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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.

North Country national guard troops training in Thailand

Last week, about 30 New York National Guard soldiers from armories in the North Country left for a training mission in Thailand. The troops will spend three weeks training with the Thai Army and Royal Thai Marines. Jacob Resneck caught up with some of the soldiers at the armory in Saranac Lake just hours before they left and has our story.  Go to full article

Paterson says Iraq improving, Afghanistan more unstable

Governor David Paterson is on the last leg of a pre-holiday trip to visit soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Paterson and the two Congressmen who accompanied him say that, while Iraq is looking up, the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Staff Sgt. David Beaudin, wife Shannon, and their children Tanner and Jenarae

Soldiers home from Afghanistan, job done and new challenges ahead

More than a hundred soldiers with New York's National Guard came home to the North Country yesterday, arriving in buses at armories in Gloversville and Morrisonville. The homecoming follows a year-long deployment in Afghanistan. The men served in the southern region of the war-torn country, at a time when fighting there was intensifying. As Brian Mann reports, for many of these soldiers this was a second or even a third deployment.  Go to full article

Anti-war group kicks off national tour in Watertown

An anti-war group is kicking off a national tour of Army bases this weekend in Watertown. Concerts tomorrow and a Sunday barbecue are the main events, but organizers say this...  Go to full article

Saranac Lake National Guard armory considered for closure

A New York National Guard spokesman says a review is underway to determine whether the armory in Saranac Lake should close. The facility employs three people and supports...  Go to full article
Tanya Towne holds a photograph of her two sons (Photo:  Brian Mann)

After Iraq, National Guard soldier loses custody of son

Advocates for military families say a growing number of soldiers are losing custody of their children, not because they're bad parents but because they've been deployed...  Go to full article

Fighting 69th reinvents itself for a long fight

This week, NCPR reported on a new study that says National Guard and Reserve soldiers face frequent deployments that will continue well into the future. Since 9/11, National...  Go to full article
Major General E. Gordon Stump, retired (Source:  CNGR)

National Guard, reserves face future deployments

Since 9/11, hundreds of National Guard and Reserve soldiers from the North Country have been deployed to war zones overseas. A new group of soldiers just left for a...  Go to full article

Fort Drum touts economic impact

Fort Drum released figures Friday on how much money the Army base pumps into the area's economy. That figure stands at $1.24 billion in fiscal 2006. The largest chunk goes to...  Go to full article

Army may pull NC air med-evac support

The North Country could soon lose one of only two air med-evac providers. The region has been covered by Life Flight - a non-profit that uses one state-police helicopter...  Go to full article

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