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  • WI NATIONAL GUARD ON STANDBY After Officer Cleared in Shooting

    12/22/2014 7:37:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 12/22/14 | Jim Hoft
    Police officer cleared in shooting death of Dontre Hamilton.The Wisconsin National Guard is on standby Monday after a police officer was cleared in a shooting incident of mentally ill black man.
  • BREAKING>>> #Ferguson Mayor Called For National Guard – REQUESTS WERE IGNORED! (Video)

    11/25/2014 12:05:31 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 46 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 25, 2014, | Jim Hoft
    Now this… Ferguson Mayor James Knowles told FOX 2 anchors late on Monday night that he had repeatedly requested the National Guard Monday night… But his requests were ignored. “I know I’ve been on the phone in contact with the County Executive’s Office. I know he has requested. I am requesting. I’ve requested the National Guard troops to come out from their command post to help restore order along the business district. We have not seen that… Those calls have gone unheeded at this point… We need to have the governor step up and give us the resources that he’s...
  • Minnesota National Guard troops to deploy to Liberia for Ebola response

    11/17/2014 5:03:46 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11-16-14 | Katie Kather
    Close to 700 members of the Minnesota Army National Guard will be deployed to West Africa this spring to help with the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. The soldiers will be from the Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, according to a statement from the Minnesota National Guard. The Red Bulls will not treat Ebola patients, but will work with operations, logistics, personnel and resources in assistance to U.S. military forces that are supporting the United States Agency for International Development's response. The troops will receive medical training to ensure they are protected from exposure to the virus.
  • Study Finds 25% of Troops Use Food Banks

    08/19/2014 9:28:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Military ^ | Aug 18, 2014 | Amy Bushatz
    A new study suggests that 25 percent of troops in active duty, Guard and the Reserve use food banks to provide groceries and meals for themselves or their families. The study sponsored by Feeding America, the nation's largest food bank network, is conducted once every four years and was based on data collected in 2012. It found that four percent of surveyed households who used a food bank contained a currently serving military member. Based on those results, Feeding America officials estimated that 620,000 of their 46.5 million customers, or about 25 percent of the military population in 2012, used...
  • Obama 'Happy to Consider' Deploying National Guard to Border

    07/09/2014 9:13:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/9/14 | Tony Lee
    On Wednesday, President Barack said that he was "happy to consider" deploying National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to help local law enforcement officials stem the tide of illegal immigrant children flooding across it. After meeting with Texas Governor Rick Perry in Dallas, Texas, Obama said sending National Guard troops, though, would be a "temporary solution." Obama said if Republicans wanted some National Guard troops to be sent to the border as a condition for approving the $3.7 billion in funding Obama requested, he "would be happy to consider it."
  • Ken Cuccinelli calls for states to dispatch the National Guard to border

    07/02/2014 8:51:30 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 7-2-2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Ken Cuccinelli, former Virginia attorney general, said states along the Southern border not only have the legal right to secure their properties by dispatching the National Guard — but they pretty much also have a constitutionally based responsibility. “When [illegals are] coming across your border, Article I, Section 10 of the Constitution [gives border states the right to] deal with this themselves,” he said during an interview on “The Laura Ingraham Show,” Breitbart reported. Mr. Cuccinelli advised, too, that states could task their law enforcement to the borders, too. He also said the federal government couldn’t really prevent states from...
  • National Guard Reservist Charged with Attempting to Blow Up L.A. Subway Allegedly

    03/17/2014 4:06:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 3/17/14 | Adam Kredo
    The National Guard reservist charged on Monday with attempting to blow up the Los Angeles subway allegedly possessed terrorist manuals on how to be a “lone wolf” terrorist and was a frequent reader of al Qaeda’s Inspire magazine, which provides tips on how to make and detonate various bombs, according to FBI court documents. The FBI charged Nicholas Teausant, a 20-year-old National Guard reservist, with attempting to help al Qaeda carry out a plot to attack the subway system in Los Angeles. Teausant was a frequent Internet contributor to forums for would-be terrorists and is said to have owned a...
  • A Different Christmas Poem

    12/20/2013 1:46:58 PM PST · by Former MSM Viewer · 7 replies ^ | 12/20/13 | Unknown
    A Different Christmas Poem The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light, I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, My daughter beside me, angelic in rest. Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white, Transforming the yard to a winter delight. The sparkling lights in the tree I believe, Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve. My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep, Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep. In perfect contentment, or so it would seem, So slumbered I, perhaps I started to...
  • Armored truck guard exchanges gunfire with robbers outside Spring-area bank

