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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 30 January 2018 (Morning Muster)
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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 30 January 2018 (Morning Muster)

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News of Interest

-- DC: Washington Examiner (National) - ATTENTION: In first, 3 National Guard generals now in House - By Paul Bedard

For the first time, the House has three current National Guard brigadier generals in its ranks... National Guard spokesman Kurt Rauschenberg added, "This is just another example of how vested our [National Guard] leaders are in the communities we serve." He also played up the dual role of the three when he said, "We're in over 3,000 communities nationwide, supporting our citizens and civil authorities in various capacities. This is why we're citizen/soldiers."

-- CA: Fresno Bee (Local) - Couple was paid for recruiting soldiers, but they committed fraud, jury finds - By Eric Paul Zamora

A Fresno couple is facing 20 years in prison for defrauding the California Army National Guard of tens of thousands of dollars. U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott announced Monday that a federal jury found Jimmy Maldonado, 37, and Mayra Maldonado, 31, guilty of wire fraud in a plot where they illegally obtained payments from a military recruitment program. According to court documents, Jimmy Maldonado was a former full-time recruiter for the National Guard in the Fresno area and was ineligible to participate in the Guard Recruiting Assistance Program as well as ineligible to receive incentive payments from the program.

-- IN: Stars & Stripes (National) - National Guard brigade to lead portion of this year's Pacific Pathways exercises - By Wyatt Olson

The Indiana National Guard will provide the lead brigade for the second leg of this year's Pacific Pathways exercises, marking the first time the Guard has assumed that role in the five years since the initiative began. The Indiana National Guard's 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will rotate troops for Pathways as part of the Guardsmen's regular two-week annual training, said Col. Christopher Garver, a spokesman for U.S. Army Pacific, which coordinates Pacific Pathways. "We're excited because it's a new thing for Pacific Pathways to have a National Guard brigade as the lead of the Pathways element," he said.

-- OR: CBS KOIN 6 (Regional) - Video: Where We Live: Portland's 142nd airborne is a national force - By Ken Boddie

Colonel Duke Pirak calls the 142nd Fighter Wing "Oregon's Air Force," because most of the personnel that work on it -- and its 22 F-15 fighters -- are from Oregon and Southwest Washington. The fleet, stationed at the Portland Air National Guard Base, is a critical cog in the United States' homeland security. It's a major part of where we live. "We are every bit as ready as a National Guard Unit to defend America at home and abroad as an active duty unit," Pirak said, "and I'm darn proud of that."

-- DC: The Hill (National) - Opinion: Shutdowns harm national security and endanger America's reservists - By Jeffrey E. Phillips

When Congress will not discharge its most basic responsibility and thus forces a shutdown of the federal government, America's military readiness suffers. So do the men, women and families of our armed forces, especially the members of Reserve and National Guard units. Monday's stopgap three-week budget extension, although better than an extended shutdown, is scant relief; damage has been done. In military training, continuity is vitally important. The shutdown forced cancellation of training for more than 110,000 Guard and Reserve personnel.

-- OH: WOSU Public Media (Local) - Ohio Legislature Urges Military To Put Missile Defense Shield In Northeast Ohio - By Abby Vesoulis

Ohio lawmakers are presenting a united front in efforts to get a missile defense base located at Camp Ravenna in Northeast Ohio. The Ohio House of Representatives voted unanimously on Wednesday to pass SCR 8, which calls on the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to select Camp Ravenna for a future East Coast missile defense system. Other areas under consideration include Fort Custer in Michigan and Fort Drum in New York. Existing missile defense bases are located in California and Alaska. Camp Ravenna, an Ohio Army National Guard site in Portage and Trumbull counties, is currently being used to train troops prior to deployments and for routine military exercises. The resolution is nonbinding, but if the camp is selected, Ohio would benefit from hundreds of new jobs.

-- IA: Iowa State Daily (Regional) - National Guardsmen and student speak about white nationalist poster in Maple Hall - By Mike Brown

Iowa State students Ivan Apolonio and Psalm Amos found what they felt was a xenophobic poster hung on the wall of the main lobby in Maple Hall on Thursday. Apolonio, senior in kinesiology and Iowa National Guardsmen, posted a photo of the poster on Twitter. While Apolonio has senior status by qualification, he is in his first year at Iowa State. "This is what was found at Maple Hall this morning. A direct insult to our international students and more specifically our DACA students," Apolonio's tweet said.

-- CO: Military.com (National) - Tiny Colorado Springs Air Force Squadron in Fight for Survival - By Tom Roeder

Colorado's tiniest Air Force squadron is in the middle of a massive fight, with Pentagon brass and a local congressman battling over whether it will be shut down. With just two planes and 17 pilots, the pint-sized 200th Airlift Squadron at Peterson Air Force has flown under the radar for years. But, in a $10 million cost-cutting move that blindsided lawmakers, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson wants it gone by June... The unit's commander, Lt. Col. Derek Tate, said his troops are scrambling to find jobs and care for their families. "A lot of them changed their lives to move here to join this squadron," he said.

