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Washington Army Guard to get new Firefighting Unit
September 28, 2023
Washington National Guard members train to prepare for wildfire season at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Interagency Wildland Fire Training Academy near Roy, Wash., April 30, 2023. The training included familiarization with hand tools, line construction and tactics, and fire shelter deployment and entrapment avoidance.

Hawaii Guard Imagery Analyst Named PACAF Award Winner
September 28, 2023
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Cory Haines, 613th Air Operations Center imagery analyst, in front of the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Air Operations Center in Hawaii Aug. 29., 2023. Haines is the Pacific Air Forces 2023 Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Awards Program winner for Outstanding ARC ISR Airman of the Year.

Vermont National Guard Delegation Visits North Macedonia
September 27, 2023
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, adjutant general, Vermont National Guard, and North Macedonia Lt. Gen. Vasko Gjurchinovski, chief of the general staff, Army of the Republic of North Macedonia, pose with Vermont and North Macedonia delegates outside the Ministry of Defense in Skopje, North Macedonia, Sept. 25, 2023.

Colorado Guard Soldier Serves for Family, Community, Citizenship
September 27, 2023
U.S. Army Sgt. Chau Do, Colorado Army National Guard, was born in Vietnam and came to the United States with his family in 1998 when he was 9 years old.

Nevada Army Guard leaders visit Fiji for Exercise Cartwheel
September 27, 2023
Nevada Army National Guard leadership, including Brig. Gen. Troy Armstrong, center, visited with Soldiers and military personnel from allied partner nations in the South Pacific Sept. 23-24, 2023, during Exercise Cartwheel 2023, a multinational military training exercise conducted in Fiji this month. Nevada National Guardsmen and service members from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Fiji, are training during the exercise.

Team Ramstein, Air National Guard, USA rotate through Poland
September 26, 2023
Polish soldiers assigned to the 16th Airborne Battalion, 6th Airborne Brigade, from Kraków, Poland, board a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules at the John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice, during Aviation Detachment Rotation 23-4, Sept. 14, 2023. ADR is a bilateral training exercise with the Polish military to enhance allied interoperability, maintain joint readiness, and assure regional allies of NATO capabilities.

Florida Airmen Find Common Ground in Military Exchange
September 26, 2023
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kwame Dowdell, 125th Security Forces journeyman, greets a member of the RAF Regiment during his participation in the Military Reserve Exchange Program Sept 19, 2023. Dowdell, along with fellow 125th SFS Airmen, is participating in the Defense Department initiative that allows for Reserve and Guard forces to partner with associated units to exchange knowledge, share tactics and procedures, and understand the training, doctrine and operations of NATO partners.

National Guard Airmen Participate in World Record Event
September 26, 2023
A KC-135R Stratotanker assigned to the 155th Air Refueling Wing along with an F-16 from the 114th Fighter Wing fly over over Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska, Aug. 30, 2023, for a University of Nebraska volleyball game. The flyover celebrated Volleyball Day in Nebraska, where 92,003 fans became the largest crowd in the world to witness a women’s sporting event.

Alaska Air National Guard Rescues Hypothermic Hunter
September 26, 2023
A 210th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk combat search and rescue helicopter carrying U.S. Coast Guardsmen of the Maritime Security Response Team conducts joint hoist training Jan. 23, 2023, at Coast Guard Station Kodiak.

Kansas Guard, Armenian Partner Complete Eagle Partner Exercise
September 25, 2023
Soldiers from the Kansas National Guard and 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Task Force Mountain, hold a closing ceremony for Eagle Partner 2023 Sept. 20, 2023, in Armenia. The exercise between U.S. Army Europe and Africa and Armenian forces aimed to fortify the alliance with Armenia while bolstering interoperability and readiness via specialized peacekeeping operations training.

Louisiana Guard Team Shines at Military Intelligence Contest
September 25, 2023
Four Louisiana National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 415th Military Intelligence Battalion, 139th Regional Support Group, took second place overall and first in the National Guard in the Interrogation Show and Rodeo 23 competition at the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command’s Intelligence Training Center at Camp Bullis in San Antonio, Texas, Sept. 10-14, 2023. The 311th Military Intelligence Battalion from Camp Zama, Japan, finished first and the 2nd Cavalry Division from Fort Riley, Kansas, was third.

Cal Guard Security, Emergency Management Forces Train Together
September 25, 2023
U.S. Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the 146th Security Forces Squadron and Emergency Management Airmen, assigned to the 146th Civil Engineer Squadron stack up in formation before entering a building in an integrated exercise at the Oxnard College Fire Academy and the Ventura County Fire Department training center, Camarillo, California, Sept. 8-9, 2023.

Wisconsin Guard Conducts Black Hawk Training Operations
September 25, 2023
Aircrews with the Wisconsin National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment, operate UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters Sept. 14, 2023, at Fort McCoy, Wis. Members of the unit regularly complete training at Fort McCoy and support training events at the installation.

Massachusetts Guard Attends Planning Conference in Israel
September 25, 2023
Members of the 102nd Intelligence Wing, Massachusetts Air National Guard, attended the National Guard Bureau-Home Front Command annual planning conference at HFC Headquarters in Ramla, Israel, July 22-28, 2023.

Air Guard Director, Command Chief Visit Enduring Partners 2023
September 22, 2023
Lt. Gen. Michael Loh, director, Air National Guard, views the refueling of U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagles and Royal Thai Air Force F-16 Vipers from the boom pod alongside Senior Airman Eric Porter, 116th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, near Korat Air Base, Royal Kingdom of Thailand, for Enduring Partners 2023, Sept. 19, 2023. The general and his staff visited to see the State Partnership Program engagement between the Kingdom of Thailand, the Washington and Oregon Air National Guard.

Mississippi Air Guard Demonstrates Multicapable Airman Concept
September 22, 2023
Col. Teri Neely, commander of the 183rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Jackson, Mississippi, receives the status of a simulated patient during Operation Iron Magnolia at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center Auxiliary Airfield, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Sept. 9, 2023.

Virginia Guardsmen Compete in Finnish Sniper Championship
September 22, 2023
Three Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, competed in HÄYHÄ 2023, a Finnish Sniper Championship, Aug. 25-27, 2023, near Taipalsaari, Finland. Staff Sgt. Matthew Dawson, Staff Sgt. Joshua Johnson and Sgt. Gavin Asbury made up one of 26 teams in the competition.

Maine National Guard Rescues Injured Hiker
September 22, 2023
Stock image cockpit view from a UH-60 helicopter approaching Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park, Maine. The Maine National Guard hoisted an injured hiker to safety Sept. 20, 2023.

Maryland Guard, Estonian Partners Focus on Cyber Defense
September 21, 2023
The Maryland Air National Guard partnered with Estonia’s Cyber Command to host exercise Baltic Blitz 23 from Sept. 17-20, 2023, at Ämari Air Base, Harijumaa, Estonia. About 30 Airmen from the 175th Wing, two Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers, 12 service members from Poland, and 30 Estonians participated in the exercise to secure simulated rail transportation systems from cyber attacks.

North Carolina Guard Joins Exercise Rapid Trident in Moldova
September 21, 2023
North Carolina National Guard Capt. Ken Vilagos instructs Moldovan soldiers assigned to the 2nd Motorized Infantry Brigade during Exercise Fire Shield 23 at Bulboaca Training Center, Moldova, Sept. 13, 2023. The annual exercise between North Carolina and Moldova focuses on developing artillery and fire support capabilities.