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    They were sent to Washington in January to help guard the U.S. Capitol and secure a smooth transition from one administration to the next. But some Hoosiers are wondering what they’re still doing there. As of this week, there are about 250 Indiana National Guard troops remaining in the nation’s capital. “The treatment of our men and women in uniform at Fort Pelosi has been simply unacceptable. It’s time to send the troops home!” Rep. Jim Banks, a Republican from Fort Wayne, tweeted on Wednesday in response to news reports that members of the Michigan National Guard were fed food with metal shavings in it, and also uncooked chicken. But it’s not just the treatment of the troops that bothers Banks and others. The National Guard troops constitute a heavy military presence in the capital, with soldiers patrolling on both sides of a tall metal fence that surrounds the U.S....
    Lawmakers are demanding to know why the Capitol Police is now requesting that the approximately 5,000 National Guard troops remain in the nation’s capital for another two months. Local and federal law enforcement authorities requested National Guard assistance in the wake of the January 6 Capitol building breach and asked them to remain through the January 20 inauguration. Their numbers reached as high as over 26,000 in January. Their mission is slated to end March 12, but on Thursday, lawmakers revealed there was a request by Capitol Police for the National Guard to remain another 60 days. Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said in a statement he is “outraged” they are being asked to stay without clear and specific information about why. “I’m outraged that U.S. Capitol Police have requested to keep the nearly 5,000 National Guardsmen at the Capitol Complex for another two months without...
    Erin Coates, The Western Journal March 3, 2021 0 Comments Michigan National Guard soldiers stationed at the U.S. Capitol have complained about undercooked meat and contaminated food they’ve been served while providing security for civilian lawmakers. One soldier told a lawmaker last month that the meat the soldiers were being served was almost always undercooked and sat for hours before it was served, The Detroit News reported. “Multiple soldiers have been getting sick and vomiting after eating, and most of the food is being thrown away,” according to the soldier. “Morale is very bad; many have served overseas and cannot believe the quality of food they are being fed here.” There have also been complaints of lack of options for vegetarians, breakfasts of a piece of fruit and a hard roll without protein and lunch arriving late. “What I was told is, if they had 10 meals, they were...
    Julio Cortez/AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.On Jan. 6, as thousands of violent Trump supporters breached the security perimeter of the US Capitol Building, Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund placed a “frantic call” to DC National Guard Maj. Gen. William Walker asking for backup to help with the escalating situation.  “He informed me that the security perimeter at the Capitol had been breached by hostile rioters,” Walker told lawmakers on Wednesday during a Senate probe of the security failures on Jan. 6. “Chief Sund, his voice cracking with emotion, indicated that there was a dire emergency on Capitol Hill and requested the immediate assistance of as many Guardsmen as I could muster.” But the “immediate assistance” never came. According to Walker’s testimony, it took more than three hours for him...
    (CNN) – A bipartisan group of members of Michigan’s congressional delegation sent the chief of the National Guard a letter Tuesday complaining about the food being provided to members of the state’s National Guard while stationed at the US Capitol. “Recently, there have been several reports regarding the poor quality of food that is being provided to these service members,” the lawmakers wrote. “Michigan National Guard members stationed in our nation’s capital have repeatedly and personally brought these concerns directly to our offices and to the leadership of the National Guard. These reports include meals being provided that are badly undercooked, raw, moldy, and even filled with metal shavings.” READ MORE: Michigan Lottery Results For Tuesday, March 2, 2021 The 14 Michigan House members who signed the letter blamed the poor food service on contractors hired to support the federal response to secure the Capitol and said some guardsmen have...
    WASHINGTON (CNN) — A bipartisan group of members of Michigan’s congressional delegation sent the chief of the National Guard a letter Tuesday complaining about the food being provided to members of the state’s National Guard while stationed at the US Capitol. “Recently, there have been several reports regarding the poor quality of food that is being provided to these service members,” the lawmakers wrote. “Michigan National Guard members stationed in our nation’s capital have repeatedly and personally brought these concerns directly to our offices and to the leadership of the National Guard. These reports include meals being provided that are badly undercooked, raw, moldy, and even filled with metal shavings.” READ MORE: March 5 Marks 1 Year Since First COVID Cases Reported In Maryland, Gov. Hogan Declares Friday A Day Of Remembrance The 14 Michigan House members who signed the letter blamed the poor food service on contractors hired to...
    Michigan National Guardsmen tasked with continuing to protect the U.S. Capitol have said they're being provided food that's "badly undercooked, raw, moldy, and even filled with metal shavings," according to a letter from the state's House delegation obtained by CBS News on Tuesday. Some guardsmen have been hospitalized after eating the food, the letter said.  "It is clear that these contracted meals are poorly prepared, oftentimes inedible, and highly inadequate to support our soldiers," the 14 lawmakers said in the letter, which was sent to the chief of the National Guard. "It is completely unacceptable that our men and women serving in Washington, D.C., are being hospitalized due to the food they are being provided."  ????NEW >> Michigan House members say troops guarding the Capitol have been **HOSPITALIZED** because their food has had metal shavings, moldy, or utterly undercooked... Our troops deserve better.Story to come.#Breaking @WUSA9 @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/Jy2QPOvK3C— Mike Valerio...
    Washington (CNN)The Pentagon is ready to defend itself if necessary at a Senate hearing Wednesday against accusations it delayed or hindered the deployment of the National Guard on January 6, a senior defense official said, as two competing narratives emerge about the response to US Capitol riot.During hearings last week, the former chief of the Capitol Police, as well as the former House and Senate Sergeant at Arms, all of whom resigned following the riot, accused law enforcement agencies of proving bad intelligence and blamed the Defense Department for not responding fast enough to their requests for help. But military leaders have maintained there was no delay on their end and that it took time to clarify and organize a response to what they say was a vague yet urgent request for help from city officials and Capitol Police.In conversations over the past few weeks, defense officials have reiterated that...
    Michigan National Guardsmen deployed to protect the U.S. Capitol have been given substandard food, according to troops stationed there. Photographic evidence was supplied to NBC 6 and ABC 7, which showed undercooked meats, rotten fruit, and moldy bread: TV6 & FOX UP have new pictures of the non-edible food provided to Michigan National Guard members in Washington,… Posted by Andrew LaCombe on Monday, March 1, 2021 Some meals even contained metal shavings, according to photos posted by NBC 6. A “whistleblower” told WXYZ that 75 meals were thrown out Sunday. “Yesterday, for instance, there were 74 different meals found with raw beef in them,” the sergeant said. “Just yesterday, the lunches were, soldiers had found metal shavings in their food.” The meals were so bad, “a dozen soldiers” were sickened and some even went to the hospital. He said breakfast sometimes consisted of “a dinner role and Sunny D.” “The Michigan...
