Can't count the days

Military | Combat deployment can be especially tough for reservist families.
by Les Sillars
Posted 3/05/05, 12:00 am

Patrick McCarron joined the Virginia National Guard in the wake of 9/11, says his wife Inna, because "it just shook him so much. He wanted to do something." So Mr. McCarron, who worked in maintenance at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Va., spent the next few years as a "weekend warrior." They knew he could be shipped overseas but, like many Guard and Reserve recruits, "thought it would be a more local-type thing," she says, probably helping with homeland security.

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Citizen soldiers

Military | Enlisted men and women taking the bullets may decide the election with their ballots
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 10/30/04, 12:00 am

During chow-time at a U.S. Army base outside Baghdad, Spc. Amanda Pagac has lately heard the soldiers of B Company, 118th Medical Battalion, tossing around one particular adjective.

"Slime!" they call out between forkfuls of dinner.

It's not the food they're bashing. The epithet-among others, she says-rings out whenever Sen. John Kerry's face appears on the dining facility TV.

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A buildup begins

Military | The world's lone superpower starts flexing its muscle outside of Iraq
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 12/21/02, 12:00 am

An old saying on preparedness may sum up the Bush-Rumsfeld strategy on Iraq: "Hope for the best, prepare for the worst." A military buildup underway since at least October is expanding to strike strength the American forces that have long surrounded Iraq. In addition to Navy and Air Force jets patrolling (and dodging Iraqi missile fire) in the 11-year-old no-fly zone over Saddam's southern flank, U.S. troops man permanent bases in:

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