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Virginia, NC Guard Soldiers Learn Funeral Honor Fundamentals
January 5, 2024
Spc. Gabriel Joines, left, a Virginia National Guard Soldier assigned to the 1033rd Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, and Sgt. Brooke Hulings, right, a North Carolina National Guard Soldier assigned to the 882nd Engineer Company, 105th Engineer Battalion, 130th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, train on conducting funeral honors for military veterans Dec. 13, 2023, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The five-day course introduced Soldiers to the finer points of rendering honors to military veterans and prepared them to conduct professional military funeral honors in accordance with service tradition.

California Army Guard Brigade Works 24/7 to Defend Nation
January 5, 2024
Soldiers of the 100th Missile Defense Brigade pose for a photo at the entrance to an ICBM launch tube on Vandenberg Space Force Base, California.

Louisiana Army Guard Aviation Unit Holds Deployment Ceremony
January 4, 2024
Soldiers of the 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion sing the Army Song during a deployment ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility #1 in Hammond, Louisiana, Dec. 2, 2023. Over 70 Soldiers will deploy to Kosovo to support a NATO-led peacekeeping mission.

At-risk Teens Begin New Path as ChalleNGe Academy Graduates
January 4, 2024
Maj. Gen. Michael Garshak, the adjutant general of Idaho and commander of the Idaho National Guard, congratulates one of 120 high school students who graduated from the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy Dec. 16, 2023, in Boise, Idaho. The Department of Defense program provides second chances to at-risk teens.

Oregon Airman Lives Her Dream to Serve
January 4, 2024
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kellie Marshall, a traditional Guardsman with the 173rd Fighter Wing, prepares to conduct a magnetic particle inspection Dec. 15, 2023, at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The inspection finds cracks in material preventing potential part failure and aircraft mishaps.

Hokanson Visits Guardsmen Safeguarding Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Celebration
January 2, 2024
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, meets with Nevada National Guardsmen supporting local and federal agencies to ensure the safety and security of the New Year’s Eve celebration in Las Vegas Dec. 31, 2023. The cooperative New Year’s mission is led by Clark County Emergency Management and supported by the Nevada National Guard with local and federal law enforcement agencies.

Nevada National Guard Safeguards ‘America's Party’
January 2, 2024
Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Maj. Gen. Ondra Berry, the adjutant general of the Nevada National Guard, visit local law enforcement and the 92nd Civil Support Team in Las Vegas Dec. 30, 2023. (Tonal adjustments were used to enhance subjects)

Oklahoma National Guard Aviation Unit Deploying to Kosovo
January 2, 2024
Loved ones gathered alongside nearly 50 Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen during a deployment ceremony Dec. 30, 2023, at the Army Aviation Support Facility 2 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Members of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion (Assault Helicopter Battalion), 244th Aviation Regiment, 90th Troop Command, will deploy to Kosovo to support oOperation Joint Guardian (KFOR).

Guard Caps 2023 Supporting Defense Strategy, Domestic Missions
December 28, 2023
A Hawaii Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook drops water on wildfires in Ka’anapali, Maui, Aug. 26, 2023.

Oregon Air Guard, Germany Participate in Officer Exchange
December 26, 2023
Capt. Philipp Lukas, right, of the German Reserve Air Force, and Capt. Dewayne Pittman of the 142nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Oregon Air National Guard, pose in front of a 142nd Wing F-15C Eagle at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore. The two officers participated in an exchange program sending Lukas to Oregon and Pittman to Germany.

New York National Guard Conducts Over 9,000 Military Funerals
December 26, 2023
New York National Guard honor guard Soldiers receive the remains of 1st Lt. John Thomas, a World War II Army Air Forces pilot killed in 1943, at the Rose Cemetery in North Rose, New York,  May 20, 2023. This was one of 7,100 military funerals the New York Army National Guard's honor guard teams expected to conduct by the end of 2023.

Kentucky National Guard Posthumously Honors World War II POW
December 22, 2023
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jack Henry Owen served in the Kentucky Air National Guard for more than 24 years after his time as a prisoner of war during World War II. He is shown in the cockpit of a Kentucky Air National Guard RF-101 Voodoo aircraft in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

Texas Guard’s 147th Attack Wing Receives Latest MQ-9 Reaper
December 22, 2023
Members of the 147th Attack Wing Aircraft Maintenance Squadron unload a Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, Texas, Dec. 21, 2023. The Block 5 Reaper will ensure the wing remains a formidable force in the ever-changing landscape of modern warfare.

Virginia Cyberspace Operations Squadron Opens Headquarters
December 22, 2023
The Virginia Air National Guard’s 185th Cyberspace Operations Squadron, 192nd Operations Group, 192nd Wing, holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of its state-of-the-art cyberspace facility Dec. 1, 2023, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. From left to right, Maj. Gen. James W. Ring, adjutant general of Virginia; the youngest Bat, a 185th COS senior Airman; Col. Brock E. Lange, 192nd Wing commander; and Chief Master Sgt. Sean J. Fretwell, 192nd Wing command chief, stood in front of the building as the youngest Bat cut the ribbon.

West Virginia Guardsmen End Deployment in Time for Holidays
December 21, 2023
Soldiers with the West Virginia Army National Guard's 156th Military Police Law and Order Detachment landed at Fort Bliss, Texas, Dec. 15, 2023, following a 10-month overseas deployment supporting the U.S. Army Central's Area Support Group - Jordan.

New York Air National Guard Members Help Track Santa Claus
December 21, 2023
Airman 1st Class Kyle Larsen, a member of the New York Air National Guard assigned to the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome, New York, keeps an eye on the sky over the eastern United States while preparing for Christmas Eve, when the sector’s Airmen will help in the annual NORAD Tracks Santa effort.

Army National Guard Recruit Saves Residents From House Fire
December 21, 2023
U.S. Army Pvt. Anthony Del Tufo, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard, receives a state award from the Nutley Board of Education at Nutley High School in Nutley, New Jersey, Dec. 11, 2023, for helping residents of a home threatened by a fire.

Pennsylvania Air National Guardsman Honors the Fallen
December 20, 2023
Volunteers placed wreaths in front of headstones at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies as part of Wreathes Across America, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, Dec. 16, 2023.

South Carolina Guardsman Conquers French Desert Commando Course
December 20, 2023
U.S. Army Sgt. Liliana Munday, 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, South Carolina National Guard, holds her French Desert Commando pin Dec. 19, 2023, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Munday was one of 40 U.S. service members and the only female to go through the most recent iteration of the French Desert Commando Course.

Puerto Rico Guard Helps Give Toys to Children for Holidays
December 19, 2023
U.S. Airmen with the 156th Wing, Puerto Rico Air National Guard, U.S. Marines assigned to Det. 1 Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 45, 4th Marine Logistics Group, and faculty members pose for a photo during a toy distribution at Dr. Julio Henna Elementary School, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dec. 14, 2023. The event was part of the Toys for Tots program.