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SD Guard chief says he was unaware of Noem’s deployment plan

File photo of a platoon of South Dakota National Guard troops in formation.
File photo of a platoon of South Dakota National Guard troops in formation.(South Dakota National Guard)
Published: Aug. 18, 2021 at 3:06 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The head of the South Dakota National Guard says Gov. Kristi Noem didn’t tell him she would use a private donation for the deployment to the U.S. border with Mexico until after the mission was already planned.

Noem’s decision to accept a $1 million donation from a Tennessee billionaire last month was met with hefty criticism from those who said it allowed a private donor to commandeer a military force.

Maj. Gen. Jeffery Marlette told a legislative budgeting committee the donation was not a factor in planning the deployment.

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