Communities are bracing for protests and potential violence.
After Virginia passed gun laws, conservatives began invoking the state’s colonial-era constitution, which calls for a “well-regulated militia.”
A National Guard officer called in to enforce the June crackdown on protesters testified that a top official sought out heat rays and sound cannons hours before a clash.
Eric Kerska, whose daughter was deployed to the base, said he was alarmed by the isolation of young soldiers on their first tour as a coronavirus precaution.
The two pilots who led a weekend rescue, both military veterans, said it was the most challenging flying they have done in their careers.
Wisconsin’s attorney general also identified the Kenosha officer who shot Mr. Blake multiple times as Rusten Sheskey, a seven-year veteran.
The U.S. military, with its experience in disasters and its multiple medical corps, could do more to end the pandemic.
But the Air Force’s inspector general concluded that National Guard officials failed to obtain prior approval from Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper to use the planes.
Lawmakers repeatedly pressed Gregory T. Monahan to square his remarks with videos showing his officers attacking protesters. He declined.
An Army National Guard officer at Lafayette Square plans to tell lawmakers that the Park Police unleashed an “unprovoked escalation” on peaceful protesters last month.
The soldier’s graduation is a landmark moment for the Army, as the Special Forces were one of the last Army assignments without any women.
The Golden State is less exceptional and more like the rest of America than many would prefer to believe.
The Defense Department’s top intelligence official said that he had not been ordered to conduct surveillance on citizens, and that he supported their right to demonstrate peacefully.
President Trump’s walk across Lafayette Square, current and former military leaders say, has started a moment of reckoning in the military.
Some members of the D.C. Guard — comprising more than 60 percent people of color — have not told family they were part of the crackdown. Guard leadership, concerned about public opposition, even warned against buying food from vendors.
The military that Gen. Mark A. Milley represents is facing what could be the worst schism with the American public since the fractious Vietnam War years.
David McAtee, who owned a barbecue stand, was shot as the police and National Guard confronted curfew violators.
But what appeared to be an uneasy truce between the White House and military leaders did not mean the conflict was over.
“There is a thin line between the tolerance we have witnessed from the military for three years and the point where it becomes intolerable,” said Douglas Lute, a retired three-star Army general.
Mark Esper’s comments reflected the turmoil within the military over President Trump, who has said he could put active-duty troops on the streets to perform law enforcement functions.
The nation must restore order. The military stands ready.
When the history of the Trump presidency is written, the clash with protesters that preceded President Trump’s walk across Lafayette Square may be remembered as one of its defining moments.
What began as a protest over one man’s death in police custody in Minneapolis has grown into a nationwide movement with diverse activists, tactics and demands.
Military helicopters sought to discourage protesters, and retired senior military leaders condemned their successors for deploying such tactics.
“He did not pray,” said Mariann E. Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington. “He did not mention George Floyd, he did not mention the agony of people who have been subjected to this kind of horrific expression of racism and white supremacy for hundreds of years.”
Violence in the streets prompts officials to call in troops and vow a swift federal review of troubling videotaped arrest.
In a letter, they asked the Pentagon how the military is safeguarding troops and prisoners from an outbreak of Covid-19 given the base’s limited health care facilities.
Half of New Jersey’s Covid-19 fatalities are linked to nursing homes. Nowhere has the devastation been starker than at one built for members of the military.
The facilities knew that frail and aging residents were especially vulnerable to the outbreak, but they were unable to stop it.
Officials are trying to determine the military’s role in safeguarding the United States from a new enemy within its borders, even as commanders fear infection across the ranks.