Latest U.S. National Guard News

North Dakota National Guard resumes COVID-19 duty

Sep. 19, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Dozens of North Dakota National Guard members are resuming support for the state’s coronavirus pandemic response, military officials said. The Guard announced Friday that about 50 of its members are assisting the state Health Department with...

National Guard has a readiness center in northern Maine

Sep. 18, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — National Guard soldiers have a new readiness center in northern Maine. The facility in Presque Isle, in Aroostook County, will house the 185th Engineer Support Company, replacing its old center in Caribou. The unit continues to maintain a...

With hands tied, Montana officials issue public health plea

Sep. 17, 2021 19:55 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Health officials in both Missoula and Bozeman are begging Montana residents to wear masks indoors and get vaccinated as hospitals face increasing strain and the state remains without any statewide health mandates. Officials in Bozeman and Missoula...

More than 6,000 Afghan evacuees being housed at Indiana base

Sep. 17, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 6,000 Afghan refugees are being housed at the Indiana National Guard’s Camp Atterbury training base and preparing for permanent resettlement, two weeks after the first wave of evacuees arrived. After the first group...

2 Mexican guardsmen wounded in Michoacan fighting

Sep. 15, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A clash between gunmen and National Guard troops in the Mexican state of Michoacan has left at least two guardsmen wounded, officials said Wednesday. The shooting occurred near one of the entrances to the town of Tepalcatepec, about 350 miles (565...

National Guard to help Billings hospital with COVID cases

Sep. 14, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Seventeen Montana National Guard soldiers have volunteered to continue helping the state with its COVID-19 response, Gov. Greg Gianforte said. Ten soldiers will help at Billings Clinic, starting Wednesday, as the hospital faces capacity and staffing...

Kentucky National Guard sending 300 members to hospitals

Sep. 14, 2021 04:13 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky National Guard is expanding its role in assisting hospitals during a surge of COVID-19 cases that has stressed the state's health care infrastructure. The guard is activating 310 additional members in logistical roles to 21 hospitals...

Massachusetts National Guard to help with busing students

Sep. 13, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' governor on Monday activated the state's National Guard to help with busing students to school as districts across the country struggle to hire enough drivers. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said 250 guard personnel will be available to serve...

Connecticut National Guard troops heading to Poland

Sep. 12, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than 70 members of the Connecticut National Guard are heading to Poland as part of ongoing U.S. military preparedness exercises with European allies. A send-off ceremony was held Sunday at the state armory in Hartford for the Danbury-based...

US flag, sewn at POW camp, settles at Smithsonian

Sep. 11, 2021 15:33 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Its beginnings were humble, but proud and brave too. An American flag, assembled secretively and at risk in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp, was fashioned out of pieces of red blanket, white bedsheets and blue denim dungarees. ...