Gen. Mark Milley, commanding general of Forces Command, believes that both the National Guard and Reserve components of the military are incredibly important to maintain safety and security in an uncertain world. Force Command and the active-duty First Army are working to enhance the close-knit relationship that has been formed among the three components of the Army over the past 13 years of fighting.
The Governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, signed an Executive Order on Aug. 16 to send in the Missouri National Guard in order to help quell the rioting that has been going on since the Aug. 9 death of Micheal Brown.
The police response to the rioting has been widely criticized as being overly militarized and heavy-handed, although there were Molotov cocktails and bottles thrown by protesters before the midnight to 5am curfew started on the morning of Aug. 16. Some injuries were reported and arrests were made, but no major events happened during the five hour curfew.
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.