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Military Matters

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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News Roundup for Jan. 7, 2015

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Specialty license plate available to honor veterans NASHVILLE — Paying tribute to Tennessee’s veterans, state Senator and physician Mark Green recently kicked off the specialty automobile plate sales program to assist with funding mental health services for military veterans. “Our men and women make an incredible sacrifice to serve our nation. The specialty tag program […]

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Airman, son complete 170-mile run in Germany

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — It started as part of a unit competition to run over 100 miles in a month in order to earn a day off from duty. One airman decided to take the competition a step further and ran the 84 mile distance to Frankfurt and back — one Saturday at a time. Staff […]

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Proud service

Bartlett honors the service of its military veterans each year with a formal ceremony in Veterans Park. The Appling Middle School Band performed as part of the service on Nov. 11.

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Family celebrates life of fallen Marine hero

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The family of a Bartlett native, the late Sgt. Walter K. Singleton, gathered in his honor at the recent USMC birthday ball hosted by the Marine Corps League that bears his name. Attendees at the 240th annual event included his extended family (shown at left): Front row, Dawn Hunter and Cindy Singleton; second row, Richard […]

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Honorable service

Veterans were honored with multiple ceremonies this week and last in the greater Bartlett area.

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Veterans deserve our support for their service

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One of my pet peeves is politicians and others who confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. This Veterans Day, watch for well-meaning, but mistaken, email and social media blasts giving thanks “to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and paid the ultimate price.” That’s sentiment best saved for Memorial Day when, in May of each […]

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