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October 19, 2007
Guard troops to leave for Iraq training, deployment About 130 military police officers of the Maryland Army National Guard are set to leave Thursday for combat training and subsequent deployment to Iraq, officials confirmed yesterday. The 290th Military Police Company, based at the Parkville Armory, expects to be in Iraq for about nine months after 90 days of pre-deployment training at Fort Bliss, Texas. The call-up has been long planned and is not part of the Pentagon's plans, reported this week, to alert up to eight National Guard units that they should be ready to go to Iraq or Afghanistan beginning next summer.
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NEWS
June 17, 2007
Starting the 1972 hurricane season with a rough blow, Tropical Storm Agnes swept the Eastern seaboard in June, causing $3.2 billion in damage and claiming 122 lives, 21 of them in Maryland. Agnes was the worst tropical system to hit the United States until Hurricane Andrew smashed into the East Coast in 1992. Flooding from Agnes forced hundreds of people in Anne Arundel County to leave their homes and find refuge in schools, fire stations and the National Guard Armory in Annapolis. Most of the evacuees lived in trailer parks along the Patuxent River.
NEWS
By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Sun Reporter | May 27, 2007
The 140th annual Westminster Memorial Day parade and observance kicks off from Monroe Avenue at 10 a.m. tomorrow, followed by a memorial service at the Westminster Cemetery. This year's speaker at the memorial service is Maj. Edwin F. "Ed" Singer III, who will leave for a 14- to 15-month tour of duty in Iraq on Wednesday with the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion. Singer said his speech will focus on veterans from previous wars. "I guess my thing is, I have an appreciation for the things people did that came before us, like in World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam," Singer said.
NEWS
By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,sun reporter | May 26, 2007
Another wave of hundreds of Maryland's citizen-soldiers bade farewell to loved ones yesterday, bound for training and then deployment in Iraq for the next year. The send-off of 640 state National Guardsmen represents about half of the roughly 1,300 called up last month for combat duty overseas. The mobilization order roughly quadruples the number of guardsmen from the state who will be deployed overseas. The deployment is drawn from the Guard's famed 1st Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment, one of the oldest regiments in the Army.
NEWS
January 17, 2007
The Medford National Guard Armory in Annapolis was transformed into a gallery last weekend as the Historic Annapolis Foundation held an antiques show there.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Reporter | December 10, 2006
Young actors dressed in 19th-century garb marched to the stage, singing traditional carols. Beggars and bankers, peasants and nobles all mixed in a crowd. Several of the characters were familiar, present in multiple incarnations: Tiny Tim Cratchet as the child with a crutch, and as a mischievous young man; Ebenezer Scrooge as a youth and as an elderly man. It's the opening scene of Remembering Uncle Scrooge, a two-act musical that debuts this week in downtown Bel Air. The actors, in character and costume, hope to mingle with the audience at the dinner theater, the first event in the refurbished Lt. Gen. Milton A. Reckord Armory on North Main Street.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Reporter | November 26, 2006
For years, the turreted building so familiar on North Main Street was referred to as the castle. But after decades of gradual decline and neglect, the Lt. Gen. Milton A. Reckord Armory more resembled a dungeon. That changed during the past six months, when Bel Air used a $220,000 state grant to renovate the two-story granite structure, transforming it from a shabby and limited gathering place into a revitalized, much-needed community center. "In the '60s and '70s, this building was the town focal point," said Christopher Schlehr, town administrator.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 2006
THEATER TO BE OR NOT TO BE . . . FUNNY If your thirst for Shakespeare is great but your time is short, drop by the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, where, beginning tomorrow, you can take in all of the Bard's 37 plays in less than two hours. This fast-forward approach comes in the form of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), a comic romp written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield (founders of the Reduced Shakespeare Company). Under Tony Tsendeas' direction, actors James Kinstle, Bolton Marsh and Ben Kingsland will indulge in everything from rap to slapstick, with a few satirical stabs at current events thrown in just for good measure.
FEATURES
By JONATHAN PITTS and JONATHAN PITTS,SUN REPORTER | July 3, 2006
The barrel-chested officer and the spry colonel beside him stride forward with grim military purpose, chins thrust forward as if they're leading a division into battle. As drawn by Richard Yardley, The Sun's late longtime cartoonist, the two commanders, Thomas McNeal and Roger Whiteford, exude the gravitas you would expect of the leaders of Baltimore's 175th Infantry Regiment - a unit that had contributed mightily to the Allied victory in Normandy 11 years before. Richard Yardley's National Guard cartoons will be on display at the Maryland Museum of Military History at the 5th Regiment Armory, 219 29th Division St., through December.
NEWS
By JONATHAN PITTS and JONATHAN PITTS,SUN REPORTER | May 16, 2006
Despite obligations in Iraq and continuing hurricane recovery efforts in the South, officials with the National Guard suggested yesterday that its forces could take on added border security duties without unduly straining the organization. Their assessment came amid criticisms that President Bush's plan to deploy several thousand Guard members in assisting with border patrols would overly burden units stretched thin by other demands. "By any rational measure, this wouldn't strain the Guard's resources much," said Joseph Balkoski, command historian of the Maryland National Guard.
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