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First Female Tank Mechanic in the Oregon Army National Guard

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 26, 2014 1:24:00 PM

By Army 1st Sgt. Kevin Hartman
115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

BOISE, Idaho, Aug. 26, 2014 – Speckled with engine oil and coated with a layer of dust, 23-year-old Army Spc. Samantha Brumley rummages through a larger-than-life toolbox to begin work with her fellow tank mechanics on servicing an Abrams M1A2 System Enhancement Package Tank in the high desert area southeast from here.

Her team is at the Orchard Training Center conducting annual training in support of the 3rd Battalion, 116th Heavy Brigade Combat Team. While the service to the tank’s nuclear, biological and chemical filter system is routine, Brumley’s hands-on support is not. Brumley is the first woman to officially become a tank mechanic in the Oregon Army National Guard.

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Topics: National Guard News, Military News

Military History: 200-year anniversary of Battle of Bladensburg

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 24, 2014 7:00:00 AM

By Bill Boehm
National Guard Bureau
 

ARLINGTON, Va. - On Aug. 24, 1814, the Battle of Bladensburg (Maryland) took place.  This campaign of the War of 1812 directly preceded the advance of the British army into Washington, D.C., that evening, where advancing forces burned the Capitol building, the White House and the Library of Congress.

Hurricane-force rains the following day helped extinguish the blazes around the nation’s capital.  Prior to the British incursion, State Department officials helped spirit documents of the Founding Fathers into hiding in Virginia. 

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Topics: Military History, National Guard News

Army & Air National Guard Enlisted Members Meet With Senior Leaders

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 23, 2014 7:00:00 AM

By Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Eichaker
National Guard Bureau

PHOENIX, Aug. 22, 2014 – Roughly 1,000 members of the National Guard gathered here Aug. 9-14 to attend the 43rd Annual National Conference and Expo of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States.

The primary mission of EANGUS is to provide a voice for issues facing the enlisted force of the National Guard.

At the conference, senior leaders of the National Guard spoke to attendees about the Guard and discussed topics that affect the rank and file.

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Topics: Military Benefits, National Guard News, Military News

Hagel: Joint Efforts Blunt ISIL’s Advance in Iraq

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 22, 2014 3:28:00 PM

By Claudette Roulo
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2014 – U.S. airstrikes and military assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish security forces have stalled the advance of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist forces around Irbil, Iraq, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today.

This assistance helped the Iraqis retake and hold the Mosul Dam, which, if breached, would have threatened the lives of thousands of Iraqis as well as American personnel and facilities, Hagel said during a joint news conference with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey.

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Topics: Military News, Iraq

U.S. Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL in Iraq near Mosul Dam

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 21, 2014 5:18:00 PM

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi Security Force operations, using fighter and attack aircraft to conduct six airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam, according to a U.S. Central Command news release issued today.

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Topics: Military News, Iraq

Work Highlights Importance of U.S.-South Korea Alliance

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 20, 2014 10:46:50 AM

By Cheryl Pellerin
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

SEOUL, South Korea, Aug. 20, 2014 – On the first day of Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work’s first official visit here with military and political leaders, talks focused on the North Korean threat, the importance of cooperation between the U.S., South Korea and Japan, and key capabilities needed for the U.S.-South Korea bilateral relationship, a senior defense official said.

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Topics: Military News

Army General Dempsey Building Trust in Vietnam Visit

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 15, 2014 1:38:00 PM

By Jim Garamone

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Aug. 15, 2014 – Building trust and confidence is the theme for the first visit by a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Vietnam since 1971.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey met with his Vietnamese counterpart Lt. Gen. Do Ba Ty in Hanoi. The two men discussed the future of the military-to-military relationship between their countries, but also the legacy of the Vietnam War. The chairman will also visit Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City during his visit.

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Topics: Military History, Military News

Israeli Defense Minister Updates Hagel on Cease-fire

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 14, 2014 2:55:00 PM

DoD News, Defense Media Activity


WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2014 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel received an update by phone yesterday from Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon on the cease-fire underway between Israel and the militant group Hamas, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

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Topics: Military News

Hagel Praises Robin Williams as ‘True Friend’ of Troops

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 12, 2014 9:41:00 AM

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2014 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel saluted actor and comedian Robin Williams, who’d passed away yesterday at age 63, for his steadfast support of U.S. troops and veterans over the years.
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Topics: Military News

California National Guard Deploys 20 Aircraft to Battle Wildfires

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 7, 2014 6:20:00 PM

By Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Cossel and Brandon Honig, California National Guard
 

In what has become a near-annual mission for the California National Guard (CNG), Army and Air Force aviators are dousing wildfires across Northern California, where they soon may be joined by Army Guard firefighting hand crews on the ground.

Army Guard helicopter crews mobilized July 31 to support wildland firefighting efforts as dozens of fires threatened several Northern California communities. As of Tuesday, the crews had dropped about 430 buckets, or 2.5 million pounds, of water on the Day Fire in Modoc County and the Lodge Complex Fire in Mendocino County. 

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Topics: National Guard News, Military News

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