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by TAMELA BAKER | February 20, 2003
tammyb@herald-mail.com When Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich declared a state of emergency as a result of this week's snowstorm, the 729th Forward Support Battalion of the Maryland National Guard was called to active duty. Headquartered in Hagerstown, the battalion assisted Maryland State Police in Hagerstown and Frederick, Md., with transportation during the worst of the storm and its aftermath, according to Major John Stevens. "We were out from Sunday afternoon to Monday evening," Stevens said.
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by TAMELA BAKER | March 28, 2003
Hagerstown-based Company A, 729th Maintenance Battalion of the Maryland National Guard has received a "warning" that members could be activated for homeland security duties, Maj. John Stevens said Thursday. But no official orders had been received, he said, and added that calls to The Herald-Mail and other media saying the unit was being deployed were made without his knowledge "by someone pretending to be me. " National Guard spokesman Maj. Charles Kohler confirmed from his Baltimore office that "we have not received an order yet for (the unit)
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by LAURA ERNDE | February 26, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com ANNAPOLIS - Maryland state employees can earn up to three years of extra retirement credits for serving their country as a member of the Maryland National Guard. But guardsman Brian Sharpe of Smithsburg can't get that benefit because he belongs to the West Virginia Air National Guard. His service with the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, W.Va., doesn't qualify. "In my estimation, this is simply not fair. I find it to be demoralizing we're offering a credit for some National Guard members and not others," said Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington.
OBITUARIES
March 13, 2012
Roger W. Hughes, 75, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away peacefully on Monday, March 12, 2012, at his home. Born Aug. 6, 1936, he was the son of the late Roger Beard and Lola Hughes. He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy C. Kendall, in 1995. Roger was a U.S. National Guard veteran, having served during the Vietnam War. Roger worked for 20 years at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa. Afterward, Roger worked for the State of Maryland National Guard as a groundskeeper in Edgewood, Md., until his retirement.
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May 28, 2013
Larry Edwin Gross, 62, of Hagerstown, Md., and formerly of Williamsport, Md., passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013, at Autumn Assisted Living, Hagerstown. He was born July 25, 1950, in Hagerstown to the late Howard Luther Glenn and Jean Marie Hull Gross. He was a 1968 graduate of Williamsport High School. He belonged to the Maryland National Guard. He was employed as manager of Ben Franklin Crafts, Wheeling, W.Va., until his retirement. He attended Faith Christian Fellowship, Williamsport.
NEWS
May 8, 2007
The Hagerstown, Maryland Professional Firefighters and the IAFF Local 1605 Foundation are hosting the annual Bonanza Extravaganza this weekend. According to organizers, this year's event is growing from the success of the 2006 Bonanza Extravaganza. "Last year's event was held at the Hagerstown Speedway, and the Foundation sold all 10,000 tickets for the event, and an equal number of guest passes," according to Rick Conrad. "The attendance on the Saturday of last year's event was nearly 7,000 people.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | March 24, 2003
pepperb@herald-mail.com About 500 area military personnel are in undisclosed parts of southwest Asia and others are standing by to be deployed as part of the United States' Operation Iraqi Freedom. Eileen Mitchell, spokesperson for Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., said about 180 people, including a U.S. Marine Corps reserves unit based out of the U.S. Army installation, have been deployed to parts of southwest Asia for the war effort. The Marine unit, the 4th Light Armored Recognizance Battalion, was activated during 1991s U.S. Operation Desert Shield.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | July 6, 2013
Deep green fields of soybeans flanked a crowd of thousands who gathered Saturday at Antietam National Battlefield for the 28th Salute to Independence. In between, green, blue, brown and other colorful blocks of plastic tarp and blankets covered the mowed grassy field where spectators waited to see the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's performance and fireworks that followed. Tents and beach umbrellas shielded them and their games of Uno, Go Fish and Dutch Blitz in the hours before the orchestra's salute, which began with the national anthem, “Maryland, My Maryland” and the Armed Forces Salute under the direction of Elizabeth Schulze.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | January 7, 2011
"Not since World War II has so much been asked of the Guard, with our deployments overseas and then the requirements here," Adkins said during an interview after he toured the armory. In addition to assignments close to home, such as supporting the presidential Inauguration and assisting police and emergency responders during last winter's heavy snow storms, the Maryland National Guard also has units deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and even some headed to Africa to drill wells, Adkins said.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | May 3, 2005
Maryland National Guard Adjutant Gen. Bruce Tuxill will oversee operations in Boonsboro next week when he visits members of the Maryland Army National Guard. According to Boonsboro Town Manager John Kendall, Tuxill, commander of the Maryland National Guard, plans to arrive in Boonsboro at noon Friday as part of his visit to Shafer Memorial Park. Members of the Army National Guard are helping expand the park.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | July 6, 2013
Deep green fields of soybeans flanked a crowd of thousands who gathered Saturday at Antietam National Battlefield for the 28th Salute to Independence. In between, green, blue, brown and other colorful blocks of plastic tarp and blankets covered the mowed grassy field where spectators waited to see the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's performance and fireworks that followed. Tents and beach umbrellas shielded them and their games of Uno, Go Fish and Dutch Blitz in the hours before the orchestra's salute, which began with the national anthem, “Maryland, My Maryland” and the Armed Forces Salute under the direction of Elizabeth Schulze.
