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NASA Goddard Technologists and Scientists Prepare for a New Era of Human Exploration

 

Written by Lori Keesey
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGreenbelt, MD – NASA scientists, engineers, and technologists are preparing for a new era of human exploration at the Moon, which includes a new launch system, capsule, and lunar-orbiting outpost that will serve as the jumping-off point for human spaceflight deeper into the Solar System.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is playing a vital role in these initiatives, particularly in the areas of communications and instrument development as evidenced by the recent award of five proposals under NASA’s Development and Advancement of Lunar Instrumentation (DALI) to advance spacecraft-based instrument for use in lunar-landing missions.

The technologies needed for sustainable exploration at the Moon will have to be powerful, multipurpose, and fast, said Jake Bleacher, Chief Scientist for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.

Goddard will provide laser communications services to NASA’s Orion vehicle, shown in this artist concept. (NASA)

Goddard will provide laser communications services to NASA’s Orion vehicle, shown in this artist concept. (NASA)

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Management of Blanchfield Army Community Hospital to transfer from Army Medicine to Defense Health Agency

 

Written by Maria Yager
Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Public Affairs

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – The director of the Defense Health Agency’s Transitional Intermediate Management Organization visited staff at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital recently, to discuss the hospital’s transition as an Army managed facility to a DHA managed facility later this year.

“For our patients it should be invisible. Whether it’s the Department of the Army, who has [medical] responsibility for this community now, or the Defense Health Agency, our collective requirements, responsibilities, authorities, are all the same,” said Major General Ronald J. Place, who also serves as the director, National Capital Region Medical Directorate, for DHA. “Patients will receive the same great care, same access, same everything. They shouldn’t see any difference.”

Hospital Commander, Col. Anthony McQueen welcomes Defense Health Agency's Transitional Intermediate Management Organization Director, Maj. Gen. Ronald Place to BACH. Place came to speak with McQueen and hospital staff about BACH's transition from Army Medicine to DHA. (U.S. Army Photo by Laura Boyd.)

Hospital Commander, Col. Anthony McQueen welcomes Defense Health Agency’s Transitional Intermediate Management Organization Director, Maj. Gen. Ronald Place to BACH. Place came to speak with McQueen and hospital staff about BACH’s transition from Army Medicine to DHA. (U.S. Army Photo by Laura Boyd.)

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Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts selects James Halford as Chief of Staff

 

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City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – James Halford Jr., a lifelong Clarksville resident and former Director of Strategic Planning at Fort Campbell, has been named Clarksville Chief of Staff by City of Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts.

Chief of Staff is the top administrative position in Clarksville’s Mayor/City Council form of government, and works to advise the Mayor, supervise staff in the Mayor’s office, and plan and direct operational programs and projects.

James Halford Jr. has deep resume in planning, management.

James Halford Jr. has deep resume in planning, management.

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Wreaths Across America Volunteers hang 101 wreaths at Fort Campbell’s main gate

 

Written by Mari-Alice Jasper
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – U.S. Army Soldiers, veterans, community members and Fort Campbell leadership gathered Saturday, December 15th, 2018, at 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Headquarters to honor the fallen during a Wreaths Across America ceremony.

Fort Campbell hosted the event that was part of the Clarksville Sunrise Rotary club’s participation in the worldwide wreath-laying effort. This year, more than 2 million volunteers visited about 1,400 locations around the globe to place wreaths.

Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Kim Fields, Wreaths Across America volunteer, holds her 3-year-old grandson, Austin, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, as he straightens the velvet red bow on a wreath honoring fallen service members during a Wreaths Across America ceremony on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. More than 50 volunteers worked together to hang 101 wreaths along the fence inside T.C. Freeman Gate, Fort Campbell’s main gate, to honor fallen service members. (Mari-Alice Jasper, Fort Campbell Courier)

Kim Fields, Wreaths Across America volunteer, holds her 3-year-old grandson, Austin, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, as he straightens the velvet red bow on a wreath honoring fallen service members during a Wreaths Across America ceremony on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. More than 50 volunteers worked together to hang 101 wreaths along the fence inside T.C. Freeman Gate, Fort Campbell’s main gate, to honor fallen service members. (Mari-Alice Jasper, Fort Campbell Courier)

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Recognizes Five Tennessee Veterans

 

Five Military Veteran Tennessee State Employees Honored for Exemplary Service

Tennessee Department of Veterans ServicesNashville, TN -Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston from the Tennessee Military Department to recognize five veteran state employees and more than 470,000 Tennessee veterans of all ages and eras. 

The Governor’s Veterans Day event was held on the second floor of the State Capitol in downtown Nashville.

(Top: L to R) John Briggs, Don Coleman, Angelo Giansante, (Bot: L to R) William Houser, and Paul Nielsen.

(Top: L to R) John Briggs, Don Coleman, Angelo Giansante, (Bot: L to R) William Houser, and Paul Nielsen.

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101st Airborne Division: Sgt. Tyler Presley

 

Written by Sgt. Steven Lopez
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Sgt. Tyler Presley’s an air defense battle management systems operator assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, G-3 Air Missile Defense Section, 101st Airborne Division and Indianapolis, IN native.

Presley joined the Army after graduating from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN with a bachelor in history and a minor in philosophy. His grandfather and uncle served in the military in WW2 and in the Air Force respectively.

“I wanted to do something with computers, but am not really an IT guy,” said Presley. “This (MOS) gives me a chance to be somewhat combat arms and get to work with computers as well.”

Sgt. Tyler Presley’s an air defense battle management systems operator assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, G-3 Air Missile Defense Section, 101st Airborne Division and Indianapolis, IN native. (Sgt. Steven Lopez, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Sgt. Tyler Presley’s an air defense battle management systems operator assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, G-3 Air Missile Defense Section, 101st Airborne Division and Indianapolis, IN native. (Sgt. Steven Lopez, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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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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