Latest U.S. National Guard News

Mexico president to bypass congress to keep army in streets

Aug. 14, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president has begun exploring plans to sidestep congress to hand formal control of the National Guard to the army, a move that could extend the military’s control over policing in a country with high levels of violence. That has raised concerns...

WVa gov issues state of emergency over corrections staffing

Aug. 11, 2022 19:04 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — With staffing vacancies over 60% at two correctional facilities in West Virginia, Gov. Jim Justice issued a state of emergency Thursday that would allow the National Guard to help with the shortages. “These are critical positions and if numbers continue...

New Rhode Island National Guard colonel breaks barriers

Aug. 07, 2022 10:08 AM EDT

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island National Guard has its first Black colonel. Sharon Harmon attained the rank of colonel at a promotion ceremony Saturday at the Joint Force Headquarters, Camp Fogarty, in East Greenwich, the National Guard said in a statement. ...

Pentagon denies DC request for National Guard migrant help

Aug. 05, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon rejected a request from the District of Columbia seeking National Guard assistance in what the mayor has called a “growing humanitarian crisis” prompted by thousands of migrants being bused to the city from two southern states. Defense Secretary...

Water becomes needed commodity in flood-ravaged Kentucky

Aug. 04, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

HINDMAN, Ky. (AP) — National Guard soldiers rushed to distribute bottled water to flood-ravaged eastern Kentucky as forecasters warned of more rain coming to the region. In the days since historic flooding swamped the Appalachian region, the availability of water surfaced as a big...

Top election official races feature deniers of 2020 results

Aug. 01, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona lawmaker endorsed by former President Donald Trump who attended the Jan. 6, 2021, rally that preceded the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol and another lawmaker who also believes the 2020 presidential election results should be overturned are among four Republicans...

Infrastructure damage hampers flood recovery in Kentucky

Jul. 31, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

HINDMAN, Ky. (AP) — Damage to critical infrastructure and the arrival of more heavy rains hampered efforts Sunday to help Kentucky residents hit by recent massive flooding, Gov. Andy Beshear said. As residents in Appalachia tried to slowly piece their lives back together, flash...

DC requests National Guard help with busloads of migrants

Jul. 28, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia has requested National Guard assistance to help stem a “growing humanitarian crisis” prompted by thousands of migrants that have been sent to Washington by a pair of southern states. Mayor Muriel Bowser formally asked the White House...

Recent HS graduate slain in Detroit, 60 miles from home

Jul. 26, 2022 11:42 AM EDT

GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) — A recent high school graduate who was preparing to join the Michigan National Guard was found fatally shot in a Detroit basement, 60 miles from home. Police said Jacob Hills, 18, of Grand Blanc was in the Detroit area for a weekend party. His body was...

Arizona National Guard fills sandbags to help prevent floods

Jul. 17, 2022 12:45 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered members of the Arizona National Guard to help with flash flood mitigation efforts around Coconino County. Recent monsoon rains dropped lots of rain on wildfire burn scars in the Flagstaff area. About 30 members of...