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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 08 March 2018 (Morning Muster)
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FLNG/DMA PA Update for 08 March 2018 (Morning Muster)

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-- News 104.5 WOKV: 'Operation Be Mine' in Putnam County nabs 14 suspects accused of preying on children online – By Sarah Thompson

It was called "Operation Be Mine." A child sex sting spearheaded by the Putnam County Sheriff's Office nabs 14 suspects. We're told these suspects are accused of preying on children online and either traveled with the intent to have sex with a minor or solicited a minor over the internet for sexual purposes. Beginning in early February, Putnam Sheriff Gator DeLoach says their undercover team posed as minors between the ages of 11 and 14 as they chatted with adults on social media and other websites. Among the arrests includes Brandon Riggs, 26, a now-former Florida Department of Corrections Juvenile Detention Officer and a member of the Army Florida National Guard. He allegedly traveled from Trenton, Florida to meet up with who he thought was a minor.

-- inewsguyana.com: Florida Army National Guard team on visit to help push counselling and behaviour therapy in the health sector - By Staff

A six-member team from the Florida Army National Guard (FLARNG) is on a four-day stay in Guyana to help push counselling and behaviour therapy in the health sector.

-- -- (PHOTO) Today, I had the honor to host U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Stephanie Keck, Deputy Director Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATFS), and Mr. Brett Chianella, FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation, Vice Director JIATFS, to discuss our ongoing partnership. The Florida National Guard is committed to working with JIATFS to ensure the safety of our state and nation.

News of Interest

-- VT: WCAX CBS 3 (Regional) – Burlington voters don't want F-35s based at airport – By Taylor Young

Burlington voters sent a strong message about F-35s this Town Meeting Day. The majority of Burlington voters do not want the F-35s stationed at the Burlington International Airport; 55 percent voted it down. Opponents of the fighter jets got nearly 3,000 people to sign a petition to get a nonbinding question on the ballot. Now that it has passed, they hope the vote will encourage city leaders to take a stand against bringing the jets here and will urge the U.S. Air Force to bring a quieter aircraft to the airport.

-- KS: KSN TV (Regional) – Army National Guard sends helicopters to Greenwood County to battle fire – By Sara Berlinger

As wild fires continue to crop up across the state, two Kansas Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, which had been at work in Greenwood County, have been pulled back to Salina to prepare for a possible deployment to Hamilton County on the Colorado border. Two additional Black hawks are currently in Wabaunsee County to assist firefighting operations near I-70 and Vera Road. The State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka remains staffed to assist local authorities, as needed, with the firefighting operations.

-- PA: Lehigh Valley Live (Regional) – Stranded in storm with no power? National Guard may be coming to rescue – By Pamela Sroka-Holzmann

Warren County plans to open a shelter in the event residents in rural areas without power can't get to warming centers and heavy wind and snow from Wednesday's nor'easter knocks down even more power lines. And in Northampton County, those without power who need to get to a warming center but can't travel on the snow-covered roads could even end up getting a trip to the center with Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers, officials there said. Warren County Emergency Management Coordinator Frank Wheatley said a regional shelter would be opened at North Warren Regional High School if more folks lose power and can't get to warming centers. If people can't get to the warming centers or the shelter, emergency coordinators say to call 911 and emergency responders will get to them. "There will be a Plan B," Wheatley said. "They're not going to be helpless."

-- MO: KCTV for CBS News (Local) – Slain Clinton officer served country in National Guard – By Staff Reports

Along with serving his community in Clinton, Officer Christopher Ryan Morton served his country. He served in the Missouri Army National Guard for 8 years. He served as a combat engineer with the 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Kansas City and served as a bridge crew-member with the 1438th Multi-Role Bridge Company in Macon. Rusty Plaskett was Morton's military roommate while they served together. He says Morton would have done anything to help his community. "He had a bond and that bond crossed over all the ranks. He was well-liked. He wanted to serve. Thats why he joined the Guard instead of going to active duty. He wanted to serve his people and the community. His state. He was a good guy."

-- VA: Richmond Times-Dispatch (Regional) – Never heard of the Virginia Defense Force? Now's your chance to volunteer – By Bill Lohmann

When disaster strikes — and it sure seems to be striking with greater frequency across the country — the emergency response takes the form of many moving parts. When a state of emergency is declared in Virginia for a natural disaster or any other reason, the Virginia National Guard could be deployed, meaning it might need additional support at its headquarters or in the field. That’s where the Virginia Defense Force comes in. Never heard of it? You’re apparently not alone. “I think we’re the best-kept secret in Virginia,” said Jim Stanley, officer in charge of recruiting and retention for VDF. “I’ve been and done some recruitment where I’ve set up a display, and folks will come by and say, ‘Who are you?’ I say, ‘Well, we’ve been here since the ’40s.’ ” Before we get to a little history lesson about this volunteer organization, here’s the reason we’re bringing this up now: The VDF wants you!

