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Army's top enlisted man speaks about cutting troops
The Town Talk
Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler has less than six months left on the job, but he's still pushing hard on several key soldier issues. In a wide-ranging interview with Army Times, Chandler discussed what’s new, what’s changing and what’s in the works. He even tackled some hot-button topics of late as well as the search for his successor. The ongoing drawdown affects everyone in uniform, Chandler said.
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US weighs military action against ISIS in Syria
TIME
The U.S. is open to the possibility of military action against Islamist militants in Syria, a top Obama Administration official said Aug. 22, warning that the U.S. will “do what is necessary to protect Americans.” “We’ve made very clear time and again that if you come after Americans, we’re going to come after you wherever you are,” Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters. “And that’s what’s going to guide our planning in the days to come.”
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Real estate agent also National Guard Blackhawk pilot
The Gaston Gazette via Salisbury Post
A bleary eyed and bone-tired Matthew Hanks has crawled into bed more than once over the past six years just hoping for a few hours sleep before work rolls him out of bed the next morning. He wouldn't have it any other way. The Gaston County, North Carolina, native is a full-time real estate agent and broker-in-charge at Coldwell Banker Meca Realty in Belmont, but he's also a commissioned officer and pilot in the North Carolina Army National Guard. He pilots UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters as a first lieutenant assigned to C Company, 1-131st Aviation Battalion based in Salisbury.
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Colorado National Guard works to defend the state's computer networks
KCNC-TV
Members of the Colorado National Guard spent the weekend in Denver preparing for cyberattacks. They were joined by guardsmen and guardswomen from four other states at Regis University’s Denver Tech Center campus. There they were challenged to plug up fake cyber attacks created by students and professors. The process was only an exercise, but the director of the state of Colorado’s network operations and information security told KCNC-TV at the event that hackers attack the state a staggering 800,000 times every day.
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National Guard deploys troops to Texas-Mexico border
KXAN-TV
National Guard troops taking part in Operation Strong Safety are now on the Texas-Mexico border. Maj. Gen. John Nichols, adjutant general of Texas, would not say how many troops had been deployed, but did say 700 were still waiting at Camp Swift. Gov. Rick Perry’s plan called for up to 1,000 troops to be moved to the border. Another round of guardsmen are expected to make their way south within the next four days.
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Get your documents in order
The Leaf-Chronicle
Paige Thomas King writes, "Today, we are going to discuss documents. As a military spouse I found that my husband and I were more prepared for the curve balls of life than a lot of our civilian counterparts. No — I am not suffering from an inflated sense of self-worth, because I realize I had very little to do with it. The Army made me do it. It all stemmed from the process of being recognized as a military spouse and was then bolstered by our first POM (Preparation for Overseas Movement). There is nothing that will line your ducks up the way a rapid deployment will!"
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Research raises concerns for new Army helmet design
Army Times via USA Today
Tests by Navy researchers on a new Army and Marine helmet design, complete with a visor and a jaw protector, showed blast waves could bounce off the added components and produce unexpected pressure, according to a recent research paper. The Conformal Integrated Protective Headgear System, or CIPHER, prototype came under attack from all sides during the test, conducted by the Naval Research Laboratory, and in all configurations: Helmet only, helmet and visor, helmet and jaw protection, and the full-face coverage of visor and jaw protector.
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New York Air Guard unit reaches milestone with remotely piloted aircraft
Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System
The New York Air National Guard's 174th Attack Wing conducted the unit's first operation of an MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft on the ramp of Hancock Field International Airport. The 174th welcomed members of the news media to view the operation and speak with wing commander Col. Greg Semmel about future MQ-9 flights in central New York. Following Col. Semmel's remarks the 174th performed its first taxi of the MQ-9 Reaper on Hancock Field.
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Pentagon: China tried to block US military jet in dangerous midair intercept
The Washington Post
The Pentagon Aug. 22 blamed China for instigating a dangerous midair encounter with a U.S. military aircraft off its coast, saying that a Chinese fighter jet made several threatening passes during an intercept in international airspace. Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the U.S. government filed a formal complaint with China about the near miss between a Chinese J-11 fighter jet and a Navy Poseidon P-8 patrol aircraft 135 miles east of Hainan Island. The incident occurred Aug. 19, he said.
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DOD releases list of genetic tests covered by Tricare
Air Force Times
The Defense Health Agency has announced which genetic tests Tricare will cover starting in September. The Pentagon’s recently health arm published a list of 35 laboratory-developed tests covered under a new pilot program, from the better-known BRCA1 and BRCA2 tests for breast cancer and in-utero cystic fibrosis to tests for rare inherited disorders like Lynch syndrome and Von Hippel-Lindau disease.
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Tennessee National Guard 105th Company prepares to deploy
WVLT-TV
Tennessee Army National Guard Soldiers from the 105th Personnel Company, based in Nashville, Tennessee, are scheduled to leave Aug. 28, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Members of the unit are scheduled to depart for one month of training at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, prior to heading to their deployed location.
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