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This undated photo provided by the United States Air Force shows Brig. Gen. Paul E. Knapp. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has selected Gen. Knapp in the U.S. Air Force reserves to take over as commander of the Wisconsin National Guard following a sexual assault scandal that led to the former leader resigning in December, Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (United States Air Force via AP)

Air Force reservist picked to lead Wisconsin National Guard

Feb. 24, 2020 5:12 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force reserves who has more than 25 years of military experience will take over as commander of the Wisconsin National Guard following a sexual assault scandal that led to the former leader resigning in December, Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday....

Vermont National Guard group headed to Europe for training

Feb. 22, 2020 12:02 PM EST

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — Some members of the Vermont National Guard are headed to North Macedonia Saturday to support medical natural disaster training in the Balkans of Europe. The soldiers are assisting in developing two potential natural disaster scenarios, with their focus on planning and logistical...

57 leave quarantine at Guard camp, head to Omaha airport

Feb. 20, 2020 4:26 PM EST

ASHLAND, Neb. (AP) — The 57 Americans who were held in quarantine at a Nebraska National Guard camp left the location Thursday with all in good health. They landed at Omaha's Eppley Airfield on Feb. 7, having flown from the Wuhan region of China, the center of the COVID-19 outbreak. They soon were bused to...

Officials say 2 Iowa National Guard units headed to Africa

Feb. 19, 2020 12:20 PM EST

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa Army National Guard units are being deployed to Africa as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, officials said. About 90 soldiers from Troop C, 1st Squadron of the 113th Cavalry Regiment in Le Mars already are training with 40 from the squadron's Troop A, which is based at Camp...

Bennington considers land swap for National Guard armory

Feb. 16, 2020 1:10 PM EST

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The town of Bennington is considering a plan to swap almost 23 acres of town land on the edge of the community for a downtown Vermont Army National Guard armory. The proposal calls for a straight swap of the two properties, the Bennington Banner reported. If the deal goes through,...

Wyoming lawmakers kill 'Defend the Guard' deployment act

Feb. 14, 2020 6:58 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Veterans and lawmakers including U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, of Kentucky, rallied in support of a bill in Wyoming that would restrict combat deployment of National Guard troops. The bill failed an initial vote, 35-22, falling far short of the two-thirds majority needed for introduction in...

8 men slain in Mexico's Michoacan as president visits state

Feb. 14, 2020 6:20 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The bodies of eight slain men were found in southern Michoacan state Friday — the same day President Andrés Manuel López Obrador visited the state to celebrate the opening of another National Guard installation there. Authorities said the shooting deaths happened in...

In this undated handout photo released by, Mikhail Popov and his wife Yelena pose for a photo in Kamchatka region, Far East, Russia. A court in Kamchatka on Friday. Feb. 14, 2020 sentenced Mikhail Popov and his wife Yelena to fines of 350,000 and 300,000 rubles ($5,500 and $4,700) for engaging in extremist activities related to them being Jehovah's Witnesses. Russia officially banned Jehovah's Witnesses in 2017 and declared the group an extremist organization. Crackdown on the group has intensified since then. ( via AP)

Jehovah's Witnesses report convictions, torture in Russia

Feb. 14, 2020 6:25 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Jehovah's Witnesses have been convicted of extremism in Russia and four more arrested, one of whom reported being tortured in custody, the religious group said Friday. A court in Kamchatka on Friday sentenced Mikhail Popov and his wife Yelena to fines of 350,000 and 300,000 rubles...

President Donald Trump listens to a question during a meeting with Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump to transfer $3.8B from military to fund his wall

Feb. 13, 2020 4:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday slashed billions of dollars in funding for 17 Navy and Air Force aircraft and other military programs to free up money for the construction of President Donald Trump's long-sought U.S.-Mexico border wall, angering not just Democrats but also GOP defense hawks....

Dr. Nancy Knight, center, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention talks to reporters, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif. Nearly 200 evacuees are ending a two-week quarantine at the Southern California military base, where they have been living since flying out of China in the wake of a deadly viral outbreak. None have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, which has claimed more than 1,000 lives worldwide. Hundreds of evacuees remain under quarantine at other bases in California, Texas and Nebraska. (AP Photo/Amy Taxin)

CDC cites label error in mixup involving coronavirus patient

Feb. 12, 2020 1:07 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A labeling error caused a woman infected with the novel coronavirus to be mistakenly released from a hospital but the oversight was noticed as she was returning to a San Diego military base where more than 200 evacuees from China are living under federal quarantine, officials said Tuesday....