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  • 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.

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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. …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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.

  • 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 …



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