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Armory to be renamed to honor fallen soldier

Apr. 20, 2013 - 12:22PM   |  
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The Tennessee National Guard has announced the dedication and renaming of Murfreesboro’s National Guard Armory, located on 2350 Armory Drive, in honor of 1st Lt. William Eric Emmert.

The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 4.

Emmert, a platoon leader with Murfreesboro’s 269th Military Police Company, was killed during combat in Mosul, Iraq, on Feb. 24, 2009, while deployed with the unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“We’re honored for the opportunity to memorialize Eric in this way,” said Capt. Mitch Thompson, the commander of the 269th. “Naming the building after him is a small token of respect we can pay him and his family for making the ultimate sacrifice for his country.”

Emmert initially enlisted in the Tennessee National Guard in 1996 as part of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, following five years of active duty service with the U.S. Army where he did tours in Korea, Germany and Cuba.

He was a member of the Murfreesboro unit since January 2006, when he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant and assigned to the unit as a platoon leader. During this time, he assisted the City of Gallatin following a tornado that tore through the area in 2006. He also helped secure the U.S.-Mexico border near Yuma, Ariz., during Operation Jump Start.

In November 2008, he deployed to Iraq with the 269th and was tasked with leading police transition teams in the Mosul area, a critical mission within Multi-National Forces–Iraq.

“Eric believed in defending his country and helping those in need,” said Staff Sgt. William Broersma, who served with Emmert in the Murfreesboro unit. “He was always the first to volunteer and take on any hardship. His first priority was to always take care of the soldiers he led.”

In his civilian career, Emmert was a special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The new name of the Murfreesboro Armory will be the 1st Lt. William Eric Emmert National Guard Armory. The Armory dedication is open to the public and media.

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