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USAF nixes Guard-Reserve merger proposal
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The U.S. Air Force will work to standardize the pay systems of the active duty, Air National Guard and Reserve forces, but it does not plan to pursue a proposal to merge the Guard and Reserve, the service's chief of staff said. The retired generals who propose the merger say it could save billions of dollars and improve U.S. security, but current service leaders say it's too big an undertaking just now, particularly as the service prepares for recapitalization and budget uncertainty. More



Old Guard's new task: Document Arlington graves
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Night after night this summer, troops from the Army's historic Old Guard have left their immaculately pressed dress blues, white gloves and shiny black boots at home to slip into Arlington National Cemetery in T-shirts and flip-flops to photograph each and every grave with an iPhone. More

Guard rescues 21 at flooded New York state motel
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The U.S. National Guard rescued 21 people trapped at a Catskill Mountains motel and campground in New York, following flooding triggered by Hurricane Irene, authorities said. Residents of Moore's Motel and Resort in the small Catskills community of Prattsville, N.Y., became stranded after fast-moving water flooded much of surrounding Greene County, blowing out bridges and roadways. There were no reports of deaths or injuries at the motel, which has an adjoining campground and trailer park. But the deep water made it difficult for rescuers to reach the property, said Shaun Groden, Greene County administrator. More

X Marks the Spot: The New Exchange

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (now the Exchange) has rebranded the organization which is changing the look and appearance of our entire enterprise. 
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'Toe shoes' get the boot, Army-wide
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An Army message about footwear certainly stepped on some toes. The wear of shoes that feature "five separate, individual compartments for the toes" is prohibited in All Army Activities message 239/2011. Such shoes "detract from a professional military image," the message said. Soldiers are not allowed to wear them with the individual physical fitness uniform or when conducting physical training in military formation. More

C-5 hauls fighter back to US for repairs
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Air Force Master Sgt. Raymond Sambor was working the flight line at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, when he saw an F/A-18 land and catch fire. Five months later, Sambor and the Navy F/A-18 marked a historic flight together: He helped load the damaged Super Hornet onto a C-5 Galaxy to be transported back to the U.S. It was the first time a cargo jet has flown an American fighter back to the U.S. for repairs. More

CG leader: Arctic response capability lacking
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The commandant of the Coast Guard said Friday the nation must decide what level of pollution cleanup response capability the agency should have along the Arctic coast as an oil company prepares to begin drilling there. As of now, the agency is operating at a disadvantage, Adm. Robert Papp said. More

VA program that boosts safeguards for research participants wins approval from accrediting body
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The Department of Veterans Affairs Human Research Protection Program, which helps ensure high ethical and scientific standards for multi-site research projects involving Veterans or their health information, has been accredited by the nonprofit Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs. More

Navy program aims to get its vets civilian jobs
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The president and some members of Congress want tax breaks, expensive studies and even a "reverse boot camp" to tackle the unemployment rate among veterans, which runs higher than the national average. Another option the Navy would like to see: Expand a program that has helped tens of thousands of soon-to-be-ex-sailors get certified to use their skills outside the military — medics leave ready for health care jobs, cooks are trained for restaurant work and so on. More

How providers can improve care for Reserve Component members
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Many Reserve Component members lack access to DoD health programs, but face barriers with civilian healthcare providers because of the distinct nature of many military psychological or mental ailments. As such, Master Sgt. Stephanie Weaver of the National counterdrug liaison, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, suggests several ways in which civilian healthcare providers can adopt "military cultural competence" to create stronger communication and thus more effective healthcare between themselves and their Reserve Component patients. More

RESERVE & GUARD MOBILIZED


National Guard (in federal status) and Reserve activated as of Aug. 23
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This week the Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Army and Air Force announced an increase. The Navy announced no change. The net collective result is 501 more reservists activated than last week. At any given time, services may activate some units and individuals while deactivating others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease. More


 


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