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US-South Korean consults follow Kim's death
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U.S. officials are carefully watching the situation on the Korean Peninsula in the wake of news that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il has died. Kim died of a massive heart attack, according to a North Korean government release. Kim Jong-eun, the "Dear Leader's" youngest son, is expected to replace him. President Barack Obama consulted with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. They discussed the situation on the Korean Peninsula following the death of Kim Jong-il, according to a White House read-out of the call. More



Congress clears $662 billion defense bill
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Congress passed a massive $662 billion defense bill after months of wrangling over how to handle captured terror suspects without violating Americans' constitutional rights. A last-minute compromise produced a truce, but lawmakers said the fight is not yet over. The Senate voted 86-13 for the measure and will send it to President Obama for his signature. The bill would authorize money for military personnel, weapons systems, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and national security programs in the Energy Department for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. The legislation is $27 billion less than Obama wanted and $43 billion less than Congress gave the Pentagon this year, a reflection of deficit-driven federal budgets, the end of the Iraq war and the troops drawdown in Afghanistan. More

Vets4Warriors offers Guard Members, Reservists peer-to-peer counseling
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In an effort to face the unique challenges of providing peer counseling, the National Guard unveiled, during a ceremony at Capitol Hill, its newest initiative, Vets4Warriors. Vets4Warriors, a toll-free, peer-to-peer counseling hotline, will provide Guard members and all reserve component members with the ability to speak with counselors on the phone or online. As former service members, the counselors will be able to provide empathy, understanding and a wide variety of tools to help the modern day service member fight the fight on the front lines and the home front, said Army Col. Gregg Bliss. More

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Demobilizing Reserve Soldiers get holiday passes
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Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno issued instructions concerning Reserve-Component Soldiers who will be demobilizing at installations in the United States over the holidays. "Our Guard and Reserve Soldiers sacrifice so much for our country and they are an indispensible part of the Army team," Odierno told a group of the Army's most senior uniformed leaders at the Pentagon. With the continuing drawdown in Iraq and normal unit rotations from Afghanistan, thousands of Guard and Reserve units are expected to out-process through six demobilization sites between now and early January. More

As wars end, young veterans return to scant jobs
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In Afghanistan, Cpl. Clayton Rhoden earned about $2,500 a month jumping into helicopters to chase down improvised explosive devices or check out suspected bomb factories. Now he lives with his parents, sells his blood plasma for $80 a week and works what extra duty he can get for his Marine Corps Reserve unit. Rhoden, who is 25, gawky and polite with a passion for soldiering, is one of the legions of veterans who served in combat yet have a harder time finding work than other people their age, a situation that officials say will grow worse as the United States completes its pullout of Iraq and as, by a White House estimate, a million new veterans join the work force over the next five years. More

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Facing big cuts, Army reshapes Reserves to keep key troops
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With the regular Army shedding personnel to fit in ever-tighter budgets, the U.S. Army Reserve is positioning itself as a low-cost way to keep skilled, experienced veterans associated with the military. The plan, in a nutshell: If you can't keep 'em in the regular Army, keep 'em in the Reserves. Today, only 9 percent of enlisted personnel and 13 percent of officers who leave active duty sign up with the Army Reserve. To make reserve service more appealing will require changes to military regulation and even federal law, changes among the Army Reserve's top priorities for 2012. More

Last American Troops leave Iraq marking end of war
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U.S. soldiers rolled out of Iraq across the border into neighboring Kuwait at daybreak Dec. 18, whooping, fist bumping and hugging each other in a burst of joy and relief. Their convoy's exit marked the end of a bitterly divisive war that raged for nearly nine years and left Iraq shattered, with troubling questions lingering over whether the Arab nation will remain a steadfast U.S. ally. The mission cost nearly 4,500 American and well more than 100,000 Iraqi lives and $800 billion from the U.S. Treasury. The question of whether it was worth it all is yet unanswered. More

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Guard presence at border will be cut in 2012
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The Obama administration is planning to reduce the number of National Guard troops deployed at the U.S. border with Mexico, the spokesman for a Texas congressman said. The force will be reduced from 1,200 troops starting next year, said Mike Rosen, spokesman for Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas. The exact number of National Guard personnel that will stay on the border is unclear, Rosen said. More

National Guard (in federal status) and Reserve activated as of Dec. 13
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This week the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists. The net collective result is 1,258 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


 


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