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Membership effort set for Oklahoma

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American Legion national staff is teaming up with Department of Oklahoma Legionnaires for a district revitalization and veterans outreach effort Oct. 25-26 in the Yukon, Okla., area.

Veterans from Caddo, Blaine, Canadian, Kingfisher, Comanche, Cotton, Grady Jefferson and Stephens counties are invited to attend the effort, which will take place at Yukon Inc. Post 160, 1010 W. Main St., Yukon.

The hours are 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; a veterans service officer will be available both days to assist with Department of Veterans Affairs-related questions and other veterans benefits issues.


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Veterans outeach effort headed to Delaware

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American Legion national staff is teaming up with Department of Delaware Legionnaires for a district revitalization and veterans outreach effort Oct. 26-27 in the Harrington, Del., area.

Veterans from Kent and Sussex counties are invited to attend the effort, which will take place at Callaway-Kemp-Raughley-Tee Post 7, 17448 South Dupont Highway, Harrington.

The hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 27. A veterans service officer will be available both days to assist with Department of Veterans Affairs-related questions and other veterans benefits issues.


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California post ham club to participate in state preparedness drill

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Tom McLean, Area 5 commissioner for the California American Legion Amateur Radio Service (CALARS) and a member of Owen Coffman Post 519 in Palm Springs, Calif., reports on the participation of Post 519’s ham club in a disaster-preparedness drill on Oct. 18:

At 10:18 a.m. on Oct. 18, 2018, millions of Californians will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” in the Great California ShakeOut (GSO), the state’s largest earthquake drill ever. All volunteer radio groups are encouraged to participate.

Major earthquakes may happen anywhere you live, work or travel. The ShakeOut is our chance to practice how to protect ourselves, and for everyone to become prepared. The goal is to prevent a major earthquake from becoming a catastrophe for you, your organization and your community. The American Legion Post 519 Amateur Radio Club (K6TAL) will again be operating a special event station as an Emergency Operation Center for the Great California ShakeOut. We will be testing our radio equipment, receiving incoming calls from amateur operators in the field. This is a drill simulating damage during an earthquake. The public and veterans are encouraged to join in and participate. About 60 percent of Americans are not prepared for a catastrophic event such as an earthquake, as reported by DHS and FEMA.

Please check in to the GSO Net on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 10:18 a.m. from K6TAL on the following frequencies:

10:18-10:45 a.m.: 2-meters, 146.760MHz (-) (107.2) (San Jay)

10:45-10:50 a.m.: 70 cm, 445.860MHz (-) (107.2) WB6RLC

10:50-11:00 a.m.: 1.25 Meters 224.480MHz (-) (110.9) RATS 220

11:00-11:10 a.m.: Simplex 145.450

11:10- 11:18 a.m.: HF 7.278MHz

Note: The HF frequency will be receiving calls from 9:30 a.m. until the net shuts down.

Please show your support for this important event! The net will officially begin at 10:18 a.m. and will last approximately one hour. You may check in anytime during that hour. Also, someone will be on frequency at 9:30 a.m. for early check-ins. Normal operations will be in effect, but participants should be allowed to break in to check into the net, and transmissions should be kept short between 10:18 and 11:18.

To read more about the Great ShakeOut, visit www.shakeout.org/california.


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Reistad remarks to NEC to stream live

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American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad will kick off the Fall Meetings – at National Headquarters in Indianapolis – on Wednesday, Oct. 17, with remarks to the National Executive Committee. The remarks, scheduled to begin at 9:15 a.m. Eastern time, will be streamed live, free of charge, through www.legion.org and www.facebook.com/americanlegionhq.

After the live stream, the comments – as well as past livestreamed events, from the Oratorical finals to national convention sessions – will be available for playback at www.legion.org/legiontv.


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USNS Comfort conducts mass casualty training exercise

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ATLANTIC OCEAN — Doctors, nurses and other embarked medical personnel aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort conducted a mass casualty training exercise in preparation for visiting medical sites in Central and South America, recently.

The exercise tested the Comfort’s crew in mass casualty triage, care and first-aid practices. Participants included multi-service members, partner nation service members and mission volunteers.

“A mass casualty event, by nature, is chaotic,” said Navy Lt. Jessie Paull, a general surgery resident embarked on Comfort. “Being able to practice, it gets your nerves under control.”

The event started on the flight deck of the ship and continued down to Comfort’s casualty receiving area.

“Getting the team squared away is essential to execute this mission during a real event,” said Paull.

The exercise included various medical procedures including basic medical triage techniques, blood tests and computed tomography (CT) scans.

“This is exactly what I would hope to see coming from a group of professionals on, essentially, day three of our mission,” said Navy Capt. William Shafley, commander, Task Force 49.

Comfort is on an 11-week medical support mission to Central and South America as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise initiative. Working with health and government partners in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras, the embarked medical team will provide care on board and at land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by an increase in cross-border migrants. The deployment reflects the United States’ enduring promise of friendship, partnership and solidarity with the Americas.

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The issuance or replacement of military service medals, awards and decorations must be requested in writing.

Requests should be submitted in writing to the appropriate military service branch division of the NPRC. Standard form (SF 180), available through the VA, is recommended to submit your request. Generally, there is no charge for medal or award replacements. For more information, or for the mailing address of the military branch office to submit your request to, call 1-86-NARA-NARA (1-866-272-6272) or visit the NPRC website at www.archives.gov