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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 27, 2003 | From Reuters
The U.S. military activated 10,000 Army National Guard troops Friday night for service in Iraq and put 5,000 more on alert for likely service there. The orders for the 30th Infantry Brigade, from North Carolina, and the 39th Infantry Brigade, from Arkansas, each with 5,000 troops, had been expected. They had been alerted for replacement rotation into Iraq, where the United States now has about 130,000 troops.
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.
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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