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Marsha Blackburn Includes Mission-Critical Military Priorities in Senate-Passed Defense Bill

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – The Senate has passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 with the support of Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). As a member of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans Affairs’ Committees, Senator Blackburn was able to include language to fund mission-critical projects that will directly impact military communities in Tennessee.

Senator Blackburn authored 51 of the provisions included in this bill, which includes $148.08 million for programs vital to Tennessee and to the national defense.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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APSU Govs baseball unveils throwback uniform, red jersey and hats for 2017

 

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APSU Baseball - Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s baseball team will wear an alternate jersey during the season for the first time in program history, working with Under Armour and The Game Headwear to recreate a classic jersey-hat combination from program history.

The Governors will pay homage to the 1965-67 teams, which celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, with a jersey-hat combination drawn from those team’s home uniforms.

Austin Peay Baseball to wear alternate jersey this season that pays homage to the 1965-67 teams. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball to wear alternate jersey this season that pays homage to the 1965-67 teams. (APSU Sports Information)

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Night Stalkers compete in U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s Best Warrior competition

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Thaddius Dawkins
USASOAC Public Affairs

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Soar - Night StalkersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Bragg, NC – Two Soldiers from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) tested their inner warrior last week during the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s Best Warrior Competition.

Spc. Mark E. Aescht, a Blackhawk crew chief in the Aviation Life Saving Equipment section, and Sgt. Derek A. Youngs, a wheeled vehicle mechanic, both from 1st Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 160th SOAR (A), competed in four days of events that included an Army physical fitness test, written essay, live-fire range and stress shoot, day and night land navigation, Army Warrior Task testing and combatives.

Spc. Mark E. Aescht (center), 1st Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and Sgt. Derek A. Youngs (right), with 1st Platoon, HHC, 160th SOAR (A), receive instruction on writing an operations order during the Army Warrior Task lanes while competing in the United States Army Special Operations Command's Best Warrior Competition June 25, 2014. (Sgt. 1st Class Thaddius S. Dawkins II)

Spc. Mark E. Aescht (center), 1st Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and Sgt. Derek A. Youngs (right), with 1st Platoon, HHC, 160th SOAR (A), receive instruction on writing an operations order during the Army Warrior Task lanes while competing in the United States Army Special Operations Command’s Best Warrior Competition June 25, 2014. (Sgt. 1st Class Thaddius S. Dawkins II)

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160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment bids farewell to regiment commander during ceremony at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Maj. Allen Hill
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Soar - Night Stalkers

Fort Campbell, KY – Night Stalkers, family members and friends of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)  said farewell to Col. John R. Evans, Jr, during a change of command ceremony conducted on the General Bryan Brown Compound, June 27th.

More than 250 Soldiers from across the regiment stood in formation as Col. Evans passed the colors to Col. Michael Hertzendorf. Brig. Gen. Erik Peterson, Commander, United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command, presided over the event.

Col. John R. Evans, outgoing commander, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) addresses hundreds of distinguished visitors, Gold Star Family Members, Soldier and civilians following the change of command ceremony conducted on the Gen. Bryan Brown Compound, Fort Campbell, KY, June 27, 2014. (U.S. Army photo)

Col. John R. Evans, outgoing commander, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) addresses hundreds of distinguished visitors, Gold Star Family Members, Soldier and civilians following the change of command ceremony conducted on the Gen. Bryan Brown Compound, Fort Campbell, KY, June 27, 2014. (U.S. Army photo)

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160th Special Operations Regiment Soldiers Better Halves don’t quit

 

Written by Hearther Clark
Fort Campbell Courier

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Soar - Night Stalkers

Fort Campbell, KY – It’s widely-known that the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) employs some of the best aviators, crew-chiefs and support Soldiers the Army has to offer. Given the nature of their mission, however, little else is known about the extensive training that goes into making — and maintaining — Night Stalkers. Not even spouses are exempt from the shroud of “need-to-know basis.”

Tuesday morning, 160th spouses arrived at the Old Clarksville Base in droves, ready to experience a day in the life of a 160th Soldier.

Carissa Weishuhn, wife of Spc. Jeremy Wishuhn, Fox Company, 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (A), trudges through a trench of mud and water during the obstacle course portion of the SOAR Challenge Tuesday afternoon. In its third year, the day-long event allows Night Stalker spouses to build morale and camaraderie by sharing the training experiences of their Soldiers. (Major Alan Hill, 160th SOAR (A) Public Affairs)

Carissa Weishuhn, wife of Spc. Jeremy Wishuhn, Fox Company, 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (A), trudges through a trench of mud and water during the obstacle course portion of the SOAR Challenge Tuesday afternoon. In its third year, the day-long event allows Night Stalker spouses to build morale and camaraderie by sharing the training experiences of their Soldiers. (Major Alan Hill, 160th SOAR (A) Public Affairs)

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Night Stalker activities serves as a reunion for 160th Family at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Maj. Allen Hill
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) Public Affairs Officer

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Soar - Night Stalkers

Fort Campbell, KY – A formation of Blackhawk helicopters and a memorial ceremony to the fallen were some of the highlights of the 2014 Week of Night Stalker Activities (WONSA).

WONSA is a unique opportunity for Soldier, families, civilians and friends of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) to reunite and enjoy fellowship with those who share a common bond.

