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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 01 February 2018 (Morning Muster)
Topic Started: Feb 1 2018, 08:49 AM (8 Views)
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News of Interest

-- AZ: Arizona Daily Star (Regional) - Arizona lawmakers make another pitch to save National Guard Apaches - By Dave Wichner

Members of Arizona's congressional delegation are making an eleventh-hour appeal to suspend a decision to cut the number of Apache attack helicopter battalions in the Army National Guard and disband a unit based in Marana. Rep. Martha McSally, a Tucson Republican, and Rep. Tom O'Halleran, a Democrat from Sedona, joined two members from Pennsylvania in sending a letter Wednesday to Army Secretary Mark Esper and Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley... The National Guard Bureau has said Arizona and Pennsylvania will lose their Apache battalions, but the Army has yet to issue final transfer orders.
http://tucson.com/news/local/arizona-lawmakers-make-another-pitch-to-save-national-guard-apaches/article_507dab64-eeae-5dc6-9f45-c4b7f60ebdf0.html

-- NY: Military.com (National) - T-6 Texan Trainers Grounded Again After Hypoxia Incidents - By Oriana Pawlyk

The Air Force has ordered an indefinite operational pause for all T-6 Texan II trainer aircraft after reports of more hypoxia-related incidents.

The 19th Air Force, under Air Education and Training Command, issued a guidance Wednesday to stand down operations after a cluster of unexplained physiological events occurred at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi; Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma; and Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, within the last week, officials said in a release. The pause began Feb. 1 to enable the service to examine "the root causes of the incidents, educate and listen to aircrew, develop and deliver mitigation solutions," the release said. "The safety of our instructors and student pilots is paramount and has been our priority and focus," said Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 19th Air Force commander... Brig. Gen. Bobbi Jo Doorenbos, currently special assistant to the director of the Air National Guard, was named to head the "Unexplained Physiologic Events Integration Team."
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/02/01/t-6-texan-trainers-grounded-again-after-hypoxia-incidents.html

--NY: The Journal News (Regional) - Groundwater contamination found at Westchester County Airport - By David McKay Wilson

Westchester has discovered groundwater contamination at the county airport, with officials suspecting it was caused by chemicals used in firefighting foam decades ago. Preliminary results from one monitoring well, located near a former Air National Guard septic field, found contaminants in concentrations that were 14 times the limit set by the US Environmental Protection Agency health advisory. The airport borders the Kensico Reservoir, which provides drinking water to New York City and some Westchester residents. Most residents in nearby Greenwich, Connecticut, get their water from reservoirs in town managed by Aquarion Water Co., although so do rely on private wells.
https://www.lohud.com/story/money/personal-finance/taxes/david-mckay-wilson/2018/02/01/groundwater-contamination-found-westchester-county-airport/1070586001/

-- WI/MN: Bemidji Pioneer (Regional) - Video: Super Bowl security takes to the sky - By Lisa Kaczke

At 21,000 feet above Minnesota's snow-covered ground, an F-16 fighter jet approached the back of a KC-135 Stratotanker. A Wisconsin Air National Guardsman, suspended on his stomach above a board covered in switches and knobs, watched the F-16 through a window at the back of the Stratotanker while using a joystick to maneuver a boom down to the F-16. Connected to the Stratotanker via the boom, the F-16's refueling began, all at a speed of 315 knots. Within minutes, the F-16 was refueled and disconnected, dipping away and out of sight.
https://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/4396767-super-bowl-security-takes-sky

-- ND: KFYR NBC 5 (Regional) - ND National Guard unit playing important security role at Super Bowl - By Andrew Horn

Eighteen members of the 81st Civil Support Team are helping with security during the Super Bowl. Their job keeps hundreds of thousands of visitors safe. US Bank Stadium will be packed with fans on Sunday. In order to keep fans safe, thousands of security personnel need to be on their "A" game. "It's pretty exciting. A lot of friends and family are jealous right now, but you gotta stay focused on the mission and not let your excitement overpower that," said Sgt. Brent Miller.
http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/ND-National-Guard-unit-playing-important-security-role-in-Minneapolis-472027153.html

-- TN: Times Free Press (Regional) - Tennessee Army National Guardsman arrested for going AWOL - By Rosana Hughes

