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Retired Army Guard Soldier receives Purple Heart after red-tape delay


RENO (June 29, 2015) --  It took years of wading through red tape, but retired Nevada Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Vincent Arthur of Reno was awarded a Purple Heart medal he had earned for being wounded in action in Afghanistan in 2010. With at least three generations of his family looking on, Arthur was awarded the medal Monday during a ceremony at the Bruce R. Thompson U.S. Courthouse Federal Building.

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Recruiters take aim during firearms course in Hawthorne
Recruiters take aim during firearms course in Hawthorne

Thirty-four Soldiers of the Recruiting and Retention Battalion fired more than 2,000 rounds each during the unit's firearms training course in Hawthorne last week. 

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Vigilant Guard 2015: Simulated trouble in paradise
Vigilant Guard 2015: Simulated trouble in paradise

HILO, Hawaii – Nevada National Guard Soldiers and Airmen encountered simulated trouble in paradise when they participated in the massive disaster-response training exercise Operation Vigilant Guard June 3-6 here on the Big Island.

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Iconic Nevadan celebrated alongside national symbols at annual Flag Day ceremony
Iconic Nevadan celebrated alongside national symbols at annual Flag Day ceremony

CARSON CITY -- A venerable Nevadan nearly as old and recognizable as the U.S. Flag and Army was the master of ceremonies here at the state Capitol on June 12 when the Nevada National Guard hosted its 17th annual Flag Day and Army Birthday celebration. The Ghost of Mark Twain, portrayed by Incline Village resident McAvoy Layne, was the emcee of the event that also featured Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt as the keynote speaker. Twain was born in 1835, just a few decades after the establishment of the U.S. Army in 1775 and the U.S. Flag in 1777.

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New Army uniforms available in July
New Army uniforms available in July

WASHINGTON – Military officials said this week the Army’s new Operational Camouflage Pattern will be available for purchase in select military clothing sales stores beginning July 1.

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Retired sergeant major ‘committed to Cav’ dies at 50
Retired sergeant major ‘committed to Cav’ dies at 50

John Bersalona, a retired Nevada National Guard sergeant major and member of the 1st Squadron, 221st Cavalry during two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, died May 26. He was 50.

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Top NGB general visits Nev. Soldiers in Egypt
Top NGB general visits Nev. Soldiers in Egypt

SHARM El SHEIKH, Egypt -- Gen. Frank Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, was in Egypt this week to discuss peacekeeping mission issues with the Soldiers in the Nevada Army Guard’s 757th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell Brush, Grass’ senior enlisted advisor, accompanied the general on his trip to the Sinai Peninsula.

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