Latest U.S. National Guard News

101st Air Refueling Wing has a new commanding officer

Aug. 15, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The Maine Air National Guard unit that refuels jets coming and going from Europe has a new commanding officer. Col. Frank W. Roy relinquished command for the 101st Refueling Wing to Col. Matthew A. Bourassa during a socially distanced change-of-command ceremony on Aug. 1. Nicknamed the...

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during a news conference, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The storm that struck Monday morning left tens of thousands of residents of Iowans without power as of Friday morning. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa governor defends storm response as residents struggle

Aug. 14, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds pushed back Friday against criticism that she has been slow to respond to a wind storm that devastated the state and promised more help soon for tens of thousands of residents struggling through their fifth day without electricity. Reynolds said 100 members...

Walz names Manke new leader of Minnesota National Guard

Aug. 12, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new leader is taking over command of the Minnesota National Guard. Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday announced his appointment of Brig. Gen. Shawn Manke as Minnesota’s next adjutant general. Manke succeeds Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, who recently assumed his new role as director of the...

Lorinda Lacy, 45, stands outside her party store painted with a mural depicting Martin Luther King Jr. in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Lacy moved out of Watts 20 years ago because she didn't want her daughters to grow up with the trauma she experienced as a girl. She said she eventually became

55 years after riots, Watts section of LA still bears scars

Aug. 10, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There were no fires this time in Watts. There was no looting, no shooting and no National Guard troops patrolling. Protesters filled the streets around the country in late May and June following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, demanding an end to police brutality. There...

Lorinda Lacy, 45, stands outside her party store painted with a mural depicting Martin Luther King Jr. in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Lacy moved out of Watts 20 years ago because she didn't want her daughters to grow up with the trauma she experienced as a girl. She said she eventually became

55 years after riots, Watts section of LA still bears scars

Aug. 10, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There were no fires this time in Watts. There was no looting, no shooting and no National Guard troops patrolling. Protesters filled the nation's streets in late May and June following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, demanding an end to police brutality. There was...

Sgt. Alex Tokar says goodbye to his wife Brittney and son Nolan, 2, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020 before a year-long deployment to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in support of Joint Task Force Guantanamo to provide base security. Colonel Brian Pfarr, far right addressed the approximately 150 soldiers from the Stillwater-based 34th Military Police Company who will deploy (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)

Back-to-back deployments for Minnesota National Guard unit

Aug. 10, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — One of the first Minnesota National Guard units to respond to unrest following George Floyd's death in Minneapolis is headed out on a new mission. The 34th Military Police Company, based in Stillwater, is deploying on a yearlong mission to provide security at Guantanamo Bay Naval...

FILE -- In this Jan. 15, 2020 file photo, is state Sen. Kai Kahele at the opening day of the Hawaii Sate Legislature in Honolulu. Kahele is favored to win the Democratic Party’s nomination to represent Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District in the primary election. The seat is currently held by U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat who decided not to run for reelection so she could focus on her presidential campaign, which was ultimately unsuccessful.   (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

Kahele wins Hawaii Democratic primary for Gabbard's seat

Aug. 9, 2020 4:25 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Kai Kahele was prepared to do the unthinkable: take on an incumbent from his own party for a U.S. House seat. He felt so strongly that Hawaii residents were being hurt by the presidential ambitions of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard that he announced early on he would challenge his fellow Democrat....

FILE - In this April 29 2020, file photo, a resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is several times higher.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

The Latest: Brazil surpasses 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 8, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil has surpassed a grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic...

Delaware National Guard to hold deployment ceremony

Aug. 8, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — The Delaware National Guard is holding a deployment ceremony for more than 50 Army National Guardsmen. It’s scheduled for Sunday morning at the Army Aviation Support Facility in New Castle, Delaware. They are assigned to A & D Companies, 238th Aviation Regiment. They...

Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...