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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

U.S. military’s suicide rate for active-duty troops rises for a fifth consecutive year, Pentagon says

The U.S. military’s suicide rate among active-duty service members has climbed for five consecutive years, according to a Pentagon report released Thursday, as defense officials acknowledged a troubling rise that …

UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019

Mexican police revolt against plans to join National Guard

Hundreds of federal police blocked highways in and around the Mexican capital Wednesday in open revolt against plans to absorb the officers into the newly formed National Guard, a move …

Mexico says National Guard deployment is complete

Mexico has completed its deployment of 6,000 National Guard members to help control the flow of Central American migrants headed toward the U.S. and filled 650 immigration agency posts to …

100 years ago in Spokane: Juries award $1,500 to parents of boy who died from rabies and family of girl who fell in Hutton Building elevator shaft

The parents of a boy who died from rabies and the parents of a girl who fell 75 feet down an elevator shaft were each awarded $1,500 by juries in …

New Mexico governor pulls National Guard troops from border

The governor of New Mexico ordered the withdrawal of the majority of the state’s National Guard troops from the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday, in a move that challenges …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …