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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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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announces Federal Support Granted for Nashville Following Christmas Day Bombing

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide direct assistance to Metro Nashville-Davidson County under the federal Public Assistance program for the emergency response to the Christmas day bombing in Downtown Nashville.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

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Tennessee announces Extended Hours at Select Locations Bookend Thanksgiving Holiday to Encourage COVID-19 Testing

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Unified Command Group is making more COVID-19 Coronavirus testing options available for Tennesseans statewide leading up to and just after Thanksgiving.

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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 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 reaches another milestone in COVID-19 testing

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Since March, the Tennessee National Guard has been working diligently alongside Tennessee’s Department of Health, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, and various other state and local agencies to successfully administer COVID-19 Coronavirus tests to fellow Tennesseans.

By October 8th, 2020 Tennessee guardsmen have successfully tested over 400,000 of their fellow citizens.  

Pfc. Kathryn Ratliff works at the COVID-19 testing site in Downtown Nashville.  (Staff Sgt. Timothy Cordeiro)

Pfc. Kathryn Ratliff works at the COVID-19 testing site in Downtown Nashville. (Staff Sgt. Timothy Cordeiro)

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Tennessee National Guard conducts over 300,000 COVID-19 Tests

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Soldiers and Airmen with the Tennessee National Guard, who are working diligently alongside Tennessee’s Department of Health, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, and various other state and local agencies have successfully administered over 300,000 COVID-19 tests since March.

The service members are conducting testing at Remote Assessment Sites spread throughout the state’s three grand divisions. Due to the recent opening of Remote Assessment Sites in Anderson County, the number of these sites in Tennessee has increased to 21.

Tenenssee National Guard Soldiers assigned to Task Force Medical conduct COVID-19 testing at the drive-thru testing site in Coffee County on April 19th.

Tenenssee National Guard Soldiers assigned to Task Force Medical conduct COVID-19 testing at the drive-thru testing site in Coffee County on April 19th.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Commissioner Penny Schwinn announce Additional Resources to Assist School Reopening Plans

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Commissioner of Education Penny Schwinn announced today the State of Tennessee’s continued efforts to assist families, teachers, and districts as the 2020-2021 school year begin.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee Unveils Safe Reopening Plan for Schools

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced today the State of Tennessee’s recommendations to reopen schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

“Providing parents a choice in their children’s education is incredibly important,” said Governor Lee.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

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APSU’s military adviser helps shape Tennessee’s response during Coronavirus Crisis

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Since Tennessee Governor Bill Lee picked him to serve as chief of staff on Tennessee’s COVID-19 Unified Command, retired Brig. Gen. Scott Brower has helped guide the state’s coronavirus response.

Austin Peay State University military adviser Brig. Gen. Scott Brower. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University military adviser Brig. Gen. Scott Brower. (APSU)

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