#Army National Guard

Bismarck Tribune

Ceremony set Sunday to honor Bismarck-based National Guard unit

The military on Sunday is formally honoring a Bismarck-based North Dakota National Guard unit that served nine months in the nation's capital. Seventy soldiers with Company C, 2nd Battalion of the 285th Aviation Regiment were deployed last November to the Washington, D.C., area. The unit flies the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, and the mission was to transport personnel and light cargo within what's known as the National Capital Region.
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Salvation Army donates 1,600 coats to refugees

CAMP ATTERBURY — The Salvation Army collected 1,600 coats for Afghan refugees at Camp Atterbury, but with about 7,000 now at the base, there is still a donation gap. State officials gathered Thursday morning with leaders from The Salvation Army’s Indiana Division at the Kessler-Moore Readiness Center, an Indiana National Guard facility in Indianapolis, to share an update on the refugees’ needs.
Hutchinson News

Kansas National Guard won't use state money to enforce vaccine mandate. Legislators weighing options.

The Kansas National Guard is using federal funds to enforce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, sidestepping legislator concerns over a law barring state funds for such purposes. Rep. Pat Proctor, R-Leavenworth, sent a legislative inquiry to the adjutant general last week asking about the legal authority behind the vaccine mandate. Proctor said in a Facebook post that he was "challenging his authority to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for members of the Kansas National Guard."
Gillette News Record

Night Watch: Guardsman balances nursing education and night shifts in ICU

As he roams the hospital hallways in his military fatigues and shaved head, Army National Guard Sgt. Lucas Donnelly stands out among the blue scrubs of his colleagues. But the camouflage has become more familiar inside of Campbell County Memorial Hospital these days, as the hospital received its second injection of National Guard members to perform support services for the understaffed departments during the pandemic.
Natchez Democrat

Joe Casey Leake Jr.

Joe Casey Leake Jr., 80, of Pearl River, Louisiana, went home to our Lord unexpectedly and suddenly on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 after suffering a stroke. He was the beloved husband of Karen V. Leake, a loved, respected and impartial father of Joe “Casey” Leake, III (Allison) and step-father to Calvin “Stewart” Cage, Jr. (Lori) and Stephanie Danielle Cage Martin (Chad), and brother to Betty Sue Leake Balliet. He is survived by four grandchildren, C.J. Cage, Jason “Joey” Dunn, Easton and Harper Faye Leake, his Uncle R. C. Simmons and wife, Virginia, and multiple nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents who he honored, respected and greatly missed, Joe Casey Leake, Sr. and Vergie Simmons Leake as well as his brother-in-law, Rev. Alan Balliet.

New military COVID-19 deaths come down slightly as cases drop nationwide

Three service members died of COVID-19 complications between Oct. 13 and Oct. 20, according to the Pentagon’s latest data, bringing the death toll for October so far to 11. The deaths reflect a continuing trend among troops that began in late July and has since more than doubled the COVID-19 death toll. The latest update, however, shows fewer deaths than in any week since August, along with a decrease in new cases for the second week in a row.
Wadena Pioneer Journal

New COVID-19 rapid testing sites includes Wadena

Gov. Tim Walz recently announced a further expansion of rapid testing availability at community sites across Minnesota, including Wadena. The state is launching new COVID-19 community rapid testing sites in Stillwater, Crookston and Hutchinson this week. New rapid testing sites will also launch next week in Wadena, Inver Grove Heights, Hibbing and Albert Lea, according to a state news release. The sites are being supported by the Minnesota National Guard and take place mostly at National Guard Armories, including the Wadena Armory.