National Guard

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Delaware Gives Beau Biden a Final Salute

National Guard names its headquarters for VP's late son

(Newser) - Delaware will name its National Guard headquarters in New Castle for Beau Biden. Gov. Jack Markell announced the honor Tuesday for the former attorney general and Army National Guard major who died of brain cancer in May. A ceremony will be held in the spring to unveil signs for the... More »

Christie to National Guard Leader: Lose Some Weight

Governor's order comes in wake of Pentagon reprimand

(Newser) - Gov. Chris Christie is demanding that the leader of New Jersey's National Guard lose some weight. The governor has given Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff 90 days to slim down and meet his obligations. The action comes after the Pentagon reprimanded Cunniff about his weight and for repeatedly... More »

NRA Is Training National Guard on Use of Firearms

Indiana enlists group for concealed-weapons class after attacks in Tennessee

(Newser) - The NRA has been instructing Indiana's National Guard members on how to use concealed weapons after the governor directed the state's military bases and training centers to beef up security in response to attacks in Tennessee . According to a survey by the Associated Press, Indiana is the only... More »

Armed Citizens Turn Up to Guard Recruiting Centers

After Chattanooga shootings, residents say they want to 'serve and protect'

(Newser) - Wisconsin and six other states moved to arm National Guard members on duty after last week's Chattanooga shootings; now armed citizens are heading out to add an extra layer of protection. Reports of these self-appointed sentinels—some of them from private militia—have filtered in from Ohio, Wisconsin, Georgia,... More »

7 States to Change Rules After Chattanooga

Wisconsin the latest state to say it will arm on-duty National Guard members

(Newser) - Wisconsin is joining six other states in arming on-duty National Guard members after last week's deadly Chattanooga shootings . "Allowing our National Guard members to carry weapons while on duty gives them the tools they need to serve and protect our citizens as well as themselves," Republican Gov.... More »

Arlington Refuses to Bury Soldier in Black Hawk Crash

Thomas Florich's father hopes for an exception to active-duty rules

(Newser) - Arlington National Cemetery says a Louisiana National Guardsman who was killed in a helicopter crash in the Gulf of Mexico can't be buried at the hallowed grounds because he was killed during a training exercise. The burial plots are only for service members who die on active duty and... More »

After Shaky Start, Baltimore Curfew Holds

10 arrests made overnight after protest dispersed

(Newser) - Baltimore streets previously rocked by riots were eerily quiet early today as residents obeyed an all-night curfew enforced by 3,000 police and National Guardsmen. The curfew, which went into effect at 10pm, got off to a not-so-promising start, however, as about 200 protesters initially ignored the warnings of police... More »

National Guard, Protesters Gather in Ferguson

Police pledge that there won't be another night of violence

(Newser) - National Guard troops showed up in Ferguson, Mo., today, pouring out of an unmarked school bus with automatic rifles to guard buildings that haven't burned down yet, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Meanwhile, a crowd of roughly 50 protesters gathered in front of the Ferguson police station and several... More »

National Guard Is Returning to Ferguson

Gov. Jay Nixon takes action before Michael Brown grand jury decision

(Newser) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency today and activated the National Guard in advance of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Nixon says the National... More »

National Guard May Go to Africa to Fight Ebola

President gives Pentagon authority to call up troops

(Newser) - Members of the National Guard may soon find themselves in West Africa helping to contain the spread of Ebola. President Obama today authorized the Pentagon to call up Guard troops and reservists if necessary, reports AP . The executive order doesn't mean these troops are definitely going, however, notes USA ... More »

Missouri Governor Calls Off National Guard

Jay Nixon orders withdrawal from Ferguson

(Newser) - With the violence in Ferguson seemingly winding down, Missouri's governor has told the state's National Guard to go home, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . Jay Nixon made the controversial move to deploy the Guard earlier this week , but his office said today that "the situation has greatly... More »

Holocaust Survivor Arrested in Ferguson Protest

Tear gas fired, 2 shot in another night of violence

(Newser) - No peace in weary Ferguson: At least two people were shot and 31 arrested during late-night protests, according to police, who say no officers were involved in the shootings and some of those arrested came from as far away as New York and California. Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson... More »

Obama: Eric Holder Is Going to Ferguson

Americans should 'listen and not just shout,' president says

(Newser) - Calling for understanding in the face of racially charged anger, President Barack Obama said today that the vast majority of protesters in a St. Louis suburb were peaceful, but warned that a small minority was undermining justice for the unarmed black man shot and killed by police. During a brief... More »

Missouri Deploys National Guard to Ferguson

Governor says Guard will 'restore peace and order'

(Newser) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to Ferguson early today, hours after another violent night. The National Guard will help "in restoring peace and order" to the St. Louis suburb that has been rocked by angry protests since the fatal police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown,... More »

Perry Deploying 1K Guardsmen to Border: Reports

Expected cost per month for new patrols: $12M

(Newser) - Rick Perry hasn’t been exactly coy about his thoughts on the immigration crisis, but now he’s putting his (state's) money where his mouth is: He plans to announce today that he's sending up to 1,000 National Guard troops to shore up security along the Mexico... More »

Chicago Needs a Troop Surge

Obama should do same in his hometown as Afghanistan, pundits argue

(Newser) - Last weekend 84 Americans were shot in Chicago, 16 of them fatally. "If this happened in Kabul, Afghanistan, it would spark a change in policy," observes John Feehery at the Wall Street Journal . Instead, President Obama has barely acknowledged the wave of gang violence in his hometown. "... More »

Nat'l Guard Soldier Gets Death Threats for 'Funeral Fun' Pic

Wisconsin soldier pulled from military funeral duties

(Newser) - A National Guard soldier has been suspended indefinitely from military funeral duties after a picture of her and other soldiers clowning around a training casket surfaced on social media. "We put the FUN in funeral," read the caption on the photo posted on the Instagram account of Spc.... More »

Fired Recruiter in Custody After 2 Shot at Navy Base

Victims, expected to survive, are members of National Guard

(Newser) - Two members of the National Guard were shot today at a Navy base in Millington, Tennessee, but both are expected to survive, reports WMC-TV in Memphis. A suspect is in custody, and the AP says he worked as a recruiter for the National Guard but had just been fired. Police... More »

'Hero' Teacher Killed in School Shooting Was Former Marine

Math teacher Michael Landsberry, 45, IDed as victim

(Newser) - The teacher killed in today's school shooting in Nevada has been identified by his family as Michael Landsberry, 45, a math teacher at Sparks Middle School who had previously served in the Marines. A local police deputy chief described Landsberry as a "hero" for intervening in the shooting... More »

Texas, Mississippi Won't Honor Troops' Gay Marriage Benefits

Meanwhile, a new same-sex marriage battle brewing in New Mexico

(Newser) - Texas and Mississippi are defying a Defense Department directive (and a Supreme Court ruling ) granting full benefits to troops in same-sex marriages, by denying those benefits to their respective national guards. In a statement yesterday, the commander of Texas' guard said that the federal rule violates Texas' "Family... More »

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