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Tracy Wirtz


Lafayette, LA, United States

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Past articles by Tracy:

Hero Salute: Chaplain Adam Harwood talks about his role as chaplain in 256th brigade

(KLFY) Soldiers are deployed with all the things they need to survive physically. Food, water, shelter and what they need to complete their missions. Chaplains in the military take care of their spiritual needs as well. Most chaplains, the youngest you’ll find one is in their late 20’s, but I had a bit more mileage […] → Read More

Hero Salute: Specialist Jordan Sanders trains in a sport for entertainment and combat

(KLFY) one member of the Louisiana National Guard 256th Tiger Brigade is taking on a new physical challenge. Members of the 256th Tiger Brigade have the opportunity to participate in events outside their normal mission duties. Personal discipline and military training enabled one soldier to take on a challenge she’s very proud of. “Recently I […] → Read More

KLFY Hero Salute: SPC Aailyah Edmonson serving her country, and doing it as a full time college student

(KLFY) Specialist Aaliyah Edmonson is deployed with the Louisiana National Guard in the Middle East and she’s a full time college student. Not for the weak. You must be disciplined and self motivated because it’s easy to slip up. But Edmonson hasn’t slipped up. As a matter of fact, she has completed 21 credit hours […] → Read More

Hero Salute: National Guard maintenance team keeps things running

(KLFY) — When the National Guard is deployed, they bring all of the equipment and vehicles they need with them, as well as the team that keeps it all running. Alabama native Sergeant James Odom leads that team, “I am a 91B, which is an all-wheel mechanic for the National Guard.” Sgt. Odom explains his […] → Read More

Hero Salute: Louisiana 256th commander praises troops, appreciates support

Louisiana’s 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is working to hand over command to their relief in the Middle East. They are hoping to be back in the Bayou State by the end of October. Colonel Scott Desormeaux leads the 256th Tiger Brigade. His troops are currently deployed for Operation Inherent Freedom and Operation Spartan Shield, […] → Read More

Hero Salute: Father and son deployed to Middle East together

(KLFY) -- Soldiers with the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team have been away from home and their families for eight months. But there are some exceptions. → Read More

KLFY Hero Salute: Louisiana soldier becomes a father while deployed

Louisiana National Guard deployment means soldiers are separated from family for about a year. One guardsman left a wife at home but will return to a family. → Read More

KLFY Hero Salute: National Guard specialist adapts and overcomes challenges posed by COVID-19

Getting a few thousand soldiers deployed to another country is no small task. Commanders, colonels, and top brass leap to mind when we think about making that happen, but there are people tasked with keeping track of it all. A specialist with the Louisiana National Guard experienced an unexpected turn of events upon her deployment […] → Read More

KLFY Hero Salute: Soldier sees evolution of Iraq over eight deployments

“I actually enlisted back in June 2000,” Chief Christopher Young has spent nearly half of his military career in what they call “the sandbox” which is the Middle East. “Yes, I’ve spent way too much I’m ready to be done with deploying,” he laughs. But, he says, things have changed for soldiers spending time there, […] → Read More

KLFY Hero Salute: Young soldier Christopher Young eyes leadership role

(KLFY) “I actually enlisted back in June 2000,” Chief Christopher Young has spent nearly half of his military career in what they call “the sandbox” which is The Middle East. “Yes, I’ve spent way too much I’m ready to be done with deploying,” he laughs. But, he says, things have changed for soldiers spending time […] → Read More

“A multi-faceted problem”: Why are COVID vaccination rates so low among Acadiana minorities? (PODCAST)

Leaders in the black community are concerned about the low percentage of their neighbors who are choosing to get the COVID-19 vaccine. They are hoping to increase that number through education, making the vaccine available in their communities, and being an example. → Read More

KLFY Hero Salute: Soldier on third deployment provides, religious, mental health support

Being away from home, family, and even American culture can be stressful, but there is a particular unit that helps them deal with the rigors and uncertainty of it all. News 10’s Tracy Wirtz talked to a member of that team about their role, and it’s not his first time doing it. → Read More

Father of missing Seacor Power crewmember seeking to change laws regarding similar disasters

Families of the men still missing since the Seacor Power capsized spend much of their time waiting on information from the agencies involved in the investigation. But Scott Daspit, the father of Dylan Daspit, says they’ve learned not to expect much. He hopes to change that. → Read More

10 Talks Acadiana: Our Lady of Lourdes CEO Kathleen Healy-Collier takes the reins (PODCAST)

Two months ago, a new CEO arrived in Acadiana to lead the Lourdes System. Kathy Healy-Collier is the first woman to ever serve in the position. She assumed her position under stressful conditions: A pandemic and in the middle of an ice storm. In our 10 Talks Acadiana podcast, she explains her vision for the […] → Read More

Carol Trosclair named Acadiana’s Remarkable Women winner for 2021

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — Volunteer, landman, and mother. All those words describe Acadiana’s Remarkable Women winner. She tries to make the world a kinder place, one action at a time, and she believes that God works all things to the good of those who love Him. Her faith and positive outlook carried her through a […] → Read More

10 Talks Acadiana: Meet three of our incredible finalists for 2021 Remarkable Women (PODCAST)

Women are celebrated during the month of March, and KLFY pays tribute to all of the Remarkable Women in Acadiana through our annual Remarkable Women Campaign. → Read More

Remarkable Woman: Pat Mason Guillory

(KLFY) “I can remember when i told my son that he was going to join the army and the reason why was because he was in college and he didn’t make the grade the second semester and i said son you’re going to join the army.” Pat Mason Guillory wanted her son’s life to have […] → Read More

The Pet Stop: Willa is looking for her loving forever home

Meet the gorgeous Willa! This beauty is all-around amazing! She is house trained, kennel trained, knows sit, knows shake (mostly), plays fetch like a champ, and loves to run, run, and run some more. She is a little head-strong and plays rough, which can be too much for some dogs, but she is friendly. → Read More

Remarkable Woman: Carol Trosclair

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) Volunteer, landman, and mother. All those words describe one of our Remarkable Women finalists, but stronger words are needed to paint an accurate picture of the woman herself. We introduce you to Carol Trosclair. “I do know em all and then there’s two more from this year that I’m going to take […] → Read More

Festival International de Louisiane announces three artists for 2021 pin and poster

In a normal year, Festival International de Louisiane has individual artists apply to create the annual poster and pin. But nothing in the past year has been normal. → Read More