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  • Two Illinois men arrested on terror charges

    03/26/2015 3:46:09 PM PDT · by bgill · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | March 26, 2015 | CNN
    )—An Army National Guard member and his cousin have been arrested in Illinois for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to the terrorist organization ISIS, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The alleged plot included a plan to attack a U.S. military installation in Illinois. In the past 18 months, the Justice Department's National Security Division has prosecuted or is prosecuting 32 cases of people attempting to travel abroad to join or providing support to terrorist groups. Of those cases, 18 allegedly involve support to ISIS.
  • Texas guardsmen killed in Mexico went despite warning

    10/22/2010 8:03:26 PM PDT · by Libloather
    The Eagle ^ | 10/22/10
  • State Guardsmen will be on duty by month’s end.

    08/19/2010 9:24:50 AM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    SIERRA VISTA Herald/Review - Capitol Media Services ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — Arizona National Guard troops will arrive at the U.S. border by the end of the month. Lt. Valentine Castillo said the first batch of soldiers began their training on Monday with Customs and Border Protection to be members of “entry identification teams.” These soldiers will watch the border area for unusual activity and report what they find to federal agents. He figures the first batch of soldiers going through the training will be ready to take their posts by Aug. 31. Castillo would not provide specific numbers. But he said a new batch of soldiers will begin their...
  • Face of Defense: Guardsmen Rescue Mom, Baby

    02/16/2010 7:12:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 353+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Staff Sgt. Sherree Grebenstein, USA
    BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va., Feb. 16, 2010 – Necessity has often been called the mother of invention. Army Spc. Derek C. Folk, left, and Staff Sgt. Harry F. Accor III, two medics with the West Virginia National Guard, employed hand-made snowshoes to rescue a mother and her four-week-old premature baby stranded in their home without power due to back-to-back blizzards, Morgan County, W.Va., Feb. 10, 2010. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Sherree Grebenstein   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Just ask two West Virginia National Guard soldiers who found themselves attempting to rescue a mother and her four-week-old premature baby...
  • Mullen Thanks Afghanistan-bound Vermont Guardsmen

    01/08/2010 3:31:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 256+ views
    ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt., Jan. 8, 2010 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff thanked the soldiers of the Vermont National Guard today as they said goodbye to family and friends and prepared to trade the snows of New England for the snows of Afghanistan. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen spoke to more than 200 troops of the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and their families at a departure ceremony. The unit will go to Camp Atterbury, Ind., for training before deploying to Regional Command East in Afghanistan. Snow fell outside as the “Green Mountain Boys” formed up inside the...
  • Guardsmen Provide Health, Vet Care in Alaska

    08/17/2009 4:56:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 359+ views
    NOME, Alaska, Aug. 17, 2009 – Medical personnel from the Army and Air National Guard and Coast Guard traveled 6,600 miles in three days to visit three Alaska communities as part of Operation Arctic Crossroads. Air Force Capt. Rhonda Ellison, a veterinarian with the Alabama Air National Guard, gives a rabies shot to a dog in the village of Koyuk, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon-Paul Rios  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The three services, along with active-duty Air Force personnel, will provide medical, dental and optometry services to residents of nine remote villages...
  • Joint Medical Expo Brings Needed Healthcare to Iraqi Villagers

    06/09/2009 6:01:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 228+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Capt. Maggie White, USA
    Dr. Abdul Abbas examines the throat of a young Iraqi girl during a medical expo at Hor al-Bosh, near Taji, June 7. Photo by Capt. Maggie White, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team. TAJI — Thanks to the combined efforts of Pennsylvania National Guardsmen, the Iraqi Army (IA), and concerned citizens, villagers here were recently given access to medical care in an area where local clinics are not accessible. U.S. Soldiers helped support this joint medical expo at the al-Sadir secondary school in the rural area of Hor al-Bosh, June 7, where local citizens were able to see doctors and nurses,...
  • Arizona Guardsmen Take on NBA Stars