    10/30/2013 8:35:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 22 October, 2013 | Malini Basu
    HARRIS COUNTY, Texas—Shots were fired Tuesday during an attempted armored car robbery outside a Chase bank west of Spring, deputies said. According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, it was reported around 9:30 a.m. on Kuykendahl Road at Louetta Road. Deputies said an armored car guard was approached by one of two armed masked suspects as he was walking into the bank. The suspect ordered the guard to get on the ground. Instead, the armored car guard fired at the suspect. "I was in here working on a car and heard like back fire from the car. Kinda like fireworks."...
  • Hundreds of Fake Security Guard Licenses Under Investigation

    07/27/2013 8:32:43 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    WFTV ^ | 7-26-13 | WFTV
    ORLANDO, Fla. — Hundreds of people in Florida are under investigation, accused of getting fake licenses to be gun-carrying security guards. Five people were accused of forging the documents, which would allow an armed security guard to be hired in airports, courthouses and other public places. One of the people arrested was Gertrude Brun, 54, who owned her own security school, called Brun Protective Security Training School in Orlando. Several of the people arrested were instructors and even held armed security positions.
  • Bloomberg bodyguard jailed for seven years for attempted murder in love triangle shooting

    06/18/2013 10:39:30 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 11 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 06/17/2013 | Jill Reilly
    Mayor Bloomberg's bodyguard has been jailed for seven years for attempted murder in a love triangle shooting. Leopold McLean, 49, shot his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend outside her home in November 2010. The shooting took place after the veteran NYPD officer had dropped off Mayor Bloomberg’s daughter Georgina at home after a Knicks game.
  • How a postage stamp delivered one boy a dream of being a Swiss Guard

    05/09/2013 5:52:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cns ^ | May 7, 2013 | Carol GLATZ
    New Swiss Guard recruits leave after their swearing-in ceremony in Paul VI hall at the Vatican May 6. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Carol GlatzCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- One young man's dream of becoming a Swiss Guard began with a postage stamp. Michael Odermatt said that when he was a small child, his godfather gave him a stamp depicting the ornately dressed papal soldier "and I was fascinated by that image and wanted to know everything about the Swiss Guard." The allure was kept alive when his older brother became a Swiss Guard and Odermatt was able to...
  • Retired general says National Guard could help curb Chicago violence

    02/22/2013 3:48:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 48 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/21/13 | Lolly Bowean
    To reduce the homicides and shootings plaguing Chicago streets, elected officials should consider calling on the state and federal governments for help, even the National Guard if necessary, said a retired Army lieutenant general who spearheaded the military response after Hurricane Katrina. "Just like we do with any disaster. When the tornado comes, or the floods come, the federal government comes in to help," Russel L. Honore said Thursday at a news conference in Chicago. "Let's not let this be about pride. 'We are big ol' Chicago, we are too proud, we can handle this.' Maybe you can't handle it....
  • Prison officer busted after becoming pregnant by cop-killer she was guarding: feds

    02/05/2013 5:24:05 PM PST · by SMGFan · 32 replies
    A federal prison officer became pregnant after secretly carrying on a prohibited sexual relationship with a cop-killer inmate she was supposed to be guarding, prosecutors announced today. The feds say that Nancy Gonzalez, 29, a federal Bureau of Prisons officer was arrested this morning at her home in Huntington, LI, after she tried to hide her intimate prison affair with Ronell Wilson, an inmate convicted of gunning down two undercover NYPD detectives in a point-blank execution in Staten Island.
  • Off-duty policewoman thwarts San Antonio cinema gunman

    12/30/2012 4:18:46 PM PST · by maine-iac7 · 19 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 17 Dec 2012 | Brett Wilkins
    A quick-thinking off-duty Texas policewoman shot and wounded a rampaging gunman who had entered a San Antonio restaurant and movie theatre with his gun blazing. breakMovie-goers responded with shock and panic as gunfire erupted in the theater. "We though we were going to die," patron Tara Grace, who was purchasing a drink from the concession stand and locked herself in a bathroom stall with five other terrified patrons, told the Express-News.
  • Sheriff Arpaio Wants Armed Volunteers at Schools

