Army Reserve troops train with NATO allies in simulated exercise | Trump nominates acting Secretary Robert Wilkie to lead VA | Proposal aims to block ban on transgender troops
May 21, 2018
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Army Reserve troops train with NATO allies in simulated exercise
Army Reserve troops with the 89th Sustainment Brigade, the 329th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, the 314th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion and the 653rd Regional Support Group worked with NATO allies in Germany in a simulated large-scale exercise. "If this simulation was a real-world exercise, and we failed to synchronize as a staff and as a unit, then soldiers on the front line would not receive a timely resupply of food, water, fuel, and ammunition, all of which are mission critical," said Col. Michael Beane, commander of the 89th Sustainment Brigade. (5/16) 
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In the Pentagon
Trump nominates acting Secretary Robert Wilkie to lead VA
President Donald Trump has nominated Robert Wilkie, the acting Veterans Affairs secretary, to serve as the agency's next leader. Wilkie, who is undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, has been the agency's acting secretary since the dismissal of David Shulkin in March.
CNN (5/18) 
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On the Hill
Proposal aims to block ban on transgender troops
A proposed amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would essentially block President Donald Trump's ban of most transgender people serving in the military by making the open-service policy a law.
The Hill (5/18) 
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Service Section News
Army Reserve takes part in Cobras in the Clouds exercise
The Army Reserve's 39th Flying Training Squadron Cobras took over the skies above San Antonio earlier this month as part of an annual training and readiness exercise dubbed Cobras in the Clouds. Airmen took control of all operations to test their ability to mobilize quickly.
Air Force Reserve Command (5/17) 
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National Guard troops help evacuate 4 from lava flows
The Hawaii National Guard helped evacuate at least four people from a rural area last week because of lava flows from the eruption of the Kilauea volcano. About 150 Hawaii National Guard troops are on the Big Island, helping with various tasks and aiding local law enforcement.
TIME online/The Associated Press (5/19),  Military online (5/17) 
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Air Force Cyber Mission Force ready ahead of schedule
All Air Force Cyber Mission Force teams are fully trained and mission-ready more than four months ahead of schedule, officials say. "We've reached an enormous military cyber milestone and we're excited about what AFCYBER can deliver to our service and the joint cyber fight," said Maj. Gen. Chris Weggeman, AFCYBER commander.
Air Force Link (5/16) 
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Reserve Life
Bill aims to require monitoring of burn-pit-related health issues
Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, have introduced a bill that would require deeper monitoring of veterans' health for conditions related to burn-pit exposure in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Burn Pits Accountability Act comes as veterans and their advocates worry that Congress has sidelined burn-pit issues.
Military Times (tiered subscription model) (5/18) 
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