Latest U.S. National Guard Stories

2006-08-01 12:54:00

By Kristin Roberts and Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Guard, strained by overseas deployments, needs $21 billion to meet basic equipment needs, its chief said on Tuesday as Democratic lawmakers accused the White House of letting the Iraq war dangerously weaken the military's ability to take on missions. Democrats also released a letter from a panel of defense and foreign policy experts, which said two-thirds of the Army's operating force was not ready for...

2005-10-20 12:49:51

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. National Guard units are under-equipped and increasingly unready to help in domestic disaster relief because essential gear is left behind after service in Iraq and Afghanistan, a congressional report said on Thursday. Heavy demands on the Guard since September 11, 2001, have caused "declining readiness, weakening the Army National Guard's preparedness for future missions," the Government Accountability Office said. It said the Pentagon's...

2005-07-12 14:54:04

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Army National Guard, tapped heavily by the Pentagon for soldiers in Iraq, likely will miss its recruiting goal for the third straight year, the general who runs it said on Tuesday. U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon, argued that the Army National Guard was not in "serious crisis mode" even as it stood about 19,000 troops below the 350,000-strong force authorized by Congress. Blum said potential recruits and their...

Word of the Day
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.