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Military Matters

Navy base to host Sexual Assault Awareness Month Walk

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MILLINGTON — Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South has announced that Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month will take place during the month of April and will feature the 4th Annual Lance Cpl. Suzanne Collins Lantern Procession on April 6. The event is open to the public and does not require base access. It will be […]

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Marine Corps League to honor 50th anniversary of Bartlett hero’s death

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The Sgt Walter K. Singleton Detachment #476 Marine Corps League will host a special remembrance ceremony on the 50th anniversary of when Singleton died. The St. Walter K. Singleton Memorial Day will be at 11 a.m. March 25 at Veterans Park in Bartlett. The park is adjacent to W.J. Freeman Park at the corner of […]

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Marines honor their own for 99th birthday

The Bartlett Walter K. Singleton Marine Corps League celebrated a Marine veteran’s 99th birthday with him Monday. The Pipe and Drum Band and rows of Marines in dress blue were there to honor Louis J. Lenti, a Bartlett resident. Lenti, a former Marine, was a private first class who joined before World War II and […]

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American Legion Post 249 encourages Bartlett’s honoring of veterans

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Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. In the mid-1980s a group of concerned and proud veterans would meet in various places in the Bartlett area to discuss their military experiences and issues facing veterans. Veterans like Stanley Hushen Jr., William […]

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Honoring our vets

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The Mid-South honored its veterans with celebrations the week of Nov. 11. ABOVE: Tony Looney, at left, and Mr. McCaskey joined other veterans, their families and other citizens in Bartlett at the 2016 Veterans Day service. They were attending the event in Veterans Park, located at the corner of Bartlett Road and Bartlett Boulevard, at […]

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At a Glance for Nov. 10, 2016

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Bartlett to honor vets in Nov. 11 ceremony Mayor A. Keith McDonald and the Bartlett Board of Aldermen invite the public to attend Bartlett’s Veterans Day Ceremony in Veterans Park, located at the corner of Bartlett Road and Bartlett Boulevard, at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11. Citizens wanting to purchase bricks at the park […]

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Marine reflects on being drone operator

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For five years, Sgt. Christopher Braddock called the United States Marine Corps home. He worked multiple jobs for the Corps before he was finally assigned to operate a Silver Fox UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). Braddock enjoyed flying drones while he was in the Marine Corps and felt he was doing something important for his fellow […]

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$19.25M of West TN Veterans Home funds raised to date

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From the rattle of pocket change hitting a Mason jar to corporate checks so big they ought to be printed on poster board and photographed for posterity, the West Tennessee Veterans Home Project in Arlington is accepting all the generous support local residents want to give. “This is definitely going to happen,” said Holly Swogger, […]

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Millington to host Veteran’s Parade Nov. 5

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The part of Shelby County known for a strong history of involvement with the military brought back a tradition in 2014 to recognize veterans. The Third Annual Millington Veteran’s Day Parade is scheduled to be held Nov. 5 starting at 10:30 a.m. Back in 2014, the parade returned to Flag City after nearly 40 years. […]

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Eagle project raises more than $16,000 for ‘Trip of Honor’

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The American Flag is a symbol of freedom and hope around the world. It’s why 15-year-old Wesley Miller of Troop 331 in Collierville dedicated his Eagle Scout Project to it, while raising an additional $16,000 to send World War II veterans back to the lands where they fought. Miller’s project was two-fold. First, he erected […]

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Fighter pilot battles through adversity to become highly decorated colonel

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Despite diminishing most of his ability to hear, fighter planes provided Col. Elmer Follis Jr. a life stocked with precision, valor and honor. As a pilot for the U.S. Air Force, Follis flew 400 combat missions in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Many of these missions were flown in his F-100 Super Sabre nicknamed Full […]

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Army strong: Life lessons from service and Iraq sharp veteran Billy Wingo

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If you are a regular at the French Riviera Fitness on Poplar Ave. in Memphis, Billy Wingo hitting the weights and building up a sweat is a common sight. The retired Army Captain really didn’t pay attention to his physical fitness growing up in Trezevant, Tenn., a few miles north of Jackson. The Trezevant High […]

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