They came by the hundreds soldiers’ from Fort Campbell ready to assist those in need of help in our flood ravaged community. These selfless soldiers voluntarily went into some of the dankest, dirtiest environments in our city; and yet were still able to come out of it with a smile on their face!
They were seen as a godsend by the people they helped with the flood cleanup on Friday including local businessman Bill Roberts of Thunder Road Automotive & Marine whose face couldn’t help breaking out in a broad smile as he saw even more soldiers had arrived at his business to help out. At Hardware City owner Joni Covington had teams of soldiers throughout her store and was vocal in her praise for them “These soldiers are absolutely amazing” she said. At Mary’s Music and BFS Insurance the soldiers were gathered in a group with Freddy Wyatt and Andy Jones who were busy thanking them for their hard work that day.
In addition to the businesses, soldiers also helped out in the Southern Hills and Willowbend neighborhoods. In Southern Hills at least one home was damaged enough that it was posted as unsafe to enter.
Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell announced Thursday that Soldiers assigned to the post would receive a Day of No Scheduled Activities (DONSA) on May 7th to allow them the opportunity to take care of their households which may have been affected by the recent flood.
While not all Fort Campbell families were impacted by the flood, the DONSA also allowed Soldiers an opportunity to voluntarily assist in area recovery efforts.
“We here at Fort Campbell and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) share a particularly close bond with the local communities, and if our Soldiers want to spend their personal time assisting our neighbors in this time of need, we encourage them to do so”, said Campbell.