Congress Insists on Joint Camo Pattern

It looks like uniforms are back on Congress' budget-cutting radar - language in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2015 looks to get rid of service-specific camo patterns, according to an article over at Military.com.

Pentagon Advises Employees to Remain Vigilant

The Pentagon's internal security agency, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, sent out an internal memo to its personnel last week that they could potentially be targets for ISIL or other terrorist groups, and to take appropriate precautions.

Book Review: National Guard 101, A Handbook for Spouses

To a lot of civilians, members of the National Guard aren't viewed as "real soldiers". They don't live on post, they aren't surrounded by the military lifestyle 24/7, and often their day-to-day jobs are not even related to the military.

National Guard and Reserve Critical in an Uncertain World

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.

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.

National Guard News Wire

NATO to deploy small units in 6 Eastern European nations

NATO will deploy small units in six Eastern European nations to help coordinate a spearhead force set up in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine, the alliance's secretary-general said Friday.
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Victorious Kurds ask White House for promised weapons

With the victory this week over Islamic State forces at Kobani, Syria, one might think that the United States and Iraqi governments would be looking to increase shipments of armaments to the Kurdish forces who did the actual fighting.
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New York National Guard

The National Guard posted a photo:

New York National Guard

An HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue helicopter assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing comes in for a landing at the Warren Grove Gunnery Range here on January 23, 2015 during a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) exercise. During the exercise, two 106th personnel acted as a pair of downed pilots in a hostile area while two Pennsylvania Army National Guard AH-64 attack helicopters provided cover. (New York Air National Guard / Staff Sergeant Christopher S Muncy / released)

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nobody@flickr.com (The National Guard)

Chad air force bombs Boko Haram out of Nigerian border town

Chad sent a warplane dropping bombs and ground troops to drive Islamic extremists from a Nigerian border town, leaving it strewn with the bodies of the Islamic extremists, witnesses said Friday.
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Suspected terrorist brother of no-fly-list man

The FBI on Thursday added a former taxi driver from northern Virginia to its list of most-wanted terrorists, saying he was a recruiter for the al-Shabab terror group in Somalia.
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