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Team Leader Course helps ANA fight illiteracy

 

Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Spencer Case
304th Public Affairs Detachment

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Paktya Province, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army 2nd Lt. Mohibullah keeps a note scrawled in Pashto of “pretty good” handwriting tacked to his office wall. It reads: “Until the headmaster returns, I have complete responsibility.”

The soldier who wrote the note had, a few days earlier, been completely illiterate.

Mohibullah, the new commander of the Team Leader Course, who like many Afghans goes by only one name, keeps the note as a reminder of what can happen when uneducated soldiers are given an opportunity to learn.

The four-week Team Leader Course is unique among the three noncommissioned officer training courses at Forward Operating Base Thunder in Paktya Province under the auspices of the ANA’s 203rd Thunder Corps. Unlike the Battle Course, the Team Leader Course is not designed for ANA soldiers who have experience as NCOs, and unlike the 1U Course, it does not assume the students have had any prior education. 

Afghan National Army soldiers Mohammed Qasim and Seenatullah, both natives of Takhar Province, study during the literacy block of the Team Leader Course on Forward Operating Base Thunder, Paktya Province, Oct.  17th. The first week of the Team Leader Course is dedicated to literacy and basic education, a first opportunity for many ANA soldiers. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Spencer Case, 304th Public Affairs Detachment)

Afghan National Army soldiers Mohammed Qasim and Seenatullah, both natives of Takhar Province, study during the literacy block of the Team Leader Course on Forward Operating Base Thunder, Paktya Province, Oct. 17th. The first week of the Team Leader Course is dedicated to literacy and basic education, a first opportunity for many ANA soldiers. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Spencer Case, 304th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Quality of Officers Hired is Reaffirmed

 

Clarksville Police DepartmentClarksville, TN – Clarksville Police Department’s  two latest Police Academy graduates reaffirms the quality of the officers hired.  Officers Jeff Lucenti and Brandon Myers graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy October 8th, 2010. Both officers distinguished themselves while at the academy.

Officer Lucenti was elected by his peers to hold the office of Class Leader/President. 

Officer Jeff Lucenti and Officer Brandon Myers

Officer Jeff Lucenti and Officer Brandon Myers

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Public Input Session for Proposed Additions to the Clarksville Greenway System

 

Clarksville GreenwayClarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville’s Parks & Recreation department invites the citizens of Clarksville to a Public Input Review and Comment Session, Saturday, October 30th from 2:00pm to 3:30pm at the Parks and Recreation Office Conference Room located at 102 Public Square.

This Public Input Review and Comment Session is being conducted to receive ideas and suggestions concerning two proposed additions to the Clarksville Greenway System and also to satisfy Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) grant requirements. The City of Clarksville is preparing to submit a grant application to help with funding of the following two projects.  «Read the rest of this article»

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Spooktacular Fun with R.F. Sink Library Halloween Parties

 

Spooktacular Fun with R.F. Sink Library Halloween PartiesFort Campbell, KY – Bring your little ghost, goblin or witch to R.F. Sink Memorial Library on Thursday, October 28th. The library will host two children’s Halloween parties in conjunction with their weekly craft and story time. The first party will begin at 10:30am and the second party will kick off at 1:30pm.

Children will enjoy showing off their costumes and working on the special Halloween craft. Light refreshments will be provided. All children are welcome to attend. Participants do not have to be ID card holders to join in the festivities, however, individuals who are not ID card holders will not be permitted to check out library materials.

R.F. Sink Memorial Library is located at 38 Screaming Eagle Blvd. For additional information on the Children’s Halloween Parties, please contact R.F. Sink Library at 270-798-5729.

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Award-winning writer Richard Bausch to read at APSU on October 28th

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – The great short story writer Bernard Malamud once wrote, “In a few pages a good story provides the complexity of life while producing the surprise and effect of knowledge.”

Anyone familiar with the work of Richard Bausch knows that the Memphis-based writer clearly understands this principle, leading him to become the late Malamud’s heir as the American master of short fiction. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tickets available for the Clarksville-Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Veterans Day Breakfast

 

Clarksville Area Chamber of CommerceClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce will host their 18th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast on Saturday, November 6th at 7:30am at APSU’s Morgan University Center. The breakfast is an excellent opportunity to honor and show support of our veterans.

This year’s guest speaker is Colonel John Thompson, Commander, 160th SOAR (A). «Read the rest of this article»

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Winners Announced of the David Scott Memorial Top Gun Award

 

Clarksville Police DepartmentClarksville, TN – The 4th Annual David Scott Memorial Top Gun shooting competition sponsored by the Clarksville Police Union Award was held at the Clarksville Police Department’s range on October 19th, 2010. The competition is held in memory of Officer David Scott, Clarksville Police Department, that died in the line of duty on June 7th, 2002.

Officer Scott was the winner of the Top Gun event when he served as an officer on the Clarksville Police Department.

John Smith receiving the first place trophy from Trina Scott

John Smith receiving the first place trophy from Trina Scott

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Susan Bryant related her experiences in Chiapas Mexico during Autumn Salon Series

 

Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University Professor Susan Bryant speaking as part of the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts’s Autumn Salon Series gave a presentation about her time volunteering in Chiapas, Mexico and the photographs she took of the region and its peoples. From 2003-2008 she was a member of an organization that sent groups of volunteers abroad to establish relationships with indigenous peoples located in the rural areas of Chiapas.

The first mission was sent to the region in June of 2004, and was headed by Matt Kenney, Professor of Political Science at APSU; they returned again the following year. Most of the members of the group attended of Immaculate Conception Church in Clarksville. The Church had already developed a relationship (sister parish) in Haiti, under the direction of Dr. Tom Grabenstien. They were to work in the town of San Pedro Chenalho with the church of the same name in Chiapas, with the priest Father Marcel Periez.

A storefront in a Village located in Chiapas

A storefront in a Village located in Chiapas

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Montgomery County part of state’s first regional system of care for young children

 

Early Connections Network will focus on military families

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental DisabilitiesNashville, TN – State Senator Tim Barnes (D-Adams) announced Montgomery County’s inclusion in Tennessee’s first regional care network for the early intervention and prevention of social, emotional or behavioral needs for young children, with an emphasis on the children and families of military service members.

“We have an unprecedented opportunity in our area to provide crucial care to the children of our military veterans,” Barnes said. “I’m proud of the work done by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities to make this service possible.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Children’s Author, John Erickson, to Visit the Customs House Museum

 

The Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – This October the Customs House Museum is going to the dogs. John Erickson, author of the popular “Hank the Cowdog” books, will entertain visitors in the Turner Auditorium on October 30th at 10:00am and 2:00pm. During each of the hour-long performances, the author will read excerpts from his books and perform some of the original songs that are woven into his stories.

Each of the 56 books in the series is written from the perspective of Hank the Cowdog, the self-described Head of Ranch Security. Through the eyes of Hank, Erickson provides a unique view of life on a West Texas cattle ranch. Hank, Drover, Pete the Barncat, and other characters are brought to life through Erickson’s unique story-telling ability. Encountering countless adventures, and sometimes misadventures, the characters draw readers into their world and leave them wanting more.

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