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September 9, 2004 | James Rainey, Times Staff Writer
George W. Bush's squadron commander in the Texas Air National Guard grounded the young lieutenant from flying when he missed a medical examination and failed to meet performance standards, according to documents made public Wednesday that revived an issue that had shadowed Bush for much of his political career. Four memos from the late Col.
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August 15, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wires
Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich plans to sign into law a bill that adds members of the National Guard and military Reserves to the state's Human Rights Act as a protected class. "Since the country has gone to war, the state has received a huge number of complaints by members of the Guard and Reserves, saying that they have been discriminated against," said Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn. "It ranges from problems with employers, to landlords....
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July 10, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Military payroll records stored on microfilm that could more fully document President Bush's whereabouts during his service in the Texas Air National Guard were inadvertently destroyed, according to the Pentagon. The material included records for the first quarter of 1969 and the third quarter of 1972. "President Bush's payroll records for those two quarters were among the records destroyed," wrote C.Y.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2004 | Rone Tempest, Times Staff Writer
It won't show up on the Defense Department's budget, but the prolonged U.S. occupation of Iraq is beginning to burden state and local governments as they struggle to get by without employees mobilized into National Guard and military reserve armed forces. California Controller Steve Westly calculates that it costs an average of $1,500 a month in salary adjustments and benefits for each activated state employee reservist.
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March 1, 2004 | Rone Tempest, Times Staff Writer
Weekend warriors no more, the stockbroker, the motorcycle cop and the carpenter were undergoing intense training last week for their new mission as part of an occupation army in Iraq. They were busy cordoning off villages, detecting homemade bombs, negotiating with Muslim religious leaders, enduring anti-American taunts from hostile crowds and engaging in other military exercises here at the Army's National Training Center in the Mojave Desert.
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February 14, 2004 | Richard A. Serrano and Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writers
White House officials on Friday evening released all the records they said they had on President Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard, hoping to quell doubts about whether he fulfilled his military obligation during the Vietnam War era.
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February 5, 2004 | John Hendren, Times Staff Writer
Despite indications that Army National Guard troops are dissatisfied with prolonged spells abroad, the head of the National Guard predicted Wednesday that deployment to war zones would not drive soldiers en masse from the service. Describing the deployments as "the first real test of the all-volunteer force in this country," Lt. Gen. H.
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November 16, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Twenty-one Iowa National Guard troops who tested positive for drug use on the eve of their deployment were sent overseas anyway, despite the Army's "zero tolerance" policy. Now the Army must decide how to deal with them when they return. Officials at Ft. McCoy, Wis., a staging point for Reserve and Guard troops, said 13 soldiers from other states who tested positive for drugs were also sent to Iraq.
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November 12, 2003 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
Spc. Simone Holcomb, a National Guard medic who defied orders and stayed home with her children after a custody battle rather than return to duty in Iraq, has been reassigned to Ft. Carson, Colo. But she still faces possible court-martial. "The National Guard was working on a resolution to this problem," Giorgio Ra'Shadd, Holcomb's lawyer, said Tuesday.
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November 7, 2003 | John Hendren, Times Staff Writer
Stretched by the continuing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Pentagon planners said Thursday that in 2004 they would lean more heavily on National Guard and reserve units and extend the deployments of some of the troops serving abroad. The increasing reliance on part-time soldiers, along with the repeat deployment of some units next year, highlights a problem with a military structure that was designed for the Cold War, military analysts say.
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