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The Idaho Senate will vote on setting up a program backed by the National Guard to help high school dropouts earn a degree. The “Youth ChalleNGe” program would open a school in Pierce in north central Idaho that would draw up to 120 potential students at a time for military-based discipline and training combined with educational instruction. Adj. Gen. Gary…

Gov. Butch Otter issued a formal proclamation commemorating Veterans Day in Idaho and will soon conduct ceremonies for Idaho National Guard troops leaving for Iraq. Otter said that people around the free world support American troops on Veterans Day. Otter visited the Idaho State Veterans Home, as did staff of Idaho Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo. The commander of…

Gov. Butch Otter’s office released sounds and photos from a picnic Thursday in Boise for members of the Idaho Army National Guard’s 116th Combat Brigade, which will soon be deployed to Iraq. Out of the approximately 1,500 Idahoans deploying with the 116th, some 560 are already veterans of the global war on terrorism, according to the governor’s office.  They range…

Two of Idaho’s members of Congress said that President Barack Obama’s move to end combat operations in Iraq signaled an expected change in military strategy and underscored the success of the surge of troops in 2007. Obama addressed the nation to discuss the transition by the military to advise and assist Iraq’s security forces.  “Our combat mission is ending, but…

Governor, congressmen react to Idaho Guard deployment Idaho’s congressional delegation and Gov. Butch Otter have expressed their support and well-wishes for the approximately 1,500 members of the Idaho Army National Guard who will deploy to Iraq in September.  It will be the second deployment to Iraq for the 116th Combat Brigade Combat Team, which also includes men and women from…

Idahoans serving abroad in the military or living outside the country for other reasons could get easier access to absentee ballots under a proposal introduced in the Idaho Senate Wednesday that would bring the state into line with a federal law requiring states to allow people living abroad to vote and giving them an emergency ballot if needed. “We need…

Governor Butch Otter has appointed Brigadier General Gary Sayler as the commanding officer of the Idaho National Guard.  Sayler replaces Major General Larry Lafrenz, who retired in 2009. Here is the full text of the Otter's announcement: (BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter today appointed Brigadier General Gary Sayler as the commanding general of the Idaho National Guard. He succeeds…