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General's dilemma: Training US reserves once wars end
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Ten years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan have given the United States the best-trained military reserve in its history. The challenge for Lieutenant General Jack Stultz, the Army Reserve chief, is how to keep it that way. With U.S. forces scheduled to leave Iraq at the end of the year and drawing down in Afghanistan, Stultz worries the force could go back to being a cadre of week-end warriors who train a couple days each month and two weeks in the summer. More


Obama renews push for 'common-sense' job creation plan
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President Barack Obama spoke recently from the White House Rose Garden on his new $447 billion job creation bill that he sent to Congress just hours later. His proposal, the American Jobs Act, will "put people back to work all across the country" and work to create opportunities for the large number of unemployed veterans and a variety of other constituents, such as teachers and small-businesses, through targeted tax cuts and job training. More

No bombs, just hits: Military band is back home
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Sidewinder, the 571st Air Force Band of the Air National Guard returned to St. Louis after a nearly two-month tour in the Middle East. The band, led by vocalist Staff Sgt. Angie Johnson, performs current hits by artists such as Adele and Jay-Z with a fiery and soulful sound that has already earned them over 1.4 million hits on YouTube. More

In major shift, legislation would mandate military custody of all terror suspects
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A little-noticed provision of the National Defense Authorization Act would put all terror suspects into immediate military custody, a controversial change that would have significant legal repercussions for the ongoing war on terror. More



Virginia reservists now front-line troops
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Since Sept. 11, 2001, naval reservist James Bane has spent 682 days on active duty, including seven months in Iraq. "We projected civilization on that country," said Bane, 54, of Richmond. "Being a part of that made it seem like the most worthwhile thing I've ever done in my life. I had a part of something — a small part of something — that mattered." More

In their own words: Guard members tell personal accounts of 9/11
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Where were you that day? This question has become synonymous with the attacks of 9/11, and as the 10-year anniversary approaches, those who remember will reflect back upon that day, vividly remembering a day the world changed. Last month, Pentagon survivors and Guard members who responded to the events that day recalled the attacks and aftermath. More

Texas National Guard fights wildfire from the skies, ground
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The Texas National Guard has taken to the skies to assist in fighting the wildfires engulfing thousands of acres in southeastern Texas. About 90 Guard members helping local and regional agencies are fighting the blazes on the ground and from above, according to National Guard Bureau reports. 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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National Guard, reserves vital to America's war effort
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One day, Charles Barkey was working in a four-wheeler shop, selling lift kits and bug shields and floor mats. The next day, Sept. 12, 2001, Barkey was called to active duty in the Utah Army National Guard. Ten years later, the 43-year-old Barkey has yet to leave the guard's payroll. He has been either employed or deployed ever since. He's served three tours of duty, guarding air-ports in St. George and Cedar City in the aftermath of the terror attacks and later, deploying to Iraq and then Afghanistan. More

PTSD: The war within women
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Mothers, wives, daughters and soldiers. Women who served in combat zones continue to struggle with their war-time experiences when they're home. Research shows women are twice as likely to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder than men. She's home from Iraq, but for Army Sergeant Megan Krause, the battlefield is still fresh on her mind. "You're driving down the road, something looks like trash, and it turns out to be a bomb, and it blows up one of your Humvees," Megan told Ivanhoe. Megan served as a combat medic and struggles with the violence and trauma she experienced. More

Bill would expand disabled vets' job rights
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A Texas Democrat is proposing an expansion of the employment protections for service members and veterans to prevent combat-wounded troops from being fired or demoted if they need time off for medical treatment. Under the proposal unveiled by Rep. Lloyd Doggett, called the Wounded Veterans Job Security Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act would be amended to protect wounded veterans from workplace discrimination if they need time off for treatment of war-related injuries or disabilities. More


 


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