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March 25, 1988
Overriding charges of a "cover-up" involving the fatal crash of an Air National Guard jet fighter, the state Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Brig. Gen. Robert C. Thrasher as commander of the California National Guard. Thrasher, whose appointment to head the 26,000-member Army and Air National Guard organization drew heavy fire from former guard generals and the widow of one of two air guardsmen killed in the disputed crash, was approved 29 to 1. Senate President Pro Tem David A.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2007 | Kurt Streeter, Times Staff Writer
Army Sgt. Robert B. Thrasher was a precocious, strong-willed teen who spent many a summer vacation playing mock war games on a remote parcel of land his family owned in British Columbia. In thick forests, Thrasher hiked with 80-pound backpacks, hid in ditches and used paint-ball guns to best whomever he played with. The simulated games gave him a taste of what being a soldier was like, and he loved it, said his mother, Janet Thrasher-Keen of Sacramento.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1992 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The head of the California National Guard, which was criticized for not responding quickly enough during the Los Angeles riots, retired Friday. Army Maj. Gen. Robert C. Thrasher, 56, said that neither his retirement nor the departure last summer of two top deputies was prompted by the controversy over the Guard's response to last spring's riots. After the riots, Gov. Pete Wilson criticized the Guard's response and said "someone's head may very well roll." In early June, he appointed Army Lt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1992 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The head of the California National Guard, which was criticized for not responding quickly enough during the Los Angeles riots, retired Friday. Army Maj. Gen. Robert C. Thrasher, 56, said that neither his retirement nor the departure last summer of two top deputies was prompted by the controversy over the Guard's response to last spring's riots. After the riots, Gov. Pete Wilson criticized the Guard's response and said "someone's head may very well roll." In early June, he appointed Army Lt.
NEWS
March 3, 1988 | CARL INGRAM, Times Staff Writer
The wife of an Air National Guardsman killed in the crash of a jet fighter told a legislative committee Wednesday that an unfavorable investigation into his death had been covered up and appealed to lawmakers to deny confirmation of the guard's new commander. Mrs. Toni Jordan, 33, widow of Major John Jordan Jr., asserted that under Brig. Gen.
NEWS
March 17, 1988 | JERRY GILLAM and CARL INGRAM, Times Staff Writers
The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday overwhelmingly recommended confirmation of Brig. Gen. Robert C. Thrasher as commander of the California National Guard, but only after ordering a legislative performance audit of the military group. A 4-0 vote, with one abstention, sent Gov. George Deukmejian's nomination of Thrasher to the upper-house floor for further consideration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2007 | Kurt Streeter, Times Staff Writer
Army Sgt. Robert B. Thrasher was a precocious, strong-willed teen who spent many a summer vacation playing mock war games on a remote parcel of land his family owned in British Columbia. In thick forests, Thrasher hiked with 80-pound backpacks, hid in ditches and used paint-ball guns to best whomever he played with. The simulated games gave him a taste of what being a soldier was like, and he loved it, said his mother, Janet Thrasher-Keen of Sacramento.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1990
I want to correct an erroneous claim made by reporter Kenneth R. Weiss in a story regarding the dedication of the Air National Guard base at Point Mugu, which appeared on Sept. 9. Mr. Weiss wrote, "Assemblyman Tom McClintock (R-Thousand Oaks) said that only with the Middle East crisis did he realize that the National Guard has other duties than helping fight brush fires . . ." I said no such thing. The context of my speech was that the Middle East crisis illustrated once again that the Air National Guard is vital to our national security and is not just a local resource.
NEWS
April 6, 1989
One of the highest ranking and most decorated black officers in the California National Guard has been cleared of allegations of sexual and financial improprieties. Lt. Col Ezell Ware Jr., 48, succeeded in retaining his commission and is working full time as a staff assistant in the California Guard headquarters. A panel of four officers recommended last year that he be stripped of his reserve commission. But the California National Guard commander, Maj. Gen.
NEWS
March 25, 1988
Overriding charges of a "cover-up" involving the fatal crash of an Air National Guard jet fighter, the state Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Brig. Gen. Robert C. Thrasher as commander of the California National Guard. Thrasher, whose appointment to head the 26,000-member Army and Air National Guard organization drew heavy fire from former guard generals and the widow of one of two air guardsmen killed in the disputed crash, was approved 29 to 1. Senate President Pro Tem David A.
NEWS
March 17, 1988 | JERRY GILLAM and CARL INGRAM, Times Staff Writers
The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday overwhelmingly recommended confirmation of Brig. Gen. Robert C. Thrasher as commander of the California National Guard, but only after ordering a legislative performance audit of the military group. A 4-0 vote, with one abstention, sent Gov. George Deukmejian's nomination of Thrasher to the upper-house floor for further consideration.
NEWS
March 3, 1988 | CARL INGRAM, Times Staff Writer
The wife of an Air National Guardsman killed in the crash of a jet fighter told a legislative committee Wednesday that an unfavorable investigation into his death had been covered up and appealed to lawmakers to deny confirmation of the guard's new commander. Mrs. Toni Jordan, 33, widow of Major John Jordan Jr., asserted that under Brig. Gen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1991 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The commander of the Channel Islands Air National Guard Base left his post Saturday to move to Sacramento to head the entire California Guard. Brig. Gen. Tandy K. Bozeman, 53, replaces Maj. Gen. H. Robert Hall, who retired as head of the California Air National Guard. Col. Daniel H. Pemberton, 51, air commander of the Channel Islands base in Port Hueneme, will take over Bozeman's duties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1989 | IGOR GREENWALD, Times Staff Writer
The California National Guard hopes to expand its drug interdiction efforts in the wake of the Border Ranger II operation last May on the U. S.-Mexico border, the Guard's top officer said Monday. Adjutant Gen. Robert Thrasher called the monthlong operation, which deployed 405 reservists at legal and illegal border crossings and in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, "a model" for military efforts against drug smuggling nationwide.
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