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National Guard announces cancellation of motorsports sponsorships
On Aug. 6, it was announced that declining budgets for recruiting was the primary reason behind the Army National Guard cancelling the contract that funds the sponsorship for the National Guard No. 88 Car, driven by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and operated by Hendrick Motorsports. Once the news hit the wires, NASCAR fans took to the phones to discuss the matter on talk radio.

An EANGUS member contacted Executive Director Al Garver late last night and asked him to call into the show on Sirius Satellite Radio. He did so, and the producer put him on the air. They further captured the interview and placed it on their website. The link of the audio is below, and EANGUS members are encouraged to sound off on the matter in the blog comments section.
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Why Obama's campaign in Iraq could require 15,000 troops
Military Times
President Obama says it all the time — no combat troops will return to Iraq. But many experts believe it will be extremely hard to achieve Obama's newly expanded military mission there without more Americans on the ground. "I think the slippery slope analogy is the right one for Iraq right now," said Barry Posen, director of the Security Studies program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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US airstrikes bring early gains in Iraq
USA Today
A series of U.S. airstrikes Aug. 10 against militants in Iraq appeared to back up President Obama's promise of targeted attacks that could continue for months. U.S. Central Command reported that pilots and drones hit specific, small assets of the Islamic State forces near Irbil, destroying three vehicles and damaging two others.
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Maryland National Guard making final deployment to Afghanistan
The Baltimore Sun
After nearly a dozen years of war and scores of deployments, the Maryland National Guard is sending its last soldiers to Afghanistan — even as the recent killing of a U.S. general underscores the continuing volatility of the country and the NATO mission there. More than 100 members of the Maryland Guard's 1100th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group landed in Kuwait Aug. 6, the day after Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene was shot to death at Afghanistan's national military academy in Kabul. Greene worked at Aberdeen Proving Ground from 2009 to 2012.
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US Sen. Wicker to oppose elimination of National Guard's 155th
The Associated Press via The Clarion-Ledger
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker says he will fight the Obama administration's proposal to eliminate the Mississippi National Guard's 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, headquartered in Tupelo. The Department of Defense's proposal to dissolve the National Guard unit also would remove Apache attack helicopters from the combat team's aviation facility in Tupelo. "It's my number one priority in September," Wicker told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.
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North Carolina bill would raise National Guard leadership criteria (Gaston Gazette)
Ceremony recognizes new designation for Air National Guard unit (The Associated Press via Akron Beacon Journal)
University of Phoenix pushes back against California allegations (Inside Higher Ed)

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Vigilant guardians on the Plains
Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System
Aim high to become an Army of One. That’s the mentality of the Soldiers of the 35th Military Police Company, Kansas Army National Guard, and the Airmen of the 184th and 190th Security Forces Squadrons, Kansas Air National Guard, while training together during Vigilant Guard 2014, a multistate, joint emergency response exercise hosted by the Kansas National Guard in Salina, Kansas, Aug. 4-7. According to Air Force Staff Sgt. Walter Clayton, unit training manager with the 184th, training alongside the Army is a great learning experience for both sides.
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US military plugs into social media for intelligence gathering
The Wall Street Journal
Minutes after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down on July 17 in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 on board, a Defense Intelligence Agency analyst sifting social-media communications got "a hit." The Russian-speaking analyst saw a posting from pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine, on Russia's VK social media site, claiming to have shot down a Ukrainian military cargo plane. "The first indication of who shot it, what shot it and when and where it was shot was all social media," said Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the DIA chief, who described the work at the agency's Europe and Eurasia Center in an interview. "It was literally within minutes."
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National Guard space operations: The final frontier
Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System
"Space, the final frontier." The Star Trek intro would be appropriate as the Army incorporates more space capabilities into its operations, including domestic emergency response operations. "Space operations and the capabilities that we normally bring to wartime are fairly new to the domestic operations realm for Kansas," said Lt. Col. Eric Bishop, chief of the Space Support Element, 35th Infantry Division.
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Oregon's biggest uncontained wildfire draws National Guard help
The Oregonian
Reinforcements showed up Aug. 9 to help crews battle the largest uncontained wildfire in Oregon, burning in rugged terrain west of John Day. The lightning-caused South Fork Complex fire has burned through 60,000 acres of national forestland and private ranchland. The fire, which started July 31, ranks fifth in priority out of 16 major fires burning in the Northwest. Four 20-person hot shot crews arrived from New Mexico, and four National Guard helicopters dramatically bolstered aircraft assigned to the fire.
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