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U.S. Senate acquits President Donald Trump

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – Today, Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 House Democrats’ sham impeachment ended with the full vindication and exoneration of President Donald Trump by the Senate.
 
Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham issued the following statement in part:
 
The Senate voted to reject the baseless articles of impeachment, and only the President’s political opponents—all Democrats, and one failed Republican presidential candidate—voted for the manufactured impeachment articles.

President Donald J. Trump delivers his State of the Union address.

President Donald J. Trump delivers his State of the Union address.

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Fort Campbell to hold Wreaths Across America ceremony

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell will host a Wreaths Across America ceremony, Saturday at 11:00am at the 101st Airborne Division Headquarters in partnership with the Sunrise Rotary Club of Clarksville.

Wreaths representing the five services and one for POW/MIA will be placed at the Division headquarters. Following the ceremony, volunteers will hang 101 wreaths at the T.C. Freeman Gate entrance. The wreaths will be placed in honor of fallen service members in WWII, Vietnam, Gulf War, Humanitarian/Peace Keeper Missions, and the Global War on Terrorism.

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Clarksville’s 5th Annual Welcome Home Veterans Celebration has New Exhibits

 

Visit Clarksville TennesseeClarksville, TN – Clarksville’s Welcome Home Veterans Celebration is adding two new exhibits to honor veterans and first responders. During September 18th-22nd, 2019, the public is invited to participate in dozens of events and activities and show their appreciation.

The Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall at Clarksville’s Welcome Home Celebration.

The Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall at Clarksville’s Welcome Home Celebration.

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Austin Peay State University looks back at how Sidney Brown’s life intersects with history this February

 

Austin Peay State University (APSU)

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – On a mild November evening, Sidney Brown, 87, stood along the sidelines at Austin Peay State University’s Fortera Stadium. He wore a blue blazer, which sagged from all the medals pinned above the left pocket, and a ball cap for the 555th Parachute Infantry, the U.S. Army’s famed all-black airborne unit.

Austin Peay State University alumnus and Command Sgt. Maj. Retired Sidney Brown is honored with an endowed military and ROTC scholarship on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016. (Beth Lowary, APSU)

Austin Peay State University alumnus and Command Sgt. Maj. Retired Sidney Brown is honored with an endowed military and ROTC scholarship on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016. (Beth Lowary, APSU)

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Wreaths Across America Volunteers hang 101 wreaths at Fort Campbell’s main gate

 

Written by Mari-Alice Jasper
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – U.S. Army Soldiers, veterans, community members and Fort Campbell leadership gathered Saturday, December 15th, 2018, at 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Headquarters to honor the fallen during a Wreaths Across America ceremony.

Fort Campbell hosted the event that was part of the Clarksville Sunrise Rotary club’s participation in the worldwide wreath-laying effort. This year, more than 2 million volunteers visited about 1,400 locations around the globe to place wreaths.

Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Kim Fields, Wreaths Across America volunteer, holds her 3-year-old grandson, Austin, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, as he straightens the velvet red bow on a wreath honoring fallen service members during a Wreaths Across America ceremony on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. More than 50 volunteers worked together to hang 101 wreaths along the fence inside T.C. Freeman Gate, Fort Campbell’s main gate, to honor fallen service members. (Mari-Alice Jasper, Fort Campbell Courier)

Kim Fields, Wreaths Across America volunteer, holds her 3-year-old grandson, Austin, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, as he straightens the velvet red bow on a wreath honoring fallen service members during a Wreaths Across America ceremony on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. More than 50 volunteers worked together to hang 101 wreaths along the fence inside T.C. Freeman Gate, Fort Campbell’s main gate, to honor fallen service members. (Mari-Alice Jasper, Fort Campbell Courier)

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101st Airborne Division volunteers restore howitzers for Pratt museum

 

Written by Pfc. Lynnwood Thomas
40th Public Affairs Detachment

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division and their Families recently volunteered to clean, remove rust and paint three howitzers during a restoration event at the Brig. Gen. Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum.

