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Guam National Guard launches State Partnership with Palau
May 2, 2024
From left, Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead, senior enlisted advisor to the chief of U.S. National Guard Bureau; U.S. Ambassador Joel Ehrendreich; Palau President Surangel Whipps; Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero; and Col. Michael Cruz, adjutant general of the Guam National Guard, formalize a State Partnership Program partnership between Guam and Palau in Koror, Palau, April 29, 2024. The partnership builds on thousands of years of common ancestry between the Second Island Chain islands and seeks to mutually benefit both partners in defense and security cooperation.

Maryland Air Guardsman Wins Innovation Award
May 1, 2024
Maryland Air National Guard Capt. Kerry Guy, 175th Wing contracting officer, poses for a photograph at Warfield Air National Guard Base, April 17, 2024, in Middle River, Maryland. Guy is the officer in charge of the 175th Wing Spark Cell, which was established in January 2022 and boasts over 60 members across 15 squadrons.

Iowa Air Guard Support Dog, Chaplain Reunite Post-Deployment
May 1, 2024
After a six-month deployment, Chaplain Lt. Col. Stephen Peters is reunited with his dog, Adele, at the Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, Iowa, April 30, 2024. Peters was serving as deputy command chaplain for U.S. Air Force Central Command at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar while Adele continued her duties as the morale support dog at the Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing.

Virginia National Guard Soldiers Conduct Air Assault Drill
May 1, 2024
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Charlottesville-based Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct cold load training with aviation crews assigned to the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division April 5, 2024, at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Weyers Cave, Virginia.

Maryland Guard Joins Homeland Disaster Response Exercise
April 30, 2024
First Lt. Joseph Quinn, the executive officer in the 349th Composite Supply Company, California Army National Guard, participates in an interview on Fort Carson, Colorado, April 25, 2024, during the Vibrant Response exercise.

New York Army Guard Soldiers Heading to North Africa
April 30, 2024
African Lion provides an opportunity to conduct realistic, dynamic and collaborative readiness training in an austere environment that intersects multiple geographic and functional combatant commands, including U.S. Africa Command, U.S. European Command, and U.S. Central Command, and strategic maritime choke points and global shipping lanes.

Virginia Guard Avionics Team Tackles High-flying Challenges
April 30, 2024
Virginia National Guard Soldiers conduct maintenance on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter April 2, 2024, at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston, Virginia. The Soldiers are part of the AASF’s avionics shop, which troubleshoots, diagnoses and repairs avionic components and wiring on the VNG’s Black Hawk fleet.

New Jersey Guardsman Rescues Injured Worker
April 30, 2024
U.S. Army Sgt. Lauren Shalabi, an automated logistics specialist assigned to the 250th Brigade Support Battalion, 44th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New Jersey Army National Guard, in Syria, April 24, 2024. Shalabi used her military and civilian skills to provide medical aid to a severely injured worker in Syria.

Georgia Guard Provides Airborne Safety Training
April 29, 2024
A U.S. Army Soldier conducts a free fall airborne jump out of a C-130 Hercules cargo plane during the Joint Parachute Operational Mishap Preventative Orientation Course Enhanced (POMPOC-E) April 25, 2024, at the Plantation Airpark, Sylvania, Georgia.

California Guard, U.S. Forest Service Train on Aerial Firefighting
April 29, 2024
A military C-130J aircraft discharges a pressurized water stream from the rear of the aircraft over a green marshland with a creek affixed against a light blue sky.

Air Guard Leaders Host 2024 Wing Leader Conference
April 29, 2024
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Micheal A. Loh, director, Air National Guard (ANG), speaks about the ANG’s role in implementing changes for Great Power Competition during the 2024 Wing Leader Conference (WLC), Henderson, Nevada, April 24, 2024.

Guard, Partner Nations Collaborate at State Partnership Program Conference
April 26, 2024
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, addressed the attendees virtually at the State Partnership Program conference.

North Carolina, North Dakota, Maine Honored for State Partnerships
April 25, 2024
(Left to right) Brig. Gen. Timothy Bower, Brig. Gen, Vice Director Vice for Strategy, Policy, Plans, and International Affairs, National Guard Bureau, Brig. Gen. Sergiu Cirimpei, Deputy Chief of  Defense of the Moldovan Army,  Maj. Gen. Todd Hunt, North Carolina Adjutant General, Elanie Marshall, North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Capt. Kory Dearie, North Carolina National Guard, State Partnership Coordinator,  Lt. Col. Valeriu Burusciuc, Moldovan Army State Partnership Program Director, Col. Michael Marciniak, Director of Plans and Programs, Maj. Michael Sterling, North Carolina National Guard State Partnership Program Director and Col. Scott Humphrey, Chief, International Affairs, NGB.

Oregon Guard Sharpens Combat Skills Before Deployment
April 24, 2024
A fire team from the Oregon National Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team fires at targets while conducting a squad live-fire exercise at Orchard Combat Training Center in Idaho  April 19, 2024. The intensive range tested Soldiers' abilities to maneuver under simulated combat conditions with pop-up targets and live ammunition.

Alaska Army Guard, Marine Corps Enhance Aviation Tactics
April 24, 2024
Alaska Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Sara Becker, a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter crew chief assigned to 207th Aviation Troop Command, scans the area while waiting for passengers during the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course 2-24 at a forward arming and refueling point near Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., April 8, 2024. The training iteration marked the first time that conventional U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk aircrews participated in the highly competitive and rigorous joint training course that integrates all Marine aviation assets, ground forces, command and control systems, logistics and air defense.

Guard Chief Visits Pennsylvania Guard, Aviation Training Site
April 23, 2024
Army Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, met with Pennsylvania National Guard leaders and members of the Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site during a visit to Fort Indiantown Gap April 22, 2024.

Kentucky, Tennessee Win Regional Best Warrior Competition
April 23, 2024
Tennessee National Guard Spc. Noah Green, left, and U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Buck with the Kentucky National Guard won the 2024 Region III Best Warrior Competition at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Kentucky, April 19, 2024. Nineteen competitors from 10 states and territories competed for the titles of Soldier and NCO of the Year for Region III.

Ohio Guard Air Control Squadron Trains with NATO Partners
April 23, 2024
Hungarian Defence Forces 1st Lt. Mate Nagy, a fighter controller assigned to the Common Reporting Center,  trains on large force employment tactics during a joint training exercise March 22, 2024 in Blue Ash, Ohio. Success in contested environments depends on how well U.S. forces combine with the broad range of allied and partner capabilities and expertise to secure our common interests and promote our shared values. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Shane Hughes)

Team Whiteman Demonstrates Readiness During Spirit Vigilance
April 23, 2024
A B-2 Spirit stealth bomber assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing takes off at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., April 15, 2024. Team Whiteman executed a mass fly-over of 12 B-2 Spirit stealth bombers to cap off the annual Spirit Vigilance exercise.

New York Army Guard Chaplains Train with African Counterparts
April 23, 2024
New York Army National Guard Chaplain (Col.) Douglas Brock, the state chaplain for the New York National Guard, poses with Zambian Chaplain Capt. P. Kopakopa during a meeting of African and American chaplains in  Lusaka, Zambia, April 8, 2024. The Zambian Defence Force invited Brock, New York Army National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Timothy Miller and other American chaplains to a five-day workshop for African military chaplains in Lusaka.