    02/17/2009 4:27:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 221+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tech. Sgt. Angela Walz, USAF
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2009 – Arizona Army and Air National Guardsmen were honored for their combat service Feb. 15 with an opportunity to score against National Basketball Association greats Shaquille O’Neal and David Robinson during the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend here. Army National Guard members Staff Sgt. Maygen Matson, left, and Spc. Taylor Anonson pose for a photo with National Basketball Association superstar Shaquille O'Neal during NBA All-Star Weekend in Phoenix, Feb. 15, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Angela Walz  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. But this competition didn’t take place on a basketball court....
  • Guardsmen Find Parallels in Ukraine’s Disaster Relief Efforts

    11/18/2008 3:34:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 137+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 2nd Lt. Will Martin, USA
    SACRAMENTO, Nov. 18, 2008 – For California National Guardsmen, the annual fire season has rendered moot the question of whether natural disasters will strike the state. No longer do they ask “if,” but only “when” and “where.” Maj. Gen. Vasyl Kvashuk, director of the Ukrainian army's civil protection department, addresses key leaders at the California National Guard’s joint force headquarters in Sacramento, Calif., Nov. 12, 2008. Kvashuk led a Ukrainian team that was in California to participate in Vigilant Guard '09, the National Guard's weeklong disaster-response exercise. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Dave Loeffler  (Click photo for screen-resolution...
  • Texas Guardsmen charged with immigrant smuggling

    06/12/2007 5:35:12 AM PDT · by BGHater · 21 replies · 553+ views
    Reuters ^ | 11June 2007 | Reuters
    Three Texas National Guardsmen serving on the U.S.-Mexico border to help prevent drug smuggling and illegal immigration were charged on Monday with taking cash to transport 24 undocumented aliens, federal prosecutors said. U.S. Attorney Don DeGabrielle said Jose Rodrigo Torres, 26, from Laredo, Texas, was arrested on June 7 while in uniform driving along Interstate 35 south of San Antonio with the immigrants in his van. Two other guardsmen -- Julio Cesar Pacheco, 25, also of Laredo, and Clarence Hodge Jr., 36, of Fort Worth, Texas -- were paid to approach Torres' van at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint to...
  • National Guardsmen Make The Difference at Al Rasul School

    04/23/2007 5:21:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 505+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. L.B. Edgar
    National Guardsmen Make The Difference at Al Rasul School U.S. soldiers work to make a lasting impact on Iraqi communities. By Spc. L.B. Edgar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Multi-National Division - Baghdad Public Affairs Office MAKASIB, Iraq, April 23, 2007 — A warm welcome met the soldiers upon their arrival. Smiles have replaced once contemptuous stares. The typical silence gave way to a friendly dialogue. A customary hand to the heart followed every handshake. The soldiers were greeted, not as outsiders of the community, but the heroes of the now joyous school. "As the insurgents are pushed out...
  • Web Link Connects Guardsmen, Reservists to Employer Support Network

    04/06/2007 4:57:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 101+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 6, 2007 – National Guard and Reserve members now need turn no farther than their computers to get help with employment issues arising from their military service or mobilization. A new link on the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Web site leads reserve-component members to one of some 900 volunteer ESGR ombudsmen. The link is on the right side of the ESGR Web site at Users explain the problem they’re having and provide contact information for both themselves and their employers, and the information is stored on a secure server. ESGR then assigns the...
  • Chairman Pays Tribute to Employers of Guardsmen, Reservists

    02/27/2007 5:08:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 223+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2007 – The military is grateful to the civilian employers of National Guardsmen and reservists who support their employees when they’re called to duty, said Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Pace saluted employers during a tribute to the troops in Anchorage on Feb. 23. Just prior to leaving Washington, he signed a letter acknowledging the military’s partnership with employers of reserve-component servicemembers. “We quite simply can’t do our nation’s business without the members of our Guard and Reserve,” the chairman said. “They are incredibly valued members of the team. Because...
  • Pennsylvania Guardsmen Help Thousands of Storm-Stranded Motorists

    02/16/2007 4:59:36 PM PST · by SandRat · 16 replies · 593+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2007 – About 500 Pennsylvania National Guard members were called up to assist thousands of motorists stranded for almost a day on icy highways, a Pennsylvania state official said today. An immense winter storm that paralyzed the Midwest and eastern United States over the past several days caused nearly 24 hours of gridlock involving hundreds of motorists on a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 78 between Allentown, Pa., and Harrisburg, the state capital, Kevin Cramsey, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, said today. The road closings “really began Wednesday afternoon and pretty much...
  • Local guardsmen embark on year-long Afghanistan tour

