Members of the Arkansas National Guard, along with guardsmen from Oklahoma, Indiana, Louisiana, and Texas are conducting emergency training in Oklahoma to prepare in case a major earthquake strikes the region.
The exercise called "Vigilant Guard" will be held Wednesday at the Camp Gruber Training Site near Braggs in northeastern Oklahoma. The guardsmen are to hold the training that simulates a 7.7-magnitude earthquake occurring along the New Madrid fault in Northeast Arkansas and northward into other states.
Only a few weeks ago, The Pentagon lifted its ban on women in front-line combat roles, in a historic step toward gender equality in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Issues regarding women in the military have been on the minds of Arkansans lately. At a recent town hall meeting with U.S. Congressman Tom Cotton of Arkansas, one veteran confronted the Congressman on how he plans to address sexual assaults in the military.
Reports of neglect and inadequate care have advocacy groups deeply concerned for the safety of residents at the Fayetteville Veterans Home.
The state already considers ailing veterans at the facility to be in “immediate jeopardy” and has submitted findings to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which could lead to fines and loss of funding.
Lt. Col. Keith Moore waters a section of land the Ag Team has sewn with winter wheat. The team worked on a farm in Shahr-e-Safa, Afghanistan in conjunction with the Zabul Province Agriculture Department to teach new farming techniques and test crop products for resiliency to pests and weather conditions.
The killing of Osama bin Laden back in May and the continued dismantling of several jihadist networks are widely considered victories, but military officials warn that the road to rebuilding Afghan communities is rocky and the path to a peaceful exit is still uncertain.