August 27, 2015

August 27, 2015

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NC Air Guardsman brings diverse background to Bagram’s AE mission DVIDS Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

It isn’t every day you come across someone who has been a Soldier, Sailor and Airman, but then Tech. Sgt. Russell “Rusty” McLamb isn’t your everyday service member. McLamb’s uniqueness isn’t just that he has served in the Army, Navy and Air Force, it’s also that he has served in all three service’s medical corps. “Being a part of the military, it’s in my blood. My dad was a heavy equipment operator in the Marine Corps,” said McLamb, who is assigned to the 156th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron based at Charlotte Air National Guard Base, North Carolina. Read More…

Army awards medal to Guardsman who helped stop train attack Voice of America Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

The U.S. Defense Department says one of the Americans who helped subdue a Moroccan national alleged to have planned an attack on a high speed train will be awarded one of the U.S. Army’s highest honors. The Pentagon announced that Aleksander Skarlatos, a member of the Oregon National Guard, will be awarded the Soldiers Medal — an award the army calls the “highest award for acts of heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy.” Read More…

August — Today in Guard History National Guard Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina reaches landfall near the town of Buras, in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana at 6:10 a.m. Central Daylight Time. Perhaps no other hurricane in American history was tracked as intently as Katrina, which hovered over the Gulf of Mexico and aimed squarely at the city of New Orleans after earlier minimal impact in south Florida. Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama’s governors all activated their respective National Guards before impact; during and after Katrina reached Louisiana and Mississippi, over 50,000 National Guardsmen from all 50 states, three territories, and the District of Columbia worked in state active duty status to aid in the rescue and recovery efforts. Read More…

New Army chief weighing decision on women in combat The Associated Press via PBS NewsHour Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

The Army’s new chief of staff, Gen. Mark Milley, is taking a calculated approach to arguably the most consequential decision of his early tenure — whether to recommend that any all-male combat roles remain closed to women. Central to his thinking, he said in an Associated Press interview, is the question of whether allowing women to serve in the infantry, armor and other traditionally male-only fields would affect Army “readiness” for war. Read More…

Charlotte-based Air National Guard team fighting West Coast fires WSOC-TV Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

The North Carolina Air National Guard continues to help fight raging wildfires across the West Coast. The 145th Airlift Wing has been dropping fire retardant on trees that haven’t burned yet in California, Oregon and other states to help prevent the fire from spreading. Read More…

Academic accommodations can aid troubled veterans Stars and Stripes Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Relocated to an empty clinic in the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System after going public about dangerous patient care problems, Dr. Katherine Mitchell needed a project to stay busy. With the rate of suicides increasing within the Phoenix system, she started studying victims’ case files and found a pattern that seemed tragically easy to address: Of four who reported struggling in college, three had not received widely available but little-known academic accommodations for mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. Read More…

At Camp Ripley, National Guard members train for the worst-case scenarios Star Tribune Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

The scenario was this: Somewhere in remote Minnesota, an oil train had derailed, and the ensuing fire raged beyond the reach of traditional firetrucks. The fix? A thundering CH-47 Chinook helicopter rising from an airfield, its twin rotors beating the air with nearly 10,000 horsepower as it lifted a Canadian Pacific firefighting rig fitted with water bladders and firefighting foam. The train derailment was fake, but the response on a recent afternoon was a real test of the National Guard’s ability to help fight a rail fire. Read More…

Plan to use GI Bill for business grants draws criticism Military Times Share on LinkedinShare on TwitterShare on Facebook

Some veterans’ advocates are pushing back against plans to use GI Bill benefits to pay for would-be entrepreneurs’ small-business grants, arguing the move confuses the purpose of the education program. The Senate Small Business Committee recently advanced a measure to create a three-year pilot program allowing 250 veterans to use their GI Bill funds as a business startup grant, rather than for college tuition. Read More…

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