Soldiers from both the Washington state and Montana National Guard have been called up to help fight the destructive wildfires that have been raging throughout Washington.
It looks like the US Army aviation might be going through a pretty big transition in the coming years.
Over 800 National Guard members from Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island were at the Boston Marathon this year - but they weren't running the race, they were helping the race go smoothly.
The National Guard provided chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and improvised explosive detection teams in order to ensure the security of the runners and spectators, as well as medical teams and security personnel to help keep the route through the 8 cities and towns clear.
Earlier this month the Marine Corps announced that it was opening up more jobs in combat units to women in the Marine Reserves.
Although still barred from direct combat roles, this opens up certain jobs in the following Marine Corps units:
Shortly after the Pentagon released their budget proposal for fiscal year 2015, state governors have joined together in an attempt to keep proposed reductions in National Guard and Reserve forces from making it into the final bill.
You probably know of Joni Ernst, even if you don't know her name. She is running for Senate, and her political ad has gotten her national attention.
However, she is also a Lt. Colonel in 185th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in the Iowa Army National Guard, a unit which was tasked with running convoys from Kuwait into Iraq in 2003.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has strong words for states that are refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex partners of military members to claim benefits.
"This is wrong", Hagel said in New York, "Not only does this violate the states' obligation under federal law, their actions have created hardship and inequality by forcing couples to travel long distances to federal military bases to obtain the ID cards they're entitled to."
Since the government shutdown on Oct. 1, the Pay Our Military act has ensured that many Department of Defense civilian employees and military members would be able to work and get paid. However, this bill does little to help most members of the National Guard.
Since the shutdown, weekend drills for some National Guard units have been cancelled although some states have been able to use local funds. Other activities, such as annual training, weapons qualification, PT tests, and medical checkups have also been cancelled.
With the ending of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the still-ongoing sequestration, the current shutdown of the Federal government, and looming budget cuts the military is looking at reducing costs across the board.
The Pentagon's leadership in charge of active-duty soldiers is hoping that many of the cuts in personnel come from the ranks of various National Guard and reserve components.
The first US Air Force Air National Guard unit to fly the new F-35 Lightening II will be the 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard based at the Burlington Air Guard Station.
The announcement was first made by the Burlington Free Press, based on an email sent by the project manager for F-35 basing studies in late September. It is expected to be confirmed by an environmental impact report released in early October.