Members of the Vermont Air National Guard will return to the Green Mountain State, after serving three months in the Middle East, according to a press release. Guard officials did not give a specific date, but said members would return at the end of February. When reached by phone Wednesday afternoon, Captain Tracy Morris, spokesperson for the Air Guard, said the mission went smoothly, and there were no reported injuries. Morris said for safety and security reasons, she could not release if the airmen were flying directly home.
While overseas, members helped with air-to-ground attacks, guard officials said.
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Bennie Bowers is the Director of Safety and Security for the Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD). He spent 25 years with the Michigan State Police. Bowers has a passion for impacting students.
“I’ve got a captive audience. They’re going to come to my schools, all I have to do is be proactive around safety and security opposed to just be reactive,” he says. Bowers says a personal tragedy helped promote a passionate plan.
“I had a personal experience with my nephew. He was found deceased in the St. Joe River in Michigan. And I realized I didn’t necessarily have a great relationship with him and it was based on my lack of being able to communicate with him on his level. He was only 15-years-old,” explains Bowers.
His plan for the PCSSD includes smarter security in schools, like limiting students walking halls and knowing when to close class doors. But Bowers says it also includes connecting to families and students, and that’s where he could make a difference in stopping violence across Central Arkansas.
“Something that could have an impact in reference to violence and a change would be educating the families on what their kids are faced with in 2017 as it relates to violence,” he continues. With the help of local law enforcement, Bowers recently started an Ambassador program to combat bullying. He hopes leaders from area schools will participate. Every week KARK’s Aaron Nolan will tell stories like this one with a focus on people who are making a difference in our community as we all search for victory over violence.
AROUND ARKANSAS – Hundreds of Soldiers left from six locations around the state Sunday. Around 700 Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment of the 39th Infantry Brigade left for a deployment to support operations in the Horn of Africa. The deployment is expected to last just under a year.
Soldiers departed by bus from Malvern, Camden, El Dorado, Hope, Mena and Warren.
The Arkansas Guardsmen will complete several weeks of additional training before leaving the United States to support operations, exercises and security cooperation programs.