Missouri National Guard

Missouri Military Installations
6:34 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Nixon Announces Partnership To Protect And Enhance Military Presence In Missouri

A Missouri National Guard Black Hawk helicopter.
Mo. National Guard

Gov. Jay Nixonhas issued an executive order designed to help prevent military bases in Missouri from being closed or downsized.

The order creates a partnership between state and local officials and business leaders. The goal is for those groups to examine ways to keep and expand the nation's military presence in Missouri.

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Government Shutdown
5:24 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Mo. National Guard Furloughs Personnel, Cancels Weekend Drills, Due To Govt. Shutdown

Mo. National Guard, via Flickr/M. Queiser

The federal government shutdown has now hit the Missouri National Guard.

Late Wednesday, the Guard furloughed nearly a thousand of their 1,400 federal technicians considered to be non-essential.  Spokeswoman, Major Tammy Spicer, says the technicians include both civilian and uniformed staff.

"Full-time federal technicians do a variety of jobs across the state, anything from clerical, to mechanical, to aviation related," Spicer said.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:41 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Returning From War: The Science Of War's Invisible Wounds

(via Flickr/KurtClark)

During World War II, it was called shell shock. During the Vietnam War it was called the Vietnam Syndrome. It wasn't until 1980 that psychologists had an official term for the condition: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

With the recognition of PTSD as a psychological condition, large-scale studies of the disorder began, said  Dr. Rumi Kato Price, professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine.

"Now we have very well established evidence-based treatments for PTSD," said Price. "That took three decades (to develop)."

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St. Louis on the Air
4:37 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Returning From War: The Difficulties Of Re-Adjusting To Life In The United States

More than 60 Soldiers with the 204th Area Support Medical Company return from a nine-month deployment to Basrah, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on July 1, 2010 at the armory in Cottage Grove, Minn.
(via Flikr/ Sgt. Dajon Schafer, Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs)

For Captain Michelle Matthews, readjusting to home was more difficult than adjusting to war. A reservist with previous active duty experience, Matthews was deployed with the Missouri National Guard to Iraq in December of 2005.

"Life was a lot easier at war in some aspects," said Matthews. "I didn't have to cook, get gas, pay bills. But we were at war."

"We were mortared every day," she added. She described a joke about hearing mortars. If you could hear them, you were good. If you couldn't hear them, then you were in trouble.

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National Guard Wedding
5:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Meet The Military Couple Who Fit A Little Wedding Into The Great Flood Of 1993

Robert and Christine Schuler Hurst make their August 9, 1993 wedding official with a kiss. The couple had been deployed to Festus with the Missouri National Guard.
(Courtesy of the Post-Dispatch, photo by Renyold Ferguson)

Twenty years ago, the flood of 1993 changed lives up and down the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

Fifty-five thousand homes and 33,000 businesses were destroyed. Fifty people were killed. Damages totaled in the billions.

But in the midst of the devastation, there were moments of joy, too.

For two former soldiers in the Missouri National Guard, the flood of 1993 marked the start of their lives, together.

This is their story

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Sequestration cuts
4:21 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Fund Proposed For Mo. National Guard Members Who Lost Tuition Because Of Sequestration

A Missouri National Guard member stages vehicles at the Cape Girardeau armory in preparation for possible use in state emergency duty.
(via Flickr/The National Guard/M. Queiser/Missouri National Guard)

Members of the Missouri House Budget Committee are proposing a new fund to provide tuition assistance for National Guard members who are also enrolled in college.


The move comes because the federal government has suspended federal tuition assistance for National Guard soldiers due to sequestration cuts.  House Budget Chair Rick Stream (R, Kirkwood) says they’ve reallocated $1.5 million in next year’s state budget to make up the difference.

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Mo. soldier dies
7:25 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Mo. National Guard soldier dies during training mission in Guatemala

Mo. National Guard Staff Sgt. Robert J. Traxel, shown here in Guatemala, was killed Monday in an accident during a training mission in the country.
(provided by the Missouri National Guard)

A solider  in the Missouri National Guard has died of injuries suffered during a training exercise.

Staff Sgt. Robert J. Traxel was providing public affairs support to the Beyond the Horizon mission in Guatemala. The National Guard says the 34-year-old was struck in the head by a tree limb that fell in wind generated by helicopter blades. The incident, which happened Monday, is being investigated.

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Joplin Tornado
10:09 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Mo. National Guard releases records on soldiers who looted in Joplin

An aerial view shows the destruction of the Home Depot in Joplin, Mo. on May 24, 2011. The tornado that hit Joplin on May 22 claimed 161 lives. The Home Depot has since been rebuilt.
(UPI/Tom Uhlenbrock)

The Missouri National Guard reports four of its soldiers stole electronics from a Wal-Mart store while helping recovery efforts after last year's tornado in Joplin.

The Guard released records on the incident to the Joplin Globe on Tuesday after refusing to release them last week, claiming it was exempt from the state's open records law.

The Globe reports that the Guard said three specialists and a sergeant admitted taking electronics such as video games and a camera. The Guard did not release the soldiers' names.

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Mo. National Guard / Joplin
11:26 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Mo. National Guard members disciplined for Joplin looting, exempt from Sunshine Law

Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo. pictured here on May 23, 2011, following a devastating tornado that ripped through the town.
(UPI/Rick Meyer)

Missouri National Guard members have been disciplined for looting in Joplin after the massive tornado.

But the guard has refused to release information about the incidents, saying it's not subject to Missouri's open records law.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the guard didn't respond to requests for details about the looting by citing an exemption to the Missouri Sunshine Law.

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Morning round-up
6:36 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

(via Flickr/IndofunkSatish)

Mo. National Guardsmen safe after insurgent attack

All 55 members of a Missouri National Guard agriculture team are safe following an insurgent attack on the forward operating base where they are stationed in Afghanistan.

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