national guard Washington National Guard Activated To Join Wildfire Fight By Tom Banse • Sep 6, 2017 Washington National Guard Listen Listening... / 1:05 Washington National Guard soldiers and airmen are being called up to help with the rash of Northwest wildfires. Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency on Saturday because of wildfires, which cleared the way for the activation of the Guard. U.S. Stepping Up Enforcement of Veterans' Reemployment Rights By Tom Banse • Oct 28, 2013 Listen Listening... / An Army Reservist will collect back pay from an Everett, Wash. company accused of violating his reemployment rights.