    12/28/2012 9:19:26 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies ^ | December 28, 2012 | EMILY DERUY
    Controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio wants to put armed volunteers outside schools in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting. Arpaio said in an interview with ABC/Univision on Friday that putting armed guards around schools would deter would-be shooters from committing violent acts. He plans to place his 3,000-person strong "volunteer posse" around Phoenix-area schools for added protection. "I think it's the appropriate time to utilize this free resource to try to prevent any more massacres," Arpaio said. The sheriff said he has the authority to direct his volunteers to guard the schools. The "posse" includes everyone from former...
  • FRC Security Guard Shot by Gunman: ‘I Feel That God Put Me In a Position to Be There At That Time’

    08/17/2012 11:21:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    CNSNews ^ | August 17, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    ( –The security guard who stopped a gunman at the Family Research Council (FRC) on Wednesday, despite sustaining a shot to the arm, said God put him there at that time to stop the attack. The gunman was carrying a 9mm handgun with two extra loaded magazines and another 50 rounds of ammunition in his backpack. Leo Johnson, the building operation manager at the FRC, a conservative policy group that promotes "faith, family and freedom," has been hailed as a hero by authorities for not letting an armed gunman get too far past the front door. In an interview with...
  • Did Timothy Poe Lie About Being Injured in Afghanistan

    06/08/2012 7:16:12 AM PDT · by HollyB · 10 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 8, 2012 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Timothy Michael Poe won over the crowd and the judges of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” even before he began to sing, with his moving story of blocking a grenade blast in 2009 to save his buddies in Afghanistan – an act of heroism he said broke his back and left him with a brain injury.
  • Report: Obama admin sends Coast Guard to protect ships from violent union members, occupiers

    01/12/2012 12:22:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/12/12 | Matthew Boyle
    United States Coast Guard. Image by U.S. Coast Guard President Barack Obama’s administration has ordered the United States Coast Guard to protect grain ships at the Port of Longview from violent “Occupy” protesters and dockworker union members, according to a local news report. The Daily News in Longview, Wash., reported that the Coast Guard will protect a grain shipment from an onslaught of “Occupy” protesters and members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). The ship will be transporting grain to Asia. A date for the shipment has not yet been set. The group of leftwing activists had shut...
  • National Guard deployment on U.S.-Mexico border has unclear results

    12/05/2011 9:55:58 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 5,2011 | William Booth,
    HIDALGO, TEX. — President Obama’s decision last year to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border may have been smart politics, but a growing number of skeptics say the deployment is an expensive and inefficient mission that has made little difference in homeland security. Critics of the deployment include budget hawks, who say it is a waste of money, and residents here along the border, who say they are tired of seeing armed troops in their back yard. State Department officials worry that the domestic use of U.S. troops increases the perception that the border is militarized, while...
  • New TLC show Prison Diaries reveals shocking reality of life awaiting execution

    09/20/2011 5:46:56 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 33 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12:03 AM on 21st September 2011 | Daisy Dumas
    A chilling look inside the minds of female prisoners unfolds on Thursday with the première of the new TLC show, Prison Diaries. The first episode of the series focuses on Emilia Carr, one of just 63 women on death row in the U.S. Carr is seen in ankle chains and handcuffs, led by a burly, fully-armed female guard as she leaves her cell. She wears bright orange overalls and trainers, her long, dark hair allowed to fall around her hunched shoulders.
  • Security Guard Schools Banana During Peanut Butter Jelly Time

    08/07/2011 7:18:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 1, 2011 | Ethan Fedida
    Peanut butter jelly time! Peanut butter jelly time! Whenever that song comes on as a video starts, you just know it is probably going to be something great to watch. This is no exception. This security guard goes absolutely bananas and shows this mascot how to really go crazy and dance while pumping up a crowd. Maybe he was just tired of all of the annoying in-your-face dances you just know the mascot has done in the past. Or maybe he was just a little hungry and used an interpretive dance to request a PB&J. Either way you split it,...
  • Security guard shoots woman after stolen vehicle rams car

