131106-N-BD107-042 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 6, 2013) Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Dakota Holland, from Murray Ky., poses for a photo with a .50 caliber machine gun aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). Geo
131106-N-BD107-021 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Nov. 6, 2013) Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Dakota Holland, from Murray, Ky., reassembles a .50 caliber machine gun aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washin
For this Veteran's Day "Sounds Good" Kate Lochte speaks with a Navy man on active duty in the South China Sea, Dakota Holland. He's the son of Rachel Tubbs and David Holland of Murray. The Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee set up this conversation with Petty Officer Holland, now serving aboard the USS George Washington, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier home ported in Yokosuka, Japan. The carrier and its airwing provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the US and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Holland graduated from Calloway County High in 2011.
Giving Kentucky service members and their spouses the ability to cast absentee ballots electronically is the priority of the Kentucky State Senate heading into the 2013 legislative session, Senate President-elect Robert Stivers said on Monday.
Current and former military members can stay at Kentucky state parks for a discount starting Nov. 1. They will be able to stay in lodge rooms starting at $44.95 a night and cottages starting at $74.95 excluding tax. To get the discount, military members are required to have proof of their service at check-in. The discount will run through March 31. Through October, military members can get a 10 percent discount to camp or lodge in state parks.
Over 500 Kentucky National Guard members are on their way to the Horn of Africa. Soldiers from all over the state, including Paducah, Cadiz, Hopkinsville, Owensboro and Madisonville set out for a nine month deployment as part of the 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery.
Active duty personnel and their families can attend more than 1,500 museums nationwide for free today. The Blue Star Families Program is a collaborative effort by National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense to give free museum admission to military families during the summer. Executive Director of the River Discovery Center in Paducah says up to five family members can get in free, and the active duty member doesn’t even need to be present.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the military will not be intimidated by the attacks on U.S. soldiers in the wake of the Quran burnings. He made the comments today during a visit to Fort Campbell, where hundreds of soldiers will deploy this year as a part of a new Afghanistan advisory mission. Panetta told troops the attacks on coalition forces by Afghan security forces or insurgents wearing Afghan uniforms were "isolated incidents." He says insurgents are using the attacks to undermine American forces because the Taliban is not effective at combat operations. Six U.S.
Military spouses who leave their jobs in Tennessee because of the frequent moves required in the military would be eligible for unemployment benefits under a proposed state bill. The measure moved quickly through the Senate last week after Governor Bill Haslam included $280,000 for the bill in his fiscal year budget proposal. With thousands of soldiers based at Fort Campbell, the state estimates about a third of military personnel are transferred each year.