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Elements of the New York and the Vermont National Guard face lengthy and hazardous tours in overseas war zones for the first time since World War II.

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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.

Funeral For Brown Sparks Procession Ceremony

Private first class Nathan Brown, a National Guard soldier from south Glens Falls, will be laid to rest tomorrow. Brown died April 11 when his vehicle was attacked 60 miles north of Bagdad.  Go to full article

Father of Injured Soldier Upset by Conditions in Iraq

David Sommerstein talks with Robert Hemsing of Argyle, near Glens Falls. His son, Specialist Rob Hemsing, was injured by a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Iraq. He says contrary to original media reports, the soldiers were in the back of an open truck, not an enclosed humvee, when the attack occurred.  Go to full article

Local Republicans Support Iraq War and Have Questions

In recent weeks, opinion polls have shown that public support for the war in Iraq is eroding. President Bush spoke in an hour-long press conference last night about the latest spiral of violence and his vision for waging the war on terror. Republicans in Franklin County agreed to watch the press conference with our reporter Brian Mann. He gathered their reactions and sent this report.  Go to full article

South Glens Falls Guardsman Killed in Iraq, Others Wounded

A National Guard soldier from South Glens Falls was killed Sunday north of Baghdad, according to a report published today in the Glens Falls Post Star. Private First...  Go to full article
Convoy forming up in Kuwait

Iraq Diary, Pt. 2: "Up-Armoring" In Kuwait

While some Fort Drum soldiers are returning home from overseas, roughly seven hundred National Guard and Reserve soldiers from New York have just arrived in Iraq. Over the...  Go to full article

Iraq Diary, Pt. 1: For Soldiers Leaving Home, It's Hurry Up And Wait

Hundreds of National Guard and Reserve soldiers from New York and Vermont are deployed in Iraq. For the next year, they'll serve alongside regular Army units, patrolling...  Go to full article
Specialist Mike Ames in Iraq

NY Guard on the Ground in Iraq

Families from across the North Country have already begun hearing from their loved ones in Iraq. More than 700 members of New York's National Guard have begun a year-long...  Go to full article
Peace activist Martha Swan

North Country Protesters Reject War In Iraq

Peace protesters gathered over the weekend at the site of an abandoned nuclear missile silo in Willsboro. The gathering was held to mark the one-year anniversary of the war...  Go to full article

Nat'l Guard Families Braced for Send-Off

Some 2000 family members and friends filled Fort Drum's McGrath Gymnasium Saturday for an emotional farewell to 700 New York National Guardsmen. The soldiers, many from the...  Go to full article

Reserve Soldiers Feel the Strain

National Guard and Reserve soldiers from New York are now training for deployment overseas. By spring, reserve units will make up one third of the U.S. fighting force in...  Go to full article

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