    More than 300 members of New Jersey's National Guard returned to McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst air base on Wednesday after their return from Washington, D.C. Gov. Phil Murphy and U.S. Army Col. Lisa J. Hou greeted airmen from the108th Wing and 177th Fighter Wing and thanked them for assisting other military and police in maintaining order and public safety during President Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20.  Their original deployment was in reaction to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol that resulted in five deaths including one police officer. "We cannot thank these American heroes enough for their service," Murphy said of their latest mission. Guardsmen deployed included about 90 from Mount Holly, 90 from West Orange and 100 from Blackwood. The rest are from the 508th Military Police Company in Teaneck as well as the 108th Wing and 177th Fighter Wing in Egg Harbor Township. After greeting Guardsmen one-by-one, the governor...
    Three members of Idaho’s National Guard were killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash. The crash occurred on Tuesday night around 8 p.m. south of Lucky Peak near Boise, according to a Facebook post from the Idaho National Guard. “This is a tremendous loss to the Idaho National Guard and our community,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Garshak, the adjutant general of Idaho and the commander of the Idaho National Guard. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones as we work through this tragedy.” The Idaho National Guard deployed emergency aircraft recovery procedures, including air and ground rescue crews. The fallen aircraft and deceased soldiers were found at approximately 12:15 a.m Wednesday morning. The cause of the accident is unknown, and the identities of the soldiers were not released because the next of kin have not been notified. News National Guard Idaho National Security Air...
    Three members of Idaho’s National Guard were killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash. The crash occurred on Tuesday night around 8 p.m. south of Lucky Peak near Boise, according to a Facebook post from the Idaho National Guard. “This is a tremendous loss to the Idaho National Guard and our community,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Garshak, adjutant general of Idaho and commander of the Idaho National Guard. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones as we work through this tragedy.” The Idaho National Guard deployed emergency aircraft recovery procedures, including air and ground rescue crews. The fallen aircraft and deceased soldiers were found at approximately 12:15 a.m Wednesday morning. The cause of the accident is unknown and the identities of the soldiers were not released because the next of kin have not been notified. News National Guard Idaho Helicopters
    The FBI arrested a man in Illinois on Tuesday whom they say was recorded in a TikTok video attacking National Guardsmen as they were “attempting to hold the line with riot shields” on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol. The FBI said that two witnesses, over the span of five days, came forward and identified Mathew Capsel (born in 1993) as a Capitol rioter, submitting screenshots of his “Mateo Q Capsel” Facebook profile. CAPITOL RIOT ARREST UPDATE:*Mathew Capsel, who was seen in TikTok video clashing w/ National Guardsmen until he was pepper-sprayed, has been charged.*In video he says: "try putting Mr. Trump in jail and see what happens.”*Charges incl. impeding police. https://t.co/oSY7guxtnL pic.twitter.com/I6i9nQhxtG — Jim Roberts (@nycjim) January 25, 2021 “Witness 1 reported that they were a former neighbor of CAPSEL and that CAPSEL was ‘known to be violent,'” the FBI affidavit said. “On or about January 13,...
    Washington, D.C., residents covered the meals of six National Guardsmen who were eating at St. Anselm restaurant on Friday.  “There were multiple people who paid as well as offered to pay,” a server who identified herself as Bella who was taking care of the guardsmen, told The Hill. There were three separate instances where people wanted to pay for their meals.  The first group was a family who told their server they would pay for the guardsmen’s first round of drinks. “The server let the guardsmen know that that happened and they were very thankful for that,” Bella said.   In another instance, a man who wasn’t eating at the restaurant offered to pay for the full meal. “I believe he had come from the gym across the street from us. He approached me and he said he wanted to pay for their entire meal,” Bella said.  The man handed Bella the credit...
    Michigan state Rep. Beau LaFave (R) urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) to call National Guardsmen home on Friday. The chairman of the House Committee on Military, Veterans & Homeland Security wrote: The National Guard can be tasked with ensuring a peaceful transition of power. An unprecedented number of troops were sent to Washington, even more service members than are currently stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. You all did a tremendous job, and we are very proud of the job you did. But the way you have been treated in D.C. is simply unacceptable. You don’t deserve to be resting on concrete or marble floors. You were sent to ensure the violent rioting that happened in 2017 when Trump was inaugurated wasn’t replicated on January 20th, 2021 with President Biden’s ceremony. Mission accomplished. “I call on Gov. Whitmer, who has now returned from D.C., to do the right thing and bring...
    Scores of National Guardsmen sent to Washington, DC, to protect the nation’s capital during the presidential inauguration have tested positive for COVID-19, it was revealed Friday. Nearly 200 officers have contracted the virus after enduring cramped rest areas and close working quarters, defense officials told the Wall Street Journal. Some Gaurdsmen were told to disregard their quarantine — or cut it short — leading up to the deployment due to the urgent need for troops in DC after the US Capitol riot, they said. “Right after the holidays they packed us together like sardines in buses and rooms for this,” one Guardsman told Politico . “We did not get COVID tests on arrival.” The striking infection numbers comes after photos emerged Thursday showing officers “banished” to a crowded parking garage after being denied access to parts of the US Capitol — sparking outrage among some lawmakers. Other photos show officers close together, inside...
    NATIONAL Guard troops numbering roughly 5,000 are expected to stay at the Capitol through at least March - as First Lady Jill Biden expressed appreciation by giving them cookies.  Those Guardsmen will remain amid lingering threats of "right-wing extremism" after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, although no violent incidents occurred on Inauguration Day. 6About 5,000 National Guards members are expected to stay in Washington, DC, through MarchCredit: EPA 6First Lady Jill Biden handed out cookies to GuardsmenCredit: AFP The 5,000 troops will be stationed in Washington, DC, through mid-March, the National Guard told a WUSA reporter on Friday. Local law enforcement officials had requested that about 7,000 members continue to assist them, a National Guard official told Military.com the same day. Guard members who stay past the original 31-day mobilization order will do so voluntarily and receive orders with new time frames, Guard Bureau spokesman Nahaku McFadden told Military.com. "We are...
    National Guard soldiers rest on cots in the Visitors Center of the U.S. Capitol on January 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Samuel Corum / Getty Images) Thirty-eight members of the U.S. Capitol Police force and about 150 National Guard members have tested positive for COVID-19 since responding to the deadly attack on the Capitol earlier this month, officials told CBS News. Gus Papathanasiou, the chairman of the union that represents Capitol police, told CBS News that cases have “spiked” since the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol that brought the police in close quarters with the rioters. More than 25,000 National Guard troops were deployed to Washington, D.C., in the wake of the attack, and photos showed the guardsmen resting in close quarters inside the Capitol building. More than half of the guardsmen will return home in the coming days. Two congresswomen — Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Bonnie Watson Coleman...
