national guardsman

noun, often capitalized

Definition of national guardsman

: a member of a national guard

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The country has seen the largest protests since 2017, when 120 people died in clashes with national guardsmen and pro-government civilians who fired on the masked demonstrators in middle-class neighborhoods. Fabiola Sanchez, The Seattle Times, "Deadly crackdown stokes fear among protesters in Venezuela," 20 Feb. 2019 His family says he was last seen alive fleeing alongside other protesters through the dusty streets of the capital’s Las Adjuntas slum as national guardsmen opened fire on people who had blocked streets with mounds of trash. Fabiola Sanchez, The Seattle Times, "Deadly crackdown stokes fear among protesters in Venezuela," 20 Feb. 2019 The flood caused heavy damage in Ellicott City and killed a national guardsman who was swept away by floodwaters trying to help a resident. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland congressional delegation calls on Trump to approve disaster declaration for Ellicott City flood," 2 July 2018 During the storm, first responders, national guardsmen and other emergency workers unknowingly contaminated the carpet of the MVPD building by wearing rubber boots that had been in flood waters inside. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages police chief discusses hurricane season," 21 May 2018 In Venezuela’s gold capital, national guardsmen block the roads. Andrew Rosati, Bloomberg.com, "The Bloody Grab for Gold in Venezuela’s Most Dangerous Town," 9 Apr. 2018 Also tonight, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis signed orders to deploy as many as 4,000 national guardsmen to the region. Fox News, "Gorka: Instead of learning from 2016, the press doubled down," 6 Apr. 2018 Among our athletes in Korea were a firefighter, a national guardsman, and a mechanic. Sally Jenkins, chicagotribune.com, "The Olympic flame has been extinguished. The USOC should be next.," 26 Feb. 2018 More than 400 miles to the southeast, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, a group of volunteers and national guardsmen were busy loading ice cream, presents and Santa into an Alaska Air National Guard HC-130 Combat King II airplane. Loren Holmes, Anchorage Daily News, "A visit from Santa brings hope to a Western Alaska village," 9 Dec. 2017

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1831, in the meaning defined above

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