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May 11, 2013 at 4:30pm

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson signs Statement of Support at Camp Murray

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson signed an ESGR Statement of Support Friday, May 10 at Camp Murray.

"As attorney general, I am proud to reaffirm my agency's commitment to supporting our military personnel and our veterans," saud Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson as he signed an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support Friday, may 10 at the Washington National Guard Arsenal Museum on Camp Murray.

"We can't do what we do without employers that support us and send us off to do our duty and welcome us home when we come back," said Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, state adjutant general of the Washington National Guard.  "The state of Washington is one of the best employers in supporting our Guardsmen."

By signing this Statement of Support, Ferguson confirms that the office of the attorney general is joining the hundreds of other employers in supporting Washington's Guard and Reserve.

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April 2, 2012 at 12:46pm

Reserve Soldier who spoke at Paul rally reprimanded

This from the Associated Press: IOWA CITY, Iowa - A soldier who went on national television in his military fatigues to endorse Ron Paul's presidential campaign after the Iowa caucuses has been reprimanded but not dismissed from the Army Reserve, a spokeswoman said Friday.

The Army determined that Jesse D. Thorsen violated policies that bar soldiers from participating in political events in their official capacities or while in uniform. Experts say a reprimand may become a problem if Thorsen seeks a promotion or could be used to justify more serious punishment if he gets in trouble again.

Army Reserve spokeswoman Angel Wallace said a letter of reprimand was placed in Thorsen's official personnel file. Thorsen, who learned of the punishment following a two-month investigation, declined comment when reached by email. His supporters praised the news on a Facebook page dedicated to him, noting it could have been worse.

To read the rest of the story, click here.    

Filed under: News To Us, Reservists,

December 21, 2010 at 10:50am

TNT: Army reservist jumps off Narrows Bridge

This from The News Tribune: A 25-year-old soldier being questioned by a state trooper jumped off the eastbound Tacoma Narrows bridge early Monday morning, appeared to survive the fall but disappeared before he could be rescued, authorities said.

A search below the bridge failed to find any trace of the man, who was last seen swimming in the cold water.

A Tacoma Fire Department boat searched the water south of the bridge for a few hours without success. Firefighters turned the search over to the U.S. Coast Guard about 8 a.m. A Coast Guard helicopter and one of its 25-foot boats took up the search south of the bridge. It was suspended about 10:30 a.m., a Coast Guard spokesman said.

Washington State Patrol spokeswoman trooper Brandy Kessler said the man, who appeared to be very intoxicated, spoke with a trooper who responded to a report of a car stopped on the bridge about 5 a.m.

At one point during the conversation, she said, the man rushed toward the railing and jumped over. The trooper raced to the railing and saw the man face down in the water. The man, who apparently survived the initial jump, started to swim away, Kessler said.

"Then the trooper couldn't see him anymore," she said.

The man's name was not released.

For more on the story, click here.

Filed under: Army News, Reservists, News To Us,

August 20, 2010 at 10:06am

Army won't let rabbi keep beard

This from The Wall Street Journal: Rabbi Menachem Stern's stringy brown beard is hardly an unusual sight in his Brooklyn neighborhood. But in trying to become a chaplain in the U.S. Army, Mr. Stern has gotten tangled in a military bureaucracy that has made exceptions for other beards, but not his.

The 28-year-old rabbi was notified last year that he had been accepted as a chaplain in the Army Reserve.

To read the entire story, click here.

Filed under: Army News, Reservists, News To Us,

January 5, 2010 at 10:59am

From Vancouver to Fort Lewis

The Vancouver Barracks in southwest Washington state are closing and the 104th Division is moving to Fort Lewis.  The story is here.

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