    National guardsmen stationed in Washington, D.C., are beginning to return to their home states following a deployment to guard the inauguration that was marred by lackluster conditions and a coronavirus outbreak. Governors from several states announced Friday that they are ordering their guardsmen home or that they are already leaving Washington. About 25,000 troops were sent to guard President Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol shook officials’ confidence in their security measures for the quadrennial event.  However, the Capitol appeared ill-prepared to deal with the influx of troops. Upon the guardsmen’s arrival, they were seen sleeping on the floor of the complex. Lawmakers later advocated for them to have cots to sleep on, though the guardsmen were then pushed out of the building Thursday for unknown reasons, sparking backlash from lawmakers and governors before the troops were allowed back in the building.  “We are bringing home our...
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    Hundreds of National Guard members have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday, Politico reported.  In response to the Jan. 6 riots and President Joe Biden’s Inauguration, more than 25,000 National Guardsmen were deployed to the United States Capitol. Both plans for COVID-19 testing and vaccination were scattered and varied among different units, according to Politico. Leadership for the National Guard did not release official numbers, but lawmakers worry that this was a superspreader event, Politico reported.  Upon arrival to the Capitol, all Guardsmen were reportedly screened for COVID-19, but not all of them were given actual tests. Several units were screened with temperature checks and questions about exposure, while others were forced to find their own tests.  “We did not get Covid tests on arrival. Right after the holidays they packed us together like sardines in buses and rooms for this,” a Guardsman said, according to Politico.   Social distancing...
    Jill Biden, in her first solo outing as first lady, stopped on Capitol Hill to thank National Guard members for their service during her husband's inauguration. She noted the Biden's were a National Guard family, invoking the memory of the late Beau Biden, who served in the Delaware National Guard. 'The National Guard will always hold a special place in the hearts of all the Bidens,' she said.  Beau Biden served in Iraq in 2008 and received a visit from his father, then Vice President Joe Biden, at Camp Victory in 2009. Beau Biden died of brain cancer in 2015.  Jill Biden carried a basket filled with chocolate-chip cookies for the service members, who had to spend part of Thursday's cold night in a garage after being told they could not take their breaks in the Capitol. The report of the guards' treatment caused outrage among lawmakers and the service...
    Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) offered his office to National Guardsmen late Thursday evening after members were forced to leave the Capitol grounds because of a prior complaint from a Democrat congressman, who allegedly took issue after spotting a maskless Guardsman in a cafe earlier in the day. “To any members of the National Guard protecting our Capitol — if you need a warm place to rest and recharge, my office is open to you,” Gonzales said late Thursday as pictures began to emerge on social media showing soldiers sleeping in a parking garage as D.C. temperatures dipped into the 40s. “Mi casa es su casa. Beer & lunch meat are in the fridge, help yourself,” he added: To any members of the National Guard protecting our Capitol — if you need a warm place to rest and recharge, my office is open to you. Mi casa es su casa....
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – One of the victims in the upstate New York chopper crash that claimed the lives of three National Guard troops has been identified. Pilot Christian Koch was among those killed Wednesday when a Blackhawk medical evacuation helicopter crashed in Monroe County. He had been a pilot with the New York State Police since 2016. He was honored by the Red Cross of Western New York for his role in the June 2020 rescue of an 11-year-old boy, in which the boy hoisted more than 100 feet from a gorge and taken for medical care. More: 3 National Guard Members Killed In Helicopter Crash In New York Koch leaves behind a wife and four children. U.S. Army aviation safety investigators are leading the investigation into the crash. More From CBS New York: Exclusive: Woman Brutally Attacked At Harlem Liquor Store Says Suspect Tried To Bite Her Eye...
    Congress joined in a united front on President Biden's first full day in office. All it took was a controversy involving thousands of National Guardsmen being relegated during their breaks to a parking garage. Lawmakers across the political spectrum reacted with outrage as reports Thursday evening came in about the soldiers being forced to vacate congressional grounds after spending two weeks protecting Washington, D.C., following a deadly riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Sens. Tammy Duckworth, a veteran and double amputee representing Illinois, and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona announced that the troops were allowed back inside the Capitol complex around midnight. The backlash began with a Politico report that detailed how troops were told they could no longer spend their breaks at the Capitol complex. Several lawmakers offered their offices to the soldiers as a place for them to use. Among them was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "Yeah this...
    CONCORD, N.H. (CBS) — There’s outrage across the country after thousands of National Guard troops who had been protecting the Capitol were asked to rest in a parking garage. Capitol police requested that troops leave the building instead of resting in the hallways. As images of the situation circulated online, lawmakers lashed out. “If this is true, it’s outrageous,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted. CBS News reported that some guardsmen expressed displeasure at being moved to a parking garage. The garage has heat and lights, but there are limited restrooms, cell phone and internet service and power outlets. “This is outrageous, shameful, and incredibly disrespectful to the men and women keeping the U.S. Capitol safe and secure,” tweeted Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, an Arizona Democrat. “We need it fixed and we need answers on how it happened.” “This is unconscionable & unsafe. Whoever’s decision this was to house our National...
    The National Guard troops who were “banished” to a cramped parking garage amid outrage after protecting Washington, DC, in the aftermath of the deadly riots have been allowed back into the US Capitol. “Brig. Gen. Janeen Birckhead, Inauguration Task Force Commander confirms that troops are out of the garage and back into the Capitol building as authorized by the USCP (U.S. Capitol Police) Watch Commander and the troops will take their breaks near Emancipation Hall going forward,” the Guard said in a statement late Thursday, CBS News reported. Photos of the troops hunkered down in the garage drew condemnation from lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who called the move “outrageous.” Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran, said in a tweet: “Just made a number of calls and have been informed Capitol Police have apologized to the Guardsmen and they will be allowed back into the complex tonight....
    WASHINGTON -- Members of the National Guard have been allowed back into the Capitol Complex after a slate of lawmakers voiced their outrage at guardsmen being banished to a parking garage as a rest area, a guardsman told CNN.The Guard will now be allowed to rest in the US Capitol Visitor Center, the guardsman said.The change comes after thousands of National Guardsmen were moved to a parking garage after they were told they could no longer use space within the US Capitol Complex, including areas like the cafeteria of a Senate office building, as a rest area, multiple Guardsmen told CNN.Prior to Thursday morning, several areas throughout the Capitol Complex were designated as authorized rest areas where members of the Guard could take breaks from their shifts protecting Capitol. By Thursday morning, all those areas had been cleared out and their designations removed, the Guardsmen said."We honestly just feel betrayed,"...
