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Perry sending National Guard troops to border
Texas Gov. Rick Perry will immediately send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the southern border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed into the United States this year in a surge that is deemed a humanitarian crisis. Perry also wants President Barack Obama and Congress to hire an additional 3,000 border patrol agents for the Texas border, which would eventually replace the temporary guard forces.
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National Guard soldiers test skills during annual training at Fort Drum
Watertown Daily Times
It's a long road of training ahead for the New York Army National Guard's 27th Brigade Combat Team, but a week of work at the post's range is seen by unit leaders as an opportunity to bring their soldiers and skills together. Lt. Col. Christopher R. Cronin, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry, said his soldiers usually are training at the smaller company level. The training on post, he said, "lets them get that battalion feel."
Army working to take drivers out of its vehicles
Army Times via USA Today
The Army and Marine Corps hope to roll out totally driverless vehicles in a little more than 10 years to free troops to do other things like watch for ambushes and roadside bombs. The effort, called the Autonomous Mobility Appliqué System, is taking a page from commercial automakers working on cars that stay in their lanes and navigate traffic with nobody driving, and Google, which says it plans to field such a car in 2017.
General: Military favored 'more ambiguous' timetable for leaving Afghanistan
Military leaders would have preferred that President Obama not give a firm timetable for withdrawing forces from Afghanistan, the top U.S. commander in the country said July 17. "I think all of us in uniform, to include the Afghans, would have preferred that that be a bit more ambiguous," said Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, who is now commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
White House to launch new high-tech job training initiative, veteran-specific programs
New high-tech job training efforts being launched by the White House in the coming days will include veteran-specific programs and placement efforts, Vice President Joe Biden told the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual convention on July 21. Details of the technology training are scheduled to be made public soon. But in his convention remarks, Biden said that part of the push will be to target communities with high veterans unemployment rates, and to rapidly retrain them in high-demand programming languages and technology trades.
Wildfire duty calls for Washington National Guard crews from the South Sound
The News Tribune
Washington state's National Guard is poised for one of its largest firefighting call-ups in 13 years as fast-spreading blazes sweep through Central and Eastern Washington. Already, 50 citizen soldiers and six helicopters from a Joint Base Lewis-McChord National Guard unit are participating in efforts to douse the flames from the air. Another 100 citizen soldiers are on standby to fight fires on the ground. They have firefighting certifications and happen to be gathered at the Yakima Training Center for an annual training exercise.
With growing challenges facing for-profit schools, at least 4 have transitioned to become nonprofit institutions
For-profit colleges are at a crossroads thanks to federal probes revealing various shortcomings and financial issues with a slowing revenue flow. According to Inside Higher Ed, four for-profit college companies have made the difficult transition to nonprofit in the midst of threatening challenges. All it takes is a simple tax status switch, but for many for-profit institutions, it is not worth it. For-profit schools currently face a rule that caps what they can receive from federal sources at 90 percent of their total revenue.
Global physician serves Air National Guard later in life
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The Air National Guard medical corps fields a health care team comprised of service members dedicating their life to the service and protection of others; one member brings global experience to the 116th Air Control Wing mission. Lt. Col. Anna Likos, a part-time staff physician with the 116th Medical Group, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, also works as the director for the division of disease control and health protection for the Florida Department of Health.
How anti-missile technology is being used to detect malaria
Malaria currently kills over 600,000 people every year, many of them children. Using everything from insect repellents and insecticide-treated mosquito nets to prophylactics, health workers have combated its spread for centuries. Yet, even as they make gains here and there, the killer remains rampant in many parts of the globe — particularly in Africa, where 91 percent of all malaria deaths worldwide occurred in 2010.
An inability to detect an infection in its early stages is one of the primary reasons malaria's fatality rate remains so high in victims. Now, however, scientists may have found a solution to the problem, and in a very unexpected place.
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