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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Army National Guard units in Maryland and across the country will begin holding drills again now that Congress has resolved an unexpected budget shortfall, a spokesman for the Maryland National Guard said Thursday. The Maryland Army National Guard planned to delay drills for 3,900 Maryland guardsmen this month to save $1.5 million, Col. Charles Kohler said. But lawmakers approved legislation allowing the Department of Defense to reallocate money from other funds to cover the shortfall.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Army National Guard units in Maryland and across the country will begin holding drills again now that Congress has resolved an unexpected budget shortfall, a spokesman for the Maryland National Guard said Thursday. The Maryland Army National Guard planned to delay drills for 3,900 Maryland guardsmen this month to save $1.5 million, Col. Charles Kohler said. But lawmakers approved legislation allowing the Department of Defense to reallocate money from other funds to cover the shortfall.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2013
For Capt. Martin Noorsalu, deploying to Afghanistan with the Maryland National Guard last year was an unusual opportunity. Noorsalu is one of only a dozen helicopter pilots in the Estonian Air Force. The sole air defense service of the former Soviet republic numbers some 400 personnel. They fly four helicopters. But from September to December, Noorsalu and fellow Estonian Air Force Capt. Rene Kallis flew medical evacuation missions in Afghanistan with Maryland National Guard members in the 1st General Support Aviation Battalion of the 169th Aviation Regiment.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joe Burris and Meredith Cohn and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Amid celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner," leaders in Maryland have hammered home a point: If it weren't for Baltimore, American history might well have turned out very differently. "For many Americans, the War of 1812 was a minor event, but not for us," Gov. Martin O'Malley said Thursday. He spoke at the March of the Defenders, which commemorated the 6-mile trek of the Maryland militia to defend the city on Sept. 14, 1814. "We call the War of 1812 the Second War of Independence, and for good reason," O'Malley said.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2014
— The three soldiers in the Maryland National Guard helicopter crew lifted off from this sweltering border city shortly after sunset, with a federal agent on board and three "tickets" — reports of persons attempting to slip across the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States. They spent an hour sweeping the river with infrared and night vision, but saw only Border Patrol agents, in their white SUVs or on foot, along the northern bank of the shallow river that separates the two countries.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2011
Kayden Hoskins can say "Daddy" now, but she could not when her father, Spc. Tom Hoskins of the Maryland National Guard, left for Iraq in February. The 15-month-old from Havre de Grace has known Daddy mostly as a voice on the phone, a man reading her a book on a DVD sent from far away, a face in a framed photograph that on occasion she kisses. Dressed in a pink winter jacket, brown knitted hat and pink wool gloves, Kayden turned up Saturday morning with her mother, Nicole, and her paternal grandparents to join the crowd of several hundred family members and friends welcoming home troops of the 1729th Forward Support Maintenance Company.
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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 Doug Struck and Doug Struck,Sun Staff Correspondent | April 2, 1995
CHECKPOINT 3-C, Sinai Desert -- Spc. Alexander Epps is jealous. Just around the bend, Italian tourists sunbathe and snorkel at a Red Sea resort.Specialist Epps, in jungle boots and green fatigues, must stare through binoculars at empty sand."
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2012
Maj. Robert J. Marchanti II, 48, was buried Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery. Marchanti, a 25-year member of the Maryland National Guard, was one of two officers killed last month in Afghanistan. Violence erupted in Kabul, where Marchanti was stationed, when it was revealed that copies of the Quran had been burned at a NATO base in Bagram. The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying the deaths were punishment for burning the Muslim holy book. Gov. Martin O'Malley ordered U.S. and Maryland flags flown at half-staff Tuesday in Marchanti's memory.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
Growing up, when Alex Pownall watched his father, he saw a man who loved his job. John Pownall has served 20 years in the military, the last 12 as a recruiter for the Maryland National Guard. He was sent to defend Andrews Air Force Base after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and advised the Afghan National Army in 2011 and 2012. "He looked forward to drill, and he came home happy," Alex Pownall said. So when Alex turned 17 last year, he needed no convincing. He joined the Maryland National Guard in October and is waiting to finish high school so he can go to boot camp.
