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Tennessee Army National Guard’s 278th Completes NATO Mission in Poland

 

Tennessee Army National GuardSmyrna, TN – Approximately 110 Soldiers from the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, headquartered in Knoxville, returned to Smyrna’s Volunteer Training Site on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 following a nine-month long deployment as part of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland.

“This is the last group of Soldiers returning from Poland concluding a two year commitment of Tennessee Soldiers providing a forward presence along the frontier of freedom,” said Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General.

On Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 Members of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment reunite with families at Volunteer Training Site – Smyrna, following a 9-month deployment to Poland. This final wave of Soldiers represents the regiment’s completion of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) mission after 18 months by two separate squadrons. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Cordeiro)

On Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 Members of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment reunite with families at Volunteer Training Site – Smyrna, following a 9-month deployment to Poland. This final wave of Soldiers represents the regiment’s completion of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) mission after 18 months by two separate squadrons. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Cordeiro)

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee National Guard Troops Ahead of Deployment

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Tennessee’s Adjutant General, Major General Jeff Holmes, visited with more than 20 Tennessee Army National Guard Soldiers at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Alcoa on January 3rd, as the Soldiers prepare for an upcoming overseas deployment.

“On behalf of 6.7 million Tennesseans we are forever grateful for your service and sacrifices that you and your families are willing to make for our great state,” said Lee.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee shakes hands with a member of the Tenn. Army National Guard’s 2-135th Aviation Regiment headquartered in Louisville during a visit, Friday, January 3, ahead of the unit’s deployment to Kosovo.  (Air Guard Master Sgt. Kendra Owenby)

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee shakes hands with a member of the Tenn. Army National Guard’s 2-135th Aviation Regiment headquartered in Louisville during a visit, Friday, January 3, ahead of the unit’s deployment to Kosovo. (Air Guard Master Sgt. Kendra Owenby)

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Military Department Celebrates National Guard Birthday

 

Tennessee Department of MilitaryNashville, TN – On Friday, December 13th, 2019, Soldiers and Airmen from the Tennessee Military Department gathered in the Hall of Flags at the Tennessee National Guard Headquarters to celebrate the 383rd birthday of the National Guard.

“It’s the oldest and one of the proudest military institutions in the United States,” said Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General. “First organized in 1636, this commemoration marks a milestone in our nation’s history.”

The Tennessee Military Department celebrated the National Guard’s 383rd birthday with a cake cutting ceremony on December 13, 2019  (L to R) Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, Pfc. Lindsey Jackson with the 301st Troop Command, retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert Huffman, representative of the Association of the U.S. Army and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Frank Rodriguez with the Joint Force Headquarters.  (Staff Sgt. Tim Cordiero)

The Tennessee Military Department celebrated the National Guard’s 383rd birthday with a cake cutting ceremony on December 13, 2019 (L to R) Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, Pfc. Lindsey Jackson with the 301st Troop Command, retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert Huffman, representative of the Association of the U.S. Army and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Frank Rodriguez with the Joint Force Headquarters. (Staff Sgt. Tim Cordiero)

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Tuition Deferment Program partnership announced by APSU, National Guard

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – On Monday, June 17th, 2019, Austin Peay State University (APSU) and the Tennessee Army National Guard announced they’re partnering on a special tuition deferment program for Guard members.

Lt. Col. John Rigdon, commander for the Recruiting and Retention Battalion of the Tennessee Army National Guard, greets retired Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey, vice president for External Affairs at Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

Lt. Col. John Rigdon, commander for the Recruiting and Retention Battalion of the Tennessee Army National Guard, greets retired Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey, vice president for External Affairs at Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

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Marsha Blackburn Report: This Week From Washington – April 1st, 2019

 

Senator Marsha Blackburn

Tennessee

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Tennessee Tuesday is always my favorite day of the week.

Senator Lamar Alexander and I welcomed another great group of Tennesseans to our nation’s capital for coffee, conversation, and pictures this week.

If you plan to be in the Washington, D.C. area on a Tuesday when the Senate is in session, we would love if you join us for this Tennessee tradition. Constituents attending will have the opportunity to meet and have their picture taken with their senators while enjoying a coffee and pastries. 

