Here is an interesting tidbit… The Tennessee National Guard Armory in Murfreesboro now officially bears a new name in honor of a fallen soldier. The Military Police Company building in Murfreesboro is being named after 1st Lt. William Eric Emmert. Emmert died in combat in 2009. The 269th facility is directly off of Old Fort Parkway and can easily be seen as you are traveling I-24 in the West Bound Lane.
You may recall hearing about the proposed renaming of the armory in 2012. It was last year that the idea was put forth and passed by the state to rename the 269th property. Governor Bill Haslam signed into law the legislation sponsored by Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Representative Rick Womick (R-Rockvale) naming the National Guard Armory in Murfreesboro the First Lieutenant William Eric Emmert National Guard Armory.
“Lieutenant Emmert was a shining example of courage and the volunteer spirit for which our state is known,” said Senator Ketron. “His name will forever be associated with this Armory as new generations of Tennessee soldiers will know the sacrifices he made for freedom.”
More Information on 1st Lt. Emmert:
First Lieutenant Emmert was killed in the line of duty on February 24, 2009 while serving his country in Mosul, Iraq. He was assigned to the 269th Military Police Company, 117th Military Police Battalion, in the Tennessee Army National Guard. Emmert was a cum laude graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as a counter intelligence agent during tours of duty in Korea, Germany, and Cuba. He was also a Tennessee State Trooper in Lincoln County and a member of Governor Phil Bredesen’s security detail before joining the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as a special agent in the Criminal Investigation Division.
“This is a very deserved recognition,” added Representative Womick. “Lt. Emmert’s remarkable service for this state and nation was proven in every job he undertook. I am very proud to sponsor this bill recognizing the ultimate sacrifice he made for this nation.”
Emmert is survived by his parents, Bill and Brenda Emmert. The Armory is located at 2350 Armory Drive in Murfreesboro.