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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.

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 Iraq. With civilian soldiers facing longer and more frequent deployment, analysts -- and even some military leaders -- say morale is suffering. As Brian Mann reports, a reserve officer with a unit in Rochester has made his protest public.  Go to full article

NY National Guard, pt. 2: The Families Left Behind

Almost 700 National Guardsmen from around New York are at Ft. Drum, training for a 12 month assignment in Iraq. In part one of our series, we heard about their physical training, and the emotional and mental preparations as well. Their families are also making a transition. They're losing a husband, a son, a father, a brother, a boyfriend for a year a half. They're learning to pick up the slack at home and cope with the daily news of attacks and violence where their loved ones are headed.
As National Guard families, most never expected to be in this situation. David Sommerstein finds many are simply opposed to the deployment.  Go to full article

Commentary: It's Not Rational

Feelings about the New York National Guard's activation for Iraq are running high. But they're often conflicting: fear and anger, but also pride and patriotism. Commentator Molly Ames finds it hard to sort out. Her son, Mike, is 21. He joined the National Guard between his junior and senior years in high school. Since September 2001, he's guarded a nuclear power plant and New York City's subways. This is his third deployment - and the most challenging for everyone involved.  Go to full article

National Guard Deployment Call-in

Martha Foley and David Sommerstein put the New York National Guard deployment in the context of history and tradition. And they take listener calls.  Go to full article
Civil disturbance training in the rain

New York's National Guard, pt. 1: Training For Iraq

More than 650 members of New York's National Guard are training at Fort Drum Army base near Watertown. They're preparing to become full-time soldiers for a year in Iraq. ...  Go to full article

Guard Soldiers Prepare For Departure

Hundreds of New York National Guard members got orders this week that will send them to Iraq. They include more than 100 people from units based in Ogdensburg, Morrisonville...  Go to full article

NY Nat'l Guard Reservists Bound for Iraq

An infantry battalion of the New York National Guard has been mobilized by the Defense Department for service in the Middle East. More than 100 people from units based in...  Go to full article

North Country National Guard Remains on Alert for Iraq

National Guard officials say there are no details yet on which north country soldiers might be deployed in Iraq. The 27th Infantry Brigade, with units across the region, has...  Go to full article

NCPR Special Report: Voices From the Home Front

North Country Public Radio caps its in-depth regional coverage of the US-led war in Iraq with this documentary. Listen to Fort Drum soldiers bound overseas and National...  Go to full article

War and Homeland Security: More Work for National Guard

With war underway in Iraq, the burden of homeland security has increased for members of New York's National Guard. Dozens of National Guardsmen from the North Country have...  Go to full article

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