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Short on cash, the Army National Guard is cutting back on drilling nationwide
The Washington Post
The National Guard is short on cash, and it will cut into training this month for soldiers in the Army National Guard across the country. The National Guard Bureau determined it is about $101 million short in its Army National Guard personnel account, said a spokesman, Capt. John Fesler. The shortfall applies through the end of fiscal 2013, which ends Sept. 30. The financial strain was caused by fewer guardsmen deploying overseas, where they are paid from a different Pentagon operations account, and higher than expected attendance at training earlier this year.
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South Dakota named most outstanding flying unit in Air National Guard
KNBN-TV
The South Dakota Air National Guard's 114th Fighter Wing was presented the Spaatz Trophy in Chicago Aug. 25. The Spaatz Trophy is presented to the most outstanding flying unit in the Air National Guard each year. This is the fourth time the 114th Fighter Wing has won the prestigious award; the last time was in 1988.
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ISIS push for Iraq's dams draws American airstrike
CBS News
The U.S. military Sept. 7 it launched airstrikes around Haditha Dam in western Iraq, targeting Islamic State of Iraq and Syria insurgents there for the first time in a move to prevent the group from capturing the vital dam. The strikes represented a broadening of the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants, moving the military operations closer to the border of Syria, where the group also has been operating.
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Army's new laser cannon blasts drones out of the sky, even in fog
Wired
Boeing is building a laser cannon for the U.S. Army, and the new weapon has now proved it will be as capable at sea as on land. The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator — basically a high-energy laser mounted on top of a big truck — was successfully used to blast some UAV drones and 60 mm mortars out of the Florida sky earlier this year, Boeing announced Sept. 4.
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Colorado National Guard eager to move into fancy new home
The Gazette
The Colorado National Guard is putting the finishing touches on a $19 million home in northern Colorado Springs. The facility, built on federal land just north of Briargate Parkway and Interstate 25, will house the 1st Battalion of the 157th Infantry Regiment. "If we ever have to go out on I-25 and rescue stranded motorists in a blizzard, we'll do it right from here," said Lt. Col. Brey Hopkins, the battalion's commander.
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What if your transition from the military did not go as planned?
By Catherine Iste
A fellow veteran, Andy, was a high-ranking NCO, who had racked up lots of training and credentials while he was in. Instead of taking the bonus to stay a few more years, the lure of more money, being closer to his family and moving a lot less was too attractive. He got out, offer in hand and was a few weeks into a training program when the organization experienced a significant cut in funding and eliminated the program into which he was hired. Andy's story is similar to many others I have heard by working with veterans who came out during this recession. Let's take a closer look at his story and find out what we can learn from his experience.
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Scathing report on Alaska National Guard forces out commander
Los Angeles Times
The Alaska National Guard’s commander was forced to resign after a six-month federal investigation found that some members of the Guard had been ostracized and abused after reporting sex assaults and that Guard members lacked trust and confidence in their leaders. Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell asked the National Guard Bureau Office of Complex Investigations to conduct the review. After receiving the report, he requested the resignation of Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Katkus, who also served as commissioner of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
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National Guard supports DPS along Texas border
Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System
The Texas National Guard began taking up their observation posts along the Rio Grande River last month in an effort to reduce the amount of criminal activity in the border region. Members of the Texas National Guard were mobilized by Governor Rick Perry to support the Texas Department of Public Safety. This group of soldiers and airmen were the first troops to occupy positions along the river in support of Operation Strong Safety.
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Clock ticking on Delaware Air Guard's aging C-130s
The News Journal via Air Force Times
Two C-130 cargo airplanes lifted off into the summer sky from the New Castle Air National Guard Base recently, the 45 airmen aboard bound for Germany and 10 days of hauling Army paratroopers during a large multination training exercise. Taking part in Saber Junction is a big deal for 166th Airlift Wing. The Army-led training, involving 5,800 troops from 16 countries, is the biggest exercise the unit has ever taken part in. "We are the lead Guard unit in this," said Col. Mike Feeley, the unit’s commander. "We chose that."
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Credentialing helps troops enter private sector
Department of Defense via Military.com
A Defense Department initiative is helping service members who plan to leave the military acquire civilian credentials for technical professions so they can move more quickly into the private sector, the department's director of force readiness and training said in a recent DoD News interview. Frank DiGiovanni said the initiative was helped along substantially by a change Congress made in 2012 in a section of Title 10 of the U.S. Code.
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