Saturday, February 16, 2013
Marine Cpl. Todd Love is an Acworth native who lost both legs and his left arm from an IED explosion in October 2010.
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Saturday, February 16
Marine Cpl. Todd Love climbed into a Bob Cat earth digger Thursday and broke ground on his future new home in Douglasville. It might not be such an extraordinary story except that the Acworth native lost both of his legs and left arm after he triggered an IED while on foot patrol in Afghanistan on the morning of Oct. 25, 2010. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation have partnered through their “Building for America’s Bravest” program to build Love his new “Smart Home” in Douglasville. As a major sponsor, the Home Depot Foundation has committed $200,000 to assist in building Love’s House. In attached video, Frank Siller, chairman of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, shares the "smart home" concept of Love's new home; …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
The soldiers stationed in Afghanistan expressed their gratitude in a letter to Clark Creek Elementary students.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Army First Lt. Jonathan Walsh was killed while leading his platoon on patrol in southern Afghanistan on April 22.
Veterans Day isn't until Sunday, but Kennesaw State University’s Army ROTC cadets will observe it today with two events. The first, a tree-planting ceremony in memory of Army First Lt. Jonathan Walsh, begins at 11:45 a.m. on the campus green in front of KSU Hall. Walsh, a 2008 graduate of KSU's Coles College of Business, was killed April 22 in a blast from an improvised explosive device in Ghazni province, Afghanistan. He was the first alum killed while serving in the military. Walsh's family will participate in the ceremony. The second event, a keynote address from Maj. Stefan W. Hutnik, starts at 12:30 p.m., also on the campus green. Hutnik, a KSU alum from Marietta, is a fire support instructor at Fort Benning, Ga., as well as an …
Sunday, October 7, 2012
The 5-year-old boy had not seen his dad in a year.
Five-year-old Xavier Sanders got a surprise before the start of Saturday's Blackwell Bears homecoming game. His dad, Staff Sgt. Kelvin Sanders, walked onto the field at Noonday Park, according to 11Alive. Father and son had not seen each other in a year. The senior Sanders returned Saturday from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. Watch the report from 11Alive's Marc McAfee for the touching reunion. Don’t miss any of the local news you care about. Subscribe to Acworth Patch’s free newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Sgt. Robert Mode of Acworth was part of the Georgia Guard Agribusiness Development Team that recently returned from Logar Province.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Hundreds of cheering family members welcomed 58 soldiers of the Georgia Army National Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team 1 (ADT-1) home from Logar Province, Afghanistan. Maj. Gen. Jim Butterworth, Georgia’s Adjutant General, was present to welcome the soldiers home at Fort Gordon in Augusta. “It is because of soldiers like this, families like this, that the Georgia Guard can accomplish its mission,” Butterworth said. ADT-1 is composed of soldiers from 48 cities and 33 counties in Georgia and North Carolina. For 12 months, the team worked with Afghan farmers to help improve agricultural practices and provide a better quality of life for the Afghan people. Among the 58 soldiers in ADT-1 was Sgt. Robert Mode of Acworth. In the course of …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Erik Andersen of the Georgia National Guard was promoted from Major to Lieutenant Colonel this month in Kabul.
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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Georgia Army National Guardsman Lt. Col. Erik Andersen, a member of the 648th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade of Columbus, was promoted on March 10 from Major to Lieutenant Colonel while deployed in Kabul, Afghanistan. Andersen, an Acworth resident, was joined during the ceremony via FaceTime by his two young daughters McKayla and Gabrielle and wife Pamela. Traditionally, military families are asked to participate in promotion ceremonies by pinning new rank on their soldier. In their Acworth home, Mrs. Andersen hung his dress uniform with their daughters replacing his old rank with the new rank. Col. Andy L. Hall, the 648th MEB Commander who promoted Anderson, said he had made a big impact during his deployment. Andersen serves as the …
Monday, December 19, 2011
Frey Elementary School gave a hero's welcome to Lt. Cameron West, a wounded Marine born and raised in Acworth.
Do you know Lt. Cameron West? What would you like to say to him and other service members? Tell them in the comments below. Hundreds of students, teachers and parents at Frey Elementary School welcomed Lt. Cameron West, a wounded Marine and Frey alumnus, with a "Walk of Honor." West is an Acworth native who graduated from Frey 15 years ago and attended Harrison High School. Frey Elementary adopted West's platoon last year and began to send care packages to Afghanistan, where he was deployed. West had promised he would return to Frey after the war to thank the students in person. But shortly after, West was injured in an IED explosion in October 2010. The school continued to support West's platoon and followed through his recovery the past …
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Family, friends and community members are thrilled to have Marine Cpl. Todd Love back.
Marine Cpl. Todd Love knew there were people waiting for him at the McCollum Airport in Kennesaw and back home in Acworth, but he had no idea there were hundreds of them. A large crowd of people cheered and waved their flags as Marine Cpl. Todd Love’s plane landed at McCollum Airport in Kennesaw Saturday afternoon. Many burst into tears as they hugged their hero. Love is an Acworth native and a Recon Marine, who lost both legs and his left arm from an IED explosion in October 2010. Family, friends, local law enforcement and military support groups escorted Love through the downtown areas of Kennesaw and Acworth to Dallas Landing Park, where the homecoming ceremony was held. Another crowd of more than 300 people waited for their hero’s …