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Montgomery County Sheriff Investigator Larry Hodge passes away

 

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office - MCSOClarksville, TN – Thirty year veteran with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Investigator Larry Hodge, 55, has passed away.

Hodge is the son of an Air Force veteran and grew up all over the world. As a child he rose to the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts. He graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1978 and shortly thereafter settled in Clarksville with his family.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Investigator Larry Hodge.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Investigator Larry Hodge.

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U.S. Department of Energy produces fuel to power NASA’s Deep Space Missions

 

Written by Dwayne Brown
NASA Headquarters

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – The first U.S. production in nearly 30 years of a specialized fuel to power future deep space missions has been completed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee.

The production of 50 grams of plutonium-238 -roughly the mass of a golf ball – marks the first demonstration in the United States since the Savannah River Plant in South Carolina ceased production in the late 1980s.

This self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (Feb. 3, 2013), plus three exposures taken during Sol 270 (May 10, 2013) to update the appearance of part of the ground beside the rover. (NASA)

This self-portrait of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity’s work on Mars (Feb. 3, 2013), plus three exposures taken during Sol 270 (May 10, 2013) to update the appearance of part of the ground beside the rover. (NASA)

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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum exhibits Outdoor works from Tennessee Artist

 

The Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum currently is featuring the dynamic landscapes of award-winning artist Frank Baggett in its Crouch Gallery exhibition Surroundings: The Art of Frank Baggett. Bold palettes of earthy colors move across the canvases in sharp strokes and golden highlights of reflected sun.

The viewer is instantly drawn into the riverbeds and forests of Frank’s world with the sense of having crossed these familiar paths before on a lazy summer day.

Surroundings: The Art of Frank Baggett exhibit on display at Clarksville's Customs House Museum.

Surroundings: The Art of Frank Baggett exhibit on display at Clarksville’s Customs House Museum.

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Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” completes rotation at Joint Readiness Training Center

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

2nd Brigade Combat Team - StrikeFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Polk, LA – The smiles on the faces of the Soldiers as they heard the word “index” were readily apparent as 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, successfully completed their rotation at Joint Readiness Training Center.

More than 3,000 Soldiers, most of who came from the six battalions that make up Strike Brigade, participated in the training. Additional units from the Marines and Air Force participated in the training as well.

JRTC training is complex and demanding. The training prepares units for deployments by exposing them to an environment that duplicates prospective areas of operations.

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct live fire exercise training lanes at Fort Polk, La. Strike Brigade recently finished their 30-day training exercise at Joint Readiness Training Center. (Staff Sgt. Amanda Zuniga, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conduct live fire exercise training lanes at Fort Polk, La. Strike Brigade recently finished their 30-day training exercise at Joint Readiness Training Center. (Staff Sgt. Amanda Zuniga, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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Air Force C Flight/19th Air Support Operations Squadron to conduct training in Downtown Clarksville May 5th-7th

 

Montgomery County TennesseeMontgomery County, TN – Montgomery County Government would like to alert the public that the Air Force C Flight/19th Air Support Operations Squadron will be conducting some observation training May 5th-7th in downtown and on the roof tops of the Montgomery County Courts Center and Jail.

Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett states, “We are pleased that we could assist in providing the needed training locations for the group. We know the importance of training and are certainly glad that we can be of support to those that risk their lives for us.”

The public may see personnel dressed in training gear, as well as support vehicles, during the hours of noon and 4:00pm each of these days. Please note that this is only a training exercise.

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NASA reports NOAA to launch Deep Space Climate Observatory to measure the Sun’s Solar Wind

 

Written by Karen C. Fox
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGreenbelt, MD – There’s a fascinating spot some 932,000 miles away from Earth where the gravity between the sun and Earth is perfectly balanced. This spot captures the attention of orbital engineers because a satellite can orbit this spot, called Lagrange 1 just as they can orbit a planet.

But the spot tantalizes scientists as well: Lagrange 1 lies outside Earth’s magnetic environment, a perfect place to measure the constant stream of particles from the sun, known as the solar wind, as they pass by.

In early February, the United States Air Force will launch a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite called Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, into orbit around this spot.

