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When the NY National Guard were mobilized to fight in France in 1917, NY created the New York Guard as a state militia.

CORTLANDT MANOR, NY — Two hundred members of the New York Guard, the state’s volunteer state defense force, will conduct their week-long annual training at Camp Smith Training Site here Aug. 6-12.

The New York Guard is a force of 500 uniformed volunteers, organized as a military unit, who augment the New York National Guard during state emergencies. They provide administrative and logistics support to the National Guard. Members of the New York Guard have been involved in flood control efforts along the Lake Ontario shoreline this summer.

Unlike members of the New York National Guard, New York Guard members do not have a federal military role and do not deploy outside the state. New York Guard members usually train in a volunteer status and are only paid when they are placed on state duty during emergencies.

 

 

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AUGUSTA — The Maine Military Historical Society’s museum at Camp Keyes is expected to close when the Maine National Guard headquarters moves to a new facility under construction in north Augusta.

Lacking a new home or a curator, the museum is expected to close because the building it is in is scheduled for demolition. It’s next to the entrance to Camp Keyes and across Winthrop Street from the Augusta State Airport passenger terminal.

Camp Chamberlain, the new Maine National Guard Joint Force Headquarters facility, located off Civic Center Drive next to the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, is expected to open next January.

That will force the museum’s volunteers to either store or find temporary homes for the countless military artifacts it holds, which include pre-Revolutionary War citizen militia flags and drill manuals, uniforms, weapons and scores of photographs from both World Wars. There’s also a Korean War-era Jeep, early 1900s photographs of musters at Camp Keyes, and items brought home by Maine soldiers after they served in conflicts in Vietnam and Iraq.

 

 

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New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Robert Giordano of Rexford, an Iraq War veteran, received a New York State Long and Faithful Service Award upon retirement from the National Guard after 34 years of service.

Giordano served as an anti-terrorism and force protection officer for the New York National Guard.

He joined the New York Army National Guard in 1983 and served while attending college as a Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet. In 1988 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

During his career, Giordano has served in a number of positions including mortar platoon leader, company executive officer, company commander, public affairs officer, battalion operations officer, battalion commander, and provost officer for the 42nd Infantry Division.

Giordano deployed to Tikrit, Iraq with the 42nd Infantry Division in 2005 and served as a public affairs officer. He also was part of the New York National Guard response to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and participated in numerous emergency response missions in support of state and local governments. He deployed to the Southwest Border in 2006 as part of a New York National Guard task force mobilized to increase border security and also deployed to Egypt in 2007 to participate in joint U.S.-Egyptian Bright Star exercises.

 

 

 

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Venezuelan Bolivarian National Guard officers fire teargas toward a resident who tries to walk to the Paramacay military base in Valencia, Venezuela, Sunday Aug. 6, 2017. Venezuelan ruling party chief Diosdado Cabello said the military squashed a “terrorist” attack at the military base Sunday, shortly after a small group of men dressed in military fatigues released a video declaring themselves in rebellion. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Hernandez)

CARACAS, Venezuela — The latest on Venezuela’s political confrontation (all times local):

8:25 p.m.

Venezuela’s opposition is calling for a nationwide protest Tuesday against the government of socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

Lawmakers are urging Venezuelans to abandon their homes and workplaces at midday to take to the streets to block traffic and bring the nation to a standstill.

The opposition has been struggling to regain its footing since last week’s seating of a loyalist special assembly to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution. Turnout at an anti-government march Friday was one of the smallest in four months of deadly unrest.

But opposition lawmaker Juan Requenses predicts it won’t take long to remobilize foes of the socialist administration.

 

 

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Augusta, Maine (AP) The Maine National Guard Headquarters is moving from Camp Keyes in Augusta to Camp Chamberlain.

But according to a report in the Kennebec Journal, there isn’t enough space for the Maine Military Historical Society’s Museum to move as well.

The Museum’s artifacts include medals of honor awarded to Maine military heroes, and a pistol believed to have belonged to Maj. Gen. Joshua Chamberlain.

The new $32 million Maine National Guard Joint Force Headquarters is expected to open in January.

 

 

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MOUNT PLEASANT — An Atlanta developer wants to acquire the National Guard armory on Mathis Ferry Road, and has offered the town a larger property in Carolina Park in exchange.

Gateway Development Service and Rio Partners LLC, which previously announced plans to develop the vacant Miller Cadillac property next to the armory, are behind the proposal. The 6-acre armory property would double the size of their potential development, which a previous report said could include a 122-room hotel, offices and retail or restaurant space.

Local attorney Neil Robinson Jr., who conveyed the offer to the town, said the developers “have no specific plans” for the armory site. Potentially swapping land, and building new facilities for the National Guard, could take a long time, he said.

 

 

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GLENVILLE — Two more honors have been conferred on late chamber of commerce leader and tireless Schenectady advocate Chuck Steiner.

The New York Air National Guard’s 109th Airlift Wing has named the new conference room in its headquarters building at Stratton Air National Guard Base for the longtime Capital Region Chamber president.

In addition, Maj. Gen. Anthony German, New York’s adjutant general, presented Steiner’s widow and son, Marcy and Matt, with the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal, which is given to those who distinguish themselves by exceptionally meritorious service in a capacity of great responsibility.

Both honors were conferred in a ceremony Friday at the base, and both were in recognition of Steiner’s advocacy for the area’s military personnel and the facilities they staff.

 

 

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The Iowa Army National Guard is set to hold a neighborhood meeting in Davenport next Thursday, August 10.

The National Guard is proposing that a 37-acre site, northwest of the intersection of Kimberly Rd. and Wisconsin Ave., be rezoned and used for a new readiness center.

At the meeting, the National Guard is hoping to gather concerns from residents and introduce them to the proposed project.

 

 

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Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Photo by AFP)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who became the next in line for the throne by sweeping aside his father’s nephew Mohammed bin Nayef, is now planning to secure his path to power by removing the kingdom’s National Guard Minister Mutaib bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud , according to a new report.

Wary of a possible coup down the road, the 33-year-old prince thinks removing Abdullah and dismantling the powerful national guard allows him to take control over at least 80 percent of the country’s military and security forces, the Lebanese al-Nabaa TV reported Wednesday.

Under the new plan, the national guard would lose its ministerial status and operate instead under the command of the Defense Ministry, which is also headed by Salman.

However, the task only looks easy on paper since the national guard has evolved from a small government entity into an influential organization that specializes in protecting the royal family from internal dangers such as, ironically enough, a coup, the report added.

 

 

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Un-American.”

This was Christy Bartos’ initial reaction to President Donald Trump‘s tweeted ban against transgender Americans serving in the U.S. military. In a shocking policy reversal Wednesday, our president said transgender people will be prohibited from serving “in any capacity” in the armed forces.

Trump’s threat could mean a historic about-face in the Pentagon’s pattern of lowering such obstacles to serve our country that could impact possibly thousands of transgender service personnel. This group includes Bartos, who was assigned male at birth and named Caleb Bartos.

The 21-year-old Army National Guard member from Hobart began her transgender journey less than a year ago after a lifetime of knowing she identified as a woman, not a man.

 

 

 

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