Active-duty, Reserve, Guard units help fight fires in Calif. | DOD plans to keep US troops in Syria | Stable budget needed for Air Force Space Command, officials say
December 11, 2017
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Active-duty, Reserve, Guard units help fight fires in Calif.
Reserves, National Guard units and active-duty military in California are joining the fight against the wildfires plaguing the southern part of the state. Multiple fires are burning across Southern California, including one near Camp Pendleton.
The San Diego Union-Tribune (tiered subscription model) (12/8) 
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In the Pentagon
DOD plans to keep US troops in Syria
US troops will remain in Syria indefinitely once the war with the Islamic State there officially ends, the Pentagon says. "The United States will sustain a conditions-based military presence in Syria to combat the threat of terrorist-led uncertainty, prevent the resurgence of ISIS, and to stabilize liberated areas," said Army Col. Rob Manning, a Defense Department spokesman.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (12/8) 
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On the Hill
Stable budget needed for Air Force Space Command, officials say
A stable budget is critical for Air Force Space Command, officials say. Space Command operates missile defense satellites, so the threat of a government shutdown could affect national security, they note.
The Denver Post (12/11) 
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Patriot Warrior exercise preps Air Force Reserve troops for firefighting
Air Force Reserve troops participated in the four-week Patriot Warrior exercise in Wisconsin to boost their firefighting and land navigation skills. "They put us in difficult, uncomfortable situations, but that's when we learn the most," said Air Force Senior Airman Adam Coyle.
Department of Defense (12/8) 
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Lawmakers urge Air Force to shift helicopters to N.M. National Guard
Lawmakers from New Mexico have asked Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to send older search-and-rescue helicopters to the state's National Guard when active-duty troops at Albuquerque's Kirtland Air Force Base get new ones. The 150th Special Operations Wing doesn't currently have its own aircraft.
U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (12/9) 
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Reserve Life
VA has high hopes for new electronic health records system
The VA hopes its new electronic health records system from IT company Cerner will not only be interoperable with the Pentagon's but will get data center consolidation off to a good start. "Our new electronic health records system will enable VA to keep pace with the improvements in health IT and cybersecurity, which the current system, VistA, is unable to do," VA official Scott Blackburn said.
Federal Times (12/8) 
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Commentary: How to help veterans heal from "moral injury"
Veterans suffering "moral injury" -- the guilt that comes from following orders in battle that violate their beliefs in what is right -- might benefit from programs that offer atonement, writes philosophy professor Aaron Pratt Shepherd. "Focusing on atonement rather than forgiveness may help clinicians, community members, families and friends of veterans who suffer from moral injury begin to chart a path forward from the irrevocable deeds that haunt them," he says.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (12/9) 
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