Washington National Guard

employment rights
5:10 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

U.S. Stepping Up Enforcement of Veterans' Reemployment Rights

An Army Reservist will collect back pay from an Everett, Wash. company accused of violating his reemployment rights.

The U.S Justice Department announced a settlement Monday with the battery retailer that fired the Iraq War veteran.

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government shutdown
3:31 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Wash. National Guard Bringing Back 700 Workers

The Washington state Military Department is bringing back to work more than 700 federal technicians who were furloughed in the partial government shutdown.

Spokeswoman Karina Shagren says the civilian employees of the Washington National Guard are expected back at work starting Tuesday. They've been out for about a week.

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Military Spending
4:03 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

National Guard to spend millions on new Tacoma facility

The new readiness center will replace the antiquated Armory, seen here.
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The Army is planning to spend $26 million on a new National Guard facility in Tacoma. The readiness center would bring the Guard back to the city after leaving its historic Armory two years ago.

Congressman Derek Kilmer, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, joined Reps. Adam Smith and Denny Heck in pushing the Army to fund the new center. He said the Tacoma project is a high priority, even in an atmosphere of military budget cuts.

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washington wildfires
12:33 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Video: Air-to-ground firefighting footage near Wenatchee

Screen grab from the Washington National Guard video showing its air-to-ground firefighting efforts near Wenatchee.

This 3-minute video (below) provides a unique perspective of the wildfire mission from a Washington Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter as it scoops up water with its 660 gallon bucket, flies through smoke-filled skies and drops it on the flames below, according to a press release from the Washington National Guard.

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MILITARY AND DEFENSE
12:49 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

3,000 Washington National Guard members could be called up

Soldiers from the Washington National Guard 81st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 81st BCT, during training Feb. 2009 in Iraq.
Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System

 The Defense Department has notified the Washington National Guard that 3,000 members could be called up for overseas missions.

The "notice of sourcing" announced Monday is not a mobilization order or alert. However, it could affect the 81st Brigade Combat Team and the 506 Military Police Company.

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