Soldiers worked toward team building, boost morale and learn about 101st Airborne Division. history. It also was an opportunity for volunteers to gain community service hours toward their military outstanding volunteer service medal.

Specialist Madilynn Dumas, a chemical specialist with Headquarters Support Company, 101st Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, said she enjoys giving back to her community by volunteering her time in different places.

Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prime a 155mm M114 howitzer for repainting, 29 June, at the Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum on Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  (Pfc. Lynnwood Thomas, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prime a 155mm M114 howitzer for repainting, 29 June, at the Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Pfc. Lynnwood Thomas, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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50 years of Currahee Brotherhood, Together Then, Together Now

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Paige Behringer
2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs

U.S. ArmyFort Drum, NY – For 243 years the U.S. Army has been fostering brotherhood among its ranks.

Born of the Army, the “Currahee Brothers” forged lifelong bonds in bloody combat during the Vietnam War, and continue reuniting half a century later.

They may appear as simply a group of old veterans congregating in a hotel lobby somewhere outside of Washington, D.C., laughing, joking and telling stories. Instead of celebrating a day of birth, this brotherhood assembles to observe a solemn anniversary.

Their name comes from 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, which reactivated in 1967 as a “stand alone” task force to increase American presence in Vietnam.

The “Currahee Brothers” from 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, pose for a group photo during their visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Feb. 19, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Veterans of the battalion visit the memorial annually in remembrance of 8 soldiers lost in an ambush on Feb. 19, 1968. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that battle. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Paige Behringer)

The “Currahee Brothers” from 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, pose for a group photo during their visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Feb. 19, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Veterans of the battalion visit the memorial annually in remembrance of 8 soldiers lost in an ambush on Feb. 19, 1968. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that battle. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Paige Behringer)

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Memorializes Seven Service Members during 2018 Memorial Day Service

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, First Lady Crissy Haslam, Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee Military Department Adjutant General, Major General Terry “Max” Haston paid tribute to seven service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the state’s Memorial Day service.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam

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APSU history students put on strong showing at regional history conference

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – The Vietnam War—America’s first “rock and roll war,” as it came to be known—had a distinct soundtrack that continues to help define it.

That’s why Ken Burns’ 2017 documentary, “The Vietnam War,” featured music by Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix, and why The Rolling Stones’ hit, “Paint It Black,” shows up in Stanley Kubrick’s film “Full Metal Jacket.” Even Forest Gump marched through rain and muck to the sounds of Buffalo Springfield.

Austin Peay State University history students attend Regional Phi Alpha Theta Meeting.

Austin Peay State University history students attend Regional Phi Alpha Theta Meeting.

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101st Airborne Division Iron Rakkasans: 50 years later

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

RakkasanFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division

Fort Campbell, KY – Friday morning people boarded two white buses on the final leg of a trip 50 years in the making. Many of the passengers were founding members of D Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, Rakkasans, 101st Airborne Division, created in 1967 during the Vietnam War.

Traveling with these men were other veterans, spouses, children, grandchildren and siblings. Throughout the day they talked and joked with each other, as they caught up since their last reunion. The group looked more like a large Family than anything else, and that is because of how close these men became when they were young Soldiers.

Veterans and their Families who returned to Fort Campbell Sept. 8, 2017, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of D Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, visits a wall that includes the names of the Rakkasans that fell in combat during a search and destroy mission in March 1968. These veterans did not find out the fate of the Soldiers evacuated from the battlefield with critical wounds for decades, and the reunion was the first time some of the veterans had seen each other since Vietnam. (Leejay Lockhart)

Veterans and their Families who returned to Fort Campbell Sept. 8, 2017, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of D Company, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, visits a wall that includes the names of the Rakkasans that fell in combat during a search and destroy mission in March 1968. These veterans did not find out the fate of the Soldiers evacuated from the battlefield with critical wounds for decades, and the reunion was the first time some of the veterans had seen each other since Vietnam. (Leejay Lockhart)

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