National Guard

Congress clears $521M to pay for National Guard costs tied to Jan. 6 attack, Tlaib votes no

BY: and - July 30, 2021

Updated, 4:06 p.m., 7/30/21 with comments from Tlaib’s office WASHINGTON — Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly passed $521 million to reimburse the National Guard for providing 26,000 troops to protect the Capitol after the Jan. 6 riot — an unexpected expense that was poised to result in training cutbacks for Guard units across the country. The National […]

Few show up for right-wing demonstration at Michigan Capitol amid strong police presence

BY: - January 17, 2021

The small group of protesters, including armed members of the far-right, anti-government “boogaloo bois,” who gathered outside the Michigan Capitol in downtown Lansing Sunday afternoon were far outnumbered by police and members of the National Guard — relieving elected officials and law enforcement who had braced for chaos and violence in the wake of the […]

‘I will be on that platform’: Michigan House Dems who survived the Capitol attack look to Inauguration Day 

BY: - January 17, 2021

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) was on the House floor Jan. 6 when insurrectionists stormed the Capitol building, armed with President Trump flags, clubs, pipes, guns, bear mace, zip ties and Confederate flags. A makeshift wooden gallows stood outside. Nonetheless, she told the Advance she will attend President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. “These terrorists […]

More than 25K National Guard members from 50 states headed to D.C.

BY: - January 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Wednesday’s presidential inauguration ceremony for Joe Biden may have a scaled-down audience due to the pandemic, but the security presence on hand to ensure it goes smoothly will be supersized. At least 25,000 Guardsmen and women — from 49 states, three territories and the District of Columbia — will provide security support for […]

State, federal law enforcement plan increased Capitol activity through Mid-February

BY: - January 15, 2021

In light of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, local, state and federal law enforcement officials announced Friday there will be significant increases in the number of police officers around the state Capitol building for the next week.  As the Advance first reported Friday morning, Gov Gretchen Whitmer has also activated some Michigan […]

Breaking: Whitmer activates Michigan National Guard in advance of Sunday protest

BY: - January 15, 2021

A spokeswoman for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer confirmed Friday morning the Michigan National Guard has been activated in advance of expected right-wing protests in downtown Lansing this weekend. Tiffany Brown, the governor’s communications director, confirmed the Guard’s activation in a text message, and referred questions about the number of troops called up and other operational details […]


Lansing braces for wave of ‘armed, violent’ protests before Biden’s inauguration

BY: - January 13, 2021

With images of a screaming, furious mob over running a weak defense of the U.S. Capitol a week ago, Michigan state and local officials are bracing for a possible armed, violent demonstration on Sunday at the state Capitol in Lansing.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has received intel that armed protests are being planned […]

National Guard to help distribute COVID-19 vaccines, timeline for general public still unclear

BY: - December 4, 2020

The Michigan National Guard will continue helping with COVID-19 response, including distributing the vaccine across the state once it’s available until March 31, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday. Whitmer sent a letter to President Trump in November asking to continue using the National Guard to help with the pandemic in Michigan, which was scheduled to […]

Wisconsin recruits Michigan National Guard to assist in Kenosha

BY: and - August 28, 2020

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers released details Thursday that Michigan, Arizona and Alabama are assisting in Kenosha, providing mutual aid in the form of National Guard troops, as well as equipment. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer authorized the troop deployment. “Michigan’s dedicated National Guardsmen and women have played a vital role to keep Michiganders safe in recent months […]

Michigan gets more coronavirus National Guard help — but must pick up some of the tab

BY: - August 5, 2020

President Donald Trump on Tuesday granted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s July 10 request to authorize the use of Michigan National Guard forces for COVID-19 response through Dec. 31. Prior to this, the federal government was only set to fund national guard activities in the state until Aug. 21.  “Since COVID-19 was first discovered in our state, […]

State COVID-19 report: 523 new cases, 6 deaths

BY: - July 22, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that 75,248 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and  have 6,141 died from the virus — an additional 523 cases and six deaths since Tuesday. DHHS also notes that an additional 8,482 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as […]

Peters asks Trump to not end National Guard deployments before benefits kick in

BY: - May 21, 2020

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) on Wednesday sent a letter to President Trump asking him to not end coronavirus-related National Guard deployments on June 24, a day before members would become eligible for federal benefits.  In the letter, Peters wrote about how 991 members of the National Guard are assisting communities in Michigan. Prematurely […]