Pennsylvania National Guard

Wolf Cabinet Member Resigns After Mysterious Leave

Mar 11, 2016
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The commander of the Pennsylvania National Guard has resigned after almost two months on an unexplained leave of absence.

Adjutant General James Joseph is stepping down after taking a paid leave of absence that was announced by the Wolf administration Jan. 14.

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Pennsylvania would become the 28th state to create a National Guard Youth Challenge Program under legislation being considered by the Senate.

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The National Guard can say goodbye to its Apache attack helicopters.

By this fall, the Army will take control of all National Guard Apache aircrafts as part of its Aviation Restructuring Initiative, starting with 24 from the Johnstown Military Aviation Complex and another 24 from the Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

Army Plan Would Cut 1,400 Guardsmen In Eastern PA

Apr 28, 2014

The U.S. Army will propose shutting down a Pennsylvania National Guard brigade headquarters in Scranton with units based in eastern Pennsylvania by late 2016.

The cuts would amount to roughly 1,400 soldiers, due to the closing of the brigade and its affiliated units in Wilkes-Barre, Lewisburg, Sellersville and Philadelphia.

The proposed changes are part of a larger plan for deep cuts announced by U.S Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in late February.

Adjutant General Wesley has vigorously opposed the effort, calling it a foolhardy way to trim military costs.

Corbett Joins Opposition Against National Guard Cuts

Mar 10, 2014

Potential budget cuts to the Army National Guard have received opposition from 50 governors across the country, including Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.

A letter signed by the governors asking President Obama to reconsider the cuts was delivered to the White House on Feb. 28. In the letter, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin wrote that the cuts “suggest a pre-2001 strategic reserve construct,” which would take funding back to levels it was it before the September 11 attacks. 

The Corbett administration is assuring lawmakers federal programs can pick up the slack left by reduced state spending on veterans programs.

The governor’s budget proposal would reduce outreach services by 13 percent, or about $350,000.

In response to questions about suicide prevention efforts, Adjutant General Wesley Craig, commander of the Pennsylvania National Guard, says a two-year-old federal effort is doing the lion’s share of the work.

On this Veterans Day, the Pennsylvania National Guard is encouraging service members to seek mental help if they need it — and disclose when they’re doing so.  

At a forum in Harrisburg recently, guard members acknowledged a “prevalent” misconception among soldiers that reporting they’re seeking help could disrupt their career or mean losing their security clearance.

Capt. Sarah Lambert is a coordinator for the Guard’s Resilience, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention program.

State lawmakers are prodding members of Congress to keep the Pennsylvania National Guard from having to furlough its technicians.

The chair of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness is on a letter-writing campaign to fix what she sees as an oversight in the design of automatic federal spending cuts.

Republican Lisa Baker said while the sequester won't hit military personnel, it will mean once-a-week furloughs for military technicians.