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  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Nov 1, 2023

    Lt Col Stephen Montgomery Davis: Age 57 Lt Col Stephen M. Davis served 20 years in the United States Air Force. His Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC) were engineer and program manager throughout his military career. He worked as Acquisition Manager for 11 years, as Executive Officer above Wing Level for one year and Development Engineer for eight years. Lt Col Davis received the following medals, decorations, citations, and awards: Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Air Forc...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Oct 1, 2023

    The valiant veteran, Col Henry P. Fowler, served 26 years in the united States Air Force. As a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, he was shot down, captured and survived six years as a POW in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. His Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) was fighter pilot and Staff Judge Advocate. His 19 medals, decorations, ribbons and citations included: Silver Stars (two), the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Hearts (two) and Air Medals (three). He was selected as...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Oct 1, 2023

    COL MICHAEL VERNE CHURCH: AGE 74 Col Michael Verne Church served 30 years in the United States Army. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Light Infantry. His medals, awards, citations, and decorations included: Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2nd award), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Award (4th award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd award), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2nd award), Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Oct 1, 2023

    TECH SERGEANT KENNETH ALLEN JACKSON Tech Sergeant (TSgt) Kenneth Allen Jackson served four years on active duty with the United States Air Force and 20 years in the Alabama Air Force National Guard. His Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) was Administrative Specialist. He received the following medals, decorations and awards: Air Force Good Conduct Award, Outstanding Unit Award, National Defense Service Award and Small Arms Expert Marksman Medal. TSgt Jackson was born December 23, 1944 to his...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Oct 1, 2023

    IN MEMORY OF: EVERETT K. COLE March 7, 1949 - September 1, 2023 Lance Corporal (Ret.) Everett K. Cole left this world suddenly on Friday evening, 9/1/2023. He was 74 years old. He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Alice Law Cole, daughters Tina Cole Campbell, Meloney (Eric) Gwin, and Helen Diboll as well as grandchildren, nieces, great nieces, nephews, uncle and cousins. He was a man who loved his family, friends and his country. He enjoyed being a Marine and loved God. A Celebration was held...

  • Honoring our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Sep 1, 2023

    Captain Jerry L. Gantt, Naval Aviator Captain Jerry L. Gantt served five years on active duty in the U.S. Navy and 25 years in the Naval Air Reserve. His Navy Designator was 1325, Naval Flight Officer. His military medals, decorations and awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with gold star, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy "E" Ribbon (five awards), National Defense Medal with bronze star, Humanitarian Service Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service...

  • Honoring our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Sep 1, 2023

    1st Sgt. Sandra Dee Lucas 1st Sgt. Sandra Lucas served 20 years in the U.S. military including four years in the Navy reaching the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class and 16 years in the Alabama Army National Guard. Her Navy Enlisted was a Specialist (46S). Some of her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with Triple Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Navy Achievement...

  • Honoring our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Sep 1, 2023

    LtCol Mark Stephen Barnhart: Age 69 LtCol Mark Stephen Barnhart served 26.5 years in the United States Marine Corps. He served as a Naval Flight Officer flying F-4 Phantoms and F/A-18D Hornets with 3900 flight hours in fighter jets. His major squadron billets included Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer and Commanding Officer. LtCol Barnhart was the director of day one flight training (Aviation Preflight Indoctrination) for the Naval Aviation Schools Command at Naval Air Station...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Aug 1, 2023

    Specialist Antonio Renard Whetstone: Age 38 Specialist (SPC) Antonio Renard Whetstone served three years and 11 months in the U.S. Army. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was truck driver in motor transport. His medals, awards, citations and decorations included: Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (4th award), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device, Combat Action Badge, Driver and Mechanic with Driver-wheeled vehicles...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Aug 1, 2023

    Master Sergeant Thomas Charles Ford: Age: 84 Master Sergeant (MSgt) Thomas Charles Ford served 20 years in the United States Air Force, and his Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) was medical technician. He received the Good Conduct Medal three times, the Unit Citation and the Meritorious Service Medal. MSgt Ford was born October 21, 1938 to his parents, Thomas Edward and Julia Ford at Antigo, Wisconsin. Although he dropped out of high school at age 18 and entered military service, he received a...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Aug 1, 2023

    Lt. Col George Robert Partridge Lt. Col George Robert Partridge served 33 years in the U.S. Military including seven months enlisted in the Marine Corps Air Reserve and 32 years in the U.S. Air Force including four years as enlisted and 28 years as an officer. His Military Occupational Specialty Code (MOSC) was fighter pilot racking up more than 5,000 hours flying military aircraft. Lt. Col Partridge served three “temporary” tours for a total of 13 months in Vietnam. The F-100 Super Sabre,...

  • Annual Legislative Session Successful

    Steve Flowers|Aug 1, 2023

    The recently completed Regular Session of the Alabama legislature was a success. It began on a high note and ended positively. Why? There was plenty of money to spend. Both the General Fund Budget and the Education Budget had historic amounts of money. Most of the focus of the Session was on budgeting, as it should be, because that is the only constitutional mandate that the legislature is tasked with in the 105 day Regular Session. Gov. Kay Ivey laid out her agenda in her State of the State...

