military

Red River Radio
4:25 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Shreveport Memorial Honors Hometown Navy SEALs

Two Shreveport Navy SEALs who died when their Chinook helicopter came under enemy fire in Afghanistan in 2011 are now permanently memorialized in the city’s Riverview Park.

Lt. Cmdr. Jonas Kelsall and Chief Petty Officer Robert Reeves, both 32, rose to the most elite force – Seal Team 6 – which is known for killing Osama Bin Laden. At the dedication ceremony, Reeves’ father, Jim, said they were patriots with unfailing loyalty to country and each other.   

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Red River Radio
9:52 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Military Affairs Council helps Barksdale AFB weather sequestration

The liaison organization between Barksdale Air Force Base and the Shreveport-Bossier community is preparing to roll out a $100,000 scholarship program for Barksdale airmen enrolled in college programs. The Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs Council raised the dollars in haste when it learned that the military tuition assistance program would be cut due to automatic spending cuts by Congress. The tuition assistance has since been reinstated.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Veterans Advocate Pushes For More Jobs

Paul Rieckhoff discusses veterans issues.

Amid the parties and hoopla that come with a Super Bowl, there is some serious business going on behind the scenes. There’s a drive under way to get more jobs for veterans.

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Latest News
3:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Barksdale AFB Airman Arrested in Child Porn Case

An airman stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base is facing possible federal charges after police say he was in possession of child pornography.

The Times reports 21-year-old Issac Boger, of Auburn, Ind., was arrested on a warrant from Springhill Police Department for distribution of child pornography.

Police say Boger was arrested following an execution of a search warrant at Boger's residence on the base last Thursday.

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Latest News
1:00 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Bunkers Needed for Explosives After Evacuation

Authorities say they have run out of bunkers at a Louisiana military base for some of the millions of pounds explosives that caused a town's evacuation after the material was found haphazardly stored.

Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton says authorities are searching for more bunker space to store a military propellant called M6. The material could have to be moved out of state.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

National World War II Museum Set To Open New Pavilion

B-17 on display
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

New pavilion opening.

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans will be opening a new pavilion that highlights the military equipment that helped the Allied victory. The 26,000-square-foot glass-fronted Freedom Pavilion-Boeing Center addition will open this weekend.

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Latest News
2:56 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

New Orleans National Guard Unit to Get New Commander

A New Orleans-based National Guard unit dating back to 1838 will hold a change of command ceremony Saturday.

Lt. Col. Steven Finney will give Maj. Ken Baillie command of the Washington Artillery in a 10:30 a.m. ceremony at the Jackson Barracks parade field.

The unit's formal name is the 1st Battalion, 141st Field Artillery Regiment of the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

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Latest News
2:48 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Cleanup Continues at La. Explosive Company

Authorities say it could take up to three weeks to finish storing military propellant at an explosives recycling company that caused the evacuation of a Louisiana town.

The town of Doyline was evacuated earlier this month after authorities said they found 6 million pounds of the material improperly stored at Explo Systems Inc.

Explo contracts with the military to demilitarize explosives and other materials. The company rents space at a National Guard base in north Louisiana.

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Solve This
3:28 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Romney's Defense Plans Call For Higher Spending

U.S. Marines drive amphibious armored personnel carriers in the Philippines on Oct. 9, as part of the annual joint exercises with Philippine counterparts.
Jay Directo AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 7:00 pm

One area where President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney clearly disagree is defense spending. The president wants less, Romney wants more. But the difference in their approaches is about more than money.

When Romney looks at the future, he sees a series of threats: from unrest in the Middle East to a nuclear North Korea to what he sees as a defiant Russia.

Speaking to veterans in Virginia's Fairfax County last month, Romney blamed the Obama administration for cuts that will go into effect unless Congress and the president act.

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Fort Polk Museum
11:31 am
Mon September 24, 2012

VFW in Many donates tank to Fort Polk Museum

Fort Polk has a new museum piece — a World War II-era Sherman tank.

The Town Talk reports that Veterans of Foreign Wars in Many donated the World War II M4 Sherman tank to the Fort Polk Museum. The tank was retrieved from Many by members of the 46th Engineer Battalion and 88th Brigade Support Battalion on Sept. 12.

"We don't want it to deteriorate. We want it to be a proud (part of history) that people can learn about," said Larry Perser, the VFW post commander in Many.

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