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National Guard, Black Hawk helicopters assist fire crews in Eastern Washington

National Guard employs two Black Hawks to help fight wildfires in Eastern Washington.


Idaho governor: Inmates won’t be housed in barracks

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s office announced Monday the state won’t house and jail inmates in National Guard barracks despite being asked to consider the option by top correction officials facing …


UPDATED: Sat., May 19, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

Latest Kilauea lava flow destroys 4 homes, sparks evacuation prep

Lava oozing out of cracks for two weeks in rural Hawaii neighborhoods took on new characteristics as fresher magma mixed with decades-old magma, sending a flow toward the ocean Saturday.


Investigators search for cause of deadly cargo plane crash

Military investigators began the arduous task Thursday of answering why a C-130 Hercules cargo plane being flown into retirement by an experienced crew plunged onto a Georgia highway. Families and …


UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018, 1:34 p.m.

Nevada governor joins in opposition to Trump border plan

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is the latest governor to oppose President Donald Trump’s proposal to send thousands of National Guard members to the Mexico border to help fight illegal immigration …


UPDATED: Thu., April 5, 2018, 10:19 p.m.

Trump: 2,000-4,000 troops needed for Mexico border security

National guard contingents in U.S. states bordering Mexico awaited guidance Thursday on the what duties they’ll be assigned to help fight illegal immigration and drug smuggling along the border, and …


Oregon plans $25M upgrade at Camp Umatilla training center

The Oregon Military Department plans to spend $25 million on improvements at the former Umatilla Chemical Depot near Hermiston.


Oregon Air National Guard members depart for Florida

Fifteen Oregon Air National Guard members have departed Oregon for Florida aboard a large transport plane to help with rescue operations and re-establish airfields that might be damaged by Hurricane …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 10:24 a.m.

Oregon National Guard heads to wildfire near Crater Lake

Spc. Alex Beall, an Oregon National Guard member who fought in the war in Afghanistan, is being deployed along with more than 100 fellow guard members to take on a …


Oregon governor authorizes National Guard for solar eclipse

Gov. Kate Brown is authorizing the Oregon National Guard to deploy soldiers to help deal with an influx of tourists during next month’s total solar eclipse.


House to act quickly on bipartisan measure to expand GI Bill

House Republicans and Democrats unveiled legislation Thursday that would provide the biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade, removing a 15-year time limit to tap into …


National Guard member whose job was eliminated wins lawsuit

A Washington county’s transit company was ordered to pay $105,000 to a National Guard member whose job was terminated when he deployed.


UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2017, 3:35 p.m.

National Guardsman killed, 3 injured in California training

One Mississippi National Guard member was killed and three others were injured during a training exercise in the California desert.


Past opinions provide perspective

Kent State, May 6, 1970 An S-R editorial examined the fatal shooting of four students during a war protest at Kent State University.


100 years ago in Spokane: German society says members stand behind Woodrow Wilson

The Deutsche Gesellschaft, Spokane’s major German society, took a symbolic and telling step. It took down all portraits of Kaiser Wilhelm and all German flags from the walls of its …


Troopers: National Guard Humvee stolen from Ohio armory

Authorities in Ohio are still on the hunt for a Humvee swiped from an Ohio National Guard Armory.


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:59 p.m.

National Guard sent to Sprague as water rises; Little Spokane River falls below flood stage

About 40 members of the National Guard descended upon Sprague Monday as water continues to inundate the town.


Trump’s hardline immigration rhetoric runs into obstacles – including Trump

The Trump administration’s attempts to translate the president’s hardline campaign rhetoric on immigration into reality have run into two major roadblocks: the complexity of reshaping a sprawling immigration system and …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 10:28 p.m.

DHS weighed National Guard for immigration roundups

The White House distanced itself Friday from a Department of Homeland Security draft proposal to use the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants, but lawmakers said the document offers …


Commanding general of D.C. National Guard to be removed from post as Trump takes office

The head of the D.C. National Guard, Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, said Friday that he has been ordered removed from his command effective Jan. 20, 12:01 p.m., just as …


National Guard halts events in lead-contaminated armories

The National Guard has stopped all public events at toxic armories across the country in a step to prevent lead exposure.


Lawmakers: Calif. Guard troops won’t have to repay bonuses

House and Senate negotiators have agreed to forgive the debts of thousands of California National Guard troops who had been ordered by the Pentagon to repay enlistment bonuses. Those bonuses …


Don’t forget noncombat veterans

For every combat troop, many more were (and still are) needed to supply fuel, food, ammo, weapons, blankets, beer, tents, generators and vehicles.


National Guard bonus debate steeped in electoral politics

A Pentagon announcement Wednesday that it is suspending the recouping of excessive bonuses from National Guard personnel has only slightly cooled the congressional clamor to take prompt action to let …


Pentagon’s efforts to take back bonuses from veterans were known to Congress

The California National Guard told the state’s members of Congress two years ago that the Pentagon was trying to claw back re-enlistment bonuses from thousands of soldiers, but Congress took …


National Guard helicopter crashes near Boise

The Boise fire chief says a National Guard helicopter has crashed and emergency crews have responded.


Spokane hosts Homeland Response Force disaster training

A plane has just crashed in Spokane, and more than 500 military emergency responders are ready to help. Around 9:30 a.m., they arrive on scene in buses and trucks. They …


In their corner: Attorneys help veterans resolve employment disputes

Spokane attorney and National Guard reservist Matt Crotty never meant to mimic his father. “Oh God, as a teenager he was the last thing I wanted to follow,” Crotty said, …


National Guard deploys 2 helicopters to WA fire

WENATCHEE, Wash. — The Washington National Guard deployed two helicopters equipped with water buckets today to help crews battling a wildfire near Wenatchee.


Idaho declares statewide fire disaster, mobilizes Guard

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has issued a statewide disaster declaration due to wildfires, allowing Idaho National Guard troops to be mobilized to help fight fires burning across the state.