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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 02 February 2018 (Morning Muster)
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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 02 February 2018 (Morning Muster)

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News of Interest

-- OR: The Hill (National) - Soldier dies in accidental shooting at Oregon National Guard facility - Staff Writer

A soldier has died in an accidental shooting at the Oregon National Guard's main training facility Wednesday night, The Associated Press reported Thursday. Officials did not release the name of the soldier, who died after being taken to the emergency room at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria. The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office told the AP that members of an Army unit reported the shot fired in the housing area at Camp Rilea. Camp Rilea is the primary training facility for the Oregon National Guard and is based in Warrenton.

The Soldier who died at Camp Rilea was a member of the 75th ranger Regiment, not a National Guardsman. Please read the following article from The Oregonian for additional details: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2018/02/authorities_investigate_shooti.html

-- TN: Tennessean (Regional) - Tennessee State Guard sergeant reprimanded for Facebook posts about antifa - By Natalie Allison

A sergeant in the Tennessee State Guard has been reprimanded after engaging in a conversation on social media alluding to running over anti-fascist activists with a military cargo truck. The Tennessee Department of Military confirmed that Casey Gillespie, who apparently took part in the public discussion with another man on Gillespie's personal Facebook page, remains a sergeant in the volunteer arm of the department. Screenshots posted online by Nashville Antifa show Gillespie posting about the anti-fascist group's Jan. 3 clothing and food distribution initiative in downtown Nashville, apparently warning others to look out for the group.

-- UT: KSL TV (National) - Video: Man cited for pointing laser at Utah Army National Guard helicopter - By Caitlyn Churchill

The Utah Army National Guard is issuing a stern reminder Thursday after a man was cited for pointing a laser at one of its helicopters. On Monday evening, two pilots were training above the area of Tooele and Utah county when a laser was pointed at the aircraft from a car driving below, according to Utah Army National Guard Lt. Rich Johnson. "When you're hit with a laser at night ... you're blind for a period of time," Johnson said. "Depending on the severity, it's permanent damage, so when you need your eyes to control the aircraft to see where you're going, it becomes extremely dangerous."

-- AR: Newsmax (National) - Arkansas Ahead of Curve as Cyber Security Training Ground - By Sam Bocetta

The Natural State might want to consider changing its nickname to the Cyber State. In fact, all states could take a page from them when it comes to understanding information technology and the culture of computers. In 2016, the National Guard made its intentions to activate 13 new cyber units known. Those units are expected to be spread out over 23 states by the fourth quarter of 2019. The Cyber Ops Squadron of the 189th Airlift Wing, stationed at the Little Rock Air Force base is one such unit and they're blazing a trail in cyber strategy. The Cyber Ops Squadron at Little Rock is a training ground for officers to cultivate offensive and defensive cyber skills via their Cyber Skills Validation Course, a groundbreaking 49-day program for officers to prove and/or brush up on computer skills.

-- CA: We Are The Mighty (National) - How the Air Force helps save homes and fight wildfires - By Brian Ferguson

Staff Sgt. Timothy Dawson was trying to get some rest before work the next day. The phone rang twice before he answered it. His neighbor, who lives just above his apartment complex on the hill, told him the fire was really close and they were evacuating. That neighbor was 1st Lt. Mike Constable, a pilot with the 146th Airlift Wing, Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, California. Dawson said he could see Constable and his roommates packing things into their cars. The Thomas Fire started on Dec. 4, 2017 in Santa Paula, near Thomas Aquinas College. Driven by Santa Ana winds gusting up to 70 mph, the flames screamed across the hillsides toward Ojai and Ventura. Numerous fires leapfrogged across Ventura and Los Angeles Counties the following day.


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

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-- 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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