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

Florida National Guard

The National Guard posted a photo:

Florida National Guard

Soldiers with the Florida National Guard patrol public areas during the 58th Presidential Inauguration. These Guardsmen combined with other states to provide support to the U.S. Park Policy during the event under Task Force Crowd, led by the 83rd Troop Command's 779th Engineer Battalion.

9 hours 5 min ago
nobody@flickr.com (The National Guard)

Florida National Guard

The National Guard posted a photo:

Florida National Guard

A Soldier with the Florida National Guard's 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team provides direction to a citizen during the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. The FLNG sent approximately 340 Soldiers and Airmen to D.C. in support of this event.

9 hours 9 min ago
nobody@flickr.com (The National Guard)

Delaware National Guard

The National Guard posted a photo:

Delaware National Guard

Soldiers with the Delaware Army National Guard staff a traffic control point on inauguration day in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017. From left are Spc. Dwain Haines, 153rd Military Police Company; Pfc. Nicole Guadarrama, 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion; Sgt. Carl Johnson, 198th ESB; and Spc. Wesley Harris, 261st Theater Tactical Signal Brigade. During the 58th Presidential Inauguration, National Guard troops from almost every state and territory provide several critical functions including crowd management, traffic control, emergency services, logistics, and ceremonial marching elements. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Brendan Mackie)

9 hours 28 min ago
nobody@flickr.com (The National Guard)

Rhode Island National Guard

The National Guard posted a photo:

Rhode Island National Guard

U.S. Army Spc. James Nelson, from West Kingston, R.I., assigned to the 115th Military Police Company (115 MP Co.), Rhode Island National Guard, attends an in-process, brief at the D.C. National Guard Armory, Washington D.C., January 18th, 2017. Soldiers from 115 MP Co. traveled eight hours to support the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as he becomes the 45th President of the United States during the 58th Presidential Inauguration. 7,500 National Guardsmen from 44 states, three territories and the District of Columbia assigned to Joint Task Force D.C. are to provide traffic management, crowd management, security, and logistics support during the inauguration period. (National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick P. Evenson, JTF-DC)

10 hours 34 min ago
nobody@flickr.com (The National Guard)

Commander touts US strength during 3rd Marine Division handover

The outgoing commander of the nation’s only forward-deployed Marine division had a message for America’s adversaries during a change-of-command ceremony Friday on Okinawa: “Take caution.”
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