  • July 4, 1776 - Remembrance & Celebration

    Jul 1, 2023

    July 4, 1776 Remembrance & Celebration....

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jul 1, 2023

    1st Sergeant Gerald May: Age: 75 1st Sergeant Gerald May served 24 years in the U.S. Army. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) included: Air Traffic Control, Supply Specialist, Linguist, Interrogator, Personnel Specialist, Fighter, Door Gunner, and Rifleman. He received the following medals, awards, and decorations: Bronze Star Medal w/Combat Distinguished Device “V”, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal w/ Combat Distinguished Device...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jul 1, 2023

    Lieutenant Commander James Malcolm Levy: Age 75 Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) James Malcolm Levy served 20 years in the U.S. Navy. His designation after commissioning was as a Naval Aviator. During his service he had many administrative duties including flight instructor, Operations Officer and Executive Officer. He received the following medals, decorations and awards: Navy Expedition Medal (three awards), Navy Unit Commendation (two awards), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (three awards), Navy...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jun 1, 2023

    STAFF SERGEANT GEORGE WHITE JR. Staff Sergeant (SSgt) George White Jr. served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Warehouse Clerk for four years and General Wearhouse Stock Clerk for 16 years. His decorations, citations awards and medals included: Rifle Marksman Badge, Pistol Marksman Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal with four stars, Meritorious Masts (three), Letters of Appreciation, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jun 1, 2023

    CAPTAIN MICHAEL JEFFRIES Captain Michael Jeffries served 10 years in the U. S. Marine Corps. His MOS's were Huey Helicopter Pilot, Parachutist, Forward Air Controller and Cobra Helicopter Pilot. His decorations, ribbons, citations and medals included: National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three stars, Air Medal with 25 stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Navy Commendation Medal with "V", Meritorious Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation with one star, Vietnam...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Jun 1, 2023

    STAFF SERGEANT DORIS COBB NORRIS Staff Sergeant (SSG) Cobb Norris served six years in the United States Marine Corps, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant during her service to the U.S.A. Her Military Occupational Specialties focused on information technology as well as journalism and public relations. Throughout her military career, SSG Norris received a number of awards, yet the Good Conduct Medal appears to be her most prized honor. SSG Norris was born on June 10, 1928, the daughter of...

  • Flag Day - June 14

    Jun 1, 2023

    “And let us never forget in honoring our flag, we honor the American men and women who have courageously fought and died for it..." -President Ronald Reagan In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.[1] The Flag Resolution, passed on June 14, 1777, stated: "Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|May 1, 2023

    Col Douglas B. Cairns: Age 84 Col Douglas B. Cairns served for 30 years in the United States Air Force. His primary Air Force specialty was pilot and Director of Air Operations. He began his career with pilot training and then as a Flight Training Instructor. His variety of assignments included: F-4C/D/E fighter pilot and test pilot, Logistics Staff Officer, Air Operations Staff Officer, Planning and Programming Officer and Director of Operations. His final assignment was as Academic Program...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|May 1, 2023

    Rear Admiral William Kent Davis and Lieutenant Commander Lisa Renee Davis Rear Admiral (RDML) William Kent Davis served 30+ years in the United States military including 10 years in the U. S. Navy, 18 years in the U.S. Navy Reserve and two years in the U.S. Army. His Navy Occupational Specialty (NOS) was Public Affairs. His medals, decorations, citations and awards were: Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two), Meritorious Service Medal (three), Joint Service Commendation Medal,...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|May 1, 2023

    Command Chief Master Sergeant (CCM) David E. Headley Command Chief Master Sergeant (CCM) David E. Headley served 32 years in the United States Air Force Reserve. His Air force Specialty Code (AFSC) began as an administrative specialist with the 4th Air Postal and Courier Flight at Maxwell AFB Alabama. His other AFSCs included: Command and Control Technician, Intelligence Operations Superintendent and Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA). He also served as interim MAJCOM CCMSGT for the Air...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Apr 1, 2023

    Master Sergeant Kenneth W. Ragan: Age 93 Master Sergeant (MSGT) Kenneth W. Ragan served 23 years in the United States Air Force. His Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) was Plumber. He received the following awards, citations and medals: Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and Air Force Meritorious Unit Award. MSGT Ragan was born April 4, 1930 to his parents, G.D. Ragan and Fannie Lee Ragan, in Cuthbert, GA, in Randolph County where he was reared....

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Apr 1, 2023

    Petty Officer First Class Frank Stovall: Age 83 Petty Officer First Class (PO1) Frank Stovall served 20 years in the United States Navy. ,His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was Machinist Mate. He received the following decorations, awards, citations and medals: Good Conduct Medal, China Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Medal and two Vietnam Service Medals. PO1 Stovall was born April 2, 1939 at Montgomery, AL, to his parents, Clyde a...

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Martha Poole Simmons|Mar 1, 2023

    Master Sergeant George A. Hill: Age 79 Master Sergeant (MSgt) George A. Hill served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. His Air Force Specialty Code (811X2) Security Policeman. His awards, decorations, citations and medals included: Meritorious Service Medal with one device, Good Conduct Medal with five devices, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Medal with one device, NCO Professional Military Education Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service Award with four devices, National Defense Service Medal,...

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