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Staff Photos: Erin Evans. "Papa" Joe Blasingame, left, has become a fixture at the Covington National Guard Armory, according to Sgt. Phillip Chappelear, who, along with other Guardsmen, family and friends, surprised Blasingame in April by presenting him with a Georgia Commendation Medal

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Supporting the troops

COVINGTON -- "Papa" Joe Blasingame has spent the last few years doing everything he can to support soldiers. Whether it's welcoming home the wounded or those on leave, buying cleaning supplies for the local National Guard Armory or assisting the families left behind, no job is too small or too big for Blasingame to take on.

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