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Tennessee National Guardsman balances career goals with Guard duties

 

Tennessee National GuardFort Hood, TX – 2nd Lt. Axel Nature, a Nashville resident, commissioned in 2019 from Cookeville’s Tennessee Technological University, is currently pursuing his career goals in veterinary studies while fulfilling his duties as a National Guard officer.

Nature, originally from Puerto Rico, moved to the states, joined the Tennessee Army National Guard in 2014, and later committed to the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program at Tennessee Tech University.

2nd Lt. Axel Nature, platoon leader for the 105th Personnel Company, 230th Sustainment Brigade, leads support operations for incoming Soldiers at the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment’s eXplorable Combat Training Exercise in Fort Hood, Texas, from June to August 2021. (Pfc. Everett Babbitt)

2nd Lt. Axel Nature, platoon leader for the 105th Personnel Company, 230th Sustainment Brigade, leads support operations for incoming Soldiers at the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment’s eXplorable Combat Training Exercise in Fort Hood, Texas, from June to August 2021. (Pfc. Everett Babbitt)

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Tennessee National Guard Soldiers travel to Texas for Annual Training Exercise

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Nearly 3,000 Soldiers from the Tennessee Army National Guard are headed to Fort Hood, Texas, this summer for a training exercise as part of their Annual Training.

Soldiers from the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 230th Sustainment Brigade, and 30th Troop Command will spend roughly three weeks in July enhancing their war-fighter skills while being evaluated on their performance during high-stress conditions.

Soldiers assigned to the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment load a Bradley Fighting Vehicle onto a train in preparation for movement to Fort Hood, Texas, June 21. Approximately 1,000 vehicles, tanks and pieces of equipment are being loaded onto trains in preparation for XCTC, a three-week training exercise that will be taking place in Fort Hood over the summer. (Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Cordeiro)

Soldiers assigned to the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment load a Bradley Fighting Vehicle onto a train in preparation for movement to Fort Hood, Texas, June 21. Approximately 1,000 vehicles, tanks and pieces of equipment are being loaded onto trains in preparation for XCTC, a three-week training exercise that will be taking place in Fort Hood over the summer. (Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Cordeiro)

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Tennessee Guardsmen Fire Cannons in Celebration of Tennessee’s 225 Years of Statehood

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – On June 1st, 2021, Tennessee National Guardsmen from the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, headquartered in Knoxville, helped commemorate Tennessee’s 225th anniversary of statehood with celebratory cannon fire at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

Artillery crews fired blank rounds from three M116 Howitzers during the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park’s ceremony in honor of the park’s 25th anniversary and Tennessee’s 225th anniversary of Statehood Day.

Members of the Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment take part in Tennessee’s 225th birthday celebration, June 1st, in Nashville. Three artillery crews fired 25 rounds from the belvedere just below the capital building overlooking the Bicentennial Mall in Nashville. (Staff Sgt. Timothy Cordeiro)

Members of the Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment take part in Tennessee’s 225th birthday celebration, June 1st, in Nashville. Three artillery crews fired 25 rounds from the belvedere just below the capital building overlooking the Bicentennial Mall in Nashville. (Staff Sgt. Timothy Cordeiro)

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Tennessee National Guard experiences a year like no other in 2020

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – 2020 has been a turbulent yet historic year for the Soldiers and Airmen of the Tennessee National Guard and Tennessee State Guard, one that personified their time-honored volunteer tradition. Thousands of Guardsmen have volunteered to serve the State of Tennessee – something not seen since the early stages of the Global War on Terror.

In the past year, Tennessee Guardsmen have deployed overseas, within the United States, and battled an ongoing global pandemic.

Sgt. Leann Roggensack, a field artilleryman with the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, works as a registered nurse in her civilian occupation. She is one of many Tennessee Guardsmen who have volunteered to help test Tennessee residents for COVID-19. (Sgt. Sarah Kirby).

Sgt. Leann Roggensack, a field artilleryman with the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, works as a registered nurse in her civilian occupation. She is one of many Tennessee Guardsmen who have volunteered to help test Tennessee residents for COVID-19. (Sgt. Sarah Kirby).

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Tennessee National Guard soldiers compete at Sniper Competition

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Two members of the Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment competed at the 50th Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship and the 30th Annual Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center December 4th-10th, 2020, at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center in Barling, AR.

Staff Sgt. Anthony McAlister and Cpl. Joseph Stainback from Detachment 1, Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, competed in the sniper championships for the first time this year.

