US will keep some troops in Syria, Milley says | Bill aims to preserve deportation protection for military families | 200th Military Police Command has new chief
November 11, 2019
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Nation honors military today with parades, memorials, free items
The National Veterans Day Observance is being held at Arlington National Cemetery today, while New York City held its 100th Veterans Day Parade and many events are being held nationwide. Meanwhile, veterans, active-duty military and Reserves can receive a free meal and/or drinks at a number of national chains, including Denny's, Starbucks, Olive Garden and 7-Eleven.
WCBS-TV/WLNY-TV (New York City) (11/11),  Heavy (11/11),  Newsweek (11/11) 
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In the Pentagon
US will keep some troops in Syria, Milley says
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley in an interview on "This Week" said the US will keep around 500 to 600 troops in Syria. "The footprint will be small, but the objective will remain the same: the enduring defeat of ISIS," he said. In an interview on ABC's "This Week,"
The Hill (11/10) 
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On the Hill
Bill aims to preserve deportation protection for military families
The Military Family Parole in Place Act has been introduced by Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., in an effort to temporarily protect undocumented relatives of troops and veterans from deportation. A key element of the bill would require the leaders of both the Defense Department and the VA to approve deportation parole denials and, along with the Homeland Security secretary, provide reasons for the denials publicly.
The Hill (11/6) 
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Service Section News
200th Military Police Command has new chief
Maj. Gen. Marion Garcia passed leadership of the 200th Military Police Command, the Defense Department's largest police force and the second largest Army Reserve command, to Maj. Gen. John Hussey in a ceremony earlier this month at Fort George G. Meade, Md. The 200th totals about 14,000 troops, with 118 units spread throughout 33 states.
DVIDS (11/8) 
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Border deployment ending for Texas Guard
Pentagon officials say deployment at the US-Mexico border will end this week for 1,000 Texas National Guard troops. Deployment had been scheduled to end on Sept. 30, but was later extended.
The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (11/6) 
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McLaughlin takes reins of 100th Training Division
Brig. Gen. Steven McLaughlin has assumed command of the 100th Training Division based at Fort Knox, Ky., replacing Brig. Gen. Aaron Walter, who is retiring. Maj. Gen. Bruce Hackett, commander of the 80th Training Command, hailed Walter's nine years of leading the division, saying, "Your efforts have enabled us to build a close relationship with the Fort Knox community and being recognized as being one of the best training divisions in the Army Reserves." (11/4) 
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Reserve Strength
Army using special X-ray tech to help make helmets safer
Specialized X-ray machines are being used by Army and Department of Energy researchers to get a detailed look at the human skull in order to help design safer helmets. "The more we understand how the skull behaves, the more we can understand what happens to the brain," said Army researcher Karin Rafaels.
Popular Mechanics online (11/8) 
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Reserve Life
Free family tuition program for National Guard begins in Pa.
Pennsylvania is offering free tuition to children and spouses of Army National Guard troops, an expansion of a program the state already offers to active-duty and veteran Guard members. "The expansion of this program to spouses and children will help more military families succeed, all while allowing us civilians to say, 'Thank you for your service,'" said Gov. Tom Wolf.
The Herald (Sharon-Farrell-Sharpsville-Wheatland, Pa.) (11/10) 
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