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Livingston Academy graduation held Friday
Changes to Guard unit now official

Veterans program set for Monday

 

 

Livingston Academy graduation held Friday

Livingston Academy graduates of the Class of 2006 celebrate with the traditional toss of the cap at the conclusion of graduation ceremonies held Friday, May 19. Parents, family, and friends of the nearly 150 graduating seniors packed the Livingston Academy gymnasium to watch the class receive their diplomas. Valedictorian Andrew Dixon encouraged the class during the ceremony.

 

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Changes to Guard unit now official

By Beth Underwood, OCN staff
As a part of the United States Army's restructuring, what has long been known as Troop K 3/278th Armored Cavalry Regiment is now Company A, 3-109th Armor Battalion.

But while the name has changed, members of Alpha Company will essentially be doing the same job they did when deployed to Iraq in 2004.

Before the deployment, the former Knife Troop was comprised of Tankers and Bradleys. But the men trained for Iraq as a mechanized unit, using only Bradleys and dismounted infantry.

Sergeant First Class Jerry Asberry, Readiness NCO for Company A, said, "The whole concept is that the army will have all types of military units comprised into Brigade Combat Teams (BCT), such as Infantry, Artillery,Military Police, and Tanker units just to name a few.

"That way, if needed, the Army can pull assets (single units) needed for a particular mission from a Brigade Combat Team without having to deploy the whole Brigade, unless the mission requires the entire BCT."

Of equal significance is the expansion of Alpha Company. Effective May 1, the Oneida Armory became the second detachment of Company A, joining the Jamestown Headquarters and Livingston Detachment.

Captain Paul Shannon, Alpha Company's commander, said, "This transition will be seamless and transparent to the local communities as the armories will remain open and manned with qualified soldiers as they always have been."

The three armories, each separated by an hour's drive, will present unique challenges where logistics, administrative matters, and training issues are concerned. But they are issues, Shannon said, his company is prepared to overcome as the men change into a new fighting force.

"Having visited the new armory in Oneida, it was very apparent that once again, A Co. 3/109th is receiving the best Tennessee has to offer," Shannon said. "Although Oneida Armory provides a much smaller contingent of soldiers, they will be instrumental in the future successes of our newly transitioned company."

The addition of Oneida brings total number of personnel to approximately 154.

Asberry said, "As we start this transitional period, let us not forget our fallen brothers who couldn't come home with us from Iraq; Ssg. Victoir Lieurance, Sgt. Joseph Hunt, and Sgt. Wesley Tucker. Their sacrifice allows us to continue the fight in their memory and in their honor."

 

 

Veterans program set for Monday

The annual Memorial Day program presented by the American Legion, VFW, and their auxiliaries will take place at 10 a.m. Memorial Day, Monday, May 29 on the court square in Livingston.

The event is open to the public.

Refreshments will be served afterwards at the VFW hall on Henson Street.

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