The National Guard was founded in 1636 as a citizen force to protect families and towns from hostile attacks. Today, the National Guard employs soldiers that hold civilian jobs or attend school while maintaining their military training part-time. Each state has its own National Guard that serves both state and federal functions.
First and foremost, during a state emergency, the governor can deploy the National Guard, but it can also be mobilized by the President of the United States. The National Guard primarily responds to natural disasters and civil disturbances. The state governor serves as the commander-in-chief of each state’s National Guard.
The AJC reports that a wreck involving the Georgia National Guard has landed three guardsmen in the hospital.
The incident occurred at about 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday on Interstate 75 South.
The driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe lost control and struck a National Guard vehicle near the exit for Mt. Paran Road. After the initial impact, the SUV crossed several lanes of traffic.
The driver of the Tahoe and three guardsmen were all transported to Grady Memorial Hospital. Their injuries and health status was not provided.
The National Guard has been deployed in response to protests since Saturday. Governor Brian Kemp has declared a state of emergency through next weekend.
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