    01/02/2007 4:54:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 252+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Carol Ann Alaimo
    Hundreds of Tucson-area National Guard soldiers bid goodbye to loved ones this morning and headed off to help fight the war on terrorism. The Silverbell Heliport in Marana was awash with flag-waving wellwishers as members of the 1st Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment embarked on a year-long mission to Afghanistan. "This is about bringing the fight to the terrorists," said Sgt. Brad Frey, 27, a father of two and a a crew chief on the AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters flown by the unit. More than 450 troops from the 1-285th are headed overseas, the largest deployment of Arizona National Guard troops...
  • New Orleans Police Ask Governor to Extend Guardsmen

    11/29/2006 3:34:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 282+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2006 -- New Orleans police officials have requested Louisiana National Guardsmen remain on state active duty for another six months, a Guard spokesman said. Air Guard Lt. Col. Peter Schneider confirmed that New Orleans Police Superintendent Warren J. Riley has asked Gov. Katherine Blanco to extend the tours of 300 Guardsmen through June 2007. Guardsmen have been patrolling neighborhoods in the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged city since June, when five teenagers were killed over one weekend. If the governor does not extend the tours, the state deployment will end by the end of December. Over the Thanksgiving weekend,...
  • Fewer, More Predictable Deployments Coming, Pace Tells Guardsmen

    11/14/2006 4:38:02 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 293+ views
    CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo, Nov. 14, 2006 -- Changes being made in the way the force is structured, trains and deploys ultimately will mean fewer deployments and more predictability for individual troops, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told National Guardsmen today during a town hall meeting here. Marine Gen. Peter Pace told about 500 National Guard troops wrapping up a year-long deployment with Kosovo Force 7 the most important thing the military can offer them is a basic idea of when and how frequently they’ll be called up for duty. Questions from the group focused on the...
  • Indiana Guardsmen, Families Rally for Cheney Remarks

    10/20/2006 5:01:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 553+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Les Newport, USA
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2006 -- Hoosier families of the Indiana Army and Air National Guard from Fort Wayne to Evansville rallied in the early dark morning here today waiting to hear words of support and gratitude from Vice President Dick Cheney. Vice President Dick Cheney addresses Indiana National Guard soldiers, airmen and family members Oct. 20 at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Photo by Sgt. Michael Krieg, USA  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. They didn't have to wait long, as Cheney opened his remarks with an expression of thanks from the commander in chief. "The citizen-soldier is absolutely vital to...
  • Cheney Praises Michigan Guardsmen, Discusses Terror War

    09/26/2006 7:58:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 236+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2006 – Vice President Richard B. Cheney yesterday thanked Michigan National Guardsmen for their service to their state and nation, and talked about the war on terror and the central fronts of Afghanistan and Iraq. In a time of war, the National Guard is absolutely vital to protecting the United States, Cheney said at a rally for Guardsmen and their families in Wyoming, Mich. He said Guardsmen serve to defend the country and to respond to natural and man-made disasters. “I want all of you to know that we appreciate the work you do, we respect the...
  • California Guardsmen Help Enforce Airport Security

    08/28/2006 5:43:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 253+ views
    SAN DIEGO, Aug. 28, 2006 -- Staff Sgt. Chris Salgado, a California Army National Guard member based here, remembers his wife calling him to the television set Aug. 10 to see news reports about a terrorist ring unearthed in London that was planning attacks on U.S.-bound airliners. Spc. John Rivera from 40th Special Troop Brigade, foreground; Spc. Gabriel Gambone from the 670th Military Police Company, background; and another California National Guardsman work side by side with officials from the Transportation Security Administration at San Diego International Airport to enforce airport security. Photo by Cherie Thurlby  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution...
  • Income-Replacement Program Launched for Mobilized Reservists, Guardsmen

    08/04/2006 6:05:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 165+ views
    WASHINGTON, August 4, 2006 -- The Defense Department this month kicked off a program to help prevent activated reservists and National Guardsmen from facing financial hardships. The Reserve Income Replacement Program will pay eligible National Guard and reserve members mobilized for extended or frequent periods the difference between their monthly civilian pre-mobilization income and their current total monthly military compensation. “RIRP is designed to assist those mobilized Guard and reserve members that are experiencing a loss of income while mobilized,” said Tom Bush, principal director of manpower and reserve affairs for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense...
  • MN Guardsmen to patrol southern border