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    Thousands of National Guardsmen were “banished” to a cramped parking garage after being abruptly forced to leave parts of the US Capitol grounds Thursday, according to reports. Officers were told they could no longer access areas of the US Capitol Complex — including a Senate office cafeteria previously used as a rest area — after tirelessly protecting the nation’s capital in the days leading up to the presidential inauguration, according to Politico. “We honestly just feel betrayed,” one Guardsman told the outlet. “After everything went seamlessly, we were deemed useless and banished to a corner of a parking garage.” One unit of 5,000 officers  — enlisted after the deadly US Capitol breach earlier this month — was forced to take breaks in a nearby garage with no internet reception, a single electrical outlet and only two bathroom stalls, the report said. Photos appear to show officers lying on the...
    Thousands of National Guardsmen were “banished” to a cramped parking garage after being abruptly forced to leave parts of the US Capitol grounds Thursday, according to reports. More On: Inauguration 2021 The Bernie Sanders meme is now a $45 sweatshirt Florida man wanted in Capitol riot busted at inauguration Joe Biden’s presidential term will be one long PC struggle session Forget ‘unity’: Biden’s moralizing mantra is more likely to divide Officers were told they could no longer access areas of the US Capitol Complex — including a Senate office cafeteria previously used as a rest area — after tirelessly protecting the nation’s capital in the days leading up to the presidential inauguration, according to Politico. “We honestly just feel betrayed,” one Guardsman told the outlet. “After everything went seamlessly, we were deemed useless and banished to a corner of a parking garage.” One unit of 5,000 officers  — enlisted after...
    After spending days in the cold securing the United States Capitol after the deadly siege two weeks ago, citizen members of the National Guard have been asked to leave the Capitol building and relocate to a nearby parking garage to rest during their shifts. The decision drew swift condemnation from lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who called the move "outrageous." At around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Capitol police asked the National Guard to relocate the soldiers that were using Capitol hallways and open space to rest during their shifts, National Guard Bureau spokesman Major Matt Murphy told CBS News.  "As Congress is in session and increased foot traffic and business is being conducted, Capitol Police asked the troops to move their rest area," Murphy said. "They were temporarily relocated to the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Center garage with heat and restroom facilities."  About 3,500 National Guardsmen have been...
    Thousands of National Guardsmen have been forced to sleep in a parking lot after being told to leave the Capitol they protected Wednesday, according to a report.  Up to 5,000 troops have been kept without internet, with one electrical outlet, and one bathroom with two stalls, Politico said Thursday.  One soldier told the outlet: 'Yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands and thanking us for our service.  'Within 24 hours, they had no further use for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed.' Another told CNN: 'After everything went seamlessly, we were deemed useless and banished to a corner of a parking garage.'  One soldier told Task & Purpose: 'Leaving our families for the last two weeks to come down here … it’s certainly important and historic, but the day after inauguration you kick us literally...
    National Guard troops rest in the U.S. Capitol while on a break. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Troops in DC were forced to vacate congressional grounds on Thursday, according to Politico. Thousands of National Guardsmen are now taking their breaks in cramped parking garages. Guardsmen told the outlet they had not been given a clear reason why they had to leave. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Thousands of National Guardsmen in DC who are working 12-hour shifts to protect the nation's capitol were told to vacate congressional grounds and take their breaks in a nearby parking garage, according to Politico.  One Guardsman told Politico that the garage had only one outlet, two bathroom stalls, and no internet reception for the 5,000 troops now occupying the space. "Yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands and thanking us for our service,"...
    Thousands of National Guard troops were told to leave U.S. Capitol grounds Thursday and are currently staying outside and in parking garages, according to a Thursday evening report from Politico. Around 25,000 Guard troops had been deployed in and around the Capitol as security for President Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration following the Jan. 6 riot that saw hundreds of protesters storm the Capitol. After weeks of staying on congressional grounds, all National Guard troops were ordered to vacate both the U.S. Capitol and other congressional buildings, Politico reported. Breaking: Thousands of National Guardsmen have been forced to vacate congressional grounds and are now sleeping outside and in parking garages with no heat and 1 bathroom. “We feel incredibly betrayed”: Thousands of Guardsmen forced to vacate Capitol https://t.co/Hsns8uvVr2 — Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) January 22, 2021 Guardsmen who were resting in Dirksen Senate Office Bulding were abrutly told to leave...
    Thousands of National Guardsmen have been moved to a parking garage after they were told they could no longer use space within the US Capitol Complex, including areas like the cafeteria of a Senate office building, as a rest area, multiple Guardsmen told CNN. Prior to Thursday morning, several areas throughout the Capitol Complex were designated as authorized rest areas where members of the Guard could take breaks from their shifts protecting Capitol. By Thursday morning, all those areas had been cleared out and their designations removed, the Guardsmen said. “We honestly just feel betrayed,” one guardsman told CNN, noting that a day before, congressmen had come by for photos with the different National Guards units that came to Washington to support security around the inauguration. “After everything went seamlessly, we were deemed useless and banished to a corner of a parking garage.” Politico was first to report on the...
    Ms. Lopez goes to Washington. Jennifer Lopez took a selfie with members of the National Guard as she arrived in Washington DC to perform at the Inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. The singer posted a video on Tuesday taking a selfie with service members at the Capitol to Twitter and Instagram. “What an honor to spend a few moments with these brave men and women. Thank you for your service and sacrifice,” she posted. “I honor you today and everyday. Tomorrow I sing for you and all Americans.” In the clip, six national guardsmen posed with J.Lo. Some gave thumbs up because their face masks covered their smiles. Earlier that day, the 51-year-old posed in front of a plane, saying she was “D.C. bound.” She’ll be performing at the afternoon ceremony today, along with Lady Gaga and Garth Brooks. Fellow A-lister Chrissy Teigen...
    Chief of the National Guard Bureau announced Tuesday that 12 Guardsmen have been removed from the U.S. capital ahead of the presidential inauguration, in part because of suspected far-right extremist ties.  Gen. Daniel Hokanson told reporters that at least two of the security officials deployed to protect the presidential inauguration were removed from duty because of "inappropriate comments or texts." One of the Guardsman was reportedly flagged through the chain of command, while another individual was identified through an anonymous tip on a law enforcement tip-line. PELOSI URGES PENTAGON TO BLOCK 'TRUMP LOYALIST' FROM NATIONAL SECURITY ROLE BEFORE BIDEN'S INAUGURATION Hokanson did not explain what constituted "inappropriate" language, but said the removal of 12 Guardsmen was "out of an abundance of caution."   "We've had 12 identified and some of those, they're just looking into,"Hokanson said Tuesday, adding that their questionable behavior could be completely unrelated to extremist connections.  "But we want...
