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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 09 February 2018 (Morning Muster)
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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 09 February 2018 (Morning Muster)

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FLNG in the News

-- WPTV (West Palm Beach): Martin County Sheriff William Snyder concerned I-95, Florida Turnpike 'awash in illicit drugs' - By WPTV Web Team

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder has concluded that Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike are awash in illicit drugs, following a recent three-day interdiction program.

-- TheDrive.com: Did the U.S. Air Force Bomb a Rogue SpaceX Booster Rocket? - By Joseph Trevithick

The U.S. Air Force has reportedly conducted an air strike to destroy one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 boosters, which came down off the Florida Coast after a test.

News of Interest

-- HI: Honolulu Star Advertiser (Regional) - Shutdown 'throws a wrench' in Hawaii Guard's weekend training plans - By William Cole

Another government shutdown - even a short one - has particularly bad timing for the Hawaii National Guard, which has its once-a-month drills this weekend. More than 4,500 Hawaii Army and Air Guard soldiers were expected to train Saturday and Sunday. However, even with the specter of another shutdown, officials here were notified that more than 2,000 Hawaii Air Guard personnel will be "excepted," meaning they are considered essential and will drill, Hawaii National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Chuck Anthony said today.... Even if a shutdown is short, Hiranaka said "the amount of time it takes to plan for this shutdown and then execute the shutdown and then come back to work from the shutdown is just a waste of money - government money and time. Efficiencies on our mission get affected."

-- MD: Baltimore Sun (Regional) - Towson-based Maryland National Guard unit pursues humanitarian mission in Afghanistan - By Jonathan M. Pitts

When Maryland National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Kaylan Harrington lived among the civilians in an Afghan village, her assignment was to build relationships, get a sense of the locals' concerns and try to persuade them it was in their best interests to resist the Taliban. During that year-long stay in the central Afghanistan district of Mohammad Agha, the intelligence specialist watched as Afghan girls walked for miles to get to their schools - even though conditions in those schools were deplorable... The Towson-based Special Operations Detachment of the Maryland National Guard, like most of the 15,000 U.S. troops now in Afghanistan, has the primary mission of training, advising and assisting the Afghan National Security Forces. SOD-O, as the Maryland unit is known, focuses on training the Afghan Army's special forces commandos.
(Story includes video interview with Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh)

-- VT: NBC 5 (Regional) - Video: Advocacy group questions F-35s - By Renee Wunderlich

Rosanne Greco is a former South Burlington city councilor and a retired Air Force colonel. She spoke to University of Vermont students Thursday about her work with the advocacy group "Save Our Skies VT." Greco said there are a lot of reasons she's not a fan of the F-35s. "Health impacts, property value impacts, not to mention the bombardment of this noise on our children," she said. But it could be crucial for the Air Guard that the jets arrive next year. Col. Hank Harder of the 158th Fighter Wing spoke to the Burlington City Council during their last meeting, saying, "... there is no alternative mission for the Vermont Air National Guard. But Greco says that's not true. "There are direct contradictions between what the Vermont Air National Guard senior leaders are saying -- which is, if we don't get the F-35s, we're out of business. We have no mission, no job - and what the United States Air Force has said in their Environmental Impact Statement as well as in court," she said.

-- DC: Roll Call (National) - Active-Duty Candidates Can Run - But Can They Campaign? - By Staff Writer

Matt Reel is running for Congress. But he can't campaign until June - two months before Tennessee's August primary. Even if his staff knew where he is - which they don't - and even if he had time while overseas, Reel can't legally communicate with them about campaign strategy for his 7th District race while he's on active duty. It's not unheard-of for candidates and members of Congress to step away from campaign or official responsibilities for reserve duty or training for a weekend or a few weeks. (The Constitution forbids active-duty military members from serving in Congress.)... Reel's campaign website states that "Matt has served over 15 years in the Army National Guard and currently serves in an operational reserve unit of the 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), U.S. Special Operations Command."

-- PA: Wellsboro Gazette (Regional) - National Guard crew named 'top gun' - By Natalie Kennedy

A tank crew from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard based in Wellsboro earned the title of top gun at a recent training exercise. Tank commander SSgt. Jason Welch said the K Troop 3-278 Armored Calvary Regiment from Wellsboro competed in a crew gunnery qualification at Fort Picket, Va., in January. Welch commands the tank gunnery crew of gunner Sgt. Andy Hersman, loader Sgt. Richard King and driver Spec. Aron Hummel, whom he calls "hard-working and dedicated soldiers."

-- WA: The News Tribune (Regional) - She wanted photos of her dead father back. Her ex wanted sex in return, documents say - By Kenny Ocker

They dated for a couple years. They even moved in together. But when they broke up last year, he kept her cellphone, documents say. Her phone has photos of her recently deceased father. Her ex offered her one photo of him back for each time she would have sex with him, according to Pierce County prosecutors. The 41-year-old Yelm man was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Pierce County Superior Court on one count of first-degree extortion, a class B felony. His bail was set at $20,000... The man, an IT worker for the Washington National Guard, changed the woman's passwords for her social media accounts and her phone's backup storage so she could not access the photos.

-- WI: McFarland Thistle (Regional) - Unique experiences pepper Craft's time in the Air National Guard - By Amber Gerber

McFarland Police Officer Anthony Craft has a photo of himself standing in front of Air Force One. Not many people can say they've had the opportunity to get close enough to the president's private airplane for a decent picture. Then again Craft, 29, is among a handful of people who can say they've assisted during a president's visit to Wisconsin on three occasions. He was presented this opportunity during his tenure with the Wisconsin Air Force National Guard as then-President Barack Obama came to Madison for political rallies. "It was nuts. Even getting to be part of it and seeing how much is involved in a visit from the president and all the security, the Secret Service, all of the support vehicles," Craft said. "It was very multi-agency."


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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Florida National Guard on Social Media

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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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