The solar arrays on NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft, or DSCOVR, are unfurled in the Building 1 high bay at the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Florida, near Kennedy Space Center. (NASA/Ben Smegelsky)

The solar arrays on NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft, or DSCOVR, are unfurled in the Building 1 high bay at the Astrotech payload processing facility in Titusville, Florida, near Kennedy Space Center. (NASA/Ben Smegelsky)

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‘Iron Man’ Suit’s Process Important to U.S. Department of Defense

 

Written by by Jim Garamone
DoD News

United States Department of Defense - DoDMacDill Air Force Base, FL – The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit is being designed to give protection and capabilities to U.S. special operators, but the process of designing it may be as revolutionary as the suit itself, said U.S. Special Operations Command officials.

TALOS started 18 months ago, after incidents downrange caused SOCOM to take a hard look at how special operators are outfitted.

“We’ve put a lot of great technology on the battlefield, but have we really taken a step back and taken a clean sheet and said for the next five, 10, 15 years do we need what we’ve got now, or do are there other game-changing technologies we can incorporate?” James Geurts, Socom’s acquisition executive, said during a recent interview.

TALOS: Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Oliver suits up in a futuristic combat uniform with a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit-like look at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

TALOS: Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Oliver suits up in a futuristic combat uniform with a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit-like look at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

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264th Combat Communications Squadron soldier returns home from Liberia, Ebola free

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer
182nd Airlift Wing

United States Africa CommandPeoria, IL – A cyber transport systems specialist with Peoria’s 264th Combat Communications Squadron returned home in November from the fight against the Ebola epidemic in Africa. There, he and his unit led the way in building up communications for hospital training centers as part of Operation United Assistance.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Springsteen, a Chicago suburb native, was augmenting the Joint Communications Support Element at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, when he was handpicked for deployment to Liberia.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Benjamin M. Springsteen, a cyber transport systems specialist with the 264th Combat Communications Squadron, visits his home unit in Peoria, Ill., Dec. 9, 2014, after returning from a deployment to Monrovia, Liberia, in support of Operation United Assistance.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Benjamin M. Springsteen, a cyber transport systems specialist with the 264th Combat Communications Squadron, visits his home unit in Peoria, Ill., Dec. 9, 2014, after returning from a deployment to Monrovia, Liberia, in support of Operation United Assistance. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

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Joint Forces Command – United Assistance to transition critical health care worker training to partners on January 1st, 2015

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – The U.S. Department of Defense Ebola Treatment Training Team, the joint-service team tasked by the DoD to train health care workers to staff Ebola treatment units, is scheduled to transition its critical mission for the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, January 1st, 2015.

Initially split between the DET-3 and the World Health Organization, the training mission will be transferred back to the WHO, who provides the course for the Liberian Ministry of Health, the ETU health care workers who were trained as trainers, and PAE, a contracting company.

Trainers from the Department of Defense Ebola Treatment Training Team put health care workers through their final practical exam in a mock Ebola treatment unit at the National Police Training Academy, Paynesville, Liberia, Dec. 23, 2014. This is the last class in support of Operation United Assistance at the NPTA for the DET-3. The DET-3 is scheduled to make a critical transition of its mission back to the World Health Organization, the ETU health care workers who were trained as trainers, and PAE, a contracting company, Jan. 1, 2015. (Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance Public Affairs)

Trainers from the Department of Defense Ebola Treatment Training Team put health care workers through their final practical exam in a mock Ebola treatment unit at the National Police Training Academy, Paynesville, Liberia, Dec. 23, 2014. This is the last class in support of Operation United Assistance at the NPTA for the DET-3. The DET-3 is scheduled to make a critical transition of its mission back to the World Health Organization, the ETU health care workers who were trained as trainers, and PAE, a contracting company, Jan. 1, 2015. (Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance Public Affairs)

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Montgomery County Tennessee State Veterans Home Administrator to be Air Force Veteran Warren Jasper

 

Brigadier General Wendell H. Gilbert Tennessee State Veterans Home

Warren Jasper Prepares to Open Home in 2015

Tennessee Department of Veterans AffairsNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee State Veterans Home Executive Director Ed Harries announce Warren Anthony Jasper will be the Brigadier General Wendell H. Gilbert Tennessee State Veterans Home Administrator.  The 108-bed State Veterans Home is currently under construction in Clarksville, TN.

Jasper served seven years in the United States Air Force which included assignments at the Pentagon and as a Branch Chief with the Secretary of Defense studying electronic warfare with the Joint Test Force.

Air Force Veteran Warren Jasper named Montgomery County Tennessee State Veterans Home Administrator.

Air Force Veteran Warren Jasper named Montgomery County Tennessee State Veterans Home Administrator.

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