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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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Marsha Blackburn Report: Advocating For The American People

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Wednesday, January 20th, 2021, I joined my fellow U.S. Senators at the inauguration ceremony to honor our traditions and witness the peaceful transition of power that has been the hallmark of our democracy since 1789.

I wish our new President and Vice President well and will continue my work to protect our constitutional freedoms and improve the lives of Tennesseans.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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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 Governor Bill Lee Remarks on COVID-19 Pandemic

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Good evening Tennesseans. It’s Christmas week, ordinarily a time when families across the state are gathering to celebrate. Unfortunately, these are not ordinary times.

We are in a global pandemic that’s been crippling our country for months and now Tennessee is ground zero for a surge in sickness. I am speaking with you tonight because I want to be clear with where we are and what we need to do together to get through this.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

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Tennessee National Guard soldiers compete at Sniper Competition

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Two members of the Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment competed at the 50th Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship and the 30th Annual Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center December 4th-10th, 2020, at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center in Barling, AR.

Staff Sgt. Anthony McAlister and Cpl. Joseph Stainback from Detachment 1, Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, competed in the sniper championships for the first time this year.

Staff Sgt. Anthony McAlister and Cpl. Joseph Stainbeck, from the Tennessee National Guard's 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, competed at this year's Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship, December 4th-10th, at Fort Chaffee, AR. (Staff Sgt. Timothy Cordeiro, Tennessee National Guard Public Affairs Office)

Staff Sgt. Anthony McAlister and Cpl. Joseph Stainbeck, from the Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, competed at this year’s Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship, December 4th-10th, at Fort Chaffee, AR. (Staff Sgt. Timothy Cordeiro, Tennessee National Guard Public Affairs Office)

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Birth of the National Guard – The Birth of a Nation

 

Major General Jeffrey H. Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – The National Guard celebrates its 384th birthday on December 13th, 2020. This date is etched on the cornerstone of our Nation as it represents the first moment our society took its defense into our own hands.

It was also the first step in building a nation out of an untamed and dangerous wilderness. This date signifies the moment the Massachusetts Bay Colony organized three militia regiments to defend the colony from the growing threat of American Indian attacks. Other American colonies would follow their example and the militia would later become the basis for the Continental Army.

Major General Jeffrey H. Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General

Major General Jeffrey H. Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General

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Tennessee National Guardsman Robert Neal tests community for COVID-19

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – Throughout 2020, the Tennessee National Guard has been supporting various foreign operations around the world, as well as domestic emergencies at home. The most pivotal of them all has been COVID-19 Coronavirus, and for one Tennessee National Guardsman, it’s a battle that serves great purpose.

Sgt. Robert Neal, a member of 2nd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, has been an infantryman since he first joined the Tennessee National Guard seven years ago.

Sgt. Robert Neal, an infantryman with 2nd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, conducts COVID-19 testing at a drive-thru rural assessment site in Montgomery County, Sept. 28. Neal has been supporting the fight against COVID-19 in Tennessee communities since March, when Gov. Bill Lee officially activated the Tennessee National Guard. (Staff Sgt. Timothy Cordeiro)

Sgt. Robert Neal, an infantryman with 2nd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, conducts COVID-19 testing at a drive-thru rural assessment site in Montgomery County, Sept. 28. Neal has been supporting the fight against COVID-19 in Tennessee communities since March, when Gov. Bill Lee officially activated the Tennessee National Guard. (Staff Sgt. Timothy Cordeiro)

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Tennessee National Guard Soldier Aaron McDermott Named Top Recruiting, Retention NCO in the Southeast

 

Tennessee National GuardKey West, FL – Staff Sgt. Aaron McDermott, assigned to Alpha Company, Recruiting and Retention Battalion for the Tennessee National Guard, was awarded the Southeast Recruiting and Retention NCO of the Year, after competing against recruiters from nine different states and territories, November 20th, 2020.

The top recruiters from AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, PR, SC, and VI competed during a week-long battalion board meeting, hosted by the Florida National Guard, to recognize the top Strength Maintenance Area Group III Recruiting and Retention NCO. There are seven SMAGs in the country; group III represents the southeast region.

Tennessee National Guard Staff Sgt. Aaron McDermott poses with his wife Jill after being awarded the Strength Maintenance Area Group III (Southeast region) Recruiting and Retention NCO of the Year, November 20th. (1st Lt. Kealy Moriarty)

Tennessee National Guard Staff Sgt. Aaron McDermott poses with his wife Jill after being awarded the Strength Maintenance Area Group III (Southeast region) Recruiting and Retention NCO of the Year, November 20th. (1st Lt. Kealy Moriarty)

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