Nixon Activates National Guard in Front of Ferguson Grand Jury Decision
November 17, 2014

(AP) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday and activated the National Guard ahead of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Nixon said the National Guard would assist state and local police in case the grand jury’s decision leads to a resurgence of the civil unrest that occurred in the days immediately after the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

“All people in the St. Louis region deserve to feel safe in their communities and to make their voices heard without fear of violence or intimidation,” Nixon said in a written statement.

There is no specific date for a grand jury decision to be revealed, and Nixon gave no indication that an announcement is imminent. But St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch has said that he expects the grand jury to reach a decision in mid-to-late November.

The U.S. Justice Department, which is conducting a separate investigation, has not said when its work will be completed.

Nixon Withdrawing National Guard from Ferguson
August 21, 2014

(AP) – Gov. Jay Nixon says his decision to draw down the Missouri National Guard in Ferguson follows progress in stemming upheaval in the St. Louis suburb since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Nixon tells KMOX-AM that “the last two nights have been really good” in the suburb that had been the center of nightly racial unrest since Michael Brown was killed Aug. 9.

The white officer who shot Brown, Darren Wilson, is on administrative leave and has not been charged.

Nixon announced what he called a systematic withdrawal of Guard officers on Thursday. He says they’ve effectively protected the city while other agencies worked to restore trust between law enforcement and residents.

Authorities have arrested at least 163 people in the protest area since Brown’s death.

Text of Nixon’s Statement Sending in the Guard
August 18, 2014

Nixon’s statement issued at 2:40 am Monday morning:
“Tonight, a day of hope, prayers, and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk. I join the people of Ferguson, and all Missourians, in strongly condemning this criminal activity that included firing upon law enforcement officers, shooting a civilian, throwing Molotov cocktails, looting, and a coordinated attempt to block roads and overrun the Unified Command Center. These violent acts are a disservice to the family of Michael Brown and his memory, and to the people of this community who yearn for justice to be served, and to feel safe in their own homes. Given these deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson, I am directing the highly capable men and women of the Missouri National Guard to assist Colonel Ron Replogle and the Unified Command in restoring peace and order to this community.”

Nixon Meets With Missouri Guard Troops in Arabian Gulf
December 7, 2012
Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon has spent part of the week in Kuwait and Afghanistan, meeting with Missouri National Guard troops who have been assigned there.
Nixon said it is his third trip to the region.
“I think it’s especially important to visit with these folks at this time of year when they’re thinking about home,” he said.
He said the troops he met seemed to be in good spirits. He said he reminded them about a state program, Show-Me Heroes, aimed at helping members of the guard get jobs in Missouri.
“When you’ve been in theater like these folks have been, you’re used to getting things done on time and the right way,” Nixon said. “You’re used to adapting and making things work. And those are the traits any employer wants.”
He recently expanded a program that encourages Missouri businesses that hire returning troops or reservists to help pay for on-the-job training.
“We have over 3,000 vets who we have hooked up with businesses and given them jobs at companies all across Missouri,” he said

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Nixon Visits Missouri Guard Troops in Afghanistan & Kuwait
December 6, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon has been meeting with Missouri troops who are deployed to Kuwait and Afghanistan and said their service for the state and nation is “inspiring.”

The most recent visit is Nixon’s third Department of Defense trip to the war zone since he took office in 2009. The Democratic governor said the trips permit him to recognize Missouri National Guard members for their service and have helped inform state budget decisions that affect the Guard. In addition, Nixon said the visits allow him to “see America’s power presented around the world.”

“These folks don’t get a day off here. It’s always inspiring to see folks that work a full shift every day and that do so in an entirely volunteer operation,” Nixon said. “They have just decided that they’re going to step up for us right now, and that is always personally inspiring to me to see those folks do that and I think sets a great example for other Missourians.”

Nixon said the most recent trip started in Washington with meetings with military leaders and a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The governor said he arrived Tuesday in Kuwait and was in Afghanistan on Wednesday. Nixon said he went to forward operating bases in Afghanistan, received briefings from military commanders and swore-in several soldiers for extensions of their service.