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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 31 January 2018 (Morning Muster
Topic Started: Jan 31 2018, 08:38 AM (8 Views)
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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 31 January 2018 (Morning Muster)

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News of Interest

-- OR: The Oregonian (Regional) - Former official claims sex discrimination, lies, obstruction at Oregon military agency in $4 million suit - By Gordon Freidman

A former high-level official at the embattled Oregon Military Department has filed suit against the agency, claiming she was fired for blowing the whistle on wasteful spending, sexual discrimination and officials' dishonesty with regulators. Laurie Holien, deputy director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management from 2013 to 2016, is seeking a $4 million judgment, according to her suit. The Oregon Military Department has denied all her claims in its own court filings. In response to questions about Holien's suit, Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, head of the Oregon Military Department, told The Oregonian/OregonLive he is taking measures to improve his department and "enhance our culture," but did not offer specifics. Asked about the allegations within Holien's lawsuit, Stencel, the commander of all state defense forces, said, "We take them all seriously."

-- OR: The Oregonian (Regional) - Oregon disaster prep agency faces debt over misspent funds - By Gordon Freidman

Oregon's emergency preparedness agency misspent millions of dollars of Department of Homeland Security grants between 2010 and 2012, prompting federal officials to demand repayment, according to records recently obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive. Federal auditors now plan to audit three additional years of agency spending to check whether it misused money during those years, a letter from federal officials shows. At the heart of the problem is how Oregon spent federal counter-terrorism grants. Audit and correspondence records obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive show officials at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management broke the rules and used part of a $30 million grant to pay salaries of at least eight employees, including the director, deputy director and spokespeople.

-- LA: ABC 3 KTBS (Regional) - Video: More questions over the future of the Camp Minden burn chamber - By Staff Writer

Its mission was completed almost 10 months ago, but the contained burn chamber at Camp Minden that successfully destroyed millions of pounds of dangerous explosives has been idle since then. Many had hoped it would be gone by now, but it looks like it may take many more months before that happens. The state of Louisiana, as owner of the burn chamber, offered the multi-million dollar chamber for bid last fall, interest wasn't that high. Winston Matejowsky of the Louisiana Army National Guard said, "it went out for bid but nobody is going to bid on it if you don't know what all you have to do."

-- HI: USA Today (National) - Hawaii emergency chief resigns, officer fired over false missile alert - By Aamer Madhani

The head of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency that earlier this month mistakenly sent an emergency alert warning to residents and media of an incoming missile strike on the state has resigned from his post over the embarrassing episode, state officials announced Tuesday. In addition to the resignation of the agency leader, administrator Vern Miyagi, the officer who sent the false alert was fired from his post and a second worker quit before disciplinary action could be taken. Another agency officer is being suspended without pay, said Maj. Gen. Joe Logan, Hawaii National Guard adjutant general.

-- VT: VT Digger (Regional) - Burlington City Council adds F-35 question to March ballot - By Cory Dawson

During a passionate and packed council meeting, councilors voted, many out of fear of an imminent lawsuit, to add a question to the March ballot asking voters if they want F-35 warplanes to come to Burlington. Activists with Save Our Skies have been working for months to put the issue of whether to add the non-binding question to Burlington's March ballot. Get all of VTDigger's political news. Should the voters approve the measure, it would direct the Burlington City Council to oppose the notoriously noisy jets, and request quieter aircraft.

-- UT: Fox 13 (Local) - Utah helicopter chases car, after the vehicle shoots lasers at it - By Taylor Hartman

A Utah National Guard helicopter chased a truck Monday night, after the vehicle allegedly pointed a green laser at it. According to Lt. Col. Steven Fairbourn with the Utah Army National Guard, the incident occurred Monday night around 7:30 p.m. The helicopter was the "victim of a lazing," after the truck hit it near Five Mile Pass in Cedar Valley. Suspects in the truck allegedly lased the helicopter at least five times. Fairbourn stated that the helicopter, which was built to track vehicles, followed the truck from Stockton to Tooele.

-- FL/IN: Fox 13 (Local) - Video: Lethal 'Warthog' warplanes visit MacDill - By Lloyd Sowers

Some unusual and lethal warplanes are visiting MacDill Air Force Base. They are called "Warthogs" but their official designation is A-10 Thunderbolt. They were legendary tank killers in the Gulf War. Then it looked like they would be retired, but not now. "You can kind of pick your poison with the A-10 because we have the capability to engage any enemy threat," says Lt. Col Josh Waggoner, who leads a squadron of A-10's from Indiana Air National Guard.

-- NY: CNY Central (Local) - NY National Guard member racing toward Olympic dreams - By Staff Writer

Olympic athletes are marking their way to South Korea as they gear up for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games - now just two weeks away. During NBC3's visit to Lake Placid earlier this month, we went up close with an Olympic Bobsledder racing towards his Olympic dreams. His name is Nick Cunningham; he's a sergeant in the New York National Guard. The former football and track and field star always dreamed of being a U.S. Olympian, but bobsledding wasn't part of his plan until one day he took a drive down a mountain out west. "My mom said the road looked like a bobsled track and I was fast and should try out. And my dad was like yeah you should totally try out," Cunningham recalls.


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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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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