Laghman Province, Afghanistan – Remote. Small. Austere.
These are all adjectives one could use to describe Combat Outpost Najil here in eastern Afghanistan. COP Najil is home to less than 200 Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, part of the Iowa National Guard’s 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Red Bulls Division, as well as other servicemembers.
The COP is nestled along the base of a mountain, and there is no flat ground; everywhere the servicemembers walk is on a grade. Living conditions are tough, as water for showering and laundry is limited, and the bathrooms are tubes in the ground. There’s no post exchange to be found here; the Soldiers are just happy to have power.
Written by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Soldiers eat Christmas dinner in Bak, Afghanistan, December 25th. The food was brought to the remote location by helicopter and served to the Soldeirs by the 3rd Brigade Combat Team command team. Flying in Christmas dinner helped to brighten holiday spirits while the Soldiers are separated from friends and family during the holidays.
The unit recently began operations in the new facility, requiring the Christmas meal to be flow from a larger installation near Khowst, Afghanistan to the remote location.
Clarksville, TN – Samantha Marie Miller of 1488 Buchanon Drive has died from her gunshot wound she recieved during a domestic dispute. On December 25th, 2010, around 2:42am, officers responded to a Domestic in Progress at the residence. When officers arrived they found Timothy Andrew Putnam and Samantha Marie Miller inside of the home. Samantha Miller had sustained a gunshot wound to the head.
A Homicide charge will be pursued through the court system.
Additionally, the children are now with family members.
The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps. ~ Proverbs 16:9.
In “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” Barbara Robinson introduces us to six of the biggest troublemakers that ever crashed a Christmas Pageant; the Herdmans.
When Gladys, Claude, Imogene, Leroy, Ollie and Ralph Herdman came to Church to be part of the annual Christmas Pageant all hell breaks lose. Beth Bradley recalls the last time they came…”Before the service was over, they cleaned out the collection plates, scribbled on the bibles, and stuck gum all over the pews.” The Herdmans lied, smoked cigars and beat up little kids. They threw a monkey wrench into the best laid of plans, especially those of Grace Bradley, that year’s pageant director. «Read the rest of this article»
Written by U.S. Army Spc. Kristina L. Gupton
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – Soldiers from the 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Task Force Archer, sing Christmas carols for the staff and patients Staff Sgt. Heathe N. Craig Joint Theater Hospital December 24th.
The Carolers were U.S. Army Capt. Martha Kester of Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Sarah Droll of Iowa City, Iowa, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jackie Malloy of State Center, Iowa, U.S Army Sgt. Jarrod Hogan of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Cecelia Anderson of Natchitoches, LA., and U.S. Army Sgt. Harold Dudley of Des Moines, Iowa.
Clarksville, TN – On December 25th, 2010, around 2:42am, officers responded to a Domestic in Progress at 1488 Buchanon Drive. When officers arrived they found Timothy Andrew Putnam and Samantha Marie Miller inside of the residence.
Samantha Miller had sustained a gunshot wound to the head. Two juvenile witnesses in the house advised that Miller and Putnam were arguing and fighting and during the fight, Putnam had a gun in his hand and had their mother by the hair.
Written by Clement Moore
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
And mamma in her kerchief, and I in my cap,
Clarksville, TN – When you take a look at the Banking industry in Clarksville, F&M Bank will definitely be at the top of the list. The bank is well known for their top notch customer service, and their philanthropy in the community.
They have received national recognition in The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, BusinessTN Magazine. The bank has been named as one of Tennessee’s top 15 independent banks, and are currently the twelfth largest community bank in Tennessee. F&M Bank is frequently held up as being the role model for other community banks
Written by U.S. Army Pfc. Chris McKenna
Khowst Province, Afghanistan – Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey presented a Task Force Leader Rakkasan Soldier with a Silver Star Medal for combat heroism at a brief ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno December 23rd.
“I feel honored to receive this medal,” said U.S. Army Spc. Nicholas Robinson, M240B machine gunner with Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. “It’s a great opportunity for me to be able to represent my battalion and the division, as well.”
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