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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 13 October 2017 (Morning Muster)
Topic Started: Oct 13 2017, 09:13 AM (9 Views)
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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 13 October 2017 (Morning Muster) (UNCLASSIFIED)

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Florida National Guard and Dept. of Military Affairs Family, Military Leaders, Veterans, Civic Leaders:

Florida's Force -- The Original Militia - Always Ready, Always There!

The following information is provided as a daily update on news and pertinent information
relative to the Florida National Guard (FLNG) and the National Guard itself,
including what may result in news interest.

By the way, please let us know how we're doing with this information.
Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE)
https://ice.disa.mil/index.cfm?fa=card&s=1144&sp=129786&dep=

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Florida National Guard
FLNG in the News

Print Stories

-- PHOTO/VIDEO CATALOUGE: We are pleased to announce that all FLNG imagery, graphics and videos are available for all network users to search, view and download. Visit the following link and search key words for FLNG products. As we continue to build upon this archive, please contact the Visual Information section if there is an image, graphic or video you cannot locate or if you would like a print of one of the products.
http://ngflb2pri01:8085/public/#/

-- INCREASED STUDIO AVAILABILITY: Due to the upcoming QRB, the Official Photo Studios in St. Augustine and CBJTC will be operated simultaneously multiple days in November. Manning issues prevent us from creating any additional openings in the months of October and December, so please plan ahead and schedule as soon as possible as appointment slots will fill up fast. Furthermore, we ask that you have all of your required uniform items on hand prior to scheduling. Please also allow up to 24-hours' notice if you cannot make the appointment time so another Soldier can take the time slot. For cancellation, contact the Studio at 904-823-0317 or the VI Manager at 904-823-0174. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

-- The News Service of Florida: Hurricane costs take toll on state budget - By Lloyd Dunkelberger

Hurricane recovery efforts have already cost the state budget more than $141 million and are likely to increase, the Senate Appropriations Committee was told Thursday.
http://www.chronicleonline.com/news/local/hurricane-costs-take-toll-on-state-budget/article_826f066c-afa8-11e7-aefd-fb8ed9235ba5.html

-- News Service of Florida: Florida Senate Republican Proposes Ronald Reagan Specialty License Plate

Up to 10 percent of the proceeds from sales of the plate would go to the Florida National Guard Foundation.
http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/florida-senate-republican-proposes-ronald-reagan-specialty-license-plate#stream/0

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News of Interest

-- CA: SF Gate (Regional) - Panoramic aerial view of Coffey Park devastation is 'striking' - By Melody Gutierrez

From inside an Air National Guard HH-60 Pave Hawk, its doors pulled open, Capt. Will Martin surveyed the damage below, following the streets spotted with driveways that led to nothing but heaps of charred land and cooked cars. The occasional glimmers from the ground came from shards of glass and melted metal. "I've seen a lot of wildfires," Martin said. "I've been with the National Guard for a long time now, but to see entire neighborhoods burnt to ashes is shocking. ... The devastation is striking."
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Panoramic-aerial-view-of-Coffey-Park-devastation-12271730.php#item-39786

-- PR: The New York Times (National) - Trump Warns Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico That Aid Won't Last 'Forever' - By Peter Baker and Caitlin Dickerson

While most residents endured another day without power and many without water or other basic services, Mr. Trump upbraided Puerto Rico's leadership for mismanagement that predated the storm and said troops and emergency workers would eventually leave. Caught off guard, his advisers scrambled to reassure Puerto Rico that Washington was not abandoning it.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/us/politics/trump-warns-puerto-rico-weeks-after-storms-federal-help-cannot-stay-forever.html

-- PR: Military Times (National) - DoD relief efforts continue in Puerto Rico as Trump suggests cutting aid - By Tara Copp

National Guard spokesman Col. Les Melnyk said the Guard's relief efforts there continue.
"I am not personally aware of any near-term plans for the National Guard to reduce support for Puerto Rico," Melnyk said, however he deferred to the Pentagon. A Federal Emergency Management Agency official told Military Times on the condition of not being identified that the agency has continued to be involved in other areas impacted by hurricanes many years after the storms.
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2017/10/12/dod-relief-efforts-continue-in-puerto-rico-as-trump-suggests-cutting-aid/

-- PR: Air Force Times (National) - More Air National Guard Units Deploy for Puerto Rico Relief - By Brian Everstine

"Our airmen and their families have suffered losses and family is family," Connie Moore, a family readiness specialist with the Washington, D.C., Air National Guard, said in a release. "No. 1, we take care of our family and we have to help our airmen who have needs with their family so that they are able to continue on with the mission." The Guard response to Hurricane Harvey wrapped up on Sept. 23 as the Texas National Guard completed its recovery operations, according to the National Guard Bureau. About 400 Guardsmen remain on duty for ongoing Hurricane Irma relief operations in Florida.
http://www.airforcemag.com/Features/Pages/2017/October%202017/More-Air-National-Guard-Units-Deploy-for-Puerto-Rico-Relief.aspx

-- VI: Pentagram (National) - National Guard MPs and SFs fight criminal activity post-hurricane - By Arthur Mondale

"Some of our military police officers have went on a few different calls such as domestic violence calls, shots fired and some traffic accidents," added Sgt. 1st Class Leigh Ann Hester, another member of the Tennessee National Guard.
http://www.dcmilitary.com/pentagram/news/local/national-guard-mps-and-sfs-fight-criminal-activity-post-hurricane/article_121e128f-f766-5136-a5f7-8c24f049150f.html