A Tennessee Army National Guardsman was arrested Tuesday after missing the equivalent of five months of drill duty. Demarcus Moore, 23, was arrested at the Dollar General on Broad Street after police were called to serve a warrant. He is charged with absence without leave. Moore was sworn to a contract agreement with the National Guard for six years of service, but as of August 2016, he had exceeded the the maximum number of days missed unauthorized.
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2018/jan/31/tennessee-army-national-guardsman-arrested-going-awol/462587/

-- WI: Twin Cities Pioneer Press (Regional) - National Guard F-16 fighter jets prepare for Super Bowl security duties - By Lisa Kaczke

At 21,000 feet above Minnesota's snow-covered ground, an F-16 fighter jet approached the back of a KC-135 Stratotanker. A Wisconsin Air National Guardsman, suspended on his stomach above a board covered in switches and knobs, watched the F-16 through a window at the back of the Stratotanker while using a joystick to maneuver a boom down to the F-16. Connected to the Stratotanker via the boom, the F-16's refueling began, all at a speed of 315 knots. Within minutes, the F-16 was refueled and disconnected, dipping away and out of sight.
https://www.twincities.com/2018/01/31/national-guard-f-16-fighter-jets-prepare-for-super-bowl-security-duties/

Related Stories:
ND National Guard unit playing important security role at Super Bowl
http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/ND-National-Guard-unit-playing-important-security-role-in-Minneapolis-472027153.html

Minneapolis gets 'significantly heightened' security measures and resources for Super Bowl
http://abcnews.go.com/US/minneapolis-significantly-heightened-security-measures-resources-super-bowl/story?id=52738662

-- CO: KOAA News (Regional) - Pentagon to dissolve Air National Guard squadron at Peterson AFB - By Andy Koen

The sun is setting on the Colorado Air National Guard 200th Airlift Squadron located at Peterson Air Force Base. The Pentagon plans to dissolve the 30 person unit at the end of May. "It's 30 people that have been dedicated to this job for a long time and a lot of whom recently made life plans to relocate their families here to Colorado Springs to continue wearing the uniform," explained Squadron Commander Lt. Col. Derek Tate.
http://www.koaa.com/story/37400269/pentagon-to-dissolve-air-national-guard-squadron-at-peterson-afb

-- NY: Lohud USA Network (Local) - Groundwater contamination found at Westchester County Airport - By David McKay Wilson

Westchester has discovered groundwater contamination at the county airport, with officials suspecting it was caused by chemicals used in firefighting foam decades ago. Preliminary results from one monitoring well, located near a former Air National Guard septic field, found contaminants in concentrations that were 14 times the limit set by the US Environmental Protection Agency health advisory.
https://www.lohud.com/story/money/personal-finance/taxes/david-mckay-wilson/2018/02/01/groundwater-contamination-found-westchester-county-airport/1070586001/

-- OR: Herald and News (Local) - Judge Bunch to assist Air Force's top lawyer - By Stephen Floyd

Klamath County Circuit Court Judge Dan Bunch has been selected to serve as an assistant to Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG) Christopher Burne starting in July. In a press release from the Oregon Military Department, Bunch, a brigadier general with the Air National Guard (ANG), will advise Lt. Gen. Burne on legal matters regarding ANG. Bunch is currently an assistant to Deputy JAG Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Rockwell, to whom he was assigned in 2015. Bunch has been advising the JAG Corps on ANG matters since 2011. Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, adjutant general for the Oregon National Guard, said Bunch's promotion to his new position reflects well on both Bunch and his fellow guardsmen.
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2018/jan/31/tennessee-army-national-guardsman-arrested-going-awol/462587/

-- MS: Neshoba Democrat (Local) - Air National Guard appoints Cole to State Command Chief - By Staff Writer

Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Lynn Cole, a native of Philadelphia, has been appointed as the Mississippi Air National Guard State Command Chief effective Dec. 2. Chief Master Sgt. Cole is the first female to assume the State Command Chief position, which is the highest enlisted position in the MSANG. "I work with the Air Commander to ensure the enlisted force maintains the required flexibility, balance, and strength to meet our mission." Cole said.
http://www.neshobademocrat.com/Content/NEWS/News/Article/Air-National-Guard-appoints-Cole-to-State-Command-Chief/2/297/42538

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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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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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