National Guard

The situation in California's bonus repayment case has evolved rapidly.

10/28/2016

After outcry, government stops seeking signing bonus repayment

The saga of California National Guard vets ordered to repay their signing bonuses may be coming to an end. read more »

National Guard members must navigate the military and civilain worlds at once.

9/12/2016

National Guard and employers build bonds

Employers that make accommodations for their National Guard member employees can receive thanks from the Department of Defense. read more »

National Guard's training regimens get real

6/14/2016

National Guard's training regimens get real

The National Guard is one of the more vital resources available to states and municipalities when going through some form of disaster, including riots, earthquakes and more. read more »

Accounting improvements could streamline VA

5/26/2016

Accounting improvements could streamline VA

Some of the more prominent errors and problems seen in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in the past few years have related to accounting and reporting issues. read more »

National guard active in Michigan, Colorado

5/24/2016

National guard active in Michigan, Colorado

The national guard has always been a vital resource to states and municipalities. read more »

The veteran status of National Guard members may change.

11/18/2015

News article: House passes bill broadening vet status

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Monday to broaden the definition of what qualifies servicemembers for veteran status. read more »

The Oklahoma National Guard provided service on the home front for a local rancher.

6/1/2015

National Guard aids stranded cows

Members of the National Guard used a helicopter to deliver bales of hay and dry food to cattle stranded by floodwaters.  read more »

North Dakota promotes first female general in National Guard

5/22/2015

North Dakota names first female general in Army National Guard

Giselle Wilz was recently promoted from colonel to the first-ever female brigadier general in the Army National Guard in a ceremony in Bismarck, North Dakota. read more »

A police academy in Massachusetts geared toward National Guardsmen is the first of its kind.

5/15/2015

Massachusetts rolls out police academy for national guardsmen

Thirty-four members of the Army Military Police and Air Force Security Forces completed the first police academy in the U.S. specially geared towards Citizen-Soldiers.  read more »

New Tennessee program to aid young servicemembers

4/13/2015

New Tennessee program to aid young servicemembers

Referred to as House Bill 8, the legislation will make sure that high school students who train their junior and senior years in the National Guard or who go on to advanced training after their senior year will be eligible to partake in the Tennessee Promise Program. read more »

Officials announced on Friday, Nov. 14 that servicemembers in the National Guard and Army Reserve will be sent to West Africa to support U.S. efforts to eradicate Ebola.

11/17/2014

National Guard and Army Reserve will deploy to West Africa

Officials announced on Friday, Nov. 14, that servicemembers in the National Guard and Army Reserve will be sent to West Africa to support U.S. efforts to eradicate Ebola. read more »

A government program to transfer unneeded military hardware to police stations has recently come under fire since violent protests broke out in Ferguson, Missouri.

8/20/2014

Government officials respond to police militarization debate

A government program to transfer unneeded military hardware to police stations has recently come under fire since violent protests broke out in Ferguson, Missouri. read more »

Riots and nightly clashes between police and protesters have erupted in Ferguson, forcing Gov. Jay Nixon to sign an executive order requesting additional assistance from the Missouri National Guard, according to a statement released by the governor's office.

8/18/2014

Missouri governor calls National Guard to Ferguson

Riots and nightly clashes between police and protesters have erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, forcing Gov. Jay Nixon to sign an executive order requesting additional assistance from the Missouri National Guard. read more »

There's another side of Robin Williams that some overlook. He was incredibly supportive to American soldiers.

8/12/2014

Remembering Robin Williams' compassion for U.S. troops

There's another side of Robin Williams that some overlook. He was incredibly supportive to American soldiers. read more »

A newly announced plan - if approved by Congress - would send additional aid to Ukraine along with U.S. servicemembers who would help train military forces.

8/5/2014

US proposes sending military trainers to Ukraine

A newly announced plan - if approved by Congress - would send additional aid to Ukraine along with U.S. servicemembers who would help train military forces. read more »

Following the order of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, about 1,000 Texas National Guard soldiers will be dispatched to the Texas-Mexico border. However, these servicemembers will only serve in a listening and observation capacity, according to Military Times.

