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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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City of Hopkinsville honors Clarksville Fire Rescue Chief Freddie Montgomery

 

Clarksville Fire RescueClarksville, TN – The new leader of Clarksville Fire Rescue (CFR) Freddie D. Montgomery Jr. was bestowed a high honor by the Hopkinsville Fire Department, where he had served for 25 years before retiring as Fire Chief and taking his new position in Clarksville.

HFD announced Saturday at its annual gala and awards ceremony that the department had created the Montgomery Award, which will be given to HFD firefighters who serve with high distinction . A bronze helmet statue will be created bearing Montgomery’s badge number, and the name of each winner will be inscribed on the statue, which will be displayed at the department’s new administrative headquarters.

Clarksville Fire Rescue Chief Freddie Montgomery, third from left, shows off his holiday party sleeves -- one for Kentucky and one for Tennessee -- along with other honorees Saturday at the Hopkinsville Fire Department’s annual award ceremony. HFD announced the Montgomery Award in his honor during the event.

Clarksville Fire Rescue Chief Freddie Montgomery, third from left, shows off his holiday party sleeves — one for Kentucky and one for Tennessee — along with other honorees Saturday at the Hopkinsville Fire Department’s annual award ceremony. HFD announced the Montgomery Award in his honor during the event.

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Bonded for Life

 

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Reuniting with a long-lost friend is a good thing, but reuniting with a brother can save a life.

Veterans of B Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, reunited with the help of the Independence Fund in Nashville, Tennessee, September 26th-29th, in hopes of maintaining their “brotherly” connections for life support.

“This has been the best experience for me since I got out [the Army],” said Wesley Rogers, a reunion attendee. “The one thing that I noticed when I got here is how much better I felt looking in the faces of all these people, verses when I was at home and I’d let all these people go by.”

Veterans of B Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, pose for a group picture during a unit reunion, organized with the help of the Independence Fund, in Nashville, Tennessee, September 26-29. (Staff Sergeant Michael Eaddy, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

Veterans of B Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, pose for a group picture during a unit reunion, organized with the help of the Independence Fund, in Nashville, Tennessee, September 26-29. (Staff Sergeant Michael Eaddy, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs)

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Austin Peay State University alumnus John McGee donates gold coins to commemorate 50th anniversary of his graduation

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) alumnus John McGee certainly knows how to celebrate an anniversary.

During his recent visit to campus for the November 9th, 2019 Homecoming football game, he donated more than $50,000 in gold coins to support his alma mater and commemorate his “Golden Graduate Year,” which is the 50-year anniversary of his graduation from Austin Peay State University in 1969.

Austin Peay State University alumnus John McGee ('69). (APSU)

Austin Peay State University alumnus John McGee (’69). (APSU)

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President Donald Trump speaks to Troops at Bagram Airfield

 

The White HouseBagram, Afghanistan – PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, thank you very much. (Applause.) That was great. And we just had a nice Thanksgiving dinner. I thought I was going to be having it someplace else, and Senator Barrasso is a great friend of mine, and he said, “That’ll be great if we did it.” I said, “You come with me, John.” And he came with me. John, thank you very much. Great friend of ours. He’s a great senator and a great man. (Applause.)

And I want to thank General Milley. Special warrior. He’s a special warrior. And I want to congratulate you also because I just saw some numbers that are incredible. ISIS — you’re wiping them out left and right. There’s almost nothing left in this area. (Applause.) You’re not going to be lonely. And al-Qaeda, the same thing. And tremendous progress.

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Missouri Future Soldiers Tour Fort Campbell, Home of The Screaming Eagles

 

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Over 90 Future Soldiers from recruiting centers all around the western Missouri and southern Illinois area were excused from their high school classes to tour the home of the Screaming Eagle, Fort Campbell, KY, on November 6th, 2019.

Future Soldiers are students or young adults who have already signed their Army enlistment contract and are waiting until the day they ship out to basic combat training. Recruiters have been taking initiatives to prepare these Future Soldiers for basic but this specific visit is vital for their preparations.

