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Cumberland Winds celebrates Black History Month at the Roxy Regional Theatre on February 23rd

 

Clarskville's Roxy Regional TheatreClarksville, TN – The sounds of West Africa will fill the hall of Clarksville’s oldest professional theatre, the Roxy Regional Theatre, for one afternoon this month.

The Cumberland Winds celebrates Black History Month with a special concert in the intimate setting of the Roxy Regional Theatre on Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 at 2:00pm.

Organized by Yvonne Kendall and Mike Ritter, this narrated performance of instruments, song and dance will travel through time from West Africa to the Americas — North America, South America and the Caribbean — celebrating the musical influence of African culture in the New World.

Celebrate Black History Month with the Cumberland Winds at the Roxy Regional Theatre on Sunday, February 23rd.

Celebrate Black History Month with the Cumberland Winds at the Roxy Regional Theatre on Sunday, February 23rd.

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101st Airborne Division receives second highest unit award for mission to Liberia during Ebola breakout

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) was awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award by the commanding general of U.S. Africa Command, Gen. David M. Rodriquez, during a ceremony held in the division headquarters building here August 27th. The JMUA is the second highest award a unit can receive.

Rodriquez and Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division, unveiled the award and a campaign streamer, recognizing the division’s five-month deployment in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission to fight the spread of Ebola in western Africa.

“The day the 101st got into Africa, things started changing,” said Rodriguez. “Every day they were there, the confidence and courage of the Liberian people started picking up.”

Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Africa Command, speaks to the crowd during the Joint Meritorious Unit Award presentation ceremony at McAuliffe Hall August 27, 2015. The JMUA, the second most prestigious award a unit can receive, was presented to the 101st Airborne Division for their humanitarian mission during the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Africa Command, speaks to the crowd during the Joint Meritorious Unit Award presentation ceremony at McAuliffe Hall August 27, 2015. The JMUA, the second most prestigious award a unit can receive, was presented to the 101st Airborne Division for their humanitarian mission during the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. (Sgt. William White, 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs)

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Nashville Zoo now has Yellow-Backed Duikers on Exhibit

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Guests to Nashville Zoo can now see yellow-backed duikers on exhibit. The two females, named Pearl and Jade, have joined the Zoo’s collection on Bamboo Trail.

“Yellow-backed duikers are small antelopes native to the forests of central and west Africa,” said Lanny Brown, mammal curator. “There are around 60 yellow-backed duikers in North American zoos, so we are excited to give our visitors the chance to learn more about this rare and relatively unknown animal.”

Pearl (3 years old) and her calf Jade (9 months old), come to Nashville from the San Diego Zoo. They weigh around 150 lbs. and are about four feet long. The Zoo hopes to eventually add a male to the collection for breeding.

Yellow-Backed Duikers on exhibit at the Nashville Zoo. (Duiker - Bartoo)

Yellow-Backed Duikers on exhibit at the Nashville Zoo. (Duiker – Bartoo)

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101st Airborne Division cases colors, heads home to Fort Campbell after successful mission in Liberia

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Hoskins
Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionMonrovia, Liberia – The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) cased its colors in a ceremony February 26th at the Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia, marking the end of Operation United Assistance for the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance and the Screaming Eagles.

The ceremony signified the successful completion of a five-month deployment to Liberia in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission to fight the spread of Ebola in western Africa.

The Screaming Eagles led the JFC-UA – the Department of Defense arm of the United State’s effort – was comprised of engineers, medical personnel, logisticians and others, which built Ebola treatment units, trained health care workers to staff the ETUs, and built a logistic infrastructure to supply the ETUs.

A joint color guard present arms, dipping the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) colors, during the playing of the national anthems of Liberia and the U.S. during the 101st’s color casing ceremony held at the Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia, Feb. 26, 2015. The final color casing represents the completion of the Joint Forces Command - United Assistance mission in Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance. (Spc. Rashene Mincy, 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera))

A joint color guard present arms, dipping the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) colors, during the playing of the national anthems of Liberia and the U.S. during the 101st’s color casing ceremony held at the Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia, Feb. 26, 2015. The final color casing represents the completion of the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance mission in Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance. (Spc. Rashene Mincy, 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera))

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264th Combat Communications Squadron soldier returns home from Liberia, Ebola free

 

Written by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer
182nd Airlift Wing

United States Africa CommandPeoria, IL – A cyber transport systems specialist with Peoria’s 264th Combat Communications Squadron returned home in November from the fight against the Ebola epidemic in Africa. There, he and his unit led the way in building up communications for hospital training centers as part of Operation United Assistance.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Springsteen, a Chicago suburb native, was augmenting the Joint Communications Support Element at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, when he was handpicked for deployment to Liberia.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Benjamin M. Springsteen, a cyber transport systems specialist with the 264th Combat Communications Squadron, visits his home unit in Peoria, Ill., Dec. 9, 2014, after returning from a deployment to Monrovia, Liberia, in support of Operation United Assistance.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Benjamin M. Springsteen, a cyber transport systems specialist with the 264th Combat Communications Squadron, visits his home unit in Peoria, Ill., Dec. 9, 2014, after returning from a deployment to Monrovia, Liberia, in support of Operation United Assistance. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

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101st Sustainment Brigade wash rack gets visit from Brig. Gen. Frank Tate in Liberia

 

Written by  Spc. Rashene Mincy
55th Signal Company (Combat Camera)

United States Africa Command101st Sustainment Brigade - Lifeliners

Buchanan, Liberia – 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Task Force Lifeliner, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, soldiers deployed in support of Operation United Assistance use the wash racks to ensure that the vehicles are clean and prepped for the arrival of a ship that will take the vehicles back to the United States.

