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August 31, 2005 | From Associated Press
Since Hurricane Katrina roared ashore, National Guard troops from Gulf Coast states serving in Iraq have followed the disaster, worried about families and friends back home. "It's a significant emotional event. Their families are on the forefront of the disaster," said Lt. Col. Jordan Jones of the 141st Field Artillery of the Louisiana National Guard. "They're all watching TV, and some have seen their neighborhoods completely submerged in water." Jones, from Luling, La.
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August 24, 2005 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County district attorney brought new charges Tuesday against two men whose arrests last month allegedly broke open a plot to attack National Guard recruitment centers, synagogues and other sites in Southern California. During a 15-minute appearance in Torrance Superior Court, Levar Haney Washington, 25, and Gregory Vernon Patterson, 21, arrested in connection with a spate of gas station stickups, were accused of 10 counts of robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.
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August 11, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The active-duty Army exceeded its recruiting target and signed up 8,085 new soldiers in July, but the summertime rebound may not be enough to make up for a long-term shortfall, according to Pentagon figures. The Army National Guard, meanwhile, missed its goal again, recruiting only 4,712, or 80%, of its July target of new members, spokesman Bryan Whitman said. The guard has hit its target only once in the past 19 months and remains far from its yearly goals. The U.S.
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July 17, 2005 | From Associated Press
The nation's governors voiced worries Saturday for the National Guard troops they shared with the federal government, saying changes caused by the huge demands of the war in Iraq needed more examination. More than 30 governors gathered here for their summer meeting, where they were scheduled to meet privately Monday with top officials of the Guard, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Homeland Security Department. Arkansas Gov.
NEWS
May 10, 2005 | Scott Doggett
The war against terrorism means fewer National Guard troops may be available to fight wildfires in the drought-stricken Pacific Northwest this summer, state and Defense Department officials say. National Guard troops help during major wildfires, but nearly 60% of Montana's troops are in Iraq, all the Oregon National Guard's Chinook helicopters are in Afghanistan, and 40% of Idaho's 4,300 troops are deployed overseas, state officials say. Montana Gov.
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March 25, 2005 | From Associated Press
The more than 400,000 National Guard and Reserve members mobilized since September 2001 will be offered the choice of military healthcare coverage for as long as eight years after they return to civilian life, officials said Thursday. Only those who remain in the Guard or Reserve after they are demobilized will be eligible, said Thomas Hall, the assistant secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs.
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March 23, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The Army is tapping into a new pool of potential recruits for the National Guard and Army Reserve by raising the maximum enlistment age from 34 to 39, officials said. The move, described as a three-year test program, is designed to help the Guard and Reserve meet their recruitment goals at a time when the Iraq war and other pressures are discouraging young people from joining.
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February 3, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Gov. Bill Richardson signed a bill in Santa Fe making the state the first to underwrite $250,000 in life insurance for National Guard members. "Our troops need more than speeches and pats on the back. They need help for their families," the Democrat said. The measure passed both houses of the Legislature by unanimous vote.
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January 26, 2005 | John Hendren, Times Staff Writer
Strained by ongoing military action in Iraq and Afghanistan, the National Guard has fallen nearly 15,000 troops short of its authorized level of 350,000, Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, chief of the guard, said Tuesday. The guard, which had met its authorized numbers annually since 1989, has suffered shortfalls in recruitment since last fall; last month officials unveiled changes to keep the force stable.
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December 17, 2004 | John Hendren, Times Staff Writer
The Army National Guard is tripling retention bonuses to counter lagging recruitment and is asking for $20 billion to replace equipment destroyed in combat as it struggles under the continuing burden of the Iraq war, the Guard's top commander said Thursday. After missing its recruitment goals over the last two months, the National Guard plans to boost bonuses to $15,000 from $5,000 for members who sign up for another six-year stint.
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