Weekend Warriors No More

The beefed-up National Guard moves out from the home front

Joining the National Guard was once thought of as an excuse to get out of the house for the weekend and play soldier. These days, however, service in the Guard is no lark. When 38 medics from the Iowa National Guard returned to Iowa City last week, they were back from Honduras, not Fort Dodge. They had spent two weeks training in the bush and giving medical treatment to occupants of remote villages like Toro Muerto. The Air National Guard unit in Bangor, Me., has already been in Alaska, California and Italy this year and is revving up to fly off...

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