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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 07 February 2018 (Morning Muster)
Topic Started: Feb 7 2018, 02:42 PM (6 Views)
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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 07 February 2018 (Morning Muster)

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-- PHOTO: Our relationships with our civilian partners are critical to serving and safeguarding our citizens. I was honored today to meet with reps from the Northeast Florida American Red Cross - Regional CEO Victoria Raleigh (left) and Military and International Program Director Liz Smith (right) - to accept a certificate of appreciation for assistance during Hurricanes Irma and Maria. We're all on the same team, and I couldn't be prouder of the work we do together for Florida!

News of Interest

-- DC: Stars & Stripes (National) - Mattis to Congress: No Pentagon budget could impact troop pay, recruiting, prolong problems - By Corey Dickstein

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited Capitol Hill on Tuesday to testify about two recently released Pentagon strategy documents and chastised House lawmakers over Congress' failure to provide a full budget to the military, warning of dire consequences from more stopgap funding measures. As lawmakers clambered to strike a deal to keep the government open past Thursday, when funding is set to expire, Mattis warned another year operating under continuing resolutions would have far-reaching consequences - potentially even hampering military pay... That shutdown resulted in missed training for thousands of National Guardsmen and reservists and forced furloughs on thousands more Defense Department civilians.

-- TX/DC: Army Times (National) - Video: US forces on guard in Iraq, even as troop levels are expected to decline - By Victoria Leoni

It's been nearly two months since Iraq declared victory over ISIS, but the fight isn't over yet. In a newly released video, U.S. troops, many of whom are with the Texas National Guard's 36th Infantry Division, are shown assisting Iraqi forces along the border with Syria, where many Islamic State fighters have fled as the terror group has continued to lose territory it once held in Iraq. Now, as the U.S. presence in Iraq is expected to decline, Iraqi and coalition forces want to ensure those fighters cannot return.

-- OK: Miami News-Record (Regional) - 7 charged in 'military training punishment' child abuse case - By Sheila Stogsdill

A 10-year-old boy was repeatedly beaten for three hours during "military training punishment" by two men while five other individuals, including the child's mother, stood by and failed to intervene, according to Delaware and Rogers counties investigators. Matthew Alexander, 23, of Claremore, was charged on Jan. 8, in Delaware County District Court with cause, procure, permit injury to child and or enable child abuse. He is free on $25,000 bail. Alexander is assigned to the Infantry Unit in the Oklahoma National Guard. Telephone calls to officials with the Oklahoma National Guard were not returned as of press time.

-- NY: Army Times (National) - Soldier-Olympian undergoes emergency appendectomy in South Korea - By Tyler Rogoway

American bobsled pilot Justin Olsen hopes to compete at the Olympics despite having had a successful appendectomy on the eve of the Pyeongchang Games. U.S. bobsled officials said Tuesday that Olsen, who is from San Antonio, went to a hospital in the coastal city of Gangneung on Monday and is trying to recover so he can compete in events starting Feb. 18... He's a sergeant in the New York National Guard and a member of the Army's Word Class Athlete Program, which allows elite athletes to train and compete as part of their military duties.

-- TN: NBC News 10 (Regional) - Video: Organ donation marks soldier's final sacrifice - By Grant Robinson

A Tennessee soldier is saving lives, even after his death. After days on life support, Tennessee Army National Guard Sgt. Matthan Fish died Tuesday after a traumatic motorcycle crash last week. Because he had chosen to be an organ donor, a veteran will receive Fish's kidney, up to 50 people will benefit from tissue donation and up to eight people will receive lifesaving organ transplants.

-- PA: The Citizens' Voice (Local) - Ex-firefighter sentenced for assaulting teen - By James Halpin

A former Trucksville Volunteer Fire and Rescue firefighter who admitted to having sexual relationship with a junior firefighter showed up for sentencing Tuesday with a simple message for the court. "Mistakes happen," Joshua James Ralston, 20, of 47 Main St., Dallas, told the judge. Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas was not impressed with the seeming lack of remorse, noting that Ralston pleaded guilty in December to two felony counts of statutory sexual assault. Prosecutors say Ralston on two occasions had sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl... Defense attorney Joseph Yeager argued for leniency because of Ralston's lack of criminal history. He also noted that in addition to being a firefighter, Ralston is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard.

-- IL: Houston Chronicle (Regional) - National guardsman taking girl whose dad was killed to dance - By Staff Writer

A Northern Illinois kindergartener whose father was killed in a military training accident last year has a date to her first father-daughter dance: A soldier with the Illinois Army National Guard. The National Guard says in a news release that 5-year-old Cayleigh Hinton of Winthrop Harbor is going to Wednesday night's dance with 1st Sgt. Joseph Bierbrodt of Sheridan.


This Week in History

Week of February 04, 2018 - February 10, 2018:

1763 (255 years ago) Feb. 10 - The British gained control of Florida from the Spanish with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. The treaty marked the end of the Seven Years War between the two powers. As part of the treaty, Great Britain returned Havana (which was captured by the British) to Spanish control in exchange for the Spanish holdings in Florida. The British retained control of Florida for around 20 years, returning it to Spain in 1783.

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

1861 (157 years ago) Feb. 8 - A month after its secession from the Union, Florida joined six other Southern states to form the Confederate States of America on this date. With a small population, Florida contributed more goods to the Confederate cause than manpower. During the Civil War, however, more than 15,000 Florida men served in all major battles of the conflict serving in brigades with the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of Tennessee. The troops were organized into 12 infantry regiments, 2 cavalry regiments, a few artillery batteries, and other miscellaneous organizations. It is less well-known that Florida also contributed two regiments of Cavalry to the Union Army. Members were pro-Union Floridians as well as deserters from Confederate service.

1944 (74 years ago) Feb. 9 -The 149th Field Artillery Battalion (formerly designated as the 2nd Battalion, 116th Field Artillery), 31st Infantry Division, moved by train from Camp Bowie, Texas to Hampton Roads, Va. Port of Embarkation. There, soldiers boarded the SS Cape Henlopen a troopship which transported them through the Panama Canal on the 17th of February. The ship sailed with no land in sight until March 15th when the soldiers reached Milne Bay, British New Guinea. Camp was established near Dobodura for the following three months.

1947 (71 years ago) Feb. 9 - Happy Birthday Florida Air National Guard! The first units of the Florida Air National Guard received federal recognition on this date. They were the 159th Fighter Squadron; Utility Flight, 159th Fighter Squadron; 159th Weather Station (Type A); and Detachment C, 217th Air Service Group. Commanded by Lt. Col. William D. Haviland, the assigned strength was eight officers and ten airmen. Within a year the squadron converted from the P-51D Mustang to the F-80C Shooting Star jet aircraft. Within three years, the 159th was mobilized for service in the Korean War.

1969 (49 years ago) Feb. 9 - Jacksonville Mayor Hans Tanzler proclaims 9 February to be "FANG day" during a dedication ceremony for the newly-built Air National Guard (ANG) base at Jacksonville International Airport. The ceremony fell on the 22nd anniversary of the federal recognition of the first ANG units at Jacksonville in 1947. The ceremony, attracting over 10,000 people, featured numerous static displays, and aerial performances by ANG jets.

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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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