Tenn. National Guard Soldiers to receive Adjutant General’s Ribbon for Valor

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | 1:38pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn.– Four Soldiers assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Detachment, 117 Military Police Battalion based in Athens, Tenn., are scheduled to receive the Adjutant General’s Ribbon for Valor Saturday, October 21st at the National Guard Armory there.

Spc. Charles Woods, of Chickamauga, Ga.; Spc. Nakita Huffman, of Lenoir City, Tenn.; Spc. Matthew Long, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Sgt. Chris Galyon, of Kingston, Tenn., will be presented the award by Maj. General Max Haston, the Adjutant General for the Tennessee National Guard.

On November 4, 2016, while traveling to the Volunteer Training Site in Tullahoma, Tenn., the group of Soldiers witnessed a vehicle crash along I-24 and were the first to respond to the incident. The Soldiers directed other vehicles away from the crash site. They kept the injured occupants calm while waiting for emergency responders to arrive. They also assisted the emergency responders with removing the victims from the vehicle, placing them on stretchers and into the ambulance.

WHO:                     4 Soldiers with HHD, 117th Military Police Battalion

WHAT:                   Receiving the Adjutant General’s Ribbon for Valor

WHEN:                   Saturday, October 21st at 3:30 PM EST

WHERE:                  National Guard Armory at 413 Co Road 554, Athens, TN 37303


The Tennessee National Guard Adjutant General’s Ribbon for Valor

Above: The Tennessee National Guard Adjutant General’s Ribbon for Valor is awarded by the Adjutant General to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces associated with the Tennessee National Guard who distinguished themselves in an act of saving or attempting to save another person’s life. The award can be earned regardless if the individual was on duty with the Guard or not, or whether or not the individual was in personal danger. Performance should be clearly an unselfish reaction to an emergency.


If you are interested in attending the presentation, please contact the Tennessee National Guard Public Affairs Office at 615-313-0838.