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  • Guardsman, peace-loving landlady are at odds over apartment rental

    06/04/2012 5:36:37 AM PDT · by massmike · 23 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 06/04/2012 | Laurel J. Sweet
    A National Guardsman who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay has sued a woman he tried to rent from, after she told him his war service and her peace activism presented a “conflict of interests” and suggested he seek housing elsewhere — though the Dorchester landlady insists his veteran status “would not impede his chances to rent from us.” Sgt. Joel Morgan, 29, said the two-bedroom $1,220-a-month Savin Hill apartment that property owner Janice Roberts, 63, showed him in April was perfect. But he claims Roberts told him in an April 9 voicemail that renting to him would be...
  • Face of Defense: Vietnam Vet Guardsman Savors View From Top

    06/09/2011 5:43:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 1+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Army Sgt. Darron Salzer, National Guard Bureau
    ARLINGTON, Va., June 9, 2011 – As one of the last remaining active-duty National Guard members with service experience in Vietnam, Army Master Sgt. Leland Lesher said the most rewarding thing about his career is the view from the top while at the Army Guard headquarters. Army Master Sgt. Leland Lesher, Army National Guard force protection branch noncommissioned officer in charge and an Illinois National Guard member, swears the oath of extension and enlistment at the Army National Guard Readiness Center in Arlington, Va., June 7, 2011. Lesher is one of the last active-duty Guard members who has service time...
  • Slain Texas National Guardsman Lived In Mexico (gunned down in Juarez)

    10/23/2010 10:41:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    KRIS TV ^ | 10/22/10
    Slain National Guardsman Lived In MexicoUpdated: Oct 22, 2010 12:56 PM JUAREZ,MEXICO - The Texas National Guard now says a private first class killed in Mexico was actually in the neighborhood where he lived. Jose Hernandez-Ramirez ignored warnings from his superiors and not only crossed into Mexico, he lived there with the rest of his family. He and another man were gunned down in the street. At the time of the shooting, Hernandez was not on duty or in uniform. According to the National Guard Hernandez was a full-time student in El Paso, but so far none of the colleges...
  • Guardsman’s Background Brought Cultural Awareness

    06/08/2010 4:10:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 27+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Thomas Greene, USA
    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq, June 8, 2010 – Michigan Army National Guard Spc. Anna Jonkman, 22, says she has a keen sense of cultural awareness. To her, it is a natural instinct she applies daily while escorting Iraqis to work here. Michigan Army National Guard Spc. Anna Jonkman, deployed to Joint Base Balad, Iraq, with the 1073rd Support Maintenance Company, participates in a pre-deployment ceremony following training at Camp Shelby, Miss., April 8, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Kilka  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Assigned to the 1073rd Support Maintenance Company, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment,...
  • Face of Defense: Deployed Guardsman Helps Fellow Airmen

    04/22/2010 5:18:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 152+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Master Sgt. Scott Sturkol, USAF
    SOUTHWEST ASIA, April 22, 2010 – Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Mark Miller, an Air National Guardsman who’s deployed here as the first sergeant for the 380th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron, takes the core value of "service before self" very seriously. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Mark Miller, first sergeant for the 380th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron, participates in a retreat ceremony in Southwest Asia, April 2, 2010. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Scott Sturkol  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. "I have a great pride in our country," said Miller, who is from the Iowa Air National...
  • Face of Defense: Guardsman Supports Contracting Efforts

    04/14/2010 4:42:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 189+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Master Sgt. Scott Sturkol, USAF
    SOUTHWEST ASIA, April 14, 2010 – Air Force Tech. Sgt. Tyson Hall's hometown motto in Middleton, Wis., is the "Good Neighbor City." Air Force Tech. Sgt. Tyson Hall, a contracting officer with the 380th Expeditionary Contracting Squadron, works in his office in Southwest Asia, April 8, 2010. He is deployed from the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field in Madison. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Scott Sturkol  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. As a contracting officer with the 380th Expeditionary Contracting Squadron here, Hall also might be considered a "good neighbor" to the...
  • Face of Defense: Guardsman Uses Civilian Skills to Improve Convoy Routes

