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Hawaii Army National Guard Supports Maui Wildfire Response
August 28, 2023
Spc. Kaimana McBrayer, a fire control specialist with the Hawaii Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery Regiment, pops a “Shaka” hand gesture while directing traffic as part of the National Guard’s response to the deadly Maui wildfires in Lahaina, Hawaii, Aug 25, 2023. The Defense Department and the U.S. Coast Guard are supporting the FEMA-led response to the deadliest wildfire in Hawaii’s history.

Louisiana National Guard Mobilized to Battle Wildfires
August 28, 2023
The Louisiana National Guard deployed one engineer assessment team and 16 bulldozers with crew members from the 225th Engineer Brigade to Singer to help the Louisiana Forestry Department clear and widen fire lanes to help prevent the spread of wildfires in the area. Almost 100 Soldiers were supporting the wildfire response, including Black Hawk and Chinook helicopter crews.

North Dakota Army Guard Soldiers Compete to be Best Warriors
August 28, 2023
Winners of the North Dakota Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition conducted Aug. 17-20, 2023:

Noncommissioned officer, Sgt. Avery Johnson, 188th Army Band.
Soldier, Spc. Caleb Claxton, 3662nd Maintenance Company.

Runners-up:

NCO - Sgt. Max Dahl, D Detachment, 188th Battalion, Air Defense Artillery. 
Soldier - Spc. Jonathan Lange, Company D, 112th Aviation Battalion.

Lt. Gen. Jensen: Army National Guard Better Than Ever
August 28, 2023
Army Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, director of the Army National Guard, addresses attendees at the 145th National Guard Association of the United States General Conference, Reno, Nevada, Aug. 20, 2023. Jensen said the Army National Guard is the best it's ever been.

New York Army National Guard Medics Train in Brazil
August 25, 2023
New York National Guard Sgt. Amanda Nelson, 466th Area Support Medical Company, works with Brazilian Army peers during Operation Paraná III in the State of Parana, Brazil, Aug. 15, 2023. The New York National Guard participated in the simulated humanitarian aid response exercise Aug. 12-19, 2023, as part of the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Airmen of the Year Recognized During Focus on the Force Week
August 25, 2023
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael Loh, left, director, Air National Guard and Chief Master Sgt. Maurice Williams, right, command chief, ANG, pose with the ANG’s 2023 Outstanding Airmen of the Year at the Air National Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Aug. 24, 2023. All four Outstanding Airmen of the Year participated in Focus on the Force Week.

Oklahoma Air Guard Airmen Train for Casualty Combat Care
August 25, 2023
Airmen from the 138th Medical Group participate in a simulated combat environment as part of their final test in completing Tactical Combat Casualty Care Tier 2 in Perry, Fla., July 20, 2023. Smoke grenades and fake rounds were fired to simulate a deployed environment so Airmen could learn how to handle themselves and remain focused on the mission — caring for personnel and casualties.

Cyber Fortress 2.0 Tests Virginia’s Cyber Response Plan
August 25, 2023
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based 91st Cyber Brigade and the Richmond-based Joint Force Headquarters - Virginia Defense Cyber Operations Element take part in the Cyber Fortress 2.0 cyber defense exercise July 13, 2023, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

NH Guard Prevails at Regional Marksmanship Championships
August 25, 2023
New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Adam Crist, a human resources specialist with 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment, engages a target during the Marksmanship Advisory Council (MAC) Regional Championship on Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Vermont, Aug. 20, 2023.

Connecticut Army Guard MPs Conduct Vehicle Gunnery Training
August 24, 2023
U.S. Army Pfc. Buckley Ryan, military police assigned to the 143rd Military Police Company, 192nd Military Police Battalion, Connecticut Army National Guard, poses for a photo from the turret of his High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, or humvee, before vehicle gunnery at Fort Drum, New York, Aug. 13, 2023. Despite this being his first annual training period, and first time manning the M240L machine gun as a vehicle gunner, Ryan successfully engaged all targets and became the fifth gunner in his unit to qualify.

Maryland Guard Soldier Recognized for Off-duty Water Rescue
August 24, 2023
Maryland National Guard Staff Sgt. Charles Brauning, assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment of the 29th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, is awarded an Army Achievement Medal in Phoenix, Arizona., July 30, 2023, for rescuing a 10-year-old boy at risk of drowning. Brauning was attending training at the Western Army Aviation Training Site in Red Rock, Arizona, and on an off-duty river tubing trip when he saw the boy fall into the river July 17.

Air Guard Leaders Emphasize Priorities at NGAUS Conference
August 24, 2023
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael Loh, director, Air National Guard, briefs company-grade officers from throughout the Air National Guard during the National Guard Association of the United States’ 145th General Conference and Exhibition in Reno, Nevada, Aug. 19, 2023. CGOs were briefed on the ANG mission, force structure, and how the ANG contributes to the National Defense Strategy.

Maine, NH, Rhode Island Guardsmen Train on Domestic Response
August 24, 2023
A search and extraction team conducts a debriefing with an instructor following their casualty search. Approximately 180 Soldiers and Airmen from Maine, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire came together at Joint Base Cap Cod, Massachusetts, Aug. 12-18, 2023, for an external evaluation of the New England CERFP, a regional National Guard response team that assists first responders during large-scale emergencies.

Missouri, New York Air Guard team up for Maintenance Training
August 23, 2023
Airmen from the 109th Airlift Wing and 139th Airlift Wing collaborated for a week in August at Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center for Maintenance University, a week of intensive skills training designed for C-130H maintainers.

Tennessee Guard Hosts Women, Peace and Security Conference
August 23, 2023
The Tennessee National Guard hosted the Women, Peace and Security conference at Smyrna’s Volunteer Training Site Aug. 15-17, 2023. Soldiers, Marines and Airmen attended the three-day event and will take home a better understanding and insight into what women can contribute to the community and in senior leadership roles.

National Guard Chief Hokanson: ‘We Serve for the Future’
August 23, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, addresses attendees at the 145th National Guard Association of the United States General Conference, Reno, Nevada, Aug. 19, 2021.

National Guard Leaders Empower Enlisted Personnel at Conference
August 23, 2023
Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony L. Whitehead, the National Guard's top enlisted leader, addresses the second business session of the 52nd Annual Conference of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States at the Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, Minnesota, Aug 14, 2023.

Montana National Guard Hosts Regional Cooperation Exercise
August 22, 2023
Personnel from the United States, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan work together Aug. 16, 2023, during Exercise Regional Cooperation 23 at the Helena Aviation Readiness Center in Helena, Montana. The Montana National Guard hosted RC23, annual, multinational exercise conducted by U.S. forces in partnership with Central and South Asian nations.

New York Army Guard Cavalry Troopers Compete for Spurs
August 22, 2023
New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment, headquartered at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station but with elements across western New York, compete in a "spur ride" to earn their silver spurs at the Youngstown Lewiston Training Area, Youngstown, New York, Aug. 17, 2023. The Soldiers had to complete a written exam on tactical knowledge, followed by route, area and zone recon training lanes and a 12 mile ruck march.

Alaska National Guard Firefighters Protect Nenana From Wildfires
August 22, 2023
Alaska Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Samuel Neff, a 176th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, Alaska Air National Guard, deployed with four other 176th CES firefighters from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to Interior Alaska Aug. 6, 2023, to fight wildfires.