Nashville, TN – Outgoing Command Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ricky Tackett relinquished responsibility to Chief Warrant Officer 4 David Ward during a change of responsibility ceremony held at Tennessee National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters, March 31st, 2021.
Tackett served as the top Army Warrant Officer advisor to Tennessee’s Adjutant General, Assistant Adjutant General, and Land Component Commander since 2017 and supervised the training and wellbeing of Tennessee’s warrant officers across the state.
Nashville, TN – More than 100 Soldiers assigned to the Tennessee National Guard’s 252nd Military Police Company returned home Friday, March 26th, 2021 after an 11-month overseas deployment as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Welcomed home by their families, friends, and fellow service members, the 252nd returned to Smyrna’s Volunteer Training Site at approximately 3:00pm, conducted a short in processing, and were then released to their families to go home.
Nashville, TN – Since late December, the Tennessee National Guard has been transitioning from primarily supporting COVID-19 Coronavirus testing to supporting vaccine administration throughout Tennessee.
“Helping citizens get vaccinated has been our primary focus since the vaccines have become available,” said Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General. “It’s the next step to helping Tennessee return to normal.”
Nashville, TN – More than 100 Soldiers assigned to the Tennessee National Guard’s 253rd Military Police Company returned home Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 after an 11-month deployment overseas.
“We’re all excited to be back home,” said Capt. Dana Shears, commander of the 253rd Military Police Company. “It was a great deployment. Everyone worked hard and we proudly represented the Volunteer State.”
Nashville, 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.
Nashville, TN – Major General Jeff Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, has announced that Brigadier General (Tennessee) Juan R. Santiago, from Memphis, is to become the new commander of the Tennessee State Guard.
“Gen. Santiago is a committed Soldier and volunteer,” said Holmes. “He is a talented leader and I am looking forward to what he will bring to his new role in the State Guard.”
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee National Guard reached a milestone this week in COVID-19 Coronavirus testing. Since the start of the pandemic, Soldiers and Airmen have administered over 500,000 COVID-19 Coronavirus tests to citizens throughout Tennessee.
“Administering half-a-million tests in support of our state department of health partners says a lot about the commitment and dedication of our Soldiers and Airmen,” said Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General.
Nashville, TN – On Monday, November 2nd, 2020, the Tennessee National Guard celebrated the life of President James K. Polk in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tennessee State Capitol in honor of Polk’s 225th birthday.
Each year, a representative of the current President of the United States is responsible for placing a wreath on the tomb of past Presidents to honor them and their service on the day of their birth. Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, represented the President of the United States at the ceremony as Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Mrs. Beth Sanders, the Past President for the James K. Polk Association, laid a wreath on Polk’s Tomb situated in the grounds of the Tennessee Capitol.
Knoxville, TN – A Tennessee Army National Guard flight crew responded to an emergency air evacuation mission after a hiker suffered injuries in the Pisgah National Forest area, North Carolina, October 28th.
Nashville, TN – At approximately 11:50pm on Tuesday, October 27th, 2002, the Tennessee National Guard and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency were notified of an injured hiker in North Carolina in need of assistance.
Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment aligns with 36th Infantry Division in Texas
Nashville, 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.
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