    02/19/2010 4:41:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 244+ views
    CAMP ADDER, Iraq, Feb. 19, 2010 – An Oregon National Guard member, who is a line-haul driver for FedEx in his civilian job, is helping to improve the convoy routes for military logisticians in Iraq. Army Sgt. Maj. Ted Carlson, the brigade operations sergeant major for the Oregon National Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is using his civilian skills as a line-haul driver for Federal Express to develop more efficient convoy routes for troops serving in Iraq. Courtesy photo provided by 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. "I was asked to assist with developing...
  • Guardsman Posts Best U.S. Finish in Olympic Biathlon

    02/14/2010 3:46:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 364+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke, USAF
    ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 14, 2010 – A Utah National Guard soldier today posted the best American finish ever in the biathlon at the Winter Olympics. Army World Class Athlete Program biathlete Sgt. Jeremy Teela of the Utah National Guard nears the finish line for ninth place with a time of 25 minutes, 21.7 seconds in the Olympic men's 10-kilometer sprint race Feb. 14, 2010, at Whistler Olympic Park in Callaghan Valley, British Columbia, Canada. It was the best American finish ever on Olympic biathlon competition. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Sgt. Jeremy...
  • Guardsman Goes Full-Time to Answer Nation’s Call

    10/26/2007 4:53:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 123+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Cpl. Nathan Hoskins
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Oct. 26, 2007 – It didn’t matter that he already had a good job that paid well, and his convictions weren’t shaken after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Tom Jessee wanted to join the Army full time. He wanted to become a full-time warrior. Army Lt. Col. Tom Jessee, executive officer for the 1st Air Cavalry “Warrior” Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, sits on the flightline at Camp Taji, Iraq, in the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter he’ll be flying during missions that day. Photo by Cpl. Nathan Hoskins, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available....
  • Indiana Guardsman Cites Freight Firm for Excellent Support

    08/28/2007 4:32:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 290+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2007 – Indiana National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Michael S. McAllister is so impressed with the support provided by his employer, Con-way Inc., that he recommended that it receive a prestigious Defense Department award. Con-way Inc. is among 15 businesses and organizations selected to receive this year’s Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. McAllister nominated the company for the annual award, which honors businesses and organizations that provide exemplary support for their employees in the Guard or reserves. McAllister is a coordinator at Con-way Freight’s trucking hub in Plainfield, Ind., located near Indianapolis. The Ann Arbor,...
  • Kentucky Guard Soldier Receives Distinguished Service Cross

    02/21/2007 3:21:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 553+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy, USA
    LEXINGTON, Ky., Feb. 21, 2007 – A Kentucky Army National Guardsman has become the first Guard soldier -- and only the fifth servicemember overall -- to receive the Distinguished Service Cross. Kentucky Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Timothy Nein, left, remains at attention after receiving the Distinguished Service Cross from Army Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau, in Lexington, Ky., Feb. 17. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy, USA  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Distinguished Service Cross is second only to the Medal of Honor among awards for valor in battle. Staff...
  • Utah Guardsman Plans Salt Lake City Freedom Walk

    08/21/2006 5:25:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 761+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2006 – A veteran Utah Army National Guardsman from Salt Lake City is coordinating efforts to hold the municipality’s first Freedom Walk. Salt Lake City’s Freedom Walk is slated for the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, Chief Warrant Officer Paul Holton, an Army interrogator, said. “It’s important for people to remember how we felt that day,” Holton said. It’s also important to honor military veterans, especially those who’ve given their lives safeguarding freedom, he added. Holton is working to get sponsors and publicity for his city’s Freedom Walk....
  • Hardwick Man Killed In Ramadi During Attack

    03/03/2006 6:47:23 AM PST · by Candor7 · 2 replies · 364+ views
    The Caledonian Record ^ | Friday, March 3, 2006 | MEGHAN McCARTHY
    Hardwick Man Killed In Ramadi During Attack BY MEGHAN McCARTHY, Staff Writer Friday March 3, 2006 ( Merchant Immediately Below) Spc. Christopher Merchant, 32, of Hardwick, Vt., was killed Wednesday in a coordinated attack on Iraqi police headquarters in Iraq, the National Guard said Thursday. ( Pequeno Immediately Below) ( Above) Jose Pequeno at work for the Sugar Hill Police Department last April A Vermont National Guardsman was killed and two New Hampshire soldiers injured during an insurgent attack near Ramadi, Iraq, Wednesday morning. Spc. Christopher Merchant, 32, of Hardwick, Vt., was killed instantly by a rocket-propelled grenade, according to...
  • Guardsman: New Orleans duty worse than Iraq (Racism, malaise)

