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August 24, 2023

Pentagon officials are discussing ideas to restructure the D.C. National Guard, AP recently reported. One outstanding issue is whether the President, the defense secretary, the Army secretary or the Northern Command leader should be in charge of decisions such as when to call up the Guard, the report said….

The California National Guard recently cut the ribbon on a 100-acre energy resilience project to protect Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos during grid outages and power quality issues, according to a National Guard story. It will also generate clean energy for the surrounding community. It’s a “prime example of the whole government approach that makes good on the Department of Defense’s climate adaptation plan,” California Military Department Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Matthew Beevers said….

Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia will officially be redesignated Friday as Fort Walker, WRIC reported. The new name honors Dr. Mary Walker, who treated Union soldiers during the Civil War.

Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Arthur Wright

August 24, 2023

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