Latest U.S. National Guard News

Timeline extended for resettling Afghan refugees in Indiana

Nov. 23, 2021 17:20 PM EST

EDINBURGH, Ind. (AP) — Federal officials said Tuesday that they've pushed back their timeline to resettle roughly 4,100 Afghan refugees who are still at the Indiana National Guard’s Camp Atterbury training post more than two months after they arrived there. Limited...

Nevada Air Guard to deploy for overseas airlift mission

Nov. 23, 2021 13:51 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Members and aircraft from the Nevada Air National Guard are set to deploy following the Thanksgiving holiday for an overseas assignment with the military’s U.S. Africa Command Area of Responsibility. The Reno-based 152nd Airlift Wing, known as the...

Bidens open holidays with Christmas tree and 'friendsgiving'

Nov. 22, 2021 23:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden opened the holiday season at the White House on Monday by breaking off a sprig from the official Blue Room tree and giving it — and a big smooch — to her toddler grandson. “Look how beautiful this is,” the first lady said of the 18...

Minnesota National Guard to reinforce nursing home staffs

Nov. 22, 2021 18:24 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota National Guard will deploy 400 members to reinforce nursing staffs at long-term care facilities that have been struggling with severe personnel shortages amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Tim Walz announced Monday. The governor also...

Vermont Army National Guard offers tour of training site

Nov. 21, 2021 12:30 PM EST

JERICHO, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Army National Guard is holding a public tour of the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho early next month. The event will include an overview of the Vermont Army National Guard organization and capabilities, a visit to the biathlon...

Report: Maine Guard failed to address sex abuse in ranks

Nov. 20, 2021 12:58 PM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Substantiated sexual assault cases have spiked in the Maine National Guard, whose leaders have largely been dismissive of victims and lenient toward perpetrators over the years, a newspaper reported. Despite nationwide scandals that led to the...

Oklahoma challenging Pentagon's vaccine mandate for Guard

Nov. 17, 2021 15:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dispute between Oklahoma's governor and the Pentagon over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate is setting up the first critical test of the military's authority to require National Guard troops to get the shot and laying the groundwork for potential protests from other states. ...

Mexico to deploy troops to Riviera Maya in wake of shootings

Nov. 17, 2021 11:26 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico will deploy a battalion of National Guard troops to its Mayan Riviera in the wake of a spate of shootings that have put the crown jewel of the country’s tourism industry on edge. Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval, speaking Wednesday...

Unions seek bargaining rights for National Guard members

Nov. 15, 2021 18:24 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Labor unions filed a lawsuit Monday seeking collective bargaining rights for Connecticut National Guard members on active state duty ordered by the governor, saying they should be entitled to organize the same way as civilian state employees. A...

Air Guard to do evening trainings with F-35s

Nov. 14, 2021 09:00 AM EST

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Air National Guard will be doing evening training with the F-35 fighter jets this coming week. The flying will happen from Tuesday to Friday with take-offs between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and landings between 6 p.m. at 8 p.m. at the...