Shrinking Budgets Force Guard and Reserve to Fight for Funds

With the ending of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the still-ongoing sequestration, the current shutdown of the Federal government, and looming budget cuts the military is looking at reducing costs across the board.

The Pentagon's leadership in charge of active-duty soldiers is hoping that many of the cuts in personnel come from the ranks of various National Guard and reserve components.

First Home of F-35 in ANG Announced

The first US Air Force Air National Guard unit to fly the new F-35 Lightening II will be the 158th Fighter Wing of the Vermont Air National Guard based at the Burlington Air Guard Station.

The announcement was first made by the Burlington Free Press, based on an email sent by the project manager for F-35 basing studies in late September. It is expected to be confirmed by an environmental impact report released in early October.

Reserve and NG Firefighting C-130s Return from a Busy Season

After being activated on June 11, the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve C-130s outfitted with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System and their crews have returned to their home missions, after fighting the forest fires near Yosemite National Park in California.

3 National Guardsmen Among Those Who Helped After Marathon Blast

While taking part in the Tough Ruck 2013, three National Guard servicemen from the 1060th Transportation Company found themselves in the midst of a horrific event. 1st Lt. Steve Fiola, First Sgt. Bernard Madore, and Staff Sgt. Mark Welch were near the end of the 26.2 mile course, which they had been walking with full rucksacks.

Budget Cuts Force Guard Units on "Off-Ramp"

Three units of the Indiana National Guard have been pulled from a looming deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom because of sequestration and other budget cuts.

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What Obama did, didn't do and couldn't do in response to Russian interference

Russian's efforts began in earnest in 2014. By the summer of 2015, hackers believed to be tied to Kremlin intelligence agencies accessed the computer network of the Democratic National Committee. They had access to emails and messages from the party for months, building a cache of documents that would eventually be published by WikiLeaks in July 2016.
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2 French soldiers killed in Mali by explosive device

Two members of a French counter-terrorism force in Mali were killed on Wednesday when their armored vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in a border region with Niger, authorities said.
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Get ready for the era of hypersonic flight – at 5 times the speed of sound

The sleek aircraft, really more rocket than plane, dropped from the wing of a B-52 before shooting through the sky. The unmanned X-51A hit Mach 4.8 with help from a solid rocket booster. The the aircraft jettisoned the booster and its scramjet engine took over, sucking in highly-compressed air to propel the vehicle to a hypersonic speed of about 3,400 mph, or Mach 5.1.
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US lawmakers say it's time to restore staff at Cuba embassy

U.S. lawmakers on a visit to Cuba are urging the State Department to restore embassy staff pulled from the country last year in response to mysterious ailments among diplomats and their families.
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Athletes, fans embrace flags as symbols of pride

Flags play an integral role at the Winter Olympics as symbols of national pride.
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