    Loading the player... The National Guard Bureau is taking extra precautions on Inauguration Day. As security is being vetted for the ceremony, two members of the Army National Guard were discovered to have ties with far-right extremist groups. Both members have been removed according to KVUE. Read More: White House, Virginia governor say National Guard going to Capitol The FBI is screening about 25,000 National Guard service members that are being sent to Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration. When The Associated Press asked for further details about the members and the discovery, the National Guard Bureau responded by referring questions to the Secret Service saying, “We do not discuss the process nor the outcome of the vetting process for military members supporting the inauguration.” The Secret Service did not respond on the matter. An Army official confirmed there were no discoveries of a plot against President-elect Joe Biden but...
    Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images. Two members of the National Guard have been pulled off of their assignment to protect the inauguration ceremony for Joe Biden. This comes as U.S. intelligence remains concerned that right-wing extremists might be planning to disrupt the ceremonial transfer of power to the new president. The Associated Press reports that a U.S. Army official and a source from the intelligence community confirmed the removal of two National Guardsmen from the inauguration security detail. This development occurred after it was found that the two members “have ties to fringe right group militias.” It isn’t clear which fringe group the Guard members were connected to, and the National Guard Bureau declined to elaborate on the matter. “Due to operational security, we do not discuss the process nor the outcome of the vetting process for military members supporting the inauguration,” they said. While the AP reports that there...
    Two National Guard members tasked with keeping President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration safe and secure have reportedly been removed from their posts after they were found to have ties to fringe, right-wing militia groups. The Associated Press, which broke the news on Tuesday, stressed that investigators did not find any plot against Biden. The report also did not specify to which groups the two are believed to be linked. "Due to operational security, we do not discuss the process nor the outcome of the vetting process for military members supporting the inauguration,” the Secret Service said. The Secret Service, which is the lead agency in charge of the inauguration's security, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Washington Examiner. Law enforcement officials are on high alert for Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday following the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6. President Trump, who urged supporters to march...
    The FBI said they were concerned that both QAnon supporters and "lone wolves" might try and infiltrate the Guard. Brandon Bell/Getty Images A report from the FBI given to law enforcement outlined concerns that adherents to the baseless conspiracy theory QAnon may try to disrupt Wednesday's presidential inauguration by posing as National Guardsmen. The briefing, which was first reported on by The Washington Post, suggested that QAnon followers considered dressing as Guardsmen to bypass security. The National Guard revealed on Monday that it was already vetting members to weed out soldiers expressing extremist views. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Federal Bureau of Investigations warned law enforcement on Monday that adherents to the QAnon conspiracy theory had discussed posing as members of the National Guard to infiltrate Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony on Wednesday, the Washington Post reported. Doing so, they believed, would help infiltrate the...
    Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller said in a statement on Monday that the Department of Defense has not received any intelligence indicating a potential insider threat to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20. However, Miller added that the department is "leaving no stone unturned in securing the Capitol," noting that all National Guardsmen deployed to Washington, D.C. will be vetted. FAST FACTS The announcement comes after defense officials expressed concerns over the potential for an insider attack, following a riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6 The FBI warned in a memo earlier this month of potential plans for protests staged in all 50 state capitals which could occur before, on and after Inauguration Day.  "This type of vetting often takes place by law enforcement for significant security events. However, in this case the scope of military participation is unique," Miller said. "The D.C. National Guard is also providing additional training to service members as they arrive in D.C. that if they see or...
    Democrat Tennesse Rep. Steve Cohen suggested Monday that the U.S. National Guardsmen protecting the Capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration may pose a threat because many of them are “predominately conservative” and male. The Federal Burea of Investigation is vetting every National Guard member deployed to Washington, D.C., due to Pentagon officials worrying about a possible insider attack, according to the Associated Press. The Guard secured the nation’s capital after a mob of supporters for President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol Building on January 6th, in an attempt to stop the Congressional certification of Biden’s electoral victory. “The [National] Guard is 90 some-odd percent male, and only about 20 percent of white males voted for Biden,” Cohen told CNN host Jim Sciutto Monday morning. “You gotta figure that in the Guard, which is predominately more conservative … there are probably not more than 25% of the people that there...
    Chef Jose Andres is making sure the thousands of National Guardsmen securing Washington, D.C., ahead of Inauguration Day are well-fed for their service. Andres, who owns several local staples in the city, posted a video of kitchen staff preparing meals for the D.C. National Guardsmen and first responders this weekend. "Hey everyone...just finished delivering hot stews to some of the National Guard & others on this rainy night in DC," Andres tweeted earlier in the week. "I know there’s a lot of concern about the Guard...but our city & many restaurants are making sure everyone is taken care of!" Andres's team was seen packing boxed lunches in a video, along with roast beef sandwiches and vegetable stew. Sandwich and hot meal prep under way this morning for our National Guard and other first responders in DC! On the menu: Roast beef, sun-dried tomato with basil aioli on ciabatta ????...
    President Obama honored Chef Andrés in 2016. More than 25,000 members of the United States National Guard have been called up to protect the nation’s capital in the wake of the violent insurrection incited by Donald Trump on Jan. 6. Between the troops, the fences, and the near-empty sidewalks and streets, images from the District of Columbia ahead of the historic inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are far more reminiscent of a war zone, rather than the joyful celebration of the fall of Trump’s cruel regime.  Enter humanitarian and national treasure Chef José Andrés, who—in between writing books, suing Trump, and opening roughly 20 restaurants—has made it his personal life mission to feed the people of the world when they are in crisis. Whether it’s a hurricane or an earthquake, a pandemic or a wildfire, Chef Andrés’ World Central Kitchen (WCK) volunteers are never far behind … with healthy, tasty meals for...
    The Pentagon on Friday authorized as many as 25,000 National Guardsmen to support federal law enforcement during the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris next week. “The Defense Department has agreed to provide up to 25,000 service members to support the Presidential Inauguration National Special Security Event federal law enforcement mission and security preparations, as led by the U.S. Secret Service,” the National Guard said in a statement. The statement said the Army and the National Guard are “working on a sourcing solution” to support the request, and that every state, territory, and the District of Columbia will have National Guardsmen supporting the inauguration. At least 7,000 National Guardsmen are already in D.C. now from at least 13 states: D.C., Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. The Secret Service, Capitol Police, and U.S. Park Police requested...
