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U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst is back campaigning after two weeks off serving in the Iowa National Guard. The Republican from Red Oak, Iowa, is a lieutenant colonel in the Guard. Ernst met with more than 150 people, many of them veterans, July 28 at the Machine Shed in Urbandale.
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Washington National Guard members ready for fire front lines
On the same land that just days earlier saw flames rip across some 25,000 acres in a matter of hours, members of the Washington Army National Guard on July 25 prepared for the next big fire. Amid the sagebrush and rolling hills of the Army's Yakima Training Center, 261 members of the 81st Armored Brigade Combat Team took turns deploying fire shelters, digging fire lines and practicing other skills they could be called upon to use this summer.
US military dusts off decades-old 'readiness' plans for Russia
As American officials fire off diplomatic salvos at Russia in response to that nation's purported actual artillery salvos into Ukraine, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said recently that among other actions, the U.S. military is dusting off decades-old plans, just in case. "We’re looking inside our own readiness models to look at things that we haven't had to look at for 20 years, frankly, about basing and lines of communication and sea lanes," Gen. Martin Dempsey, America’s top military officer, said at the Aspen Security Forum July 24. "What the military does when faced with these crises is — our job is preparedness, deterrence and readiness."
Tennessee Air National Guard building honored for LEED green design
The Commercial Appeal
The Tennessee Air National Guard's civil engineering building at Memphis International Airport has received the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Gold certification for environmentally friendly design. The $7.3 million building, dedicated in December 2012, was the final piece of a $245 million, multiyear project to relocate the base within airport property and free up space for FedEx to expand its hub.
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Louisiana National Guard graduates earn 1,158 college credit hours in 22 weeks
Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office via The News Star
The partnership between the Louisiana National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program and Bossier Parish Community College, allowing cadets to receive credit for college classes taken during their enrollment at YCP, has flourished during the past 18 months. Seventy-eight cadets from Camp Minden's program recently graduated with 1,158 hours of college credit. More than 200 cadets were set to graduate. Of those, 47 earned the full 15 hours offered, which is approximately one full semester of college. These credit hours are earned at no cost to the cadet.
Texas Guard troops don't get arrest powers at border — yet
Los Angeles Times
When Texas Gov. Rick Perry called on President Obama last month to deploy federal troops to help quell the surge of immigrants crossing the border illegally, he urged the president to give the troops "arrest powers to support Border Patrol operations." Recently, Perry announced that he was activating 1,000 National Guard troops in response to the border crisis in the Rio Grande Valley. Because the troops were deployed by Perry and not federal officials, experts said Perry can allow them to make arrests and apprehensions. But will he?
'Pocket drones': US Army developing tiny surveillance tools for the
next big war
The Washington Times
Future U.S. Army soldiers sent into combat may have a brand new tool at their disposal: the pocket drone. The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Massachusetts is developing a "pocket-sized aerial surveillance device" for soldiers assigned to small units in dangerous environments.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Graham Rahal visit Indiana National Guard
The Associated Press via San Jose Mercury News
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Graham Rahal are used to occasional fireworks when drivers get upset at the track. They saw the real thing July 23 visiting Indiana National Guard troops at Camp Atterbury. They got an up-close look at some of the weapons and explosives used, and they honored soldiers who recently committed to the National Guard and others who served in Afghanistan. The two drivers are sponsored by the National Guard, and they loved every moment.
New regulations for for-profit colleges could hurt community colleges
WBGZ-AM via Alton Daily News
Regulations aimed at for-profit colleges could end hurting community colleges, U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., says. The U.S. Department of Education is considering "gainful employment" regulations that would take away federal aid from programs that leave students with a high ratio of debt compared to their income. Kirk says the law would be a burden to community colleges without solving the larger student debt issue. "The way to handle the problem of student loan debt is not to have fewer students," Kirk said.
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