Line of Sight

Snow falling on Arlington

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Spec. Brett Hyde, a tomb sentinel from the 3rd  U.S. Infantry, The Old Guard, watches over the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Sentinels are on duty every day guarding the tomb regardless of weather conditions. (Mike Morones/Staff)

Spc. Brett Hyde, a tomb sentinel from the 3rd U.S. Infantry, The Old Guard, watches over the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Sentinels are on duty every day guarding the tomb, regardless of weather conditions. (Photos by Mike Morones/Staff)

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Texas Nat’l Guard takes on snow storm

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Soldiers from the Texas National Guard's 236th Engineer Co. lend a hand during winter weather. Several cold weather and snowfall records have been set or tied around the state with this week’s storm. Texas National Guard photo

Soldiers from the Texas National Guard’s 236th Engineer Co. lend a hand during winter weather. Several cold weather and snowfall records have been set or tied around the state with this week’s storm.
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Incoming

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PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan -€” U.S. Air Force Capt. Tyler Johnson, from San Antonio, Texas, who is a lead engineer for the Paktya Provincial Reconstruction Team, Task Force Spartan, flings a snowball during an epic snowball fight with Paratroopers of the 509th Infantry Regiment on Forward Operating Base Gardez Feb. 20. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ken Scar, 7th MPAD)

Rescue in Pennsylvania

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Sgt. Alex Pell-Kline with the West Pittston Army National Guard rescues Tiffany Horner from her residence on Luzerne Avenue in West Pittston, Pa., from the raging Susquehanna River on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/The Citizens’ Voice, Ralph Francello)

Relief

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Cadets and staff assigned to Cadet Field Training finished their summer detail with a run-back from Camp Buckner to the steps of Washington Hall, July 22, in West Point, N.Y. After the runners came through Washington Gate they were cooled down by the West Point Fire Department.  (Tommy Gilligan/West Point Public Affairs)

Don’t Rain on My Parade

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Every Tuesday throughout the summer, Marine Barracks Washington conducts a sunset parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, VA. The parade on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 started as normal, but drizzle began to fall as members of the Commandant’s marched across the field playing a medley from the musical “Hair.” Umbrellas were passed out, and as the musicians sang the chorus from “Let the Sun Shine In,” the skies opened up. The Silent Drill Team managed to make it through their portion of the parade, but officials decided to call the event shortly after colors passed the reviewing party.

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Fort Stevens, Under a Different Kind of Attack

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The only time D.C. came under attack during the the Civil War was at this fort, near the Fort Totten metro station:

On July 11, 1864, Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early’s exhausted Confederates reached the outskirts of Washington near Silver Spring. Skirmishers advanced to feel the fortifications, which at the time were manned only by Home Guards, clerks, and convalescent troops.

During the night, veteran units from the Union VI Corps disembarked from troop transports and marched north through the streets of Washington to bolster the defenses.

On July 12, Early was finally in position to make a strong demonstration, which was repulsed by the veteran Union troops. In the afternoon, VI Corps units sortied against the Confederate skirmishers, driving them back from their advanced positions in front of Forts Stevens and DeRussy.

Also rather interesting: President Lincoln watched the action from Fort Stevens and came under fire from Confederate sharpshooters.

Another view of its location today:

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From the Ranks: 011210

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U.S. Army Soldiers of Regimental Higher Headquarters Troop, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Tennessee Army National Guard participate in training, Dec. 12, 2009, in preparation for a scheduled deployment to Iraq at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Hattiesburg, Miss. This will be the units second tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in five years and is the largest unit in the state. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Klika )

U.S. Army Soldiers of Regimental Higher Headquarters Troop, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Tennessee Army National Guard participate in training, Dec. 12, 2009, in preparation for a scheduled deployment to Iraq at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Hattiesburg, Miss. This will be the unit's second tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in five years; it is the largest unit in the state. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Russell Klika )