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June 7th, 2016 • Quill Archives
Mind the Military

When a standoff by armed activists at eastern Oregon’s Malheur Wildlife Refuge made international headlines in January, an aspect of the story referenced the U.S. military. Some occupiers wore military uniforms, and one prominent figure in the group — who told reporters he was a former Marine who’d served in Iraq and Afghanistan — spoke to the press using what sounded like military language.

June 7th, 2016 • Quill Archives
TIP SHEET: Covering the Military if Not Your Regular Beat

•Contact public affairs officers at an individual’s unit to verify his or her service record. If you don’t know the unit, you can contact the main public affairs office for each military branch. PAOs have access to records for current service members, including reservists and National Guard members, as well as veterans who served within the past 10 to 20 years, depending on the branch.