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The National Guard's 378th Birthday
On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the National Guard Association of the United States will host a birthday party celebration for the National Guard. The National Guard is turning 378 (1636-2014). The celebration will take place at 5:00 PM ET in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-50. If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP at
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House Veterans Affairs Committee Update
On Friday, November 7, 2014, Representative Tim Walz (D-MN) issued a Dear Colleague Letter to ask for support for his bid to become the House Veterans Affairs Committee Ranking Member in the 114th Congress. The Committee’s current Ranking Member, Representative Mike Michaud (D-ME), announced his retirement earlier this year. Representative Walz is not a senior ranking member of the committee, but more senior members of the committee announced their retirement, are in recounts, or lost their elections last week. Representative Walz currently serves as Co-Chair of the House of Representatives National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus alongside Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA). Representative Walz’s Dear Colleague Letter can be found by clicking here.
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Defense Appropriations
It remains to be determined whether last week’s election will effect Sequestration. There is optimism that the 114th Congress, under Republican leadership, will identify ways to alleviate the effects of Sequestration in relation to defense spending. However, the President has the power to veto and will likely use that power on legislation aimed at curbing defense budget cuts if the legislation ignores non-defense spending levels. It is likely that Congress will pass a Continuing Resolution to fund the government prior to Recess on December 12 leaving the door open for a Republican-controlled debate about federal spending in early 2015.
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VA chief announces restructuring, firings
The secretary of Veterans Affairs on Nov. 10 announced a massive restructuring of the department in the wake of a scandal that left more than a hundred thousand veterans waiting for health care. VA Secretary Robert McDonald, who took over the agency three months ago after his predecessor Eric Shinseki resigned, said the VA has taken "disciplinary action" against 5,600 employees in the last year, and he said more firings will soon follow.
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Senator soldier: A day after winning, Joni Ernst is back in fatigues
National Review Online
A day after winning one of the most contested U.S. Senate seats in the country, Joni Ernst reported for duty at her National Guard base. Ernst, a lieutenant colonel, started two days of training with the 185th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion on Nov. 6.
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Obama confident US troop surge in Iraq will put coalition on offensive
The Guardian
The latest U.S. troop surge in Iraq will allow an offensive campaign against Islamic militants, Barack Obama claimed Nov. 9, as political talk shows featuring the president and his predecessor, George W. Bush, underscored the growing echoes of the past in current American military strategy. In his first public comments since doubling the number of U.S. ground troops in Iraq to 3,000, Obama said the decision did not represent a failure of his administration’s early reliance on air strikes in Iraq and Syria.
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National Guard pilots who died in Boise helicopter crash were top instructors
Idaho Statesman
The two Army National Guard pilots killed the evening of Nov. 6 when their Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed south of Gowen Field were on an annual evaluation to check their proficiency as pilots. Both Chief Warrant Officers Jon L. Hartway, 43, of Kuna, Idaho, and Stien P. Gearhart, 50, of Meridian, were top-rated pilots in command and senior flight instructors, Col. Brian Shields said during a press briefing.
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DOD proposes consolidating Tricare regions into 2
Military Times
The Defense Health Agency is proposing to cut the number of Tricare regions from three to two, a cost-savings plan that would sharply increase competition for the next round of lucrative Pentagon health care contracts. According to a draft solicitation for Tricare contracts released online Nov. 3, the Defense Department plans to change the contract regions from the current configuration of North, South and West regions to just East and West regions.
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National Guard's Rainbow Division honors past veterans in Garden City,
New York

Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System
New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Patrick Macklin presented a memorial wreath on Nov. 10 at the World War I Rainbow Division Veterans Memorial to honor the service of past 42nd Infantry Division Soldiers for Veterans Day. The division headquarters traditionally presents the wreath each year at memorial sites to commemorate the service and sacrifice of the division's veterans of World War I, World War II and the Iraq War. The wreath is provided by the Rainbow Division Veterans Foundation Memorials Committee. The foundation oversees dozens of memorial sites in the U.S. and Europe where 42nd Division Soldiers served.
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Georgia National Guardsmen making a difference in the Americas
Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System
The Georgia Army National Guard deployed soldiers to Central America for the first nine months of 2014 to build regional partners’ military capacity in order to enhance the host nations’ capability to combat transnational criminal organizations and drug trafficking organizations. Regional partner military forces were trained on best practices concerning border control operations, command post operations, intelligence support operations and brigade sustainment operations.
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