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Archive: June, 2009

Kids encouraged to participate in disaster preparedness
June 26, 2009

Youth Camp connects Missouri Guard kids from across the state
June 26, 2009
From left to right: Lane Schmidt, of Sullivan, Morgan Brooks, of O'Fallon and Ashley Anderson, of Columbia, race for first place in the four-legged relay during a youth camp held by the Missouri National Guard.

Web site to open sign-ups for post-9/11 GI Bill transfers
June 24, 2009

DoD works to lessen impact of deployments on children
June 23, 2009

President acknowledges military father's sacrifices, contributions
June 22, 2009
A 59-year-old Florida National Guard Soldier serving in Iraq got an early Father's Day present recently as he met up with his 21-year-old grandson, who is also deployed to the combat zone. Staff Sgt. Paul Weekley, a member of B Company, 146th Signal Battalion, reunited with his grandson Spc. Cory Lincourt briefly at Victory Base Complex shortly before Father's Day. Lincourt is an Air and Missile Defense crewmember attached to the 108th Airborne Brigade. Prior to deploying to Iraq last Fall, Weekley said he hoped to cross paths with grandson while in Southwest Asia. "If I can get over there and get with him, I'm gonna try," Weekley said before his unit left Florida. "It isn't every day you get a grandfather and grandson serving together over there." Weekley is also a Vietnam veteran, and joined the Florida National Guard in 1973. His unit is based in Pensacola, Fla., and is scheduled to return later this year.

Kids deserve medals too
June 22, 2009
Capt. Derwin Allen acknowledges his nine-year-old son Colby after placing the Yellow Ribbon Program's hero medal around his neck during a ceremony in Colby's fourth-grade class at Lone Tree Elementary School on June 2, 2009. The hero medal acknowledges the sons and daughters of deployed parents. Colby's father was deployed to Afghanistan for nine months and he did not see him for a year.

Wives and mothers of fallen Illinois Guard Soldiers enjoy a day of pampering
June 12, 2009
Lisa Otto of Oregon, Ill., mother of fallen hero Spc. Norman Cain, was treated to her first manicure yesterday at Dana Spa in Chicago as part of the USO of Illinois Diva for a Day. Otto and other Illinois Army National Guard mothers and wives were pampered with manicures, pedicures, facials and massages. Cain, who was assigned to 1st Battalion 178th Infantry in Woodstock, Ill., was killed in action in Afghanistan March 15.

Army identifies primary crisis intervention resources
June 4, 2009

City in Oklahoma appoints ambassador to military families
June 3, 2009
The city commission of Enid, Okla., has appointed Teresa Vance as the city's official ambassador to military families. Vance was born into an Army family and married a career naval officer.