    As many as 25,000 National Guard troops will be in Washington, D.C., for President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenConfirmation hearing for Biden's DNI pick postponed Biden's Sunday inauguration rehearsal postponed due to security concerns: report Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again MORE’s inauguration next week, the Army confirmed on Friday. The Defense Department authorized up to 25,000 service members — an increase of 5,000 from numbers confirmed earlier this week — to support the “federal law enforcement mission and security preparations” in the inauguration, as led by the Secret Service, according to an Army statement. “Our National Guard soldiers and airmen are set around the city to protect our nation's Capital,” National Guard Bureau Chief Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson said in the statement. Every state and territory, as well as D.C. itself, will have Guardsmen deployed to the Beltway to support the Wednesday event following last week’s...
    Vice President Mike Pence stopped at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday night to thank National Guardsmen for their service ahead of next week's inauguration ceremony. 'Thank you for stepping forward for your country,' the vice president told the guardsmen, who huddled up around him as the Capitol Dome stood, light up in the background.  It was Pence's first trip back to the Capitol since MAGA rioters attacked the building last week. Some were heard shouting 'where's Pence' and 'Hang Mike Pence.' Pence had been whisked off the Senate floor moments before the insurgents stormed it.   There will be 20,000 guardsmen in Washington D.C. for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony as the FBI director warned the agency is hearing more threats online about the event.  Pence wished the guardsmen 'a safe inauguration.' 'God bless you. It's been my great honor to serve as your Vice President,' he told them. Pence did...
    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy has authorized the arming of National Guardsmen in support of the U.S. Capitol Police, the D.C. National Guard announced Wednesday. “On January 12, 2021, National Guardsmen were given authorization to be armed in support of the U.S. Capitol Police to protect the U.S. Capitol and individual members of congress and their staff,” the D.C. National Guard said in a statement. “This was requested by federal authorities and authorized by the Secretary of the Army. National Guardsmen are postured to meet the requirements of the supported civil authorities, up to and including protective equipment and being armed if necessary. The public’s safety is our top priority,” it said. The arming of the National Guard comes seven days ahead of the inauguration of the incoming Biden administration. Approximately 6,200 National Guard soldiers and airmen from six states and D.C. are currently in the National Capital Region. However, more...
    Reuters January 13, 2021 0 Comments While Congress acted to impeach him, President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged his supporters to shun violence as the National Guard prepared to deploy at least 20,000 troops in Washington for the Jan. 20 swearing-in of his successor Joe Biden. The city’s acting police chief Robert Contee announced the figure a week after thousands of supporters of the Republican Trump stormed Congress in a failed bid to stop the final certification of the Democrat Biden’s election victory. One police officer and four protesters died in the siege. About 8,000 National Guard troops were on hand for Trump’s 2016 inauguration, Reuters reported at the time. While the House of Representatives debated a formal charge of “incitement of insurrection,” Trump and the Republican National Committee called for an end to violence ahead of the Inauguration. In a White House statement, Trump said: “In light of...
    More On: capitol riot App-etite for destruction: Upstate NY man’s online love life heats up after Capitol siege LAPD officer who attended pro-Trump rally ordered to speak with FBI 15,000 National Guard troops to help secure DC for Biden inauguration Retired Navy SEAL bragged about ‘breaching the Capitol’: video Hundreds of exhausted National Guard troops have been forced to sleep in the hallways of the Capitol as they work around the clock to protect the heart of the US government against further threats of violence. Shocking images from Wednesday morning show the battle-ready guards sleeping in almost any spot they can find — many with their assault rifles propped up nearby. As they line the corridors of the Capitol, some are forced to use stairs as a makeshift pillow to get some rest as they ready for a potential insurgence in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next...
    House and Senate lawmakers received security briefings on Tuesday in response to the mob assault on the Capitol building complex last Wednesday. House Democrats and Republicans were briefed by House Sergeant-at-Arms Tim Blodgett, acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman, and acting U.S. Capitol Police Assistant Chief Sean Gallagher about the attack and additional security protocols in place. The protocols include magnetometers being used for members to enter the House floor chamber and enforcement of masks being worn on the House floor. Members who do not comply with wearing a mask on the floor will face a $2,500 fine. Additionally, Pittman notified the lawmakers that further steps were taken to harden the U.S. Capitol complex, including 1,000 National Guardsmen already on site and an 8-foot, no-scale fence around the Capitol square. Further security will be in place for the House impeachment vote on Wednesday and the presidential inauguration...
    More On: inauguration Airbnb bans Capitol rioters, hate groups ahead of inauguration Schumer wants Capitol rioters on a no-fly list ahead of inauguration Michigan AG warns state Capitol ‘not safe’ amid protest threat Trump approves emergency declaration for DC ahead of Biden inauguration The 10,000 National Guardsmen set to be deployed to Washington, DC by the weekend in advance of Inauguration Day represent roughly double the amount of troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. National Guard Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson told reporters on Monday that about 10,000 reserve troops would be in DC by the weekend, with the potential for that number to rise as high as 15,000. The eye-popping comparison — reported Tuesday by Business Insider — illustrates the extent to which authorities are going to secure the Beltway following a deadly Jan. 6 riot in which supporters of President Trump stormed the US Capitol,...
    Federal authorities are expected to lock down large parts of Washington, D.C. on Wednesday — roughly one week ahead of schedule — in anticipation of possible unrest during President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, according to a report. Axios reports: The Department of Homeland Security announced that the window for the National Special Security Event, which will involve tens of thousands of National Guard troops and federal law enforcement personnel, will begin Jan. 13, rather than the previously scheduled Jan, 19, the day before the inauguration. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told the news outlet that said the moving up of implementing security measures is due to “events of the past week and the evolving security landscape leading up to the inauguration and at the recommendation of Secret Service Director James Murray.” On Monday, the Department of Defense authorized up to 15,000 National Guardsmen to deploy to D.C. to support law enforcement for Biden’s inauguration....
    Department of Defense (DOD) officials were reportedly hesitant to approve the further deployment of National Guard forces because “they do not want the images of uniformed troops [marching] on the Capitol.” Democratic Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser requested further deployment of National Guard troops to help restore order at the U.S. Capitol, where pro-Trump protesters and rioters stormed the building. She is also instituting a curfew beginning 6 p.m. Wednesday. Bowser had already mobilized 100 National Guard troops ahead of the rally to protest the results of the 2020 election, which directly preceded the riots at the Capitol. However, Bowser can only mobilize the National Guard with the approval of federal officials. Fox News’ Bret Baier told fellow Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer that they were considering the move, but concerned about the optics. Instead, the DOD reportedly wanted police reinforcements to aid Capitol Police. President Donald Trump did end...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJZ) — DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has issued a citywide curfew starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6. The curfew will be in effect through 6 a.m. Thursday. This comes as Trump supporters clashed with police on the steps of the Capitol, which is now on lockdown. Some supporters have stormed the building. Today, Im ordering a citywide curfew for the District of Columbia from 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, until 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 7. pic.twitter.com/lp6Pt3DcYC — Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) January 6, 2021 “During the hours of the curfew, no person, other thank persons designated by the Mayor, shall walk, bike, run, loiter, stand or motor by car or other mode of transport upon any street, alley, park, or other public place within the District,” Bowser said. “The curfew imposed by the Mayor’s Order shall not apply to essential workers, including working media,...