    05/22/2011 9:15:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 21 May, 2011 | Christine Chang
    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- Neighbors at Bear Valley Club Apartments on 3643 South Sheridan Boulevard woke up to shots fired on Friday night. "I could've sworn I heard at least five gun shots. Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom," said neighbor Robert Ostrander. Jefferson County sherrif's deputies said a security guard was patrolling the apartments when he saw two suspicious people in a black car. Police said he saw a woman, 30-year-old Amber Rose Angers, standing outside of a small black car with the passenger door open, and a man, 42-year-old Cameron Mitchell Lundstrom, sitting in the driver’s seat of the...
  • Accused Killer Joran van der Sloot,, Stabs Prison Guard in Escape Attempt

    02/07/2011 5:07:06 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 62 replies · 3+ views
    Gather ^ | 2/4/11
    Natalie Holloway murder suspect, Joran van der Sloot, has been ominously quiet for quite a while. That's not surprising since he's been languishing in Peru's Miguel Castro Castro prison since June awaiting the completion of the investigation of Stephany Flores's murder. On January 15th however, Van der Sloot suddenly decided to lunge back into the headlines by stabbing a guard and then attempting to hold him hostage in a crazy, and therefore unsuccessful attempt to break out of prison. According to the National Enquirer, Van der Sloot suddenly "freaked out" when guard, Luis Gavancho, brought a tray of food into...
  • Security guard drops gun, worker shot in leg

    02/03/2011 10:12:04 AM PST · by toma29 · 22 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 2/03/2011 | Staff
    From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Chesterfield worker shot in leg after security guard drops gun A security guard dropped his gun this morning and it fired a shot, hitting an employee of an insurance company in the leg, police say. Capt. Steven Lewis of the Chesterfield Police Department described the worker's injuries as not life-threatening. The injured man was being treated at a local hospital. The shooting happened about 9:30 a.m. Thursday at an office building at 390 South Woods Mill Road. The building houses several businesses, but Lewis said it happened in an insurance company. Lewis didn't have the...
  • Face of Defense: Guard Soldier Loses 100 Pounds

    01/25/2011 3:08:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 19 replies
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Army Sgt. Rebekah Malone
    PINEVILLE, La., Jan. 25, 2011 – Army Spc. Alejandro Zuniga of the Louisiana National Guard scored 401 points on his most recent Army physical fitness test -- something even he found hard to believe, considering the state he was in less than two years ago. Army Spc. Alejandro Zuniga of the Louisiana National Guard runs four miles a day, six days a week. His workout routine -– which led to a 100-pound weight loss -- allowed him to exceed a perfect score on the Army physical fitness test. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Scott M. Mucci (Click photo for screen-resolution...
  • Iowa Agribusiness Team Small Poultry Project a Sustainable Success

    01/18/2011 7:59:43 AM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan
    KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 18) – The Iowa National Guard’s 734th Agribusiness Development Team conducted a quality assurance /quality control check at a small poultry project in the town of Karula, Asadabad district, Kunar province, Jan 13. What the agribusiness team found was that small poultry projects aimed at helping a handful of Afghan families are not costly, provide much-needed income and dietary protein and appear sustainable. The Iowa team initiated the project in December by giving 23 hens and two roosters each to six families who live in Karula, a small village outside the provincial capital of Asadabad. The agribusiness...
  • Face of Defense: Gold Medalist Enlists in National Guard

    01/10/2011 5:15:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Army Master Sgt. Corine Lombardo, NYARNG
    LATHAM, N.Y., Jan. 10, 2011 – Justin Olsen earned a gold medal for the United States in the Winter Olympics last year. Now, as a private first class in the New York Army National Guard, he’s serving his country in another way. Olsen, a member of the U.S. bobsled team since 2007, enlisted here Jan. 6. "I already represent my country," he said. "Now I have an opportunity to serve and represent my country at the same time." Olsen will train as a human resource specialist for the Joint Force Headquarters after this season's World Cup ends. Once he completes...
  • Wounded War Vet Reunites With Vermont GI Who Saved Him (Sgt. Edward Matayka lost his legs)

    12/12/2010 1:05:25 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    V News ^ | 12/12/10 | John Curran
    Wounded War Vet Reunites With Vt. GI Who Saved HimBy John Curran Associated Press Published 12/12/2010 South Burlington, Vt. -- The last time they were together, it was in the wreckage of a roadside bombing in Afghanistan Sgt. Edward Matayka, a 33-year-old Vermont National Guard medic, had been mortally wounded. Specialist David Schwerer, of White River Junction, was among those who gave him first aid, applying tourniquets that saved his life but couldn't save his legs. Yesterday, Matayka got to say thank you, welcoming Schwerer home from a yearlong deployment in an emotional reunion at a ceremony for returning troops....
  • Obama Does A Great Job "Guarding the Change"

