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The leader of the Oklahoma National Guard sent a warning to his guards about the mission of getting a COVID vaccine

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The leader of the Oklahoma National Guard sent a warning to his guards that failure to get the federal mandated COVID vaccine could result in “termination of federal action.” career,” even though the Oklahoma governor said they do not need to be vaccinated.

The US Department of Defense has stated for weeks that all National Guard members must get a COVID vaccine, but Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt said he would not carry out the mandate.

The Oklahoma Air Force Vaccination deadline is December 2. That same day, Stitt announced that he is currently suing the Biden Administration to block the mission, asserting his authority as General Commander of the Oklahoma National Guard.

“I retain authority over all training and management activities of the Oklahoma National Guard,” Stitt said in a statement. “It is unconscionable that President Biden and his administration are choosing to play politics with military pay, especially amid the highest inflation rates in 30 years and the holiday season approaching. Threatening the salaries of National Guard members is clearly illegal and unfair. ”

This week, the U.S. Air Force Secretary issued a memo stating that National Air Defense Force members who are not vaccinated will be substantially removed from federal service, with the exception of those who apply for and are except.

The exact language said, “The Secretary of the Air Force withdraws consent for unvaccinated members to be placed or to continue in accordance with Title 32 Guard and Reserve orders issued prior to there.”

It also states that members have not started their immunization regimen before December 31.”not participate in exercises, training or other missions”.

Oklahoma aide Brigadier General Thomas Mancino told his bodyguards on Wednesday, saying that “anyone who has taken their personal responsibility and decided not to get the vaccine, must realize that the potential for the cause of ending federal action.”

For now, Mancino said, the governor has granted them “a limited safe harbor.” He also said, “It’s a legal question how far [the governor’s] extended powers. That question will have to be answered in court or resolved in Congress.”

Meanwhile, the Oklahoma Democrats are voicing their objections, calling Governor Stitt’s leadership of the bodyguards reckless.

“I want them to keep getting paid,” said President Alicia Andrews. “I want them to be able to sustain and grow their careers and the governor, at no risk to himself, is actually risking his salary. He is risking their careers for an ideological war. I think it was reckless and quite careless for our Governor to risk the livelihoods of the citizens of Oklahoma.”

KFOR has reached out to Governor Stitt’s office for comment and they told us the Governor remains in his position that threatening to pay the wages of unvaccinated national guards is illegal. legal. His federal lawsuit is still intact.

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