Fort Campbell officials say building trust and solidifying relationships with Afghans are two major factors in winning over the people and successfully fighting terror networks like Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
The 101st Airborne Division will be hosting an event this week to help soldiers understand and embrace Afghan customs.
On Wednesday, soldiers and language instructors from the defense language institute will celebrate Eid-ul-fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan and will include a traditional meal, dance and rugby game.
Wahab Rahmati, an Afghan interpreter that recently helped soldiers assigned to the local post’s 1st Brigade Combat Team train at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana also spoke about the importance of partnering with coalition forces.
Rahmati says thanks to coalition forces like the 101st Airborne Division, the war torn country has changed.
Soldiers from the local post have already begun to deploy to Afghanistan to serve as advisors in training their Afghan counterparts to defend their country.
A wreck involving a motorcycle in northern Todd County this morning severely injured the biker.
Few details were immediately available other than the incident happened around 10:30 at the intersection of Jason Ridge and Wells Strader Road—which is just east of KY 181 near the Todd-Muhlenberg County line.
A Muhlenberg County ambulance took the driver of the motorcycle to a landing zone in Clifty where a helicopter was waiting. We’ll have more information on this incident when it becomes available.
The two women flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a wreck in Todd County Sunday afternoon are expected to survive their injuries, as is the man injured in a motorcycle wreck Sunday evening in Hopkinsville.
A spokesperson at Vanderbilt says 46-year old Diana Allen of Springfield, Tennessee and 22-year old Amanda Traughber of Elkton are both in stable condition. Ms. Allen was the driver and Ms. Traughber a passenger of a car “t-boned” by a U-Haul moving van at the intersection of U.S. 68-80 and KY 181 around 3:30pm.
Kentucky State Police say Ms. Allen was attempting to make a left turn off 68 to head south toward Elkton and drove into the van’s path, leaving 29-year old Stephen Lee of Bowling Green with no time avoid a collision.
The two women were flown from the scene to Vanderbilt, while two juvenile passengers in the back were taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart to be checked out.
Meanwhile, the Vanderbilt spokesperson says 29-year old Caleb Smith of Hopkinsville is also in stable condition after wrecking his motorcycle at the intersection of Bradshaw Road and Calvin Drive around 6:30pm.
Smith lost control of his bike in some gravel, according to the Hopkinsville Police report, which says he ran off the road and into a barrier, ejecting him to the ground. Smith was not wearing a helmet.
The Hopkinsville-Christian County Airport will likely soon have a “Master Plan,” which will hopefully clear up some issues preventing some planes from landing locally.
Airport Board member Wesley Westerfield says the Federal Aviation Administration wants the local facility to have the master plan study done to completely identify how much space there is and other specifications.
Westerfield says even though the airport is equipped to receive many types of plains, some insurance companies are banning it based on their lack of understanding the local facility.
The county will pay only 1.2 percent of the cost for the study, which will amount to about $3,300. The rest of the project will be grant funded. Westerfield says the process is very detailed and could take a few months.
The Second Annual Kelly Little Green Men Days was bigger than the first and raised money for good causes.
Organizer Frank Brown says attendance was up by about 20 percent from last year.
The weather was nearly perfect for the festival and Brown says the money raised will go toward a community center focused on education for children and adults alike.
Brown says preparations are already underway for next year’s event, which he hopes will be even bigger.