Louisiana National Guard

Hurricane Season
5:17 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Tropical Storm Karen: National Guard To Mobilize; Entergy Prepares

Louisiana's National Guard says Gov. Bobby Jindal has authorized mobilization of 650 guardsmen as Tropical Storm Karen swirls in the Gulf.

Thursday's Guard news release also says 520 Louisiana National Guard technicians are being recalled from furlough to deal with the storm.

Meanwhile, utility company Entergy has issued a statement saying it is preparing for the possibility of outages accompanying high wind, heavy rains and thunderstorms from Karen.

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National Guard
12:32 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

National Guard to Hold Deployment Ceremonies

Soldiers of the Louisiana National Guard's 205th Engineer Battalion and the 922nd Engineer Company are scheduled to bid farewell to family and friends during two separate deployment ceremonies this week.

More than 150 soldiers with the 205th, based in Bogalusa and Hammond, and another 150 from the 922nd, based in Gonzales, are leaving Thursday.

The units will conduct a yearlong deployment to Kuwait.

Severe Weather
5:01 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Floods: National Guard in Marksville, Crowley

The Louisiana National Guard sent high-water trucks to Crowley and Marksville for evacuations, and says units are on standby statewide.

Staff Sgt. Denis Ricou says the 225th Engineer Brigade in Marksville and the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Crowley each sent a truck and two soldiers.

He says the guard also brought about 50,000 empty sandbags Thursday to Livingston Parish.

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Latest News
2:56 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

New Orleans National Guard Unit to Get New Commander

A New Orleans-based National Guard unit dating back to 1838 will hold a change of command ceremony Saturday.

Lt. Col. Steven Finney will give Maj. Ken Baillie command of the Washington Artillery in a 10:30 a.m. ceremony at the Jackson Barracks parade field.

The unit's formal name is the 1st Battalion, 141st Field Artillery Regiment of the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

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Crime
1:43 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Jury convicts man of firing shots at National Guard helicopter

A federal jury has convicted a 61-year-old man accused of shooting at a Louisiana Army National Guard helicopter pilot who was providing aerial surveillance as part of a marijuana eradication detail in Winn Parish.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says James L. Kelly, of Sikes, was found guilty Wednesday of endangering the safety of a pilot, committing an act of violence against a pilot and using a deadly and dangerous weapon to forcibly assault, resist, oppose, impede, intimidate and interfere with a pilot.

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Latest News
4:36 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

National Guardsman killed in traffic accident

State police say a Louisiana National Guardsman from Shreveport was killed in a traffic accident in Natchitoches Parish.

The accident happened Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 49 five miles north of state Highway 6.

Troopers say Sgt. Kevin Dean Weiner was driving a Humvee northbound when it was struck from behind by an 18-wheeler. The 30-year-old Weiner was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Sgt. John C. Fike of Bossier City, suffered moderate injuries in the accident.

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National Guard
2:36 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

La. National Guard official promoted

Brig. Gen. Barry D. Keeling has been promoted to the Louisiana National Guard's director of the joint staff.

Keeling was promoted to the position during a ceremony Thursday at Camp Beauregard.

Maj. Gen. Glenn H Curtis, the Louisiana guard's adjutant general, praised Keeling for his dedication to duty. Curtis says Keeling was relentless during the Guard's response to Hurricane Isaac.

National Guard
12:47 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Louisiana National Guard top leader now a two-star general

The top officer in the Louisiana National Guard is now a major general, also called a two-star general.

Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis was "pinned" with his new rank in a ceremony Friday at the Governor's Mansion. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Curtis' wife, Jill Curtis, pinned the new insignia on Curtis' uniform.

Curtis officially became the Louisiana National Guard's 49th adjutant general in December, taking charge of all state National Guard operations and training. In Louisiana, the head of the National Guard is appointed by the governor.