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1,000 convene in Phoenix for EANGUS meeting
Arizona National Guard
More than 1,000 National Guard members from around the country assembled Sunday through today at the Phoenix Convention Center for the 43rd Annual National Conference and Expo of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States, or EANGUS.

The association represents the interests of enlisted National Guard members to the Pentagon and Congress by advocating for legislation to increase or preserve manpower, pay, benefits, entitlements, equipment and facilities.
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Chaos, violence in Ferguson, Missouri; National Guard called in
USA Today
Another night of chaos and violence gave way to an uneasy quiet Aug. 18 as residents cleaned up from looting and vandalism and awaited the arrival of the National Guard. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the Guard into Ferguson hours after police cited "pre-planned" acts of aggression by protesters. Aug. 17 and early Aug. 18, protesters shot at police, threw Molotov cocktails at officers, looted businesses and carried out a "coordinated attempt" to block roads and overrun the police's command center, Nixon's office said in a statement.
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1st National Guard troops arrive at Texas-Mexico border
The first wave of National Guard troops has taken up observation posts along the Texas-Mexico border. Several dozen soldiers deployed in the Rio Grande Valley are part of the up to 1,000 troops called up by Gov. Rick Perry in July, Texas National Guard Master Sgt. Ken Walker of the Joint Counterdrug Task Force said Aug. 14.
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Returning South Carolina National Guard members attend VOW Act employment workshop
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When a National Guard member returns from deployment, the initial feelings are often happiness, gratitude and a sense of relief. Unfortunately for thousands of returning Guardsmen across the nation, many are faced with the realization of being unemployed after reintegration home. Thanks to the 2011 Veterans to Work Act, 25 soldiers from the 132nd Military Police and 124th Engineers, South Carolina Army National Guard, participated in a resume writing class at the Bluff Road Armory in Columbia Aug. 14. Both units had returned from Afghanistan recently and these Guardsmen were in need of jobs.
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For some recruits, Army eases its hard line on tattoos
The Kansas City Star
So you want to join the Army but can't because of that tattoo you got on your neck when you were younger and stupid. How to remove it? With a waiver, of course. The head of the Army recruiting headquarters at Fort Knox stressed that point Aug. 14 during a visit to Kansas City, Missouri. To prevent otherwise qualified people from being kept out of the Army because of new restrictions on certain tattoos, the Army wants to make clear that exceptions will be granted.
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Frankfort, Kentucky, teen remembered for work with National Guard Memorial
Dillon Walker had just graduated from Western Hills High School in Frankfort, Kentucky, and was about to move on to college, but those who knew him say it's what he was doing outside the classroom that had a big impact. Volunteers have been working for years to build a memorial to fallen members of the Kentucky National Guard. They found one of their biggest supporters in 18-year-old Dillon Walker. Walker's uncle, Kentucky National Guard Master Sergeant Clinton Cubert died after he was hit by an IED in Iraq. David Altom, a spokesperson for the Kentucky National Guard, says Cubert's death had a big impact on Walker.
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National Guard Aviation Task Force Soldiers return home to western New York
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More than 250 soldiers of the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade returned home to their families across the state, including some from Rochester, Olean and Dunkirk this past weekend following demobilization at Fort Hood, Texas. A second group of about 150 soldiers will soon return from overseas to begin their own demobilization tasks at Fort Hood. They are expected home in New York State over the coming days.
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Earnhardt's trust in team results in top-5 finish via Yahoo Sports
Dale Earnhardt Jr. felt his tire coming apart. His No. 88 crew didn't see it. Thus began a long, productive conversation over the radio in which crew chief Steve Letarte detailed why he thought Junior should stay out on the track before ultimately leaving the decision solely to the driver, who said he was coming in to pit. "Just go with what you feel," Letarte concluded, "and know that we'll support you 100 percent with whatever decision you make."
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This for-profit college wants to compete with the Ivy League
Here’s a rule of thumb about colleges: They’re only as good as the students they admit. While there’s certainly evidence that, all things being equal, some institutions of higher education are better investments than others, schools that admit smart, wealthy 18-year-olds tend to graduate smart and soon-to-be-successful 22-year-olds. That's partly why the Minerva Project is an intriguing business idea. Minerva is an accredited, for-profit college with stated ambitions to become the first elite American liberal arts institution founded in about a century.
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National Guard investigation finds theft, nepotism, other wrongdoing at Camp Grayling
The Associated Press via The Tribune
A Michigan National Guard investigation into alleged wrongdoing at the Camp Grayling military training base recommended the removal of seven people, including two lieutenant colonels. The investigation found evidence of theft, destruction of government property and nepotism at an equipment maintenance facility at the base in northern Lower Michigan, the Detroit Free Press reported Aug. 18.
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