Latest U.S. National Guard News

First woman enlisted infantry soldier in Iowa National Guard

Oct. 25, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

AMES, Iowa (AP) — An Ankeny resident and Iowa State University student has become the first woman enlisted infantry soldier in the Iowa National Guard. Pfc. Taylor Patterson returned from basic training at Fort Benning in Georgia last month and is with Company C, 168th...

Monitoring system in place to track jet noise near airport

Oct. 25, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A new sound monitoring system is in place near the Burlington International Airport to track noise made by aircraft using the airport. The installation of the $340,000 system comes in response to the 2019 arrival of F-35 fighter jets at the...

North Dakota National Guard unit honored at homecoming event

Oct. 24, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Members of a Bismarck-based North Dakota National Guard unit who were called to active duty in Washington, D.C. late last year were recognized Sunday at a homecoming ceremony. Seventy soldiers with Company C, 2nd Battalion of the 285th Aviation...

New Hampshire National Guard partners with Cabo Verde

Oct. 24, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire National Guard has been selected as the new state partner for the Republic of Cabo Verde, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean off the northwestern coast of Africa. The partnership is part of the National Guard Bureau’s State...

Over 2,000 migrants march out of southern city in Mexico

Oct. 23, 2021 21:28 PM EDT

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Over 2,000 migrants, mainly Central Americans, began walking out of a city in southern Mexico on Saturday where they have essentially been trapped. The migrants walked along a highway leading west and north toward the U.S. border, and pushed...

Guard to hold public tour of Camp Ethan Allen Training Site

Oct. 20, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

JERICHO, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Army National Guard is holding a public tour of the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho on Friday. The tour will be mostly outside and include an overview of the Vermont Army National Guard organization and capabilities, a visit to...

Iowa National Guard members to help resettle Afghan refugees

Oct. 19, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Dozens of Iowa National Guard members are being deployed to help resettle Afghan refugees. The Sioux City Journal reported Tuesday that about 30 members of the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City are being deployed....

Oregon illegal pot grows: More calls to send National Guard

Oct. 18, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On the same day last week that a southern Oregon county declared a state of emergency amid a sharp increase in illegal cannabis farms, police raided a site that had about 2 tons of processed marijuana and 17,500 pot plants. The raid illustrates that...

1st woman to lead state Air National Guard assumes duties

Oct. 18, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The first woman to lead the Minnesota Air National Guard officially assumed her duties after a change of command ceremony over the weekend. Command Chief Master Sgt. Lisa Erikson is the most senior enlisted member of the Minnesota Air Guard. She's...

Walz to deploy National Guard to help ease COVID-19 surge

Oct. 15, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Friday he'll use the Minnesota National Guard to help alleviate staffing shortages at care facilities that are struggling to cope with the surge in COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated Minnesotans. “These folks need respite...