BUSINESS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Army National Guard units in Maryland and across the country are postponing drills this month to help the National Guard Bureau close an unexpected budget shortfall, officials said Tuesday. If Congress does not find the money to close the gap, they said, the drills could be canceled. About 3,900 Maryland guardsmen would be sidelined during September to save $1.5 million - part of an effort to trim the Guard's overall budget by tens of millions of dollars in coming weeks, said Col. Charles Kohler of the Maryland National Guard.
NEWS
August 11, 2014
As someone who protested the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, I read with sadness your report on the Maryland National Guard's scheduled departure for that country ( "Md. National Guard making final deployment to Afghanistan," Aug. 6). The money wasted in Afghanistan on military madness could have been used in Baltimore and other cities to keep open recreation centers and fire stations and to protect the pension funds of government workers. I sincerely hope the members of the Guard return safely, unlike what happened to Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene.
NEWS
June 18, 2014
As a recent high school graduate preparing to cast his first vote, I have been pondering whom I will support in this year's gubernatorial election. The governor is the state's highest ranking official and has a broad range of powers. Based on the powers provided to the governor by our state's constitution, the role has been hailed as one of the most powerful in the nation. I would like to know the person who receives my vote will be effective, fulfill their campaign promises and understand policies and procedures.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
The public service video produced by the Maryland National Guard on sexual assault begins like others. There's footage of troops training in the field. A narrator warns of predators within the ranks. A succession of leaders discusses the impact of assaults on service members and their teams. Then Brig. Gen. Linda Singh comes on the screen. "Speaking from personal experience, and having been sexually molested as a teenager, I sought out what I thought was the right support structure," the commander of the Maryland Army National Guard says.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2014
As Russia's actions in Ukraine rattle its neighbors, the Maryland National Guard is affirming its decades-long partnership with Estonia. Maryland has helped to train Estonian troops since shortly after the breakup of the Soviet Union. Now it's preparing to send A-10 pilots and liaison officers to Saber Strike, an annual U.S.-led security exercise that focuses on Estonia and its Baltic neighbors Latvia and Lithuania. The commander of the Maryland Guard traveled to Estonia last week for meetings with Northern European defense ministers and U.S. military leaders.
NEWS
May 8, 2014
Having just spent five weeks in Central America, I felt heartsick on reading about the Maryland National Guard hunting down the poorest and most vulnerable people crossing our borders ( "Maryland National Guard helping to patrol Mexican border," April 26). After 25 years of working in Central America, I now have friends who are crossing that border. They are not running drugs, yet they are met by helicopters, dogs and guns. They end up incarcerated. Does the use of all this sophisticated equipment and manpower against people who are defenseless make sense?
NEWS
By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF | September 28, 1995
While American military bases are being cut and eliminated, business is booming at the Maryland National Guard's Camp Fretterd -- once the site of a reform school for girls."
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2014
— The three soldiers in the Maryland National Guard helicopter crew lifted off from this sweltering border city shortly after sunset, with a federal agent on board and three "tickets" — reports of persons attempting to slip across the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States. They spent an hour sweeping the river with infrared and night vision, but saw only Border Patrol agents, in their white SUVs or on foot, along the northern bank of the shallow river that separates the two countries.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Col. Jesse D. Mitchell Jr., a World War II P-51 Mustang combat fighter pilot who later commanded the Maryland National Guard's 175th Tactical Fighter Group, died Friday of cancer at the Charlestown Retirement Community. He was 90. The son of Jesse D. Mitchell Sr., a Koppers Co. machinist, and Mildred M. Davis Mitchell, a homemaker, Jesse Duvall Mitchell Jr. was born and raised in Severn. Colonel Mitchell's interest in flying began early in his childhood when he built model airplanes out of balsa wood.
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