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Oregon Air Guard Civil Engineers Recapitalize Old Facility
October 10, 2023
Deployed civil engineers from the 173rd Fighter Wing take a group photo after renovating a formerly abandoned Area Defense Command site near North Bend, Oregon, in late summer 2023. The site lay dormant for nearly 40 years and was overgrown with brush.

New York Army, Air Guardsmen Compete in South African Event
October 10, 2023
New York National Guard Staff Sgt. Quian Han gets marksmanship advice from a South African Army Senior warrant officer during the South African National Defence Force Military Skills Competition in Potchefstroom, South Africa, Sept.12, 2023. The week-long competition involved rifle and pistol marksmanship, a 5-mile run, grenade throwing, and a land/water obstacle course.

Washington and Oregon Guard Train with Royal Thai Air Force
October 6, 2023
-15 Eagles from the 142nd Wing, Portland, Oregon and F-16 Vipers  from the Royal Thai Air Force fly in formation over Korat Air Base Royal Kingdom of Thailand during Enduring Partners 2023, Sept. 20, 2023.

NY Air Guard Leaders Honor Former President Chester Arthur
October 5, 2023
Air Force Maj. Gen. Denise Donnell, commander of the New York Air National Guard, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Michael Hewson, senior enlisted leader for the New York Air National Guard, salute after placing a wreath from the White House at the gravesite of President Chester Arthur during a ceremony at Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands, New York, Oct. 5, 2023. Since 1967, military officers have placed a wreath from the current president at the graves of their predecessors on their birthday.

Vermont Guard Partner North Macedonia Hosts Adriatic Conference
October 5, 2023
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, adjutant general, Vermont National Guard, listens to a speaker during the 26th U.S.-Adriatic Charter Chiefs of Defense Conference in Skopje, North Macedonia, Sept. 27, 2023. The conference included Balkan region military leaders, representatives, and their National Guard state partners.

Iowa Guard, Kosovo Partners Train in HAZMAT Exercise
October 5, 2023
Members of the Kosovo Security Force Hazardous Materials Company discover clues that lead to a planted, homemade explosive device in a training scenario in Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, Sept. 21, 2023. The KSF worked with the 71st Civil Support Team, Iowa National Guard — their partners in the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Airman’s Hispanic Heritage Fuels Passionate Career
October 5, 2023
1st Lt. Antonieta Jara, 154th Medical Group public health officer, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. At 17, Antonieta Jara embarked on a solo journey from Ecuador to the United States, where she became a commissioned officer after 14 years of uniformed service.

New York Air Guard Woman Powerlifts to Success
October 5, 2023
Master Sgt. Sarah Chambers, a member of the 109th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard, competes at the United States Powerlifting Association 2023 Drug Tested National Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 10, 2023.

Guard Team Awarded 3rd Consecutive Services Cup Cyber Trophy
October 5, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, meets with the National Guard cyber team that won the 2022 SANS NetWars Department of Defense Services Cup cybersecurity competition at the Pentagon Sept. 22, 2023. Teams from all service branches took part in the two-day competition, with the Guard team taking top honors for the third consecutive year.

New Jersey Air Guard Flies KC-46 Pegasus Sortie
October 4, 2023
U.S. Air Force pilots and boom operators with the 141st Air Refueling Squadron, 108th Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard, in front of a KC-46A Pegasus at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Oct. 3, 2023. Left to right: pilot 1st Lt. Ashwin Deshpande; boom operators Staff Sgt. Nicole Stephenson and Tech. Sgt. Patrick Tracy; pilot Maj. Scott Mixdorf; boom operator Tech. Sgt. Bill Vigilante; pilots Maj. Bobby Pico, Col. Bill Liess, Lt. Col. Johann Hintz, and Capt. Brandon Johnson; boom operators Tech. Sgt. Christopher Howe, Master Sgt. Brian Kelly, and Master Sgt. Alissa Anderson.

Tennessee Guard, Bulgaria Celebrate 30-Year Partnership
October 4, 2023
Brig. Gen. Warner Ross, Tennessee’s adjutant general, presents Lt. Gen. Tsanko Stoykov, Bulgaria’s deputy chief of defense, with a plaque marking the 30-year partnership between the Tennessee National Guard and the Bulgarian Armed Forces in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sept. 28, 2023.

Nebraska Army Guard, Alaska Air Guard Team Up for Training
October 3, 2023
Nebraska Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Kevin Nelson, right, assistant jumpmaster, inspects a parachute worn by Capt. Ben Jochum, 2-134th Infantry Battalion (Airborne) logistics officer, in preparation for a static line jump Sept. 29, 2023, in Lincoln, Neb. Twenty-eight paratroopers of the Nebraska Army National Guard's 2-134th Infantry Battalion (Airborne) completed the jump from a C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the Alaska Air National Guard's 144th Airlift Squadron, 176th Wing.

Alaska National Guardsmen Prepare for Middle East Deployment
October 3, 2023
Alaska Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Oliver Meza, Bravo Company first sergeant, brings the formation to attention during a deployment ceremony for B Company, 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment, at the Alaska National Guard Armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Sept. 29, 2023. Approximately 100 Soldiers are deploying to the Middle East for nine months to support Operation Spartan Shield.

Utah Army, Air Guard Train in Joint Preparedness Exercise
October 2, 2023
Members of the Utah Air National Guard and the Utah National Guard's Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team train together at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base in Salt Lake City Sept. 20.

New York Guard Soldier Serves Soldiers, Students
October 2, 2023
U.S. Army Maj. Sean Q. Spooner, a New York National Guardsman assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, third from left, poses for a photo with teachers from the Targusor School during a volunteering event in Targusor, Romania, Sept. 6, 2023. The Soldiers assigned to Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Romania, volunteered for the event as part of the U.S. commitment to enhance relationships with partner countries and allies.

Arizona National Guard, Oman Strengthen Partnership
October 2, 2023
Maj. Gen. Kerry L. Muehlenbeck, adjutant general of Arizona, and director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, walks with the Sultanate of Oman’s Vice Admiral Abdullah Al Raisi, chief of staff of the Sultan’s Royal Forces, and other military officials during a tour of Goldwater Air National Guard Base in Phoenix Sept. 25, 2023. The Sultanate of Oman and Arizona became partners under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program last year.

Resources to Help National Guardsmen in a Government Shutdown
September 29, 2023
The National Guard Bureau has formed two task forces in a continued effort to fight sexual assault and suicide within the ranks.

National Guard Committed to Suicide Prevention Year-round
September 29, 2023
Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen H. Hicks recognizes the Guam National Guard's suicide prevention efforts at the Department of Defense's annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Recognition Ceremony in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes, Sept. 6, 2023.

100th Missile Defense Brigade: Defending America for 20 Years
September 29, 2023
U.S. Army Spc. Jason Clark, military policeman, Company A, 49th Missile Defense Battalion, protects the Missile Defense Complex from mock enemies during Exercise Guardian Strike at Fort Greely, Alaska, Aug. 1, 2023. Guardian Strike evaluated military police and battalion staff members in their abilities to react to a variety of scenarios.

Senate Recognizes 30-year State Partnership Program
September 28, 2023
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Lindsey Graham, Senate National Guard Caucus co-chairs, present Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, with a formal copy of Senate Resolution 308 to recognize the historic significance of the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2023. The State Partnership Program was established in 1993 to assist countries emerging from behind the Iron Curtain. It now includes 88 partnerships with 100 nations and the National Guard of every state, territory and the District of Columbia.