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Guard activates 1st cyber-protection team, issues new shoulder sleeve insignia
U.S. Army
The Army National Guard's first cyber-protection team received its new shoulder sleeve insignia recently at Fort Meade, during a ceremony conducted by U.S. Army Cyber Command/Second Army. Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command, cited the ceremony as a major milestone for Army cyberspace operations, Guard and Reserve forces and for the Army.
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US military drops weapons, supplies to Kurdish forces at Kobani,
defying Turkey

McClatchy Washington Bureau
In a move that marked a break with a key NATO ally, the U.S. dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies Oct. 19 to Kurdish forces fighting to defend the Syrian city of Kobani from ISIS. The word came only hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned President Barack Obama not to assist the Kobani defenders, who he believes are linked to a group both Turkey and the United States have classified as a terrorist organization.
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Oklahoma Air National Guard fighter jets collide over southeast Kansas;
no serious injuries

The Wichita Eagle
The roar of at least one fighter jet overhead caught Elaine Julian’s attention. It was a beautiful, sunny autumn afternoon, and the 75-year-old woman was visiting the park Oct. 20 in Moline, Kansas, with her twin 4-year-old great-grandsons. It was about 2:20 p.m. They watched as the jet left puffs of vapor or smoke, one after another. From her perspective, the jet started zigzagging and seemed to be in trouble. What happened, officials say, is this: Two Oklahoma Air National Guard fighter jets collided over rural Kansas during an exercise, leading one of the jets to crash after the pilot ejected.
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British invasion of Utah National Guard base for bikini photo shoot sparks outcry
The Washington Times
Members the Utah National Guard’s 19th Special Forces Group allegedly hosted British swimsuit models at their Draper compound. The deviation from their mission to train for paramilitary operations has been met with an investigation. The Utah Department of Public Safety and the Utah National Guard are both investigating how the British "Hot Shots 2015" calendar was shot at the military installation without authorization, a Fox affiliate reported Oct. 17.
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Army: Huge equipment, training risks with budget cuts
Reuters
The U.S. Army recently warned that mandatory budget cuts due to resume in fiscal 2016 would be devastating to a service that is already facing huge risks as it tries to keep forces ready for battle, replace aging equipment and respond to crises around the world. "We have to have a national security debate … because there is too much going on," U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno told reporters at the annual Association of the U.S. Army conference.
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Uncertainties swirl as VA 'Choice Card' deadline nears
Stars and Stripes
In August, Congress gave the Department of Veterans Affairs 90 days to issue medical "Choice Cards" to 9.1 million veterans enrolled in VA care. The tight deadline of Nov. 5 won't be met, say representatives of major veteran organizations who attend periodic VA briefings on plans for rollout of the Choice Card. The card will ensure veterans have access to private sector health care if they reside more than 40 miles from a VA clinic or hospital, or if they face unacceptable waits, usually longer than 30 days, to access VA health care.
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Air Force pitches 700,000-acre Utah training range expansion
The Salt Lake Tribune
The U.S. Air Force on Oct. 21 told residents of west Juab County, Utah, it needs to expand its training range to accommodate the new F-35 and asked for community cooperation. Chris Robinson, the director of operations for the Utah Test and Training Range, said adding 700,000 acres around the perimeter of the Utah Test and Training Range will create more ground and air space for F-35 pilots to test the aircrafts’ missiles.
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Army tests super-repellent uniform
Military Times
Army researchers have developed a no-stick, no-stain, no-stink coating that could all but eliminate the need for soldiers to wash their uniforms — and it's going commercial before it goes on your ACU. The omniphobic coating — "that means it hates everything," lead Army researcher Quoc Truong said in an Army news release — is being marketed by UltraTech International Inc. alongside Luna Innovations, a partner of the Army's Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, under the brand name Ultra-Ever Shield.
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Texas Army National Guard armory to reopen in Huntsville
The Huntsville Item
The officers, noncommissioned officers, and paratroopers of A Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne) of the 143rd Infantry Regiment are inviting the local public to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by an open house at their new location in Huntsville, Texas. The ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. on Oct. 26 at the armory, which is located at 2702 Sam Houston Ave. The ceremony will be immediately followed by an open house for all.
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