The Intersect
Nov. 22, 2011

Obama signs bill to help companies hire jobless veterans
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Heralding a rare moment of bipartisan agreement, President Barack Obama signed into law recently legislation aimed at helping unemployed veterans find work while putting more cash in the hands of companies with government contracts. The legislation, which creates tax breaks for companies that hire jobless veterans, marks the first proposal from Obama's $447 billion jobs bill to be signed into law.More

Army planning 'Continuum of Service' between components
U.S. Army
Known as the Continuum of Service, the Army Reserve wants soldiers to have the ability to move between the active and reserve components, and civilian service. The basic concept of Continuum of Service, said an Army Reserve senior leader, is to allow soldiers to move between different statuses while preserving the Army's investment in training and education. It also aims to preserve the soldiers' accumulated benefits.More

Reserve launches efficiency moves
Air Force Times
Big changes are coming to the Air Force Reserve and officials say this could be just the beginning. This month, Air Force Reserve Command started the process of downsizing its three numbered air forces — 4th, 10th and 22nd — and inactivating its regional support groups at March Air Force Base, Calif., Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas and Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga.More

Be thankful for employers who support military service
The Charlotte Observer
From Raleigh's Jamie Applequist, a senior vice president of the State Employees' Credit Union and a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. SECU was one of 15 employers to receive the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award: As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I find myself reflecting on the many things I am thankful for in life. I am approaching 20 years in the United States Air Force and soon will be eligible to retire. Retirement has not come in the way I thought it would. After seven years of active duty, I made a decision not to re-enlist. I knew I wanted to stay connected to the military, though, and decided there was no better way to do so than commit to the Air Force Reserves.More

Indiana National Guard opens new $27 million training facility
The Republic
The Indiana National Guard opened a new $27 million training facility that is now the largest of the 65 Guard armories around the state. Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indiana Adjutant General Martin Umbarger took part in a ceremony at the new 169,000-square-foot facility in Franklin, where more than 900 Guard soldiers will meet each weekend to train for combat and disaster assignments.More

National Guard makes case to keep citizen-soldiers operational, relevant
Federal News Radio
The chief of the National Guard said that after 10 years of war, the Guard is stronger than it's been in its 350-year history. With those wars drawing down, he said he's trying to make the case inside the Pentagon that the Army and Air Guard shouldn't get left behind by budget cuts.More

Maj. Gen. William Ingram approved for Army National Guard's top job
The Fayetteville Observer
The Senate has confirmed Maj. Gen. William Ingram of North Carolina to be director of the Army National Guard as a three-star general. The director is responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all programs, policies and plans affecting the Army National Guard and its more than 350,000 Army guardsmen.More

How will latest budget battle affect the military?
Stars and Stripes
Congress faces yet another budget deadline coming up, and the decisions it makes could mean fewer troops, less dwell time, more outdated equipment and plenty of frustration for military planners for years to come. For the last three months, members of the bipartisan committee on deficit reduction — the so-called supercommittee — have been working on plans to cut $1.2 trillion in federal spending over the next 10 years. The supercommittee faces a deadline to vote on those plans but doesn’t appear close to a deal.More

National Guard (in federal status) and Reserve activated as of Nov. 15
U.S. Department of Defense
This week the Navy and Air Force announced an increase in activated reservists, while the Army, Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced a decrease. The net collective result is 991 fewer reservists activated than last week. At any given time, services may activate some units and individuals while deactivating others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease.More