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

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-- In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth, we want to highlight some of our awesome #WomenInUniform. If you know of an exceptional female Florida Guardsman who deserves a little spotlight, let us know! You can comment here, send us a private message, or shoot an email to fl.ng.pao@mail.mil.

-- #ThrowbackThursday: On this #InternationalWomensDay, we remember Air Force Maj. Gen. Jeanne M. Holm (1921-2010), the first female to be promoted to the rank of Major General in any service branch of the United States military. In 1973, she visited the Florida Air National Guard base in Jacksonville and during her tour, took the time to swear in a new female recruit. Inell O. Jefferson, pictured, was the second African American female to enlist in the Florida Air National Guard. #WomensHistoryMonth #IWD2018 #PressforProgress https://www.facebook.com/FloridaNationalGuard/photos/pcb.10155332957212227/10155332949662227/?type=3&theater

News of Interest

-- WI: Wisconsin State Journal (Regional) - Military begins public process for basing F-35s in Madison - By Steven Verburg

The National Guard on Thursday began a public process that will stretch for more than a year as the U.S. Air Force and the National Guard Bureau study the ways basing a squadron of supersonic F-35 warplanes in Madison could affect the city. Air Force plans to base the jets at Truax Field have won enthusiastic support from conservatives like Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, as well as from liberals like U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Madison Mayor Paul Soglin. But at an open house in the Crowne Plaza hotel, where military personnel answered questions about how the scope of a federally mandated environmental impact study will be determined, two Madison City Council members questioned whether the process was overlooking the people who may be most affected by noise and pollution from the jets.

-- NY: Orangetown Daily Voice (Regional) - Help on the way: New York National Guard deploying to Rockland - By Kathy Reakes and Joe Lombardi

With hundreds of downed trees causing problems with snow removal and power restoration, County Executive Ed Day announced Thursday that the New York National Guard is in the process of deploying to the county to assist. The primary mission of the Guard will be to assist with the removal of downed trees. The efforts of the Guard will be coordinated by the Rockland County Office of Fire and Emergency Services.

-- KS: The Emporia Gazette (Regional) - Governor visits Hamilton after fire crews save town - By Tammy Seimears

A large grass fire threatened to move into the city of Hamilton Wednesday as high winds pushed a rapidly spreading fire across an area northwest of the town. Fire crews from eight Greenwood County divisions, two trucks from Woodson County and four Kansas Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopters battled the quickly spreading wildfire. Crews from Hamilton, Madison, Lamont, Virgil, Eureka Lake, Burkett, Eureka Central and Eureka City Divisions worked for most of the day to get the fire under control. The local Hamilton school was on alert and ready for immediate evacuation if necessary. Smoke covered the streets and buildings of town as the fire edged nearer at its peak. Residents watched nervously as the blaze jumped roads and creeks in the high winds.

-- NY: Huffington Post (Regional) - The tainted water crisis in upstate New York that Andrew Cuomo can't shake - By Alexander C. Kaufman

Lately, Wayne Vradenburgh daydreams about a demotion. Vradenburgh has spent his entire career working for the water department of Newburgh, an upstate New York city of 28,000 people, most of whom are Hispanic or black. He started as an assistant water maintenance mechanic at 18, repairing fire hydrants. Two decades later, in 2016, he took the top job of superintendent. He made plans to fix leaky pipes, and mostly just aspired to keep things running smoothly for the poverty-stricken city of dilapidated brownstones nestled on the Hudson River... The contamination started back in 1990 when the nearby Stewart Air National Guard Base, home to the 105th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard, spilled 4,000 gallons of fire-fighting foam into a stream that flows directly into Lake Washington.

-- NC: The Wilson Times (Regional) - National Guardsmen no long-term solution for state prisons - By Staff Reports

We think of the National Guard as the cavalry or white knights, riding in during times of disaster to aid the helpless, guard the defenseless and restore a sense of order in times of chaos. We see members of the Guard most during our profoundly saddest times, following hurricanes, during floods, after tornadoes and, worst, when citizens take to the streets in a dangerous power struggle. But how would you feel about sending the North Carolina National Guard into the state's prisons to preserve order where there isn't enough prison guards to do so? That's a consideration being offered to Gov. Roy Cooper, encouraged by at least two legislators and others, and one that we are told is on the table with every other possible solution for a significant shortage of prison guards.

-- MD: DCmilitary.com - Andrews Gazette (Local) - JBA pilots 'celebrate the life' of cancer survivor and wingman - By Arthur Mondale

Jack Kirkbride lived for water balloon fights, monster trucks and Nerf blasters. But unlike other boys his age, he was reminded very early to live life to the fullest. "Jack was diagnosed at age four with acute myeloid leukemia, a very rare disease," said Matt, Jack's father. "In October of 2016 he was given six months to live. His spleen and liver got really big - he had a hard time breathing - he was in a lot of pain." Regardless of the pain, Jack had larger aspirations. His bucket list included practicing alongside Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco and piloting a military plane. The latter wish happened last November when Jack was honored as a "Pilot for a Day" at Joint Base Andrews. Jack's final wish would happen Feb. 17.

-- ID: KPVI NBC 6 (Local) - Ex-wives testify against former Twin Falls police officer accused of abusing young girls - By Mychel Matthews

Fourteen jurists heard the state's case Wednesday against a former Twin Falls police officer accused of sexually abusing young girls. Former patrol officer William Anthon Jansen of Twin Falls was charged April 10 and put on unpaid leave. In July, Jansen pleaded not guilty to four counts of lewd conduct with a minor. Jansen is no longer with the department. Jansen was a sergeant in the Idaho Army National Guard and completed two combat deployments to Iraq.


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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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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