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  • 100 Woman Walk and Roll Women's Veteran's Day

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jun 1, 2024

    The Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System and Women’s Health will be hosting a 100 Woman Walk and Roll Women's Veteran’s Day celebration on June 12th, 2024 starting at 10:00 a.m. CST. Female Veterans will participate in a ½-mile or 1-mile walk around the Tuskegee campus. Once they cross the finish line, they will receive flowers for their time, dedication and the sacrifices that they made while serving our country. For registration, visit the web site at: https://tinyurl.com/woman For answ...

  • Honroing Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jun 1, 2024

    Major Lee Jamerson Stuckey: Age: 44 Major Lee Jamerson Stuckey served 22 years with 6+ years as an Enlisted Infantryman and 16+ years as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) as an Enlisted Marine was a Machine Gunner, and once commissioned he served as a Logistics Officer with various leadership billets throughout his career. He received the following medals, decorations, citations and ribbons: Purple Heart (for wounds received in Iraq in...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jun 1, 2024

    Major Lee Jamerson Stuckey: Age: 44 Major Lee Jamerson Stuckey served 22 years with 6+ years as an Enlisted Infantryman and 16+ years as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) as an Enlisted Marine was a Machine Gunner, and once commissioned he served as a Logistics Officer with various leadership billets throughout his career. He received the following medals, decorations, citations and ribbons: Purple Heart (for wounds received in Iraq in...

  • Military Marker Installation for PFC Edward L. Chappell

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jun 1, 2024

    On May 19, 2024, a grave marker was installed for Private First Class (PFC) Edward L. Chappell who was killed in action March 17, 1969 serving in the US Army 191 Light Artillery (BDE) Field Artillery in combat in Quang Ngai, Vietnam, during Vietnam War. PFC Chappell was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. The upright grave marker was installed in a ceremony in the Greater Mallards Chapel AME Church Cemetery in...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jun 1, 2024

    Chief Master Sergeant Dr. Beverly Hill: Age 64 Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt) Dr. Beverly Hill served 26 years in the U. S. Air Force. Her Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) included: (1) Administrative Specialist for 21 years, (2) special duty as a Professional Military Education Instructor and Manager for four years, (3) returning to her AFSC as Air Combat Command Information Management Inspector General Chief Enlisted Manager and finally as (4) Defense Attaché's Office Operations Coordinator in...

  • Three WWII Combat Veterans Celebrate Birthdays!

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jun 1, 2024

    Two WWII veterans celebrated their 99th birthdays during May. Charles E. Lynn will celebrated his birthday May 23, 2024, and Joseph Simon celebrated his birthday May 29, 2024. Lynn joined the United States Army Air Corps and served as a gunner in a turret in the bottom of B17's flying 35 missions from England over Germany without injury. Lynn states, "I served my country. I would do it again." Joseph Simon served in the U. S. Army as a combat engineer and demolition expert in New Guinea and the...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|May 1, 2024

    Col Stefan Eisen Jr.: Age 69 Col Stefan Eisen Jr. served 30 years in the U.S. Air Force. His Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) included: (1) Fighter/Instructor Pilot (Other) for fifteen years, (2) Academic Instructor at Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College for five years, (3) Support Commander for eight years and (4) Commander: Pilot Training for two years. His distinguished service included his being awarded the following medals, citations, badges and...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|May 1, 2024

    Sergeant Edwin Lloyd Faulkner: Age 77 Sergeant (Sgt) Edwin Lloyd Faulkner served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Machine Gunner (331). He received the following medals, awards, citations and ribbons: Purple Heart Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one star, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and Rifle Sharpshooter Badge. Sgt Faulkner...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|May 1, 2024

    Sergeant Edwin Lloyd Faulkner: Age 77 Sergeant (Sgt) Edwin Lloyd Faulkner served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Machine Gunner (331). He received the following medals, awards, citations and ribbons: Purple Heart Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one star, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and Rifle Sharpshooter Badge. Sgt Faulkner...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Apr 1, 2024

    Col john William Schmidt: age 76 Col John William Schmidt served 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) included: (1) Infantry Officer for 24 years and seven months, (2) Ground Officer, Colonel, three years one month and (3) Public Affairs Office, 11 years two months. Col Schmidt participated in Operations Against Viet Cong Forces in the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) and in Operation Desert Shield/Storm. This valiant Marine received the following medals,...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Apr 1, 2024

    Col Denny Rea: age 70 On September 11, 2001, Col Denny Rea was stationed at Luke Air Force Base, AZ, as the commander in charge of 10,000 US Air Force personnel while the Wing commander was away, as the disastrous events of that day unfolded on the east coast. He saw his teams react as they had been trained which was to load aircraft with weapons, fly 24-hour air patrols over the southwestern United States, work with the City of Glendale for local security, rapidly set-up an off-base dispensary...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Apr 1, 2024

    Aviation Machinist Mate James L. Tatum: Age 100 Aviation Machinist Mate (AMM) James L. Tatum served three years,11 months and two days in the U.S. Navy during WWII. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was airplane mechanic and aerial gunner. His Naval unit received the Presidential Unit Citation. His entire Naval service was in the Pacific Ocean where he was aboard aircraft carriers in the battles at Tarawa, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Saipan, Guam and Leyte. AMM Tatum was born December 29, 1923...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Apr 1, 2024

