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National Guard Commander: 75% of Guardsmen Want to Continue Border Mission

Major General John Nichols told Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) that the troops want to stay on the mission, not return home.

By NTK Staff | 07.24.2018 @3:38pm

A key National Guard commander, Major General John Nichols, told Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) at a congressional hearing on Tuesday that 75 percent of guardsmen want to continue their current mission to help secure America’s southern border.

Nichols called the deployment “very positive,” citing the National Guard’s ability to put their skills to use.

“We’re coming up on 179 days on mission. We’re talking about rotating people out. Seventy-five percent of them want to stay. The other 25 have jobs they have to get to,” he said. The major general reminded the committee that it had not been a voluntary deployment.

Nichols added that the National Guardsmen are “ingrained” in the mission to keep America’s borders secure.

President Trump activated the National Guard earlier this year, requesting governors send their forces to help protect U.S. borders.

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