Army en National Guard Unit Coming Home Valentine's Day will be special for members of an Alabama National Guard unit that's coming home from Afghanistan. About 190 members of the 226th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade are returning home to Mobile on Friday morning. The troops will be welcomed by family members and friends at an armory in the port city. The group deployed in April 2013, traveling first to Fort Hood in Texas for training. Then they moved overseas to Afghanistan. The soldiers assisted with management operations for five base camps in Kabul. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:57:29 +0000 Associated Press 46808 at National Guard Unit Coming Home Army Scrapping 4 US Chemical Weapons Incinerators <p></p><p>The Pentagon spent $10.2 billion over three decades burning chemical weapons stored in four states. Now, with those chemicals up in smoke and communities freed of a threat, the Army's in the middle of another, $1.3 billion project: Demolishing the incinerators that destroyed the toxic materials.</p><p>In Alabama, Oregon, Utah and Arkansas, crews are tearing apart multibillion-dollar incinerators or working to draw the curtain on a drama that began in the Cold War, when the United States and the former Soviet Union stockpiled millions of pounds of chemical weapons.</p> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 01:45:42 +0000 The Associated Press 41730 at Army Scrapping 4 US Chemical Weapons Incinerators Army Wants To Ground Heavy Training Pilots <P>The Army is trying to thin out the ranks of its civilian helicopter instructor pilots with a 250-pound weight limit.</P> <P>New military rules set to take effect Monday at the Army's aviation training center in Alabama limit their weight.</P> <P>The Army is defending the limit, saying heavier pilots increase costs because more fuel is required to keep them aloft.</P> <P>A union representing civilian pilots at Fort Rucker has filed a federal lawsuit trying to block the new weight restriction, but a judge hasn't ruled.</P> <P>The suit includes six flight trainers whose weight ranges fro Fri, 29 Mar 2013 22:12:17 +0000 The Associated Press 27633 at Army Wants To Ground Heavy Training Pilots