Stories tagged: National Guard
SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017, 7 A.M.
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: FRIDAY, 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 …
FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017, 9:25 A.M.
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 …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2016, 10:18 A.M.
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.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2016, 8:23 A.M.
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 …
FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2016
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.
THURSDAY, OCT. 27, 2016, 11:29 A.M.
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 …
MONDAY, OCT. 24, 2016, 6:18 P.M.
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 …
THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2014, 8:14 P.M.
National Guard helicopter crashes near Boise
The Boise fire chief says a National Guard helicopter has crashed and emergency crews have responded.
THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014
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 …
SUNDAY, DEC. 8, 2013
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, …
FRIDAY, SEPT. 14, 2012, 12:16 P.M.
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.
THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 2012, 9:50 A.M.
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.
MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2011
Recently back from Iraq, Guard members play for day at Silverwood
Brian Dalka was in Iraq with the Idaho Army National Guard during his second daughter’s birth. “But I heard it over the phone,” Dalka said. Dalka, his wife and two …
THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011
Governors focus on guardsmen
The leaders of several Western states are interested in following Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire’s lead in tracking National Guard members returning from deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan, checking on everything …
THURSDAY, FEB. 24, 2011
Murray holds first public meeting as VA chairwoman
Unlike active duty soldiers, National Guard and Reserve troops return from war to civilian lives without being able to decompress by sharing their military experiences with comrades on military bases. …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2010
Obama beefs up border security
WASHINGTON – Under pressure to take action, President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the U.S.-Mexico border, pre-empting Republican efforts to force a …
SATURDAY, DEC. 19, 2009
Pring receives Patriot Award
Spokane Valley businessman Jack Pring received a Patriot Award this week for watching over a soldier’s family. “I believe Jack Pring is a true patriot,” Washington Army National Guard Specialist …
THURSDAY, AUG. 13, 2009
VA doctors protest ‘crisis’
Amid a revolt by its staff psychiatrists, the Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center has begun expanding a behavioral health department strained by an increasing number of veterans seeking help. In …
THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2009
Washington troops return from Iraq amid fanfare
MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – Staff Sgt. Derrick Gratsy squinted against the blinding light, walked down the metal steps from the passenger jet and shook hands with dignitaries at …
FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009
State’s largest Guard unit returning after Iraq tour
SEATTLE – Washington National Guard’s largest unit has finished its nine-month tour of duty in Iraq and was on its way home. A ceremony at Camp Ramadi earlier this week …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2009, 3:10 P.M.
Largest Wash. National Guard unit on its way home
Washington National Guard’s largest unit has finished its nine-month tour of duty in Iraq and is on its way home.
SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2009
Ceremony held for Guard
Family, friends and fellow National Guard soldiers said goodbye Saturday to 50 members of Spokane-based 1041st Washington Army National Guard Transportation Company. The soldiers are deploying in support of Operation …