Latest U.S. National Guard News

Mexico Congress backs National Guard, weakens military role

Jan. 17, 2019 11:40 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The lower house of Mexico's Congress has passed a measure creating a National Guard, though it was quickly criticized by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for weakening controversial proposals to give the military a greater formal role in policing. Lopez Obrador said Thursday he...

Russian court rejects National Guard chief's slander lawsuit

Jan. 13, 2019 9:44 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow has rejected a slander lawsuit the head of Russia's National Guard brought against an opposition leader who had alleged wide-scale corruption in the guard. Gen. Viktor Zolotov, a longtime bodyguard for Russian President Vladimir Putin, had sought a retraction and 1 million...

Mexican president backtracks on military-led National Guard

Jan. 11, 2019 5:08 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's public security secretary says the new administration has listened to the public's concerns about the proposed National Guard and will place it under civilian authority. Alfonso Durazo told lawmakers in Mexico's lower legislative chamber Friday that President Andres Manuel Lopez...

Air Force confirms Wisconsin National Guard investigation

Jan. 9, 2019 6:56 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Air Force investigators have confirmed they're looking into allegations of sexual assault and harassment within a Wisconsin Air National Guard security unit, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin's office said Wednesday. Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, asked the Air Force on Nov. 13 to...

Senator seeks Air National Guard sexual misconduct probe

Jan. 8, 2019 5:09 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sen. Tammy Baldwin has asked Air Force investigators to look into allegations of sexual assault and harassment within a Wisconsin Air National Guard unit that were brushed aside by senior officers, according to a member of the unit. The Wisconsin Democrat sent a letter to the Air Force...

Mexico looks to recruit 50,000 to National Guard

Jan. 2, 2019 11:26 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador used his first news conference of 2019 to start recruitment for his new National Guard, which will become the country's primary security force. Lopez Obrador says the government hopes to recruit about 50,000 civilians to add to the guard's...

Ex-company owner to appeal Camp Minden explosives sentence

Dec. 29, 2018 8:49 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The former owner of a company that left thousands of tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant at a Louisiana National Guard facility says he will appeal his sentence. David Alan Smith, 63, of Winchester, Kentucky, filed a notice of appeal Friday with the federal court in...

Charity pays off house of Utah mayor killed in Afghanistan

Dec. 21, 2018 12:54 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The family of a Utah mayor killed while serving in the National Guard in Afghanistan will have one less financial worry this holiday season after a charity paid off their mortgage. Brent Taylor's widow, Jennie Taylor, said Thursday on "Fox & Friends" that she had been worried...

Medical emergency led to crash into base security barrier

Dec. 19, 2018 11:43 AM EST

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a driver having a medical emergency led to a car slamming into a security barrier at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in suburban Detroit. The Michigan's Air National Guard 127th Wing said the car initially bypassed security personnel who check...

Air base worker charged with making threats; many guns found

Dec. 18, 2018 6:46 PM EST

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police have seized more than 70 firearms from the home of a man who is accused of threatening to shoot co-workers at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in suburban Detroit. Master Sgt. Roque Diegel (DEE'-gul) is charged with making a false report or threat of terrorism. He...