The Intersect
March 15, 2011

National Guard, Reserve soldiers denied family outings
USA Today
The Army has tightened restrictions on National Guard and Reserve soldiers preparing for war by keeping them largely confined to their bases and prohibiting leaves to visit families for up to four months, according to a new Army policy. The rules, combined with restrictions in place since 2009, prevent Guardsmen and Reservists mobilized for combat from leaving their training installations even to spend an evening out with relatives or friends.More

Veterans Treatment Intervention Act named after Okaloosa County judge
Northwest Florida Daily News
T. Patterson Maney, an Okaloosa County judge in Florida and retired brigadier general with the Army Reserves, has been honored by the Florida Senate by having an act of legislation named after him. The T. Patt Maney Veterans' Treatment Intervention Act is a bill designed to provide an alternative to prison or probation for some veterans convicted of crimes.More

Army looks to improve Guard life
Military.com
Starting next fall, the time a reservist spends at home between mobilizations will increase to four years, the Army Chief of Staff said during a meeting with members of the Army National Guard in Arlington, Va. Gen. George Casey said the longer time at home is necessary for the welfare of troops. "We had to get there," he said. "Studies show that it takes a minimum of 24 to 36 months to recover from a combat deployment. The reality of it all is that we cannot go to war without the Guard and Reserve."More

Admiral urges communities to help war veterans
The Arizona Republic
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is working to raise awareness of the "thousands and thousands of veterans who have been to hell and back" and encourage communities to help ease their transition back into society. Mullen spoke to a crowd of students, soldiers and school officials in the First Amendment Forum at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.More

Bank of America to reduce principal for some military borrowers
The Wall Street Journal
Bank of America Corp. said it would start reducing loan balances for military borrowers who are struggling to pay their mortgages as they leave active duty. The announcement comes two days after bank executives said reducing principals creates a "moral hazard" in the industry, and as banks fight back against a proposal from state attorneys generals that could affect how the mortgage-servicing industry works.More

Key senator says more budget cuts inevitable
Reuters
Draconian budget cuts are inevitable unless the White House comes up with a comprehensive plan that includes tax reform and entitlements, U.S. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad said. Conrad said the Senate lacked the votes to sustain spending at current levels, telling senior officials from the State and Defense Departments, "There are more cuts coming. You can write it down; it's going to happen."More

Adm. Mullen leery of budget cuts
The Oklahoman
Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to students at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss about concerns such as budget cuts and the care and support of military families. Mullen told the more than 300 students and instructors that their leadership will be critical in the coming years as more of America's forces return home after serving multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.More

Begich and Young seek equity for surviving spouses and reservists
Alaska Business Monthly
Responding to the requests of Alaska members and retirees of the National Guard and Reserve, their families and surviving military spouses, U.S. Senator Mark Begich and U.S. Representative Don Young reintroduced legislation providing these groups the same space-available privileges on Department of Defense aircraft available to active duty service members.More

Virginia resident elected to national position in military association
Reston Connection
Retired Coast Guard Reserve Capt. Donald Grant was elected Naval Executive Committeeman in the Reserve Officers Association at its national convention Feb. 2. Capt. Grant, of Herndon, Va., is currently a director in the Federal Emergency Management Agency. His most recent military assignment was in the Domestic Port Security Evaluation Division.More

National Guard (in federal status) and Reserve activated as of March 8
Department of Defense
This week the Army and Air Force announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced an increase. The net collective result is 49 fewer 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