COLUMBUS, Ohio (Tribune News Service) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that he has approved a request from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the National Guard to activate additional members of the Ohio National Guard in support of the Southwest Frontier (SWB) mission.
The requested 185 members of the Ohio Army National Guard will be deployed to provide non-law enforcement support to the United States Custom and Border Protection (CBP) at the SWB. Service members will be deployed to Title 10 Federal Status to assist CBP at the end of 2021.
The Ohio National Guard soldiers will join the estimated 3,000 members of the guard requested from other states to support the SWB mission.
Approximately 115 members of the 1484th Ohio National Guard Transportation Company have already been deployed to support Southwest Border operations at the request of DHS and NGB. These soldiers currently remain in active service.
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South Carolina Army National Guard soldiers provide airborne support to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security near the Southwestern border in McAllen, Texas, in 2018 (Roberto Di Giovine / National Guard of the US Army)