    07/05/2006 5:54:39 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 5 replies · 258+ views ^ | 7-5-06 | BRIAN BAKST
    ST. PAUL (AP) - Up to 200 members of the Minnesota National Guard will head to New Mexico beginning this month as part of a federal effort to beef up security along the U.S border with Mexico. Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito announced the deployment Wednesday, nearly two months after President Bush asked states to commit soldiers to a mission designed to slow the tide of illegal immigration across America's southern border. Minnesota's contingent will be comprised of volunteers or Guard members due for regular training missions. "If Minnesota had a challenge of this nature, we would...
  • Guardsmen Charged in Connection With Iraqi's Death

    06/25/2006 12:53:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 395+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 25, 2006 – Two Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers have been charged in connection with the death of an Iraqi citizen, U.S. officials announced today. Spec. Nathan B. Lynn is charged with one count of voluntary manslaughter and a count of obstructing justice involving the Feb. 15 death of an unarmed male Iraqi. Lynn allegedly shot the man during a security sweep his unit was conducting near Baghdad. Sgt. Milton Ortiz Jr. is also charged with obstructing justice as part of the Feb. 15 shooting. Ortiz is also charged with one count of assault and one count of communicating...
  • Arizona guardsmen head to Mexico border

    06/18/2006 10:02:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 380+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/18/06 | AP
    PHOENIX - About 50 Arizona National Guard troops were sent to the U.S.-Mexican border Sunday as part of President Bush's plan to assist immigration agents, officials said. The guardsmen were briefed on U.S. Border Patrol operations in Yuma and were to begin working Monday as mechanics and radio dispatchers. A total of 300 guardsmen were expected to arrive at the border by the end of the week, said Maj. Paul Aguirre, a spokesman for the Arizona National Guard. The troops will monitor remote cameras, operate communications equipment and perform other administrative duties. Under Bush's plan, up to 6,000 National Guard...
  • 'Operation Jump Start' Puts 2,500 Guardsmen on Southern Border in June

    06/06/2006 6:45:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 320+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, June 6, 2006 – As part of Operation Jump Start, the National Guard will place about 2,500 troops along the U.S.-Mexico border by the end of the month to support efforts to curb illegal immigrants from entering the country, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said yesterday. "The National Guard will support federal law enforcement agencies that have responsibilities for the security of our borders," Army Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum said. "What we will be doing is bringing military skills, military equipment, military expertise and experience to assist at the request of the Department of Homeland Security."...
  • America Supports You: Toyota Helps Guardsmen, Reservists Find Jobs

    02/27/2006 4:22:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 452+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Rudi Williams
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2006 – Don Esmond, a Vietnam War hero, walked into the Toyota Motor Sales in Torrance, Calif., one day in early 2004 and told the staff he wanted the company to develop a hiring program for guardsmen and reservists returning to civilian life from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. David Sweat, left, the parts department manager at Priority Toyota in Chesapeake, Va., said Army National Guard Sgt. Ricardo "Ricky" Velez came to the company about two months after leaving active duty. Velez previously served in Iraq for 14 months. Photo courtesy of James Wallace  (Click photo...
  • California National Guardsmen Help Rescue Flood Victims

    01/04/2006 8:21:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 324+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 4, 2005 | Petty Officer 3rd Class John R. Guardiano, USN
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2006 – Soldiers from the California National Guard helped rescue torrential flood victims last weekend while working in tandem with civilian firefighters and swift-water rescuers. Capt. David Marciano of the Russian River Fire Department in Guerneville, Calif., said the guardsmen were "indispensable." "There's no other way to describe what they did," he said. "We don't know how we'd have managed without them." Northern California was wracked with weekend flooding that threatened life and property. Water crested to nearly six feet deep, rendering cars useless and roads non-traversable, Marciano noted. California National Guard headquarters was placed on alert...
  • Texas guardsmen provide back-to-back hurricane assistanc

