Category Archives: Guard

Guard’s use of MedEvac helos over DC protests was ‘reasonable,’ Pentagon review says

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The use of a UH-72 Lakota medical helicopter during last summer’s protests in Washington, D.C., which flew low over a crowd and hit them with rotor-wash, was reasonable given the declared emergency, according to a review completed by the Department of Defense Inspector General. President Donald Trump’s broad guidance to “flood the zone” with military […]

Guard leaders eye end to Capitol Hill, border security missions

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National Guard leaders expect their mission on Capitol Hill to end this month and expect their deployment on the southern U.S. border to wrap up in September, potentially lessening the grueling operations tempo for the force in recent years. In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Daniel Hokanson […]

Guard chief wants free health care for all troops, activated or not

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The head of the National Guard Bureau wants free health care coverage for every guardsman, calling it an issue of both strategic and moral importance for the military force. “What happens if they get sick or injured when they come off orders?” said Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the bureau, during testimony before the […]

Guard chief wants free health care for all troops, activated or not

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The head of the National Guard Bureau wants free health care coverage for every guardsman, calling it an issue of both strategic and moral importance for the military force. “What happens if they get sick or injured when they come off orders?” said Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the bureau, during testimony before the […]

Guard chief wants free health care for all troops, activated or not

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The head of the National Guard Bureau wants free health care coverage for every guardsman, calling it an issue of both strategic and moral importance for the military force. “What happens if they get sick or injured when they come off orders?” said Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the bureau, during testimony before the […]

Guard leading Maryland’s efforts to increase COVID vaccine rates among minority groups

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Maryland is currently one of the top states in the country for vaccinating Black, Asian, and Hispanic residents, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation and a big reason is an effort led by the Maryland National Guard, officials said. The key to the state’s success is the state’s Vaccine Equity Task Force, led […]

Guard deploys immediate reaction force at Capitol after officer, suspect, killed in attack on police there

The Washington, D.C. National Guard deployed an immediate reaction force of troops at Capitol Hill Friday afternoon following an attack on police officers there earlier in the day. The Associated Press reported a car rammed a barricade outside of the Capitol just after 1 p.m., injuring two Capitol Police officers and leading to the driver […]

Guard officials say troops’ march on Republican congresswoman’s office wasn’t a political statement

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National Guard officials are insisting that a march on a controversial congresswoman’s office by a large group of uniformed members wasn’t a political statement but instead an effort to raise awareness about their operations. But the stunt is once again raising questions about the politicization of military members by advocates and elected officials, at a […]

Guard should start winding down Capitol mission now, key lawmakers say

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The Democratic and Republican leaders of the House Armed Services Committee think it’s time to wind down the National Guard mission at the U.S. Capitol. Just days after Defense Department officials announced the guardsmen would remain stationed around Capitol Hill until late May, committee chairman Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., and ranking member Mike Rogers, R-Ala., […]

Guard response to Capitol riots wasn’t hurt by politics, officials insist

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Former Capitol Hill security officials on Tuesday insisted their decision not to involve more National Guard forces ahead of the deadly attack on the Capitol building on Jan. 6 was the result of intelligence analysis that underrated the threat on Congress and not concerns about the “optics” of having military personnel on Capitol Hill. “We […]