7/24/2014

National Guard will observe the border, but not apprehend immigrants

Following the order of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, about 1,000 Texas National Guard soldiers will be dispatched to the Texas-Mexico border. However, these servicemembers will only serve in a listening and observation capacity, according to Military Times. read more »

Following a heavy influx of undocumented foreign immigrants crossing the southern border from Mexico to the U.S., Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced plans to send 1,000 Texas National Guard servicemembers to the border to help secure the territory.

7/21/2014

Gov. Perry to dispatch National Guard troops to the border

Following a heavy influx of undocumented foreign immigrants crossing the southern border from Mexico to the U.S., Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced plans to send 1,000 Texas National Guard servicemembers to the border to help secure the territory, according to Texas newspaper the Monitor. read more »

South Carolina National Guard take maintenance skills to Colombia

7/7/2014

South Carolina National Guard take maintenance skills to Colombia

Just over a dozen soldiers from the South Carolina National Guard spent last month rolling up their sleeves with the Colombian army, helping foreign soldiers learn to maintain and repair military equipment, according to The Associated Press. read more »

Army group prohibited from traditional Boston Marathon march

3/7/2014

Army group prohibited from traditional Boston Marathon march

The 2013 Boston Marathon will not be forgotten by the city's residents or the community at large, and as organizers prepare for the 2014 race, some well-meaning participants are being left out. read more »

National Guard mobilizes to help motorists during Winter Storm Leon

2/3/2014

National Guard mobilizes to help motorists during Winter Storm Leon

When Winter Storm Leon rolled across the southeast U.S., dropping ice and two and a half inches of snow in some places, many residents of perennially snowy northern states were confused by meteorologists calling it a major storm. read more »

National Guards processing benefits for same-sex couples

12/16/2013

National Guards processing benefits for same-sex couples

All National Guards are now processing military benefits for servicemembers who are in same-sex marriages under a directive issued by the Pentagon, The Washington Post reported. read more »

Louisiana to grant military benefits to same-sex couples

12/9/2013

Louisiana to grant military benefits to same-sex couples

Despite a state ban on recognizing same-sex marriage, the Louisiana National Guard will begin processing applications for military benefits for its servicemembers who are in same-sex relationships. read more »

Texas to provide benefits to same-sex military couples

11/27/2013

Texas to provide benefits to same-sex military couples

After resisting for several months, the Texas Military Forces, which include the Texas National Guard and Reserves, announced Nov. 26 that it will allow servicemembers who are currently in same-sex marriages to apply for dependent benefits. read more »

Texas National Guard continues to defy Pentagon

11/19/2013

Texas National Guard continues to defy Pentagon

Although the Department of Defense changed its policy last summer regarding spousal benefits for same-sex military couples, the National Guard and Reserves in several states have been resistant to adopt the new system. read more »

Blocking military benefits creates burdens for same-sex couples

9/25/2013

Blocking military benefits creates burdens for same-sex couples

The fight over full military benefits for National Guard members in same-sex relationships continues despite the Department of Defense's shift in policy last July. read more »

Missouri Guard grants benefits to same-sex couples

9/23/2013

Missouri Guard grants benefits to same-sex couples

As several states with same-sex marriage bans currently fight the Department of Defense's new policy to include same-sex couples in its spousal benefits, one Midwestern state has decided to turn the tide.  read more »

Benefits for same-sex Texas Guard members, veterans on shaky ground

9/11/2013

Benefits for same-sex Texas Guard members, veterans on shaky ground

A battle over spousal benefits for guard members and veterans in same-sex marriages has erupted in Texas, turning the recent shift in federal policy into even more of a bipartisan political debate. read more »

Yosemite remains threatened by wildfires

8/28/2013

National Guard provides support from the air as Yosemite fire grows

This year has been particularly bad for forest fires, and nowhere is that more evident than in northern California, where flames have been decimating iconic Yosemite National Park. read more »

National Guard feels pinch of sequestration

7/8/2013

National Guardsmen see furloughs from sequestration

The impact of sequestration-required cuts is beginning to be felt in military communities across the country, and now those effects are extending to the National Guard. read more »

National Guard, Reserves help battle Colorado forest fires

6/17/2013

National Guard, Reserves help battle flames in Colorado

The western U.S. is no stranger to wildfires, but this year is shaping up to be one of the worst in recent memory. Colorado is already experiencing intense blazes raging outside of Colorado Springs, and as first responders rush to get the fires under control, the military is lending a hand. read more »

