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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 06 March 2018 (Morning Muster)
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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 06 March 2018 (Morning Muster)

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-- (VIDEO) Today's forecast calls for rain. #Soldiers with the 164th Air Defense Artillery Brigade's, 3-116th Field Artillery, are preparing for their upcoming deployment. #SteelRain
News of Interest

-- DC: BuzzFeed (National) - The US Army promised immigrants a fast track for citizenship. That fast track is gone. - By Vera Bergengruen

The federal agency in charge of processing citizenship has shuttered all of its offices at US Army basic training locations, putting up another roadblock for immigrant recruits who were promised a fast track to citizenship in return for their service. It's the strongest indication to date that the Trump administration may be planning to shelve the popular program permanently, although Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said he thinks it can be saved. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services offices at Fort Benning, Georgia, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Fort Sill, Oklahoma, were all closed on Jan. 26, a spokeswoman confirmed to BuzzFeed News. Previously, those offices, which report to the Department of Homeland Security, had handled the naturalization of service members and their families. Closing the offices means the end of expedited citizenship for recruits immediately after they complete basic training, the key element of the popular Military Accessions Vital to National Interest program, or MAVNI, which has naturalized more than 10,400 military service members since 2009.

-- OH: Springfield News Sun (Regional) - Springfield Guard members assist state with flooding in southern Ohio - By Matt Sanctis

Members of the Ohio National Guard's 178th Wing in Springfield spent last week assisting with relief efforts and gathering data after heavy rains caused flooding in several Southern Ohio counties. Guard members from Springfield have previously responded to flooding in states like Texas, West Virginia and South Carolina, said Lt. Col. Audrey Kawanishi, incident awareness and assessment coordinator with the 178th Wing in Springfield. "We've been the go-to unit in the nation for a while," she said.

-- DC: Military.com (National) - Troops who supported 2017 hurricane relief now eligible for medal - By Richard Sisk

Thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are now eligible for the Humanitarian Service Medal for their disaster relief efforts in response to Hurricanes Matthew, Harvey, Irma and Maria, according to the service branches. The eligibility requirements can vary among the service branches, and service members were advised to check with their superiors. For instance, the Army said that eligibility applied only to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and not to Hurricane Matthew.

-- VT: Newsweek (Local) - Ben & Jerry's ice cream co-founder Ben Cohen arrested during political protest - By Ryan Sit

One of the co-founders of Ben & Jerry's ice cream was arrested for disorderly conduct during a political demonstration in Vermont over the weekend, according to reports. Ben Cohen, 66, was arrested on Saturday for violating noise ordinances when he and a group of activists rigged a pickup truck to blare the cacophonous sounds of an F-35 fighter jet in the town of Burlington, according to NBC News. The truck hauled a trailer stacked with an enormous audio system through the town and was outfitted with signs reading "DANGER: F-35 BLAST DEMO," and "HELP STOP THIS." The protesters oppose the Air Force's plan to base F-35 fighter jets at Vermont International Airport, which houses the Vermont Air National Guard Station. The Air Force is slated to warehouse the fleet of fighter planes there by the fall of 2019.

-- MI/WI: The Daily News (Regional) - Missing man's body found - By Christie Bleck

The body of missing Skandia Township resident John Rowland was discovered at 10:39 a.m. Saturday in a wooded area north of the spot where his Chevrolet Astro van had been located earlier. According to the Marquette County Sheriff's Office, a UH-60 Black Hawk Medevac helicopter from the Wisconsin Army National Guard, based out of West Bend, Wis., was used to locate Rowland about 15 minutes after arriving in the search area.

-- OK: Stillwater News Press (Local) - Stillwater man found guilty of amended manslaughter charge - By Tim Ahrens

A 24-year-old man is facing 10 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Perry resident Austin Clavin on Monday at the Payne County Courthouse. Robert Eugene Keeler Jr. of Stillwater, who was originally charged with first-degree murder, will appear for sentencing at 9 a.m. April 27. Judge Phillip Corley ordered a presentence investigation report after the jury fixed punishment at 10 years; first-degree manslaughter carries a minimum four-year prison sentence and requires the felon to serve at least 85 percent of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole... Ramsey also brought forward witnesses who spoke of Keeler's character, describing him as "fun, outgoing" and being safe with firearms through his military training, which included time in the Army and the National Guard.


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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