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There are 'thousands' of decisions to make about the new Space Force, but the military's 2nd-highest-ranking officer already knows the 'perfect partner'
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
The US military's newest service, the Space Force, is only about a month old, having been signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 20.
‘I wanted to prove them wrong’ — How the first enlisted female Guard soldier to graduate Ranger School got it done
When asked what Army Ranger School was like, Sgt. Danielle Farber wasn't going to beat around the bush: "It sucks."
Editor's Note: The following story highlights a veteran at IBM committed to including talented members of the military community in its workplace. IBM is a client of Hirepurpose, a Task & Purpose sister company.
Much of America doesn't understand what it means to be a member of the National Guard or the Reserves. But today's citizen soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines are exceptionally skilled at balancing their military duties with their family lives and civilian jobs. Meanwhile, it takes an understanding, flexible, and supportive employer to ensure that America's part-time service members have the tools to succeed in both careers.
Josh Atencio knew he had found a great opportunity when he accepted a position at IBM after graduating from Minnesota State University, Mankato. But the Minnesota National Guardsman didn't know how well IBM would support his job as a citizen soldier.
"When I was in school, balancing my coursework with drill and work was tough, but I made it work," he says. "When I graduated and started working at IBM, I had no idea how challenging it would be to balance both my military and civilian careers. But my teammates and leadership at IBM are incredibly supportive, and give me the flexibility I need to ensure I can be successful in both arenas."
South Carolina's National Guard armories are crumbling, vulnerable to terrorists, and putting soldiers at risk
In 2005, when former S.C. Adjutant General Bob Livingston went to the Bamberg armory, he saw a startling site.
It was raining, and a soldier was walking through the armory with an umbrella because there were so many leaks in the roof.
"It was comical, but sad at the same time," Livingston said. "But it illustrated what sad shape the armories were in."
Today, 16 of the S.C. Guard's 63 armories are listed as "poor" by the U.S. Army, and many more are considered only "fair" and may drop to "poor" soon, according to Col. Brigham Dobson, the S.C. Guard's Construction and Facilities Management Officer.
At the request of Gov. Tony Evers, the Wisconsin National Guard's Adjutant General Donald Dunbar will resign from his post at the end of the month after an investigation found a litany of failings in how the Guard handled sexual assault and harassment allegations.
The National Guard Bureau's Office of Complex Investigations report, released Monday, said the Guard's policies and procedures for handling allegations of sexual misconduct are out of date, ineffective, understaffed and in violation of federal rules.
A Minnesota Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with three Guardsmen aboard crashed south of St. Cloud on Thursday, said National Guard spokeswoman Army Master Sgt. Blair Heusdens.
At this time, the National Guard is not releasing any information about the status of the three people aboard the helicopter, Heusdens told Task & Purpose on Thursday.