    12/09/2005 7:11:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 109 replies · 3,111+ views
    Carmel Pine Cone ^ | 12/09/05 | MARY BROWNFIELD
    Guardsman: New Orleans duty worse than Iraq By MARY BROWNFIELD Published: December 9, 2005 'IT WAS a difficult deployment, because a lot of the guys had just come back from Iraq,” said John Hanson, a U.S. Army National Guardsman and building maintenance specialist for the City of Carmel. “And what we found in New Orleans made it worse.” It wasn’t the hurricane-destroyed homes or the emptiness of the city that made the mission a challenge, but the state of the high school he and his platoon were ordered to get ready to reopen. Hurricane Katrina left 119 schools closed, according...
  • Troop Tribute Spotlights National Guardsman

    10/10/2005 4:24:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 164+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 9, 2005 | Linda D. Kozaryn
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2005 – Country music fans phoned WMZQ radio throughout the day Oct. 8 asking one question: would the heavy rains stop the Tribute to the Troops? Not to worry, the disc jockeys said. The show would go on. People with tickets for lawn seats at the Nissan Pavilion in Manassas, Va., could now sit inside the open-air concert arena. One caller vowed the sporadic downpours wouldn't keep her away. "I'll be there," she said. "The troops don't stop fighting just because it rains." Thousands of other country-music-loving troop supporters showed the same determination. They coped with the...
  • Brash Guardsman isn't sorry for putting Rumsfeld on the spot

    12/20/2004 11:23:26 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 79 replies · 1,366+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | December 20, 2004 | News Staff
    The National Guardsman who put Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on the spot about having to scavenge metal to boost the armor on military vehicles says he has no regrets. In speaking out for the first time, Thomas Wilson declared: "If this is my 15 minutes of fame, I hope it saves a life." "Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills?" he asked Rumsfeld in a Q&A nearly two weeks ago. The secretary's response, that "You go to war with the Army you have," spawned a storm of criticism. "Personally, I didn't like that answer," Wilson told Time...
  • Guardsman killed Iraqi after sex.

    12/20/2004 6:34:28 AM PST · by izzatzo · 205 replies · 4,341+ views
    News Observer ^ | 12/20/04 | Jay Price
    Guardsman killed Iraqi after sex By JAY PRICE, Staff Writer A North Carolina National Guard member thought to be the first U.S. soldier convicted of murdering an Iraqi said he "snapped" and shot the 17-year-old boy after they had consensual sex, according to court-martial records released this week. Pvt. Federico Daniel Merida, 21, of Biscoe, a tiny town south of Asheboro, pleaded guilty during a court-martial in Iraq to shooting the Iraqi national guard private, whose name the Army withheld. Merida was sentenced Sept. 25 to 25 years in prison and reduced in rank. He will be dishonorably discharged. Army...
  • Defense begins its case with Army psychologist (Andersonaccused of trying to help the al-Qaida)

    09/01/2004 1:57:36 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 6 replies · 200+ views
    AP ^ | September 1, 2004 | MELANTHIA MITCHELL
    FORT LEWIS, Wash. -- A National Guardsman accused of trying to help the al-Qaida terrorist network suffers from bipolar disorder and other mental-health conditions, a civilian psychologist from Madigan Army Medical Center testified Wednesday. "He has been an outsider, a social misfit, most of his life," psychologist Jack Norris said of defendant Spc. Ryan G. Anderson. Norris said he began evaluating Anderson in mid-July, eventually diagnosing him with bipolar disorder, the condition formerly called manic depression. Anderson also had features of two other disorders, narcissism, or egocentrism, and schizotypal, symptoms of which include social discomfort and eccentric behavior, Norris said....
  • Small Business Loans Bring Temporary Relief to Reservists

    12/31/2003 7:51:21 AM PST · by Calpernia · 5 replies · 127+ views
    Special to American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec. 31, 2003 | By Staff Sgt. Michelle Thomas, USAF
    Overseas deployments are always tough on families. Naturally, the initial focus falls upon the emotional cost of separation. But, for Guardsmen and reservists who own small businesses, the cost involved in a deployment takes on a whole new meaning. For the past two years, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan program has provided loans to eligible small businesses to cover operating costs that can't be met after a key employee is called to active duty in the reserves or National Guard. Often the "key employee" is the business owner, whose family left behind depends on...