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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National Guard News Wire

Marine veteran served 2 tours in Vietnam

The day Ronnie Westberry arrived in Vietnam, his unit had just been attacked, and he helped load wounded and dead Marines in helicopters. "We did that for hours, chopper after chopper after chopper, realizing that could be me," he said. "I knew what fear was. I was scared."
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A man claimed his wife had been lost at sea, but now he is accused of killing her

Lewis Bennett is accused of killing his wife Isabella Hellman, of concocting a fake boating accident to make it all appear to be a tragic accident. The murder charges were filed the same day he was sentenced for stealing collectible coins, which the Coast Guard found on his life raft following his rescue.
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Europe's sanctions-blocking threats are empty

With their access to the U.S. financial system hanging in the balance, European banks know that the EU must satisfy U.S. President Donald Trump's demands to fix the Iran nuclear deal or be prepared to fully comply when U.S. sanctions return.
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Millions needed to beef up Hawaii's emergency preparedness, report says

Hawaii residents shouldn't expect the state to resume ballistic missile alert testing anytime soon, but the beleaguered Hawaii Emergency Management Agency is immediately seeking to hire a new leader and procure millions from the state Legislature to shore up its disaster-response capabilities.
10 hours 31 min ago

Some drama, but little surprises as tourneys open

Wiesbaden and Stuttgart move on to finals, with Ramstein and Kaiserslautern close behind and Black Forest and Rota look strong.
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