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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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February 1, 2003 | Karima A. Haynes, Times Staff Writer
California Army National Guard troops will leave their civilian jobs and families today for a yearlong mission protecting California air bases, as the nation prepares for a possible war with Iraq. More than 500 soldiers from two Southern California battalions will spend the year augmenting existing security forces as part of the nation's homeland defense initiative, officials said. Soldiers are scheduled to depart today for additional training at Ft. Lewis, Wash., before heading to nine U.S.
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October 16, 2002 | Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writer
WASHINGTON -- The National Guard general who just completed a seven-month tour as head of the security detail for detainees at the U.S. Naval Base on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has suddenly found himself without a job at his Rhode Island National Guard headquarters as well. Brig. Gen. Rick Baccus was told that he is being relieved of National Guard duties because he failed to keep his state supervisors up to date on personnel matters and other events while in Cuba, Guard officials said Tuesday.
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September 9, 2002 | JOHN HENDREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Facing a new mission since Sept. 11, the Army National Guard plans to transform some of its tank units into light infantry units that can be rapidly sent to military hot spots in the United States or abroad, Army officials said Sunday.
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September 8, 2002 | From Associated Press
Military police from the North Carolina National Guard returned home Saturday, seven months after they began guarding Al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan. About 250 loved ones gathered at the Army post awaiting the return of members of the 211th Military Police Company. No one knew exactly when the unit would return to U.S. soil. A hoped-for July return was postponed until August, then September. The unit has been given two weeks' leave before it has to return to duty at Ft. Bragg.
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May 21, 2002 | FAYE FIORE and ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Gene Vance always seemed to be going off to do things most other people didn't. Once he went away for several weeks and came back speaking Farsi. He spent many mornings in grueling training--for what, few knew--hiking a brisk 10 miles with 75 pounds of bricks on his back and returning with his feet busted up and his body broken down. One of his closest friends assumed that he was just a great guy who loved a challenge. But the full picture of Sgt. Gene Arden Vance Jr.
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