    09/22/2005 4:48:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 223+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Sep 22, 2005 | Tech. Sgt. Gregory Ripps
    LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) -- Texas Air National Guardsmen returning home from Hurricane Katrina duty had just enough time to catch up on sleep before receiving the order to repack their bags. Now they are preparing to deal with the aftermath of another hurricane, but this time it will hit closer to home. Hurricane Rita is aiming for the Texas coast. Guardsmen with the 149th Fighter Wing here will be part of Task Force-Seguin, a force comprising 400 people, which is part of the 1,750-person Joint Task Force-Texas. Texas National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will constitute the task...
  • Guardsmen to Assume Mission in New Orleans Neighborhood

    09/20/2005 9:44:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 182+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sep 20, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 20, 2005 – A National Guard unit soon will be conducting security and recovery missions for residents in Algiers, a New Orleans neighborhood located across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter. "We're going to put soldiers in grocery stores helping them to stock shelves, whatever we have to do," said Army 1st Lt. Richard J. Chappell, executive officer of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 185th Armor Regiment, of the California National Guard. The 185th is headquartered in Escondido, Calif. The Golden State guardsmen will continue to assist Algiers residents and help the area's business community get back...
  • Anchorage Police Commit to Support Guardsmen, Reservists

    08/31/2005 7:18:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 315+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug 31, 2005 | Samantha L. Quigley
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Aug. 31, 2005 – The Anchorage Police Department has put into writing its verbal commitment to the Guardsmen and Reservists who protect and serve the community when they're not protecting and serving the country. Anchorage Police Chief Walter Monegan signed a "statement of support" under the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve's "5-Star Employer Program." "All it (involved) was basically memorializing an existing (verbal) agreement," Monegan said about the statement of commitment he signed in April. "Members of the Guard and Reserve do double duty, and I respect that." The document declares, in writing,...
  • Rhode Island Guardsmen Adjust to Iraqi Heat

    08/01/2005 7:11:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 415+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Aug 1, 2005 | Army Spc. Matthew Wester
    TAJI, Iraq, Aug. 1, 2005 — Rhode Island never gets this hot. For Rhode Island National Guard soldiers of D Company, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment, the Iraqi heat has been a challenge, but integrating with other units has gone smoothly. The infantry company is attached to 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery Regiment, 48th Brigade, Georgia National Guard, which is supporting 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division here. "Three-quarters of my unit are prior active-duty soldiers, so they seamlessly transitioned to what they once were," said Capt. William H. Tuttle IV, D Co. commander from Warwick, R.I. "I have not seen...
  • Utah Guardsmen Help Get Afghan Boy Heart Surgery

    01/10/2005 11:07:41 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 2 replies · 290+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | January 10, 2005 | Dawn House
    In California: An e-mail campaign, plus favors and donations from families and friends, will get Asedullah Ibrahim a necessary operation Next week's hurdle will be the last, and perhaps the most dangerous. A dark-complected Afghan man dressed in a long, flowing caftan and turban, holding the hand of an 11-year-old boy, could spark suspicion when the two change planes in Germany, New York and Los Angeles. Any stress, from an overly aggressive security guard searching the boy to walking more than a few steps, could cause the child to collapse, perhaps die. Back at Bagram Airfield in north-central Afghanistan, Chief...
  • Kickin' A$$ (Terrorist's Tush) in Fallujah

    11/09/2004 11:32:49 AM PST · by meandog · 46 replies · 8,195+ views
    Various DoD sources | 11.9.04 | Gen. George Casey press conference
    Gen. George Casey, Commander, Multinational Force Iraq and Bryan Whitman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, Monday, November 8, 2004, DoD News Briefing via Teleconference from Iraq Key Messages: - Monday, Iraqi security and coalition forces kicked off offensive operations to eliminate the terrorist and insurgent safe haven in Fallujah and to restore control to the Iraqi government. The name of the operation is al-Fajr, the Iraqi word for dawn - This operation differs from the battle in Fallujah which took place in April because of the presence of an interim Iraqi government and its efforts to resolve...

