Wednesday, Jan 26th

Last update08:11:55 AM GMT

You are here News Military Pentagon denies Oklahoma governor's request and insists National Guard members must be vaccinated

Pentagon denies Oklahoma governor's request and insists National Guard members must be vaccinated

E-mail Print PDF

Pentagon denies Oklahoma exception to NG vaccine mandateSecretary of Defense Lloyd Austin denied a request from Oklahoma's governor to exempt his state's National Guard members from the Pentagon's Covid-19 vaccine mandate.

Austin emphasized that the vaccine mandate is a lawful order that promotes "the health, safety and readiness of our military personnel, regardless of duty status" in the letter, which CNN obtained a copy of.
The letter added that National Guard members who don't get vaccinated could be banned from "participation in drills and training conducted," and their status in the service could be jeopardized.
But Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt didn't appear ready to back down. In response to Austin's letter, a spokesman for Stitt said the governor "appreciates" the letter but "maintains his position that the governor is commander in chief for all members of the Oklahoma National Guard while they are on" state orders.

Most Recent Related Stories...

Pentagon puts 8,500 troops on alert as Biden consults with European allies on Ukraine: What we know

Sec. of Defence AustinPresident Joe Biden consulted with European leaders on Monday afternoon, as pressure builds between Russia and...

Celebrated Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee dies at 102

Tuskegee airman dies at 102 Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman who flew 409 fighter combat missions over three wars, has died....

'Forever chemical' blood levels near W.Va. National Guard base higher than US average

Forever chemical high in National Guard postBlood concentrations of a “forever chemical” for residents living near the Shepherd Field Air National Guard...

Biden to send more military medics to U.S. hospitals in COVID-19 hotspots

Military health workersPresident Joe Biden on Thursday said he was deploying more military health workers to hospitals in...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!