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Terrorists are Losing, Peace is Breaking Out

 

The White HouseWashington, 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.
 
Today, the ISIS caliphate is destroyed. Terrorist leaders Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Qasem Soleimani are dead. And instead of sending American troops to fight in endless wars or giving cash to terrorist sponsors in Iran, the United States is securing peace deals with our real allies across the Middle East, including Israel.

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Lamar Alexander, Tom Udall Resolution Honors Nation’s Nuclear Weapons Workers

 

U.S. SenateWashington, 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.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander, Tom Udall Resolution Honors Nation’s Nuclear Weapons Workers

 

U.S. SenateWashington, 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.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Austin Peay State University celebrates 10 years of Alternative Break Trips

 

Austin Peay State University (APSU) 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, 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.

Austin Peay State University Alternative Break Trips. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University Alternative Break Trips. (APSU)

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NASA looks back at America’s first Satellite, Explorer 1

 

Written by Preston Dyches
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Media Relations

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, 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.

A vintage JPL graphic celebrating the Explorer 1 satellite. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

A vintage JPL graphic celebrating the Explorer 1 satellite. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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Austin Peay State University Provost Lecture Series to have History professor present at next session

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, 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.”

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Veteran Lifeliners reflect on how 9/11 changed military

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

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.

Master Sgt. Lamar Chancellor, Command Sgt. Maj. David Thompson, Staff Sgt. Michael Simon and Sgt. 1st Class Fiona Bunn of the 101st Sustainment Brigade pose underneath the brigade’s emblem at their headquarters. These non-commissioned officers were part of the “Be All You Can Be” generation of soldiers on active duty during the September 11th, 2001 attacks and have witnessed the Army’s transformation from the Cold War to the Global War on Terrorism. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

Master Sgt. Lamar Chancellor, Command Sgt. Maj. David Thompson, Staff Sgt. Michael Simon and Sgt. 1st Class Fiona Bunn of the 101st Sustainment Brigade pose underneath the brigade’s emblem at their headquarters. These non-commissioned officers were part of the “Be All You Can Be” generation of soldiers on active duty during the September 11th, 2001 attacks and have witnessed the Army’s transformation from the Cold War to the Global War on Terrorism. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Peter Mayes)

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APSU Military History Program Continues to Get National Exposure

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, 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»

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Meeting slated for former civilian “Birdcage” workers

 

tyler-fieldA 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»

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History Conference coming to APSU

 

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.

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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