    DENVER (CBS4/AP) — The first U.S. patient confirmed to have the new COVID-19 B.1.1.7 variant from the United Kingdom is a National Guard member who was deployed to support staffing at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Simla. That’s in Elbert County. It is reportedly a man in his 20s, who has mild symptoms. There is a second possible case, and that person is also a National Guard member deployed to the same facility. (credit: CBS) The nursing home has an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 cases that were first identified in mid-December, following routine surveillance testing. All 26 residents tested positive for the coronavirus and four deaths have been reported. Additionally, 20 of 34 regular staff members at the facility have tested positive. The National Guard members deployed to the facility on Dec. 23 and were tested on Dec. 24. They will both be ordered to quarantine for 14...
    More On: national guard COVID-19 prompts Alaska National Guard to scale back Christmas tradition Texas National Guard arrives in El Paso to help handle COVID-19 bodies ‘They took her soul’: Mom says soldier killed herself after being gang-raped by colleagues National Guard called into Portland amid ‘widespread violence’ after election The US National Guard activated more troops for duty this year than any other time since World War II — as the nation coped with the COVID-19 pandemic, racial justice protests and wildfires, according to a new report.  Tens of thousands of Guardsmen logged 8.4 million duty days this year — mobilizing in all 50 states, three territories and Washington, according to National Guard data obtained by The Washington Post.  The majority of the efforts were related to the coronavirus pandemic — with Guardsmen distributing protective equipment, conducting tests and, at times, retrieving the dead, according to the report. ...
    COCKEYSVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — For the first time, Maryland National Guardsmen who were mobilized for the state’s COVID-19 response now have access to an equine assist program aimed at easing stress brought on by the pandemic. At a stable in Cockeysville, members of the Army and Air National Guard are getting acquainted with their soon to be new friends. “I’ve always loved horses, so this experience is just amazing for me,” Maryland Army National Guard Spc. Tabitha Hernandez said. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines “A little scared of horses, so we’ll see how this goes,” Maryland Army National Guard Sgt. Justin Tilman said. The soldiers were all activated as a part of the state’s COVID-19 response, but they’re being offered the opportunity to interact with retired thoroughbred racehorses. It’s thanks to Saratoga Warhorse, a non-profit that...
    The White House is reportedly going into lockdown ahead of Election Day, with barriers being placed around the complex and the National Guard being put on standby. NBC News correspondent Geoff Bennett reported on Sunday that the White House was taking precautions against apparent unrest in the final days of the presidential race, with preparations being made to secure the building and the area around it. “The White House on lockdown: A federal law enforcement source tells NBC that beginning tomorrow, crews will build a ‘non-scalable’ fence to secure the WH complex, Ellipse and Lafayette Square,” he tweeted. “250 National Guardsmen have been put on standby, reporting to Metro Police officials.” The measures appeared similar to ones taken earlier in the year, when a series of protests were held near the building amid nationwide civil unrest following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. As NPR reported back in early...
    BUTTE COUNTY (CBS13) — The National Guard is now helping battle the Bear Fire in Butte County. More than 130 guardsmen are tasked with putting out hot spots and mopping up. As of Monday, the fire, which is part of the North Complex Fire, has burned 80,900 acres and is 56% contained. At least 1,880 structures have been destroyed and 15 have died since the fire started on Aug. 17. Meanwhile, some homeowners will now be allowed to go assess the damage with a law enforcement escort. The Butte County Sheriff’s Office created an online request form for residents to request an escort into the areas that are still under evacuation orders. Because of limited resources, the sheriff’s office asks that requests are limited to urgent needs for the time being. The link for the online request is:   https://forms.gle/QKrkdVwk78qR344t9​ There is now an interactive map showing the damage in...
    REISTERSTOWN, Md. (WJZ) — The Maryland National Guard held their annual wreath-laying ceremony, honoring guardsmen who gave their lives protecting our nation. For 19 years, the Maryland National Guard has held a ceremony honoring those who died protecting our freedom and serving the citizens of Maryland. And while this year may look different, the message behind it remains the same. One by one, their names read as their ID tags are hung on the Maryland National Guard Fallen Warrior Memorial at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation in Reisterstown. Honoring those who paid the ultimate price protecting our nation. “It’s also important for our country to know of the sacrifices that have been made and that are still being made,” Brigadier General Janeen L. Birckhead said. In total, 13 Maryland National Guardsmen were honored. Command Sergeant Major Richard Magnum served with several of the men whose names are on the memorial. “Command...
    National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Daniel Hokanson told "Bill Hemmer Reports" Tuesday that the Guard's response to rioting in Kenosha, Wis. and other cities represents "another really good news story where the communities asked for their support and they were there." "In many cases, our soldiers, airmen, and their families are members of these communities and they want to do everything they can to help protect them," Hokanson told host John Roberts. TRUMP VISITS SITE OF RIOTS IN KENOSHA, PROMISES TO HELP BUSINESSES REBUILD Prior to joining the National Guard Bureau, Hokanson served as adjutant general of the Oregon Military Department, which oversees the state Army National Guard, Air National Guard and Civil Defense Force. He told Roberts that he didn't want to comment on the situation on the ground in Portland, but added that when or if the Guard is called upon by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, it will act decisively and responsibly. "There's plenty of capability...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Two Maryland National Guardsmen have taken home top honors in a multi-state competition in search of the region’s best soldiers. Spc. Josiah Taft and Sgt. Brian Murphy were named the Solider and Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year following the competition, which included soldiers from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia. Washington, D.C., and West Virginia soldiers weren’t able to compete due to COVID-19. Regional National Guardsmen Compete For Title Of Soldier Or NCO Of The Year “It is seriously a privilege to be competing against some of the region’s best warriors in their respective states,” Murphy told WJZ ahead of the competition earlier this week. Competitors ran through a number of challenges, including a stress shoot and an obstacle course, in the hopes of becoming the region’s top soldiers. The competition was held in Maryland for the first time this year.
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — They may all fight for the same team, but this week they’ll go head-to-head for some friendly competition. National guardsmen from surrounding states will be in Maryland the next few days to find out who is the best soldier in the region. Before they can earn the title of Soldier or Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, they must first make it past the regional competition. “What we’re trying to do is find the army’s best warrior,” Command Sergeant Major David Harry with the Maryland National Guard said. They do that by running them through a series of challenges, such as a stress shoot to get their heart rate up before testing their accuracy, and navigating an obstacle course. With D.C. and West Virginia unable to attend due to COVID-19, four states — Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia and Maryland — each sent one soldier and one non-commissioned officer to...
