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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 13 February 2018 (Morning Muster)
Topic Started: Feb 13 2018, 10:06 AM (5 Views)
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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 13 February 2018 (Morning Muster)

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---- PHOTO: The 125th Fighter Wing hosted a Black History Month prayer breakfast Feb. 11, 2018. It was a great turnout with standing room only. Wing Chaplain Lt. Col. Emile Hawkins gave the message, speaking on the tenacity of General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. of the Tuskegee Airmen, then inspiring the audience to go out and be extraordinary.

-- PHOTO: Our Adjutant General is a rockstar! Yesterday, The Adjutant General of Florida, Maj. Gen. Michael Calhoun was named the National Guard recipient of the prestigious Stars and Stripes Award, which recognizes exceptional black military leaders. @General Joseph General Joseph L. Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, presented the award last night during the 2018 Black Engineer of the Year Award's national conference in Washington, D.C. In the award's 13-year history, only 15 people have earned this honor. Congratulations, MG Calhoun - we are proud to serve with you!

News of Interest

-- VI: The Daily Caller (National) - Virgin Islands Bounced National Guardsmen's Paychecks While Using Federal Disaster Money To Pay A DC Lobbying Firm - By Jack Crowe

The Virgin Islands National Guard issued bad pay checks to service members who took part in hurricane disaster recovery operations. The memo, released Monday, expresses regret and instructs soldiers on the receiving end of bad checks to "return the check to their unit with documentation from the financial institution stating the check did not clear, documentation showing any assessed fees, and the financial institution's contact information." The document confirms information provided to TheDCNF by a National Guard Sergeant who served in the hurricane recovery effort in St. Croix, but asked to remain unnamed for fear of retribution.

-- DC: Defense News (National) - Army's $182 billion FY19 budget request seeks to fill capability gaps - By Jen Judson

The Army's $182 billion fiscal 2019 budget request is a major funding boost over recent years and seeks to continue readiness recovery and fill capability gaps. While the active Army will grow, the reserve forces will not. Yet, the reserves will grow in full-time support, meaning more "citizen soldiers" will be full-time. The Army National Guard and Reserves requested to have more full-time support within its forces because they believe it will help them with their readiness.

-- DC: Defense News (National) - Leonardo withdraws lawsuit against US Army over Lakota helicopters - By Jen Judson

While the Army originally intended to use only what was already in inventory, part of the ARI plan was to move 100 Lakotas from the National Guard and into the training fleet. The Guard pushed back, and so the Army decided to let it keep its Lakotas and purchase more from Airbus ― the helicopter's manufacturer ― for the training fleet.

-- VT: Vermont Biz Magazine (Local) - Air Guard responds to anti-F-35 Burlington ballot question - By Staff Writer

On Friday afternoon Vermont National Guard Major General Steven Cray held a press conference at the base to discuss the F-35. His opening comments and video are below, as well as the ballot resolution. "There seems to be some misinformation being circulated about where we are in the F35 basing process by the opponents of the F35. I also want to make a few comments about the non-binding ballot question being presented to the voters of Burlington. "I need to make it perfectly clear that I am the spokesperson for the Vermont National Guard, the opponents of the F35 are not. My senior leadership team is fully versed in in our current and future missions. They also speak for the VT Air Guard.

--OH: Fox 8 News (Local) - History making combat veteran hopes to inspire others - By Maia Belay

According to a spokesperson at the Ohio National Guard Public Affairs Office, Ringo was promoted to Colonel in 2014, making her the first Ohio Army National Guard African-American female Colonel. She is currently the highest ranked African-American woman in their service. A fact that continues to blow her away. "I was the next up to actually take care of Saddam Hussein, who had just recently been captured and because I was female he refused to have me treat him so they had to send me to a different site," said Col. Ringo with a smile.

--GU: The Guam Daily Post (Regional) - Suit may be dismissed against G-RAP defendant - By John O'Connor

The program offers recruiting bonuses to National Guard recruiting assistants, an independent contractor position and up to $2,000 for each recruit he or she enlisted into the National Guard, federal court documents stated. Camacho allegedly nominated 121 potential soldiers over a five-year period through G-RAP and received a total of $21,500. If the negotiations pull through, the civil case could be dismissed.

-- DC: Defense News (National) - Army's FY19 budget growing by 8 percent to fill readiness gaps, gradually grow force - By Jen Judson

The Army's fiscal year 2019 budget request will grow by roughly 8 percent over last year's request to fill readiness gaps, addressing both capacity and capability holes which must be filled to carry out the new National Defense Strategy, Defense News has learned. Doing the math, that means the Army is set to receive between roughly $13 billion and $14 billion over last year's request of $166 billion... While the active Army will grow, the reserve forces will not. Yet, the reserves will increase its full-time support, meaning more "citizen soldiers" will be full-time. The Army National Guard and Reserves requested to have more full-time support within its forces because they believe it will help them with their readiness, according to a defense official.

-- VI: St. Thomas Source (Regional) - Stood-Up Senators Resend Subpoenas to Howell and Barnes - By Don Buchanan

Brig. Gen. Deborah Howell, adjutant general of the V.I. National Guard and Mona Barnes, director of the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency, did not provide updates to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Justice and Public Safety Friday, and Attorney General Claude Walker gave them a reason for staying away - flawed subpoena.

