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Military Matters

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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Sailor’s wartime photos and novelized memoir captures Afghanistan traumas

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MEMPHIS—Navy photographer John Allen Collins went into combat armed with a camera, and weapons were secondary things he only used for self-defense. He recalls hearing a bullet whizzing by his head, looking down and seeing part of his camera shattered. It had deflected that bullet. He returned home to the Spring Lake community of Memphis […]

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It’s official: Arlington’s the site for veterans’ home

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Tennessee’s Veterans Home Board planned to announce on Tuesday the acquisition of an Arlington site for the long-anticipated West Tennessee Veterans Home. At press time, the announcement had not yet been released. The facility will have 144 beds, offer nursing and rehab therapy, and provide long-term care if needed. It will be built on about […]

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We remember: Bartlett honors fallen military veterans

Veterans, their families, city leaders, active military personnel and other citizens gathered for the annual ceremony at Veterans Park in Bartlett Monday to mark Memorial Day. It is the only holiday solely dedicated to those who gave their lives in American military service. We honor and remember those who did not come home. (Editor’s note: […]

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Arlington midshipman to serve aboard the USS Chung Hoon

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Navy Midshipman Michael Parker from Arlington participated in the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) ship selection draft as a future member of the U.S. Navy’s Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) community. More than 280 midshipmen at 70 NROTC units around the country have selected to serve in the Navy as surface warfare officers. Each selecting […]

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Sen. Alexander: Obama’s budget is bad for defense

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) told the Tennessee National Guard on March 12 he would work to restore critical funding for the Guard that was not included in President Barack Obama’s proposed budget. “Unfortunately, the president’s budget goes in exactly the wrong direction for our country’s defense. Every year, the president zeroes […]

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Memories draw visitors to The Wall

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A 360-foot-long exhibit known as The Vietnam Traveling Tribute, “The Wall,” was a major draw for last weekend’s Mid-South Military History & Civil War Show at the Agricenter Show Place Arena in Cordova. The Wall was open to the public at no charge, 24/7. It contains the names of 58,272 deceased military veterans. (Click here […]

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