Future Soldiers view a live repel demonstration during their tour of The Sabaulski Air Assault School, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), on November 6th, 2019. (Sgt. Aimee Nordin)

Future Soldiers view a live repel demonstration during their tour of The Sabaulski Air Assault School, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), on November 6th, 2019. (Sgt. Aimee Nordin)

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Tennessee National Guard goes Solar

 

Tennessee Department of MilitaryNashville, TN – It shouldn’t be any guess as to which primary color is the U.S. Army’s favorite… GREEN! The various shades of earth tones in a soldier’s uniform reflects the terrain in which they operate.

Just as nature conceals soldiers from the enemy, they are devoted to protecting the U.S. homeland from harm. Over the last few months, the Tennessee National Guard has been making great strides to become a much greener organization.

(L to R), Adam Glod, SLS Energy Solutions, Richard Hunter, SLS Energy Solutions, Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, Kathy Glapa, Tenn. Dept. of Environment and Conservation, Todd Smith, SLS Energy Solutions, Danny Brown, Energy Manager for the Tenn. Army National Guard and Chris Koczaja, President of Lightwave Solar cut a “GREEN” ribbon at the unveiling of a state-of-the-art Solar Photovoltaic system at the Joint Force Headquarters, Tenn. National Guard in Nashville, November 6, 2019. (Sgt. Robert Mercado)

(L to R), Adam Glod, SLS Energy Solutions, Richard Hunter, SLS Energy Solutions, Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, Kathy Glapa, Tenn. Dept. of Environment and Conservation, Todd Smith, SLS Energy Solutions, Danny Brown, Energy Manager for the Tenn. Army National Guard and Chris Koczaja, President of Lightwave Solar cut a “GREEN” ribbon at the unveiling of a state-of-the-art Solar Photovoltaic system at the Joint Force Headquarters, Tenn. National Guard in Nashville, November 6, 2019. (Sgt. Robert Mercado)

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Austin Peay State University, Fort Campbell partner for wetlands research on post

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) and the Fort Campbell Army installation deepened their growing relationship on November 6th, 2019 when the two organizations initiated an Intergovernmental Support Agreement, allowing APSU faculty and students to identify wetland ecosystems within the 105,000-acre Army post.

Austin Peay State University President Alisa White and Col. Jeremy Bell, Fort Campbell garrison commander. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University President Alisa White and Col. Jeremy Bell, Fort Campbell garrison commander. (APSU)

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Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk to be held November 7th, 2019

 

First Thursday Art WalkClarksville, TN – Produced by The Downtown Clarksville Association, First Thursday Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour spanning a 5-block radius that combines visual art, live music, engaging events and more in the heart of Downtown Clarksville.

With 10+ venues, bars and businesses participating each month, the First Thursday Art Walk in Clarksville is the ultimate opportunity to savor and support local creative talent.

First Thursday Art Walk in Downtown Clarksville.

First Thursday Art Walk in Downtown Clarksville.

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5th Special Forces Group challenge elite CrossFit athletes at Fort Campbell

 

5th Special Forces GroupFort Campbell, KY – Two organizations partnered on Friday, October 25th, when 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) hosted a fitness challenge for the United States Army Warrior Fitness Team at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Among the attendees were two of the top 20 CrossFit athletes in the world. Noah Ohlsen, who placed 2nd at the 2019 CrossFit Games, and the U.S. Army’s own Capt. Chandler Smith, who placed 15th.

Fitness can be paramount when you’re a member of one of the most elite fighting forces in the U.S. Army. While CrossFit has gained much popularity in today’s military, it is widely used throughout the special operations community.

Capt. Chandler Smith, a member of the U.S. Army Warrior Fitness Team, hangs from a tower while conducting the 5th Special Forces Group obstacle course at Fort Campbell, Ky., Oct. 25 2019. Green Berets held multiple events throughout the day to show the physical fitness aspect of a special operations unit. (Sgt. Matthew Crane, 5th Special Forces Public Affairs Office)

Capt. Chandler Smith, a member of the U.S. Army Warrior Fitness Team, hangs from a tower while conducting the 5th Special Forces Group obstacle course at Fort Campbell, Ky., Oct. 25 2019. Green Berets held multiple events throughout the day to show the physical fitness aspect of a special operations unit. (Sgt. Matthew Crane, 5th Special Forces Public Affairs Office)

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