Latest U.S. National Guard News

National Guard members to deploy in peacekeeping mission

Apr. 14, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Two dozen New Hampshire Army National Guard members are deploying to southern Europe later this spring in support of Operation Joint Guardian Kosovo, a long-running NATO peacekeeping mission. A deployment ceremony for Alpha Company, 1/169th...

Probe faults DC Guard use of aircraft during June protests

Apr. 14, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the Washington D.C. National Guard lacked clear guidance and didn't fully understand how to appropriately use helicopters during the civil unrest in the city last June when one of the aircraft flew very low over a crowd, a military investigation has concluded. ...

Watchdog lays bare Capitol Police's riot security failures

Apr. 14, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A blistering internal report by the U.S. Capitol Police describes a multitude of missteps that left the force unprepared for the Jan. 6 insurrection — riot shields that shattered upon impact, expired weapons that couldn’t be used, inadequate training and an...

NY jail guard, a soldier, arrested in Texas in fraud case

Apr. 13, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An Army National Guard soldier who works as a jail guard in New York City was arrested in Texas on charges that he lied about his military service to get extra government benefits, authorities announced Wednesday. Shawn Pierre Hobbs, 34, was arrested...

‘Clear the Capitol,’ Pence pleaded, timeline of riot shows

Apr. 10, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — From a secure room in the Capitol on Jan. 6, as rioters pummeled police and vandalized the building, Vice President Mike Pence tried to assert control. In an urgent phone call to the acting defense secretary, he issued a startling demand. “Clear the...

New Mexico governor gets request to send troops to US border

Apr. 09, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell on Friday asked Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to deploy New Mexico National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as more migrant families and unaccompanied children arrive, but the Democratic governor's office suggested that she redirect her...

Governor appoints first woman to lead Arizona National Guard

Apr. 08, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday appointed Brig. Gen. Kerry Muehlenbeck to be the first female leader of the Arizona National Guard and the state's emergency management agency as it enters a second year on the front lines in combatting COVID-19. As adjutant...

New Mexico leads vaccine rollout with 50% getting 1st shot

Apr. 07, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials on Wednesday reported more progress in getting residents vaccinated as the state continues to lead the U.S. in the vaccine rollout. State Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins said 50% of residents 16 and older have...

Capitol attack raises questions of security vs public access

Apr. 04, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are trying to balance openness with safety after Friday’s attack within steps of the Capitol, a challenge for Congress, nearly three months after a mob stormed the seat of American democracy, to “make it as secure as it needs to be but as free as we could...

Air Guard to train at night with F-35s over next 3 weeks

Apr. 04, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Air National Guard will be training at night with F-35 fighter jets over the next three weeks. The training starts Tuesday with takeoffs scheduled between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and landings happening between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. at the...