    09/22/2010 6:28:49 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-22-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Now I know why he gets busted for traveling all over the place. The Looking Spoon is a conservative humor/satire/art/commentary blog, visit to see more posts and art
  • Obama urges blacks to vote, "guard the change

    09/18/2010 9:00:48 PM PDT · by PROCON · 79 replies ^ | Sep. 18, 2010 | Alister Bull
    Reuters) - President Barack Obama, seeking to fire up an important part of his support base ahead of November's elections, told black leaders on Saturday he wanted their support to "guard the change" he was delivering.
  • Feds again tell (Texas Governor) Perry no more guardsmen

    09/18/2010 12:54:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 17, 2010 | Stewart M. Powell
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano again rebuffed Texas Gov. Rick Perry's call for more U.S.-paid National Guard troops along the Texas-Mexico border, insisting Friday that current deployments are enough and the governor can call up troops anytime — at his own expense. Napolitano's comment was the latest riposte in politically charged exchanges between Texas' Republican governor and President Barack Obama's administration dating back to Perry's call for 1,000 federally paid National Guard troops 20 months ago. Perry's office has said spillover drug cartel violence along the border is a persistent threat to Texans and Obama's administration should pay for protection....
  • Rights prosecutor, advocates at odds on Guard deployment

    09/06/2010 8:50:24 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    SIERRA VISTA Herald/Review ^ | Jonathan Clark Nogales International
    NOGALES, Ariz. —Members of the military are trained for combat, not civilian law enforcement. But Thomas Perez, the Justice Department’s top civil rights prosecutor, says the deployment of more than 500 National Guard troops to the border shouldn’t worry residents. “I think people will find that a lot of the National Guard troops that are coming to the border are actually involved in law enforcement in their day job,” Perez told the Nogales International during a stop in Tucson last week. “So they’re very well trained at understanding the issues that are involved in policing in any community.” But nongovernmental...
  • Border mission 'not unique' for Guardsmen

    09/04/2010 1:44:57 PM PDT · by AuntB · 7 replies · 1+ views
    National Guard Bureau/by way of NAFBPO ^ | Sept. 3, 2010 | By Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke
    Arlington, Va., (9/3/10) -- Almost 1,100 National Guard members are on duty on the Southwest border performing a mission that is very familiar to many of them, a Guard official said today. "This (mission) is not really unique," said Jack Harrison, the director of communications for the National Guard Bureau. "The National Guard has been involved at the Southwest border for two decades." During that time, National Guard members have worked in the counterdrug program in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. "Above and beyond the 1,200 authorized for this mission, there are over 350 counterdrug personnel (in these states)...
  • National Guard troops to deploy to Arizona border today

    08/30/2010 8:51:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    KVOA ^ | 8/30/10
    National Guard troops to deploy to Arizona border todayPosted - 8/30/2010 at 8:54AM PHOENIX (AP) - The first of 532 National Guard troops are set to begin their mission in the southern Arizona desert today under President Barack Obama's plan to beef up U.S.-Mexico border security, although they won't have any law enforcement authority. About 30 troops will start their jobs on the border today, and waves of more troops will be deploying every Monday until all 532 are expected to be on the Arizona border by the end of September. In May, Obama ordered 1,200 National Guard troops to...
  • National Guard troops to deploy to Arizona border on Monday; they'll be armed for self-defense

    08/27/2010 3:14:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/27/2010
    The first of 532 National Guard troops are set to begin their mission in the southern Arizona desert on Monday under President Barack Obama's plan to beef up U.S.-Mexico border security, although they won't have any law enforcement authority. Authorities would not say how many troops would start Monday, but said waves of them will be deploying every Monday until all 532 are on the Arizona border, likely by the end of September. In May, Obama ordered 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the border. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has said the first of 224 National Guard troops...
  • Police in Chile guard Jews after anti-Semitic attacks

