Michigan National Guard soldiers return home from Washington DC
DETROIT – About 1,000 Michigan National Guard (MING) soldiers returned home Monday after a U.S. Capitol support mission. The National Guard members were deployed Jan. 29 to the National Capitol Region in Washington D.C. where they provided support to the D.C. National Guard and Capitol police for a post-inaugural security mission. According to a press release, the soldiers performed a variety of duties such as providing additional security, training and logistical support. “The men and women of the Michigan National Guard have always stepped up whenever called upon and their support for the Capitol region was no different,” said Gov. “The Michigan National Guard is ready to serve our state and nation whenever the opportunity arises, but we are always glad to have the soldiers return home.”
Capitol Police chief appeals for National Guard to stay
Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – Worried about continuing threats, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police has appealed to congressional leaders to use their influence to keep National Guard troops at the Capitol, two months after the law enforcement breakdowns of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection. Pittman said she needed the leaders' assistance with the three-member Capitol Police Board, which reports to them. Paul Irving, who served on the Capitol Police Board as House sergeant-at-arms, denied that Sund asked him to call the Guard. He ultimately called the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard just before 2 p.m., who in turn testified that the request for help was delayed by the Defense Department. “We have the razor wire, we have the National Guard.
Capitol Police chief appeals for National Guard to stay
Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – Worried about continuing threats, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police appealed to congressional leaders Thursday to use their influence to keep National Guard troops at the Capitol, two months after the law enforcement breakdowns of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection. Pittman said she needed the leaders' assistance with the three-member Capitol Police Board, which reports to them. Paul Irving, who served on the Capitol Police Board as House sergeant-at-arms, denied that Sund asked him to call the Guard. He ultimately called the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard just before 2 p.m., who in turn testified that the request for help was delayed by the Defense Department. “We have the razor wire, we have the National Guard.
Democrats and Republicans raise concern over food quality for Michigan National Guard members at US Capitol
There are reports that some of the food given to guard members is also moldy. The letter was sent to General Daniel R. Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau. In the letter, the Michigan Delegation wrote, “We understand that the decision was made to provide contracted meals to support the entire federal response stationed at the Capitol. However, it is clear that these contracted meals are poorly prepared, oftentimes inedible, and highly inadequate to support our soldiers. It is completely unacceptable that our men and women serving in Washington D.C. are being hospitalized due to the food they are being provided.
Michigan Congressional Republicans question deployment of National Guard troops
LANSING – Hundreds of Michigan National Guard members are being sent to Washington, D.C. after the Department of Homeland Security issued a warning that the deadly Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol Building could motivate more domestic terrorists. In a letter House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Michigan’s Congressional Republicans asked for “an immediate intelligence briefing” about why 1,000 troops from the state’s National Guard are being redeployed to protect Washington. Rep. Lisa McClain said she hasn’t been given a briefing by the speaker or congressional leaders about any imminent threats. Three GOP officials from Michigan -- including McClain -- still voted to object to election results after the insurrection that killed six people. National Guard troops are expected to stay in D.C. through March.
Michigan members of Congress want briefing on National Guard deployments to DC
A group of Michigan members of Congress are seeking an intelligence briefing on the redeployment of the Michigan National Guard to Washington, D.C. It has come to our attention that 1,000 members of the Michigan National Guard will be returning to Washington, D.C. to assist with ongoing security efforts at the U.S. Capitol. It is also our understanding that this new assignment will require the Guard members to be in our nation's capital until mid-March. It is critical that there remains due justification to send members of Michigan's National Guard back to Washington, D.C. AdRelated: Michigan National Guard deploys additional troops to assist state with COVID-19 response
Everything to know about COVID in Michigan before Gov. Whitmer’s live update Monday afternoon
Gretchen Whitmer is scheduled to provide an update on the state’s handling of COVID-19 on Monday afternoon. Here’s everything you should know about the virus in Michigan before Whitmer’s briefing. New MDHHS orderThe state is one week away from a new version of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services order going into effect. Latest numbersOn Saturday, the state of Michigan confirmed 1,601 new cases of COVID-19 and 221 additional deaths, including 205 from a Vital Records review. With Saturday’s update, the state has now confirmed 548,069 cases and 14,291 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Michigan National Guard deploys additional troops to assist state with COVID-19 response
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan National Guard (MING) is expanding its COVID-19 response force for vaccination and testing efforts across the state. Almost 300 additional guard members are being deployed to support this mission. The surge of Soldiers and Airmen will be assigned directly to specific regions of the state including northern Michigan, mid-Michigan, western Michigan and southeast Michigan. As of Jan. 23, 2021 the Michigan National Guard has administered almost 32,000 vaccines to Michiganders. “From the city of Detroit to the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan National Guard will continue to assist our communities in this very important mission.”Coronavirus in Michigan
Michigan Capitol braces for Sunday protests: Follow updates
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan law enforcement agencies are on high alert for expected armed protests at the Capitol in Lansing starting on Sunday. Michigan State Police, working with the Michigan National Guard and the FBI, have stepped up security around the Capitol and in surrounding areas, like Downtown Lansing. The FBI warned that armed protests are planned at all 50 state capitols leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration -- with protests expected Sunday in Michigan’s capital city. The Lansing Capitol Building will be closed over the weekend, and lawmakers will not be in session, amid the expected protests. More: Michigan law enforcement on armed Capitol protests this weekend: ‘We will be prepared’Follow updates from Local 4 reporters in Lansing below:
Airbnb reviewing booked reservations in Lansing due to safety concerns over Capitol protest
(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)LANSING, Mich. – Airbnb is reviewing booked reservations in Lansing due to safety concerns over a Capitol protest scheduled to begin at noon Sunday. Government buildings in Lansing are boarded up in preparation of the expected armed protest at the state Capitol. “Due to increased law enforcement and safety concerns, we are reviewing recently booked reservations in Lansing set to take place during Inauguration week. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel also commended the company for their efforts to keep Lansing safe. “The Lansing Police Department is appreciative for the assistance Airbnb is offering to help with potential future criminal investigations related to hate crimes here in Lansing,” Lansing Police Chief Daryl Green.
