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New Mexico Asks National Guard to Fill in for Teachers

Governor says she is volunteering as well

(Newser) - National Guard members in New Mexico are being asked to volunteer for an unprecedented role: serving as substitute teachers and child care workers as the state struggles with staff shortages caused by surging COVID infections. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Wednesday that Guard members and state government employees—including herself—...

National Guard Has New Rules for Use in DC

Approval responsibility shifts to defense secretary

(Newser) - The Pentagon said Thursday it has streamlined the approval process for urgent use of National Guard forces in the District of Columbia, after months of study following the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol. The changes give the defense secretary sole authority to approve requests that would involve DC...

Generals Lied About Jan. 6, Ex-DC Guard Official Charges

Memo says deployment was delayed to avoid the appearance of uniformed troops at Capitol

(Newser) - A memo by a DC National Guard officer accuses two Army generals of lying to Congress about the response to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and the Pentagon of trying to cover up the failures. Gen. Charles Flynn and Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt are "absolute and unmitigated...

Massachusetts Has Creative Fix for Crippling Shortage

National Guard to fill in on school bus routes

(Newser) - Schools are finally opening again; the next challenge is getting kids into the buildings. There are school bus driver shortages all over the country for many reasons. Massachusetts has a solution—at least a temporary fix. Up to 250 members of the Massachusetts National Guard who already have commercial driver’...

South Dakota Is Sending Troops to Mexico Border
Donor Pays for State
to Send Troops to Border

Donor Pays for State to Send Troops to Border

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announces National Guard deployment

(Newser) - South Dakota National Guard troops are being sent to Texas to help "secure" the border with Mexico, says Gov. Kristi Noem, the latest GOP governor to announce a border deployment. Florida, Iowa, and Nebraska are sending law enforcement officers, but Noem, a potential 2024 White House contender, says the...

National Guard Soldier Charged in Capitol Riot

Abram Markofski is 4th active service member to face federal charges in connection with Jan. 6 attack

(Newser) - A soldier with Wisconsin's National Guard was arrested and charged for his role in the Capitol riot , after investigators say he drove with an associate to DC to attend a rally supporting then-President Trump. CNN reports that Abram Markofski, a private first class assigned to the 1st Battalion, 128...

Shooting Leaves Guardsmen With Minor Injuries

Shots came from SUV, Minnesota Guard reports

(Newser) - Two National Guardsmen suffered minor injuries early Sunday when they were fired upon as they provided neighborhood security in Minneapolis following the police killing of a 20-year-old Black man in a nearby suburb, authorities said. The Minnesota Guard said the men were hurt when several shots came from a light-colored...

Soldiers Held at Gunpoint While Moving Vaccines

Arizona man, 66, charged in Texas

(Newser) - A group of 11 unarmed National Guardsmen was held at gunpoint while transporting coronavirus vaccines in Texas on Monday. A male driver had followed a convoy of vehicles from a travel stop in Lubbock before repeatedly attempting to run the vehicles off the road, police tell WAFB . He then used...

McConnell, Other Lawmakers Balk at 'Ghastly' Capitol Security

'It reminds me of my last visit to Kabul,' Senate minority leader says of razor wire fencing

(Newser) - A 10-foot-tall fence with razor wire surrounds the US Capitol, while thousands of National Guard troops have been patrolling the area ever since Jan. 6, when supporters of former President Trump staged a deadly insurrection over his false claims of election fraud. For Mitch McConnell, some of these security measures...

National Mall Deserted on High-Security Day

Pentagon is reviewing a request to keep National Guard troops in DC longer

(Newser) - National Guard troops are scheduled to end their deployment at the Capitol on March 12, but it's now possible they will stay for weeks, if not months, longer. The Pentagon is reviewing a request from the Capitol Police to extend the deployment for 60 days, reports the Hill . A...

Soldiers Guarding Capitol Given 'Inedible' Food

National Guard says at least 50 were treated for gastrointestinal issues

(Newser) - Dozens of the National Guard troops protecting Congress have been made ill by bad food, Michigan lawmakers say. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was among those demanding answers after a whistleblower told WXYZ earlier this week that many soldiers had been served meals with raw or undercooked meat, and 74 meals were...

Biden Apologizes After Guardsmen Sleep in Garage

Several governors recall troops

(Newser) - It's not clear how it happened, but National Guard troops were ordered out of the US Capitol on Thursday and told to sleep on the floor of an unheated parking garage. That caused outrage, some of it from governors, and President Biden has apologized to the chief of the...

12 National Guard Members Removed From Inauguration

It's not clear how many of them, if any, have potential links to extremist groups

(Newser) - Amid concerns of a possible "insider attack" at President-elect Biden's inauguration, a dozen National Guard members have been removed from inaugural duties in Washington, DC, and sent home, Defense Department officials said Tuesday. All of them were found to either have links to right-wing militia groups or to...

Report: Feds Worried About 'Insider Attack' on Inauguration

Army is 'taking second, third looks at every one of the individuals assigned to this operation'

(Newser) - Some 25,000 National Guard troops are flooding into Washington, DC, to provide extra security for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday—and the federal government is working to ensure none of the troops represent a potential threat. Officials speaking on condition of anonymity tell the Washington Post that the...

The Capitol Looks Different Than It Did Last Week

National Guard troops flooded the building on Wednesday

(Newser) - The Capitol looked a lot different Wednesday morning than it did a week earlier. As reporters arrived ahead of a House impeachment vote, they were met by hundreds of National Guard troops lined up in the Congressional Visitor Center, with some sleeping in nearby hallways . For CNN political reporter Rebecca...

Maryland Governor Tried to Send Help for a Futile 90 Minutes

Larry Hogan says requests to send National Guard members were denied

(Newser) - Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday that he would support the resignation or removal from office of President Trump after early attempts to send his state's National Guard to Washington, DC, on Wednesday were denied. Hogan said federal defense officials repeatedly rejected offers to send help for...

Ahead of Trump Protests, DC Calls Out National Guard

Mayor warns violence won't be tolerated

(Newser) - Bracing for possible violence, the nation's capital has mobilized the National Guard ahead of planned protests by President Trump's supporters in connection with the congressional vote to affirm Joe Biden's election victory. Trump's supporters are planning to rally Tuesday and Wednesday, seeking to bolster the president'...

Whistleblower: DC Protesters Faced 'Unprovoked Escalation'

National Guard major says protesters were peaceful, did not receive ample warnings

(Newser) - The senior-most DC National Guard officer at Lafayette Square on June 1, the day protesters were forcibly removed before President Trump did a photo-op at a nearby church, has claimed federal officials sought crowd control devices too unpredictable to be used in war zones and moved in without clear, repeated...

Power Broker to Governor: Have the Guard 'Shoot to Kill'

Steve Hotze's message for the Texas governor doesn't exactly mince words

(Newser) - A conservative power broker told Texas' governor to have National Guard troops "shoot to kill" amid protests last month against racial injustice and police brutality, the AP reports. The Texas Tribune reports that Steve Hotze left that message in a voicemail (hear it here , with warning for language) to...

After a Night of Upheaval, Enter the Wisconsin National Guard

Move follows fire, vandalism, violence in Madison

(Newser) - Gov. Tony Evers says he's preparing to activate the Wisconsin National Guard after a night of unrest in Madison that included an assault on a state senator. It was apparently triggered by the arrest of a protest organizer. A video shows Devonere Johnson, a black man who also goes...

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