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President Joe Biden’s remarks on Way Forward in Afghanistan

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN:  Good afternoon.  I’m speaking to you today from the Roosevelt — the Treaty Room in the White House.  The same spot where, on October of 2001, President George W. Bush informed our nation that the United States military had begun strikes on terrorist training camps in Afghanistan. 

It was just weeks — just weeks after the terrorist attack on our nation that killed 2,977 innocent souls; that turned Lower Manhattan into a disaster area, destroyed parts of the Pentagon, and made hallowed ground of a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and sparked an American promise that we would “never forget.”

United States President Joe Biden.

United States President Joe Biden.

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Oversight of the FBI: The January 6th Insurrection, Domestic Terrorism, Other Threats

 

Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBIWashington, D.C. – Good morning, Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Grassley, and members of the committee. I am honored to be here, representing the men and women of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Our people—nearly 37,000 of them—are the heart of the Bureau. I am proud of their service and their commitment to our mission. Every day, they tackle their jobs with perseverance, professionalism, and integrity—sometimes at the greatest of costs.

Just last month, two of our agents made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Special Agents Dan Alfin and Laura Schwartzenberger left home to carry out the mission they signed up for—to keep the American people safe.

Protesters at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021.

Protesters at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021.

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Austin Peay State University has been part of ROTC cadet’s life from Iraq Deployment to Green to Gold

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) has been a part of Katherine Alba’s life for several years, including during her 2016 deployment to Iraq.

Katherine Alba peers through a window at the business trading center on the campus of Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

Katherine Alba peers through a window at the business trading center on the campus of Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

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U.S. Representative Mark Green to Serve on House Armed Services Committee

 

U.S. House of RepresentativesWashington, D.C. – Today, Monday, January 25th, 2021, U.S. Representative Mark Green was selected to serve as a member of the House Armed Services Committee for the 117th Congress.

“It is an honor to be selected to serve on the House Armed Services Committee,” said Representative Green. “As a cadet on the Plain at West Point, I swore an oath to protect and defend our Nation, and I remain deeply committed to supporting my brothers and sisters in uniform as they carry out their mission to defend our families, our values, and our way of life.”

U.S. Representative Mark Green

U.S. Representative Mark Green

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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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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital remembers fallen physician assistant during PA Week

 

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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – Located deep within Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH) on the zero level of the A building near the medical library, the Physician Assistant Training Center honors the memory of Capt. Sean P. Grimes, who served as a physician assistant deployed to Iraq with the 2nd Infantry Division.

On March 4th, 2005, Grimes and three members of his unit; Sgt. 1st Class Donald W. Eacho, Cpl. Stephen M. McGowan, and Spc. Wade Michael Twyman, were killed when an improvised explosive device exploded near their vehicle in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.

U.S. Army Capt. Sean P. Grimes was a physician assistant serving in Iraq with the 2nd Infantry Division when he and three Soldiers from his unit were killed when an improvised explosive device exploded near their vehicle March 4th, 2005. The Captain Sean P. Grimes Physician Assistant Training Center at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Kentucky was named in his honor in 2011. During this year’s observance of Physician Assistant Week, Oct. 6th to 12th, Blanchfield staff remembered Grimes, who completed his clinical rotations here. (U.S. Army)

U.S. Army Capt. Sean P. Grimes was a physician assistant serving in Iraq with the 2nd Infantry Division when he and three Soldiers from his unit were killed when an improvised explosive device exploded near their vehicle March 4th, 2005. The Captain Sean P. Grimes Physician Assistant Training Center at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Kentucky was named in his honor in 2011. During this year’s observance of Physician Assistant Week, Oct. 6th to 12th, Blanchfield staff remembered Grimes, who completed his clinical rotations here. (U.S. Army)

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Tennessee National Guard’s 168th Military Police Battalion from Dyersburg Returns from Iraq

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Nearly 60 Soldiers assigned to the Tennessee National Guard’s 168th Military Police Battalion in Dyersburg returned home Saturday, September 26th, 2020 after a 10-month deployment to the Middle East.

“Our Tennessee Soldiers did a phenomenal job,” said Lt. Col. Mark Tyndall, the commander for the 168th. “Their resiliency and professionalism during the deployment exemplifies the caliber of the men and women who serve in the National Guard.”  

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President Donald Trump to Award Sergeant Major Thomas Payne the Medal of Honor

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – On September 11th, 2020, President Donald Trump will award the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Major Thomas P. Payne, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry.

On October 22nd, 2015, during a daring nighttime hostage rescue in Kirkuk Province, Iraq, in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, then-Sergeant First Class Payne led a combined assault team charged with clearing one of two buildings known to house hostages.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump

U.S. President Donald J. Trump

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President Donald Trump issues joint statement with Prime Minister of Iraq

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – President Donald Trump welcomed Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi of Iraq to the White House today, Thursday, August 20th, 2020—the Iraqi leader’s first visit since assuming office in May.
 
“We’re down to a very small number of soldiers in Iraq now. We defeated the ISIS caliphate in Iraq and Syria,” President Trump said. “I think our relationship [with Iraq] now is better than ever before.”

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One before departing for Pennsylvania. (White House)

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One before departing for Pennsylvania. (White House)

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18 Austin Peay State University ROTC Students ‘Virtually’ Commissioned as Army officers

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – For the first time ever, Austin Peay State University (APSU) held a virtual commissioning ceremony for its graduating class of ROTC students. 

The students received their commissions at their homes on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 while their ROTC officers – to keep with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines – conducted the commissioning ceremony in a small, socially distanced group in the front lobby of the Memorial Health Building on campus.

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