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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | October 14, 2001
When Maryland National Guardsman William D. Crosby Sr. first heard about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, he knew right away that he would volunteer to help his fellow guardsmen in New York. But within the hour, five hijackers had crashed a jetliner into the Pentagon, and Crosby suspected he'd have orders of his own. He was right. The Randallstown man was among the several hundred Maryland Guardsmen federalized and dispatched Sept. 12 to Northern Virginia to guard the crime scene at the Pentagon.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
A 60-year-old fire station in Mount Washington is getting a tune-up this week from a team of Maryland National Guard engineers as part of a new civic partnership aimed at benefiting the community while providing on-the-job training for deploying guardsmen. About a dozen members of the 244th Engineer Company, which draws recruits from Ocean City to Cumberland and is set to deploy to Afghanistan this fall, have been working since last week to strip and replace the aging building's kitchen, which city officials called the heart of the station.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,SUN STAFF | September 21, 2001
WASHINGTON - Borrowing a green Army camouflage jacket as a shield against the rain, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend toured the damaged Pentagon yesterday, thanking Maryland National Guardsmen who have helped provide security there since the terrorist attack last week. Townsend arrived with Maj. Gen. James F. Fretterd, commander of the Maryland National Guard, and walked out to the building's courtyard to shake hands with the citizen soldiers. She then viewed the attack site. The lieutenant governor presented the guardsmen, part of the 115th Military Police Battalion in Salisbury, with a stack of thank-you letters and colorful drawings from students at Millington Elementary School in Kent County.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2012
Maryland National Guard Sgt. Darren Lebowitz is leaving soon for Afghanistan as many U.S. troops return home. Lebowitz, who has served three tours in Iraq, volunteered for the mission. "I'm a glutton for punishment," he said as he trained Tuesday at this National Guard installation in Central Pennsylvania. As the United States and its coalition partners draw forces out of Afghanistan, more than 250 Maryland guardsmen are heading in. Members of three military police units are preparing for deployments to Kandahar and Bagram, where they will work with Afghan forces, provide security and take on any other assignments that might arise.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | March 17, 1996
A Columbia man was killed on the Beltway yesterday when the minivan he was driving hit a military bus filled with Maryland National Guardsmen, state police said.Kyung No Lee, 44, of the 5600 block of Columbia Road died at the scene. Rescue workers had to use a "Jaws of Life" mechanism to remove him from the van, police said.Two guardsmen in the bus, including the driver, were treated for minor injuries and released from Northwest Hospital Center.Police said the minivan was heading north near the Liberty Road exit about 4: 30 p.m. when it swerved into the path of the bus for no apparent reason.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | August 4, 2006
Before seeing The War Tapes, I thought the highest compliment one could pay a documentary for visceral impact and vivid insights was to say it has "you-are-there immediacy." But The War Tapes brings you so close into the mind-sets of three radically different New Hampshire National Guardsmen in Iraq, and the women waiting for them back home, that it makes you profoundly conscious that you're not there, and they are. It's an experience that blows your mind, clears it and educates it. The War Tapes (Sen/Art and Scranton/Lacy Films)
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Staff Writer | March 15, 1993
A military humvee, the workhorse of Desert Storm, came in handy in some very different conditions in Western Maryland.Two National Guard soldiers cruised Interstate 70 during the height of Saturday's blizzard, picking up stranded motorists in white-out conditions. Sgts. Randy Hope and Michael Freushour set out from Hagerstown and motored along at 10 mph, making their way toward Frederick.The guardsmen first came upon a massive accident on the westbound lanes near Myersville just after it occurred about 1 p.m."
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By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,Sun Staff Writer | January 13, 1995
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- The Desert Panthers, most of them National Guardsmen from the Maryland-Virginia 29th Division, were eager yesterday to start six months in the Sinai Peninsula monitoring the truce line between Egypt and Israel.Officially the 4th Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, the Desert Panthers are making Army history.U.S. troops have served in the monitoring force since 1981. But the 4th Battalion is the first to combine the Army National Guard and Army Reserve troops with the regular Army for international peacekeeping duties.
