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National Guard troops begin to arrive on U.S.-Mexico border

Earlier this week, President Trump announced that until a border wall was completed between the United States and Mexico, he was assigning military personnel to support the security mission. The declaration by the President is not without precedent, and also not without controversy.

While Oregon’s Gov. Kate Brown was the first governor to refuse to commit troops, 150 Texas National Guard Soldiers, some flying to the border in Lakota helicopters, were among the first to arrive to augment Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol personnel. According to ABC News the Texas Guard Soldiers join “100 Texas guardsmen who have been supporting previous border security operations in the area.”

Arizona also has plans to send 150 National Guard Soldiers to stand up the effort while Nevada’s governor has taken sides with Kate Brown in refusing to commit troops.   Arizona and New Mexico have welcomed deployment of the Guard along the southwest border as a matter of public safety.

California’s Gov. Jerry Brown is still on the fence regarding troops deployment, but as of this morning has not openly refused to send guard troops to the border.  His stance on immigration has been mixed over his two governorships.  In 1975, Gov. Brown refused to help Vietnamese immigrants who had arrived in his state and who were being temporarily housed at Camp Pendleton.  He viewed the new immigrants as a huge liability.  It wasn’t until Washington’s Gov. Dan Evans sent his Secretary of State to California to say, “The citizens of Washington State will take these people and give them a home.”  Forty-plus years later, it seems as if Gov. Brown is trying his best to make up for his cold heartedness in 1975, by turning California into a Sanctuary State for illegal immigrants.

As a matter of precedent, President Geo. W. Bush deployed some 6,000 U.S. troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and President Obama required another 1,200 troops to support border security in 2010.

Most National Guard units are awaiting orders and guidance on the new directive.  Troops who report for duty along the border will be in a support role only.  Here are the guidelines: 

The president can legally utilize the Guard though two legal statues: Title 32 or Title 10.

Title 10 of the U.S. Code federalizes the Guard and gives the president full control of the troops. Federalized Guard troops may be deployed anywhere in the world.

Under Title 32, Guard troops may be used within the continental U.S. to perform homeland defense activities. The federal government pays for the costs of the operation, but the governor retains ultimate command and control of the troops.


King County’s Mountain View Fire and Rescue Pancake Breakfast to benefit Seattle Childrens Hospital

Come early and come hungry to King County’s Mountain View Fire and Rescue, Station 96, community pancake breakfast, Saturday, April 21.  Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. to the aroma of sizzling sausage.  But that’s not all that’s on the menu; pancakes, eggs, hash browns, biscuits and gravy along with coffee, orange juice, and water means there’s something for everyone’s taste buds!

A flight crew from Northwest Flight will drop in so the community can get an up close and personal look at a rescue helicopter and meet some of the most skilled rescue workers in the field.

Officers from the Black Diamond Police Department as well as display vehicles from Tri Med and Medic One will also be on hand.  But the real fun starts for children with a junior fire-fighting challenge.   That Saturday, more than one child will make up his or her mind to become a real-for-real firefighter “when they grow up”.

Members of the Mountain View Fire and Rescue will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate various types of fire and rescue equipment and remind the public of safety measures they can take in their own homes and while driving.

Everyone’s favorite’s, McGruff the crime dog and Sparky the fire dog will be on paw-patrol that morning.

All donations from the breakfast will go to Seattle Children’s Hospital.  Mountain View Fire and Rescue has set their goal at $5,000.  If you can’t make it to breakfast April 21, but would like to support the event, click here to make a donation:

Breakfast and other items have been generously donated by The Core Group, Sysco Foods, Walmart, and Costco.

If you have questions about the event, including how to get there, contact Jim Morris  or call the Mountain View Fire and Rescue non-emergency number:  253-735-0284.

September’s community breakfast hosted by Mountain View Fire and Rescue raised $2,700 for Cancer Care Alliance.

Fort Bragg Master Sgt. killed in Syria identified by Department of Defense

Earlier today, the Department of Defense announced the death of an American Soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in Syria.

Master Sgt. Johnathan J. Dunbar, 36, of Austin, Texas, died March 30, 2018 in Manbij, Syria, as a result of injuries when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near his patrol.  Master Sgt. Dunbar was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Ft Bragg, North Carolina.


Army W.T.F! Moments published this:

According to an initial statement from the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), two coalition members were killed and five were wounded by an IED in Syria Thursday night.

The other coalition member killed was UK soldier Sergeant Matt Tonroe, from the 3rd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment who was embedded with the US-led coalition.

The DoD said Thursday the “wounded personnel received immediate care and are being evacuated for further medical treatment.”

According to the Associated Press and other reports, a roadside bomb exploded close to the headquarters of the Manbij Military Council, an Arab-Kurdish US.-backed group, in the town of Manbij in Syria.

The incident is under investigation by the United States military.

Master Sgt. Dunbar’s biography was also published by Army W.T.F! Moments:

Dunbar was born July 15, 1981, in International Falls, Minnesota, and graduated in 1999 from John B. Connally High School in Austin, Texas.

Dunbar first entered the United States Army as an Infantryman in May 2005, completing his initial entry training Fort Benning, GA.

His first assignment was with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served as a Machine Gunner, Fire Team Leader, and Squad Leader. During his tenure, he deployed once to Afghanistan and once to Iraq in support of combat operations. In November of 2009, he transitioned to Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 38th Cavalry Regiment (Long Range Surveillance), Fort Hood, TX, where he served for four years as a Squad Leader. During his time in Fort Hood, he deployed to Iraq once again in support of combat operations.

In 2013, Master Sergeant Dunbar was assigned to Headquarters, United States Special Operations Command, where he served as a Team Member and deployed three times in support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dunbar’s military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Combat Lifesaver Course, Basic Leader Course, Ranger School, Advanced Leaders Course, Pathfinder Course, Static Line Jumpmaster Course, Advanced Land Navigation Course, Senior Leaders Course, the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, the Military Free Fall and Jumpmaster Course, and the Special Forces Sniper Course.

Master Sergeant Dunbar’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (3rd Award), the Army Commendation Medal (4th Award), the Army Achievement Medal (6th Award), the Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 3, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd award), the NATO Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Military Freefall Jumpmaster Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

Additional information regarding Msg.Dunbar is available to media sources by contacting Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office at or 910-432-3383.


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