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2008-08-15 15:01:07

A study of U.S. Air Force women deployed in Iraq and other areas found 80 percent suffer fatigue, fever, hair loss and difficulty focusing, researchers said. University of Michigan researchers said the pattern of health problems reported by 1,114 women surveyed in 2006 and 2007 is similar to many symptoms of Gulf War Syndrome -- reported by veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War. "It's possible that some unknown environmental factor is the cause of current health problems and of Gulf War...

2008-07-17 15:01:02

SOUTH KINGSTOWN -- Rhode Island National Guard helicopters will land atop South County Hospital today and next week as part of an emergency training drill. The pilots will land twice in the late afternoon and once around 9 p.m. "It's a way for the pilots and crews to become familiar with the helipads and hospitals in the event of an emergency like a hurricane," said National Guard pilot instructor Frank Puleo. Because the National Guardsmen are part-time soldiers, they need to become...

2008-07-04 18:00:12

By JENNYMICHAEL By JENNYMICHAEL Early Thursday morning, five North Dakota National Guard soldiers took off for California. Disneyland, surfing and other Golden State amenities won't be on the agenda - the soldiers have taken a UH-60 Black Hawk to help fight California wildfires. Gov. John Hoeven on Thursday approved a request from California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to send the National Guard helicopter to join other states in assisting with California's fire problems. "We want to...

2006-08-18 16:13:49

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Two members of the Louisiana National Guard sent in to help fight rising crime in storm-ravaged New Orleans have been charged with armed robbery, a National Guard spokesman said on Friday. Sgt. Caleb Wells and specialist Junious Buchanan confessed to taking money out of the wallets of two motorists during a traffic stop on August 12, Lt. Col. Pete Schneider told Reuters. The men were charged with armed robbery because they were carrying weapons but did not...

2006-08-10 15:34:06

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army, which fell short in recruiting last year, made its 14th straight monthly goal in July and is expected to hit its 2006 target despite the Iraq war making recruiting harder, officials said on Thursday. Jeff Spara, in charge of Army recruiting policy, denied the Army has been making its recruiting goals by taking lower-quality volunteers who previously might have been rejected, as some experts contend. "It looks very good right now,"...

2006-07-14 14:30:56

By Kristin Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Guard Bureau chief on Friday dismissed suggestions the United States was militarizing its border with Mexico by sending thousands of soldiers and airmen to help secure the porous frontier. "We're not putting 6,000 armed national guardsmen on the border as a show of force," said U.S. Lt. Gen. Steven Blum. "This is not a military operation. We are in support of a homeland security operation or a customs and border protection...

2006-07-10 16:58:19

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army, aiming to avoid missing a second straight annual recruiting goal amid the Iraq war, achieved its June target, the Pentagon said on Monday, while denying the military is taking lower-quality volunteers. The active-duty Army sent 8,756 new recruits into boot camp in June, beating its goal of 8,600 and reaching its monthly target for the 13th straight time. The Army, seeking 80,000 new soldiers by the end of fiscal 2006 on September...

2006-06-21 16:54:19

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army, aiming to make its recruiting goals amid the Iraq war, raised its maximum enlistment age by another two years on Wednesday, while the Army Reserve predicted it will miss its recruiting target for a second straight year. People can now volunteer to serve in the active-duty Army or the part-time Army Reserve and National Guard up to their 42nd birthday after the move aimed at increasing the number of people eligible to sign up,...

2006-06-15 16:59:37

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The first 800 U.S. National Guard troops are taking up positions along the U.S-Mexico border, but will only support existing border patrol units, U.S. Defense Department officials said on Thursday. The roll-out of the National Guard troops, whose numbers are expected to reach 6,000 by August 1, is part of a push by the federal government to stem the flow of illegal immigrants across the 2,000-mile (3,600-km) border. About 50 percent of the troops will watch...

2006-06-09 17:20:10

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army, which missed its fiscal 2005 recruiting goal, hit its 12th monthly target in a row in May, heading into a pivotal summer recruiting period that officials said will determine whether it makes this year's quota. The Pentagon on Friday released military recruiting figures for May showing the active-duty Army got 5,806 recruits, topping the goal of 5,400, and the part-time Army National Guard and Army Reserve also reached their...