Policy & Advocacy
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8/20/2018

Retired jurists Robert Holzberg and Chase Rogers have launched the Connecticut Lawyers for Immigration Justice, a nonprofit that seeks to raise funds for immigrants in need of legal representation. "For us, this is really about the right to due process and the right to assistance to counsel," Holzberg says.

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The Associated Press
8/20/2018

Hurricane Harvey struck the US Gulf Coast one year ago, generating donations of $774 million from about 5.4 million donors, according to Charity Navigator. Chief Operating Officer Larry Lieberman says most organizations are still active in the area, and that affordable housing remains the most pressing need.

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Fast Company online
8/20/2018

The Pentagon's Defense Travel System, which troops use to file travel vouchers and book travel, is getting an upgrade. The Defense Department has awarded US software firm SAP Concur a $9.3 million contract to develop the new system and have a prototype in place within two years.

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8/20/2018

A cabin pressurization problem forced a C-17 Globemaster III traveling from Maryland to Texas to make an emergency landing at Tennessee's McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base on Friday. The aircraft is assigned to the Air Force Reserve's 315th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina.

8/20/2018

Some lawmakers are questioning President Donald Trump's Space Force proposal. "Traditionally, this has been a role played by the Air Force, and I've not yet heard a compelling case why we need a separate force," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the Senate majority whip.

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Defense News
8/20/2018

A training exercise early this month brought together troops from the Nebraska Air National Guard, the active-duty Air Force and the Air Force Reserve's 49th Intelligence Squadron. The exercise helped the units learn to work together and share resources quickly and efficiently -- a concept called Total Force Integration.

8/20/2018

A Training Support and Synchronization Working Group held this month focused on readiness and training plans for Army National Guard and Reserve units, with help from First Army. "While this is a synchronization event, collaboration and negotiation are key, and it is a total force effort," Maj. Gen. Chris Gentry said.

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Army.mil
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8/20/2018

The Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command is an example of the Army's multicomponent capabilities, as it uses National Guard, Reserve and active-duty troops. "I believe that we have certainly established what 'right' looks like when it comes to multi-compo," Brig. Gen. Tim Lawson said.

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Army.mil
8/20/2018

Army Reserve ambassadors from a 19-state region gathered recently in Minnesota to advocate for Reserve troops and their families. The ambassadors, all from the 88th Readiness Division, discussed changes such as force modernization and the new Army Combat Fitness Test.

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8/20/2018

Hazardous levels of lead paint have been found in old houses on several military bases in the US, posing a poisoning threat to children. Testing turned up dangerous levels of lead at Fort Benning, Ga., and Fort Knox, Ky., among others.

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Reuters
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