Col. John R. Evans, Jr. commander, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and Col. (R) Vincent Reap, president, Night Stalker Association, place a wreath at the base of the Night Stalker Memorial during the annual Week of Night Stalker Activities Memorial Ceremony held at Fort Campbell, Ky., May 21, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Allen Hill, 160th SOAR Public Affairs)

Col. John R. Evans, Jr. commander, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and Col. (R) Vincent Reap, president, Night Stalker Association, place a wreath at the base of the Night Stalker Memorial during the annual Week of Night Stalker Activities Memorial Ceremony held at Fort Campbell, Ky., May 21, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Allen Hill, 160th SOAR Public Affairs)

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160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment holds retirement Ceremony at Fort Campbell for Legendary Chief Warrant Officers

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Thaddius S. Dawkins
U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Soar - Night Stalkers

Fort Campbell, KY – As the Company A, 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) hangar began to fill with people March 21st, it was clear this wasn’t just another retirement ceremony.

This ceremony had an even greater significance than most others. After all, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Karl H. Maier and Chief Warrant Officer 5 George “Billy” Cook had more than 70-years of combined Army Service — with more than 50 of those years spent as Night Stalkers.

Chief Warrant Officer 5 George "Billy" Cook and Chief Warrant Officer 5 Karl H. Maier stand with Col. John R. Evans Jr., 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment during a retirement ceremony March 21st at Fort Campbell, Ky. Cook and Maier retired following a combined 70-years of service, with more than 50 years spent as Night Stalkers. (U.S. Army photo)

Chief Warrant Officer 5 George “Billy” Cook and Chief Warrant Officer 5 Karl H. Maier stand with Col. John R. Evans Jr., 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment during a retirement ceremony March 21st at Fort Campbell, Ky. Cook and Maier retired following a combined 70-years of service, with more than 50 years spent as Night Stalkers. (U.S. Army photo)

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Soldier father, son serve together in 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (A) at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Rick Branch
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)

160th Soar - Night StalkersFort Campbell, KY – When Staff Sgt. Joseph Simms donned his maroon beret after completing Enlisted Green Platoon-Combat Skills, he never expected a few years later to see another member of his family experience it. His son Pvt. Charlie Shaw changed that when he graduation from Enlisted Green Platoon, February 18th, 2014, at Cole Parks Commons.

“I never expected back then that a few years later I’d watch one of my kids graduate through Green Platoon,” beamed Simms. “Charles has always liked the Army and been exposed to the regiment from a few visits here and there … he really liked what he saw.”

Staff Sgt. Joseph Simms and Pvt. Charlie Shaw share a hug following the Combat Skills Enlisted Green Platoon graduation ceremony, Feb. 18, 2014 at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Staff Sgt. Rick Branch/U.S. Army).

Staff Sgt. Joseph Simms and Pvt. Charlie Shaw share a hug following the Combat Skills Enlisted Green Platoon graduation ceremony, Feb. 18, 2014 at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Staff Sgt. Rick Branch/U.S. Army).

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Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion (SOATB) welcomes new commander at Fort Campbell

 

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Soar - Night StalkersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Bragg, NC – The Special Operations Aviation Training Battalion (SOATB) bid farewell to Lt. Col. Mark G. Kappelmann and welcomed new commander Jeffery J. Bragg in a ceremony Friday at the Gen. Bryan “Doug” Brown Compound, Fort Campbell, KY.

In his last decision as the SOATB commander, Kappelmann made the weather call as rain persisted throughout the morning, moving the ceremony indoors to Fox Hangar.

Maj. Jeffery J. Bragg, who has served in the 160th SOAR (A) since 2010, most recently as the Regiment S3, receives the SOATB guidon from Brig. Gen. Clayton M. Hutmacher as he takes command Friday.   Looking on is outgoing commander Lt. Col. Mark. G. Kappelmann, whose next assignment is to command the 1-214th Aviation Regiment in Germany. (U.S. Army photo)

Maj. Jeffery J. Bragg, who has served in the 160th SOAR (A) since 2010, most recently as the Regiment S3, receives the SOATB guidon from Brig. Gen. Clayton M. Hutmacher as he takes command Friday. Looking on is outgoing commander Lt. Col. Mark. G. Kappelmann, whose next assignment is to command the 1-214th Aviation Regiment in Germany. (U.S. Army photo)

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Lady Night Stalkers at Fort Campbell learn what it means to be a member of 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne)

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Rick Branch
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) Public Affairs

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment - Soar - Night StalkersFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Some spouses from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) tried the sweat that poured off of their brow as they strained to pull, push and drag a 5,100-lbs M998 military Humvee up an incline May 2nd.

It was only midday but the members of the “Pink Platoon” were struggling and the heat was beginning to take its toll.

With the rally cry, “Night Stalkers don’t quit” the spouses of the Soldiers from the 160th SOAR (A) grabbed another gear and muscled the machine up the hill.

A spouse of a 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) Soldier soars over the gut buster logs during the Pink Platoon event May 2, 2013, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Rick Branch, 160th SOAR (A) Public Affairs)

A spouse of a 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) Soldier soars over the gut buster logs during the Pink Platoon event May 2, 2013, at Fort Campbell, Ky. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Rick Branch, 160th SOAR (A) Public Affairs)

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