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NASA Mourns the Passing of Astronaut John Young

 

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NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – Astronaut John Young, who walked on the Moon during Apollo 16 and commanded the first space shuttle mission, died Friday, January 5th, 2018, at the age of 87 from complications of pneumonia. Young began his impressive career at NASA in 1962, when he was selected from among hundreds of young pilots to join NASA’s second astronaut class, known as the “New Nine.”

“Today, NASA and the world have lost a pioneer,” acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot said in a statement. “Astronaut John Young’s storied career spanned three generations of spaceflight; we will stand on his shoulders as we look toward the next human frontier.

John Young's official astronaut portrait. (NASA)

John Young’s official astronaut portrait. (NASA)

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City of Clarksville held ‘Welcome Home Veterans’ events

 

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan greeted hundreds of military veterans at Liberty Park on Thursday for a Welcome Home Parade, a picnic lunch and musical entertainment.

“We welcome you to Clarksville, we honor you, and we thank you for your service to America,” McMillan said to a lunchtime audience in the Wilma Rudolph Events Center. “Please know that the City of Clarksville, with its special connection to Fort Campbell, especially loves our veterans.”

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan greets military veterans in town for a Welcome Home Parade on Thursday.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan greets military veterans in town for a Welcome Home Parade on Thursday.

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Fort Campbell’s Freedom Fighter gym dedicated, renamed in honor of Vietnam Veteran Leslie Sabo Jr

 

Written by Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen
1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The actions of one man in Se San, Cambodia, would remain unknown to everyone but the men he saved that day in 1970, until a fellow Vietnam veteran and 101st Association columnist would stumble across a citation 25 years later in 1999.

That citation, outlining the life saving actions performed by Sgt. Leslie H. Sabo Jr. on May 10th, 1970, would eventually lead to Sabo being posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor April 16th, 2012, by President Barrack Obama.

Three years after being posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, Sabo is honored here on Fort Campbell for his courageous actions.

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, assists George H. Sabo, brother of Sgt. Leslie H. Sabo Jr., unveil the plaque that will hang in the new Sabo Physical Fitness Center on Fort Campbell during the dedication ceremony Sept. 9, 2015. Sabo served with 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st, during the Vietnam War. While he was killed in action in May 1970, his actions and memory are honored through his receiving the Medal of Honor in 2012 and this building dedication. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, assists George H. Sabo, brother of Sgt. Leslie H. Sabo Jr., unveil the plaque that will hang in the new Sabo Physical Fitness Center on Fort Campbell during the dedication ceremony Sept. 9, 2015. (Sgt. Samantha Stoffregen, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Public Affairs)

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President Obama Awards the Congressional Medal of Honor to 24 Army Veterans Who Were Victims of Discrimination

 

The White HouseWashington, DC – Yesterday afternoon, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Each veteran honored yesterday had already received the Distinguished Service Cross – the nation’s second-highest military award – but 19 of them were previously overlooked for the Medal of Honor due to their racial or ethnic backgrounds. Yesterday’s ceremony follows a 12-year Pentagon review, ordered by Congress, of past discrimination in the military. «Read the rest of this article»

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Former Fort Campbell Soldier, Vietnam hero to receive Congressional Medal of Honor

 

By Elizabeth M. Collins, Soldiers Live

United States Department of Defense - DoDWashington, DC – The year was 1968. It was a year of war, of protests, of death.

It was the year Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were both assassinated. It was also the year the Vietnam War exploded into new levels of violence. And as troops poured into ‘Nam and more and more young men died — 1968 was the deadliest year of the Vietnam War — Americans watched it all from their living rooms with anger and disgust. The protest movement gained traction. Protesters spit on returning Soldiers, called them rapists and baby killers. In fact, the U.S. agreed to begin peace talks in Paris that year, due in part to the dwindling support at home.

It was also the year Santiago Erevia became a Soldier.