-- MD: Baltimore Sun (Regional) - Towson University partners with Maryland National Guard to foster workforce development in cyber security - By Sarah Meehan

After working together informally for more than a year, Towson University and the Maryland National Guard have signed a formal agreement to collaborate on a range of activities, from military appreciation programs at campus sporting events to training in cyber security for guardsmen and students. Towson University President Kim Schatzel and National Guard Maj. Gen. Linda Singh signed a memorandum of understanding at midcourt of SECU Arena before Towson's men's basketball game Saturday against Elon University. Towson honored service members during the game. "The great thing about the MOU is that is gives everybody in both organizations [a reason] to continue with our collaboration," said Will Huff, deputy athletics director for Towson University. "It just formalizes a process that has achieved success, but now it just gives everybody a focal point."

-- WV: Metro News (Regional) - Willis embraces newcomer role in US Senate primary - By Alex Thomas

A year after President Donald Trump was sworn into office, West Virginia National Guard Maj. Tom Willis is not afraid to embrace the image of political outsider. "I'm not a career politician," Willis said on MetroNews "Talkline" last week. "I think he's getting obstruction from both sides at times. Fortunately, I think we are moving in the right direction, but I think we still have a lot more work to do." Willis, who lives in Hedgesville, is the co-owner of the Glen Ferris Inn in Fayette County. He is also on reserve with the National Guard's special operations forces. He said he previously worked as a tax attorney in Washington, D.C.

-- CA: Bakersfield Now (Regional) - Bakersfield woman helps clean up Montecito mudslides - By Lexi Wilson

Residents of Montecito are trickling their way back to their homes, just two weeks after the mudslides killed at least 21 people and destroyed more than a hundred homes. Private first class, Priscilla Stroberg, just completed Army National Guard training. She helped with relief efforts to help clear the mangled mess left by the mudslides. "It was just really about getting the people back to normality, clearing drive ways so they could come in and get their belongings, letting them be able to come back into their homes," said Stroberg.

-- OH: ABC 13 (Local) - Overnight fire rips through family's home - By Dakota Cleland

A family of four is without a home after their house caught fire. This happened on Whitehouse-Spencer near Obee around 11:45pm Saturday. Firefighters from Whitehouse, Waterville, Providence Township, Monclova and the Air National Guard all teamed up to battle the fire.

-- MN: Minneapolis Star Tribune (Regional) - Security deployed at Super Bowl is largest in Minnesota history - By Janet Moore

Tiny Ely in northern Minnesota - population 3,400 - decided to send nearly 30 percent of its police department to the Twin Cities to lend a hand with security for Super Bowl LII. That's two of the town's seven officers. "You start thinking about your guys, they work in this little small town, it would be a different experience for them," said Ely Police Chief John Lahtonen.

-- KY: NBC WAVE 3 (Regional) - Teen diagnosed with cancer 3 times made member of KY National Guard - By Erin O'Neil and Justin Hawkins

North Bullitt County High School student Jesse Schott was made an honorary member of the Kentucky National Guard on Saturday. Schott also received a courage award for his strength and perseverance, Bullitt County Public Schools Communications Director John Roberts said.

-- LA: The Daily Iberian (Local) - Retired Command Sgt. Major Stelly finds new purpose in Delcambre - By Devin Cochran

Homer Stelly has spent his entire adult life serving his country and community, and he has no plans of surrendering that passion anytime soon. After serving more than four decades in the National Guard, retired Command Sgt. Maj. Homer Stelly, a proud Delcambre resident, is using his military experience - specifically from his time serving in Iraq and Haiti - to serve his adopted town as street commissioner.

-- TX: San Antonio Express-News (Regional) - Texas Guard's attack helicopters survive Army restructuring Plan - By Sig Christenson

A pair of AH-64D Apache helicopters on a mock close-air support mission banked over the Wallisville Tactical Training Area, a swampy home to alligators, deer and hawks near Interstate 10 on the Trinity River, and took aim at a small wooden bridge. That they were even flying Wednesday was a small miracle. Several years ago, the Army planned to move the Texas Army National Guard's 18 attack gunships into the active-duty force. The idea was to replace all of the Apaches in the National Guard and Army Reserve with UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. http://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Texas-Guard-s-attack-helicopters-survive-Army-12528213.php

-- CA: KXTV ABC10 (Regional) - Living as homeless for 30 days: California National Guard sergeant brings awareness to the issue - By Liz Kreutz

Every night, more than 3,000 people across Sacramento are homeless. Many of them are veterans, sleeping outside, braving the cold, wind and rain.
That sad reality is something Jason Carney is currently experiencing first hand. Carney, 37, is a sergeant in the California National Guard, an activist, and founder of the group "Vets for the 99%."