    08/18/2010 8:36:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 1+ views
    jpost ^ | August 18, 2010 | GIL SHEFLER
    Many leftists in Latin America have become more vocal in their criticism of Israel. The president of Chile’s Jewish community has been given police protection following a spike in anti-Semitic attacks across the country. Gabriel Zaliasnik told The Jerusalem Post Tuesday that his house was being guarded by a police detail after he and his son had received threats of violence. “I am 43 years old, and I don’t recall something like this,” he said. “We’ve had eight different anti-Semitic events in different parts of the country.” In recent weeks, schools, synagogues and cemeteries in the cities of Santiago, Concepcion...
  • Face of Defense: Air Guard Instructor Uses Marine Experience

    07/09/2010 1:00:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith, USAF
    EL PASO, Texas, July 9, 2010 – Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Butler is a former Marine who’s now serving here as an instructor with the Texas Air National Guard. Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Butler served 12 years in the Marine Corps before becoming an instructor for the Texas Air National Guard's Desert Defender Air Force Regional Training Center in El Paso, Texas. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. "I absolutely love my job down here and the guys I work with," Butler said about serving with the...
  • Brewer not pleased with number of National Guard soldiers coming to Arizona

    06/29/2010 10:09:05 AM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies
    SIERRA VISTA Herald/Review - Capitol Media Services ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — Fewer than half the National Guard soldiers the president is planning to put along the border will end up in Arizona. The White House said Monday Arizona will be getting 524 soldiers within about a month. That is out of 1,200 troops the administration announced last month it will deploy along the entire Southwest border. And even that number is misleading, a less-than-satisfied Gov. Jan Brewer said Monday. The governor said she was told during a closed-door briefing by Obama administration officials there would be a “ramp-up” period and that it would take some time to get that...
  • National Guard to send 524 to Arizona border [State Dems deny involvement a ploy]

    06/29/2010 10:05:14 AM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies
    TUCSON — Monday’s announcement that 524 National Guard troops will be coming to Arizona beginning in August and various amounts will deploy to other border states was met with responses ranging from “it isn’t enough” to the Texas governor saying his state is being short-changed by President Barack Obama’s plan. The announcement of the total deployment of 1,200 was made in Tucson on Monday during a joint news conference held by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, both Democrats. They held a news conference prior to the team sent out by the president briefing Republican Gov....
  • Delivery of New F-16s to Pakistan Shows Deepening Relations

    06/24/2010 1:56:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 1+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lisa Daniel and Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, June 24, 2010 – The Air Force is set to deliver the first of 18 new F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighters to the Pakistani air force in a sign of deepening relations between the United States and Pakistan. The Air Force is set to deliver the first of 18 new F-16 C/D Block 52 Fighting Falcon jet fighters to the Pakistan air force. The aircraft will give Pakistan’s military an unprecedented advantage against violent extremists who threaten Pakistan and the region, officials said, by enabling precision targeting in all weather conditions, day and night. U.S. Air Force photo  (Click photo...
  • National Guard to Deploy to Southwest Border

    06/24/2010 9:44:42 AM PDT · by SandRat · 53 replies · 1+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, USA
    WASHINGTON, June 24, 2010 – About 1,200 National Guard troops will support the Homeland Security Department in enhancing the security of the nation's Southwest border, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said here this week. The Guardsmen will assist in ongoing efforts to secure the border and combat cartels, Napolitano said during remarks June 22 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies about ongoing Homeland Security initiatives and new strategies to bolster border security and enforce immigration laws. The National Guard deployments have worked over the last 20 years in a coordinated fashion that frees up border patrol agents for...
  • Deployed Soldiers Return in Time for Father’s Day

    06/18/2010 10:44:51 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 117+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 18, 2010 – Army Sgt. 1st Class Roland Lueras left for a year-long deployment to Iraq on Father’s Day last year, missing his family’s usual gift-giving celebrations. Army Master Sgt. Donald Towers poses for a picture with his grandchildren, Jamie and Waylon, shortly before his deployment to Iraq in June 2009. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. But this weekend, it will be his 8-year-old son, Austin, who will receive the special gift: his father. Lueras is one of about 80 Army National Guard soldiers with the 203rd Military Police Battalion based in Athens, Ala., returning...
  • Face of Defense: Children Inspire Father to Serve

