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October 7, 2013 at 2:14pm

Washington National Guard: Furloughed technicians recalled to duty

Around 700 full-time federal technicians with the Washington State National Guard have been recalled to work Tuesday, Oct. 8 after being furloughed Oct. 1 during the federal government shutdown, according to a release by Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, the state's adjutant general.

The change was the result of Saturday's announcement by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that the Pay Our Military Act allowed the Department of Defense to eliminate furloughs for certain employees whose responsibilities contribute to the "morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members."

Almost all furloughed full-time federal technicians in Washington state are being recalled though several furloughed technicians within the U.S. Property & Fiscal Office are ineligible for recall. Also, state employees who have been furloughed by the state are not recalled at this time.

June 10, 2013 at 10:29am

Washington National Guard to fire up Operation Evergreen Ember readiness exercise

Warning: You won't see much of the Washington National Guard next week. It will be fully involved with Operation Evergreen Ember exercise on the eastside of the state. Let's read a press release:

CAMP MURRAY, WA - Following last summer's devastating wildfire season, which destroyed thousands of acres of land and dozens of homes, the Washington National Guard will test its ability to respond to a large-scale fire during the annual Operation Evergreen Ember exercise, held this year from June 14-21. Exercises will be held at Camp Murray, the Yakima Training Center, the HAMMER Facility in Richland and at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane.

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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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November 8, 2010 at 9:57am

Wash. National Guard welcomes home 204th Engineers

CAMP MURRAY, WA - The Washington National Guard will welcome home from Afghanistan approximately 100 citizen-soldiers in a ceremony scheduled for 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, November 9 at Building 33 on Camp Murray.  

The soldiers belong to the Washington Army National Guard's 204th Engineer Company headquartered in Centralia. Their missions in Afghanistan focused on route and area reconnaissance and clearance.

"The 204th's mission was absolutely vital to coalition efforts in Afghanistan.  We are very happy to have them back home and I congratulate them for record of excellence," said Major General Timothy J. Lowenberg, the Adjutant General and Commander of the Washington National Guard.

Soldiers of the 204th were consistently recognized for their excellence during their year serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Two Purple Hearts, 38 Combat Action Badges and 61 Army Commendation Medals were awarded to 204th soldiers; a number of other awards are still pending consideration.

October 1, 2010 at 3:49pm

Guard EOD soldiers depart on year-long deployment

CAMP MURRAY - The Washington Army National Guard bid farewell today to approximately 25 citizen soldiers from the 319th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) headquartered at Camp Murray.  The 319th will be deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The 319th transitioned onto federal active duty status Thursday. Their mission will be to respond to, analyze, attack and mitigate explosive hazards and improvised explosive device threats throughout the Central Command Theater.

"The 319th is embarking upon a vital mission that will be crucial to the safety of those they serve with overseas.  They are very well trained and will make our state and nation proud," Maj. Gen. Timothy J. Lowenberg, the Adjutant General and Commander of the Washington National Guard, said in a release.

The 319th will receive pre-deployment training at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, before deploying to the CENTCOM Theater later this fall.  319th teams will serve throughout CENTCOM including Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. The deployment is scheduled for 12 months plus any leave time they accrue, and are slated to return home in the fall of 2011.  

The unit previously served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2004 to December 2005.  The 319th consistently trains with local, state and federal jurisdictions here in the U.S. 

September 30, 2010 at 9:35am

Camp Murray gate relocation plan scrapped

This from The News Tribune: In a tersely worded letter announcing the decision, Maj. Gen. Timothy Lowenberg blamed Lakewood officials for withholding a permit required for the project to move forward. He then placed the onus on them to solve neighborhood traffic woes, now that the city has spurned his agency's proposal and millions of dollars in related construction funding.

For more on the story, click here.

June 30, 2010 at 9:24am

Guard band begins summer concert series

CAMP MURRAY - The Washington Army National Guard's 133rd Army Band will perform a series of free community summer concerts through July 8.  Concert venues range from Tacoma and Olympia areas to the peninsula.

The 133rd Band will be performing works by contemporary composers Julie Giroux and Leonard Bernstein, and many patriotic favorites during the course of their concert schedule:

June 30 - Huntamer Park in Lacey at noon.

June 30 - Pioneer Park in Steilacoom at 6:30 p.m.

July 1 - Capital Campus Lawn in Olympia at 7:00 p.m.

July 2 - James Center of the Performing Arts in Sequim at 6:00 p.m.

July 3 - McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Warden Park in Port Townsend at 6:30 p.m.

July 4 - City of Port Angeles 4th of July Celebration at 6:00 and 8:30

p.m.

July 6 - Skansie Park in Gig Harbor at 7:00 p.m.

July 7 - VA Hospital in Lakewood at 1:00 pm and 6:30 p.m.

July 8 - Curran Apple Orchard in University Place at 6:30 p.m.

The 133rd Band is comprised of 41 citizen-soldiers who serve as musical ambassadors to our communities, in addition to providing music throughout the full spectrum of military operations.   

April 12, 2010 at 10:51am

Guard hosts career expo Tuesday

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. — The Washington National Guard hosts a career expo and resource fair for veterans and family members from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Building 33 on Camp Murray on Tuesday, April 13.

The Washington National Guard is partnering with Military.com and the Non-Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) to host this free event.  The goal is to put veterans and family members in contact with employers seeking applicants with military training and experience.

The career expo and resource fair will feature an Apprentice Corner, resume reviews and tips and a chance to brush up on interviewing skills with experts.  Attendees without military identification and tabs will need to show the Camp Murray gate guard their driver's license, proof of insurance and registration.  

The Washington National Guard strives to bring a broad range of services and support to our service members and their families.  Our "J9" Directorate is responsible for Deployment Cycle Support and Reintegration (Yellow Ribbon)Programs, Veterans Transition Assistance, the Family Programs Office, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Coordinator, Suicide Prevention,Chaplain, the Employer Support to the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) office, and the Director of Psychological Health.

February 11, 2010 at 3:43pm

Guard welcomes home EOD unit

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. — The Washington National Guard will welcome home from Afghanistan approximately 25 citizen soldiers on Saturday.

The soldiers belong to the Washington Army National Guard's Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment of the 741st Ordinance Battalion (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) based in Tacoma. They are returning home after a year-long deployment serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  

"The members of the 741st provided critical support to our forces in Afghanistan and we congratulate them on a job well done," said Major General Timothy J. Lowenberg, the Adjutant General and Commander of the Washington National Guard.

Their missions in Afghanistan primarily focused on providing command and control to assigned forces, coordinating tactical support and conducting assessments and analysis to determine EOD priorities of support. 

(Courtesy Camp Murray Public Affairs)

December 30, 2009 at 5:34pm

Guard's OCS program on Lewis

VIDEO of the Washington Army Guard's 205th Regiment running the  Officer Candidate School phase III program at Fort Lewis.

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