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Army Reserve's most deployed force gets new commander
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As fall arrived, so did a new season of leadership for U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne). Maj. Gen. David N. Blackledge relinquished command to Maj. Gen. Jeffrey A. Jacobs on Oct. 23. Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief of the U.S. Army Reserve and commanding general of the U.S. Army Reserve Command, presided over the ceremony as Blackledge passed the unit colors to Jacobs symbolizing the change of command. More

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As Congress works on the fiscal year 2012 budget and to reduce federal debt, Army and Air Force Reserve and National Guard leaders were on Capitol Hill to testify and answer questions about their funding proposals. Chairman Roscoe Bartlett and Ranking Member Silvestre Reyes lead the House Armed Services Committee's Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee. They questioned the Reserve component leaders about modernization and equipping strategies, new initiatives, program changes and potential impacts on the U.S. industrial base. More

Obama: All US troops out of Iraq by year's end
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President Obama announced recently that all U.S. service members will leave Iraq by the end of the year. That would formally end more than eight years of combat that has deployed more than one million Americans, many of which were deployed multiple times. Upon their return, the nation will still have the responsibility and duty to provide America's newest veterans and their families "the care, the benefits and the opportunities that they have earned," the president said. More

Oklahoma National Guard deployments unaffected by final drawdown in Iraq
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With the last U.S. troops set to leave Iraq by the end of the year, military personnel and their supporters say they are anxious to have their fighters back on U.S. soil. President Barack Obama's announcement that the nearly nine-year war in Iraq would end with the last American forces withdrawing by year's end likely won't change the current deployments of the Oklahoma National Guard in the region, officials said. 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. 

New laws and programs aim to help war vets' mental health
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As the war in Iraq is coming to a close, returning Reserve and National Guard members face more mental health challenges. Unlike, their active duty counterparts, who return to domestic bases where colleagues and supervisors can monitor and intercede on an everyday basis, these men and women return to their homes, becoming more susceptible to violence and substance abuse. Lawmakers and veterans agencies are working to add programs and initiatives to help veterans, especially to these National Guard and Reserve members receive mental health services. More

Army Guard CSM visits, discusses new standards with soldiers
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Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Burch, the Army National Guard command sergeant major, made a special stop on Oct. 20 to visit with Soldiers in Afghanistan and discuss the higher standard expected of them as troops draw down from theater. A group of National Guard Soldiers collected on the back deck of the 550th Signal Company headquarters, all of whom were from different units and different parts of the United States, and all here for different missions, but were united for that brief moment by the words that were spoken by one of their leaders. More

ROTC programs return to Ivy League universities
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Yale sophomore Andrew Hendricks has gotten used to receiving strange looks when he crosses the Ivy League campus in his Air Force uniform. Hendricks, the only Air Force cadet at Yale, wears the uniform on days he drives to the University of Connecticut to train with the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a program that had been barred from his university until faculty agreed to welcome it back beginning next fall. Judging from the reaction of Yale students, he does not expect much of a stir when cadets start conducting drills amid the Gothic buildings in New Haven. More


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Georgia Secretary of State touts electronic voting for military personnel
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Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp promoted his office's efforts to provide electronic voting to military personnel overseas. During a speech, Kemp spoke highly of Georgia's ability next year to provide absentee ballots to all service men and women overseas as part of the federal Military Overseas Voting Empowering Act that was passed by Congress in 2009. Georgia was one of the first states to implement the MOVE act, by allowing service men and women to receive an absentee ballot via email 45 days before and election. This system allowed for Georgia military personnel to fill out the ballot and mail it back in on time to be counted. More

National Guard (in federal status) and Reserve activated as of Oct. 18
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This week the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced an increase in activated reservists, while the Air Force announced a decrease. The net collective result is 745 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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