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December 4, 2004 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
The chief of the National Guard said Friday that an informal inquiry at an Army base where soldiers had alleged they were being poorly trained found instead that they were being prepared "to be successful and survive their mission in Iraq." "Are they finely honed and ready to go today? No," said Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, adding that he had found some problems at the Ft. Bliss Training Complex, which straddles the border between Texas and New Mexico.
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September 24, 2004 | Esther Schrader, Times Staff Writer
With many soldiers who have already served in Iraq reluctant to serve again, the Army National Guard will fall short of its recruiting goals this year for the first time in a decade, senior Guard officials said Thursday. The Guard had set a goal of 56,000 recruits for the budget year ending Sept. 30, but now expected to end up with about 51,000, said Lt. Col. Mike Jones, deputy division chief of National Guard recruiting and retention.
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September 17, 2004 | Maria L. La Ganga, Times Staff Writer
Sen. John F. Kerry on Thursday charged that the Bush administration has been "shortchanging" members of the National Guard, many of whom have been killed and wounded alongside regular troops in Iraq. At the National Guard's annual convention here, Kerry delivered one of his most pointed critiques to date of the war in Iraq and President Bush's leadership.
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September 14, 2004 | Maria L. La Ganga, Times Staff Writer
When President Bush arrives in Las Vegas today to address a convention of National Guardsmen, a group of families will be there as well, intent on protesting the Iraq war and a president who they say used his Guard service to avoid combat. The protest comes a week after a controversial report on "60 Minutes II" that renewed questions about Bush's National Guard record during the Vietnam era. The demonstrators said they were not supporters of Sen. John F.
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September 10, 2004 | James Rainey And Mark Z. Barabak, Times Staff Writers
A day after reports that President Bush received preferential treatment during his time in the Texas Air National Guard, the controversy raged on in the presidential race Thursday as Bush's critics suggested he lied about his Vietnam-era record and defenders accused Democrats of fueling baseless attacks.
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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.
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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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