Members of the Maine National Guard arrive for orientation an empty wing at Central Maine Medical Center, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, in Lewiston, Maine. The Guard will work as nursing assistants, helping to open a swing bed unit of the hospital that has been closed due to a nursing shortage. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

National Guard members can unionize if and when they’re called up by governors

In today’s Federal Newscast, National Guard members on state duty can now unionize, thanks to a new Justice Department agreement.

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One National Guard unit’s idea to improve efficiency: spend less time filling out forms

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Sailors facing long wait times for mental health assistance

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What veterans and service members need to know about military discharge upgrades

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F-35 Lightning II Aircraft assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing, Burlington Air National Guard Base, prepare for takeoff, April 13, 2022, in Burlington, Vt. The first overseas deployment of the Vermont Air National Guard's F-35 fighter jets will have the pilots and their aircraft patrolling the skies of Europe during one of the most tense periods in recent history. More than 200 Vermont air guard personnel, their equipment and eight F-35s are now in Europe. (Staff Sgt. Cameron Lewis/U.S. Air National Guard via AP)

Air Force awards largest ever military construction contract for F-35 facilities at Tyndall

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FILE - In this image taken from footage provided by the Ukrainian Defense Ministry Press Service, a Ukrainian soldiers use a launcher with US Javelin missiles during military exercises in Donetsk region, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is the largest conflict that Europe has seen since World War II, with Russia conducting a multi-pronged offensive across the country. The Russian military has pummeled wide areas in Ukraine with air strikes and has conducted massive rocket and artillery bombardment resulting in massive casualties. (Ukrainian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP, File)

Contractors are eyeing possible passage of a big aid-to-Ukraine bill

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The Army Corps of Engineers helps landowners know where wetlands begin and end

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People receive humanitarian aid in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, Saturday, May 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Andriy Andriyenko)

A call to Defense contractors: Ukraine doesn’t just need weapons – but humanitarian aid too

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FILE - Air Force Academy cadets make their way to their seats as family and friends cheer from the stands during the United States Air Force Academy's Class of 2021 graduation ceremony at the USAFA in Colorado Springs, Colo., on May 26, 2021. Four cadets at the Air Force Academy may not graduate or be commissioned as military officers in May 2022, because they have refused the COVID-19 vaccine, and they may be required to pay back thousands of dollars in tuition costs, according to Air Force officials. (Chancey Bush/The Gazette via AP, File)

4 Air Force cadets may not graduate due to vaccine refusal

Four cadets at the Air Force Academy may not graduate or be commissioned as military officers later this month because they have refused the COVID-19 vaccine,…

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How COVID-19 impacted staffing at the military’s hospitals and clinics

During the COVID-19 pandemic, staffing the nation’s healthcare facilities has been a challenge pretty much across the board. But the military’s hospitals…

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A long-time defense analyst joins the defense industry

For anyone in Washington wanting to understand something in the Defense Department budget, Todd Harrison has been a go-to analyst. Now, after seven years at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, he’s leaving to join a defense company.

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