July 3, 2013

California National Guard 1-140th Aviation Battalion Returns from Iraq

California will celebrate the homecoming of 300 members of the California National Guard on Monday.

The 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion,140th Aviation Regiment was part of the operation, Task Force Long Knife, its members were involved in several missions in Iraq.

The ballalion fixed, refueled, and supplied arms to 60 Black Hawk Helicopters and 20 fixed wing aircraft as they operated from three bases located in Baghdad and as far north as Mosul, Iraq.

The soldiers will be flying into the Los Alamitos Army Airfield after being deployed in Iraq for a year long mission.

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LA Times
Task Force Long Knife Slices Through Deployment

National Guard Helicopter Crash Kills 2 Pilots

“In a fiery crash into power lines in rural Campbell County, two Tennessee Army National Guard pilots lost their lives on Saturday. Lt. Thomas Joseph Williams Jr. and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel Cole died when the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter they were flying crashed near the Royal Blue Recreation Area, 30 miles north of Knoxville, as they were conducting a routine military exercise.

National Guard Helicopter Crash Kills 2 Pilots

LaFollette Utility officials reported that over 5,000 customers lost power as a result of the crash. Power company workers were able to restore electricity in about two hours.

Lt. Williams and CWO Cole, both from Knoxville, were members of the 1-230th Armored Cavalry Squadron at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base south of Knoxville, TN. CWO Cole was a highly experienced instructor pilot who saw duty in Iraq and Kosovo during his more than 20 years in the Guard. Lt. Williams had been with the Guard for three years.

Army investigators have not concluded the cause of the accident and the site is still restricted. The Kiowa Warrior, though, is the center of a multi-million dollar lawsuit involving two other 1/230 pilots killed in a crash in Iraq in 2010. In that suit, the helicopter’s electronic control system is faulted by the petitioners, who also allege that the makers of the helicopter were negligent in rectifying defective and unsafe conditions.

The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Reconnaissance / Attack Helicopter is a regular workhorse in active-duty military organizations, but only National Guard unit in the United States to use the Keowa Warrior is Tennessee.

CWO Cole was extremely professional and considered and excellent aviator. Lt. Williams had completed a degree at the University of Tennessee before enlisting in the National Guard so that he could pursue his passion for flying. Both were well-liked and popular with the community.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam proclaimed a state of mourning for the two pilots and committed to fully support all agencies involved in the investigation. Tennessee National Guard Mag. Gen Max Haston expressed deep sorrow for the soldiers and their families.

Funerals for both soldiers are planned for later this week in Knowxville.”

Knoxville News Sentinel

Friend talks about fallen Guardsman killed in helicopter crash

Two dead in TN National Guard helicopter crash

Kiowa Warrior

McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base

Citigroup Sued For National Guard Foreclosure

“Jorge Rodriguez is a sergeant in the Texas Army National Guard who served an eleven month tour of duty in Iraq in 2006 and 2007. While he was serving his country, Citigroup bank foreclosed on his home. A fact he was unaware of until he returned from active duty in August of 2007.

Citigroup Sued For National Guard Foreclosure

In response to the foreclosure, Sergeant Rodriguez has filed a lawsuit against CitiMortgage in federal court in Manhattan in an attempt to gain a class-action status for other similar foreclosures initiated against active duty military personnel.

Rodriguez contends these foreclosures are a violation of federal law as outlined in the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act of 2003. The suit alleges that members of the armed forces were unfairly subjected to foreclosure and seeks return of property as well as compensation for loss and punitive judgments.”

Additional information at:

Reuters

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

An Overview Of The US National Guard

The National Guard is the oldest military organization in the United States. The Guard was created to protect and defend the interests of the United States around the globe. Since its inception, it has proven to be more than capable, and incredibly useful, in accomplishing this general goal.

Us National Guard

The National Guard has been used to resolve countless conflicts and has often proven to be an integral component of the armed forces of the U. S. In all types of conflicts. The earliest battles guardsmen saw were conflicts between settlers in the new world and Indian forces.

The presence of these new militia forces greatly deterred the efforts of Indian combatants and saved countless lives. The initial efforts of the Guard in these instances foreshadowed the contributions they would later make to their country as larger and more important conflicts challenged the United States.

Even when the conflicts became rather large around the time of World War I though, these forces were heavily relied upon to complete the goals of the commanding officers in power at the time. This organization was also a part of spearhead efforts of the United States during World War II.

This division of the United States armed forces is a very important division. It is not entirely ran by the federal government, but instead is ran by both the federal government and the individual states. Its primary purpose is slightly different than the purpose of the other armed forces, because it is designed to handle any type of conflicts the citizens of the U. S. Happen to encounter, including natural disasters.

For this reason, these troops are not only some of the first troops on the ground during time of war, but they are also usually the first troops on the ground when there is a natural disaster. In fact, after Hurricane Katrina hit the coast, they were a major presence in the area to help bring order to the streets and help survivors get to shelter.

The National Guard is still heavily used in armed conflicts around the world today though. They have proven to be valuable forces in the conflicts in both Afghanistan and Iraq. For this reason, they are still trained very well in both survival skills and armed combat.

Although playing a role in conflicts around the world has traditionally proven to be one of the primary activities of these forces, they are also used as a form of strategic defense for our nation. These forces are often placed in important areas around the country where they serve as security and defense for vulnerable civilian locations. In this respect, the National Guard is really a last line of defense between the conflicts that rage around the world and the civilians who go about living their peaceful lives here at home.

Overall, the National Guard has played a very diverse role in the history of our country. Not only have they gone to battle with the best of our nation’s troops in major conflicts, but they have also served as a last line of defense on the home front too. In this respect, they are some of the most well rounded and well trained servicemen protecting our country today.

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