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NGB Confirms 41 Guardsmen Wounded in Sunday Attack

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Washington Report

At least 41 Army National Guard soldiers were wounded in the unmanned aerial system attack last Sunday on the U.S. logistics support facility known as Tower 22 in northeast Jordan, the National Guard Bureau confirmed in a press release today.

The attack killed three Army Reserve soldiers from an engineer unit in Georgia.

The wounded Guard soldiers are from units based in Arizona, California, Kentucky and New York, according to NGB.

Twenty-seven were able to return to duty, while 14 others continue to be evaluated for follow-on care, including one requiring medical evacuation from Jordan who is in stable condition, NGB added.

"I echo President Biden and Secretary Austin’s condemnation of this attack," said Army Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, the chief of NGB. "It will not deter our citizen-soldiers from their mission of defending America and its interests."

"We join our senior leaders in strongly condemning Sunday’s attack on our forces," said retired Maj. Gen. Francis M. McGinn, the NGAUS president. "The 41 Army National Guardsmen wounded should remind all Americans of the important role the National Guard plays every day around the world in defending our nation."

Several hundred U.S. Army and Air Force personnel are deployed to the facility in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, according to NGB.

They include Army Guard soldiers from Arizona’s 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry Regiment; the headquarters of the California-based 40th Infantry Division (pictured above); Kentucky’s 138th Field Artillery Brigade; and New York’s 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion.

More than 27,000 Guard soldiers and airmen are deployed in support of overseas operations, including 6,700 across the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in the Middle East, NGB said.

They are also deployed in the Horn of Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

— NGAUS staff report