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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 29 September 2017 (Morning Muster)
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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 29 September 2017 (Morning Muster)

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FLNG in the News

Print Stories

-- Jacksonville.com: Duval fires school tech worker who stole donated computer gear, scrapped it for cash - By Denise Smith Amos

The Duval County School Board this month fired a technical services employee for stealing $13,000 in computer gear intended as a donation to schools.

-- tdworld.com: FPL Completes Restoration to 4.4 Million Impacted by Historic Hurricane Irma - press release

"I also want to pay tribute to those first responders - from the Florida National Guard to police, fire and other emergency responders at the local, state and federal level - who gave so much these past couple of weeks."

-- flaglerlive.com: Palm Coast's Hispanic American Club Organizes 2-Day Drive For Devastated Island - By Staff

"We have a shipping company here," Victor Vazquez, president of of the Hispanic American Club, said by phone this afternoon as he was delivering 10 palettes of first-aid supplies to a shipping company in Jacksonville, with Navarrete. The supplies were donated by the Family Readiness program of the Florida National Guard. "It's going to be loaded in a container that's going to go to Puerto Rico in a boat and we have a contact in Puerto Rico that'll pick up the merchandise and distribute it."

Broadcast Stories

-- NPR (audio file and transcript): Puerto Rico Relief Effort Replays Scene From Katrina, Retired General Says

HONORE: I tell you, Florida was a textbook case. They maneuvered on Hurricane Irma. General Calhoun of the Florida Guard, he magnificently maneuvered his guard in position before the storm came, opened shelters.

News of Interest

-- PR: The Washington Post (National) - This is the new top general coordinating military operations with FEMA in Puerto Rico - By Dan Lamothe

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, the commander of U.S. Army North, will "serve as the Department of Defense's primary liaison" to FEMA as the Pentagon shifts from running relief operations primarily from the sea to mostly ashore, U.S. Northern Command said Thursday in a statement. Buchanan's deployment comes in addition to that of Army Brig. Gen. Richard Kim, who arrived in Puerto Rico on Wednesday and is Buchanan's deputy commander at U.S. Army North.

-- PR: USA Today (National) - U.S. military dispatches three-star general to Puerto Rico amid charges of supply snafus - By Doug Stanglin

Rosselló said state National Guard troops are now engaged, and he said he asked the Defense Department to send special troops for transport, fuel and food deployment and engineering needs. "The food is here and the water is here. Critically what we need is equipment, human resources, whether national guard or state guard," the governor said. He told reporters Thursday that the governors of New York and New Jersey were sending their National Guard troops, and that governors of other states had pledged similar assistance.

-- PR: Miami Herald (Regional) - First Maria ravaged Puerto Rico. Now politicians blow in. What's the military doing? - By Carol Rosenberg

Part of the problem, to be sure, is the island's isolation. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, who led New Orleans' 2005 Katrina response, noted Thursday that unlike Florida and Louisiana, whose neighboring National Guard are a truck-ride away, the island has "about 1,200 miles of ocean" between it and the mainland. Pointedly lacking in the response so far, he said in an "NPR Morning Edition" interview was the "expeditionary logistics capacity of the Department of Defense." Or as Roselló put it: "Quickly what we need is equipment, human resources, whether it be National Guard or state guard." Around the same time, Florida's governor left Fort Lauderdale in a state law enforcement agency plane, rather than his own Cessna jet to see how Florida might offer assistance. His office said he was bringing along Florida National Guard Maj. Gen. Michael Calhoun, who Honoré celebrated as handling Irma "magnificently" through the strategic pre-positioning of National Guard forces around the storm and into shelters.

-- VI: The VI Daily News (Regional) - National Guard solider dies on St. Thomas - By Brian O'Connor

Mapp declined to provide additional details about the incident saying it was too soon to discuss the particulars. The government had not yet completed the notification of the next of kin, Mapp said. He did not say whether the Guard soldier who died was a member of the V.I. National Guard or any of the numerous out-of-state National Guard detachments who are visiting the territory. He did not give the nature or manner of the Guardsman's death, or give the date or time of day of the soldier's death.

