When the U.S. national guard goes into action: What you need to know about the military’s new deployment
National Guard troops are being deployed in some states in anticipation of the nation’s first nationwide national guard mobilization.
President Donald Trump said Monday that the military would take “all necessary steps” to protect the country, a move that could provoke protests if not met with calm.
In response, more than 1,000 people are being prepared to gather at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to march with the Guard, which has been a major force in the national guard’s response to disasters and natural disasters.
The Guard was formed to provide protection in times of crisis to Americans during wartime.
But as the nation has experienced more natural disasters and other public safety threats, the Guard has been under increased scrutiny and criticism from lawmakers.
The Guard was established in the late 1800s as an auxiliary force to protect soldiers who were sent overseas to fight against disease or other threats.
After World War II, the Army took over the Guard.
The Army disbanded the National Guard in 1968 and moved it into the Guard’s new “National Security Council,” where its role was to act as a bridge between the government and the military.
Trump has previously criticized the Guard for not being able to respond to natural disasters as quickly as the Army did.
“I was there in ’09, I was there for the invasion of Iraq, and we did it in a very short period of time,” Trump said during a March visit to West Point.
Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, a New York Democrat, said that Trump’s decision to deploy the Guard will further inflame tensions between the military and the White House.
“The president is going to make the Guard his own and I’m worried about the effect that this is going with this very militarized national security approach,” Velásquez told Fox News on Monday.
Velázcios, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, called the Guard deployment “a step backward.”
The military, Velázos said, “needs to be given more flexibility, more autonomy and the ability to use the full range of its capabilities to respond if it feels there’s a threat.”
In addition to the Guard and the National Guards, there is the Army National Guard.
It has been the military in some areas, such as the U and W states, since the 1990s.
Its deployment has increased in recent years, and there were some concerns about its readiness.
As the Guard is now in the lead in the response to natural catastrophes, Velasquez said, she fears that the Guard may be more easily pushed into crisis if not protected.
“We need to protect our National Guard, but I think the President and others are really worried about their own national security,” Velasósquez said.
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