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Munitions transportation training a win-win for reserve Soldiers; Crane Army Civilians

Each summer, roads through Naval Support Activity, Crane are bustling as Army Reserve and National Guard convoys of military vehicles rumble across the installation to rendezvous points with Crane Army Ammunition Activity workers. Like clockwork, the vehicles get loaded or unloaded with shipments of munitions as part of Operation Patriot Press, a nationwide training event for Army transportation units conducted by Army Materiel Command to improve readiness and total force integration.

The training event allows for Soldiers enlisted as motor transport operators to drive long haul distances and transport classified loads of munitions across the country. It’s also an opportunity for Crane Army and other ammunition depots across Joint Munitions Command to showcase their readiness to ship and receive munitions quickly and accurately.

“Soldiers are actually able to do their jobs during Operation Patriot Press,” 1st Lt. Michael Shoop, OPP liaison officer from the 246th Transportation Battalion, said. “It’s great experience for our newcomers and returning Soldiers to come to Crane Army to practice driving longer distances and doing onload and offload procedures. It gets them away from their home station after a year of COVID-19 and back doing what they love.”

The 1742nd Transportation Company from the South Dakota Army National Guard was one of a few units who got to train at CAAA in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic forced other units to cancel their OPP exercises. This year, the unit was back at Crane completing their annual training requirements for 2021.

The 1742nd returned to Crane Army after spending a year maintaining readiness while implementing COVID-19 mitigations in their training. Though the unit was able to complete requirements like weapons qualification and field training exercises in a manner compliant with South Dakota’s COVID-19 guidelines, the Soldiers desired missions more relevant to their military occupational specialty, especially as new Guardsmen joined the unit and needed experience.

“Working with CAAA adds so much value to our company, especially its retention, by giving our Soldiers hands-on, real-world mission-related experiences,” Capt. Rebecca Linder, Company Commander of the 1742nd, said. “Our Soldiers feel the importance and value of this mission – they take it just as seriously as the depots do.”

Nearly 300 Soldiers in transportation units moved through NSA Crane while transporting classified munitions from depot to depot. More companies will head in Crane Army’s direction

 

IU Health Bloomington EMS Headquarters Breaks Ground

IU Health Bloomington broke ground on a new emergency medical services (EMS) headquarters on Friday, June 4.

Brian Shockney, IU Health South Central Region president, was joined by members of the IU Health EMS team, design and construction partners, and other members of the IU Health community to celebrate this step towards making Indiana one of the healthiest states in the nation.

“We are excited to begin this construction of our new EMS headquarters, which further strengthens our emergency response network—providing excellent care and service not just to Monroe County, but many communities we serve in this region,” said Shockney.

Construction on the 19,300-square-foot facility, led by Pepper Construction Company, begins this month and is set to be complete in December 2021. The new facility will be located near the IU Health Bloomington Administrative Office Building near the intersection of Curry Pike and State Road 46.

With easy access to Interstate 69, the building is designed specifically for this team and the important work they do in providing emergency care to individuals in need in the local and surrounding communities.

Watch this video to see highlights from the event: https://bcove.video/3pkMFnl.

About Indiana University Health
Named among the “Best Hospitals in America” by U.S. News & World Report for 23 consecutive years, Indiana University Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent, patient-centered care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation’s leading medical schools – gives our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology. Learn more at www.iuhealth.org.

 

Lawrence County Tourism
2021 Grant Program Deadline Approaching

Lawrence County Tourism is pleased to announce the continuation of a successful grant program that will provide funding to Lawrence County attractions, festivals and events. The program encourages the development of events that will contribute positively to the growth of tourism in the area. Completed grant applications will be accepted through June 30, 2021. Applicants must be organizations seeking to produce and promote a well-defined tourism-oriented attraction, festival or event within the boundaries of Lawrence County.

These funds are meant to help qualified organizations promote tourism activities that will directly increase hotel occupancy and create a positive economic impact for Lawrence County. The guidelines focus on four main points: the ability to draw visitors from outside of Lawrence County, the potential for growth of the event, generation of overnight stays, and the potential for food and beverage sales throughout the community. Grant applications will be judged by a committee of Lawrence County Tourism Commission staff and Board of Directors based on criteria outlined in the application materials. Grant application deadline will be June 30, 2021 for events taking place later in the year.

