U.S. Army National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Paul Wade
The California National Guard can’t locate more than 4,000 of the 9,700 soldiers caught up in the military enlistment bonus scandal that has rocked one of the nation’s largest Guard organizations, according to its commander.
The brigadier general in charge of the California Army National Guard while reenlistment bonuses were improperly disbursed also took no action when alerted that one of the Guard’s recruiters pleaded no contest to two felony charges of unlawful sex with a minor girl in 2008.
A key air base in Northern Iraq that will house American troops and play a role in helping the Iraqi army retake its second largest city from Islamic militants is well known to a group of Central Valley soldiers who served there in the late days of the Iraq War.