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.

First Home of F-35 in ANG Announced

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.

Reserve and NG Firefighting C-130s Return from a Busy Season

After being activated on June 11, the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve C-130s outfitted with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System and their crews have returned to their home missions, after fighting the forest fires near Yosemite National Park in California.

3 National Guardsmen Among Those Who Helped After Marathon Blast

While taking part in the Tough Ruck 2013, three National Guard servicemen from the 1060th Transportation Company found themselves in the midst of a horrific event. 1st Lt. Steve Fiola, First Sgt. Bernard Madore, and Staff Sgt. Mark Welch were near the end of the 26.2 mile course, which they had been walking with full rucksacks.

Budget Cuts Force Guard Units on "Off-Ramp"

Three units of the Indiana National Guard have been pulled from a looming deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom because of sequestration and other budget cuts.

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National Guard News Wire

Smaller airlines face more competition for crews as Air Force plans to recall 1,000 pilots

"We anticipate that the Secretary of Defense will delegate the authority to the Secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to 3 years," the Pentagon said in a statement.
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WHO chief now 'rethinking' Mugabe 'goodwill ambassador' post

After widespread shock and condemnation, the head of the World Health Organization said Saturday he is "rethinking" his appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a "goodwill ambassador."
3 hours 21 min ago

Populist billionaire's party wins big in Czech Republic

The centrist ANO movement led by populist Andrej Babis decisively won the Czech Republic's parliamentary election Saturday in a vote that shifted the country to the right and paved the way for the euroskeptic billionaire to become its next prime minister.
3 hours 25 min ago

Gen. Robert E. Lee descendant to speak at ACLU forum

A descendant of Confederate Army Gen. Robert E. Lee will join a panel discussion in Carlsbad on Sunday for a forum on race, reconciliation and white privilege.
3 hours 30 min ago

'They started to burn our houses': Ethnic strife in Ethiopia threatens a key US ally

A largely hidden war in remote areas of Ethiopia has killed hundreds of people, displaced more than 100,000 others and raised the specter of ethnic cleansing, potentially destabilizing an important U.S. partner in the fight against terrorism.
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