“Lawrence County Tourism has distributed over $308,000 in funds to local attractions and event organizers since 1994,” says Tonya Chastain, Executive Director of Lawrence County Tourism. “It’s helping our attractions, festivals and events attract more and more visitors, and drawing attention to Lawrence County and the outstanding resources in our community.”

Grant applications are available at the Lawrence County Visitors Center located at 533 W Main St. in Mitchell. Anyone with questions about the program may contact Lawrence County Tourism Executive Director Tonya Chastain, 812-849-1090, tchastain@limestonecountry.com.

 

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION PARTNERSHIP RECEIVES

IU HEALTH COMMUNITY IMPACT INVESTMENT GRANT

Community Foundation Partnership, Inc. is pleased to announce it has received an $85,000 grant from Indiana University Health’s Community Impact Investment Fund to support relief and recovery efforts within Lawrence County to alleviate continued impacts resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Community Foundation is partnering with several local non-profits in this effort, including:

  • Southern Indiana Center for Independent Living– to assist at-risk Lawrence County residents with critical housing aid such as past due rent or utilities and repairs essential to remain living in a safe environment
  • Lawrence County Trustees– to assist at-risk Lawrence County residents with critical housing aid such as past due rent or utilities and repairs essential to remain living in a safe environment
  • Lawrence County Economic Growth Council– to train unemployed or under-employed Lawrence County residents in locally desired skills and attributes which will help them secure employment
  • Becky’s Place– to assist shelter residents enter the workforce

As the COVIID-19 pandemic and the effect it was having on our community became apparent in 2020, CFP took a leadership role in providing rapid relief through our Emergency Relief Grants. CFP partnered with the United Way of South Central Indiana to provide over $320,000 in grants to schools and non-profits to address our communities’ most pressing needs in Lawrence and Martin Counties. With the grant from IU Health, CFP will continue these efforts by assisting Lawrence County move into a stage of recovery.

Hope Flores, CEO of the Community Foundation Partnership, said, “It is our pleasure to work with IU Health and other organizations to strategically fund projects and programs that have deep, meaningful impact within the communities we serve.”

If you would like to contribute to Community Foundation Partnership grants that benefit local, charitable causes, mail your contribution to: CFP, P.O. Box 1235, 3315 W. 5th Street, Bedford, IN 47421.  For more information, call the Community Foundation office at 812-279-2215.  Visit our website at www.cfpartner.org. Like us on Facebook.

In 2018, Indiana University Health, through the IU Health Foundation, established a $100 million Community Impact Investment (CII) Fund to support mission-based projects and programs designed to address social determinants of health that have the potential to negatively affect the communities Indiana University Health serves.  To learn more about this fund, please click here. 

 

21 LC CII Group Photo, Joe Timbrook, Lisa Starr, Corrina Hayes, Missy Tackett, Hope Flores, Millard Jones

 

PRESS RELEASE

The Lawrence County Community Foundation is now accepting online applications for the 2021 Open Grant Cycle.  Over $75,000 will be available for charitable programs and projects that serve the residents of Lawrence County.  Over $25,000 in additional funding is available for specific causes such as parks, disadvantaged children, and senior citizens.

The 2020 Open Grant Cycle awarded almost $84,000 to twenty-eight Lawrence County groups and agencies including the Marion Township Rural Fire Department, Green Hill Cemetery, White River Humane Society, and the Christian Women’s Connection Helping Hands Project.  The 2021 cycle is funded by the David Allen Jacobs Community Fund, Ralph W. “Shorty” & Bette Robison Fund, Paul and Patty Ford Community Fund, Harold “Mac” & Shirley McReynolds Fund for Lawrence County,  Jo Ellen (Alhorn) Lee Community Fund, Ferguson Community Fund, Sargent Family Fund, Hoosier Hills Credit Union Community Fund, Earlyn & Alvera Burkhart Hill and Orlin & Imogene Burkett Memorial Fund, German American Bancorp Fund, Dollens Fund, William A. Poling Fund for Lawrence County, Bicentennial Fund, Patrick & Sharon Robbins Fund, Chloral Hilderbrand Community Grants Fund, Jim & Annette Seib Community Fund, Bob Bridge Fund, and the Bedford Federal Savings Bank Community Fund.

