June 18, 2004
LEXINGTON - Unlike most of his teammates on the Kentucky all-star team that will face host Tennessee tonight, linebacker Gabe Wallace did not always like football. He never played football until arriving at Fort Campbell and deciding to join the team as a freshman. "I had no desire to play before then," said Wallace. "I really didn't like football at all. I thought I was going to be a basketball player, but that didn't work out. I guess I started realizing that when I was 5-8, about 190 pounds and couldn't really shoot.
October 10, 2007
John D. Kline, U.S. Army, was promoted to Lt. Col. at a ceremony officiated by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell. Lt. Col. Kline pilots UH-60 Black Hawks and serves as executive officer of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. Kline's mother, Christine, earned a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and lives in Wilmore. Fully supportive of her son, she said, "There is an army, the Lord's army, in which we can all participate, confronting any extremism and wickedness within ourselves and leaving the world a better place than we found it. "
November 13, 2008
Stephen J. Townsend, son of Nicholasville's Geraldine Townsend, was frocked Nov. 8 to the rank of brigadier general during a ceremony in Infantry Hall at Fort Benning, Ga. Townsend chose to have the ceremony at Fort Benning because this is where he became a professional soldier, he said. "I feel as though the 75th Ranger Regiment is my home regiment," he said. From 1988 to 1996, Townsend served in various positions with the regiment, including rifle company commander and battalion operations officer.
August 15, 2007
Pfc. Joshua Mark Kerby, 21, of Nicholasville, graduated from Fort Benning, Ga., Army Infantry Training July 6. He is a 2004 graduate of East Jessamine High School where he played varsity baseball. Kerby is the son of Mark and Kathy Lockhart and Mark Kerby and Regina Greer, and he is a sister to Kristin Kerby, all of Nicholasville. He is the grandson of Dallas and Carolyn Kerby of Lexington, Margie Combs of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Curtis Combs of Nicholasville, and the late Mary Kerby.
July 16, 2008
Sgt. Estell Lee Turner, 43, passed away July 2 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., from injuries he suffered in Afghanistan. He was a motor transport operator with Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky. Turner graduated from Buckhorn High School, Buckhorn, Ky. in 1983. Upon graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving with the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany until 1989. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2007 and attended the Warrior Transition Course at the White Sands Missile Range, White Sands, N.M., then Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. for Motor Transport Operator reclassification training.
January 6, 2012
Tiffany, Addison and Lillian Long Candice Marie Becknell Long and James William Long II of Fort Campbell announce the birth of triplets Oct. 24 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. Tiffany Jean weighed 4 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 17 inches. Addison Gale weighed 3 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 17 inches. Lillian Marie weighed 4 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 17 inches. Maternal grandparents are Mary Annette Phillips and David Allen Becknell of Nicholasville.
September 7, 2010
U.S. Army Spc. Andrew Castro, 20, died Saturday morning in a land-mine explosion in Afghanistan. Castro was a member of the Bravo Company of the 101st Airborne Division, which is stationed at Fort Campbell and under the command of local Capt. Mark Van Horn. The Wilmore City Council and Wilmore Police Department “adopted” the company and have been seeking members of the public to adopt individual soldiers. Adopting soldiers requires that residents write letters and send cards and care packages.
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.
January 30, 2005
As Kentucky football coach Rich Brooks tries to finalize what he believes will be an even more successful recruiting class, most of the attention is focused on what key in-state recruits will do. Will Hopkinsville quarterback Curtis Pulley remain true to his early verbal commitment and sign with Kentucky? Will it hurt the Wildcats significantly that Lexington Catholic linebacker Brandon Logan and Murray offensive lineman Corey Zirbel apparently will both sign with Michigan? What impact will it have that the Cats again have had limited success recruiting in Louisville?
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.