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An Iraq Diary
Maj. Eric Olsen is chaplain to a battalion of the New York Army National Guard stationed in the Sunni Triangle north of Baghdad. His thirty-part audio diary begins in 2004. He and his family live in Saranac Lake.
F-15 Jet. Photo: <a href="">US Air Force</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
F-15 Jet. Photo: US Air Force, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Air defense drill for 4 Northeastern states

ROME, N.Y. (AP) The New York state Division of Military and Naval Affairs says a two fighter jets from a Massachusetts Air National Guard unit will be conducting an air defense exercise over parts of four Northeastern states.

Officials say the exercise will be conducted from 10 a.m. until noon Tuesday over northeast New York, southern Vermont, western Connecticut and Massachusetts. The exercise is being run by the Eastern Air Defense Sector based in Rome, near Utica.  Go to full article
F/A-18C in October 2003, Photo: <a href="">Wikipedia</a>, Public Domain, some rights reserved

Air Guard to do joint trainings with Navy F-18s

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Air National Guard will be flying with U.S. Navy F-18 fighter jets this week.

The joint trainings started Tuesday and run through Friday.  Go to full article
Vermont National Guard training exercise at Camp Johnson in 2013. Photo: <a href="">U.S. Army</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont National Guard warns of training noise

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont National Guard is warning there will be training at Camp Johnson in Colchester that will involve blank ammunition and mock explosions.

The guard says no live ammunition will be used.  Go to full article
Trainees work on an MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Air Guard's drone crash caused by multiple malfunctions

A "series of system malfunctions" led to the crash of an Air National Guard unmanned drone into Lake Ontario last November.

The MQ-9 Reaper drone was on a training...  Go to full article
Master Sgt. Mark Fortin in a F-15 Eagle (2010). 104th Fighter Wing provides air sovereignty alert support. Photo: <a href="">U.S. Air Force</a>

Guard fighters to hold exercise over NY, VT, MA

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) Fighter planes from the 104th Air National Guard will conduct a homeland defense exercise over parts of Vermont, New York and Massachusetts.
...  Go to full article
F-35A fighters. Photo: USAF

Vermont judge says F-35 won't need land-use permit

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) A Vermont environmental court judge says there's no need for a state land-use permit to bring F-35 fighter planes to the Burlington International...  Go to full article
Col Tom Owens, commander of the 106th Rescue Wing congratulates Staff Sgt. Matthew Zimmer after presenting him with the Bronze Star with V for Valor. Photo: Senior Airman Carissa Cantone, NY Air National Guard

New York airman receives 2nd heroism medal

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A member of a New York Air National Guard unit based on Long Island has been awarded a medal for bravery in Afghanistan for the second time in six...  Go to full article
NYS Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany, NY. Photo: NYSPTC

National Guard training in central New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) National Guard soldiers and airmen are taking part in special training to improve their emergency preparedness skills.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the...  Go to full article
Gatehouse at Fort Drum. Photo: Mark Kurtz

NY, VT reps concerned over impact of proposed defense cuts

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced a plan yesterday to shrink the Army to pre-WWII levels. It would include closing military bases and making other military-wide...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">New York National Guard</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY honor guards at 11,000-plus vets' funerals in 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Members of the New York National Guard's honor guards are expected to have provided military funeral services to more than 11,500 veterans by the end of the...  Go to full article

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