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

A new dynamic may be emerging in the House: A right and left flank within the GOP willing to buck leadership

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisconsin, made it a binary choice: You're either for their health-care legislation or you're for "Obamacare." From Reps. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, to Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-New Jersey, spanning the party's ideological spectrum, the answer came back Friday: No, it's much more complex.
16 hours 6 min ago

Afghanistan wooed a fugitive warlord, aiming to lure the Taliban, too. Now the warlord's deal is stuck.

He is a ghost with a blood-soaked past, a man with so many enemies that even his closest aides, trying to orchestrate his return to the Afghan capital he once attacked, coyly insist they have no idea where he is.
16 hours 33 min ago

Erdogan: Turkey might hold referendum on EU membership

Turkey's president said Saturday the country might pursue a Brexit-like referendum on whether to pursue European Union membership and also lashed out at a critical protest in Switzerland.
16 hours 56 min ago

EU leaders pledge unity days away from Brexit trigger

European Union leaders gathering in Rome on Saturday sought to reinforce the unity of the remaining member states, flagging a common defense as a priority, just four days before Britain officially sends notice it's leaving.
17 hours 58 sec ago

Vehicle attacks: Easy success for Islamic State, a challenge for police

Experts say attacks in which cars or trucks are driven into popular pedestrian areas present a unique challenge for law enforcement officials as they are nearly impossible to predict and easy to pull off. They require no advanced training, no specialized materials. Almost anyone can own or rent a vehicle.
17 hours 47 min ago