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3/20/2019

Students at the Gilboa-Conesville Central School in Gilboa, N.Y., along with thousands of other students nationwide, are participating in Kick Butts Day, an effort to curb youth smoking sponsored by national nonprofit Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Students participating in the initiative pledged not to use tobacco and signed a petition seeking laws that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products.

3/20/2019

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson formed the Why Not You Foundation in 2014 to create "real and lasting change in the world by motivating, empowering and preparing today's youth to be tomorrow's leaders." Executive Director Carly Young says the nonprofit accomplishes that by providing a scholarship program, giving local grants and by supporting libraries and other community infrastructure.

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3/20/2019

Construction of a training support facility in Alabama, a vehicle maintenance shop in Kentucky and an unmanned aerial vehicle hangar in South Korea are among the projects that could see their funding shifted to pay for President Donald Trump's border wall, according to the Defense Department. The price tag on the full list of projects comes to almost $6.8 billion.

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Military online
3/20/2019

The Active Guard and Reserve program for the Air Force Reserve is expected to grow in the next three fiscal years to 26%. The program offers reservists the opportunity to go full-time and receive the same level of pay and benefits as active-duty troops.

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Air Force Reserve, Air Force
3/20/2019

US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly says a preliminary injunction continues to prevent the Pentagon's plans to implement, beginning April 12, a policy banning military service by transgender people. Kollar-Kotelly says the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit would have to vacate the injunction for enforcement of the ban to be permissible.

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The Hill
3/20/2019

A bill introduced by a bipartisan foursome of senators proposes several measures, including hiring more VA mental health workers, using alternative therapies and improving rural veterans' access to care, to try to reduce the rate of veteran deaths by suicide. The bill is named in memory of Cmdr. John Scott Hannon.

3/20/2019

Army Reserve Careers Division's Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Horner was the overall individual winner of the All Army Small Arms Championships at Fort Benning, Ga. Horner, who was a member of the team that scored the highest, also took the multigun championship honors.

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Fort Benning
3/20/2019

Army Reserve Lt. Col Anthony Tolentino took over as commander of the Pacific Region's 411th Engineer Battalion, 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 9th Mission Support Command this month in a ceremony at Fort Shafter Flats, Hawaii. Tolentino replaces Lt. Col. Henry Tennant, whose leadership was praised by 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Commander Col. Samuel Membrere.

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Army.mil
3/20/2019

The Bataan Memorial Death March took place this month at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., with Army Reserve troops from the 77th Quartermaster Group in El Paso, Texas, participating. The reservists were among approximately 8,600 participants in the march who walked either a 14.2- or 26.2-mile route to honor US and Filipino prisoners of war forced to march more than 60 miles by their Japanese captors in 1942.

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3/19/2019

The federal government has the authority to indefinitely detain illegal immigrants released from prison at any time, the Supreme Court ruled today. By a 5-4 vote, the court rejected civil rights groups' argument that the right to due process requires such action to be taken immediately after release.

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Reuters