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 Kennesaw Patch’s free newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Jonathan Walsh of Kennesaw and other soldiers killed in April and May were honored on Wednesday.
Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne Division held their monthly memorial to honor eight of their paratroopers killed in April and May. First Lieutenant Jonathan Walsh of Kennesaw was killed by an IED in Afghanistan in April. He was also honored during a motorcade through Kennesaw and a memorial service at Kennesaw State University. The Fort Bragg memorial service was held at the Main Post Chapel on Wednesday, June 6, at 11 a.m. CH. (CPT) Cech provided the opening remarks and invocation while Sgt. Blue read the eight names and lit the candles for: 1LT. Jonathan P. Walsh, A Co., 2-504th PIR, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Pfc. Michael J. Metcalf, A Co., 2-504th PIR, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Cpl. Benjamin H. …
Monday, May 7, 2012
A memorial service was held Friday on the campus green for 1st Lt. Jonathan Walsh, the first KSU alum to die in battle.
The sound of bagpipes and silence filled the air at Kennesaw State University Friday as family members, students, school officials, and dignitaries came together to honor fallen soldier 1st Lt. Jonathan Walsh—the first KSU alumnus killed in battle. Walsh, 28, was a Kennesaw resident and a 2002 graduate of North Cobb High School. He went on to attend Kennesaw State, where he graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management. In 2010, he decided to join the Army. He died in Afghanistan of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was a platoon leader assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C…
Friday, May 4, 2012
Residents came out to pay their respects to Army 1st Lt. Jonathan Walsh on Wednesday, and a memorial service is planned for today at 2:30 at KSU.
Kennesaw State University will honor its first alumnus killed while serving in the military during a special ceremony today on the campus green. American flags flew proudly in downtown Kennesaw Wednesday as the city honored fallen Kennesaw soldier 1st Lt. Jonathan Walsh, who was killed by an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan. Walsh was escorted by law enforcement and 50 riders from the Patriot Riders motorcycle group following the arrival of his remains at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta. Walsh, a 28-year-old paratrooper, died April 22 while serving in Ghazni province. Walsh was an infantry platoon leader with the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He is survived by his wife and son, Debbra and …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
First Lt. Jonathan Walsh of Kennesaw was killed by an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan.
The body of a Kennesaw soldier killed in Afghanistan by a blast from an improvised explosive device will be escorted by law enforcement today following the arrival of his remains at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta. First Lt. Jonathan Walsh, a 28-year-old paratrooper, died April 22 while serving in Ghazni province. The motorcade is expected to depart Dobbins between 10 and 11 a.m., the Cobb County government says. The procession will travel north along Atlanta Road, turn right onto South Cobb Drive, head north on Cobb Parkway, turn right onto Blue Springs Road in Acworth, then right onto Old Highway 41, left onto McCollum Parkway in Kennesaw, left on Frey Road and right onto Shiloh Road. Shiloh Road, which becomes Shallowford Road and …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Sgt. Robert Mode of Acworth was part of the Georgia Guard Agribusiness Development Team that recently returned from Logar Province.
Monday, December 19, 2011
O’Charley’s in Kennesaw hosted a special homecoming celebration for a local National Guard member and his family.
Nothing says welcome home like a great meal among family and friends. That's just what Sgt. Matthew Harpine received Sunday after returning home from serving in Iraq. O’Charley’s on Chastain Road in Kennesaw honored Sgt. Harpine, his family, and invited military guests with a special celebration and plenty of good food. "They had a color guard welcome me, and it was very nice," said Harpine, as he visited around the dinner table with family and friends. O’Charley’s has partnered with local National Guard Associations, including the National Guard Association of Georgia, to recognize servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much in serving the nation. Harpine returned home on Nov. 23 from Iraq. Since Sept. 11, 2001, Harpine had been on…