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By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,Sun Staff Correspondent | December 28, 1990
EASTERN SAUDI ARABIA -- Maryland National Guardsmen -- many of whom carry guns in their jobs back home -- must patrol the perimeter of their desert camp here without bullets in their rifles.Instead, the guardsmen have been told to carry the ammunition for their M-16 rifles in pouches clipped to their belts, according to orders from the base commander.Soldiers say it takes between three and five seconds to load an M-16. As a result, many of these "citizen soldiers" -- members of the 400th Military Police Battalion stationed here as part of Operation Desert Shield -- say they feel unprotected in the face of a possible terrorist attack.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | October 14, 2001
When Maryland National Guardsman William D. Crosby Sr. first heard about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, he knew right away that he would volunteer to help his fellow guardsmen in New York. But within the hour, five hijackers had crashed a jetliner into the Pentagon, and Crosby suspected he'd have orders of his own. He was right. The Randallstown man was among the several hundred Maryland Guardsmen federalized and dispatched Sept. 12 to Northern Virginia to guard the crime scene at the Pentagon.
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By Matthew Hay Brown and Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | October 21, 2011
Dorothy Lee says it will be good to get her grandson back home from Iraq. But the Havre de Grace woman will believe it when she sees him. In the months since Pfc. Christopher Hine left for Contingency Operating Base Adder in southern Iraq, Lee has heard conflicting information about when the Maryland National Guard member will return. To her, the announcement Friday by President Barack Obama that all U.S. troops are to be withdrawn by the end of the year was just another potentially erroneous report.
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Jacques Kelly | February 4, 2011
On a couple of long walks this week, I encountered some classic Baltimore Fire weather. This is a condition with rapid changes of wind and falling mercury. Heavy winds fanned the fire of Feb. 7 and 8, 1904, then a cold snap descended and added to the human misery. Those volatile February winds overwhelmed the city's ability to deal with the fire. The blaze jumped from downtown building to building, fanned by those changeable gusts. It was only through the assistance of many other fire companies, including those in New York, Washington and Philadelphia, that the flames were held in check at the Jones Falls.
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By LIZ F. KAY | September 3, 2008
Gov. Martin O'Malley met with members of the Maryland Army and Air National Guard deploying to Louisiana yesterday to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav. Fifty-five members of the Maryland Guard will be on a 15-day deployment to coordinate aircraft flying in for relief efforts: 45 Guardsmen will be in Baton Rouge, and 10 will be in Alexandria, La. The deployment comes in response to a cooperative agreement between states. "It looks like our prayers were answered. It's not as bad as it could have been," O'Malley told the Guardsmen yesterday morning at Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River.
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By Will Skowronski and Will Skowronski,Capital News Service | March 24, 2008
WASHINGTON -- If statistics trends continue, almost half of the Maryland guardsmen returning from Iraq and Afghanistan will face mental problems within a few months of coming home. Between 10 percent and 25 percent will be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and 1 in 5 will plan to separate from or divorce their partners, all within a year. These figures came out of a Defense Department study from June 2007, before Congress voted to put National Guard soldiers through a post-combat support program like their counterparts in the regular military.
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By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,Sun reporter | September 23, 2007
FORWARD OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq -- Along a desolate stretch of two-lane road crossing a sun-bleached desert, the team in Staff Sgt. Michael Thompson's scout vehicle spots the problem first. To the untrained eye, freshly packed asphalt filling a large pothole would be nothing unusual. But the Maryland National Guard team knows the hole was empty two days before, so the road repair signals trouble. Five hours later, Thompson and the rest of his convoy security team discover what lies buried below: a propane tank filled with 50 pounds of explosives attached to a remote detonator.
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September 4, 2007
Sept. 4 1957 Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus used Arkansas National Guardsmen to prevent nine black students from entering all-white Central High School in Little Rock.
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By Ann LoLordo | April 23, 1991
They stood in the front row, clad in tight, cotton knit dresses. The blonde wore red, white and blue; the brunette, a black floral number that highlighted her tan. They wanted to make sure that Maryland National Guardsmen James E. Teague Jr. and Aaron Henderson saw them."
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By Ann LoLordo | February 18, 1991
The sand under the feet of these soldiers is from the Gulf of Mexico.And while the 12 Maryland National Guardsmen who are doing their part in Operation Desert Storm at a Florida coast military base can drink a beer in public, celebrate a birthday at a restaurant or go antique-hunting on their day off, the separation from their families is no less painful than that felt by the soldiers serving in Saudi Arabia.They may not be under attack, but they have missed Christmas at home and their children's birthdays.
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By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,SUN REPORTER | May 31, 2007
FORT DIX, N.J. -- Plumes of red and yellow signal smoke wafted over this Army base's training range yesterday as dozens of Maryland National Guardsmen learned how to perfect the coordinated firing of .50-caliber machine guns. They paused only to cover a convoy of friendly Humvees snaking through the sandy pine forest filled with snipers and roadside bombs. It is a scene similar to ones played out by hundreds of thousands of service members who have prepared for a war now in its fifth year.
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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.
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