Tennessee Tuesday

Tennessee Tuesday

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Senator Marsha Blackburn Visits Troops in Poland and Ukraine

 

Senator Marsha Blackburn

Tennessee

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – This weekend, Senator Marsha Blackburn had the distinct honor of visiting our men and women of the Tennessee Army National Guard serving overseas in Poland and Ukraine before they return home from a nine-month deployment.

Too often, non-combat deployments can be overlooked and I wanted to let these brave Americans know their missions are critical to the national security of the United States. The 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR) headquartered in Knoxville is one of just two heavy ACRs still in existence. The motto of the 278th is “I Volunteer, Sir” – a spirit that I saw embodied in each soldier I met with throughout the weekend. 

Senator Marsha Blackburn Tennessee Army National Guard serving overseas in Poland and Ukraine.

Senator Marsha Blackburn Tennessee Army National Guard serving overseas in Poland and Ukraine.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Recognizes Six Tennessee Veterans

 

Six Military Veteran State Employees Honored for Exemplary Service

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston from the Tennessee Military Department to recognize six veteran state employees and more than 474,000 Tennessee veterans of all ages and eras. 

The Governor’s Veterans Day event was held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza in downtown Nashville.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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APSU honors distinguished individuals with alumni awards at Homecoming

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – During a special alumni awards ceremony on Saturday, October 21st, 2017, Austin Peay State University honored six distinguished individuals as part of its 2017 Homecoming celebration.

This year’s honorees were Outstanding Service Award recipients Joe Shakeenab (’04) and Dave Loos; Outstanding Young Alumnus Award recipients Trent Caffee (’11) and John Swigart (’00); and Outstanding Alumni Award recipients Steve Harmon (’83) and Mike Krause (’07).

APSU honored six individuals during a special alumni awards ceremony on October 21st.

APSU honored six individuals during a special alumni awards ceremony on October 21st.

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Tennessee National Guard detachment leaves for year-long deployment to Kuwait

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Twenty-two Tennessee Army National Guard members of Detachment 5, Company B, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, left Joint Base Berry Field, Nashville, Tennessee September 30th, 2017 to complete two months of pre-deployment training at Fort Hood, Texas.  

Det. 5, Co. B, 248 ASB, is a small maintenance detachment based out of Nashville that is set to embark on a year-long deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield. Operation Spartan Shield is a multiple-force contingency operation based in Kuwait that’s set in place to prevent and react to possible threats within the region.

Twenty-two Tennessee National Guard members assigned to Detachment 5, Company B, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, attend a departure ceremony Sept. 28 at Joint Base Berry Field, Nashville, Tenn. The detachment departed Nashville Sept. 30 to participate in pre deployment training at Fort Hood, Texas before deploying to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

Twenty-two Tennessee National Guard members assigned to Detachment 5, Company B, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, attend a departure ceremony Sept. 28 at Joint Base Berry Field, Nashville, Tenn. The detachment departed Nashville Sept. 30 to participate in pre deployment training at Fort Hood, Texas before deploying to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

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Tennessee Army National Guard Blackhawk Helicopters head to Virgin Islands

 

Tennessee Army National GuardNashville, TN – Four UH-60L Blackhawk helicopters and 34 Soldiers assigned to the 1/230th Aviation Regiment, Tennessee Army National Guard, are headed to the US Virgin Islands to assist in recovery efforts following Hurricane Irma.

The helicopters were loaded onto C17 Globemaster III and C130 Hercules aircraft from New York and Rhode Island at Joint Base Berry Field late Wednesday afternoon.

“That’s what the National Guard does,” said Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee Adjutant General.

Tennessee Army National Guard Soldiers of the 1-230th Aviation Regiment load a UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter on to a New York Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster III to assist in recovery efforts in the US Virgin Islands following Hurricane Irma.

Tennessee Army National Guard Soldiers of the 1-230th Aviation Regiment load a UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter on to a New York Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster III to assist in recovery efforts in the US Virgin Islands following Hurricane Irma.

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