Spc. Michael Saucier a truck driver with the 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliner, Joint Forces Command â?? United Assistance, pressure washes the bottom of a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle at Buchanan, Liberia, Jan. 28, 2015. (Specialist Rashene Mincy, 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera)

Spc. Michael Saucier a truck driver with the 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliner, Joint Forces Command a United Assistance, pressure washes the bottom of a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle at Buchanan, Liberia, Jan. 28, 2015. (Specialist Rashene Mincy, 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera)

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Fort Campbell’s 101st Sustainment Brigade headquarters cases unit colors in Liberia

 

Written by  Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division

Monrovia, Liberia – On Monday, January 26th, 2015, Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Graham, senior enlisted advisor for the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliner, the sustainment asset for Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, and Lt. Col. Alexander Gallegos commander, of 101st STB, case their unit colors during a ceremony at Roberts International Airport, located outside Monrovia, Liberia.

Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Graham, left, senior enlisted adviser for the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliner, the sustainment asset for Joint Forces Command - United Assistance, and Lt. Col. Alexander Gallegos, right, commander, of 101st STB, case their unit colors during a ceremony at Roberts International Airport, located outside Monrovia, Liberia Jan. 26, 2015. (Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Graham, left, senior enlisted adviser for the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliner, the sustainment asset for Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, and Lt. Col. Alexander Gallegos, right, commander, of 101st STB, case their unit colors during a ceremony at Roberts International Airport, located outside Monrovia, Liberia Jan. 26, 2015. (Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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101st Sustainment Brigade helps Joint Forces Command – United Assistance begin redeployment operations

 

Written by Spc. Caitlyn Byrne
27th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa Command101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersBuchanan, Liberia – Soldiers of the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) deployed as Task Force Lifeliner assists Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, operate the USDA inspection point in order to ensure that all vehicles and equipment headed back to the U.S. meet customs standards.

Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, center, commander of Joint Forces Command – United Assistance and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), surveys a sand table of Camp Buchanan, Liberia, while visiting Soldiers of the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Jan. 23, 2015, Buchanan, Liberia. Soldiers of the 129th CSS Battalion help operate the USDA inspection point, ensuring all vehicles and equipment headed back to the U.S. meet customs standards. (Spc. Caitlyn Byrne, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, center, commander of Joint Forces Command – United Assistance and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), surveys a sand table of Camp Buchanan, Liberia, while visiting Soldiers of the 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Jan. 23, 2015, Buchanan, Liberia. Soldiers of the 129th CSS Battalion help operate the USDA inspection point, ensuring all vehicles and equipment headed back to the U.S. meet customs standards. (Spc. Caitlyn Byrne, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

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101st Sustainment Brigade Soldiers train for remote fueling mission in Liberia

 

Written by Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt
101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs

101st Sustainment Brigade - LifelinersFort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne Division

Buchanan, Liberia – Soldiers from the 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliner, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, deployed to Liberia in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development-led efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak, completed a fuel handler’s class at Roberts International Airport outside of Monrovia, Liberia, January 15th.

Training was conducted on how to employ the versatile extended range fuel system, known as the “fat cow,” a comical name in reference to the large CH-47 Chinook helicopter that holds three 800-gallon fuel pods.

Spc. Danielle Taylor, a flight engineer and a fuel handler instructor with 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division Aviation Brigade, from Fort Bliss, Texas, teaches a fuel handler’s class to Soldiers from the 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliners, Joint Forces Command - United Assistance, deployed in support of Operation United Assistance at Roberts International Airport outside of Monrovia, Liberia, Jan. 15, 2014. (Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

Spc. Danielle Taylor, a flight engineer and a fuel handler instructor with 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division Aviation Brigade, from Fort Bliss, Texas, teaches a fuel handler’s class to Soldiers from the 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliners, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, deployed in support of Operation United Assistance at Roberts International Airport outside of Monrovia, Liberia, Jan. 15, 2014. (Sgt. 1st Class Mary Rose Mittlesteadt, 101st Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs)

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Fort Campbell’s 86th Damage Control Resuscitation Team provides essential medical support to Operation United Assistance

 

Written by Sgt. Dani Salvatore
27th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – Medical emergencies: something no one likes to think about but that everyone needs to prepare for. Troops deployed in West Africa are often in remote areas of operation, and accidents, injuries, and illness are always a possibility. Fortunately, the Army can address critical health concerns in theatre.

The 86th Damage Control Resuscitation Team, 86th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, is a one-of-a-kind medical team operating in the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance Field Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, capable of facilitating life-saving interventions and surgeries to personnel, specifically designed for missions like Operation United Assistance.

Capt. Melanie Bowman, a Camden, Tenn., native and officer in charge for the 86th Damage Control Resuscitation Team, 86th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Campbell, Ky., prepares medical supplies at the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance Field Hospital, Dec. 16, 2014. The field hospital has the equipment and personnel to address any immediate medical emergency in theater. (Sgt. Dani Salvatore, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

Capt. Melanie Bowman, a Camden, Tenn., native and officer in charge for the 86th Damage Control Resuscitation Team, 86th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Campbell, Ky., prepares medical supplies at the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance Field Hospital, Dec. 16, 2014. The field hospital has the equipment and personnel to address any immediate medical emergency in theater. (Sgt. Dani Salvatore, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

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