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The Obama administration ​was poised to send armed federal agents to polling places, deploy the military and launch full-scale counter-propaganda measures in case hackers disrupted the vote on Election Day, according to a report.

​The 15-page playbook, produced in October, outlined the “enhanced measures” the government was prepared to take in the event of a “significant incident,” Time magazine reported Thursday, citing a copy of the document.

“​I​n almost all potential cases of malicious cyber activity impacting election infrastructure, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, to include their law enforcement agencies, will have primary jurisdiction to respond​,” it says. ​

 

 

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Submitted Photo Ukrainian soldiers train at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center on June 8. New York Army National Guard soldiers will pick up this training mission at the end of 2017.

SYRACUSE — More than 200 New York Army National Guard soldiers will be heading to Ukraine in the fall on a nine-month mission to train Ukrainian soldiers.

Most of the soldiers will come from the Second Squadron, 101st Cavalry based at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in Niagara Falls. The squadron also has units in Jamestown, Geneva and Buffalo.

The Squadron is part of New York’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Col. Christopher Cronin, the commander of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, will command the mission.

 

 

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You may have noticed more military vehicles on local highways this spring and summer, but there’s no state of emergency or natural disaster to worry about.

Those rigs and equipment are simply headed to North Hyde Park, where the Vermont Army National Guard’s new $12 million maintenance shop just off Route 100 is now fully operational.

A ribbon was cut last Wednesday, July 12, at the ceremonial opening of the new shop.

“This maintenance shop will be an essential resource for our soldiers as they prepare for state, national, and global missions,” Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said at the ceremony.

 

 

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New York Army National Guard Sgt. Raymond Faltisco conducts initial linkup with Erie County Highway Department counterparts near Holland, New York following tornado storm damage on July 20, 2017. Faltisco, from Buffalo, New York, joined other New York Army National Guard Engineers assigned to Company A, 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion as part of a 100-member joint National Guard response element to assist local emergency responders with recovery efforts.

 

 

 

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Colonel Irakli Chumburidze, who has served in international peacekeeping missions, fought for Georgia’s territorial integrity and chaired J-2 Intelligence Department of the General Staff of Georgia, has been appointed as the new head of the country’s National Guard.

He has replaced Brigadier General Levan Gamkrelidze in the role.

Former head of the National Guard hands over a flag to a new chairperson, which is a tradition. Photo bu Ministry of Defence press office.

To head the National Guard is a huge honor and responsibility for any officer,” Head of Georgia’s General Staff Vladimer Chachibaia stated at the special ceremony in which the new chair of the National Guard was named today.

The new head of the National Guard fought for Georgia’s territorial integrity in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) in 1992-1993 and participated in international peacekeeping missions in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2014-2015.

 

 

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The 15 Marines and one sailor who were killed in the crash of a KC-130T this week, from left to right. First row: Maj. Caine M. Goyette; Capt. Sean E. Elliott; Gunnery Sgt. Mark A. Hopkins; Gunnery Sgt. Brendan C. Johnson. Second row: Staff Sgt. Joshua Snowden; Sgt. Owen J. Lennon; Sgt. Julian M. Kevianne; Cpl. Daniel I. Baldassare. Third row: Cpl. Collin J. Schaaff; Staff Sgt. William Kundrat; Staff Sgt. Robert H. Cox; Sgt. Talon R. Leach. Fourth row: Sgt. Chad E. Jenson; Sgt. Joseph J. Murray; Sgt. Dietrich A. Schmieman; Petty Officer Second Class Ryan Lohrey. CreditUnited States Marine Corps

 

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — There were 16 of them, ranging from a major down to two corporals. They had collectively served nearly three dozen deployments, including 22 to Afghanistan and six to Iraq. Some were married and had children; others were just a few years beyond boot camp.

The United States military on Friday publicly identified the 15 Marines and one sailor who died on Monday when their transport plane crashed into the rugged farmland of the Mississippi Delta, one of the worst military aviation accidents of recent years.

On Friday, the military’s private grief entered its public phase, as Col. Steven J. Grass, deputy commander of Marine Special Operations Command, stood outside his headquarters here and crisply announcing the ranks, names and hometowns of the men.

“Our command is a tight-knit community,” said Colonel Grass, his own dog tags sandwiched into the tan laces of his left boot, as the boom of rifle training echoed in the distance. “As a team and as a family, we’re going to pull together and see this through.”

 

 

 

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When the crowd saw his bus and burst into applause, Sgt. Maj. Jeremy Preister watched his fellow soldiers.

He saw their grins at the police escort ahead of them and the firetrucks hoisting an enormous flag over the road to the public homecoming ceremony in Lincoln’s Haymarket Park.

Hundreds had gathered to embrace the members of the 1st Infantry Division Main Command Post-Operational Detachment.

Preister expected the tears and the cries of “Daddy!” as the 90 Nebraska Army National Guard soldiers exited their buses. He’d seen it after his three prior deployments.

So he looked again to his soldiers.

“As an old guy, there’s nothing like seeing that joy in my soldiers’ eyes when they see that for the first time,” Preister said.

 

 

 

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Gov. Susana Martinez announced that Brig. Gen. Ken Nava will serve as adjutant general for the New Mexico National Guard.

Nava replaces Brig. Gen. Andrew Salas, who will move on to a new assignment with the U.S. Air Force.

“Gen. Nava is an experienced and dedicated Army officer, and his background is well suited to leading our Army and Air Guard soldiers and Airmen as they continue to protect our state and nation at home and abroad,” Martinez said.

Nava currently serves as the deputy adjutant general for the state of New Mexico and oversees all Army National Guard matters in New Mexico. His responsibilities include serving as the principal liaison to senior military officials, various state and federal officials, the Legislature, local governments and community groups.

 

 

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Members of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., and Somers, Wis., Fire Departments assist Mary Knoebel from her trailer during flooding in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., Wednesday, July 12, 2017.
BILL SIEL/THE KENOSHA NEWS VIA AP

MILWAUKEE — Gov. Scott Walker has called up the National Guard to help Racine and Kenosha counties deal with extensive flood damage.

In Burlington, Police Chief Mark Anderson said Thursday the city’s four bridges across the Fox River remain closed because of the high water level. Officials say the river appears to have crested at about 16 feet, more than 5 feet above flood stage.

Anderson says the flooding in Burlington is unprecedented. He says Walker is expected to tour the area Thursday morning.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says roads and highways are closed throughout Racine, Kenosha, Walworth and Waukesha counties.

 

 

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WASHINGTON D.C.– Senator Angus King had nothing but good things to say about the Maine Army National Guard Thursday during the senate armed services committee hearing.

Over the last ten years, the Maine National Guard has partnered with Montenegro to help the young nation after it declared independence 11 years ago.

 

The senate voted to approve Montenegro’s accession to NATO back in March.

 

Senator King said a large part of the success is thanks to the work done by Mainers.

 

 

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