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A team of Soldiers with 610th Engineer Support Company attach a string of concertina wire to the border fence at San Luis, Ariz., in March 2019. The Department of Defense has deployed units across the Southwest Boarder at the request of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and is providing logistical, engineering, and force protection functions.

AG Mark Brnovich's recent opinion declaring that transnational criminal activity at the U.S.-Mexico border constituted an invasion of Arizona and that Gov. Doug Ducey has powers under the U.S. Constitution to go to war to repel it was welcome news to the leading Republican candidates vying to replace him next year. Read more»

Governor Doug Ducey speaks with Major General Michael 'Mick' McGuire before speaking to staff operating the State Emergency Operations Center at the Arizona National Guard headquarters on Aug. 20, 2020, at Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix.

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael “Mick” McGuire, the former head of the Arizona National Guard who was a ubiquitous presence at the governor’s weekly briefings about the COVID-19 pandemic last year, has filed paperwork to run for the U.S. Senate next year. Read more»

Masks ready to be sterilized.

A system that sterilizes used N95 masks using vaporized hydrogen peroxide will be available to health care facilities in Arizona in May, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Read more»

Sarah Meske, a marketing office manager for TriWest Healthcare Alliance, catches her breath during early morning physical training.

For the second year, the Arizona National Guard and the Arizona Coalition for Military Families have offered civilians a two-day military-immersion experience. Read more»

The “Blue Ox,” shown above, would serve as a command center in the event of a major emergency in Arizona. The giant trailer was on hand during Vital Connection, a exercise testing the ability of various agencies to communicate in the event of disaster.

Forty government, tribal and volunteer agencies are participating in Arizona’s largest-ever communications testing exercise to ensure that they can stay in contact during a disaster. Read more»