Latest U.S. National Guard News

Walz to deploy National Guard to help ease COVID-19 surge

Oct. 15, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Friday he'll use the Minnesota National Guard to help alleviate staffing shortages at care facilities that are struggling to cope with the surge in COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated Minnesotans. “These folks need respite...

Massachusetts National Guard to aid COVID-19 school testing

Oct. 12, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker activated up to 450 members of the Massachusetts National Guard on Tuesday to help deal with COVID-19 challenges. Up to 200 guard members will aid in COVID-19 testing in schools throughout the state, and as many as 250 members will be...

More Afghans arriving in Indiana to await resettlement

Oct. 12, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 6,600 Afghan refugees who began arriving at the Indiana National Guard’s Camp Atterbury training post nearly six weeks ago are awaiting resettlement. Additional evacuees are expected to arrive in the coming weeks, although it's unclear...

North Dakota National Guard contingent heads to border

Oct. 11, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Dozens of North Dakota National Guard troops are head to the southern border. The Bismarck Tribune reported Friday that 125 members of the Bismarck-based 957th Engineer Company have been deployed to the border for a year to...

Police: Teen tried to steal steal Humvee from armory

Oct. 09, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A teen attempted to steal a military Humvee worth more than $100,000 from the National Guard Armory in Hutchinson and swung a hatchet at an armory staff member who tried to stop him, police say. The Hutchinson News reports that prosecutors...

Guard unit to support resettlement operations for Afghans

Oct. 09, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

BELEN, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Army National Guard unit is deploying within the United States to support resettlement operations for Afghan refugees. A departure ceremony was held Friday for the Belen-based 919th Military Police Company, the guard said in a statement...

Idaho governor, lieutenant spar over COVID-19 vaccine

Oct. 06, 2021 01:47 AM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — With Idaho Gov. Brad Little out of the state on Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued an executive order involving COVID-19 vaccines. Oh no you don't, said Little, who promised to rescind it in quick order. The maneuvering of...

Maine National Guard soldiers deploy to southern border

Oct. 04, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gov. Janet Mills on Monday attended the departure of about 120 Maine National Guard soldiers to the southern border, wishing them a safe deployment. The soldiers from the 488th Military Police Company departed from the Portland International...

Guard members deploying to help at US southern border

Oct. 04, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Dozens of National Guard members from South Dakota will answer a call from the Pentagon to help at the country's southern border. One-hundred-twenty-five members of the 1742nd Transportation Company are being deployed for 9 to 12 months. ...

Lamont puts Guard on standby as vaccine deadline looms

Sep. 30, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont asked the National Guard on Thursday to be ready to help provide critical state services as a deadline looms for state workers to meet his COVID-19 vaccination mandate. State employees have until 11:59 p.m. on Monday to provide proof of...