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Marsha Blackburn Report: This Week From Washington – June 16th, 2019

 

It is Time to Act on Border Security

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Wednesday, June 12th, 2018, I spoke on the Senate floor about the need for additional resources to secure the southern border — following my trip to the El Paso Texas sector last week.

Every day our agents are carrying out their job. I am grateful to them for their service and am so impressed by their resolve to protect this nation.

They go out underfunded, disrespected, not knowing what they are going to encounter. 

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell Celebrate U.S. Army’s 244th Birthday

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY –  The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Campbell, soldiers, leaders, tenant units and distinguished civilian guests gathered for a ceremony to celebrate the U.S. Army’s 244th birthday, June 13th, 2019 on Fort Campbell.

The theme for the Army’s birthday this year was “America’s Army: Honoring the Call to Service from D-Day to Today.” The theme was very fitting for the “Screaming Eagle” division, as 85 Soldiers just returned from 10 days in Carentan, Normandy, France.

Col. Clair Gill (center), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Deputy Commander, Support, is joined by Fort Campbell's oldest Soldier, Lt. Col. John McDonough (right), assigned to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, and youngest Soldier, Pvt. Justin Davila (left), of 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment for a cake cutting ceremony marking the 244th Army Birthday. (Pfc. John Simpson, 101st Airborne Division)

Col. Clair Gill (center), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Deputy Commander, Support, is joined by Fort Campbell’s oldest Soldier, Lt. Col. John McDonough (right), assigned to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, and youngest Soldier, Pvt. Justin Davila (left), of 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment for a cake cutting ceremony marking the 244th Army Birthday. (Pfc. John Simpson, 101st Airborne Division)

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Austin Peay State University Governor’s School students surprised by helicopter landing

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Governor’s School for Computational Physics at Austin Peay State University (APSU) surprised the 36 high school students attending with a rare treat this week – a surprise landing of one of the school’s helicopters.

On June 5th, 2019, just before 4:00pm former Special Operations pilot Charlie Weigandt eased one of Austin Peay’s Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopters onto the Dunn Center lawn.

The Governor's School for Computational Physics students stand near one of Austin Peay State University's helicopters. (APSU)

The Governor’s School for Computational Physics students stand near one of Austin Peay State University’s helicopters. (APSU)

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Montgomery County Animal Care and Control, Fort Campbell sign Intergovernmental Support Agreement

 

Montgomery County Government TennesseeMontgomery County, TN – Today, June 6th, 2019, the United States Army and Montgomery County Government signed an Intergovernmental Support Agreement (IGSA) at the 101st Airborne Division Headquarters rotunda, Fort Campbell, KY at 10:30am.

Under the IGSA, Montgomery County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) will take over operation of Fort Campbell’s Stray Animal Program.

(L) Fort Campbell Garrison Commander Colonel Joseph Kuchan and (R) Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrent sign the Intergovernmental Support Agreement between Montgomery County Animal Care & Control and Fort Campbell.

(L) Fort Campbell Garrison Commander Colonel Joseph Kuchan and (R) Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrent sign the Intergovernmental Support Agreement between Montgomery County Animal Care & Control and Fort Campbell.

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Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk to be held June 6th, 2019

 

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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Fort Campbell Soldiers take part in Multi-Component Training in Defense of America

 

Army Reserve Medical CommandMuscatatuck Urban Training Center, IN – The morning air filled with smoke; felled trees and debris covered the area as trucks began to arrive. U.S. Army Soldiers with 501st Area Support Medical Company, based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky begin setting up for decontamination operations and medical evaluations as part of Guardian Response 2019 at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Indiana, May 1st, 2019.

More than 9,000 Soldiers from across the country are participating in Guardian Response 2019, a multi-component training exercise that validates U.S. Army units’ ability to provide capabilities for the Defense Support of Civil Authorities in the event of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, or Nuclear catastrophe.

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 501st Area Support Medical Company, based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, conduct decontamination operations and medical evaluations during Guardian Response 2019 at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Indiana, May 1st, 2019. (Staff Sgt. Eric W. Jones, Army Reserve Medical Command)

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 501st Area Support Medical Company, based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, conduct decontamination operations and medical evaluations during Guardian Response 2019 at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Indiana, May 1st, 2019. (Staff Sgt. Eric W. Jones, Army Reserve Medical Command)

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101st Airborne Division Soldiers to Commemorate “Hamburger Hill” 50th Anniversary with 31.87-mile Run / Walk

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – On Wednesday, May 15th, 2019, several hundred active-duty 101st Airborne Division Soldiers will be joined by almost 80 Vietnam-era U.S. Army Veterans for a 31.87-mile ultramarathon at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as part of their commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Hamburger Hill.

This week marks 50 years since the frontal assault on Hill 937, Dong Ap Bia, Vietnam. The ten-day engagement, more commonly referred to as Hamburger Hill, was fought by U.S. Army Soldiers, including those from the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Marines and the South Vietnamese military.

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Living Life Girl Scout Style

 

Girl Scouts of Middle TennesseeNashville, TN – Beth and Abby Vorhaus are mother and daughter. We are educator and U.S. Army officer. We are traveler and outdoor adventurer. We are Girl Scouts.

No matter where life takes us, once a Girl Scout – always a Girl Scout. Recently, life took us to Honors Day, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee’s annual ceremony celebrating young women from across the 39-county region who have earned Girl Scouting’s highest awards, including the coveted Gold Award.

Beth and Abby Vorhaus

Beth and Abby Vorhaus

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Transition from civilian to Army Nurse

 

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – National Nurses Week is a time for everyone to recognize the vast contributions and positive impact of more than four million registered nurses in the United States.

In 1993, National Nurses Week was established and is a time to celebrate and elevate the nursing profession. Each year, the celebration begins on May 6th, ending on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

Capt. Lisa Kasper, an Emergency Room Nurse assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), inserts an intravenous needle into a patient during a training exercise at Fort Campbell, KY, May 1st. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. John J. Moore)

Capt. Lisa Kasper, an Emergency Room Nurse assigned to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), inserts an intravenous needle into a patient during a training exercise at Fort Campbell, KY, May 1st. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. John J. Moore)

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U.S. Army trains 101st Airborne Division Leaders to conduct new Army Combat Fitness Test

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – A United States Army Physical Fitness School Mobile Training Team (MTT) traveled to Fort Campbell to train 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) leaders how to properly conduct the upcoming service wide Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT), April 5th-11th, 2019.

The ACFT is set to soon replace the Army Physical Fitness Test, which has been the Army physical fitness measurement standard since 1980. The new test includes six events: maximum deadlift, standing power throw, hand-release push-ups, sprint-drag-carry, leg tuck and a two-mile Run.

The MTT is visiting Army installations around the world to help Soldiers prepare and train for the new Army fitness standard.

Sgt. 1st Class Tony Husbands, an instructor with the ACFT Mobile Training Team, instructs Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) how to properly grade the Sprint, Drag and Carry event at Fryar Stadium on Fort Campbell, KY., April 9th. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Andrew Jo)

Sgt. 1st Class Tony Husbands, an instructor with the ACFT Mobile Training Team, instructs Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) how to properly grade the Sprint, Drag and Carry event at Fryar Stadium on Fort Campbell, KY., April 9th. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Andrew Jo)

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