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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 05 March 2018 (Morning Muster)
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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 05 March 2018 (Morning Muster)

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-- Military Times: More military families come forward with deportation fears - By Tara Copp

The day after the first family stepped forward, more followed. In the wake of a Military Times story published Feb. 28 about a retired soldier's wife who was facing deportation under the latest Department of Homeland Security policies, others from the military community reached out with similar stories of fear and uncertainty regarding immigration rules. Then came a Maryland Army national guardsman and full-time police officer who was worried about his wife.

-- FloridaPolitics.com: Senate celebrates Military Appreciation and National Guard Day

The Florida Senate considered a string of bills helping active duty military, veterans and their families this week in honor of Military Appreciation and National Guard Day at the Capitol.

-- DVIDS Hub: Florida National Guardsmen Showcase Their Training and Equipment at the Annual National Guard Appreciation Day at the Capitol - By 1st Lt. Sonia Dixon

Each year, Florida Guardsmen from across the state gather at the state's Capitol to engage with elected officials and the community. Their goal during the day-long event is to inform the public on how the military supports the state and nation. More than 140 Florida Guardsmen supported this year's event at its usual location in the Capitol's courtyard near the end of the state's legislative session Monday.

News of Interest

-- MA: WCVB ABC 5 (Regional) - Video: National Guard rescues people trapped in Quincy flooding - By Staff Writer

Wind-whipped floodwaters battered coastal homes Friday afternoon, as rescuers in boats and front-end loaders raced across the South Shore to rescue people stranded in homes and cars.

-- KY: Surfky News (Regional) - National Guard Denies Henderson County's Request for Security Assistance - By Staff Writer

Volunteer firemen and women in Henderson County along with many other emergency agencies have been rescuing people from flooded homes over the past several days. Several volunteer firefighters from the Reed and Spottsville area said they have suffered damage to their own homes and have been assisting and rescuing others. One volunteer said they pushed their own piercing losses to the back of their mind - turning to meet the needs of strangers... County officials said a request for "security" assistance from the National Guard was denied in Henderson County. This kind of request could have freed up local authorities to better assist emergency responder efforts and responses.

-- MA: The Patriot Ledger (Regional) - Tens of thousands still without power as South Shore cleans up - By Mary Whitfill

Tens of thousands of South Shore residents are still without electricity after a winter storm brought intense flooding and damaging winds to the region over the weekend. More than 50,000 local National Grid and Eversource customers lost power after a vicious high tide on Friday, and most homes will likely stay dark until at least Tuesday by earliest estimates... More than 500 people were rescued by the National Guard and Quincy first responders on Friday into Saturday when eight feet of water surged into the Post Island and Willows neighborhoods.

-- NY: Times Union (Regional) - Cuomo deploys National Guard for storm clean-up - By Wendy Liberatore

Another 100 members of the New York National Guard were deployed to Dutchess, Putnam, Sullivan and Westchester counties on Sunday to help in recovery efforts after Friday's winter storm left 360,000 New Yorkers without power. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also declared a state of emergency in the four counties. This follows Saturday's initial deployment of 100 National Guard members to assist state, county and local officials with clearance of debris from roads. "This is an all-hands-on-deck situation and the people of the Hudson Valley should know that New York State is doing everything we can to restore power and help them recover as quickly as possible," Gov. Cuomo said.

-- KS: KWCH CBS 12 (Regional) - Governor issues disaster declaration for wildfire - By Staff Writer

Governor Jeff Colyer issued a Declaration of Disaster Emergency in response to the Wildland Fire in Stevens County in Southwest Kansas. The Governor says additional counties may be added to this declaration as response operations continue... At this time, the SEOC is staffed with personnel from KDEM, Kansas National Guard, Office of the State Fire Marshal and Kansas Forest Service.

-- IN: The Republic (Regional) - Officials support cyber battalion - By Kirk Johannesen

Indiana's federal lawmakers are urging the Army National Guard to award a cyber battalion to the Hoosier state to aid in the protection of the U.S. from computer-generated threats. U.S. Sens. Todd Young, R-Ind., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and the state's nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter of support for the idea and sent it to Lt. Gen. Timothy Kadavy, director of the Army National Guard. The lawmakers said in the letter that the size of the Indiana National Guard - the fourth-largest Army National Guard contingent in the U.S. - and its current cyber resources, including Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex in Jennings County, make the state a great location for a cyber battalion... The Indiana National Guard owns a 12,000-square-foot facility at the Indiana Intelligence Center in Indianapolis that is large enough to support a cyber battalion - about 100 members - and has enclosed, secure areas for discussing classified information, (Maj. Gen. Courtney "Corey") Carr said... The Army National Guard reorganized and modernized its cyber force structure to align with evolving doctrine and mission requirements, said Sgt. 1st Class W. Michael Houk, a public information officer for the Army National Guard.

