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An Iraq Diary
Maj. Eric Olsen is chaplain to a battalion of the New York Army National Guard stationed in the Sunni Triangle north of Baghdad. His thirty-part audio diary begins in 2004. He and his family live in Saranac Lake.
Downtown Glens Falls, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/7609868734/">Diane Cordell</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Downtown Glens Falls, NY. Photo: Diane Cordell, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY road march honors deployed US military members

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) Hundreds of marchers are expected to participate in a 3-mile Christmas Eve trek held in an upstate New York community to honor U.S. military personnel who can't be home for the holidays.

New York National Guard officials say soldiers from the Queensbury Readiness Center and other Albany-area units will lead the march starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The march ends back at the downtown arena.  Go to full article
Winooski residents applauded when the city council voted to oppose the F-35. Photo: Sarah Harris

Winooski city council says no to fighter jets

Two communities near the Burlington Airport are voting on the F-35 this week. On Monday, South Burlington approved the plane. But the Winooski City Council voted unanimously against basing the F-35 at the airport.  Go to full article
An anti F-35 sign in front of Chamberlin School. Photo: Sarah Harris

South Burlington city council approves fighter jet

Last night the South Burlington City Council changed their mind on the F-35. The council voted three to two in support of basing the fighter jet at the Burlington airport. The long meeting was filled with passionate testimony -- and ended in a dramatic vote.  Go to full article
F-35A fighters. Photo: U.S. Air Force

F-35 planes in Burlington would affect more people than expected

The Air Force has a released a new environmental impact statement indicating that more people will be affected by noise from the F-35 if the plane is based in Burlington. But...  Go to full article
F-35 opponents fill the Burlington Unitarian Universalist Church. Photo: Sarah Harris

Hundreds gather in Burlington to protest F-35

Hundreds of people packed the Burlington Unitarian Universalist Church last night to protest against the F-35, the new fighter plane that could be based at the Burlington...  Go to full article
Les Blomberg, noise expert, testifies to the Burlington Board of Health. Photo: Sarah Harris<br />

Burlington Board of Health holds F-35 hearing

The F-35, the Air Force's new fighter jet, may be coming to the Burlington airport. People are worried about noise from the plane, but there's also another concern: public...  Go to full article
General Dubie addresses the press

Vermont Air National Guard defends F-35s

The plan to base a new fleet of F-35 fighter jets at Burlington International Airport has generated hot debate in surrounding communities. If the new jets do bed down at the...  Go to full article
F-35A fighters. Photo: USAF

South Burlington City Council votes against F-35s

Host intro: The Vermont Air National Guard is considering whether to make Burlington International Airport home to a fleet of new F-35 fighter jets. Communities around the...  Go to full article
F-35A fighters such as these may be in use by the Vermont Air National Guard by 2015

VT Guard plans F-35 training over Adirondacks, Watertown

The Vermont Air National Guard is proposing to start training flights over the Adirondacks and Watertown area with F-35 jets.

The big, loud planes would replace...  Go to full article
WW II-era barracks being demolished to make way for new housing. Photo: Army Corps of Engineers

New construction on Drum will serve Guard, Reserves

Senators Schumer and Gillibrand announced last week $46.4 million in funding for new construction at Fort Drum. The new facilities will help National Guard and Reserve troops...  Go to full article

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