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Lamar Alexander says Beyond the Headlines, Congress is Reaching Results for Tennesseans

 

U.S. SenateMaryville TN – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said members of Congress have worked together to get results for Americans and for Tennesseans.

“I often suggest Tennesseans look at Washington, D.C., as if it were a split-screen television. On one side, you hear about impeachment and tweets, but, on the other side, you have members of Congress working together to get results for Americans. And in 2019, we’ve done just that.”

“Congress passed legislation in December that provides permanent funding – that is fully paid for – for HBCUs and other minority serving institutions attended by over 2 million minority students,” Senator Alexander said.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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101st Airborne Division soldiers travel to Bastogne Belgium to celebrate 75th Battle of the Bulge Anniversary

 

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionBastogne, Belgium – Nearly a million people converged on the city of Bastogne to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge victory, fought and won during World War II, with a parade, December 14th, 2019. The Bastogne parade was the physical embodiment of joy as visitors and locals commemorated the defeat of Nazi forces in the small town.

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) sent more than 90 Soldiers to Belgium to march in the parade and participate in other ceremonies, as well as learn about the unit’s history.

The Battle of the Bulge took place six months after D-day.

The 101st Division Artillery Commander, Col. Bryan Babich, leads more than ninety 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers in the Bastogne parade, Dec. 14. The city celebrates 75 years of freedom from Nazi German occupation. Bastogne played a major role in Hitler’s Ardennes Offensive, the German name for Battle of the Bulge. (Pvt. John Simpson, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

The 101st Division Artillery Commander, Col. Bryan Babich, leads more than ninety 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldiers in the Bastogne parade, Dec. 14. The city celebrates 75 years of freedom from Nazi German occupation. Bastogne played a major role in Hitler’s Ardennes Offensive, the German name for Battle of the Bulge. (Pvt. John Simpson, 40th Public Affairs Detachment)

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101st Airborne Division Soldiers share personal ties to Battle of the Bulge

 

U.S. Army EuropeBastogne, Belgium – Seventy-five years ago in Bastogne, Belgium, German soldiers captured American Pfc. Marold Peterson of the 422nd Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division.

Peterson escaped from the work camp where we was held prisoner, only to be captured again and killed by Hitler Youth.

Sgt. Travis Paice, the great-grandson of Peterson, said it is surreal to be in Bastogne where Peterson lived his last moments.

“Maybe he was standing right where I stood,” Paice, a Soldier with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, said.

Sgt. Coleton Jones of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101 Airborne Division, center, meets reenactors at a community event at the Bastogne Barracks in Bastogne, Belgium. The event took place before the parade commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the World War II Battle of the Bulge. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt, Erica Earl)

Sgt. Coleton Jones of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101 Airborne Division, center, meets reenactors at a community event at the Bastogne Barracks in Bastogne, Belgium. The event took place before the parade commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the World War II Battle of the Bulge. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt, Erica Earl)

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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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Lamar Alexander says The Best-Kept Secret in Washington is Record Funding for National Laboratories, Supercomputing, Biomedical Research

 

U.S. SenateOak Ridge, TN – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on Friday, December 6th, 2019, told members of the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) that “the best-kept secret in Washington is record funding for our national laboratories, supercomputing and biomedical research.”

“Last year, Congress sent a total of $4.6 billion to the Oak Ridge complex – which funds the nation’s largest science and engineering laboratory, Y-12, which is building the largest federal construction project in Tennessee since World War II, and the best federal environmental cleanup program in the country,” Senator Alexander said.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Veterans Day History

 

U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsWashington, D.C. – World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France

However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11th, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58am, on November 11th, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities. This photo was taken at 10:58am, on November 11th, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

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Austin Peay State University study abroad program sending students to live in Victorian manor outside of London

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – If you take the train an hour north from London to the town of Grantham, where Sir Isaac Newton once studied, you’ll discover an ornate Victorian estate hidden deep in the countryside that’s often compared to fictional places like Downton Abbey and Hogwarts.

This is Harlaxton Manor, a house surrounded by lush gardens and green lawns so wide that the Royal Air Force landed bombers on the property during World War II. (APSU)

This is Harlaxton Manor, a house surrounded by lush gardens and green lawns so wide that the Royal Air Force landed bombers on the property during World War II. (APSU)

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Normandy Project LLC announces upcoming screening of The Girl Who Wore Freedom in Clarksville Tennessee

 

The Girl Who Wore FreedomClarksville, TN – As Americans, we probably know more about World War II than any other war in our history. We have heard about D-Day from movies and stories told by our soldiers who landed on the beaches and parachuted into pastures and towns to fight for France. They fought and died to liberate men, women, and children from enemy forces.

The Girl Who Wore Freedom screening to be Sunday, September 22nd, at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Library.

The Girl Who Wore Freedom screening to be Sunday, September 22nd, at the Clarksville-Montgomery County Library.

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From Past to Present the Fort Campbell’s 506th Are Training for Success

 

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Little Falls, MN – “From the start, unit history is instilled in the Soldiers of Fort Campbell,” said 2nd Lt. Zachary Slavich, one of the newest officers to join the ranks of the 506th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

Slavich completed Ranger School in April 2019, and was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) of the 506th Infantry Regiment.

2nd Lt. Zachary Slavich, of Davis, Calif., a Soldier with the 506th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, is a platoon leader during an eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) rotation at Camp Ripley, Minn., on July 26, 2019.  (Iowa National Guard photo by Spc. Jonathan Perdelwitz)

2nd Lt. Zachary Slavich, of Davis, Calif., a Soldier with the 506th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, is a platoon leader during an eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) rotation at Camp Ripley, Minn., on July 26, 2019. (Iowa National Guard photo by Spc. Jonathan Perdelwitz)

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APSU names 2019 Alumni Award Winners

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – This November, during the Austin Peay State University (APSU) 2019 Homecoming celebration, the University will honor six distinguished individuals with this year’s APSU Alumni Awards.

The 2019 honorees are Outstanding Service Award recipients Dee Boaz and Shan Smith (’78); Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipients Catie Clinard (’11) and Bryan Johnson (’04); and Outstanding Alumni Award recipients Khandra Smalley (’05) and Richard Bibb (’65).

The campus of Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

The campus of Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

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