Idaho National Guard cadet among Patriot Front members arrested in Coeur d’Alene

Winston Durham
Credit: Kootenai County Sheriff's Office

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – One of the Patriot Front members arrested in Coeur d’Alene on Saturday is a cadet with the Idaho National Guard.

Spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Borders confirmed that Winston W. Durham enlisted in February of 2019 and is concurrently enrolled in the Washington State University ROTC program. 

Borders said the IDNG was notified of Winston’s arrest on June 13 and as of June 14, has barred him from any favorable personnel actions, pending the outcome of criminal charges against him. 

Winston is charged with conspiracy to riot, a misdemeanor, and has since posted the required $300 bond. Authorities in North Idaho say the 31 members of Patriot Front were in Coeur d’Alene to disrupt a Pride event. They were found with metal shields, metal poles and a smoke bomb. 

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“The IDNG takes these charges very seriously. Extremist attitudes are not commensurate with military policy nor service,” Borders said in an email to 4 News Now. “Extremist activities can be prohibited even in some cases where such activities would be constitutionally protected in a civilian setting.”

Borders said IDNG will consider all adverse administrative action, including involuntary separation or punitive action, pending the outcome of the criminal case.

The U.S. Army Cadet Command released the following statement on the situation:

“United States Army Cadet Command’s leadership is aware of the current civilian investigation being conducted by law enforcement into the allegations against Winston W. Durham. Cadet Durham is a Simultaneous Membership Program Cadet, he enlisted in the Idaho Nation Guard on February 15, 2019, enrolled in Army ROTC at Washington State University on August 19, 2019, and became a contracted Cadet on January 13, 2020. Cadet Command has placed Mr. Durham on a leave of absence status pending the outcome of the civilian criminal investigation. We take all allegations of misconduct seriously as such conduct is not in line with Army Values. For questions about Mr. Durham’s National Guard affiliation please reach out to the Idaho National Guard.”

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