Staff Sgt. Anthony McAlister and Cpl. Joseph Stainbeck, from the Tennessee National Guard's 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, competed at this year's Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship, December 4th-10th, at Fort Chaffee, AR. (Staff Sgt. Timothy Cordeiro, Tennessee National Guard Public Affairs Office)

Staff Sgt. Anthony McAlister and Cpl. Joseph Stainbeck, from the Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, competed at this year’s Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship, December 4th-10th, at Fort Chaffee, AR. (Staff Sgt. Timothy Cordeiro, Tennessee National Guard Public Affairs Office)

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Tennessee National Guardsman Robert Neal tests community for COVID-19

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Throughout 2020, the Tennessee National Guard has been supporting various foreign operations around the world, as well as domestic emergencies at home. The most pivotal of them all has been COVID-19 Coronavirus, and for one Tennessee National Guardsman, it’s a battle that serves great purpose.

Sgt. Robert Neal, a member of 2nd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, has been an infantryman since he first joined the Tennessee National Guard seven years ago.

Sgt. Robert Neal, an infantryman with 2nd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, conducts COVID-19 testing at a drive-thru rural assessment site in Montgomery County, Sept. 28. Neal has been supporting the fight against COVID-19 in Tennessee communities since March, when Gov. Bill Lee officially activated the Tennessee National Guard. (Staff Sgt. Timothy Cordeiro)

Sgt. Robert Neal, an infantryman with 2nd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, conducts COVID-19 testing at a drive-thru rural assessment site in Montgomery County, Sept. 28. Neal has been supporting the fight against COVID-19 in Tennessee communities since March, when Gov. Bill Lee officially activated the Tennessee National Guard. (Staff Sgt. Timothy Cordeiro)

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Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment aligns with 36th Infantry Division in Texas

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Under the U.S. Army’s new division alignment training plan, the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, headquartered in Knoxville, will be aligning with Texas’ 36th Infantry Division for training and possible future deployments starting this October.

The purpose of this change is to better prepare National Guard units to deploy and fight in large-scale ground combat operations at the division level. Eight division headquarters across the United States are aligning with subordinate brigades to improve the National Guard’s readiness. Tennessee is aligning with the 36th Infantry Division headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Soldiers with Knoxville’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment depart for Washington, D.C. on June 4, to provide additional support to the Washington D.C. National Guard. (Sgt. Sarah Kirby)

Soldiers with Knoxville’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment depart for Washington, D.C. on June 4, to provide additional support to the Washington D.C. National Guard. (Sgt. Sarah Kirby)

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Tennessee National Guard Maintains Readiness in COVID Environment

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – During the last few months, the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic presented challenges while conducting safe and realistic training for Soldiers and Airmen.

The difficulties were overcome through determination and creative thinking as members of the Tennessee National Guard continued to ensure they are ready to support any contingency or deployment around the world.

Tank crews assigned to the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment fires the main cannon of an M1 Abrams tank during tank gunnery at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. (Sgt. Art Guzman)

Tank crews assigned to the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment fires the main cannon of an M1 Abrams tank during tank gunnery at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. (Sgt. Art Guzman)

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Tennessee National Guard to return from Washington D.C., June 9th

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Tennessee National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are set to return home from Washington D.C., June 9th, 2020.

In response to the civil unrest in the District of Columbia and at the request of Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, more the 1,000 Soldiers and Airmen from the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 134th Air Refueling Wing deployed to the nation’s capital on Thursday, June 4th.

More the 1,000 Tennessee National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 134th Air Refueling Wing will return home, June 9th. (Spc. Lauren Ogburn, Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters).

More the 1,000 Tennessee National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 134th Air Refueling Wing will return home, June 9th. (Spc. Lauren Ogburn, Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters).

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Tennessee National Guard Activated in Wake of Tornadoes

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – More than 160 Tennessee National Guardsmen are aiding communities that were most impacted after multiple tornadoes ravaged central Tennessee overnight March 2nd, 2020.

“The Tennessee National Guard has over 12,000 Soldiers and Airmen and we are prepared to activate every single one of them if our help is needed,” said Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee Adjutant General. “The Tennessee National Guard is always ready and willing to help our fellow Tennesseans in any way that we can.”

Communities were Devastated by Historic Tornado Outbreak the night of March 2nd, 2020.

Communities were Devastated by Historic Tornado Outbreak the night of March 2nd, 2020.

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