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June 2, 2009
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Reservists Backbone of Fleet Week
Reservists from throughout the United States arrived in New York to support Fleet Week 2009. "It gave me an opportunity to work with the active-duty side of the Navy and show that our readiness in the Navy Reserve is always there to support our active-duty sailors," said Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Eric S. Shallis, from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Willow Grove, Pa. Shallis volunteered to support fleet week and worked as a tour guide for civilians who toured ships. More

National Interests

Returning Reservists Find Military Duty Clashes with Job Protection
from Belleville News-Democrat
Russell Hogan enlisted in the Air Force Reserve as a high school senior in 1988. Four years later he went to work for United Parcel Service. Eleven years after that, the United States invaded Iraq. Hogan and hundreds of thousands in the National Guard and Reserve went into uniform and off to war. He returned to civilian life the next year, but not to his old job driving a tractor-trailer truck out of a UPS outpost in Sedalia, Mo. That job had disappeared. More

NOAA Issues Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, Encourages Preparedness
from NOAA
NOAA forecasters say a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year. However, as with any season, the need to prepare for the possibility of a storm striking near you is essential. “Today, more than 35 million Americans live in regions most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes,” Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said. “Timely and accurate warnings of severe weather help save lives and property. Public awareness and public preparedness are the best defenses against a hurricane.” More

City of West Fargo Among Semi-finalists for Freedom Award
from West Fargo Pioneer
Three North Dakota employers have been selected as semi-finalists for the 2009 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The award is the U.S. Government’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. The Secretary of Defense Employer Freedom Award is significant because only members of the National Guard and Reserve or their family members are eligible to nominate their employers for the award. More

Despite Changes, Ex-commander Upbeat About Air Force’s Future
from The Sun News
Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. John Bradley believes many of the Air Force’s aging airplanes will get a lot older before they’re retired, creating accelerated challenges for dedicated airmen. He also believes reliance on unmanned aerial vehicles will continue to grow. More


Army Reserve Soldier Joins Small Group of Silver Star Recipients
from Army Reserves
On the morning of May 21, 2008, 17 Army Reserve Soldiers of the 420th Engineer Brigade Personal Security Detail were traveling through the mountains of Afghanistan in a convoy of four Humvees. Specialist David Hutchinson rode in the third Humvee, manning a machine gun. About 20 enemy insurgents attacked in a coordinated ambush from fortified fighting positions no more than 70 meters away. They fired multiple rocket propelled grenades and small arms including a machine gun. More

Afghan Tot Who Swallowed Battery Gets Rare Surgery
from Ashbury Park Press
Nazia Ghani can work a room even from a hospital bed. The two-year-old blows kisses, offers high fives and manages a raspy "Hi!" for visitors. Just over a year ago, Nazia swallowed a small battery at her family's home in northern Afghanistan. The battery ate holes in her airway and her esophagus, the tube that carries food from her mouth to the stomach. She could not swallow or breathe properly. More

Travis Griggs: Reservists Reintegrate, Bomb Simulators Blast, Military Graduates Grin
from The Pensacola News Journal
Pensacola residents may hear the booms and blasts of the battlefield rumbling from the direction of Corry Station this week, but it's not an attack — it's training. More

Attorney General Six Receives Award
from The Topeka Capital-Journal
Attorney General Steve Six received the Patriot award from the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve on Friday for his support of the Kansas National Guard. More


National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of May 26, 2009
from Defenselink
This week the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced an increase, while the Army announced a decrease. The net collective result is 455 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

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