About 100 California National Guard troops will remain at the state's border with Mexico for another six months, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom. Newsom said the troops would be there to work with border patrol agents to stop drugs and pesticides from being smuggled into the state and to fight organized crime, but not to help with the federal government's efforts to deter illegal immigration.
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The Pentagon has officially opened the Defense Security Cooperation University, with the goal of training people to smooth the process of making arms deals with the US. "If we really want to change the way the department approaches security cooperation, we have to make sure everyone has at least a basic understanding of [the] big-picture objective, how this is linking to the National Defense Strategy," said Cara Abercrombie, president of the university.
Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., has introduced a bill that would require the VA to create guidelines for responding to reports of assault, make the VA designate a person at each facility who would take such reports and require the VA to send a summary to Congress annually detailing reports of harassment and assault at VA facilities. Brownley included a report by Navy veteran and Congressional policy adviser Andrea Goldstein that she was assaulted at a VA facility as one of her motivations to introduce the proposed legislation.
The Justice Department filed a complaint in federal court over the termination of Army Reserve Staff Sgt. 1st Class Jason Sims from his civilian job with the Coahoma County Sheriff's Office in Mississippi, calling it a violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. The suit requests that Sims be reinstated with back pay and benefits.
SUNY Empire State College has started an effort to raise $1 million to help service members, veterans and their families pay for tuition and get degrees by bridging gaps not covered by the GI Bill. "Any support we can provide to our spouses and the children of our veterans our active duty, Army Reserve, there's never enough funding to go around," said SUNY Empire's Desiree Drindak.
The Georgia Army National Guard's 877th Engineer Company, 878th Engineer Battalion got some real-world training last month as they removed structures marked for demolition at Fort Benning, giving troops a chance to operate heavy machinery. "The post requested some support -- if we could offer some kind of assistance to help do some of the demolition of these buildings -- and this is a mission that fits in with our training," said 878th Engineer Battalion commander Lt. Col. John Church.
The 177th Fighter Wing of the New Jersey Air National Guard is conducting night flight training through Oct. 11, warning area residents they might hear loud engine noises. The wing flies F-16 fighter jets.
The 10 cooks of the New York Army National Guard's F Company, 427th Brigade Support Battalion will compete in March to become the Army National Guard's best food service company. The competition's criteria include food service documentation and equipment maintenance in addition to the meals they prepare.