They gave their lives for our country and now their sacrifice has been memorialized at Clay National Guard Center in Marietta. 42 members of the Georgia National Guard have been killed since the Global War on Terror began in 2003.
The Georgia National Cemetery is gearing up to honor all military members who have served the country or are currently deployed. The Memorial Day program is scheduled for Saturday at the cemetery in Canton — about 45 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta.
An airman enlisted in the Georgia Air National Guard is being awarded a medal for showing extraordinary leadership in Afghanistan. He will receive the Bronze Start during a ceremony Friday at Robins Air Force Base.
The Georgia Air National Guard will keep 50 employees that were supposed to lose their jobs in September, The cuts were rescinded by the Department of Defense this week. Positions in Warner Robins and Savannah are impacted.
Both the state House and Senate have passed a bill changing the career qualifications for the state's number two in command of the Georgia National Guard. The measure smooths over Gov. Nathan Deal’s recent appointment of Joe Jarrard to the position.
Two Georgia National Guard units will spend a year overseas after a six week training period at Fort Bliss, Texas. More than half of the soldiers in the units have already served in Iraq or Afghanistan.