    10/11/2004 2:45:09 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 9 replies · 846+ views
    In defense of Lt. Bush By Charles D. Youree, Jr. President Bush's military service is being unjustly vilified. I feel a sense of anger and frustration when I hear that instead of volunteering for Vietnam, Mr. Bush "hid out" flying fighter/interceptor jets in the Air National Guard (ANG) for four years. As a former Air Force pilot with 6,000 hours of flying time, including more than 3,000 hours in jet fighters, I know that whenever you strapped yourself into a jet fighter and took off, you were in harm's way. Your life was on the line. As fighter pilots, we...
  • Democrats deny Arkansas Guardsmen the right to vote.(vanity)

    09/28/2004 1:33:20 PM PDT · by Kewlhand`tek · 6 replies · 684+ views
    I wrote an email to a friend of mine in the Arkansas Libertarian Party. I said I am itching to vote for Bush but I havent received my ballot. I have received a ballot for school miliage issue so I know I have filled out everything properly. Here is what he said: Your ballot may be late because the Dems have sued to get Nader taken off. It's tied up in court and may not be resolved in time to get the military ballots printed, shipped and returned by election day. I had to laugh when Ron Oliver, the chair...
  • Guardsmen's mission: Teach Iraqi teachers

    09/19/2004 10:40:19 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 10 replies · 185+ views
    Trib ^ | September 20, 2004 | ADAM LYNN
    Sgt. 1st Class Dean Smith of Spokane, who visited Yakeen Swadi and her family in their home near Baghdad in July, teaches history when he's not deployed. He says he was glad to work with "Team Democracy" because he came to Iraq "to try to help." While politicians back home talk about bringing democracy to Iraq, some soldiers in the 81st Brigade Combat Team are working on the ground to do it. Four members of the brigade's 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment are using skills from their civilian jobs as schoolteachers to educate their Iraqi colleagues in the best ways...
  • (President) Bush to Address National Guardsmen - LIVE THREAD

    09/14/2004 7:01:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 267 replies · 6,573+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/14/04 | Deb Riechmann - AP
    AURORA, Colo. - President Bush (news - web sites) is honoring the sacrifice of National Guardsmen in Iraq (news - web sites) and Afghanistan (news - web sites), noting their special role in the war on terror, and saying he also is proud of his own Vietnam-era stint as a citizen soldier. Bush was not expected to address the controversy swirling around unexplained gaps in his service in the Texas Air National Guard in his address Tuesday to the 126th National Guard Association of the United States conference in Las Vegas. The Democratic National Committee (news - web sites) was...
  • Two New Jersey National Guardsmen killed in Iraq

    06/04/2004 5:12:15 PM PDT · by Arkinsaw · 3 replies · 174+ views
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Two New Jersey National Guard members were among five U.S. soldiers killed in an ambush in Baghdad on Friday, state and federal officials said. The soldiers, whose names were not released, are the first New Jersey National Guard members to be killed in the Iraq conflict. Three other New Jersey-based Guard members were wounded in the attack. The names of soldiers will not be released until 24 hours after relatives are contacted, said Micah Rasmussen, a spokesman for Gov. James E. McGreevey. The soldiers who died are from Carlstadt and Brick, said federal sources who spoke on...
  • Tyson Foods to Promote Reserve Component Troops, Employers

    03/10/2004 9:48:39 AM PST · by Calpernia · 8 replies · 146+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 10, 2004 | Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Media Release
    In a show of support of deployed Guardsmen and reservists and their employers, Tyson Foods has announced plans to put the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve logo on all products the company ships to military facilities worldwide. Along with the ESGR logo, the product labels will include the phrase, "Proud Recipient of the Freedom Award." Tyson Foods received the prestigious ESGR award in 2003 for its exceptional support to its Guard and Reserve employees. Tyson Foods is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork, and the second-largest food company in the Fortune 500. The...
  • Guardsmen Patrol GG Bridge - Threat prompts security boost on Golden Gate Bridge

    08/12/2002 9:13:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 191+ views ^ | 8/12/02 | AP
    <p>National Guardsmen patrolled below and federal officials watched the skies over the Golden Gate Bridge during Monday morning's commute, wrapping up a weekend of intensified monitoring due to the latest word of a potential terrorist threat.</p> <p>The bridge was placed on a "super-heightened" state of alert Friday through Sunday after information was shared through an interagency coalition Friday, said Mary Currie, spokeswoman for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District.</p>