Ancient Art: Petroglyphs Of Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area

The Sloan Canyon National Conservation one of the most important Native American cultural sites in Southern Nevada, with more than 300 rock art panels and 1,700 individual petroglyphs that were created from the Archaic to historical era. The area itself is composed of over 48,438 acres, with scenery that is filled with beautiful features including the Sloan Volcanic Section compromised by four 13-million-year-old extinct volcanoes with volcanic domes peaking at 5,000 feet in elevation that were formed from viscous lava pushing up through vents and hardening. There are also several waterfalls seasonally along with Petroglyph Canyon that predominantly slices through the Mount Sutor Volcano.


Fallen Blue Angel... Capt. Jeff Kuss Memorial

The dedication ceremony for the Capt Jeff Kuss USMC Memorial was held on Sunday, June 9, 2018. In honor of US Marine Captain Jeff "Kooch" Kuss, the number 6 pilot for the US Navy's flight demonstration team - the Blue Angels - who was killed when his F/A-18C Hornet crashed during a practice run in preparation for the Great Tennessee Airshow in 2016.

The memorial itself includes an actual F/A-18C hornet that weighs 21,600 pounds, placed on a pedestal and is perfectly positioned overlooking the Smyrna airport.

Regarding Capt. Jeff Kuss, the memorial reads:

Born in Durango, Colorado in 1983 to parents Michael and Janet Kuss, Jeff Kuss was the older of two boys; alongside brother, Eric Kuss. Kuss dreamed of being a pilot as a child. Beginning flying lessons before he could drive, Kuss obtained his pilot's license at the young age of 17. After high school, he attended Fort Lewis College, graduating in 2006 with a degree in Economics. Kuss was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and reported to Pensacola, Florida for aviation indoctrination in July 2007. He earned his wings of gold in 2009. In January 2011, Kuss was promoted to Captain and went on to graduate from the Navy Fighter Weapons School, also known as TOPGUN, in 2012. 

Marine Captain Jeff Kuss was a decorated pilot who, through his career, accumulated more than 1,400 in flight hours and 175 carrier landings. Captain Kuss served in Afghanistan and earned the Strike Flight Air Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal during his time in the military. He joined the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron in September 2014, and flew as Opposing Solo for the 2016 team. Captain Kuss' favorite part of airshows was meeting his youngest fans, as he was once one of those young fans and remembered the impact meeting pilots had on him.

On June 2, 2016 a the age of 32, Marine Captain Jeff Kuss lost his life in a tragic in-flight accident while flying as Blue Angel #6 in practice for the Great Tennessee Airshow. He is survived by his wife, Christina, children Calvin and Sloane, parents Janet and Michael, and brother Eric.

Captain Jeff "Kooch" Kuss was a fearless leader, a son, a brother, a husband, a father, and a hero. It is with great honor that the Town of Smyrna and its citizens pay tribute to his legacy with the Capt. Jeff Kuss USMC Memorial.

It is an absolutely beautiful memorial and fitting memorial to Capt. Kuss and I highly encourage you to visit.


Bell Buckle, Tennessee... RC Cola, MoonPie's, And Small Town Charm

An hour's drive from Nashville along scenic back roads with rolling hills and farm pastures lies Bell Buckle, Tennessee... the quintessential small town, with it's quaint shops and it's annual RC Cola - MoonPie festival.


Ancient Art: The 60th Unnamed Cave Of Tennessee

On June 6, 2018 the Veterans Adventure Group had the distinct honor and privilege of visiting one of Tennessee's  "Unnamed Caves", designated the 60th Unnamed Cave to see Native American cave art that is reported to be several hundred years old. This trip was made possible by the support of its landowner, Mr. Donald Stolpmann.

Ancient Art: Petroglyph Canyon Trail At Valley Of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park is home to one of the largest concentrations of petroglyphs in Nevada. The petroglyphs located here, have been dated by archaeologists, and some have been found to be over 3,000 years old.
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