-- AK: Alaska Public Media (Regional) - National Guard focuses on increasing operations during tour of Nome, Brevig Mission, and Teller - By Davis Hovey, KNOM - Nome

"It is the mission of Alaska State Defense Force to augment, to enable, to be a force multiplier for the Alaska National Guard during emergencies, and we are also building a domain awareness capability and capacity," James said. "We want to do that throughout the entire state of Alaska. So we are looking specifically for veterans or retirees in the community. We greatly appreciate folks who are trained, and we also appreciate the contributions of non-priors, so we'll train those folks up."
https://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/10/12/national-guard-focuses-on-increasing-operations-during-tour-of-nome-brevig-mission-and-teller/

-- MD: Carroll County Times (Local) - Supporter of cultural exchange, Beyard honored as individual philanthropist - By Catalina Righter

As the crow flies, the city of Paide, Estonia, is more than 4,300 miles and an Atlantic Ocean away from Westminster. But with music, diplomacy and cultural exchange, Sgt. Maj. Thomas Beyard is working to bring the people of these two cities closer. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, Beyard will be honored in the individual category at the Community Foundation of Carroll County's 12th annual Philanthropists of the Year awards. Nonprofit, youth, family and business award winners will also be recognized at the event.
http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/cc-poy-tom-beyard-20171011-story.html

-- KY: Glasgow Daily Times (Local) - Soldier with 1/623rd FA presented with Ky. Medal of Valor - By Gina Kinslow

Staff Sgt. Michael R. Tester with the Kentucky National Guard was recently awarded the Kentucky Medal for Valor, the commonwealth's highest military honor. Tester of Summersville in Green County is a non-commissioned officer serving with Alpha Battery in Tompkinsville for the Kentucky National Guard's 1/623rd FA Regiment. He was presented the award by Gov. Matt Bevin during the 139th National Guard Association of the United States General Conference and Exhibition in Louisville.
http://www.glasgowdailytimes.com/news/soldier-with-rd-fa-presented-with-ky-medal-of-valor/article_404962b8-af95-11e7-b678-0f96ed51058e.html

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This Week in History

Week of October 08, 2017 - October 14, 2017:

1879 (138 years ago) Oct. 11 - The first annual conference of the National Guard Association is held. The Association, which continues in operation today, acts as a political interest group representing Guard concerns with members of Congress. Federal law prohibits members of the armed forces on active duty from 'lobbying' Congress so the Association, which is composed of active and retired Guard officers, performs this function.

1946 (71 years ago) Oct. 8 - Following World War II, the citizens of Live Oak, Fla. organized a company of the Florida Army National Guard. Under the command of Capt. Samuel J. White, the Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry received federal recognition on this date. With a long tradition of service dating to the late-19th century, the citizens of Live Oak first organized in 1891 as the Suwanee Rifles. During the Spanish American War, the unit was one of twelve companies accepted for federal service in Florida's Volunteer Infantry Regiment as Company L, with Capt. William L. Tedder commanding. Members served with the 31st Division in the First World War and with the 2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry, 31st Division in the Philippines for which the unit received a Presidential Unit Citation for their action on Mindanao. In 1968, the company converted to the 269th Engineer Company (Dump Truck). Twenty years later, the company reorganized as the 269th Engineer Detachment, a well-drilling unit. The Detachment was called to federal service during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003-04. In 2007, the company was again reorganized and re-designated as the 868th Engineer Company.

1950 (67 years ago) Oct. 10 - Florida's 159th Fighter Squadron was ordered to active duty and assigned to the Fourteenth Air Force at George Air Force Base for aircraft conversion to F-84s and eight months of training in preparation to mobilize to Korea.

1990 (27 years ago) Oct. 11 - Florida's first units to mobilize for Operation Desert Storm were the 743rd Maintenance Company from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the 325th Maintenance Company from Lake Wales, Fla. A total of 17 Florida National Guard units were activated, nine of which were deployed overseas to serve in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Germany. The more than 1,600 Florida Guardsman deployed represented the 743rd Maintenance Company, the 325th Maintenance Company, the 221st Explosive Ordnance Detachment, the 269th Engineer Company, the 202nd Medical Group, the 653rd Signal Company, the 705th Military Police Company, the 144th Transportation Company, and the 199th Air Ambulance Company. Florida Guardsmen participated in various missions overseas during Operation Desert Storm, including equipment and vehicle recovery, tank retrieval and maintenance, unexploded ordnance disposal, construction support, medical support, detention operations and signal operations. The coalition forces declared a cease-fire, Feb. 28, 1991; just 100 hours after the ground war began. On June 8, 1991, pilots from Florida's 199th Air Ambulance Company flew three UH-1 "Huey" helicopters to participate in the largest victory celebration since the end of World War II. Nine Vietnam veterans were selected for the mission.

2001 (16 years ago) Oct. 11 - The Florida Youth ChalleNGe Academy officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Camp Blanding.

2009 (8 years ago) Oct. 12 - The Florida National Guard's 3153rd Finance Detachment was honored during a deployment ceremony in St. Augustine, as its members prepared for a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Legislative Update

http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/JointStaff/PersonalStaff/LegislativeLiaison.aspxc

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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

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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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