Latest U.S. National Guard News

President Donald Trump speaks at Mount Rushmore National Monument Friday, July 3, 2020, in Keystone, S.D. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: Trump to establish 'National Garden' of heroes

Jul. 3, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's July Fourth celebration at Mount Rushmore (all times local): 9:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he will establish a “National Garden of American Heroes,” which he is describing as “a vast outdoor...

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks volunteer Alejandro Ortiz closes the gate after allowing an overnight camper access to the parking lot at Francis Beach at Half Moon Bay State Park in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Friday, July 3, 2020. California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the parking lots of state beaches to close for the Fourth of July weekend to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Half Moon Bay added to the closure by restricting visitors access to the beach. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP)

The Latest: Calif gov warns local officials on enforcement

Jul. 3, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning local elected officials that they risk losing state funding if they don’t enforce health orders as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. Newsom has rolled back or limited some businesses reopening in Los Angeles and 20 other counties, now including...

Navajo Nation facing another weekend virus curfew

Jul. 3, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Tribal police and the New Mexico National Guard are ready to enforce a weekend curfew on the Navajo Nation as officials on the sprawling reservation continue to try to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 370 people. The curfew that starts at 8 p.m. Friday and...

A member of the National Guard stands watch inside the gates as state police guard the street outside, at Las Americas General Hospital in Ecatepec, a suburb of Mexico City, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Mexico City, one of the world's largest cities and the epicenter of the country's coronavirus epidemic, will begin a gradual reopening June 1, its mayor said Wednesday, even as daily new infections continued to set records. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

One year later, watchdogs criticize Mexico's National Guard

Jun. 29, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One year after it began operations, Mexico’s National Guard remains at best an enigma lacking in transparency and at worst a clever political cover to keep the country’s military in a leading domestic security role, government watchdogs said Monday. President Andrés...

Contact tracers, from left to right, Christella Uwera, Dishell Freeman and Alejandra Camarillo work at Harris County Public Health contact tracing facility Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Houston. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the state is facing a

Tracking coronavirus cases proves difficult amid new surge

Jun. 29, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Health departments around the U.S. that are using contact tracers to contain coronavirus outbreaks are scrambling to bolster their ranks amid a surge of cases and resistance to cooperation from those infected or exposed. With too few trained contact tracers to handle soaring caseloads, one...

Construction begins on new Air National Guard facility

Jun. 29, 2020 4:08 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Air National Guard has broken ground on a new $8.9 million facility. The 28,000-square-foot (2,601 square meters) Response Forces Facility will house the guard's contingency response group, security forces squadron, base honor guard and a medical detachment, according to...

North Dakota Guard unit might be going to DC later this year

Jun. 28, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota Army National Guard unit based in North Dakota has been told it might be called to active duty later this year in Washington D.C., the Guard said Saturday. The unit consists of about 70 soldiers and operates the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. The Guard said in a release...

Louisiana National Guard plans hospital flyover in 5 cities

Jun. 28, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana National Guard plans a helicopter hospital flyover in five cities on Wednesday to honor first responders and healthcare workers. Weather permitting, eight UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters will start about 11 a.m. Wednesday — four in Slidell and four in Alexandria,...

Arriving passengers await their bags in the baggage claim area at LaGuardia Airport's Terminal B baggage claim area, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in New York. New York, Connecticut and New Jersey are asking visitors from states with high coronavirus infection rates to quarantine for 14 days. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Isolate on arrival: NYC region is latest to try quarantine

Jun. 26, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

Welcome to New York! Now don’t come near us for two weeks. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are the latest states to enact 14-day traveler quarantines to try to check the spread of the coronavirus. After being slammed by the outbreak this spring, the states' governors hope they can preserve their...


Wisconsin governor activates National Guard after violence

Jun. 25, 2020 5:25 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s governor activated the National Guard on Wednesday to protect state properties after a night of violence that included the toppling of two statues outside the state Capitol, one of which commemorated an abolitionist Civil War hero. Protesters also attacked a state...