-- CT: The Day (Regional) - General Assembly debates oversight of Governor's Guard - By Julia Bergman

The Governor's Guard, the historical foot guard and horse guard units that are part of the state militia, wants to govern itself as a fraternal organization until called upon for active duty. But the state adjutant general asserts that would undermine his ability to effectively lead the state's military forces. The issue was debated at a Feb. 27 public hearing of the state's Veterans Affairs Committee, which has taken up several legislative proposals relating to control over the four units of the Governor's Guards and its structure going forward. One proposal, House Bill 5237, seeks to remove the units from the adjutant general's control and have the units answer to the governor and state auditors. "By putting them under the governor, that would delegitimize their role as part of a military organization and delegate them to some kind of ceremonial function," Maj. Gen. Thaddeus Martin, adjutant general of the Connecticut National Guard, testified at the hearing.

-- UT: Park Record (Local) - Utah places well at Chief National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships at Soldier Hollow - By Ben Ramsey

On Thursday, Soldier Hollow hosted the final day of the Chief National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championships. In the clear, warm morning, soldiers representing more than 20 states competed in an event just for soldiers - the patrol race. The four-person teams powered up the slope above the starting line, then raced around the course and back to the shooting area, where each team broke down into two prone shooters, one standing shooter and a leader who watched as the soldiers fired five shots at targets from each position. "If you watch the Olympics, you won't see this event," said Major Daniel Morken, a member of the Utah National Guard biathlon team. "As you can see, the trails get a little crowded because we're skiing in teams of four. So it gets a little tricky at times."

-- GA: Army Times (National) - Army National Guard soldier's son wins 2018 Gerber baby contest - By:

Every year, Gerber <https://www.gerber.com/why-gerber/meet-our-spokesbaby> holds a contest to find a cute baby to represent the company. This year, 1-year-old Lucas Warren was picked from 140,000 entries to be the 2018 Spokesbaby for the baby-food manufacturer. Lucas lives in Dalton, Georgia, and his dad is in the Georgia Army National Guard. Spc. Jason Warren is an aircraft powertrain repairer with Company D, 1st Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment in Marietta.

-- MA: CBS (National) - Nor'easter high tides, gusty winds still pounding New England coast - By Associated Press

Coastal communities in the Northeast experienced damaging high tide flooding and the lingering effects of powerful, gusting winds Saturday even as residents tried to shake off a nor'easter that had already inundated roads and basements, snapped trees and knocked out power to more than 2 million homes and businesses from Virginia to Maine. While the storm has been pushed out to sea, powerful astronomical high tides are expected early Sunday along the New England coast, including Nantucket, the National Weather Service tweeted.

-- HI: Fox News (National) - Latest stabbing of US service member heightens crime concerns in Waikiki section of Honolulu - By Honolulu Star Advertiser Reporter

A spike in violent crime in the Waikiki neighborhood of Honolulu has the U.S. military mulling a plan to keep service personnel away from the area. On Thursday, a 25-year-old service member was stabbed in the early morning hours, after parting ways with a friend, and in October two service members were stabbed -- with one of them dying from his wounds, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. "Between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m., it's a dangerous time to be walking alone in Waikiki," Jessica Lani Rich, president and CEO of the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii, told the newspaper. "We need to make Waikiki safe at all hours."

-- NY: Newday.com (Regional) - Cuomo sends NY National Guard to storm-battered Hudson Valley - By Mark Morales

"We are deploying the National Guard and senior officials to ramp up recovery efforts and ensure the thousands of New Yorkers impacted by this storm are getting the help they need," Cuomo said in a statement.
Deployment to begin Sunday afternoon with 100 Guard members and 30 vehicles.

-- CA: CBS San Francisco Bay (Regional) - CA Air National Guard Rescues Croatian Man From Ship Container - By Staff Writer

The California Air National Guard unit in Silicon Valley rescued a man Saturday from a Panamanian container ship 675 nautical miles off the coast of California, military officials said. The guard's 129th Rescue Wing returned to Silicon Valley at about 4:30 p.m. and transferred the patient, a 54-year-old Croatian man, to San Jose Regional Medical Center.

-- IL: Chicago Tribune (Regional) - Police arrest Plainfield teen suspected of killing his parents at Central Michigan University - By Matthew Walberg, Angie Leventis Lourgos and John Keilman

After a nearly daylong manhunt, authorities took into custody a college student from the Chicago suburbs who police said fatally shot his parents on the campus of Central Michigan University.
The university and local police said 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr., of Plainfield, was taken into custody after being seen passing through the campus after midnight Saturday.
Authorities said Friday evening they had more than 100 officers from multiple agencies searching. They had warned that Davis should be considered armed and dangerous.
The victims were identified by authorities as Davis' parents, James Eric Davis Sr. and Diva Jeneen Davis. Davis Sr. was a police officer in west suburban Bellwood and an Illinois National Guard veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Diva Davis's Facebook page identified her as a real estate broker; friends said she was also a breast cancer survivor and had worked as a flight attendant.