The Community Foundation has made changes to the online application process; grantseekers should watch the videos posted on the Lawrence County Community Foundation website prior to submitting an application.  The videos may be found by clicking on  https://www.cfpartner.org/grants-how-to-apply. Grantseekers must register and be approved to apply; the application deadline is April 12, 2021, to be considered for funding.

Non-profit organizations recognized by the IRS as having 501(c)(3) status, educational institutions, and governmental entities are eligible to apply.

 

LCCF Now Accepting Applications for Non-Traditional Scholarships

The Lawrence County Community Foundation (LCCF), a Partner in the Community Foundation Partnership, Inc., is accepting applications for non-traditional scholarships. Non-traditional scholarships are available to students who postponed pursuing secondary education one or more years after graduating from high school. LCCF will offer the following non-traditional scholarships:

The Bedford Elks Ladies Marie Disbennett Scholarship is available to a male or female student currently enrolled in or accepted to an accredited college, university, or technical school after at least a one-year period of time since high school graduation.

The Walk with Excellence Returning Women’s Scholarship is available to a female student currently enrolled in or accepted to an accredited college, university, or technical school after at least a one-year period of time since high school graduation.

The Amalie Ford Barger Scholarship is to provide scholarships for qualified Lawrence County students attending Oakland City University Bedford Campus. Preference will be given to female students returning to school after a period of time, especially those who have returned to school after raising a family.

Applicants must be a current resident of Lawrence County, Indiana, who has lived here for at least one year prior to applying for the scholarship and who maintains a local, permanent mailing address.

Application deadline is April 5, 2021

Additional information regarding these non-traditional applications and access to the online application can be found at our website www.cfpartner.org under scholarships.

 

Crane Army Celebrates Long Legacy of Serving the Warfighter

For 80 years hardworking Hoosiers here have diligently supported the defense of our nation through many wars and conflicts. Crane Army Ammunition Activity is proud of its role in this legacy of service and has faithfully provided munitions to our men and women in uniform whenever and wherever needed following its own founding in 1977.

Since being established and assuming the mission of providing munitions readiness to all the services, Crane Army played a major role in supplying warfighters with the materials they needed to succeed overseas during wide-ranging hostilities such as the Gulf War, the Bosnian War and the War on Terror.

“The exceptional ability of our people to meet the urgent needs of the warfighter sets Crane Army apart,” said CAAA Deputy to the Commander Norm Thomas, who has worked with Crane Army for 38 years. “They go out and excel at it every day. Every one of them steps up and handles their duties with passion.”

“I find it very fulfilling to know what we do at Crane Army supports our warfighters and protects our country,” said Vickie McKibben, the lead depot operations supply system analyst for CAAA. “It has been rewarding to see folks over the years come here and grow and learn about how much we do for the warfighter and realize they’re contributing to the security of our nation.”

For example, CAAA employees worked tirelessly to meet the short deadlines required by surging troops during Desert Storm in 1991. During the Gulf War Crane Army was responsible for supplying nearly 50,000 tons of ammunition and shipped hundreds of rail and truck loads over a short period of time.

“We had a big push in our ability to get materials out the door and items out for shipment, but we didn’t just meet the deadline,” Thomas said. “We simultaneously improved our out-loading processes as we shipped munitions out, resulting in an incredible revitalization in the face of a challenge.”

Ten years later Crane Army also reorganized its production and demilitarization missions under a new manufacturing and engineering directorate. The manufacturing and engineering workforce has since found new and innovative ways to produce, demilitarize and refurbish munitions and conventional ammunition for the Army. Manufacturing and engineering is currently involved in a range of projects from the production and renovation of pyrotechnic flares, bombs, artillery, charges and bursters to demilitarization processes where munitions are destroyed in ways that preserve materials so they can be recycled or reused. These salvaged materials can sometimes be put to immediate use like in CAAA’s white phosphorous plant where rounds are converted to phosphoric acid.

“My work finding and brainstorming ways to safely destroy or take apart unserviceable munitions, and working with other engineers to make them come to life, makes it so that the storage space we have can be filled up with usable munitions,” said Robin Hart, a planner and estimator for manufacturing and engineering who has worked with CAAA since 1980. “Through our demilitarization we can make a difference in funding too. I have seen how jobs get funded and equipment is purchased based on the recycling we are able to do.”

CAAA proved its dedication once again in 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. CAAA temporarily shut down production lines so that employees from all directorates could focus solely on shipping munitions to support the mission. Crane Army employees worked around the clock, seven days a week, until the mission was complete to ensure the thousands of tons of munitions Crane Army supplied were in the hands of the warfighter when they needed to be.