-- AR: The Southwest Times Record (Local) – Lt. Gov. Griffin touts military's role in state during Fort Smith visit – By Thomas Saccente

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin touted the role the military plays in the state economy on a trip to Ebbing Air National Guard Base in Fort Smith on Tuesday. The Western Arkansas Military Community Council held its second membership meeting at the facility Tuesday. Griffin was the keynote speaker. Representatives from the 188th Wing and the Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center were present in support of the council’s efforts to promote military units in Arkansas, a news release states. Griffin said after the meeting he is a member of the Governor’s Military Affairs Committee, which had studies done on the state and the impact of the defense industry and veterans in the state. “I came here to brief on that, to talk about some opportunities that we have, some challenges that we have and how we can work together better so that we can sustain the jobs we have that are related to military, but also grow them, get more,” Griffin said. When asked about the economic impact of the military in Arkansas, Griffin said there are about 63,000 jobs in the state, including about 3,600 jobs in this area of the state.

-- MS: ABC 11 (Local) – Chinook simulator provides valuable experience for Army Guard – By Candace Barnette

The Army National Guard is training with technology that lets soldiers travel the world without ever leaving base. Pilots get hands-on experience flying in a CH-47F Chinook with the simulator on Meridian's Army Guard base. "It's the best environment you can be in," instructor Chris White says. "It's exciting, never a dull moment, and it's one of those things you look forward to doing every day." White says the simulator is incredibly cost-efficient. It costs about $10,000 an hour to fly in an actual Chinook, but you can fly in the simulator to get all of the experience for a tenth of the cost. "We can come in here and get better training faster at pennies on the dollar," White says.

-- MA: Boston Herald (Regional) – Chicopee officer accused of rape while on drill – By O'Ryan Johnson

A Chicopee cop has been accused of committing a rape and kidnapping while on a weekend drill with his National Guard unit, prosecutors and police said. Corey Fournier, 27, of Chicopee pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape, kidnapping, and assault and battery, at his arraignment yesterday in Clinton District Court. He was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early’s office. Fournier, a National Guard soldier who has previously deployed to Afghanistan, was attending a weekend drill at Fort Devens in Ayer when police say the attack happened early on March 3.

-- DC: Military Times (National) – The future battlefield: Army, Marines prepare for 'massive' fight in megacities – By Todd South

In the midst of the Vietnam War, U.S. troops were rocked by an offensive that saw conventional and irregular enemies sweep over territories and entrench themselves in areas of South Vietnam previously untouched by the war. What would follow would be the most intense urban combat U.S. forces had faced since World War II. A half century later, lessons from the Battle of Hue City are still being absorbed by today’s warfighters. Much has changed, but much has remained the same. As Bing West, a Marine combat veteran and former assistant secretary of defense wrote, when comparing Hue and the battle for Mosul, Iraq, “urban warfare remains characterized by slow, massive destruction.” For a long time, both the Marines and Army failed to do anything substantial to prepare for large-scale urban combat — other than to avoid it whenever possible. But both services are now updating their urban operations doctrine for the first time in years, and their leaders, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller, have publicly pushed for more urban-focused efforts... There are urban training complexes at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Training Center at 29 Palms, California. But the most advanced center in the United States, Spencer said, is the Indiana Army National Guard’s Muscatatuck Urban Training Center.

-- IN: Daily Journal (Regional) – Officials push for cyber battalion – By Staff Reports

Federal lawmakers are urging the Army National Guard to award a cyber battalion in Indiana 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 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 lawmakers’ letter said.

-- MT: Great Falls Tribune (Local) – Battle tank rollover near Townsend under investigation – By Kristen Inbody

A tank rollover at the Montana Army National Guard Limestone Hills Training Area is under investigation. Two tanks of the 163rd Infantry Battalion narrowly avoided a collision on an icy trail toward the end of a training on February 8. Instead of striking the first tank, which also lost traction and slid down the trail, the driver of the second tank maneuvered into a coulee and his tank flipped. The Guard wouldn't confirm the specifics of what happen as the incident is under investigation. Each tank was manned by a crew of four. Those in the rollover escaped injury beyond some bumps and bruises.

-- GA: WSAV NBC (Local) – Officials searching for man who wandered off from National Guard Armory in Metter – By Jeffery Williams

Authorities need your help finding a man who wandered off from the National Guard Armory in Metter earlier today. We’re told Specialist Thomas Wachter was last seen around 9:00AM and he was believed to not be in his right state of mind when he left the facility on Fortner Road, according to officials.

-- IN: WISHTV 8 (Local) – Man arrested in hit-and-run crash that killed Army National Guard veteran – By Staff Reports

A man surrendered to authorities Tuesday in connection with a hit-and run accident that killed an Army National Guard veteran last month, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said. Michael Deane Lipscomb, 58, turned himself in at the Processing Center at the City-County Building, according to IMPD. He was arrested on charges of failure to stop at an accident resulting in death and failure to stop at an accident resulting in serious bodily injury. Police said they do not know where Lipscomb is from. Sgt. Joseph Nordstrom, 30, was killed when he and another person were struck while walking in the 4000 block of Southeastern Avenue just after 3 a.m. Feb. 24. Family members had called on the driver to come forward.


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

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-- 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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