has huge turnout

 

Clarksville Regional AirportClarksville, TN – Wags & Wings Family Fun Fest combined pet-friendly activities with aviation exhibits for a one-of-a-kind festival experience that attracted more than 2,200 people to Clarksville Regional Airport, October 14th, 2017.

Presented by the Airport, the Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery County and title sponsor Fortera Credit Union, organizers called the multi-faceted first year event a high-flying success.

Attendees at the Wags & Wings Family Fun Fest enjoy helicopter rides, October 14th. Airplane and helicopter rides were part of the inaugural event at Clarksville Regional Airport, which raised awareness for the Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery County and its mission. (Josh Vaughn)

Attendees at the Wags & Wings Family Fun Fest enjoy helicopter rides, October 14th. Airplane and helicopter rides were part of the inaugural event at Clarksville Regional Airport, which raised awareness for the Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery County and its mission. (Josh Vaughn)

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APSU Educational Intelligence Visiting Lecture Series welcomes Michael R. Smith on September 27th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Don’t miss the new Educational Intelligence Visiting Lecture Series presented by the Department of Distance Education.

The Education Intelligence Visiting Lecture Series welcomes a variety of experts to campus to speak about various topics related educational intelligence. This month, Michael R. Smith presents “Life NOW Learning” on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 from 11:00am-12:30pm in the Morgan University Center Ballroom on the university campus.

Michael R. Smith

Michael R. Smith

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Longest-Held Enlisted POW Bill Robinson to Speak at Clarksville Event on September 15th

 

Visit Clarksville TennesseeClarksville, TN – On September 20th, 1965, Airman 1st Class Bill Robinson began a typical mission day as part of the team trying to rescue a downed pilot in North Vietnam. Enemy ground fire downed their helicopter and the crew and pilot were captured.

The Vietnamese would not release Robinson for seven years and five months, making him the longest-held enlisted man in US military history.

Airman 1st Class Bill Robinson

Airman 1st Class Bill Robinson

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NASA and NOAA Satellites observe Hurricane Irma strengthen to Category 5

 

Written by Rob Gutro
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGreenbelt, MD – NASA and NOAA satellites have been providing valuable satellite imagery to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center, and revealed that Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane on September 5th, 2017 around 8:00am EDT (1200 UTC).

On September 4th at (1:24pm EDT) 17:24 UTC, NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite captured this view of Hurricane Irma as a Category 4 hurricane approaching the Leeward Islands. The VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite flew over Hurricane Irma on September 4th at 04:32 UTC (12:32am EDT) when it was a Category 3 hurricane.

The VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite flew over Category 3 Hurricane Irma at approximately on Sept. 4 at 04:32 UTC (12:32 a.m. EDT). Cloud top temperatures were near -117.7F/-83.5C in the western quadrant. (UWM/SSEC/CIMSS, William Straka III)

The VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite flew over Category 3 Hurricane Irma at approximately on Sept. 4 at 04:32 UTC (12:32 a.m. EDT). Cloud top temperatures were near -117.7F/-83.5C in the western quadrant. (UWM/SSEC/CIMSS, William Straka III)

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101st Combat Aviation Brigade Soldiers participate in Air Force Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training

 

Written by Sgt. Marcus Floyd
101st Combat Aviation Brigade

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Scott Air Force Base, IL – Soldiers with the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, assisted airmen June 29th, 2017 near Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, in completing lifesaving training.

“We’re doing overwater training for the Air Force out of Scott Air Force Base as part of their [Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape] refresher course,” said Sgt. Blake Armstrong, a flight paramedic with C Company, 6th Battalion, 101st General Support Aviation Battalion, 101st CAB.

Sgt. Blake Armstrong, a flight medic with Company C, 6th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, uses a hoist June 29, 2017 near Scott Air force Base during over-water training. The training was used to simulate rescuing someone from a life raft while stranded in open water. (Sgt. Marcus Floyd, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

Sgt. Blake Armstrong, a flight medic with Company C, 6th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, uses a hoist June 29, 2017 near Scott Air force Base during over-water training. The training was used to simulate rescuing someone from a life raft while stranded in open water. (Sgt. Marcus Floyd, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade)

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