    National Guardsmen are being activated in the District to help protect monuments and memorials from potential damage by demonstrators. On Wednesday, the D.C. National Guard put about 400 troops on standby after the U.S. Park Police requested backup in efforts to prevent protesters from toppling monuments. The guardsmen will be unarmed, but may wear face shields for personal protection, according to The Washington Post. The move comes after demonstrators toppled and set fire to a statue of Albert Pike, a former Confederate general, in Judiciary Square on Friday night. Park Police stopped protesters on Monday from attempting to take down a prominent Lafayette Square statue of Andrew Jackson near the White House. Jackson, the seventh president, was a slaveowner and was responsible for the displacement of thousands of Native Americans. There have also been growing calls this week to remove the Emancipation Statue in Capitol Hill’s Lincoln Park,...
    Weary National Guardsmen from Florida to Texas who have been on a continuous, four-month COVID-19 response mission may soon be tapped for emergency response in what is predicted to be an active hurricane season. “It is a huge concern for us, the long-term impact,” said Air Force Maj. Gen. James Eifert, the adjutant general of the Florida National Guard on a Monday media call briefing reporters on preparations for hurricane season. The National Guard is expecting 30% more storms this year, or at least 16 named storms. State Guard units called up by governors in a hurricane response typically work with state disaster response offices to help with everything from search and rescue to managing evacuation centers. “We are trying really hard to whittle down the numbers that we currently have on duty to reset,” said Eifert, who predicts that many guardsmen will be called for multiple duties this year,...
    (CNN)Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said that he decided not to send the state's National Guard troops to Washington, DC, earlier this month after a call with President Donald Trump and other governors, in which Trump encouraged governors to use aggressive tactics on protesters. "We actually had a phone conference with the President on the Monday morning. His rhetoric was just terrible. It was divisive," the Democratic governor said Friday during a livestream interview with the Economic Club of Washington, DC."I saw what was getting ready to happen. Just looking at a lot of National Guard coming to Washington, being militarized, and I said, 'I'm not going to send the National Guard for a photo-op.' And that's exactly what he ended up doing later that day so. So we decided, you know after hearing that and just seeing what was going on to, to keep our National Guard in Virginia," he...
    Two National Guardsmen who were deployed to Washington, DC, during the George Floyd protests were delivered a pizza containing shards of glass baked into the dough and cheese, according to a report. The two soldiers from South Carolina were staying at the Marriott Marquis during their stay in the capital when they ordered the pie using Uber Eats, The Post and Courier reported, citing a Defense Department report. They did not bite into the pizza and no other service members received a similar item, according to the news outlet. “The command says that the soldiers are OK, and that this was the only incident to their knowledge,” Capt. Jessica Donnelly, a spokeswoman for the South Carolina National Guard, told the paper. The Guardsmen were advised to file a police report, Donnelly added, but a spokeswoman for the DC Metro police said there was no report on file. South Carolina Gov....
    At least two South Carolina National Guardsmen reportedly discovered glass in their pizza while deployed in Washington, D.C. Last week, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) sent about 500 soldiers to Washington, D.C., in response to the protests associated with the death of George Floyd. What are the details? Members of the South Carolina National Guard say they found glass in their pizza during their deployment. At least two soldiers who were staying at the Marriott Marquis Hotel reportedly used Uber Eats to deliver the pizza from a local restaurant. The restaurant remains unnamed at the time of this reporting. The Charleston Post and Courier reported that the pizza appeared to have shards of glass baked into the dough as well as the cheese. According to the Military Times, the soldiers were not harmed. In a statement, Capt. Jessica Donnelly — a spokesperson for the...
    Two National Guardsmen were injured after suffering the effects of a lightning strike near the White House on Thursday, officials said early Friday. CBS affiliate WUSA-TV reports the two service members were struck shortly after midnight within the Lafayette Park perimeter, where protests over the death of George Floyd continued for a seventh day. Both of the officers were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, D.C. Fire and EMS officials said. Shortly after midnight, #DCsBravest received a call for a report of 2 military personnel suffering the effects of a nearby lighting strike within the Lafayette Park perimeter. Both were transported with non life threatening injuries. pic.twitter.com/JvwRIHk74k— DC Fire and EMS #StayHomeDC (@dcfireems) June 5, 2020 WUSA reported that the stormy weather cleared out many protesters, but some remained through the downpour in the area of Lafayette Square past midnight.  The nation's capital lifted a curfew on Thursday...
    As throngs of protesters continued to demonstrate against police brutality in Washington, D.C. Thursday night, two Nationals Guardsmen posted near Lafayette Square across from the White House were hospitalized following a lightning strike, according to reports. The soldiers were not directly struck but "felt the effects of a nearby lightning strike” Vito Maggiolo, spokesman for the district's fire and emergency medical services department, said early Friday, according to NBC News. The National Guard was deployed to the capital this week to protect protesters and the city’s landmarks as peaceful demonstrations have sometimes been overtaken by agitators, especially in front of the White House. Thunderstorms that descended on the capital in the evening hardly dampened the spirits of those protesting against the police custody death of George Floyd – a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes last...
    Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday that she’s ending a curfew for residents protesting police brutality and that she wants National Guard troops from other states to leave. Bowser announced the end of four nights of curfew at a press conference following two nights of relative peace despite thousands defying her earlier curfews to protest the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police. The mayor said that she wants thousands of National Guard members from other states to return home as order is restored. Bowser said local authorities never requested guardsmen from elsewhere and are studying the legality of their deployment. “We want troops from out of state out of Washington, DC,” Bowser said. The local DC National Guard was deployed on Saturday to help protect the White House after initial skirmishes on Friday between Secret Service and protesters. After street battles between protesters and police, along with arson...
    Keke Palmer urged members of the National Guard to “stand with the community” during a protest in Hollywood on Tuesday over the killing of George Floyd. In a video posted on Twitter by NBC News correspondent Gadi Schwartz, the 26-year-old actress delivered an impassioned plea to the group of armed Guardsman on a crowded street. “The borders are closed. We can’t leave. We have people here that need your help,” she says. “This is when y’all stand together with the community, with society, to stop the governmental oppression. Period. We need you, so march with us.” The “Akeelah and the Bee” star continues: “March with us. March beside us. Get your people. March beside us. Let the revolution be televised. March beside us and show us that you’re here for us. Let’s just do it. We start marching and you march with us. Make history with us please!” One Guardsman...
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