Delaware National Guard

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Governor John Carney has signed an executive order that provides for the Delaware National Guard to assist with two 400 gallon tanks of water for the residents who have wells in the town of Blades.

WBOC reports that this follows the discovery of PCB’s in the underground water which is now being investigated by state, federal and local officials.

Tim Ratsep with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control told the television station that the investigation was only in its early stages.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware National Guard says it'll assist with relief efforts for those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports a statement from the Delaware guard says a C-130 aircraft was launched Tuesday to support evacuation efforts in Texas. Harvey first made landfall as a Category 4 storm Friday night near Corpus Christi.

Maj. Gen. Carol Timmons says the guard will continue to monitor the situation and be ready to provide support at a moment's notice.

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Governor John Carney officially reviewed the troops this past Saturday, the first time that governor of the First State has done so since 1993.

WBOC reports that it took place at Delaware State University’s stadium.

He was joined by Senator Tom Carper and Lt. Gov. Lisa Blunt Rochester.

He told the gathering that he was looking at the finest men and women in the state.

Carney also promoted General Frank Vavala to a four star general becoming the first to reach that rank in the Delaware National Guard.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the General Assembly's budget-writing committee are ready to begin delving into Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $4.1 billion operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Joint Finance Committee was to convene Tuesday to begin a monthlong series of hearings and discussion on individual agency budget requests for fiscal 2017, which starts July 1.

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There may not be a snow storm this weekend but forecasters are predicting high winds at the beaches along the Delaware coast.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there could be some power outages in the southern portion of the state.

The National Weather Service says offshore gusts could reach as high as 40 mph.

In the aftermath of last weekend’s storms the Delaware National Guard still has trucks in Sussex County and along the beaches.

These include 15 Humvees and six 5-ton trucks.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware political leaders are taking time out to commemorate Veterans Day.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join members of Delaware's congressional delegation and other officials Wednesday for the state's annual Veterans Day service.

Delaware National Guard Adjutant General Major General Francis Vavala also is participating in the event,  which will include local high school bands, leaders from religious organizations and community members,

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the General Assembly's budget-writing committee are set to begin hearings and discussion on Gov. Jack Markell's proposed $3.9 billion operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Joint Finance Committee was to convene Tuesday to begin a monthlong series of hearings on individual agency budget requests.

The committee was to begin its work with an overview of state revenues and Markell's budget proposal, followed by individual agency hearings for the state budget office and the Delaware National Guard.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The Delaware National Guard says it has increased security at an air base after its staff reported what might be suspicious activity nearby.
 
The guard said in a news release Wednesday that the activity was reported recently at the New Castle Air National Guard Base.
 
It says no specific threat has been identified. The guard says its measures to increase security are "simply a matter of procedure and increased vigilance."
 

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware National Guard officials are preparing to welcome home members of an aviation battalion following their 10-month deployment to Kuwait.

Some 70 members of 238th General Support Aviation Battalion are scheduled to arrive in New Castle Saturday morning.

The battalion performs command, control and communications flights and air movement operations. While deployed, its primary mission was to perform air movement operations, primarily the movement of troops.

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Delmarvans are emerging from up to 10 inches of snow that struck the peninsula yesterday and into last night leaving behind single digit temperatures.

Most school systems are closed today on Delamrva.

Local and state government offices are closed while federal offices are expected to open up two hours late.

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