This Week in History

Week of January 28, 2018 - February 03, 2018:

1789 (229 years ago) Feb. 4 - Electors unanimously chose George Washington to be the first President of the United States.

1899 (119 years ago) late Jan. - The remaining battalion of four companies of the First Florida Volunteer Regiment was mustered out and returned to Florida from Huntsville, Ala. where it was stationed since September 1898 for service during the war with Spain.

1936 (82 years ago) Jan. 30 - Maj. Gen. Albert H. Blanding was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as Chief, National Guard Bureau, a position he served for four years. Born in 1876 in Iowa, Blanding's family moved to Florida when he was two years old. In 1894, Blanding graduated at the top of his class at the East Florida Seminary (today's University of Florida) in Gainesville. In 1895, he enlisted with the Gainesville Guards, Florida State Troops. As a Colonel, Blanding commanded the Second Florida Infantry Regiment during its mobilization to Texas along the Mexican Border in 1916-1917. He was one of only eight National Guard officers promoted to Brigadier General by President Woodrow Wilson for service during WWI. For his service in combat as commanding general, 53rd Brigade on September 27-29, 1918 in an attack on the Hindenburg Line near St. Quentin, France, he was cited by the Gen. Headquarters, American Expeditionary Force and awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. He was promoted to Maj. Gen. and appointed commander of the 31st Division in 1924. In civilian life Blanding served as the first commander of the American Legion Department of Florida, served as an executive of the Florida Citrus Exchange, was appointed by Gov. Hardee to the State Board of Control and was instrumental in the establishment of the state university system. He is the namesake of Camp Blanding Joint Training Center and served as the military advisor to Gov. Holland during the Second World War. In 1970, at age 94, Lt. Gen. (Retired) Blanding died at his home in Bartow, Fla. and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville. The State of Florida designated Blanding a Great Floridian in the year 2000.

1947 (71 years ago) Feb. 4 - Company A, 124th Infantry was federally recognized after being reorganized in Tallahassee. Heritage of the Florida National Guard in Tallahassee dates back to March 1897 when the Governor's Guards organized as Company C, 4th Battalion of Infantry.

1961 (57 years ago) Feb. - Florida National Guard established its Officers Candidate School in renovated buildings at Camp Blanding. Included were a headquarters and classroom building, two classrooms and study hall buildings, five barracks, a mess hall and a latrine. The course required 272 academic hours of instruction over two 15-day residential summer camp periods and eight weekends. Twenty-four of the original forty-nine enrolled candidates graduated in June 1962.

1970 (48 years ago) Feb. 3-4 - Forty-three soldiers were placed on active duty to evacuate residents from flooded areas of Jacksonville. The same heavy rains dropped six inches in three hours resulting in an estimated $8,000 worth of damages washing out roads, camp sites, culverts and training facilities at Camp Blanding. For four weekends, the 269th Dump Truck Company of Live Oak worked to haul fill soil and assist in completion of the required repairs.

1974 (44 years ago) Jan. - Pilots Brig. Gen. Leon Moore, Col. William Whittaker, Lt. Col. Richard Locker, Tech. Sgt. Glen Shultz and Tech. Sgt. Nick Gionis flew a C-54 to West Berlin and back during an open house to commemorate the 25th year since the Berlin Airlift. Though Florida's Airmen had not participated in the airlift, Florida's C-54 winged cargo aircraft was one of the original used to haul coal and fuel to and from Berlin in the 1949 airlift.

1985 (33 years ago) Jan. 31 - Feb. 4 - Twenty-two soldiers assisted the Florida Dept. of Forestry in fighting forest fires in Collier County.

1986 (32 years ago) Jan. 28 - The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred 73 seconds after liftoff resulting in the deaths of all seven passengers on board. It was the tenth voyage for the Challenger but the first time a mission included a U.S. civilian; teacher Christa McAuliffe of New Hampshire was the recipient of NASA's Teacher in Space Program. Cold weather was cited as the cause of the failure of two rubber O-rings from separating sections of the rocket booster.

1992 (26 years ago) Jan. 30 - Florida's 221st Ordnance Detachment from Camp Blanding received a Meritorious Unit Commendation for service with the 542d Ordnance Detachment during the period 10 September 1990 to 17 April 1991. The Meritorious Unit Commendation (MUC) (Army) is awarded to units for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services for at least six continuous months during the period of military operations against an armed enemy occurring on or after 1 January 1944.

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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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