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Arkansas National Guard Competes in Cyber Challenge
November 13, 2023
Four members of the 188th Intelligence Support Squadron at Ebbing Air National Guard Base, Arkansas, competed against 27 teams in a two-day cybersecurity challenge in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Nov. 3-5. Tech. Sgts. Donald McKellip and Brandon Wheeler, Staff Sgt. Tommy Patton and Senior Airman Dalton Landrum were selected for their expertise, interest in the event, and the needs of the squadron.

STARBASE: Enriching Lives Through STEM
November 8, 2023
STARBASE students interact on the robotics table, exploring STEM concepts with tangible applications in Los Alamitos, California, Oct. 30, 2023. STARBASE is the Department of Defense’s premier youth outreach program and a beacon of enrichment for underserved, underrepresented and underestimated youth across the United States.

DEVCOM Soldier Center Participates in Rhode Island National Guard STEM Event
November 8, 2023
The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center, or DEVCOM SC, recently participated in a STEM Exploration Open House hosted by the Rhode Island National Guard at the Quonset National Guard Base in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. DEVCOM SC’s Christina Caruso looks on as a STEM event participant tries out Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality capabilities.

Southern Vanguard 24 Exercise Begins in Brazil
November 8, 2023
New York Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Isabel Smith, center, director, Joint Staff, New York National Guard, stands with Brazilian Army officers during the opening ceremony for Exercise Southern Vanguard 24 in Macapa, Brazil, Nov. 6, 2023. The exercise is designed for U.S. Army Soldiers to conduct pre-deployment activities, deploy and conduct air assault operations while enhancing interoperability with Brazilian army forces.

Virginia Army National Guard Battles Wildfires From the Air
November 8, 2023
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry, Division provide aerial fire suppression support Nov. 6, 2023, in Madison County. After Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin declared a state of emergency, the VNG deployed two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters equipped with 660-gallon water buckets at the request of the Virginia Department of Forestry.

National Guard’s Heritage Honored at Storied Army Base
November 7, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, left, chief of the National Guard Bureau, chats with Air Force Maj. Gen. John P. Hronek, the adjutant general of the Montana National Guard, during the opening ceremony at The 1636 Room at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Patton Hall in Arlington, Virginia, Nov. 1, 2023. Named in recognition of the first organized militia in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1636 – the predecessor of today’s National Guard – the exhibit space runs the gamut of strategically placed artifacts, framed flags, panel displays, photographs, visual arts and replicated items.

SERE, Nebraska National Guard Team up for Hoist Training
November 7, 2023
Airman 1st Class Bridger Michaud, 55th Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist, is hoisted into a Nebraska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter along with a medic during hoist training Nov. 4, 2023. Company G, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 104th Regiment flew the helicopter from Lincoln to Offutt, enabling personnel from both units to carry out mandatory training.

Kentucky Honor Guard Helps Recognize Medal of Honor Recipient
November 6, 2023
Soldiers with the Kentucky National Guard’s Honor Guard stand ready for the 21-gun salute during the ceremony of a Medal of Honor recipient who was buried at Highland Cemetery in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, Nov. 4, 2023. U.S. Army Sgt. John F. Rowalt of Bellville, Ohio, served during the Indian Wars and was in a grave that had gone unmarked and almost forgotten for 148 years.

Father and Son Fly Pennsylvania Guard Black Hawk Together
November 6, 2023
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Zack Adams, left, and his father, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Rich Adams, helicopter pilots with the 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, flew a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter together for the first time Nov. 2, 2023, in Pennsylvania. Rich is a 34-year veteran of Army aviation while Zack is a recent graduate of the U.S. Army Initial Entry Rotary Wing school.

New York National Guard Medics Attend Brazilian Jungle Course
November 6, 2023
New York National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Brian Pasquale, combat medic assigned to the 466th Medical Company Area Support, discusses creating a modified shotgun shell with a Brazilian Army jungle trainer at the night portion of the jungle familiarization and academics portion of Southern Vanguard 24 in Belem, Brazil, Nov. 4, 2023. Southern Vanguard, an annual bilateral exercise that rotates between partner nations in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility, enhances interoperability between the United States and partner nation forces.

104th Fighter Wing Conducts Readiness Exercise
November 6, 2023
104th Fighter Wing Airmen spend regularly scheduled drill weekend conducting a base-wide readiness exercise Nov. 2-5, 2023, at Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts. Airmen showcased their abilities to sustain operations while engaged with a simulated near peer adversary.

Michigan Airmen Train to Survive in Hostile Environments
November 3, 2023
Lt. Col. Adam Pauly, 107th Fighter Squadron commander, Michigan Air National Guard, practices disengaging from parachute equipment during training. Over the October 2023 drill at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan, pilots participated in a survival, evasion, resistance and escape training refresher course.

Virginia Guard Civil Support Team Trained, Validated
November 3, 2023
Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the 34th Civil Support Team conduct a training proficiency evaluation Oct. 17, 2023, at the Five Forks Unit of the Petersburg National Battlefield in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.

Tennessee National Guard Honors Former President Polk
November 3, 2023
Col. John Kinton, commander of the 194th Engineer Brigade, Tennessee National Guard, represented President Joe Biden and was the keynote speaker during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tennessee State Capitol Nov. 2, 2023, in honor of President James K. Polk on his 228th birthday.

California Guardsman a Proud Native American
November 2, 2023
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Vincent Orosco, 40th Infantry Division G1 human resources sergeant, poses for a portrait in recognition of Native American Heritage Month at Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, Calif., Oct. 30, 2023.

National Guard Unveils Senior Enlisted Advisor Positional Colors
November 2, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, presents the positional colors to Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Nov. 1, 2023. This marks the first time a senior enlisted advisor to the National Guard chief is recognized with such colors, a milestone in a tradition that dates to 1636.

Airman Joins California National Guard Best Warrior Competition
November 1, 2023
Soldiers and Airmen from the California National Guard fly in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter over Camp San Luis Obispo, Calif. on day two of the 2024 Best Warrior Competition, Oct. 24, 2023.

Partnership Enables Key Training for New Hampshire Guard
October 31, 2023
Heather Day-Lewis, an emergency department technician at Catholic Medical Center, and Master Sgt. John McDowell, an aerospace medicine technician with the 157th Medical Group, work a shift together Oct. 10, 2023 in the Emergency Department at CMC in Manchester, New Hampshire. McDowell was the first medic to pilot a new partnership between the New Hampshire Air National Guard and CMC that allows Airmen to hone their skills with patients in the hospital setting.

F-35s Return to Kingsley Field
October 31, 2023
A U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II from Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, approches the runway at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon, Oct. 26, 2023. This is the third time the 56th Fighter Wing from Luke AFB spent two weeks in Oregon flying and training with the F-15s from the 173rd Fighter Wing, Oregon Air National Guard.

Kansas National Guard, Armenia Strengthen Partnership
October 31, 2023
Members of the 35th Infantry Division’s operations section met with the Armenian National Defense Research University, Ministry of Defense general staff, and students of the Vazgen Sargsyan Military Academy students as part of the Kansas Army National Guard State Partnership Program September 1-16.