Posts Tagged “National Guard”

The more things change, the more they stay the same

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Adm. Bill McRaven, the head of U.S. special operations, is mapping out a potential Afghanistan war plan that would replace thousands of U.S. troops with small special operations teams paired with Afghans to help an inexperienced Afghan force withstand a Taliban onslaught as U.S. troops withdraw. While the overall campaign would still be led by conventional military, the handfuls…

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Is the National Guard back to being 2nd rate soldiers again?

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Is the National Guard back to being 2nd rate soldiers again?

Prior to 9/11 the National Guard was looked down upon by Active Duty forces. Since I served half my career in both both services I can tell you some of that was earned and some was just ignorance by active duty forces. When I was active duty we never took the National Guard (or as…

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Great Story of the NY National Guard splashing into action

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Little did I know on Sunday afternoon, while boating around the Niagara river with my boys celebrating Father’s Day, that earlier that morning one of my old NCOs, now an officer, LT Postle was helping rescue a stuck Park Police boat. The whole rescue of the four teenage boys before they went over the Falls…

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Next National Guard units to deploy is official

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The 27th is my old brigade that and the home to many friends, old Army buddies and soldiers whom I used to lead but are now leaders themselves. It is the Brigade my son deployed with in 2008-2009. Now here it is 2011 and they are going again. Boy we ask a lot of our…

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Vermont NG soldiers find the bad guys

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Vermont NG soldiers find the bad guys

Soldiers from Troop A, 1st Squadron, 172nd Cavalry Regiment, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain)conducted an air assault and captured an important insurgent leader in amountain cave in Parwan Province June 30. “Two platoons of Troop A Soldiers used vehicles to cordon the area where theinsurgent leader was suspected, and another platoon inserted into the area…

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DOD Announces Units for Upcoming Rotation to Afghanistan

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Specific units alerted are: 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Ohio Army National Guard 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Okla. Army National Guard The units will replace redeploying units, with no increase in overall force levels. They are currently scheduled to begin their deployment in the summer of 2011 and are receiving alert orders now in…

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‘Painful’ Road to Modernize National Guard

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A good story over at Military.com by Christian Lowe about the struggles that the Army and Air National Guard are going though to transition missions and to keep up the Operational Tempo of so many years of deployments. Instead, the Air Guard is evolving to better reflect the active-duty force, with RQ-1 Predator and MQ-9…

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What a tragedy-UPDATED

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I have updated the post below after reading some of the comments, giving it some more thought and doing some research. I think I had some facts wrong and I think I threw in some emotion of my own that did not need to be in the posting as it added nothing to it. The…

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