EANGUS eNews Update
Oct. 8, 2014

US now using Apache helicopters to attack ISIS in Iraq
ABC News
The U.S. has begun using Apache AH-64 attack helicopters to strike at ISIS targets inside Iraq, the first time the aircraft have been used for offensive strikes since arriving in Baghdad in early July. Their use opens up a new capability in the airstrike campaign against ISIS in Iraq, but one that also comes with risks, as they could be vulnerable to ground fire. A defense official confirms that Apache helicopters were used this weekend as part of four airstrikes on a large ISIS force northeast of Fallujah. The attack was conducted in coordination with Air Force fighter aircraft that supported the operation.More

Air National Guard assists with air traffic control
WSAU-AM via WTAQ-AM
If you were on a commercial flight that went over Wisconsin the past ten days, you might have a soldier to thank for landing safely. The Air National Guard's base at Volk Field in Juneau County is one of several Midwest air traffic control centers that have helped keep the skies safe, while the radar center near Chicago has been down. An arson fire closed the Aurora, Illinois, facility on Sept. 26, interrupting numerous Midwest flights and halting service at Milwaukee and Chicago for the better part of two days.More

TRICARE will no longer send letters for benefit updates
The Leaf-Chronicle
TRICARE beneficiaries need to watch their email and ensure they have a milConnect account to receive information about changes to their TRICARE coverage. The Department of Defense is no longer sending paper letters to notify beneficiaries about changes to their coverage and eligibility status. Beneficiaries will now receive emails or postcards directing them to online resources where they can view their information.More

Military health system: Patients say they can't get in to see their doctors
Navy Times
An unprecedented Pentagon review of the military health system — prompted by the VA hospitals scandal — concluded that military hospitals and clinics overall provide health care on a par with private-sector programs, despite longstanding complaints by troops, retirees and their families frustrated by long wait times and inadequate care. The review, ordered in May to determine whether the Pentagon provides safe, effective care to its 9.6 million beneficiaries, acknowledged that some facilities still fall short in serving their patients. More

National Guard kicks off Energy Action Month
National Guard Bureau via Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System
October marks the start of Energy Action Month and the National Guard kicked off the monthlong focus on promoting additional energy and water conservation practices with a ceremony at the Army National Guard Readiness Center in Arlington, Virginia. The event tied in with a larger federal government campaign that focuses on reducing energy consumption and shifting toward clean, renewable energy sources while encouraging individuals to make small changes that add up to big savings over time. More

5 Army National Guard officers are charged with contract kickbacks and bribery
The Washington Times
The Justice Department charged five Army National Guard officers with corruption Oct. 1 in a suspected scheme to steer contracts for personal profit. Law enforcement officials said four retired National Guard officers founded a company upon leaving the service, then bribed a fifth officer — an active-duty lieutenant colonel — to send contracts their way in exchange for a cut of the money.More

American explains why he's fighting ISIS with Kurdish forces
USA Today
Like many Americans, Jordan Matson is outraged by the brutality of ISIS. But unlike virtually every other American, he decided to take on the militants head-on. Now, the 28-year-old Racine, Wisconsin, man is recovering in a hospital in northeastern Syria from a shrapnel wound in his foot, the result of a mortar attack by Islamic State fighters in Jazaa, along the Iraqi border. Tall with slightly graying hair, Matson conceded that people back home might call him crazy for joining Kurdish forces three weeks ago to help end the Islamic State's reign of terror.More

Air Force IDs Okinawa airmen washed out to sea by Typhoon Phanfone
NBC News
Rough seas slowed the search early Oct. 7 for a missing U.S. airman — one of three swept away while taking photos near giant waves caused by Typhoon Phanfone in Japan. The body of Senior Master Sgt. James Swartz, an aerospace propulsion superintendent with the 116th Air Control Wing of Georgia Air National Guard, was recovered by the Japanese Coast Guard, USAF Kadena Air Base said in a statement. Georgia Air National Guard member Master Sgt. Daniel Paschal, an aerospace propulsion craftsman with the 116th Air Control Wing, and Air Force Staff Sgt. Joshua Schoenhoff, an instrument and flight control systems specialist with the 461st Air Control Wing, were also washed away. The unidentified body of one of the pair was recovered Oct. 7.More

Commentary: In defense of for-profit colleges
National Review Online
Unless you follow education policy closely, you probably don’t know who Representative John Kline is. But just a few weeks ago, liberal talk-show host and comedian Bill Maher declared the district of the Minnesota Republican his top target for flipping from red to blue. Why? First and foremost, because Kline chairs the House Education and Workforce Committee and gets donations from, apparently, the worst villains this side of the Joker and Lex Luthor: for-profit colleges. Maher is not alone in attacking proprietary schools.More