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Shutdown cancels WA Guard weekend training

Washington National Guard units canceled monthly training this weekend because of the federal government shutdown.

A Guard spokeswoman said some 8,000 members of Army and Air Guard units across Washington will forego their drill weekend  — and the paycheck from the federal government that goes with that.

Karina Shagren said the training sessions will have to be made up at some future point, and guard members will be paid for that.

Fire emergency declared

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire is activating some National Guard units to help fight fires in Eastern Washington in what she labeled “one of the worst fire situations I can recall” during her tenure.

The activation order is part of an emergency proclamation Gregoire signed Thursday. It calls for air support from the Guard to help fight fires;, directs state agencies to do “everything reasonably possible” to help cities, towns and counties respond to fires and recover from them; and calls on the state Emergency Operations Center to coordinate all efforts.

As of late Thursday, fires were threatening more than 500 homes and prompted numerous evacuations, Gregoire said in the emergency proclamation, and resources throughout the state are limited because of firefighting efforts throughout the region.


WA Guard notified they may be called up

OLYMPIA — The Washington Army National Guard's 81st Combat Brigade got a “Notice of Sourcing” recently that indicates some 3,000 soldiers may be called up for another overseas tour of duty. But there's no indication where or when this could happen.

A Notice of Sourcing is a new process and the earliest word a Guard unit gets about a possible upcoming deployment. It could be followed by an Alert Order, which would be followed by Mobilization Order that would have fuller details of a deployment.

Te 506th Military Police Company, a 50-person unit based in Tacoma, also received a Notice of Sourcing.

Capt. Keith Kosik, a Guard spokesman, said the Notice of Sourcing has been added to the Pentagon's notification process since the last time the 81st was called up, so it's not possible to say with any certainty how much time can elapse between the notice and an Alert Order if one is to come.

“It's certainly not set in stone. We're being considerd as a possible solution to a mission,” Kosik said. “We really don't know if we will receive an Alert Order.”

The 81st has served two tours in Iraq, from March 2004 to March 2005, and from August 2008 to August 2009. The 506th, which was formed in September 2005, was in Iraq from May 2007 to May 2008.

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