Morning Briefing Jan. 16, 2021: Michigan Capitol on alert ahead of expected protest, counties cancel appointments due to COVID vaccine shortage, FCA and Peugeot merge
Government buildings in Lansing are boarded up in preparation of an expected armed protest this weekend at the state Capitol. Some county health departments are canceling COVID-19 vaccine appointments due to a supply shortage. Additionally, as of Friday Beaumont Health was forced to stop making COVID-19 vaccine appointments due to the same issue. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 533,602 as of Friday, including 13,701 deaths, state officials report. New: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Jan. 16, 2021Here’s a look at more of the data:
Michigan Capitol on alert ahead of expected protest at noon Sunday
LANSING, Mich. – Government buildings in Lansing are boarded up in preparation of an expected armed protest at the state Capitol. In addition to heavy police presence the Michigan National Guard has been activated by Gov. The Lansing Police Department announced that there is an event planned for noon at the Michigan Capitol on Sunday, Jan. 17. Gen. Michael McDaniel, who served as the assistant general for Homeland Security, Michigan National Guard. Michigan State Police, working with the Michigan National Guard and FBI, says that have increased personnel and protective measures at the Capitol and in Downtown Lansing.
‘We will be prepared’: Security tightens around state Capitol amid threat of protests
LANSING, Mich. – Increased security measures have been put in place at the state Capitol building to prepare for expected armed protests starting this weekend. Michigan State Police, working with the Michigan National Guard and FBI, says that have increased personnel and protective measures at the Capitol and in Downtown Lansing. READ: Michigan law enforcement on armed Capitol protests this weekend: ‘We will be prepared’A chain-link fence has gone up around the Capitol building. Across the street from the Capitol, where the governor’s office is, the windows have been boarded up. Michigan State Police Col. Joseph Gasper wouldn’t give specifics about a lot of the security plan that’s in place, but did issue a warning.
Local 4 News at 5 -- Jan. 15, 2021
Here’s what you missed on Local 4 News at 5:‘We will be prepared’ -- Security tightens around state Capitol amid threat of protestsLaw enforcement agencies across Michigan are stepping up security measures at the Capitol and in surrounding areas to prepare for expected armed protests starting this weekend. Michigan State Police, working with the Michigan National Guard and FBI, says that have increased personnel and protective measures at the Capitol and in Downtown Lansing.
Washtenaw County law enforcement, Rep. Debbie Dingell release joint statement ahead of presidential inauguration
ANN ARBOR – Rep. Debbie Dingell and police departments across Washtenaw County have released a joint statement about community safety ahead of Inauguration Day. Although the group said no imminent threat within the county leading up to the inauguration has been reported, officials said they are working closely with their state and federal colleagues to ensure the community remains safe. “Together, we have been monitoring the activities related to the attack on the Capitol building in Washington D.C. and the subsequent fallout leading to the upcoming Presidential Inauguration,” read the statement. Ahead of expected armed protests this weekend at Michigan’s Capitol, Michigan State Police, the Michigan National Guard and the FBI now have an increased presence at the building and throughout downtown Lansing. To see the full statement, click here.
Gov. Whitmer activates Michigan National Guard ahead of weekend protest at Capitol
Gretchen Whitmer has activated the Michigan National Guard as the state prepares for a protest this weekend at the Capitol. “The Michigan State Police is leading security efforts in coordination with the Michigan National Guard and other public safety agencies,” spokesperson Tiffany Brown said in an email statement. “It’s not to say there is an impending threat, but simply that we are prepared to respond accordingly.”READ: 13 takeaways from Gov. To her knowledge, there aren’t currently any specific threats, Whitmer said. “I can just say we are prepared if something should arise and hopeful that it does not,” she said.
