Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino issued an order halting the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccine rollout, less than 24 hours after his appointment as the state’s top general.

The Oklahoma National Guard’s commanding general this Week defended the directive countermanding federal requirements that all U.S. military personnel be vaccinated against the coronavirus
The new commander of the Oklahoma National Guard has declared the organization will not enforce the Defense Department’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on its troops, according to local media outlets.

Lt. Col. Geoff Legler, a spokesman for the Oklahoma National Guard, told the newspaper that the memo is intended to allow guardsmen to serve in the state without fear of being punished.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin mandated that all uniformed personnel get vaccinated for the coronavirus in mid-September, although the deadline to do so varies across branches.
The Air Force had until earlier this month to comply with the mandate, while Air National Guard troops and reserves have until Dec. 12. Meanwhile, Army reservists and National Guard troops have until June 30, 2022 to be inoculated.

President Joe Biden is the commander in chief of the U.S. military as the country’s sitting president. However, Mancino insisted that Stitt, not Biden, was the commander in chief of the state’s National Guard as long as troops were not deployed federally.

Although governors do control their state’s National Guard while the troops are not federally deployed, the forces are federally funded. Ignoring the Pentagon’s vaccine mandate may potentially set off a chain of events that could result in funding being pulled, although the legal situation is not entirely clear.

Pentagon officials said Wednesday that they have the authority to require coronavirus vaccination for National Guard personnel and that continued refusal would put thousands of military careers in jeopardy, in the administration’s sharpest response yet to the unprecedented bid by a subordinate command to undermine unambiguous orders from the U.S. military’s senior-most civilian authority.

“I made it clear yesterday – and I’m happy to do so again today – that this is a lawful order and a legal requirement for the secretary of defense,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Tuesday. “His authorities require that the force be vaccinated against COVID-19, and that includes the National Guard.”

The vaccination requirement has faced resistance within pockets of the military. While a majority of the active-duty force is fully vaccinated, thousands continue to hold out — and overall, far fewer National Guard personnel have chosen to comply.

Oklahoma’s policy could be a road map for other GOP governors wishing to fight Biden’s mandates. More than five National Guard commanders in other states have contacted officials in Oklahoma expressing interest in a similar policy, according to a senior military official in the state who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the issue’s political sensitivity.

Meanwhile, A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld its decision to put on hold an order by President Joe Biden for companies with 100 workers or more to require COVID-19 vaccines, rejecting a challenge by his administration.
A three-member panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans affirmed its ruling despite the Biden administration’s position that halting implementation of the vaccine mandate could lead to dozens or even hundreds of deaths.

Vaccine mandates are deeply controversial in the United States. Supporters say they are a must to put an end to the nearly two-year coronavirus pandemic, while opponents argue they violate the U.S. Constitution and curb individual liberty.

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