-- PR: Army Times (National) - US troops deliver food, supplies to devastated Puerto Rico during round-the-clock operations - By Kathleen Curthoys and Stephen Losey

The Air National Guard has also flown 213 sorties to date, delivering about 1000 short tons of cargo, and 1200 personnel, flying C-130s, KC-135s, C-17s, HH-60s, RC-26s, C-40s. Personnel include aerial port, medical personnel, and communications personnel needed to help with relief operations.

-- VA: Army Times (National) - Army National Guard activates its first cyber brigade - By Charlsy Panzino

"We've really jumped into the deep end of improving cyber capability within the Army National Guard," Kadavy told Army Times. "So I'm excited to see how we grow within that area over the next 12 months." The 91st Cyber Brigade will help the training readiness of the Guard's cyber units, he said. Soldiers will also be deployed to meet the demands of growing cyber missions throughout the United States.

-- MD: CNN (National) - Ravens anthem singer explains resignation, defends NFL protests - By Eliott C. McLaughlin

While serving in Afghanistan as a member of the Maryland Army National Guard in February 2014, Odoms met Ravens coach John Harbaugh and asked him how he could get the gig as the team's anthem singer, according to a story on the team website. A few months later, he found himself in tryouts, where he beat out seven other singers for the position.

-- IL: Shelyville Daily Union (Local) - Illinois National Guard soldiers walk more than 200 miles in 10-day Polish pilgrimage - By Staff Writer

"I'm happy that Americans, Lithuanians, Latvians, Slovakians, Germans and even Croatians [on the last day] attended the pilgrimage," said Rybus. "We build relationships so we can better work together in the future."


This Week in History

Week of September 24, 2017 - September 30, 2017:

1918 (99 years ago) Sept. 26 - The American Army launched its final and largest offensive of World War I against the German "Hindenburg Line" in Meuse-Argonne, France. From Sept. 27-29, Brig. Gen. Albert H. Blanding led the 53rd Brigade, 27th Infantry Division, on the preliminary attack on the Hindenburg Line and continued with the main attack following two days later. From October 17-22, Blanding participated in the Battle of the Celle River for which he received the Distinguished Service Medal.

1947 (70 years ago) September 28-29 - Under the command of Maj. Robert H. Mizelle, 1 officer and 13 enlisted men of Headquarters detachment, FLNG, (St. Augustine), were ordered to active duty to assist in the relief of the population of New Smyrna Beach during a period of high flood waters.

2004 (13 years ago) Sept. 24 - In the fourth major call up within a month, more than 4,000 Florida National Guard personnel mobilized in advance of Hurricane Jeanne, a Category 3 hurricane that made landfall near Palm Beach County on September 26th. Guard members on active state duty assisted their communities in recovering from damage which, according to many media reports, equated to that of a "war zone." Guardsmen patrolled against looters, aided in medical treatment, moved and distributed food and water and assisted in various other tasks as requested by local authorities. Others staffed emergency shelters in armories. Jeanne was the fourth named storm and third hurricane to strike Florida in an unprecedented hurricane season. In all, more than 7,000 Florida Guardsmen were placed on active state duty at some point during and after these four storms. While many of Florida's Soldiers worked in support of relief efforts for 54 days, more than 1,200 other Florida Soldiers were then deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle.

2010 (7 years ago) Sept. 24 - 1st Sgt. Kenny Fike, 55, a veteran with 31 years of service died while serving with HHB, 2-116th (Lakeland), in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

2010 (7 years ago) Sept. 24 - Spc. Marc Whisenant, 23, Holly Hill, Fla. died while serving with Company C, 1-124th Infantry, 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Miami), in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

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Florida National Guard on Social Media

-- https://www.facebook.com/TAGFlorida

-- https://www.facebook.com/FloridaNationalGuard

-- https://www.facebook.com/FloridaAirNationalGuard

-- https://www.flickr.com/photos/floridanationalguardonflickr

-- https://twitter.com/FLGuard


NOTE: Units holding upcoming annual trainings at CBJTC can contact the Visual Information (VI) section to schedule block official, command and passport photo appointments for all personnel. For more information contact the VI Manager, Staff Sgt. Carmen Steinbach at (904) 823-0174 or via email carmen.n.steinbach.mil@mail.mil.

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