Topic: Cold War
Washington, D.C. – It’s hard to believe that just five years ago, Americans watched in horror as ISIS gained power and territory in the Middle East and radical Islamist terrorists killed 14 Americans on U.S. soil in San Bernardino, California.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) said the Senate unanimously passed a resolution to designate October 30th, 2020, as National Day of Remembrance for workers who helped develop and support the nation’s nuclear weapons program.
“Between 1942 and 1945, as many as 75,000 individuals in Oak Ridge worked on the Manhattan Project, and today, the Y-12 National Security Complex employs more than 4,000 Tennesseans. Our country is safer because of these patriotic men and women, and I’m proud to represent a community of such vital importance to our nation’s defense,” Senator Alexander said.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) said the Senate unanimously passed a resolution on October 31st, 2019 that designated October 30th, 2019, as National Day of Remembrance for workers who helped develop and support the nation’s nuclear weapons program.
“Tennesseans played a major role in winning the Cold War, working countless hours with hazardous materials to build our nation’s nuclear defense,” Senator Alexander said.
Austin Peay State University (APSU)
Clarksville, TN – A few years ago, a group of Austin Peay State University (APSU) students found themselves deep in the Florida Everglades, helping clean up an abandoned military site.
Few people knew the installation existed because, during the Cold War, the U.S. Government kept 11,000-pound Nike Hercules missiles – all aimed at Cuba – at this hidden base.
Written by Preston Dyches
Pasadena, CA – Sixty years ago next week, the hopes of Cold War America soared into the night sky as a rocket lofted skyward above Cape Canaveral, a soon-to-be-famous barrier island off the Florida coast.
The date was January 31st, 1958. NASA had yet to be formed, and the honor of this first flight belonged to the U.S. Army. The rocket’s sole payload was a javelin-shaped satellite built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Explorer 1, as it would soon come to be called, was America’s first satellite.
Austin Peay State University Provost Lecture Series to have History professor present at next session
Clarksville, TN – An Austin Peay State University history professor will present the next session of the Provost Lecture Series this week at APSU.
Dr. Jason Verber, assistant professor of history, will present at 3:00pm, Thursday, April 11th in the Morgan University Center, Room 303. The title of his presentation is “Germans in the French Foreign Legion.”
All sessions of the Provost Lecture Series are free and open to the public. «Read the rest of this article»
Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan – When Staff Sgt. Michael Simon enlisted in the Army in late 1997, he said he was following a long line of family members who had served their country. What he wasn’t counting on, however, was actually fighting in a war himself.
“That was the last thing on my mind,” the senior supply sergeant for the 101st Sustainment Brigade said. “They had all fought in a war, but I had no idea when I joined that I would follow in their footsteps and become a combat veteran myself.”
Simon is identified as part of the “Be All You Can Be” generation of soldiers who joined the military prior to September 11th, 2001, for a variety of reasons, ranging from college money to job security. They have witnessed the Army transform from its peacetime Cold War posture to its present one consisting of constant training and multiple deployments to a combat theater.
Clarksville, TN – The Master of Arts in military history is a relatively young program at Austin Peay State University, receiving approval from the Tennessee Board of Regents only four years ago, but it is already garnering a national reputation as a respected degree program. That’s because the University’s M.A. in military history has received some rather prominent publicity in the last few years, including a recent article in the American Historical Association’s publication “Perspectives in History.”
The AHA, founded in 1884, is the largest historical society in the country. The article in its journal touts the APSU program’s “new military history” approach that stresses the relationship between war and society. «Read the rest of this article»
A meeting for former civilian workers at Clarksville Base, TN, locally known as “The Birdcage,” will be held on Monday, February 23, at 4 p.m. in the children’s library theater of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Library at 350 Pageant Lane.
Mr. Johnnie Golden, a technical assistant, for the Energy Employees Compensation Program in the Jacksonville district office of the U.S. Department of Labor will be the guest speaker. Mr. Golden will explain how workers may apply to be considered as employees under a Special Exposure Cohort in accordance with guidelines of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Program Act (EEOIPA). «Read the rest of this article»
Austin Peay State University is hosting the 24th annual Ohio Valley History Conference on October 31 and November 1. Six universities rotate hosting the conference: Murray State University, Western Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, East Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University and APSU.
John Seigenthaler, Sr., host of NPT’s “A Word on Words,” will give the keynote address on Oct. 31 and a professor from Tennessee State University will speak about music and the Civil Rights movement at the Saturday luncheon.
The two day interdisciplinary event will consist of approximately 45 different sessions. Most sessions consist of three papers followed by commentary and question and answers. Professors and advanced graduate students from across the United States will present papers of original research on a variety of historical topics. «Read the rest of this article»
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