Michigan ‘prepared to respond accordingly’ if threat is made to state Capitol, Whitmer says
LANSING, Mich. – Members of law enforcement are coordinating with the Michigan National Guard to make sure they’re prepared to respond to any sign of violence at the state Capitol, Gov. “What we are seeing play out across our country right now is deeply concerning,” Whitmer said. “It’s not to say there is an impending threat, but simply that we are prepared to respond accordingly.”READ: 13 takeaways from Gov. To her knowledge, there aren’t currently any specific threats, Whitmer said. “I can just say we are prepared if something should arise and hopeful that it does not,” she said.
National Guard supports vaccination efforts for Michigan
The COVID-19 vaccination mission will be an ongoing endeavor as the Michigan National Guard works to stay in front of the demands of the healthcare system throughout the state. “The Michigan National Guard remains focused on supporting our communities, our neighbors, in this important task,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, Adjutant General and Director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Across the state of Michigan, the National Guard also continues to support COVID-19 testing and assisting at local food banks. There are currently several hundred Michigan National Guard members supporting these missions. COVID-19 vaccination support by the guard is expected to continue into Spring 2021.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer asks President Trump for National Guard help through March
Gretchen Whitmer is asking President Donald Trump for an extension of the National Guard’s help to fight COVID-19 through March. Whitmer sent a letter to Trump requesting Title 32 authority be extended so the Michigan National Guard can continue aiding COVID-19 response and vaccine-related activities through March 31, according to state officials. Federal pay and benefits for the Michigan National Guard has already been authorized by Trump through the end of 2020. “The Michigan National Guard remains a crucial part of the state’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Guard is vital to our ongoing recovery as well,” Whitmer said. Michigan officials said in anticipation of rapid approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the state will look to the National Guard for help distributing the vaccine.
Wayne County brings free drive through COVID-19 testing to Dearborn Heights this weekend
DETROIT – Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans, in partnership with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan National Guard and the City of Dearborn Heights are offering free drive-through testing for non-symptomatic individuals at Hype Athletics Center. “Wayne County will continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 and make out communities safer,” said Evans. Tests will be administered by Michigan National Guard personnel, while volunteers from Wayne County Executive’s office and the City of Dearborn Heights will conduct traffic management and registration for participants. “We are standing with our communities to protect our Wayne County residents,” said Evans. Hype Athletics is located at 23302 W. Warren Avenue in Dearborn Heights.
Michigan National Guard rescues books in waterlogged Midland
MIDLAND, Mich. – The Michigan National Guard rescued 80,000 items from the basement of a Midland library that was flooded when rain swept through the area and dams failed. “There’s no way we could have done it without them,” said Terrie Ahlers, supervisor of adult services at Grace A. Dow Memorial Library. Most books and other items in the basement are going to be OK, the Midland Daily News reported. Guard members had to use the stairs because the elevator was out. Library staff over the weekend focused on removing moisture from the lower level.
Selfridge Air National Guard to conduct ‘Michigan Strong’ flyover today: Check times, flight path
DETROIT – The Selfridge Air National Guard Base will conduct a flyover in Metro Detroit on Wednesday afternoon, one day after the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Residents should view the flyover from their homes and are asked not to travel to see the flyover. Selfridge Air National Guard flyover map. (Selfridge Air National Guard Base.) ALSO SEE: VIDEO: Blue Angels fly over Metro Detroit amid coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Michigan National Guard, MDOC to test prisoners for COVID-19 in the U.P.
LANSING, Mich. – Medical specialists from the Michigan National Guard are assisting Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) staff with COVID-19 testing at correctional facilities. May 2, 2020: Michigan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases up to 43,207; Death toll now at 4,020 with 15,659 recoveries reportedBeginning Monday, soldiers will administer COVID-19 tests throughout facilities in the upper peninsula. Testing will begin at the Baraga Correctional Facility and will continue east to Alger Correctional Facility, Marquette Branch Prison, Newberry Correctional Facility, Chippewa Correctional Facility and Kinross Correctional Facility, officials said. “We are very grateful for the support from the National Guard in this effort to continue our testing of prisoners across the state,” said MDOC Director Heidi Washington. Samples collected at the facilities will be transported by MDOC to a lab for testing, officials said.
Selfridge Air National Guard Base will not get F-35 planes
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County will not receive F-35 planes that President Donald Trump said he was considering sending there. Wisconsin will receive the planes. Macomb County has been trying to get F-35s to the base for years. A campaign was launched in 2017, but the federal government decided to send the planes somewhere else. Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice S. Miller released a statement about the decision to not select Selfridge:“We are disappointed at the news that Selfridge Air National Guard Base was not selected as an F-35 base.