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The Intersect
Sept. 15, 2009
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NATIONAL NEWS

Senators Follow Obama Plans to Cut Weapons Systems
from the Associated Press
President Barack Obama's demands to kill off a super-expensive fighter jet and a way-over-budget and behind-schedule presidential helicopter drew a sympathetic hearing from a Senate panel. The F-22 is a next-generation fighter aimed at maintaining U.S. dominance in air combat, but is poorly suited for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The VH-71 is the high-security replacement for the aging fleet of presidential helicopters. More

President Remembers 9/11 Victims at Pentagon
from Army News Service
As a steady rain fell down on the southwest side of the Pentagon, a spot where eight years ago, American Airlines Flight 77 smashed into the building, families of the 184 who were killed gathered to pay tribute to their loved ones. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, Sec. of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen hosted a ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial to remember those who were lost. More

DoD Opposes New Leave Benefit for Reservists
from the Navy Times
The Defense Department opposes a Senate-passed initiative that would make it easier for mobilized National Guard and reserve members to visit their families during breaks in training, arguing that reservists shouldn't get a benefit that is more generous than what is available to active-duty members. More

Surgeon General Post Unfilled as Obama Pushes Health Care Reform and Swine Flu Concerns Grow
from Cybercast News Service
As President Barack Obama welcomes Congress back to Washington with a joint address on his health care reform agenda and federal officials advise the public on preventing the spread of the N1H1 virus, the U.S. Surgeon General post remains unfilled. More

Mental Health Program to Aid Guard, Reserves
from The Honolulu Star Bulletin
Mental Health America of Hawaii is launching a program called "Healing the Trauma of the War" to address combat stress, depression and other needs of returning National Guard soldiers and Reservists. "We're going to do a review of what happens when they return home and who is falling through the cracks," said Marya Grambs, MHA-Hawaii executive director. More

Team Must Complete F135 Engine Review by November
from Defense News
U.S. defense acquisition chief Ashton Carter has ordered a high-level panel to review all aspects of development and production of the F-35's primary engine by Nov. 20, according to a Pentagon memorandum. The joint acquisition team Carter has established to review the F135 engine program should look at "all aspects of development and production of the F135 engine, with primary focus on understanding the production cost, cost drivers, cost projections and long-term affordability of the F135," Carter wrote in a recent memo. More

SERVICE SECTION NEWS

ReserveNet Changes to ARCNet, Welcomes Air National Guard
from Air Force Reserve Command
ReserveNet has a new name and a new mission. After a year of coordination between the Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard, ARCNet was established Sept. 1 to provide ReserveNet capabilities to ANG members. Until now, only reservists had access to these resources used to train, communicate and prepare for executing their missions. The new name, ARCNet, was chosen to reflect users across the Air Reserve Component spectrum. More

NOAA: Summer Temperature Below Average for U.S.
from the NOAA
The average June-August 2009 summer temperature for the contiguous United States was below average the 34th coolest on record, according to a preliminary analysis by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. August was also below the long-term average. The analysis is based on records dating back to 1895. More

Chief of the Army Reserve in Rochester
from WXXI
The 7th Civil Support Command will activate the 773rd Civil Support Team, a new full-time Army Reserve unit in Kaiserslautern, Germany. In preparation for future operations the 773rd CST is developing partnerships with various stateside based Civil Support Teams to include Nevada and New Mexico. More

NATIONAL GUARD NEWS

Guardmembers Join Texas Rangers in State Border Mission
from The National Guard
Texas National Guard members have been asked by Gov. Rick Perry to support a special group of Texas Rangers called "Ranger Recon Teams" at high-traffic and high-crime areas along the border, state Guard officials confirmed. "The role of the Texas Joint Counter Drug Task Force Team is to support those operations," said Army Col. William Meehan, a public affairs officer with the Texas National Guard. "But then, this is something that we have been doing well for nearly 20 years with our counterdrug operations." More

RESERVE & GUARD MOBILIZED

National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of September 8, 2009
from Defenselink
This week the Navy and Coast Guard announced an increase in activated reservists, while the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps announced a decrease. The net collective result is 271 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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