Melissa Thornhill Wood

I tell stories. Most of them true.

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Public Affairs Operations NCO
224th Sustainment Brigade, California Army National Guard

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FEATURES

GX Magazine | COVER STORY
Sky High

The Army’s Military Free Fall School for special operations forces presents one of the most harrowing— and breathtaking—challenges a warrior can undertake: learning to parachute at altitudes as high as 35,000 feet during actual combat missions. In a GX exclusive, our Soldier-reporter-photographer captures rare views of the training and gives her account of becoming the first female service member to take on the most sophisticated wind tunnel in the world.

VSGM | FEATURE
02/27/2014
Fit to Fight

Step inside Clarksville’s Anytime Fitness, and you will be greeted by a mural-sized homage paying tribute to one of the gym’s own – personal fitness trainer Thomas Anderson, who was recently crowned NPC’s National Middleweight Champion.

VSGM | FEATURE
02/06/2014
Virtual Training with 278th’s 3rd Squadron

CATOOSA, Ga. – The Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment took to the field last month for a landmark training exercise combining traditional military muscle with cutting-edge virtual technology.

NEWS

U.S. Embassy Bulgaria
01/17/2014
Tennessee National Guard partners with Bulgarian Cyber Security Forces

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Four top officials from the Bulgarian Armed Forces Information Security Directorate were on hand in Nashville this week to observe the Tennessee National Guard's Cyber Unit in an effort to strengthen their own cyber defense program.

COMMUNITY

The Fort Campbell Courier
04/24/2008
Soldier tribute

Wet weather couldn't dampen the fun at this weekend's Rivers & Spires Festival. The streets of downtown Clarksville were filled with attractions for every age during the city's internationally award-winning annual event, organized as a tribute to Fort Campbell Soldiers.

The Fort Campbell Courier
05/01/2008
Local participants run and bike for cure with deployed Soldiers

The Rakkasans from Fort Campbell took on a different fight Saturday during the 2008 Susan G. Komen Ride for the Cure. Beachaven Vineyards and Winery hosted the local event, which drew over 800 participants, who raised approximately $40,000 for breast cancer research. The event featured 50, 25, 10, and 3-mile rides, as well as a 5-kilometer walk/run.

The Fort Campbell Courier
05/01/2008
Duathlon set to benefit families in need

Get ready, get set… for the Clarksville Multisport Duathlon on Saturday. Runners and riders on this 17-mile course will set off from Beachaven Vineyards & Winery at 8 a.m.

PRESS RELEASES

Tenn. Military Department
01/14/2014
Eleven additional soldiers from 105th Personnel Company deploy in support of Operation Enduring...

A select group of soldiers from the Tennessee Army National Guard's 105th Personnel Company accepted a mission last February that would eventually send them across the Atlantic in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Now after a full year of intense training, eleven of those soldiers waved goodbye as they departed Nashville-International Airport today for pre-deployment training at joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., enroute to Afghanistan.

CA National Guard | NEWS
02/11/2017
HHC, 746th CSSB deploys to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel

VAN NUYS, Calif. - Soldiers from the California Army National Guard's Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 746th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, bid farewell to family and friends today during a deployment ceremony at the battalion's Van Nuys headquarters as they prepared for departure to Fort Hood, Texas en route to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

Photo Singles

BuzzFeed | LEAD + PORTRAIT
12/01/2015
"All You Americans Are Fired"

MOULTRIE, Georgia - "All you black American people, fuck you all...just go to the office and pick up your check," the supervisor at Hamilton Growers told workers during a mass layoff in June 2009. The following season, according to a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, about 80 workers, many of them black, were simply told: "All you Americans are fired."

VSGM | COVER + LEAD
JFHQ 102

Part two of the series focused on the history of Tennessee's Joint Force Headquarters.

VSGM | COVER + LEAD
the TAG

An interview with Max Haston, Tennessee's Adjutant General.

PHOTO PORTFOLIO

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