A message from the Adjutant General of Texas regarding misinformation

 You have likely heard about false messaging on the National Guard being assigned a mission of enforcing a nation-wide quarantine. These messages are spread through word of mouth, social media, and through paper fliers with false National Guard logos and advertising.

We want to stress that this information is categorically false. The Department of Homeland Security does not have the authority to mobilize the National Guard as described in these graphics. Additionally, the Texas National Guard is fully under the authority of Governor Greg Abbott during the COVID-19 response and he has publicly outlined the Guard’s priorities.

As Guardsmen work to support our fellow Texans, you will begin seeing National Guard members working in your communities. These citizen Soldiers and Airmen are working with partner agencies to establish COVID-19 testing sites, support critical medical infrastructure, and provide logistical support.

Please remember, Texas Guard members are fellow Texans who work and raise families in the communities they serve. Our citizen Soldiers and Airmen are activating to help their neighbors through this difficult time and any help you can provide in rejecting harmful misinformation will help our Guard members maintain the trust they have built with their fellow Texans throughout the years of disaster responses. Together we can come through COVID-19 Texas Strong.

Duty, Honor, Texas.

Major General Tracy Norris

52nd Adjutant General for the State of Texas