Latest U.S. National Guard News

Pentagon: Troop contingent on border 'pretty much peaked'

Nov. 15, 2018 12:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of U.S. active-duty troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border has "pretty much peaked" at the current total of 5,800, the Pentagon's No. 2 official said Thursday. That is far below the 10,000 to 15,000 that President Donald Trump initially said would be needed to secure the...

Iowa National Guard soldiers told to return overpaid wages

Nov. 15, 2018 11:00 AM EST

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of Iowa National Guard soldiers have been told they were overpaid after a year-long deployment in the Middle East and must make immediate plans to repay the money. The Quad-City Times reports that about 366 soldiers with the 248th Aviation Support Battalion were informed of...

Guard troops search for more wildfire victims; 56 dead

Nov. 14, 2018 10:20 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — With at least 130 people still missing, National Guard troops searched Wednesday through charred debris for more victims of California's deadliest wildfire as top federal and state officials toured the ruins of a community completely destroyed by the flames. Interior Secretary Ryan...

The Latest: Outbreak of norovirus at wildfire shelter

Nov. 14, 2018 10:05 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the wildfires in California (all times local): 7 p.m. Officials say there has been an outbreak of norovirus at a shelter housing people who evacuated their homes to escape the massive wildfire in Northern California. Butte County public health spokeswoman Lisa Almaguer...

Remains of mayor killed in Afghanistan returned to Utah

Nov. 14, 2018 7:57 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hundreds of soldiers saluted the flag-covered casket of a Utah mayor who was killed while serving in the National Guard in Afghanistan and whose remains were returned to his home state Wednesday. A couple hundred motorcycle riders carrying American flags waited in salute outside the...

Guardsman at Texas border accused of sexual assault

Nov. 14, 2018 5:34 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas National Guard member serving at the U.S.-Mexico border is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a motel, authorities said Wednesday. Police in Alpine, Texas, arrested Luis Carlos Ontiveros, 30, on Monday. The Texas National Guard confirmed that Ontiveros was serving in a mission...

Mattis defends use of military on US-Mexico border

Nov. 14, 2018 4:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday defended the use of active duty troops on the U.S.-Mexican border, saying that in some ways it provides good training for war. He argued that it's analogous to a 1916 deployment to counter the Mexican revolutionary Gen. Francisco "Pancho" Villa....

Program aids N Carolina veterans with cybersecurity training

Nov. 14, 2018 11:51 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina veterans, reservists and National Guard members can now get free online training to become certified in skills sought in the job-rich cybersecurity field. North Carolina's entry into the CyberVetsUSA initiative was announced Wednesday by Gov. Roy Cooper's administration...

Report: Pilot error cause of deadly military plane crash

Nov. 10, 2018 8:59 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The cause of a military plane crash that left nine people dead outside Savannah, Georgia, was pilot error, according to a report by the U.S. Air Force Accident Investigation Board. Nine airmen from the Puerto Rico National Guard died May 2 when the plane plunged onto Georgia Highway 21...

The Latest: Trump threatens to withhold federal payments

Nov. 10, 2018 4:40 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 1:30 a.m. President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold federal payments to California, claiming its forest management is "so poor." Trump says Saturday via Twiitter that "there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly...