About 30 airmen from the New Hampshire Air National Guard are schedule to be deployed to the Middle East next month. The airmen will provide security for six air bases in support of Operation Freedom s Sentinel, which refers to the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan. The deployment ceremony held this Sunday will be attended by Governor Chris Sununu, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.
Captain Michael Petrin, with the Air National Guard, says having the dignitaries on hand can be important to the airmen.
The governor is the commander-in-chief of the New Hampshire National Guard and for them to see the support of their commander-in-chief, it means a lot to them. Especially for a lot of the folks it s their first deployment. The first deployment is always the toughest one.
The deployments begin in July and are scheduled to last six months.
An off-duty police officer managed to fly out of Los Angeles International Airport with a gun in her carry-on luggage last week. Officer Noell Grant of the Santa Monica Police Department said she only realized she d accidentally brought her personal firearm along when she was about to change planes in Taipei. The gun and six bullets had made it through security at LAX undetected, a fact confirmed by the Transportation Security Administration on Thursday. Nico Melendez of the TSA was quoted by the BBC as saying that authorities determined standard procedures were not followed and a police officer did in fact pass through the [airport] checkpoint with a firearm. We ll hold those responsible appropriately accountable, he said. Grant informed local authorities in Taiwan of the blunder and has been told to stay in the country, though she hasn t been charged with anything.
A local startup is going to be on Shark Tank and it s time to celebrate. Yes, that s right Guard Llama, the Chicago/D.C.-based startup that makes a personal security device that sends your coordinates to 911 with the touch of a button, will be featured in an episode airing on April 14.
Here s how it happened. Nick Nevarez had been an entrepreneur in the D.C. area for years involved in a couple of tech startups as well as a high-end barbershop and high-end car dealership. One day, while at 1776, he met the cofounder of Guard Llama and was immediately struck by the concept. See Nevarez had recently had an experience where he saw the potential value of a Guard Llama-type device while showing a car to a potential buyer he d had a gun pulled on him. He immediately called 911 but then discovered he didn t know exactly where he was.
Nevarez first joined Guard Llama as an advisor, and then came on officially in May 2016. Around that time there were Shark Tank auditions for minority entrepreneurs being held in the D.C. area, so Nevarez signed Guard Llama up. They really liked what we had to offer, Nevarez recalls, of the audition, and soon (in September 2016) he found himself filming. But the whole process was still a bit of a mystery we had no idea if that was going to air, Nevarez said. They really don t tell you. And so the team kept working Nevarez running biz dev, sales and marketing from his base in the District. And now, it turns out, the episode is indeed going to air.
The viewing party is kinda the coolest thing happening right now in D.C., Nevarez assured us, laughing.