“During Operation Iraqi Freedom we supported several missions but during one in particular, uniformed soldiers came and worked side by side with our folks,” McKibben said. “To see them working side by side in the cold and the dark and doing what it took to get the munitions ready to go out; it was inspiring and it sticks out in my mind as one of my favorite memories.”

CAAA has a proven history of delivering unmatched munitions when they are needed but Crane Army has never stopped looking forward for more ways it can help the warfighter succeed. Crane Army remembers and respects its past but continues to modernize to determine the most efficient ways of providing the best possible munitions in the years ahead.

“We are going to see a focus on modernization,” Thomas said. “There’s this incredible appetite to fund and pursue modernization, not just in our amazing facilities, processes and equipment, but in the people that make Crane Army the unmatched force that it is.”

The most significant factor in Crane Army’s storied history is the hardworking men and women who have contributed to its mission and continue to make it what it is today. Their dedication to their nation and to each other has and will continue to make CAAA one of the premier munitions providers for our armed forces.

“People ask me why I stay and all I can tell them is I love what I do and I love who I work with,” said Hart. “The relationships I have with my team are so important.”

Crane Army Ammunition Activity produces and provides conventional munitions in support of U.S. Army and Joint Force readiness. It is part of the Joint Munitions Command and the U.S. Army Materiel Command, which include arsenals, depots, activities and ammunition plants. Established Oct. 1977, it is located on Naval Support Activity Crane.

 

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Robert E. Lee, II, Memorial Scholarship Applications due April 5, 2021

The Lawrence County Community Foundation (LCCF), a Partner in the Community Foundation Partnership, Inc., is currently accepting applications for the Robert E. Lee, II, Memorial Scholarship.

Applications are open to graduating seniors of Bedford North Lawrence High School who have been accepted by a post-secondary program. Students must be active in their school and/or community and be deserving of financial assistance. Application can be found www.cfpartner.org. The deadline for completed applications is April 5, 2021, 3 p.m.

The Robert E. Lee, II, Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of a vital member of the Lawrence County community.  As a local businessman, County Coroner, volunteer, husband, father, and friend, Robert Lee embodied a uniquely open and generous spirit that touched many lives.

Robert’s untiring work in and for the Bedford community is legendary.  He donated his time and talents to youth organizations, service clubs, and local committees and boards with boundless, positive energy with the belief that the greatest gift you can give another is to make them feel good about themselves.  Robert’s voracious appetite for life, his genuine concern for friends and neighbors, his sense of adventure, and his integrity, made him so dearly loved by his family, friends and community.

In that spirit, the Robert E. Lee II Memorial Scholarship seeks to recognize a young person who embodies a similar ethic and has demonstrated a willingness to serve others.

Lawrence County Tourism
2021 Grant Program Deadline Approaching

Lawrence County Tourism is pleased to announce the continuation of a successful grant program that will provide funding to Lawrence County attractions, festivals and events. The program encourages the development of events that will contribute positively to the growth of tourism in the area. Completed grant applications will be accepted through January 31, 2021. Applicants must be organizations seeking to produce and promote a well-defined tourism-oriented attraction, festival or event within the boundaries of Lawrence County.

These funds are meant to help qualified organizations promote tourism activities that will directly increase hotel occupancy and create a positive economic impact for Lawrence County. The guidelines focus on four main points: the ability to draw visitors from outside of Lawrence County, the potential for growth of the event, generation of overnight stays, and the potential for food and beverage sales throughout the community. Grant applications will be judged by a committee of Lawrence County Tourism Commission staff and Board of Directors based on criteria outlined in the application materials. Grant application deadline will be January 31, 2021 for events taking place later in the year.

“Lawrence County Tourism has distributed over $300,000 in funds to local attractions and event organizers since 1994,” says Tonya Chastain, Executive Director of Lawrence County Tourism. “It’s helping our attractions, festivals and events attract more and more visitors, and drawing attention to Lawrence County and the outstanding resources in our community.”

Grant applications are available at the Lawrence County Visitors Center located at 533 W Main St. in Mitchell. Anyone with questions about the program may contact Lawrence County Tourism Executive Director Tonya Chastain, 812-849-1090, tchastain@limestonecountry.com.