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By IVAN ELAND | October 21, 2009
The corridors of power in the nation's capital are abuzz with the complexities of the situation in Afghanistan. If only we send 40,000 more combat troops, say the military brass, the United States could have some hope of turning the situation around and preventing Afghanistan from becoming a haven for terrorists yet again. Vice President Joe Biden has apparently suggested keeping the number of forces static but shifting the U.S. mission more toward training the Afghan security forces and conducting Special Forces raids and drone attacks against al Qaeda.
Dr. Michael Nagler | December 9, 2009
At a Washington meeting some years back Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia said to a group of us who had come to discuss Mideast policy, "All foreign policy is domestic politics. " The recently announced "surge" of 30,000 additional troops for Afghanistan was designed to placate political pressures on the President, which, even if it were possible, is not the right way to formulate a policy. What would be? Shortly after 9/11 we got a letter from a friend of ours who was in western Pakistan helping Greg Mortenson, of Three Cups of Tea fame, build schools.
By Brad Jones | August 11, 2009
A few weeks ago now, memorial services took place for two men. These two lived different lives, accomplished different things, and met their deaths in different countries, for different reasons. And their memorials and the manner in which they were remembered were different as their lives and their sudden and untimely passing. When Michael Jackson died on June 25, news of his death rightfully made headlines around the world. In the days that followed, we watched an outpouring of emotion from millions of his fans.
MEGAN JONES | March 30, 2008
The race to raise $63,000 for 480 soldiers has many spouses and family members in central Kentucky exhausted. Billy Ray Tarter of Danville is one of the many soldiers of the 201st Engineering Battalion trying to get home for one last visit before beginning a year-long tour of duty in Afghanistan. Tarter, stationed in Wisconsin's Fort McCoy, has a wife and child in Danville and family in Harrodsburg and Stanford. The goal is to raise the money before the last week of April.
Katheran Wasson | March 6, 2008
Sitting in church with her family on Veterans Day, Cailey said, "Daddy," calling out for a man she'd met only once, when she was just 9 weeks old. Cailey's daddy, Staff Sgt. Matt Hilliard, is coming home to Winchester today after a year and a half stationed in Ghazni, Afghanistan, with the Army National Guard. "He has seen her grow through pictures," Melissa said of their now 11-month-old daughter. "But pictures don't do it justice. " Today, Matt Hilliard and the rest of the 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery will land in Louisville.
By Katie Perkowski | August 5, 2011
As of this morning, Fort Campbell had lost 32 assigned soldiers in 2011, all serving in Afghanistan. One was 27-year-old Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers of Mount Olivet, who died July 14 - the first casualty  from Kentucky since Staff Sgt. Alan L. Snyder, whose last address was Winchester, died of injuries in Afghanistan in late June. Fort Knox has lost seven soldiers so far in 2011, according to the Department of Defense's archived news releases. This year's numbers compare to the total 103 soldiers Fort Campbell lost in 2010, 37 of whom were before August.
October 7, 2009
Spc. James "Garrett" Wilkerson recently returned after a year in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal at Ft. Campbell. He is now stationed at Ft. Carson, Colo. His parents are Jim and Robin Wilkerson of Nicholasville.
September 10, 2008
Staff Sgt. Richard Gayle Tackett Jr., 35, a native of Stamping Ground, died Sept. 1, at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka, Kan. He served in the United States Army for 14 years. He has served in Samolia, Afghanistan, and twice in Iraq. In 2001, while in Afghanistan he, with help from home, had a truck loads of care packages sent to his fellow soldiers who were less fortunate than he was. Survivors include his wife, Martha Spakosky of Fort Riley, Kan. and a native of New York, four sons, Aaron, Brandon, William and Cameron Tackett of Lowville, N.Y., his mother Lynn and husband John Frederick of Stamping Ground, father, Richard Gayle Tackett Sr. of Stamping Ground, a sister, Free Dawn Tackett Willoughby of Lexington, a brother Bobby Tackett of Georgetown, two nieces, Jenny Lind Willoughby and Isabella Rivera of Lexington, maternal grandfather, Amos and wife Mildred Vannarsdall, maternal grandmother, Mary Lou and wife Meridith Wells of Georgetown, paternal grandmother, Arvenia Riddle Tackett of Stamping Ground, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
March 23, 2012
It is clear that the Obama administration and the U.S. military have a monumental problem in Afghanistan. The recent murder spree, by Army Sgt. Robert Bales, of innocent civilians compounds the problem. Let me say this up front: I have the highest respect for our military. But I have absolutely no sympathy for Sgt. Bales. With deliberate intent, this man systematically murdered 16 innocent people. Nine of them were children. There is a report that Bales burned some of the bodies.
December 29, 2009
Dear Editor, I read in Wednesday's Advocate that "More soldiers to head to Afghanistan. " That saddens me to know that the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division will deploy 3,400 soldiers as part of the U.S. buildup in Afghanistan. In a few months, there will be an estimated 17,000 soldiers from Fort Campbell heading for Afghanistan. But it angers me to read the response to the area residents of Clarksville, Tenn. I quote, "Residents look forward to fewer cars on the roads but worry about a slower economy.
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