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5:06 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Ft. Bragg Paratroopers To Undergo Air Assault Training

Credit Fort Bragg

Some Fort Bragg soldiers will begin specialized air assault training classes this week.  Fort Bragg soldiers had previously gone to posts outside the state to complete the course.  Soldiers will learn the logistics of moving troops and equipment by helicopter during combat. 

Capt. Matt Smoose is the school's commander.  He says the training includes helicopter transport and what's called 'springload operations'.

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Military
4:53 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Hagan: Backlog At Winston-Salem VA Shrinking

The weight of paper files at the VA's Winston-Salem office had threatened to collapse the floor.
Credit Office of the Inspector General/Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan says the Veterans Affairs office in Winston-Salem is cutting down on its backlog of claims. 

The Democrat from North Carolina says the office has processed all claims that have been waiting for two years or more.  Hagan says the average claim now takes 200 days, compared to more than 300 days a year ago.  The Winston-Salem VA processes nearly all claims filed in North Carolina. 

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The State of Things
11:27 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Benefits For North Carolina National Guard Members

Credit Jacinta Quesada

A panel discussion about the state of same-sex marriage in the National Guard

  

When the United States Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, it opened a lot of doors for gay couples. 

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Military
6:55 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Durham Army Veteran Gets Bronze Star Medal At 90

The Bronze Star Medal
Credit Army Institute of Heraldry

A 90-year-old World War II veteran will receive a high military honor in Durham. 

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Military
4:30 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Veterans Group Raises Money For Facility Providing Vet Services

A veterans group is raising money for a facility that will offer veterans services.
Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

A group of young veterans in the state is working to make the transition to civilian life easier for former members of the military.  Veterans Leadership Council of North Carolina Cares is raising money to rehabilitate buildings at the John Umstead Property in Butner.  John Turner, executive director of the organization, says when it's completed the facility will provide mental health services, physical rehabilitation and job training for homeless and at risk vets. 

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Military
4:14 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Durham Navy Veteran Celebrates His 100th Birthday

Members of the 1st Naval Construction Battalion on Bora Bora during World War II.
Credit U.S. Navy Seabee Museum

Durham resident and Navy veteran Jerry Smith turns 100 years old on Tuesday, and he’ll have what is likely to be his biggest birthday bash yet.  The North Carolina Executive Mansion is hosting a party for Mr. Smith to honor his service as a Navy Seabee during World War II. Attendees include Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, Senator Richard Burr, Rear Adm. Douglas Morton, as well as other Naval Commanders and Army Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk.

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Military
8:45 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Sequestration Cuts Cast Shadow Over Defense Trade Show

Credit US Dept. of Defense

Aspiring defense contractors are in Fayetteville for this year's annual Defense and Economic Development Trade Show.  Companies will be at Fayetteville Technical Community College to network with military and political figures and to see demonstrations of advances in combat equipment.

This year, federal sequestration cuts have brought questions from vendors about the level of military participation.  Scott Dorney is executive director of the North Carolina Military Business Center.  He says business are coming to this year's show looking to partner up.

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Military
5:00 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Outer Banks To Honor Runaway Slaves

An underground railroad historical marker, like this one from Ohio, will be dedicated at the site.
Credit HystericalMark via Flickr, Creative Commons

A little known part of Civil War history will be honored today on the Outer Banks.  A marker will honor a group of slaves who fled to the area in August, 1861 on their way north to freedom.  About 100 slaves helped Union troops load ships and build fortifications after the capture of forts Hatteras and Clark in return for food and shelter. 

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Military
4:01 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Putting NC Veterans To Work In Manufacturing

A veteran student from Fort Bragg.
Credit Fayetteville Tech Community College

East Carolina University has launched a crash course for veterans to learn modern manufacturing skills. 

The two-week pilot program started Monday morning.  The courses, which are free to veterans, are designed to help them reintegrate and work in North Carolina when they complete their service.

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Military
9:29 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Secretary Of Defense Chuck Hagel Visits Fort Bragg

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is greeted by Gen. Dan Allyn, commander U.S. Forces Command, as he visits Fort Bragg
Credit DoD Photo By Glenn Fawcett

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel paid a visit to Fort Bragg Monday.  In a town-hall style meeting broadcast live on News-14 Carolina, Hagel faced tough questions from the Ft. Bragg community, which has been hit hard with budget cuts caused by sequestration.

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