    Captain James Edward Klingler: Age 78 Captain James Edward Klingler served three years in the U.S. Army including one hazardous tour in Vietnam. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Field Artillery. He received the following medals, decorations, badges and ribbons: Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Overseas Bar (one), and Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 DVC, Bronze Start Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with VDC. Captain Klingler was born February...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Apr 1, 2024

    Sergeant First Class James Edward Pierson: Age 67 Sergeant First Class (SFC) James Edward Pierson served 29 years in the military including 15.5 years in active duty in the U.S. Army and 14 years in the National Guard. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Unit Level Communications Systems Circuit Controller with Radio Repair and Water Treatment Specialist. He received the following decorations, medals, badges and citations: Army Good Conduct Medal, (5th award), NCO/ Professional Develop...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Apr 1, 2024

    Colonel Dr Patricia Thomas: Age 50 Col Dr Patricia Thomas is currently serving honorably and consistently for the past 27 years. Her military service includes 15 years on Active Duty (1996-2011) in the U.S. Air Force, and 12 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve (2011-present). Her Air Force Service Code (AFSC) is Acquisition Contracting. She is a recipient of the fifth highest ranking U.S. military honor, Defense Superior Service Medal. The Defense Superior Service Medal (DSSM) is a military...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Apr 1, 2024

    Sergeant First Class Eddie Frank Harris: Age 66 Sergeant First Class (SFC) Eddie Frank Harris served 20 years in the U.S. Military including four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and 16 years in the U.S. Army. While serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, his Military field includes ground forces who are trained to locate and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver or repel their assault by fire and close combat. These roles all require high levels of fitness, mental toughness, and tactical abilities....

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Apr 1, 2024

    Tech Sergeant Donald Allen Heil: Age 76 Tech Sergeant (TSgt) Donald Allen Heil served 23 years in the U.S. Air Force. His Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) was Telephone Technician Specialist. During his entire military service, he worked as a liaison with the cities where the military bases were located wherever that he served setting up the communications systems. He received the following medals, decorations, citations and ribbons: Air Force Good Conduct Medal with Bronze and Silver Stars, Air...

  • 2024 National Vietnam War Veterans Day Ceremony

    Martha Poole Simmons|Apr 1, 2024

    The 2024 National Vietnam War Veterans Day Ceremony was held at 10:00 a.m. at the VVA Memorial Garden in the Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery, AL, on March 29, 2024. Members of Chapter 607 Vietnam Veterans of America conducted the ceremony led by its President, Jessie Donaldson. John Eidsmoe served as Master of Ceremonies. After the Pledge of Allegiance to America’s flag, the National Anthem was sung by all who were present followed by a solo of “Mansions of the Lord” sung by Bill Thomas. Presi...

  • National Vietnam War Veterans Day: March 29, 2024

    Martha Poole Simmons|Mar 1, 2024

    National Vietnam War Veterans Day will be observed at a ceremony at the Montgomery, AL, Vietnam Veterans' Memorial near the Harrison Road entrance at Greenwood Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. on March 29, 2024. This ceremony will provide a way to thank and honor our nation's Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. The Vietnam War Commemoration honors Armed Forces personnel with active duty service between Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location of service which...

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    Martha Poole Simmons|Mar 1, 2024

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  • Veterans' Birthdays for March 2024

    Martha Poole Simmons|Mar 1, 2024

    Norma Lynn Lundy - March 4th Larry Patrick Cornwell - March 17th Tamara McClendon - March 18th John Michael Jeffries - March 20th Margaret Leah Compton - March 29th Gerald May - March 29th...

  • In Memory

    Martha Poole Simmons|Mar 1, 2024

    Lt. Col Melvin G. Cooper served during WWII and the Korean War. He passed away February 28, 2024....

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Mar 1, 2024

    Staff Sergeant Preston Frazier Jr.: Age 67 Staff Sergeant (SSgt) Preston Frazer Jr. served 17 years in the U.S. Air Force. His Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) was fuel specialist in which he sampled the fuel for everything requiring fuel at an Air Force base. He also worked in electrical maintenance of flight simulators and counter measures. He received the following medals, awards, citations and decorations: Air Force Commendation Medal and Good Conduct Medal. SSgt Frazier was born October 8,...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Mar 1, 2024

    Tech Sergeant Willie James Rogers: Age: 72 Tech Sergeant (TSgt) Willie James Rogers served 20 years in the U.S Air Force. His Air Force Service Code (AFSC) was: (1) Disaster Preparedness for 14 years and five months and (2) Fire Protection Specialist for five years and seven months. He received the following medals, awards, decorations, and ribbons: Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Good Conduct Medal...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Mar 1, 2024

    Master Sergeant Waldo Allison Spencer III: Age 90 Master Sergeant Waldo Allison Spencer III (MSgt) served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. His Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) was Flight Facilities Equipment Technician for a major portion of his career. His military service included three temporary assignments in Vietnam. He received the following medals, citations, awards, and decorations: Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal,...

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