Rep. Shipley now colonel and commander

News release from Tennessee State Guard:
KNOXVILLE – The 3rd Regiment of the Tennessee State Guard has a new commander installed in ceremonies conducted in Nashville. Colonel Tony Shipley, an Air Force veteran with experience as a battle planner in Desert Storm, will lead the volunteers in the 24-county region of northeast Tennessee. He was promoted from lieutenant colonel to colonel in conjunction with his assignment as 3rd Regiment Commander.

“The primary purpose of the State Guard is to help our fellow Tennesseans,” said the newly promoted commander. “It is the true spirit of being a volunteer. I am enthusiastic about this new challenge.”

As an element of the Tennessee Military Department, the Tennessee State Guard supports and assists the National Guard, Air Guard, and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency by training volunteers to help coordinate activities in the event of natural or man-made disasters. All its activities are coordinated by the Adjutant General of Tennessee at the direction of the governor. The TNSG has four operational headquarters located in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville.

“We have communicators, emergency management specialists, and volunteer coordinators who are ready to serve state, county, and municipal officials charged to respond in various emergencies,” COL Shipley said. “We’re all volunteers who have participated in ongoing training to prepare ourselves in the event we are needed.”

“At the same time, our State Guard people are constantly looking for like-minded individuals who are committed to helping our friends and neighbors. We have an active recruiting effort to seek out veterans and other volunteers who want to participate in recovery and assistance programs when needed. The 3rd Regiment website is It is easy to remember and has a form for those who want to apply,” the new 3rd Regiment Commander said. “Our recruiters are usually able to respond within 24 hours following an inquiry.”

Most recently assigned as the commander of the TNSG 1st Battalion in Gray, COL Shipley retired from the U.S. Air Force after 23 years. He was awarded the Bronze Star for service during the Persian Gulf War and is the representative for State House District 2 in the Tennessee state legislature. He currently chairs the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee.

“This is a wonderful challenge for me, and completely in keeping with my record of service,” COL Shipley added. “I look forward to serving the citizens of Tennessee in this new capacity, and am proud of my association with the true Tennessee volunteers in the Tennessee State Guard.”