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DVIDS – News – Through community service, Tennessee Air National Guard proves why Tennessee is the volunteer state

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – The Tennessee Air National Guard has been busy this holiday season. Not only have they performed vital state and federal missions; they took the time to give back to the communities in which each unit resides.

“It’s hard to express how proud I am of the men and women of the Tennessee Air National Guard,” said Col. Jason Glass, Tennessee Assistant Adjutant General, Air. “These great Tennessee ‘volunteers’ have steadfastly supported the call of our nation and state on a daily basis. The fact that they have been able to do so much good for their communities is a testament to their selflessness and leadership. ”

In the Memphis area, members of the 164th Airlift Wing were busy showing their generosity in myriad ways. The unit participated in the Angel Tree program of which the 164th has an annual partnership. All of the unit’s first sergeants collected donated toys and gave them to the children at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Senior enlisted leaders donated gifts and funds to the Union Mission in downtown Memphis and the operations group organized and distributed gifts to families with a deployed military relative during the holidays.

In mid-Tennessee, the Air National Guard Headquarters funded the purchase and installation of nesting boxes and benches for the Tennessee State Veterans’ Home. Headquarters, along with 118 Wing medical and security teams, provided food to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Middle Tennessee.

The 118th Wing, based in Nashville, has also been very busy this holiday season. The unit has provided gift boxes to impoverished children around the world through Healing Hands International, collected toys for Toys for Tots, donated to the A Soldier’s Child Foundation, directed donations for tornado victims in Tennessee and raised nearly $ 7,000 for the children of fallen 118 Wing members. The Logistics Readiness Squadron volunteered their time and helped decorate the Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery with wreaths across America.

In the Knoxville area, members of the 134th Air Refueling Wing helped decorate their local veterans cemetery, also in conjunction with Wreaths Across America. The 134th has always been charitable and they’ve proven it again by giving gifts to the children of Blount County Foster Care through the Angel Tree program, providing and delivering food to the Blount County Veterans’ Pantry and at Blount County Meals on Wheels; and unloading food for the Blount County Communication Action Center. They also donated over 250 Christmas cards to the Mountain Home Veterans Hospital and raised $ 8,400 to purchase toys for the children at the local children’s hospital.

Also in the Knoxville area, members of the 119th Cyber ​​Operations Squadron donated medical packages to the Atchley State Veterans’ Home. It is a charitable organization that the unit is proud to support throughout the year.

Finally, in the Chattanooga area, the 241st Engineering Installation Squadron donated toys to Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, raised funds for gifts to families at the Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, and donated food, clothing and household items at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen. .

The Tennessee National Guard and its leaders are proud of the efforts these Airmen have made to improve their communities.

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Date taken: 01.11.2022
Date posted: 01.11.2022 16:38
Story ID: 412751
Site: NASHVILLE, Tennessee, United States

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