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October 27, 1992
UNC,GE sign helicopter dealUNC Inc. in Annapolis and General Electric Aircraft Engines announced the signing of an agreement yesterday to demonstrate and market the military's UH-1 helicopter with an ,, upgraded engine. The companies estimated the potential upgrade market could be in excess of $2 billion. More than 5,000 UH-1s are currently in the inventories of the U.S. Army, Army National Guard and foreign military services.@
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By Matthew Hay Brown and John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2014
After more than a dozen years fighting side by side in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Army and the National Guard are battling each other over budget cuts. The Army, tasked with restructuring for a postwar future amid rising personnel costs and spending cuts ordered by Congress, has proposed reducing the number of national guardsmen nationwide by 10 percent - from 350,000 soldiers to as few as 315,000 by 2019. In Maryland, that could mean the loss of 400 to 500 soldiers from the 4,700-member Maryland Army National Guard, according to Maj. Gen. James A. Adkins.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2012
Funeral services for Maj. Robert J. Marchanti II, an Army National Guard officer killed Feb. 25 in Afghanistan, are set for today at Trinity Assembly of God Church in Lutherville. The 48-year-old major left his Gardenville home in September on his first deployment to the war-torn country. He had been working on training programs with the Afghan national police, when he and Lt. Col. John D. Loftis of Kentucky were shot to death inside the National Police Coordination Center, a ministry building in the heart of Kabul, the nation's capital.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed Brig. Gen. Linda Singh to head the Maryland Army National Guard. Singh, currently director of the Maryland National Guard's joint staff, will be the first woman and the first African-American to command the Army branch. She succeeds Brig. Gen. Peter Hinz, who is scheduled to retire on Sept. 30. O'Malley called Singh "an extremely effective leader with the drive to take the Maryland Army National Guard to new heights and keep the organization among the best in the nation.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2011
Sgt. Antoine A. King, 41, lives in Elkton, works for the City of Havre de Grace and has spent much of the past decade serving as a medic with the Army National Guard. He was one of 10 medical personnel, representing all branches of the military, honored as Angels of the Battlefield at the fifth annual Armed Services YMCA gala Wednesday in Washington. "I really was quite surprised to receive the award and honored to represent the Army National Guard medics at this event," King said.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | June 9, 2005
WASHINGTON - Faced with a need to expand the Army and ease recruitment problems, Army officials have decided to loosen the requirements for junior officer candidates - accepting prospects who exceed the current age limit by more than a decade, and permitting more flexibility to waive their minor criminal or civil offenses, according to a memo obtained by The Sun. The May 25 memo, sent to division commanders and other generals, said the Army hopes to...
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By Katherine Richards and Katherine Richards,Sun Staff Writer | December 9, 1994
The First U.S. Army, which is headquartered at Fort Meade, will be deactivated Sept. 30, 1995, Lt. Gen. John P. Otjen, commanding general of the First U.S. Army Headquarters, announced yesterday.The move could mean the loss of 135 civilian jobs and 91 military positions at the First U.S. Army's headquarters at Fort Meade. But it was not clear yesterday how many of those positions now are vacant.Also, it is not yet known if any of the jobs will be transferred to other posts or if other provisions will be made, said Earl M. Melvin, First U.S. Army spokeswoman.
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By Steve Chapman | January 7, 2005
CHICAGO -- Reflecting on the British royal family's troubles over the course of 1992, Queen Elizabeth II termed it an annus horribilis -- Latin for "terrible year." The U.S. military might want to adopt that term for 2004. Except then, what possible phrase could do justice to 2005? Last year, the mightiest and most proficient army in history found itself in the middle of its most formidable challenge since Vietnam. Some 150,000 troops have been given the implausible task of bringing peace and order to a country that is racked with violence, even as they try to win over a populace that generally views them with suspicion or hostility.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed Brig. Gen. Linda Singh to head the Maryland Army National Guard. Singh, currently director of the Maryland National Guard's joint staff, will be the first woman and the first African-American to command the Army branch. She succeeds Brig. Gen. Peter Hinz, who is scheduled to retire on Sept. 30. O'Malley called Singh "an extremely effective leader with the drive to take the Maryland Army National Guard to new heights and keep the organization among the best in the nation.
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By Matthew Hay Brown and John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2014
After more than a dozen years fighting side by side in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Army and the National Guard are battling each other over budget cuts. The Army, tasked with restructuring for a postwar future amid rising personnel costs and spending cuts ordered by Congress, has proposed reducing the number of national guardsmen nationwide by 10 percent - from 350,000 soldiers to as few as 315,000 by 2019. In Maryland, that could mean the loss of 400 to 500 soldiers from the 4,700-member Maryland Army National Guard, according to Maj. Gen. James A. Adkins.
