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Nashville Produces a Hit For Hockey as NHL All-Star Weekend is a Smashing Success in Music City

 

2016 NHL All-Star GameNashville, TN – The National Hockey League brought their Fan Fair and All-Star Weekend to Nashville, Tennessee during the last four days of January. This city and league had been preparing for this much anticipated event for over fifteen months and expectations were high as the greatest show on ice descended on Music City.

“What an incredible setup, what an incredible beginning to All-Star Weekend,” gushed NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman at the opening ceremonies on Thursday, January 28th, 2016. “The planning that the city of Nashville with the Predators and the local organizing committee and Bridgestone have done is nothing short of phenomenal. People are going to be thrilled to be part of this weekend.”

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman at the NHL All-Star opening ceremonies. (Rich Lynch)

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman at the NHL All-Star opening ceremonies. (Rich Lynch)

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NASA Earth-Imaging satellites used for Global Agricultural Monitoring

 

Written by Gina Anderson
NASA Headquarters

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – When global food prices spiked dramatically in late 2007 and into 2008, the costs of many basic dietary staples doubled or even tripled around the world, sparking protests and riots. Panicked governments stopped exporting food, aggravating the crisis.

Almost as troubling: the crisis had taken the world by surprise.

To keep it from happening again, international leaders created an agricultural monitoring group, bringing together representatives from governments and aid groups.

The Group on Earth Observation’s Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM) was created to make better predictions about weather and future crops. (NASA)

The Group on Earth Observation’s Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM) was created to make better predictions about weather and future crops. (NASA)

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Fort Campbell’s Freedom Fighter gym dedicated, renamed in honor of Vietnam Veteran Leslie Sabo Jr

 

Written by Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The actions of one man in Se San, Cambodia, would remain unknown to everyone but the men he saved that day in 1970, until a fellow Vietnam veteran and 101st Association columnist would stumble across a citation 25 years later in 1999.

That citation, outlining the life saving actions performed by Sgt. Leslie H. Sabo Jr. on May 10th, 1970, would eventually lead to Sabo being posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor April 16th, 2012, by President Barrack Obama.

Three years after being posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, Sabo is honored here on Fort Campbell for his courageous actions.

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, assists George H. Sabo, brother of Sgt. Leslie H. Sabo Jr., unveil the plaque that will hang in the new Sabo Physical Fitness Center on Fort Campbell during the dedication ceremony Sept. 9, 2015. Sabo served with 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st, during the Vietnam War. While he was killed in action in May 1970, his actions and memory are honored through his receiving the Medal of Honor in 2012 and this building dedication. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, assists George H. Sabo, brother of Sgt. Leslie H. Sabo Jr., unveil the plaque that will hang in the new Sabo Physical Fitness Center on Fort Campbell during the dedication ceremony Sept. 9, 2015. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell remembers Gander veterans 30 years later: Not forgotten

 

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 Division

Fort Campbell, KY –  When Soldiers look back on American military history over the last century, most can recall famous wars like Vietnam, Operation Desert Storm or Operation Iraqi Freedom. Often times, the American public can forget about Soldiers who lost their lives not in battle nor in combat

On December 12th, 1985, Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, boarded Arrow Airline flight 1285 to reunite with their families for the holidays, after a six-month peacekeeping mission in the Sinai, Egypt, but never made it home.

A past remembrance ceremony for Soldiers who perished at Gander, Newfoundland International Airport on their way back to Fort Campbell after a six-month peacekeeping deployment to the Sinai Peninsula is pictured. A ceremony has been held ever since the crash on Dec. 12, 1985. (Courtesy photo)

A past remembrance ceremony for Soldiers who perished at Gander, Newfoundland International Airport on their way back to Fort Campbell after a six-month peacekeeping deployment to the Sinai Peninsula is pictured. A ceremony has been held ever since the crash on Dec. 12, 1985. (Courtesy photo)

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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Soldier recognized during annual Medic recognition

 

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – Blanchfield Army Community Hospital  (BACH) medic Staff Sgt. Travis Lander was honored at the 6th Annual Angels of the Battlefield ceremony October 29th, at the Wilma Rudolph Events Center in Clarksville, TN.

Maj. Gen. Richard W. Thomas, Director of Healthcare Operations for the Defense Health Agency, served as the keynote speaker at the event, hosted by Fort Campbell’s Armed Services YMCA.  Lander was among 16 medics honored, nearly half of whom served in Vietnam. The remaining honorees were Fort Campbell active duty Soldiers who served in the most recent conflicts.

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital medic Staff Sgt. Travis Lander is one of 16 combat medics to be recognized Oct. 29 at the Wilma Rudolph Events Center in Clarksville, Tenn., during the 6th Annual Angels of the Battlefield ceremony. Pictured left to right: 101st Airborne Division Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory F. Nowak; 101st Airborne Division commanding general Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky; Blanchfield Army Community Hospital medic Staff Sgt. Travis Lander; Fort Campbell Armed Services YMCA director Karen Grimsley; Healthcare Operations Division for Defense Health Agency Sgt. Maj. Paul Ambersley; and Healthcare Operations for the Defense Health Agency director Maj. Gen. Richard W. Thomas.

