State guardsman injured in New Orleans mission One Oklahoma soldier did not return Thursday with the rest of the National Guard task force that served in New Orleans for the past month. Staff Sgt. Chester Richards of Oklahoma City was hurt in an auto accident in New Orleans last month, Brig. Gen. Myles Deering said. The wreck happened Sept. 12 when a civilian vehicle in New Orleans hit a Humvee troop carrier. Richards was riding in the back. The National Guard flew his family to New Orleans the next day, and Richards was airlifted to Brooks Army Hospital, where he is still hospitalized. Military officials said he has spent the past several weeks in intensive care, and it is unknown whether he will fully recover. More information about Richards’ condition was unavailable.