Former Spc. 4 Santiago Erevia reflects on his service medals and awards, which include a South Vietnamese medal, an Army Commendation Medal, a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and the nation’s second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross. While Erevia was deployed to Vietnam in May 1969 as a radio-telephone operator with the 101st Airborne Division, he had been assigned to care for the wounded during a search-and-clear mission while the rest of his platoon penetrated an enemy defensive perimeter. After North Vietnamese soldiers attacked his position, Erevia rushed forward into heavy fire, single-handedly destroying four enemy bunkers with grenades and M-16 fire. After reviewing Erevia’s actions, President Barack Obama will award Erevia the Medal of Honor in a February 2014 ceremony. (Elizabeth M. Collins/DOD)

Former Spc. 4 Santiago Erevia (Elizabeth M. Collins/DOD)

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Fort Campbell’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team Honors the Valorous on National Medal of Honor Day

 

3rd BCT Public Affairs, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT)

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – While facing insurmountable odds with their backs against a wall and their comrades’ lives at stake; brave men and women, without hesitation, place the well-being of others before their own. Today we remember these brave and courageous warriors.

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill creating the Medal of Honor. The distinguished award was designed to recognize those whom displayed valorous actions while serving on the battlefield, “The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, presents this unique award.

Today, March 25th, marks the 149th anniversary of the first presentation of the medal in 1863.

Col. R.J. Lillibridge (left), Commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), explains to Spc. Jao Pelicano (right), an infantryman from Cebu City, Philippines, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 101st ABN DIV, the story of Cpl. Rodolfo P. Hernandez and the significance of the decoration while standing in front of the Medal of Honor memorial inside 3rd BCT headquarters here at Fort Campbell, Ky. Photo by: Army Staff Sgt. Abram Pinnington 3rd BCT Public Affairs.

3rd Brigade Combat Team (3rd BCT) Commander Col. R.J. Lillibridge (left), relates the story of Medal of Honor Recipient Cpl. Rodolfo P. Hernandez to Spc. Jao Pelicano (right), an infantryman from Cebu City, Philippines, in front of the Medal of Honor memorial inside 3rd BCT headquarters at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Staff Sgt. Abram Pinnington/3rd BCT Public Affairs).

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Tennessee State Parks offer Great Holiday Fun in Middle Tennessee

 

Tennessee – If you are looking for some family fun with a holiday twist – join Sgt. Alvin C. York State Park for a special event this weekend! 

There are several events planned in the Middle Tennessee area — something for every age and ability.  We hope to see you there!  Stay tuned in the coming week for some great New Year’s Eve events!Finding a state park in your own backyard is easy to do and you don’t have to spend a lot of gas money to get there!

Tennessee State Parks offer a variety of activities and events throughout the winter. From great hikes to bluegrass – there’s something designed for the entire family!

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Cordell Hull Birthplace and Sgt. Alvin C. York State Parks Host World War II Junior Ranger Camp

 

Tennessee State ParksTennessee – Following the recent World War I camp, Cordell Hull Birthplace and Sgt. Alvin C. York State Parks are once again co-hosting a special history camp — this time depicting the importance of World War II. The Junior Ranger World War II Day is slated for Friday, July 15th, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Cordell Hull Birthplace.  There is no charge for the event and parents are encouraged to join in the fun.
 
Designed for children ages six to 14, the program will engage young students on the history of World War II — discussing the war as a whole, key people and events. Participants will learn first hand about Victory Gardens, play unique games and get an opportunity to see original artifacts — including weaponry and machines, with a special surprise planned at the end of the day.  «Read the rest of this article»

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Cordell Hull and Sgt. Alvin C. York Host Junior Ranger Camp on Friday, June 24th

 

Tennessee State ParksNashville, TN – Calling all Junior Rangers! We wanted to alert you about a unique summer day camp.  On Friday, June 24th, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Cordell Hull Birthplace and Sgt. Alvin C. York State Parks will co-host a World War I day camp for children ages six to 14.  The camp will be held at Cordell Hull Birthplace.  There is no charge for the event and parents are encouraged to join in the fun.
 
Designed to engage young students on the history of the first world war, activities will include trench art – an opportunity to make your own helmets and dog tags.  There will be original artifacts from the Great War, along with a WWI children’s booklet and the old-fashioned game “Over the Top.” «Read the rest of this article»

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4th BCT Soldiers to Represent 101st Airborne Division at Memorial for Famed Commander

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionThe CurraheesFort Campbell, KY – Two Fort Campbell Soldiers will represent the 506th Infantry Regiment and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at a memorial ceremony honoring the late Richard “Dick” Winters, March 19th, in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Major Dick Winters, United States Army Veteran. (AP Photo/Courtesy of  Sgt. Maj. Herman W. Clemens, Ret.)

Major Dick Winters, United States Army Veteran. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Sgt. Maj. Herman W. Clemens, Ret.)

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