Bill proposes CNMI National Guard

3:25 pm on 2 October 2015

A bill to set up a National Guard in the Northern Marianas has been introduced by the territory's delegate in the US Congress, Gregorio Kilili Sablan.

Saipan, CNMI

Saipan, CNMI Photo: Supplied

He says a National Guard for the Northern Marianas is consistent with America's commitment to enhancing security and stability in the Asia-Pacific.

He added that a National Guard unit is also critical for responding quickly and effectively to emergencies, including natural disasters.

Mr Sablan's bill follows on the heels of a study by the National Guard Bureau, which concludes that a National Guard for the CNMI is feasible.

There are 54 National Guard units in existence today - one for each of the 50 states as well as for Guam, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.