-- MI: Macomb Daily News (Regional) - Air Force to conduct environmental study at Selfridge ANG - By Mitch Hotts

Two months after ruling out Selfridge Air National Guard as a home for F-35A jets, the U.S. Air Force plans to conduct an environmental study on the possible impact of storing the stealth fighter aircraft in Harrison Township. The Pentagon late last week said it will prepare an environmental impact statement for all five air bases that competed to be the second and third Air National Guard locations for housing and maintaining 18 F-35A fighter jets... The Air Force has said Selfridge -- along with other finalists Gowen Field Air National Guard Base in Boise, Idaho and Jacksonville Air Guard Station in Florida - were "reasonable alternatives," but not selected.

-- NY: Independent Journal Review (Regional) - Olympic Luger Lost a Spot to Her Sister in 2010 - Here's How She Represented the USA Between Games - By Jenni Fink

Team USA luger Emily Sweeney is in Pyeongchang, South Korea, to compete for Olympic gold, but when she lost her spot on the Olympic team eight years ago, she decided to join the U.S. Army. Team USA reported that Sweeney was beaten out by her sister Megan, also a luger, for the last spot on the 2010 Olympic team. As an alternate on the team, she went to the Vancouver Games and cheered her sister on from the sidelines... The difficult time led Sweeney to make the decision to represent her country in another way - with the Army National Guard.

-- MD: CBS Baltimore (Local) - VIDEO: Md. National Guard Holds Response Training For Chemical Attacks - By Tracey Leong

In the event of a chemical attack, the Maryland National Guard says they're always ready and always there, so they work with local authorities to make sure they're also prepared. The Maryland National Guard's 231st chemical company conducted a joint training with first responders in Carroll County on Saturday. "Nobody wants to think about the effects of something such as a radiological or biological event, but the reality is it's something we have to be prepared for," says Maryland National Guard Battle Captain Lt. Henry Geer.

-- OR: WND News (National) - Train-Attack Hero: 'People Can Do Something' - By WND Staff Writer

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Spencer Stone, U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, a California State University student, sprinted toward El-Khazzani, a 26-year-old Moroccan national and alleged ISIS recruit, as he pointed his weapon at them on Aug. 15, 2015. Skarlatos, a member of the Oregon Army National Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat team who had just finished a tour in Afghanistan before traveling to Europe to vacation with his two friends, said the three men had been prepared for that moment by years of medical and infantry training.

-- MO: The Joplin Globe (Local) - Missouri to partner with Israeli Home Front Command - By JG Staff Writer

Gov. Eric Greitens says the Missouri National Guard will participate in training exercises with Israeli troops who are part of a special command focused on civilian protection. Greitens announced Friday that the National Guard will form a partnership with the Israeli Home Front Command, which provides civilian protection during wars and times of crisis, in Israel and other countries.

-- WV: Fox News (National) - VIDEO: West Virginia calls in National Guard to tackle opioid crisis - By Rick Leventhal

People expect to see the Army National Guard during disasters. In Huntington, W.Va., the guard has been called in to help tackle the opioid crisis - which the governor has described as a disaster. The guard is flying its Lakota helicopters on reconnaissance missions in coordination with local police, providing eyes in the sky during busts and while serving warrants.

-- DE: Fox News (National) - National Guard helping after chemicals found in town's wells - By Randall Chase

Gov. John Carney has authorized the National Guard to assist residents of a southern Delaware town after high levels of toxic chemicals were discovered in municipal wells. Authorities said Friday that the Guard has provided two 400-gallon portable water tanks and coordinated troops to ensure 24-hour water distribution operations to the residents of Blades. A 5,000-gallon water tanker is prepared for follow-up support, officials said.

-- ID: Boise State Public Radio (Regional) - Audio: F-35 Environmental Review Kicks Off This Month In Boise - By James Dawson

Gowen Field may not be totally out of the running for an F-35 fighter jet mission. An outside group is about to conduct an environmental review for all five Air National Guard bases that were in contention for the military's newest stealth fighter jet - including in Boise. "They consider everything from the noise impact on the surrounding community to impacts on wildlife, wetlands ." says Idaho Air National Guard spokesperson Maj. Christopher Borders.

Related Story:
Air Force plans F-35 environmental study at Selfridge http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/macomb-county/2018/02/09/environmental-study-selfridge-base/110263606/

-- IL: Fox 55 (Local) - Video: Non-citizens getting involved in the Military - By Cymphanie Sherman

1.5 percent of the Army National Guard in Illinois are non-citizens, that's more than 50 people currently serving. A non-citizen that can join must be a permanent legal resident of the state. It's about the same process as a legal citizen, but they have to show proof they are here legally.

-- NY: Military Times (National) - Soldiers at Olympics, Sean Spicer and 12-year-old on list of 100 most influential - By Nicole Bauke

What do two Olympic bobsledders, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and a 12-year-old from Northern California have in common? They are all on HillVets' list of the top 100 most influential members of the military community for 2017. This year's list includes, for the first time, all five of the Military Times' 2017 Service Members of the Year. "Warrior athletes" who were honored include New England Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona, awaiting his first overseas assignment with the U.S. Navy in the Korean Peninsula, as well as Sgt. First Class Nate Weber and Sgt. Justin Olsen, members of the U.S. bobsledding team competing in Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the 2018 Winter Olympics.


This Week in History

Week of February 11, 2018 - February 16, 2018:

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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


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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