Oklahoma National Guard helps out with tornado recovery

5/23/2013

Oklahoma National Guard helps town recover from tornado

As the town of Moore, Okla., recovers from a devastating tornado that hit earlier this week, the Oklahoma National Guard has played an integral role in the process. read more »

National Guardsmen among those helping out in the aftermath of Boston tragedy

4/18/2013

Many with military ties help out after Boston Marathon tragedy

When First Sgt. Bernard Madore, 1st Lt. Steve Fiola and Staff Sgt. Mark Welch began walking the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon route on Monday carrying the rucksacks, they could have never envisioned their supplies would have been put to good use. read more »

National Guard help woman give birth during weekend snowstorm

2/14/2013

Massachusetts National Guard plays vital role in child's birth during winter storm 

A historic blizzard hit New England last weekend, and while most emergency responders were focused on snow removal, some members of the Massachusetts National Guard were helping out in a much different way. read more »

11/2/2012

Thousands of National Guardsmen mobilized after Hurricane

As the Atlantic coast continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy, the National Guard is playing an increasingly large role in the cleanup process. read more »

10/29/2012

National Guard readies as Hurricane Sandy hits

As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the Northeast, the National Guard of states up and down the coast began to leap into action. read more »

8/31/2012

National Guard leaps into action as hurricane batters Gulf Coast

As Hurricane Isaac battered the Gulf Coast over the last several days, the harsh winds and driving rain left many families stranded amid rising waters. read more »

8/9/2012

As wildfires rage on, National Guard lends a hand

Many communities in the Midwest and Southwest are battling intense wildfires, and in an effort to help in the fight, the National Guard recently increased its involvement. read more »

5/16/2012

House votes to give National Guard promised benefits

Tens of thousands of National Guardsmen were promised increased benefits before they were deployed last year, and on Tuesday they came one step closer to getting them. read more »

4/18/2012

DoD plan would expand sabbatical program

A new proposal from the Department of Defense (DoD) would allow a greater number of servicemembers to take advantage of a useful sabbatical program. read more »

3/16/2012

Louisiana National Guard finds unique way to help environment

National Guardsmen are used to helping the country in a variety of different ways, but a group of servicemembers in Louisiana recently found a unique way to do so. read more »

3/5/2012

National Guard plays key role in tornado relief

Tornadoes tore through the Midwest and parts of the South on Friday, killing at least 39 people and destroying countless homes. read more »

1/10/2012

Coast Guard, National Guard called in to help Alaska towns

Although the winter has been relatively mild for a number of locations, a pair of towns in Alaska have not received such respite from the elements. read more »

12/21/2011

Obama administration to reduce National Guard presence along border

There are currently about 1,200 National Guardsmen patrolling the border between the U.S. and Mexico, but that number is about to take a dramatic cut. read more »

11/30/2011

Senate, House pass measure giving National Guard seat on JCS

Both the Senate and House of Representatives passed measures that would bring the National Guard one step closer to having a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). read more »

11/1/2011

National Guard mobilized after October snowstorm

After a freak October storm dumped almost two feet of snow on some parts of New England, National Guard units throughout the region were called into action. read more »

10/12/2011

National Guardsman takes home NCO of the Year at competition

After a grueling week, two men came out on top at the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition. read more »

10/4/2011

Patrick Leahy, Lindsey Graham hope to give National Guard more say

Senators Patrick Leahy and Lindsey Graham have come together to raise support for a bill that would give the National Guard more authority and help separate the division between the state Guard and the Pentagon, according to The Associated Press. read more »

9/7/2011

Guardsman helps other soldiers stay in shape

Most soldiers know that it can be all too easy to slack off when it comes to exercising, but one National Guardsman is not willing to let that happen. read more »

8/30/2011

National Guard launches new response after Irene

In the wake of Hurricane Irene, local and national officials are grappling with the damage, and the military is doing its part to help out. read more »

8/10/2011

Oregon National Guard works with Navy SEALs in training exercise

A group of Oregon National Guardsmen recently got some firsthand experience to to gauge whether their training has been paying off. read more »