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital medic Staff Sgt. Travis Lander is one of 16 combat medics to be recognized Oct. 29 at the Wilma Rudolph Events Center in Clarksville, Tenn., during the 6th Annual Angels of the Battlefield ceremony. Pictured left to right: 101st Airborne Division Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory F. Nowak; 101st Airborne Division commanding general Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky; Blanchfield Army Community Hospital medic Staff Sgt. Travis Lander; Fort Campbell Armed Services YMCA director Karen Grimsley; Healthcare Operations Division for Defense Health Agency Sgt. Maj. Paul Ambersley; and Healthcare Operations for the Defense Health Agency director Maj. Gen. Richard W. Thomas.

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5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) holds 54th Reunion at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Jacob Mahaffey
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office

5th Special Forces

Fort Campbell, KY – Past and present Green Berets, unit members and family members of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), the Legion, rallied together on Fort Campbell for their 54th Reunion September 16th-19th.

Retired Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Mike Cunningham, President of the Chapter 38 of the Special Forces Association, said the annual reunions are very important to the 5th SFG (A). “The kind of training Special Forces does, the missions we have done, since the beginning of Special Forces, creates a unique bond,” he said.

Soldiers, Family and Veterans of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), listen to Dr. Stu Weber, an author and former Captain in the 5th SFG(A), during the 54th Reunion prayer breakfast at the Oasis Dining Facility on Sept. 16, 2015, at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Soldiers, Family and Veterans of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), listen to Dr. Stu Weber, an author and former Captain in the 5th SFG(A), during the 54th Reunion prayer breakfast at the Oasis Dining Facility on Sept. 16, 2015, at Fort Campbell, Ky.

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Clarksville to Celebrate 200 Veterans from 28 States during “Welcome Home Vietnam – American Veterans Parade”

 

“Welcome Home Vietnam – American Veterans Parade”

Visit Clarksville TennesseeClarksville, TN – Forty years after the fall of Saigon, Vietnam Veterans will at long last be publicly recognized for their service to our country.

Visit Clarksville is proud to partner with the Tennessee State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, the USO and US Tours to present Welcome Home Vietnam – An American Veterans Parade.

Veterans Parade set for Tuesday, September 15th.

Veterans Parade set for Tuesday, September 15th.

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101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell host Day of the Eagles

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell held its Day of the Eagles here July 30th, 2015.

Day of the Eagles is a tradition to honor past and present 101st Airborne Division Soldiers.

The first “Week of the Eagles” celebration was held in 1973, a year after the division was welcomed back from Vietnam. This year’s Day of the Eagles themes are “Once a Screaming Eagle, always a Screaming Eagle,” and “Continued legacy of dominance and dependability in battle.”

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory F. Nowak, the division command sergeant major, lead a division run to start of the 101st's Day of the Eagles at Fort Campbell, Ky., July 30, 2015. Day of the Eagles is a tradition to honor past and present 101st Airborne Division Soldiers. (Staff Sgt. Candice Funchess, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, and Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory F. Nowak, the division command sergeant major, lead a division run to start of the 101st’s Day of the Eagles at Fort Campbell, Ky., July 30, 2015. Day of the Eagles is a tradition to honor past and present 101st Airborne Division Soldiers. (Staff Sgt. Candice Funchess, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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Screaming Eagle Honor Flight aims to honor Veterans

 

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

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Screaming Eagle Honor Flight departed Nashville, TN to Washington, D.C., Saturday with 27 World War II, Vietnam and Korean War veterans on board. In addition, each veteran had a volunteer sponsor, two of which were the 101st Airborne Division’s Soldier of the year and noncommissioned officer of the year.

The Screaming Eagle Honor Flight is a Clarksville-based chapter of the Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit organization that provides veterans with free flights to and from D.C. Many of the veterans on board Saturday’s flight had never been to the National Mall to see the memorials that were built in their honor.

U.S. Marine veteran, Jim Devasher, a Bowling Green, Ky., native, points a name out on the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington July 25, 2015. Staff Sgt. David Payton, 18th Airborne Corps and 101st Airborne Division NCO of the year was the guardian for Devasher during the Screaming Eagle Honor Flight. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

U.S. Marine veteran, Jim Devasher, a Bowling Green, Ky., native, points a name out on the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington July 25, 2015. Staff Sgt. David Payton, 18th Airborne Corps and 101st Airborne Division NCO of the year was the guardian for Devasher during the Screaming Eagle Honor Flight. (Staff Sgt. Sierra A. Fown, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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Realty assistant aids Ebola response efforts in Liberia

 

Written by Chelsea Smith
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District

U.S. Army Corps of EngineersSavannah, GA – No stranger to warfare in the jungles of Vietnam and the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan, Angel Rivera set out on a familiar task in an unfamiliar territory that bred an enemy just as malignant as those he encountered as a career Soldier.

Rivera was one of two specialists from the South Atlantic Division’s Contingency Real Estate Support Team, or CREST, sent to hammer out leases and land-use agreements for Operation United Assistance, a humanitarian assistance mission aimed to combat the Ebola epidemic killing thousands of Liberians and paralyzing response efforts of the nation.

A banner found on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, during the Ebola outbreak that affected thousands of Liberians in 2014 and 2015. In October 2014 during the peak of the outbreak, Rivera deployed to hammer out leases and land-use agreements for Operation United Assistance, a humanitarian assistance mission aimed to combat the Ebola crisis in Liberia. (Courtesy Photo)

A banner found on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, during the Ebola outbreak that affected thousands of Liberians in 2014 and 2015. In October 2014 during the peak of the outbreak, Rivera deployed to hammer out leases and land-use agreements for Operation United Assistance, a humanitarian assistance mission aimed to combat the Ebola crisis in Liberia. (Courtesy Photo)

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