The Intersect
July 6, 2010

Returning troops face new fight for old jobs
The Washington Times
As the Iraq and Afghanistan wars persist, some employers are becoming increasingly resistant to rehire service members who return from active duty as federal law requires, legal analysts say. Washington lawyer Matthew Tully, who specializes in these cases, said that as the war on terrorism — which relies heavily on National Guard and Reserve units — stretches into its second decade, companies have become more familiar with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.More

Guard, Reserve groups duel over merger proposal
Army Times
A radical military reform proposal from the chairman of the board of the National Guard Association of the U.S. calls for the Army Reserve and Air Force Reserve to be absorbed into the National Guard as a cost-saving measure.More

Pentagon recommends Medal of Honor for a living soldier
The Washington Post
The Pentagon has recommended that the White House consider awarding the Medal of Honor to a living soldier for the first time since the Vietnam War, according to U.S. officials. The soldier, whose nomination must be reviewed by the White House, ran through a wall of enemy fire in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley in fall 2007 in an attempt to push back Taliban fighters who were close to overrunning his squad. U.S. military officials said his actions saved the lives of about half a dozen men.More

A 'huge' day for America's medics
The San Antonio Express-News
Armed with oversize plastic scissors, Rear Adm. Bob Kiser and Command Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Lambing stood in front of two yellow ribbons outside Medical Education & Training Campus instructional facilities one and two in Texas. They were poised to mark the start of 21st century military medicine at Fort Sam Houston, and the moment that those scissors sliced through the ribbons as they rippled in a cool, stormy gust was as rich in substance as symbolism.More

Petraeus vows to minimize civilian deaths
Military.com
NATO-led forces in Afghanistan will do everything they can to keep Afghan civilian casualties down, the alliance's new commander in the country, Gen. David Petraeus, said. But the International Security Assistance Force should take a second look at its battlefield rules to make sure that troops are given the full protection of air power and artillery when they need it, Petraeus said after talks with NATO diplomats in Brussels.More

Allen named acting commander of CENTCOM
Defense News
U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Allen was named acting commander of U.S. Central Command on June 30. Allen's appointment comes on the heels of the Senate's confirmation of Gen. David Petraeus as the new Afghanistan war commander, ending his tenure as CENTCOM chief.More

Army ready to take drastic action to clear up record-keeping at Arlington Cemetery
The Washington Post
The secretary of the Army said that officials were prepared to dig up graves, open caskets and take DNA samples from the deceased if it is necessary to sort out the record-keeping chaos at Arlington National Cemetery. "If we are so authorized and if it is necessary, we have not ruled out the possibility of actually opening caskets," said Army Secretary John McHugh, noting that it would be an extreme measure, " and should it thereafter become necessary for DNA that would be something we would contemplate."More

US House ready to move on defense funding bill
Defense News
Congress didn't make Defense Secretary Robert Gate's July 4 deadline for passing a war supplemental funding bill, but there is now a glimmer of hope that lawmakers might get the measure passed before August, when the military would begin to face severe cash-flow problems. The holdup on the bill has been in the House of Representatives, but Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., the House Appropriations Committee chairman, announced June 30 that a $93.5 billion supplemental appropriations bill would be considered by the House that includes $37 billion for troops in Iraq.More

Admiral Thad Allen announces his retirement from Coast Guard
NPR
A man whose face has become familiar to millions of Americans over the last two months, Adm. Thad Allen, has announced his retirement from the Coast Guard. He will continue as the National Incident Commander of the BP oil spill. In a statement, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano thanked Allen for his service.More

Thousands of soldiers unfit for war duty
Politics Daily
More than 13,000 active-duty Army soldiers - the equivalent of four combat brigades - are sidelined as unfit for war because of injury, illness, or mental stress. In an unmistakable sign that the Army is struggling with exhaustion after nine years of fighting, combat commanders whose units are headed to Afghanistan increasingly choose to leave behind soldiers who can no longer perform, putting additional strain on those who still can.More

First isle Guard F-22 Raptor fighter jet arrives at Hickam
The Honolulu Star Advertiser via fwix
The first of 20 F-22 Raptor fighter jets that will be based at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam touched down recently, bringing with it the start of a new chapter in Hawaii Air National Guard fighter history reaching back to 1946. The Territory of Hawaii Air National Guard was established that year, a year ahead of the official creation of the U.S. Air Force, officials said.More

National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of June 29, 2010
The U.S. Department of Defense
This week the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Navy announced an increase. The net collective result is 1,725 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