NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of U.S. Army Sergeant Eric Houck, 25, of Baltimore, Maryland, Sergeant William Bays, 29, of Barstow, California and Sergeant Dillon Baldridge, 22, of Youngsville, North Carolina. The Fort Campbell soldiers were serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel when they were killed on June 10.
Friday, June 16, 2017 | 3:06pm
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | 1:23pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant William O’Kieff of Murfreesboro, who was presumably killed on November 27, 1970 along with five other American crew members, 73 Republic of South Vietnam service members and their wives and children. O’Kieff was assigned to 19th Tactical Airlift Squadron, 315th Tactical Airlift Wing and was serving in support of the Vietnam War when the C-123K carrying the Americans and South Vietnamese passengers crashed. The Flight Engineer from Middle Tennessee was 38-years old at the time of the crash. The cause of the crash has not been determined.
Wednesday, June 07, 2017 | 5:56pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of United States Army Private First Class Reece Gass of Greeneville who was presumably killed on January 14, 1945, but was not identified until 2016. Gass was serving with Company E, 33rd Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Division in Belgium during World War II when he was killed in action when enemy fire destroyed his tank.
An American investigator recovered the remains of a soldier from a tank in Belgium in 1947, but repeated attempts to identify the remains were unsuccessful. The Greene County native was buried in a grave marked Unknown X-5867 Neuville in the U.S. Military Cemetery Hamm, Luxembourg with a headstone that read “Here Rests in Honored Glory a Comrade in Arms Known but to God.”
Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 1:41pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee Military Department Adjutant General, Major General Terry “Max” Haston paid tribute to five service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the state’s Memorial Day service today.
Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 2:14pm
On May 11, 2017, the inaugural class of the Leadership Academy for Excellence in Disability Services graduated. The Academy was created by the Council on Developmental Disabilities in partnership with the TN Department of Human Resources (who also organized and conducted the Academy). The curriculum and leadership competencies were developed by leadership from all participating agencies (the Council, Dept. of Human Resources, Bureau of TennCare, Dept. of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, Dept. of Education, Dept. of Health, Department of Human Services & Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Department of Veterans Services, and the Commission on Aging & Disability). Click here to see the list of graduating participants.
Monday, April 24, 2017 | 5:17pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of Specialist Jeremy Tomlin of Chapel Hill, Tenn. The Marshall County U.S. Army soldier was working as a crew chief and training in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter when it crashed on Monday, April 17, 2017 in Leornardtown, Md. Tomlin was pronounced dead at the scene and two other crew members were critically injured. Tomlin,22, was assigned to “C” Company, 12th Aviation Battalion out of Fort Belvoir, Va.
”Jeremy was a son, brother and husband who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country,” Haslam said. “We pause to remember this young Tennessee soldier killed in the line of duty and as a state we offer our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones.”
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 | 10:33am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder addressed more than 100 representatives from more than 40 higher education campuses for the second Statewide Veteran Education Academy hosted at Middle Tennessee State University today.
”Student veterans enrich the campuses across the state with their life experiences, leadership, wisdom, commitment and determination to persevere,” Haslam said. “This population is a critical piece of our Drive to 55 initiative to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary degree or credential to 55 percent by 2025.”
Monday, March 06, 2017 | 2:15pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder will host more than 100 attendees from more than 40 Tennessee higher education campuses at the second Statewide Veteran Education Academy on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m at Middle Tennessee State University. The Veteran Education Academy is an event designed to strengthen the network and information sharing among campuses committed to recruit, retain and support student Veterans through to graduation.
Monday, February 06, 2017 | 8:08am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Leaders of the Tennessee Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy will conduct an informational session at 6:00-7:00p.m., CST, on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the 117th Regional Training Institute, Tennessee Army National Guard, 618 Fitzhugh Blvd., in Smyrna.
Thursday, February 02, 2017 | 2:47pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Early last year Governor Bill Haslam, Deputy Governor Jim Henry, Commissioner of Children's Services Bonnie Hommrich and Major General Max Haston announced that Tennessee is the latest state to be approved by the Department of Defense for a National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | 12:12pm
NASHVILLE – In a luncheon at the Tennessee Residence today, Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam honored 23 state employees for their exceptional service to the state and their fellow Tennesseans. This is the second group of state employees receiving the Governor’s Excellence in Service Awards, a program Gov. Haslam launched in 2016 to honor outstanding state employees. Great service in state government is like great service anywhere – the key ingredient is great employees,” Gov. Haslam said. “The 23 state employees receiving this honor are on the front lines of what we do, leading the effort to help us make Tennessee the best managed state in the nation. I appreciate all the work they and other state employees do to help make Tennessee the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
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Monday, November 14, 2016 | 2:42pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of United States Army Private First Class William W. Cowan of White House, Tenn. who was presumably killed during the Korean War in 1951, but whose remains had not been identified until 2016. Cowan was assigned to “M” Company, 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division when he went missing after an attack near Hoengsong, South Korean on February 12, 1951. He was 19 years old when he was listed as missing in action.
Service members captured by enemy forces and later released reported that Cowan died as a prisoner of war (POW at Camp 1 in Changsong, North Korea in May 1951. Remains were recovered from the camp on September 7, 1954 but were declared unidentifiable and transferred to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, where Cowan was buried as X-14230.
Monday, November 07, 2016 | 10:00am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston from the Tennessee Military Department to recognize five veteran state employees and more than 503,000 Tennessee veterans of all ages and eras. The Governor’s Veterans Day event was held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza in downtown Nashville.
“There are 2,425 veterans working in state government and more than 503,000 living in Tennessee,” Haslam said. “We are grateful that many of these men and women have brought their most positive attributes of military service to help lead and transform state government.”
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 9:26am
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 10:00am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder were joined by several federal, state and local officials today as they broke ground on the Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads. U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN), State Rep. Steve McDaniel (R-Parkers Crossroads), State Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville), Parkers Crossroads Mayor Kenneth Kizer, Henderson County Mayor Dan Hughes and the Friends of the Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads also participated in the special ceremony.
The 132-acre cemetery will be located at 693 Wildersville Road and will serve more than 45,000 veterans and their families within 17 counties in west Tennessee.