-- CO: Westword (Regional) - National Guard Searching Lakewood for Unexploded Artillery Shells From WWII - By Nora Olabi

For the past seven years, the federal government has been quietly cleaning up unexploded artillery shells and munitions debris in William F. Hayden Green Mountain Park, on the western edge of Lakewood, that date back to World War II.
Soldiers at nearby Camp George West used the north slope of Green Mountain as an artillery range from 1930 to 1945, firing fist-sized 75mm munitions packed with lead balls. But because of poor historical documentation by the Army National Guard, the federal government has no records or maps of these training ranges.

-- PA: U.S. New and World Report (National) - Wolf Activates National Guard for Eastern Pennsylvania Storm -By Associated Press

Gov. Tom Wolf is sending about 90 National Guard troops to address storm damage in northeastern Pennsylvania, where high winds and snow have cut power, downed trees and closed roadways.

-- MA: WCTV 5 (Video) (Regional) - National Guard helps people stranded in neighborhoods cut off by flooding - By Patriot Ledger Staff Writer

Wind-whipped floodwaters battered coastal homes Friday afternoon, as rescuers in boats and front-end loaders raced across the South Shore to rescue people stranded in homes and cars.
It was the first day of a two-day northeast storm that is not expected to end until Saturday night or Sunday.
The Patriot Ledger reports widespread street flooding came in on the back of a 3-foot storm surge late Friday morning and was predicted to return to parts of the South for a third high tide early Saturday afternoon and possibly again Saturday night and Sunday.
But the worst was expected Friday night, with an astronomical high tide joining a 4-foot storm surge that officials feared would destroy some homes.


This Week in History

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

1897 (121 years ago) Mar. 4 - Florida State Troops at Tallahassee were organized as Company C, "Governor's Guard," 4th Battalion of Infantry. Today's 779th Engineer Battalion traces their linage back through the 53rd Signal Brigade, to the Governor's Guard.

1916 (102 years ago) Mar. 5 - Under application by petition of Edgar D. Vestel and other citizens of Plant City, a company of infantry was organized and mustered into service of this state as Company E, 2nd Battalion, Second Regiment of Infantry. This was not the first organization of militia units in Plant City however. Thirty men under the command of Capt. T. A. Bivens organized as the Hillsborough Grays, a volunteer company of infantry in 1885-1886. The unit disbanded by 1890 for failure to maintain strength. In 1908, the First Company of Coast Artillery Corps was organized under the command of Capt. Alfred H. Inman and officers 1st Lt. Harry Root and 2nd Lt. Vivian B. Collins at Plant City and was assigned to the U.S. Artillery, District of Tampa. Collins soon attained the company command and later served as the Adjutant General of Florida from 1928-1947. In 1912, this artillery company reorganized as Company F, 2nd Florida Infantry with Capt. Robert Tomlin commanding. This organization disbanded in 1914 but reorganized in 1916 under Capt. Vestel. The following year, Vestel led Company E when it mobilized for WWI as an element of the newly-designated 124th Infantry. In 1941 Vestel, a police officer and former Chief of Police in Gainesville, was appointed as a member of the State Staff of the Military Department under General Collins. In 1946 the citation for the award of the Florida Cross noted that Col. Vestel was instrumental in the organization, training and administration of the Florida State Guard during the absence of the National Guard, incident to the Second World War. Col. Vestel died on 8 March 1947 and was buried in Myrtle Hill Memorial Park in Tampa.

1948 (70 years ago) Mar. 6 - Seventy years ago Battery C, 265th Coast Artillery Battalion organized in Crestview. Reorganized and redesignated multiple times since, Soldiers from Crestview served variously as members of the 1044th Transportation Company, 266th Engineer Company, 153rd Engineer Company, 1043rd Transportation Company, 160th Transportation Company, 379th Signal Company, 653rd Signal Company, and now as the 870th Engineer Company.

1955 (63 years ago) Mar. 11 - Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the new armory to be constructed in DeFuniak Springs.

1977 (41 years ago) Mar. 5-6 - Members of the 631st Maintenance Company of Starke won first place and the Taliaferro Trophy in team rifle competition held at Camp Blanding with an aggregate score of 1,018. Team members were SSgt C. Hutchinson SSgt T. Hardee, Spc. 5 M. Rhoden, Spc. 4 S. Varnum and FPC L. Carlton. SSgt Johnnie S. Croft, a member of 153rd Engineer Company of Lake City was the individual winner for the rifle match with a score of 222. Battery D, 1st Battalion, 265th ADA brought home the I. Thord Gray Trophy for team winner of the pistol match. Team members included Capt. D. Peterson, SFC A. Brown, SSgt. J. Dunn and Spc. 4 R. J. Hall. The individual winner for the pistol match was SSgt. R. Holmes of the 125th Supply Squadron.

1994 (24 years ago) Mar. 8-14 - "Operation Gainesville Search" activated members of Florida's Aviation battalion who provided two OH-58 "Kiowa" helicopters with Forward Looking Infrared Radar capability to assist state and local law enforcement searches for an escaped felon.

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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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