The cancellation of the C27J Spartan aircraft would leave the state guard without airlift capability for overseas deployments or state emergencies — and the 250 pilots, loadmasters, maintenance and other personnel of the 135th Airlift Group without an assignment.
Maryland National Guard members are running convoys carrying weapons, munitions and equipment over explosive-strewn highways to combat troops in Afghanistan. Such work is helping to create the conditions for the coming U.S. handover of the country's security, American military officials say.
Mourners of Airman 1st Class Matthew Ryan Seidler said the Westminster man had followed his dream of serving his country, found a band of brothers in the Air Force and died protecting his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan.
Rather than signal an improvement in ties between two uneasy allies in the war against Islamic extremists, the resumption of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan could make an already tense relationship worse
Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 17, for a Westminster airman who was killed Jan. 5 from injuries suffered from an improvised explosive device attack on Jan. 5 in Shir ghazi, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan.
President Barack Obama says his new defense strategy will make U.S. military forces "leaner," but officials in Maryland say the focus of the local installations and contractors on intelligence, cyberwarfare and research and development is likely to protect the state from the cuts feared elsewhere.
The end of the war in Iraq had sent thousands of military service members home just in time for the holidays. Many pass through Baltimore Washington International Airport, before returning to families and, often, babies born while they were away.