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FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota National Air Guard’s 119th Wing will receive two unmanned aircraft this summer.

The National Guard says the move part of the U.S. Air Force’s larger plan to upgrade its remotely piloted capability.

The aircraft is the MQ-9 Reaper, a multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance precision attack and reconnaissance aircraft.

Wing Commander Col. Britt Hatley says the move also means the Happy Hooligans will return to the skies above Fargo. This will mark the first time military aircraft will be in the area since the last C-211 Lear Jet left in August 2014.

 

 

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PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ore. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.)

With multiple deployments and unique assignments during her 29 plus years of military experience as a munitions system specialist, Chief Master Sgt. Kristen Miller has broken a few barriers along the way.

Her resume speaks for itself, as does her caring dedication to helping shape those in the career field.

And yet, with her recent job promotion, Miller has broken another barrier in the military, becoming the first female chief master sergeant munitions system specialist superintendent in the Air National Guard.

Her go-getter drive and determined personality started long before she joined the military. A natural and competitive athlete, she played NCAA softball at the University of Oregon in her hometown of Eugene until an extreme ankle injury ended her collegiate sporting career.

“I worked really hard and took pride in being a collegiate athlete, but I didn’t want that disappointment to define me or be the end of something,” she said.

Undeterred and looking for new challenges Miller found her way to the Air Force and the munitions career field with a long term assignment at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. After serving on active duty, she returned home and eventually joined the Air National Guard in 1990.

For nearly 16 years she worked a variety of civilian jobs while maintaining her role as a traditional guardsman. In 2006 she was hired full-time as a federal technician and has meticulously gaining a reputation as a skilled expert and leader in the field.

In the past 18 months alone, Chief Miller has taken on four unique and diversified assignments around the world. It began with a 6-month deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where she was in charge of the entire stockpile of munitions used for both aircraft and security forces.

 

 

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Iowa National Guard officials said an aviation mechanic was injured in an incident in Boone Wednesday morning.

Iowa National Guard officials said an aviation mechanic was injured in an incident in Boone Wednesday morning.

Col. Greg Hapgood said the accident occurred at about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Iowa National Guard’s Boone Army Aviation Support Facility. Hapgood said the mechanic became trapped between two hangar doors.

According to Hapgood, the mechanic was airlifted Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines where he is receiving medical care.

 

 

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After being deployed in Afghanistan for almost two years, First Lieutenant John Rader just wanted to go home.

But as he was preparing to board the final leg of his trip, a United Airlines flight from El Paso, Texas to Austin on Monday, he was told that his bag—a military issued duffel filled with combat gear—was too heavy and that he’d have to pay a hefty fine to get his luggage on the plane.

“I was told point blank that I’d have to pay $200 for the overage or find another bag to siphon stuff off with,” Rader told FOX 7. “Well, I didn’t have another bag so I was caught in a bind, do I go home without my stuff or without it?”

 

 

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Security forces confronted antigovernment protesters in Caracas in April. CreditMeridith Kohut for The New York Times

CARACAS, Venezuela — In scenes across Venezuela, the security forces emerge as villains in dark uniforms. A young demonstrator approaches the military with outstretched arms, witnesses said, only to be shot dead moments later.

In one video, a National Guard armored vehicle runs over protesters. In another, a man shrouded in tear gas falls into convulsionsbefore soldiers toss him on the back of a motorcycle.

But behind their shields and batons, many police officers are enduring the same economic turmoil — and share many of the same grievances — as the protesters they are battling, testing their loyalties to the government they have been sent to defend.

 

 

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Missouri National Guard Capt. Kevin Keeney called for Congress to write legislation funding a new uniformed service called U.S. Cyber and to consolidate all cyber personnel, equipment, and missions under it.

“This will enable a single organization to provide the needed focus on recruiting, training, doctrine, retention, and care for its service members,” wrote Keeney in his opening statement at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on May 10.

The proposed service would be made up of “no more than 50 percent active, and no less than 50 percent reserve forces,” according to Keeney. He said that, right now, active military and national guard services are restricted in whom they are allowed to partner with, such as state governments and private entities. A combined service would have increased flexibility.

 

 

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The military’s introduction of its new Blended Retirement System leaves nearly all current service members in a quandary. Those with between one and 12 years of service must choose between the old and new retirement plans—and there is nothing easy about the calculation.

Why one to 12 years? Because on Jan. 1, 2018, all military personnel whose length of service is in that time bubble are eligible for either the old or the new programs. Both have pros and cons. Service members will have one year to make an irrevocable choice. About 88% of active-duty military—or 1.15 million service members—fall into this category.

 

 

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Just in time for Armed Forces Day on Saturday, the Women of Quail Creek have a plan to welcome the youngest patriots: They are throwing the 2017 Baby Shower for Military Families of the 162nd Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard.

“This year we are serving 30 families with 30 babies. They are a prolific bunch,” said Pamela Rodgers, chairwoman of the shower staged by the organization, which includes 324 women from Green Valley.

For more than 10 years, the Women of Quail Creek have collected donations and raised funds through making and selling cookbooks and organizing bake sales, fashion shows and other events to support nonprofit organizations including Youth On Their Own, Genesis House Shelter in Green Valley and the American Cancer Society. It also supports Honor Flight of Southern Arizona and other military programs. This will be its fifth annual baby shower for military families.

“These military families give us so much and put their lives on the line for us, so this is the least we can do for them,” Rodgers said.

For families to qualify for the shower, at least one parent must be active military; this year, 10 of the mothers are serving.

 

 

 

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A total of 200 men and women from New York National Guard units are busy helping residents and businesses cope with Lake Ontario’s rising waters.

“We’re filling sandbags and doing some distribution,” said Eric Durr, state spokesman for Guard unit, which serve a duel federal and state function. In times of emergency like this, The Guard serves at the pleasure of the governor, he said.

Use of the Guard in this situation is bring orchestrated by the state’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Durr said there are 50 airmen and 150 soldiers out working – and will continue working until further notice. National Guard teams are currently helping out in Orleans County (Town Highway Garage in Kendall), in Monroe County (Hilton Maintenance Site), Wayne County (Sodus DPW/Water Treatment Site and the Williamson; Highwaty Barn), Oswego County (NYSDOT site in the town of Parish).

 

 

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An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft performs aerial maneuvers over Creech Air Force Base, Nev., June 25, 2015.

FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota National Air Guard’s 119th Wing will receive two unmanned aircraft this summer.

The National Guard says the move part of the U.S. Air Force’s larger plan to upgrade its remotely piloted capability.

The aircraft is the MQ-9 Reaper, a multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance precision attack and reconnaissance aircraft.

Wing Commander Col. Britt Hatley says the move also means the Happy Hooligans will return to the skies above Fargo. This will mark the first time military aircraft will be in the area since the last C-211 Lear Jet left in August 2014.

 

 

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