Latest U.S. National Guard News

Breakneck pace of crises keeps National Guard away from home

Aug. 01, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

SHADDADI, Syria (AP) — In the searing 108-degree heat, far from his Louisiana health care business, Army Col. Scott Desormeaux and his soldiers are on a dusty base near Syria’s northern border, helping Syrian rebel forces battle Islamic State militants and keeping an eye on Russian troops...

Pentagon grappling with new vaccine orders; timing uncertain

Jul. 31, 2021 01:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is vowing he “won't let grass grow under our feet” as the department begins to implement the new vaccine and testing directives. But Pentagon officials were scrambling at week's end to figure out how to enact and enforce the changes...

Pentagon grappling with new vaccine orders; timing uncertain

Jul. 30, 2021 23:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is vowing he “won't let grass grow under our feet” as the department begins to implement the new vaccine and testing directives. But Pentagon officials on Friday were scrambling to figure out how to enact and enforce the changes across...

Biden signs bill to fund Capitol security, Afghan visas

Jul. 30, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday signed emergency legislation that would bolster security at the Capitol, repay outstanding debts from the violent Jan. 6 insurrection and increase the number of visas for allies who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war. ...

Congress passes bill to fund Capitol security, Afghan visas

Jul. 29, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress overwhelmingly passed emergency legislation Thursday that would bolster security at the Capitol, repay outstanding debts from the violent Jan. 6 insurrection and increase the number of visas for allies who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war. ...

Texas National Guard will start helping make border arrests

Jul. 27, 2021 20:36 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas National Guard deployment along the U.S.-Mexico border will start helping troopers make arrests, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday, as the state begins filling a formerly empty prison with migrants accused of trespassing. Abbott said...

Noem jumps into border policy debate on border visit

Jul. 26, 2021 23:23 PM EDT

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s whirlwind tour of the U.S. border with Mexico on Monday was filled with climbing into military vehicles, visiting with troops and positioning herself as tough on an issue that's sure to loom large in 2024 presidential debates. ...

Montana National Guard mobilized to support firefighting

Jul. 22, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Greg Gianforte mobilized the Montana National Guard Thursday to assist in wildfire response as the entire state faces abnormally dry conditions contributing to fire risk. The governor ordered two helicopter support crews, including 24 soldiers,...

Maine National Guard soldiers to deploy to southern border

Jul. 22, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — About 125 Maine National Guard members are going to deploy this fall to the Mexican border, replacing others who's already deployed. The soldiers will provide support for Customers and Border Patrol agents for about a year, much like the 262nd...

National Guard still awaiting Capitol security reimbursement

Jul. 20, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois National Guard will have to cut training and force time off if not reimbursed for providing security to the U.S. Capitol after the Jan. 6 attack, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday. Hundreds of members of the Illinois Guard were...