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National Guard Helicopter Over Border Crashes, Killing 3

Guardsmen, Border Patrol agent were aboard, military reports

(Newser) - A helicopter flying over the US-Mexico border in Texas crashed, killing two National Guard soldiers and a Border Patrol agent, the military said. Another soldier on board was injured, the AP reports. The UH-72 Lakota helicopter was assigned to the federal government's border security mission when it went down...

National Guard Deployed to New York Subways

They'll patrol, check bags amid spate of violent incidents

(Newser) - New York's governor is deploying the National Guard to New York City's subways. Gov. Kathy Hochul said Wednesday that 750 members of the state's National Guard will start patrolling stations amid a spate of violent crimes, reports the New York Times . They'll join an additional force...

Texas National Guardsman Shoots Man Across Border

Wounded man across the Rio Grande is Mexican, and incident is under investigation

(Newser) - An unusual shooting involving a soldier with the Texas National Guard is under investigation. The Guardsman fired across the Rio Grande and wounded a Mexican man Saturday evening, reports the Dallas Morning News . The man identified as Darwin Jose Garcia, 37, was hit in the leg and is recuperating, per...

Pentagon Weighs Changes in Deploying DC National Guard

Proposals follow problems with response to George Floyd, Jan. 6 protests

(Newser) - The Pentagon is developing plans to restructure the National Guard in Washington, DC, in a move to address problems highlighted by the chaotic response to the Jan. 6 riot and safety breaches during the 2020 protests over the murder of George Floyd, the AP reports. The changes under discussion would...

No Survivors as Black Hawk Crashes Along Highway

2 Tennessee National Guard members died in the Alabama crash

(Newser) - A routine training mission ended in tragedy for the Tennessee National Guard members aboard a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed Wednesday near Huntsville, Alabama. The helicopter went down alongside Highway 53 in Madison County around 3pm. CBS News reports videos taken by witnesses show black smoke pouring into the air....

2 Hikers Got a NYE Lift From Tenn. National Guard

Tennessee National Guard had to swoop in on a Black Hawk helicopter to rescue stranded pair

(Newser) - Two hikers are OK after a New Year's Eve hike on the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee turned frightening. Per a release , the state's Department of Military reports that it and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency received a call not long after 5am local time on Saturday about a...

National Guard to Help States With Election Cybersecurity

Units are being deployed in 14 states

(Newser) - National Guard personnel are being deployed to states to protect the midterm elections from cybersecurity threats. The experts will help in 14 states, Politico reports, starting before Election Day and continuing through the aftermath. The commander of the Washington state Air National Guard said calling on a "military-grade helper"...

Body of Soldier Who Drowned Trying to Rescue Migrants Found

Bishop Evans was a 'hero who risked his life in service of Texas and America'

(Newser) - The body of a National Guard soldier who drowned while trying to rescue two struggling migrants from the Rio Grande was recovered Monday morning, authorities say. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Specialist Bishop E. Evans, a 22-year-old Texas Guardsman from Arlington, was a "hero who risked his life in...

DC Prepares for Trucker Convoys
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Truckers Head for DC

Unarmed National Guard troops are authorized to help when protesters arrive

(Newser) - Truckers are hitting the road for Washington to stage protests similar to the ones that shut down parts of Canada's capital . Members of the convoys, largely opposing pandemic restrictions, were leaving from various places and planned varied arrivals in DC, the Guardian reports. One group, which planned to leave...

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
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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...

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