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U.S. Department of Defense speaks on Oklahoma National Guard rejecting pentagon COVID-19 vaccine mandateIt’s a war of words unfolding between Oklahoma and the Pentagon.kfor.com
U.S. Department of Defense speaks on Oklahoma National Guard rejecting pentagon COVID-19 vaccine mandateLOCAL
by: Austin Breasette/KFOR
Posted: Nov 16, 2021 / 06:02 AM CST / Updated: Nov 15, 2021 / 10:12 PM CST
KFOR Morning Headlines
WASHINGTON (KFOR) – The U.S. Department of Defense spoke Monday about the Oklahoma National Guard rejecting the Pentagon’s coronavirus vaccine mandate.
It’s a war of words unfolding between Oklahoma and the Pentagon.
President Joe Biden mandated military members be vaccinated. However, the Oklahoma National Guard says its taking orders from Gov. Kevin Stitt instead.
It all started with last weekend’s announcement that the state national guard will follow Stitt’s order, citing U.S. code.
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However, the U.S. Department of Defense said they have the authority to mandate the vaccines regardless.
“The secretary has the authorities he needs to require this vaccine across the force and that includes the national guard,” said John Kirby, the department of defense’s press secretary. “He will respond appropriately.”
Over the weekend, Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino, appointed by Stitt as Oklahoma’s adjutant general last week, issued an update to the COVID-19 vaccine policy for the Oklahoma National Guard.
The full statement can be read below.
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In part, the statement cites title 32 of U.S. code and says the national guard is a “…state-controlled and federally-funded entity and takes orders from the Governor and his designated chain of command.”
Continuing by saying it is “…illegal, unethical, and against our sworn oaths” for the Oklahoma National Guard to not follow the governor’s order.
“He still has that authority even when they’re in a title 32 status,” Kirby said. “It is a lawful order.”
A capitol reporter pressed Kirby after he wouldn’t elaborate on how, or even if the measure will be enforced in Oklahoma.
“Everyone is looking to this building and your boss for what he’s going to do about it and so far that appears to be nothing,” the reporter said.
“I dont think that’s a fair way to put it Megan,” Kirby said. “He just got this from governor of Oklahoma, I’m not going to speculate, hopefully it won’t come to that.”
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Stitt’s order lists no repercussions for those who don’t get vaccinated.
Mancino also pointed to title 10 where the President mobilizes the national guard and therefore are under federal authority.
In the statement Mancino said, “until a Guardsman is activated under Title 10, they follow the lawful commands of the Governor of the State of Oklahoma.”
But the department of defense is still in disagreement.
“They are subject to that order,” Kirby said. “It’s important that they get the vaccine so that they can be a more ready force.”
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