Line the Streets Send Off Sunday, July 15 at 6 a.m.
Crossville’s 278th G-Troop will be leaving Sunday, July 15 for a 12-month deployment to Poland. The Crossville community is encouraged to rally together and line the streets to show their support as the soldiers depart for the journey to Poland. They are leaving from the Crossville National Guard Armory at 144 Sparta Highway on Sunday, July 15 at 6:00 a.m. They will take Elmore Road to Highway 127 North to I-40. Everyone looking to show their support is encouraged to help line the streets with flags, signs, and yellow ribbons in honor of the 278th G-Troop.
Several community partnering agencies organized donations to help supply each of the 74 soldiers 888 monthly care packages. The care packages included items such as toothpaste, band aids, lip balm, tissues, and similar items which were requested. First National Bank of Tennessee helped coordinate the donations and package assembly. Items were donated by CoLinx, Cumberland Adult Reading Council, Cumberland County Playhouse, Cumberland Medical Center, Cracker Barrel, Creative Compassion, Dave Kirk, Dollar Tree at Peavine Road, Good Samaritans, GrinderHouse, Fairfield Glade, First National Bank of Tennessee, Helping Hands Ministry, The Place of Refuge Church, The Plateau Group, Rocky Top 10 Cinema, United Fund, and Wheeler Orthodontics & Dental Association.
“We applaud the dedication and sacrifices our local troop makes to protect our freedoms. We’re honored to have a small part in contributing to their mission and to join our community in supporting them,” says April VonAchen Chief Financial Officer with Cumberland Medical Center.
The Crossville-based 278th G-Troop is a part of the Knoxville-based 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, which is the largest unit in Tennessee. It’s one of only five armored brigade combat teams in the National Guard.
For more information on how you can help support the 278th G-Troop, please call Shawna Hutson at (931) 707-3552.