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

Review: 'Game Night' needed to take more risk with comedy

There’s no question the undisputed winner in the new comedy “Game Night” is the generally dependable Rachel McAdams. The infectious energetic and unfiltered exuberance she brings to the role of the super competitive Annie - one of a group of best friends who get together on a regular basis to play parlor and board games - turns what was little more than an extended episode of a television comedy series into more of a winning effort.
11 hours 39 min ago

Movies on base through Feb. 28

Times and dates for theaters in Belgium, England, Germany, Greece, Italy, Turkey and the Netherlands.
11 hours 42 min ago

Fort Bragg troops urged to seek help as Herschel Walker shares his own struggles

Near the end of his 15-year professional football career, Herschel Walker was driving down a Texas highway with a gun at his side. He was hearing voices in his head. He believed he was going to kill a man.
11 hours 53 min ago

Kentucky National Guard unit deploying with 101st Airborne

A Kentucky National Guard unit is deploying with the 101st Airborne to Afghanistan for a yearlong tour. It will be the first deployment the new guard unit, which is one of 13 that have formed across the country and are associated with active-duty Army commands.
11 hours 58 min ago

Erdogan says Turkey is developing unmanned tanks

Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the plan Wednesday during a speech delivered at a conference on Turkey's five-year development plan.
12 hours 7 min ago