Michelle Leibold and her sister Amy Lawrence take a moment to honor the memory of their father, Major Michael R. Lawrence. He was among the 258 Fort Campbell soldiers who died when their plane crashed in Newfoundland in 1985
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says there are encouraging signs of progress against the Ebola virus in West Africa, and he says the U.S. military can take some credit for containing it.
Hagel told a group of 101st Airborne Division soldiers Monday that it is too early to say when the U.S. military's Ebola mission in Liberia and Senegal will be finished.
He said, "We're not at the end yet."
Hagel toured the pre-deployment training that is given to soldiers before they go to West Africa. The soldiers are providing logistics and other support there but are not in direct contact with people infected with the virus. Nevertheless, soldiers are required to undergo 21 days of quarantine upon their return.
Tennessee's top health department official is recommending that Fort Campbell use the state lab facility for testing for specific diseases, including Ebola.
Dr. John Dreyzehner, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health, told a round table discussion at the military post that the state lab is close to Fort Campbell and could provide assistance.
Some Fort Campbell troops recently deployed, as the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) assumed a role as the Headquarters Unit for the military mission in Liberia. The troops joined soldiers from all five services who are providing engineering, health care training and logistical support to USAID, the armed forces of Liberia and the government of Liberia.
The round table was held between military and civilian health administrators at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell.
A partnership between the local utility and state and federal government will build Kentucky’s largest solar array at Fort Campbell. The solar array will cover about 20 acres at the army base, and will produce five megawatts of power.
Kenya Stump, Kentucky’s assistant director of the Division of Renewable Energy, said five megawatts is enough energy to power about 500 homes.
The array will sit on an abandoned landfill, Stump said.
“The landfill itself wasn’t in a position to be utilized since it was already capped and just sitting there, so they had space,” Stump said. “So the array actually fits perfectly with the abandoned landfill.”
She said it’s only one example of using brownfields sites to spur renewable energy development, which is an initiative the Environmental Protection Agency has been working on for awhile. And in Kentucky, it’s becoming more feasible.
“I think as the price of solar is dropping, I think we’re starting to see a little bit more demand from the consumers to utilize solar resources,” Stump said.
About 20 soldiers from Fort Campbell and Fort Knox who've been wounded or injured or who are ill are riding bicycles from one post to the other this week.
Warrior Transition Battalion physical therapist Rebecca Murphy is one of the event coordinators. She says while the soldiers will be pedaling the 164 miles, their cadre and chain of command will be with them, pedaling alongside them.
Murphy says biking gives soldiers obvious health benefits of physical activity and positive social interaction with other riders. She says it also relieves stress.
Soldiers from two 101st Airborne Division Brigades from Fort Campbell and from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, will deploy to Afghanistan. The deployment will include about 3,600 personnel.
The Defense Department said the deployment involves about 1,000 soldiers from the 1st Brigade and about 900 from the 3rd Brigade from Fort Campbell and about 1,725 from the 82nd Airborne Division.
The military said the deployments are to take place in the fall.
A new stretch of highway connecting Kentucky Routes 220 and 313 in Hardin County has been named in honor of Specialist Nathaniel D. Garvin.
Garvin, a Radcliff native, died in Kandahar, Afghanistan two days shy of his 21st birthday in July 2010. He repaired electronics and avionics systems for the Army and had been assigned to Fort Campbell.
When he died, he left behind a wife and two children.
A dedication was held Friday to mark the occasion after the Kentucky General Assembly passed a joint resolution honoring Garvin earlier this year.
An Army officer and his veteran father have an unusual bond for Father's Day.
Lt. Col. Patrick Harkins and his dad, retired Col. Bob Harkins have led the same unit into combat four decades apart. Patrick Harkins took the unit known as the Rakkasans from Fort Campbell, Kentucky into battle in Afghanistan. Bob Harkins led the same unit into combat in Operation Apache Snow, better known as the Battle of Hamburger Hill, in Vietnam in 1969.
While the military has long had family legacies — and featured them prominently in Father's Day celebrations — the Harkins' achievements stand out. Capt. Charles Emmons, a spokesman for the brigade, said it appears to be the first time a father and son have commanded the same unit decades apart.
Military veterans taking part in the 'Ride 2 Recovery' program take a moment to visit with WKU Public Radio during a lunch break in Cave City
The journey across Kentucky continues Thursday morning for 150 military veterans taking part in the Ride 2 Recovery Bluegrass Challenge.
Dan Wermuth was an avid cyclist growing up. But a broken back suffered during the Vietnam War kept him away from the bike for years. That was until a Ride 2 Recovery event came through the Florida town in which he was living. Since then, he’s taken part in 10 rides, but many of his fellow cyclists are much younger veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I have a lot of connection with them because…especially coming from the era that I did – they didn’t appreciate us so much when we came home. That’s an understatement. We will not let that happen for our young guys,” said Wermuth.