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JB Elmendorf-Richardson Soldier killed by small arms fire in Afghanistan

This afternoon, the Department of Defense announced the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

Spc. Gabriel D. Conde, 22, of Loveland, Colorado, was killed in action April 30, 2018, as a result of small arms fire by enemy forces in Tagab District, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.  At least one other Soldier was injured in the same firefight.

Stars and Stripes had this to say about the injured Soldier: 

“That soldier was reported in stable condition at Bagram Air Field following the battle and was expected to survive his injuries. Several Afghan troops were also killed or injured in the attack, officials with the U.S.-led NATO coalition in Afghanistan said Monday.”

The Pentagon said that Spc. Conde was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

For more information, media may contact Lt. Col. Martyn Crighton at or 907-384-1542 or Mr. John Pennell at or 907-384-2072, U.S. Army Alaska Public Affairs.

The last Pentagon reported deaths were those of seven Airmen who perished when their HH-60 Pave helicopter went down in western Iraq, March, 2018.  Killed in the crash were Captain Mark K. Weber, 29, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Captain Andreas B. O’Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, New York; Captain Christopher T. Zanetis, 37, of Long Island City, New York; Master Sergeant Christopher J. Raguso, 39, of Commack, New York; Staff Sergeant Dashan J. Briggs, 30, of Port Jefferson Station, New York;  Master Sergeant William R. Posch, 36, of Indialantic, Florida and Staff Sergeant Carl P. Enis, 31, of Tallahassee, Florida.

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.

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