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Tennessee National Guard welcomes new Command Chief Warrant Officer David Ward

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, 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.

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. (Sgt. 1st Class Edgar Castro Palencia)

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. (Sgt. 1st Class Edgar Castro Palencia)

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Over 100 Tennessee Guardsmen return home from Deployment overseas

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, 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.

More than 100 Soldiers from the 252nd Military Police Company arrive in Smyrna on March 26, following an 11-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Staff Sgt. Tim Cordeiro)

More than 100 Soldiers from the 252nd Military Police Company arrive in Smyrna on March 26th, following an 11-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Staff Sgt. Tim Cordeiro)

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Tennessee National Guard continues COVID-19 testing, vaccinations

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, 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.” 

Sgt. Dillon Henderson with Smyrna’s 208th Medical Company prepares to administer the Moderna vaccine at Smyrna’s Volunteer Training Site on January 28th. (Sgt. 1st Class Edgar Castro)

Sgt. Dillon Henderson with Smyrna’s 208th Medical Company prepares to administer the Moderna vaccine at Smyrna’s Volunteer Training Site on January 28th. (Sgt. 1st Class Edgar Castro)

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Tennessee National Guard’s 253rd Military Police Company return home from Deployment

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, 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.”  

Soldiers from the 253rd Military Police Company are welcomed home by Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, and his command team, as they arrived in Smyrna on Feb. 3, following an 11-month deployment in support of overseas contingency operations. (Capt. Kealy Moriarty)

Soldiers from the 253rd Military Police Company are welcomed home by Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, and his command team, as they arrived in Smyrna on Feb. 3, following an 11-month deployment in support of overseas contingency operations. (Capt. Kealy Moriarty)

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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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Brigadier General Juan Santiago named new Commander of Tennessee State Guard

 

Tennessee Department of MilitaryNashville, 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.”

Brig. Gen. (Tenn.) Juan R. Santiago

Brig. Gen. (Tenn.) Juan R. Santiago

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Tennessee National Guard have administered over half-million COVID-19 Tests

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, 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.

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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Tennessee National Guard Honors President Polk

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, 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.

The Tennessee National Guard celebrated the life of President James K. Polk in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tennessee State Capitol on Nov. 2, in honor of Polk’s 225th birthday. (Staff Sgt. Timothy Cordeiro, Tennessee National Guard Public Affairs Office)

The Tennessee National Guard celebrated the life of President James K. Polk in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tennessee State Capitol on Nov. 2, in honor of Polk’s 225th birthday. (Staff Sgt. Timothy Cordeiro, Tennessee National Guard Public Affairs Office)

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Tennessee National Guard aircrew rescues Injured Hiker in Pisgah National Forest

 

Tennessee National GuardKnoxville, 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.

A UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter from the Tennessee National Guard’s Detachment 1, Company C, 1-171st Aviation Regiment prepares to take-off from Joint Base McGhee-Tyson in Knoxville at approximately 2:15am, October 28th. (Submitted photo)

A UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter from the Tennessee National Guard’s Detachment 1, Company C, 1-171st Aviation Regiment prepares to take-off from Joint Base McGhee-Tyson in Knoxville at approximately 2:15am, October 28th. (Submitted photo)

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Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment aligns with 36th Infantry Division in Texas

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, 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.

Soldiers with Knoxville’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment depart for Washington, D.C. on June 4, to provide additional support to the Washington D.C. National Guard. (Sgt. Sarah Kirby)

Soldiers with Knoxville’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment depart for Washington, D.C. on June 4, to provide additional support to the Washington D.C. National Guard. (Sgt. Sarah Kirby)

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