Oklahoma Defies Pentagon, Halts Vaccine Mandate for National GuardsmenEpoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

The Oklahoma National Guard’s newly appointed commander declined to implement the COVID-19 vaccine mandate ordered by the Department of Defense (DoD). “I hereby order that no Oklahoma Guardsmen be required to take the COVID-19 Vaccine, notwithstanding any other Federal requirement. Oklahoma Command’s will continue to process Federal vaccine waivers in accordance with DoD policy. Additionally, no negative administrative or legal action will be taken against Guardsmen who refuse the COVID-19 Vaccine,” Army Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino wrote in a policy memorandum issued on Nov. 11, 2021. Oklahoma Gov. J. Kevin Stitt has asked U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for waivers of the vaccine mandate and is waiting for a decision, Mancino said in the memo. Mancino issued the policy memo one day after he was appointed as the Adjutant General for Oklahoma and the commander of the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard by Stitt to replace Gen. Michael Thompson. …Read More

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