    06/18/2010 9:31:01 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 156+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Tech. Sgt. Jeremy J. McClure, Iowa Air National Guard
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa, June 18, 2010 – The newest flight surgeon in the Iowa Air National Guard's 185th Medical Group only just recently joined the military, but his family is very familiar with military life. Air Force Maj. (Dr.) Glenn Harden, a physician from Sioux City, Iowa, is sworn into the Air National Guard at the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, May 1, 2010. Harden will work as the flight surgeon at the wing’s medical clinic. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Oscar Sanchez  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Air Force Maj. (Dr.) Glenn Harden entered...
  • No Drones Yet

    06/11/2010 2:10:02 PM PDT · by lakeprincess · 12 replies · 289+ views
    The Washington TImes ^ | June 11, 2010 | Jennifer Harper
    Inquiring minds want to know. Has the White House responded to any requests made by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to help secure her state's border against illegal immigration and narco-terrorism, like with a couple more OH-58 helicopters or a few unmanned aerial vehicles, more affectionately known in some circles as Predator UAVs? Well, no. "We have had no specific response from the administration on any of our proposals..."
  • Green Mountain Boys Make a Difference in Afghanistan

    06/10/2010 7:43:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 242+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy, USA
    ARLINGTON, Va., June 10, 2010 – The soldiers of the Vermont Army National Guard’s 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team have been working hard to make a difference during their deployment to Afghanistan, the brigade’s commander told reporters recently. Vermont Army National Guard Capt. Stephen Iaquinto from Berlin, N.J., and a member of the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, shows Afghan children a picture from his camera in Bagram, Afghanistan, May 24, 2010. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “Across the board, our soldiers are extremely happy about what they’re doing,” said Army Col. Will Roy. “They know...
  • Face of Defense: Soldier Fishes, Recruits for Guard

    06/10/2010 7:36:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 185+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | 2nd Lt. April Hawes, Illinois Army National Guard
    KENTUCKY LAKE, Ky., June 10, 2010 – With the sun beating down in 90-degree pre-summer heat, the lake here was Army Sgt. Adam Lock's home away from home as he cast his fishing line into the cool water in hopes of coaxing a bite from a bass. Army Sgt. Adam Lock, 29, of Altamont, Ill., catches a bass on Kentucky Lake, Ky., June 2, 2010. Lock is a recruiter with the Illinois National Guard and the only military member on the Forrest L. Wood Fishing Tour Team, sponsored by the National Guard. Photo by Illinois Army National Guard 2nd Lt....
  • Hello, Obama? It’s me, America. You’re not listening!

    06/01/2010 4:48:29 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 8 replies · 310+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-01-10 | DrJohn
    Obama: Screw you, America: Sixty-seven percent (67%) of U.S. voters say military troops should be sent to the Mexican border to prevent illegal immigration. A new Rasmussen Reports nationwide telephone survey finds that just 18% are opposed and another 15% are not sure. A majority of Democrats, Republicans, and unaffiliated voters all support the concept of using the troops to stop illegal immigration. Obama is sending 1200 National Guard troops to the border, but it's not to protect the borders. He said he's sending them for the interdiction of drugs and violence, but since they're unarmed that assertion makes...
  • New light shed on Kent State killings--Shots fired at Guard, declassified files indicate

    05/03/2010 6:27:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 203 replies · 5,344+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 4, 2010 | James Rosen
    Previously undisclosed FBI documents suggest that the Kent State antiwar protests were more meticulously planned than originally thought and that one or more gunshots may have been fired at embattled Ohio National Guardsmen before their killings of four students and woundings of at least nine others on that searing day in May 1970. As the nation marks the 40th anniversary of the Kent State antiwar protests Tuesday, a review of hundreds of previously unpublished investigative reports sheds a new — and very different — light on the tragic episode. The upheaval that enveloped the northeastern Ohio campus actually began three...
  • Face of Defense: Guardsman Paints to Document Deployment

    04/07/2010 5:04:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 276+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Sgt. Michael L. Owens, La. USANG
    NEW ORLEANS, April 7, 2010 – Between weekend drills, overseas deployments, the work in communities during peacekeeping and natural disaster missions, full-time jobs and school, National Guardsmen often find themselves too busy making a difference to find time for their hobbies. Army 1st Lt. Heather S. Englehart of the Louisiana National Guard paints a scene from her military experiences at her home in New Orleans, March 31, 2010. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. One soldier has found a way to combine the two. For 31-year-old Army 1st Lt. Heather S. Englehart of the Louisiana National Guard, her...