Latest U.S. National Guard News

Wyoming National Guard unit deploying to Kosovo

May. 26, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Army National Guard soldiers deploy this week for a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. Community members are invited to attend a ceremony for the 297th Infantry Regiment on Tuesday afternoon at Star Valley High School in Afton. National Guard officials say this is the first time...

Man retires after 43 years in South Dakota National Guard

May. 25, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — It was a privilege. Brig. Gen. Thomas Croymans didn't speak the phrase. He didn't have to. With a slight flush in his skin, he averts his eyes and wipes at invisible particles on his meeting table in his office. His voice holds steady. "It went quick," Croymans told the Aberdeen...

Guard F-16s to conduct Memorial Day flyovers in Tucson area

May. 25, 2019 12:38 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Two F-16 jet fighters from the Arizona Air National Guard will conduct five flyovers of cemeteries and other locations in the Tucson area on Monday as part of Memorial Day observations. The jets are part of the 162nd Wing based at Tucson International Airport. The flyovers will begin...

Ceremony set for Arizona Guard unit back from Afghanistan

May. 25, 2019 12:33 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of Arizona National Guard soldiers are returning home after a year-long deployment to serve as a security force in Afghanistan. The Guard scheduled a welcome-home ceremony Sunday at its Papago Park base in Phoenix for the approximately 330 soldiers with the 1st Battalion of the...

The Latest: Tornado touches down near Iowa City

May. 24, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 10 p.m. A tornado has touched down just south of Iowa City, Iowa, causing some damage but no injuries. The Iowa City Press-Citizen says the tornado affected two lightly-populated unincorporated towns of Frytown...

Wisconsin National Guard whistleblower alleges retaliation

May. 24, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin Air National Guard sergeant whose complaints about sexual assault within his unit sparked two federal investigations believes his commanders are now trying to force him out of the service and deny him retirement benefits in retaliation. Master Sgt. Jay Ellis filed a...

Ready, aim, oops! Historic tank turns lemon-lime yellow

May. 24, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A Korean War era tank owned by the West Virginia National Guard has turned bright lemon-lime yellow. The reason was a mystery until the sponsor of a science fiction club at Bluefield State College owned up to the mistake in a letter to The Bluefield Daily Telegraph . Jerry Conner...

Mexican congress approves safeguards for new National Guard

May. 23, 2019 11:23 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Congress approved a series of safeguards Thursday intended to prevent abuses under the country's new militarized police force known as the National Guard. Critics worry the National Guard may transfer military practices to the subtleties of police work including rules of...

Governor seeks reimbursement from US for migrant aid

May. 21, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Financial and logistical support for border communities coping with an influx of asylum-seeking migrants are on the agenda as the governor of New Mexico travels Tuesday to Washington to meet with federal officials. The two-day visit announced by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham...

Residents describe terror, confusion during RV park shooting

May. 21, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Residents described moments of confusion and terror as a gunman rained deadly gunfire on police at an Alabama mobile home park known as a quiet spot to live for both college students and young couples. Arrowhead Park, where owner Tom Cordi said the suspect resided with a woman who is in...