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By Edward Lee | November 21, 2012
Wide receiver Torrey Smith, kicker Justin Tucker and punter Sam Koch were three of several Ravens players summoned to coach John Harbaugh's office Wednesday morning, but they weren't in trouble. Eight players and Harbaugh convened in the coach's office to wish a happy Thanksgiving via Skype to an Army National Guard unit currently serving in Afghanistan. Harbaugh, Smith, Tucker, Koch, linebackers Josh Bynes and Nigel Carr, long snapper Morgan Cox, safety Omar Brown and guard Antoine McClain spoke to the unit, which is based in Laurel, for about nine minutes on Harbaugh's iPad and listened to the soldiers recount their experiences in Afghanistan.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2012
Chief Warrant Officer Joshua Chason held his 3-week-old daughter, Kuiper, as long as he could as she slept peacefully. The next time he picks her up, she will be a year older. Chason is part of a 60-member Maryland Army National Guard unit that deployed Friday from Aberdeen Proving Ground for a yearlong mission in Afghanistan. He and his wife, Andrea, had planned the birth of their second child after Chason's planned deployment to Iraq was canceled, but his unit was quickly rescheduled for a stint in Afghanistan.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2012
Funeral services for Maj. Robert J. Marchanti II, an Army National Guard officer killed Feb. 25 in Afghanistan, are set for today at Trinity Assembly of God Church in Lutherville. The 48-year-old major left his Gardenville home in September on his first deployment to the war-torn country. He had been working on training programs with the Afghan national police, when he and Lt. Col. John D. Loftis of Kentucky were shot to death inside the National Police Coordination Center, a ministry building in the heart of Kabul, the nation's capital.
HEALTH
By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2011
Sgt. Antoine A. King, 41, lives in Elkton, works for the City of Havre de Grace and has spent much of the past decade serving as a medic with the Army National Guard. He was one of 10 medical personnel, representing all branches of the military, honored as Angels of the Battlefield at the fifth annual Armed Services YMCA gala Wednesday in Washington. "I really was quite surprised to receive the award and honored to represent the Army National Guard medics at this event," King said.
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By FRANK D. ROYLANCE and FRANK D. ROYLANCE,SUN REPORTER | May 14, 2006
COLLEGE PARK -- The last thing Sgt. Joshua Heskett saw before shrapnel ripped into his face was the suspicious car, one of three his Maryland Army National Guard unit had been told to watch for last August on a highway near Baghdad. "The car lurched forward and exploded, and it all went into slow motion," Heskett, 27, recalled yesterday. The car "expanded like a balloon and thousands of sparkles. ... I thought I was going to die." He spoke yesterday, minutes after he received one of nine Purple Heart medals awarded at welcome-home ceremonies for 130 members of the Olney-based Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 115th Infantry Regiment.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,SUN STAFF | June 11, 2005
Bridgette Dupree stood on the front lawn of the Melvin H. Cade Armory with her daughters, Alexis and Allison, staring bleary-eyed at an idling bus that Cpl. Anthony Dupree had boarded moments earlier. That's when Bridgette's cell phone rang. "Hi, baby," she said. "I miss you so much." Cpl. Dupree was one of about 170 Maryland Army National Guard soldiers deployed yesterday for a year of duty overseas. After two months of additional training in Indiana, members of the 243rd Engineering Company of Reisterstown will drive supply trucks in Iraq.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2012
Chief Warrant Officer Joshua Chason held his 3-week-old daughter, Kuiper, as long as he could as she slept peacefully. The next time he picks her up, she will be a year older. Chason is part of a 60-member Maryland Army National Guard unit that deployed Friday from Aberdeen Proving Ground for a yearlong mission in Afghanistan. He and his wife, Andrea, had planned the birth of their second child after Chason's planned deployment to Iraq was canceled, but his unit was quickly rescheduled for a stint in Afghanistan.
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By Jean Marie Beall and Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 14, 2001
TWENTY-FIVE Northwest Middle School pupils can give themselves a double-pat on the back this end of school year. They not only completed a grade, but graduated from the Maryland Army National Guard's About Face program The program helps pupils with academic work and social skills, teaches drug awareness and resistance and offers organized recreation, said Chad Miller and Maryland Army Guard Spc. Susan Fuller, school site coordinators. Miller is a former Francis Scott Key High School student teacher.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | June 9, 2005
WASHINGTON - Faced with a need to expand the Army and ease recruitment problems, Army officials have decided to loosen the requirements for junior officer candidates - accepting prospects who exceed the current age limit by more than a decade, and permitting more flexibility to waive their minor criminal or civil offenses, according to a memo obtained by The Sun. The May 25 memo, sent to division commanders and other generals, said the Army hopes to...
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By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,SUN STAFF | March 13, 2005
FORT STEWART, Ga. - When a roadside bomb exploded in front of the Maryland infantrymen with a thunderous boom and a blinding cloud of white smoke, the rifle-toting insurgent took full advantage. He shot at the shocked soldiers who had failed to notice the bomb hidden in plain sight. Seconds later, shouting over a hail of blank gunfire, military observers inside the mock Iraqi village pronounced the first casualties. "You're dead, baby," one told Bravo Company Spc. Victor K. Villavicencio, 23, of Gaithersburg.
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