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OBITUARIES
May 28, 2013
Larry Edwin Gross, 62, of Hagerstown, Md., and formerly of Williamsport, Md., passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013, at Autumn Assisted Living, Hagerstown. He was born July 25, 1950, in Hagerstown to the late Howard Luther Glenn and Jean Marie Hull Gross. He was a 1968 graduate of Williamsport High School. He belonged to the Maryland National Guard. He was employed as manager of Ben Franklin Crafts, Wheeling, W.Va., until his retirement. He attended Faith Christian Fellowship, Williamsport.
OBITUARIES
March 13, 2012
Roger W. Hughes, 75, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away peacefully on Monday, March 12, 2012, at his home. Born Aug. 6, 1936, he was the son of the late Roger Beard and Lola Hughes. He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy C. Kendall, in 1995. Roger was a U.S. National Guard veteran, having served during the Vietnam War. Roger worked for 20 years at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa. Afterward, Roger worked for the State of Maryland National Guard as a groundskeeper in Edgewood, Md., until his retirement.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | January 7, 2011
"Not since World War II has so much been asked of the Guard, with our deployments overseas and then the requirements here," Adkins said during an interview after he toured the armory. In addition to assignments close to home, such as supporting the presidential Inauguration and assisting police and emergency responders during last winter's heavy snow storms, the Maryland National Guard also has units deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and even some headed to Africa to drill wells, Adkins said.
NEWS
May 8, 2007
The Hagerstown, Maryland Professional Firefighters and the IAFF Local 1605 Foundation are hosting the annual Bonanza Extravaganza this weekend. According to organizers, this year's event is growing from the success of the 2006 Bonanza Extravaganza. "Last year's event was held at the Hagerstown Speedway, and the Foundation sold all 10,000 tickets for the event, and an equal number of guest passes," according to Rick Conrad. "The attendance on the Saturday of last year's event was nearly 7,000 people.
NEWS
by TAMELA BAKER | March 28, 2003
Hagerstown-based Company A, 729th Maintenance Battalion of the Maryland National Guard has received a "warning" that members could be activated for homeland security duties, Maj. John Stevens said Thursday. But no official orders had been received, he said, and added that calls to The Herald-Mail and other media saying the unit was being deployed were made without his knowledge "by someone pretending to be me. " National Guard spokesman Maj. Charles Kohler confirmed from his Baltimore office that "we have not received an order yet for (the unit)
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | March 24, 2003
pepperb@herald-mail.com About 500 area military personnel are in undisclosed parts of southwest Asia and others are standing by to be deployed as part of the United States' Operation Iraqi Freedom. Eileen Mitchell, spokesperson for Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., said about 180 people, including a U.S. Marine Corps reserves unit based out of the U.S. Army installation, have been deployed to parts of southwest Asia for the war effort. The Marine unit, the 4th Light Armored Recognizance Battalion, was activated during 1991s U.S. Operation Desert Shield.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | February 26, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com ANNAPOLIS - Maryland state employees can earn up to three years of extra retirement credits for serving their country as a member of the Maryland National Guard. But guardsman Brian Sharpe of Smithsburg can't get that benefit because he belongs to the West Virginia Air National Guard. His service with the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, W.Va., doesn't qualify. "In my estimation, this is simply not fair. I find it to be demoralizing we're offering a credit for some National Guard members and not others," said Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington.
NEWS
by TAMELA BAKER | February 20, 2003
tammyb@herald-mail.com When Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich declared a state of emergency as a result of this week's snowstorm, the 729th Forward Support Battalion of the Maryland National Guard was called to active duty. Headquartered in Hagerstown, the battalion assisted Maryland State Police in Hagerstown and Frederick, Md., with transportation during the worst of the storm and its aftermath, according to Major John Stevens. "We were out from Sunday afternoon to Monday evening," Stevens said.
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