DOVER, Del. (AP) - The National Guard's director is telling Delaware National Guard leaders they must maintain a ready posture despite federal budget cuts over the next decade.
The Wilmington News Journal reports Gen. Frank Grass told state Guard leaders Saturday that a federal budget deal in December provides some relief from automatic spending cuts approved by Congress. But the National Guard still expects to see its share of spending cuts.
A debate is ongoing over how to achieve spending reductions in the military while still maintaining a strong defense.
The Delaware National Guard will set a record this year for overseas deployment.
With the pending departure of the 3rd Battalion of the 238th General Support Aviation Battalion more than a quarter of state’s 27-hundred Army and Air National Guardsmen have served overseas this year.
The 70 troops operate and maintain Black Hawk helicopters for the Delaware National Guard.
Delaware officials say this has probably been the busiest year since the 911 terrorist attacks 12 years ago.
The first stop will be Fort Hood, Texas for extensive aviation training.
DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - Delaware's 153rd Military Police Company of the National Guard has returned early from Afghanistan to the cheers of friends and family members.
The News Journal reports thousands of people gathered Saturday in Delaware City at the Gov. Bacon Parade Field for the early homecoming. A marching band played "God Bless America," and there were 127 homemade posters - one for each member of the unit.
Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, joined the homecoming event. She was also there when the troops left in January.
Those civilians who work for the military in Delaware are being hit with mandatory furloughs.
Today marks the first of several months for some 14-hunered employees due to budget cuts.
WBOC reports that the Pentagon says most of the civilians will be furloughed one day each week over the next three months amounting to a 20 percent pay cut.
Military officials in Dover told the Wilmington News Journal that more than 1-thousand workers at the 436th and 512th Airlift Wings, the Air Force Mortuary operations and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System will be impacted.
Major General Frank Vavala says he’s worried that the recent spending cutbacks by the federal government are going to damage the ability of the Delaware National Guard to respond to the nation’s security needs.
The Pentagon is now facing a loss of nearly a half a billion dollars over the next decade.
During the annual meeting of the National Guard Association of Delaware had this warning for the audience, “Remember 9/11?“
In its aftermath the Reserves became a key component in manning the military operations abroad in Afghanistan and Iraq.
NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The Delaware National Guard is saying goodbye to 175 members deploying to Afghanistan.
The National Guard is planning a departure ceremony for 11 a.m. Thursday at the Army Aviation Support Facility in New Castle. The National Guard's 153rd Military Police Company is scheduled to deploy for a 12 month tour. Their primary mission during their deployment will be to train their Afghan counterparts in security operations.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two Delaware National Guard units are training for deployments to Afghanistan next year.
Lt. Col. Len Gratteri, a spokesman for the guard, tells The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., that about 150 to 175 members of the 153rd Military Police Company will leave in January for a 10-month tour of Kandahar Province. About 300 to 350 members of the 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion will deploy in April.
Both units have been training at Fort Indiantown Gap near Harrisburg, Pa.