National Guard http://ripr.org en Rhode Island Rolls Out "Operation Holiday Cheer" For Troops http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-rolls-out-operation-holiday-cheer-troops <p>“Operation Holiday Cheer” was officially launched Wednesday. The Lt. Governor’s Office, Rhode Island National Guard and several organizations and businesses are teaming up to send care packages to Rhode Island guardsmen overseas during the holidays.</p><p>Capt. Michael Calcagni got a care package last year. He said it makes difference when you’re away from family during the holidays. “However when you’re away one thing that is always uplifting, no matter what time of year, is mail call,” said Calcagni. “And when you can’t be home and mail brings home to you, it’s even better.”</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:40:10 +0000 Catherine Welch 24025 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Rolls Out "Operation Holiday Cheer" For Troops Shutdown Keeps RI National Guard From Columbus Day Parades http://ripr.org/post/shutdown-keeps-ri-national-guard-columbus-day-parades <p>The Rhode Island National Guard said it has had to cancel its participation in all of the Columbus Day events. That includes the Columbus Day parade on Federal Hill.</p><p>Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Parente said there are 15 events on the calendar for next month, including some for Veteran&rsquo;s Day. He said if the partial federal shutdown stretches into Veterans Day, the National Guard will do what it can to have a presence.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 18:51:36 +0000 Catherine Welch 23084 at http://ripr.org