National Guard Sent to Ferguson

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.

National Guard Ready for Washington Fires

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.

Army Aviation to Undergo a Refresh UPDATE: Shot Down By the Senate

It looks like the US Army aviation might be going through a pretty big transition in the coming years.

National Guard Assists With Marathon Security

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.

More Combat Units Open to Women in Marine Reserve

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:

  • Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines
  • Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines
  • Headquarters Battery, 5th Battalion, 14th Marines
  • Headquarters and Services Company, 14th Tank Battalion
  • Headquarters and Services Company, 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion

Governors Protest National Guard Cuts

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.

Army Reserve Officer Pledges to Bring Pig Skills to DC

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.

Defense Secretary Berates States for Denying Benefits

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."

National Guard Gets No Relief During Shutdown

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.

Shrinking Budgets Force Guard and Reserve to Fight for Funds

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.

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Highly publicized homeless veterans housing program hits snags

Two months ago, amid much fanfare, Mayor Francis Slay kicked off an effort that put 51 homeless veterans into their own apartments in one day. One of them, Kevin Stradford, had his power shut off Wednesday for unpaid bills. Two other veterans in the apartment complex had the same pink slips hanging from their door knobs. Program managers said five other veterans in the program were expected to have their power turned off.
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Fort Bragg school to be dedicated in honor of Army pilot killed in Iraq

Ann and Dale Hampton of Seneca, South Carolina, now know that their daughter’s legacy, as well as her sacrifice for her country, will not be forgotten. The Hamptons and others will gather for the dedication of the Kimberly Hampton Primary School, located at Fort Bragg. It is the Army base’s newest primary school and serves 800 students.
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Budget cuts would slash training at Fort Jackson

The number of new soldiers trained at Fort Jackson, the nation’s largest basic training installation, would drop to about 17,000 a year from 45,000 if worst-case staffing cuts contemplated by the Army are implemented, according to the post commander.
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Man accused of faking military membership makes second court appearance

The 54-year-old Willmar man alleged to have impersonated a highly decorated, non-commissioned officer in the United States Army at several local events made another court appearance Wednesday on unrelated gun charges.
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New commissary, post exchange in Moon, Pa., a hub for military members

The new military commissary and post exchange in Moon will be more than just places to buy groceries and uniforms and get haircuts. The new $15.2 million Pittsburgh-area commissary, which is a grocery store, and $4.1 million post exchange, which is a department store, replace facilities at a mostly closed Army base in Collier, the Charles E. Kelly Support Facility.
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