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Couple Enlist Together in Wisconsin Air National Guard
December 8, 2023
Steven Krueger and Paola Astudillo, husband and wife, enlisted in the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing during a joint enlistment ceremony at Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin, Nov. 22, 2023. Krueger, a prior Army Reservist and 115th Fighter Wing Airman, joined his wife for her first oath of enlistment after which his father, retired U.S. Army Col. Roy Krueger, administered his son's third.

Kentucky Guardsman Completes Ranger School on First Go 
December 7, 2023
Kentucky Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Dustin McKie-Miller's girlfriend, Army Capt. Carly Schroeder, puts the Ranger Tab patch on his arm after his graduation from Ranger School at Fort Moore, Georgia, Aug. 18, 2023. McKie-Miller aced every challenge of the Ranger training on his first attempt and finished the course in 62 days, the shortest time possible.

Alaska Guard Spreads Holiday Cheer to Remote Communities
December 6, 2023
Santa and Mrs. Claus disembark from a C-17 Globemaster III and head to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to support Operation Santa Claus at Bethel, Alaska, Nov. 15, 2023. Operation Santa Claus is the AKNG’s yearly community outreach program that provides gifts and Christmas cheer to children in remote communities.

New York Army Guard Salutes Former President Van Buren
December 6, 2023
New York Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Michel Natali and  Command Sgt. Maj. Edwin Garris salute after placing a wreath from the White House marking the birthday of former President Martin Van Buren in Kinderhook, New York, Dec. 5, 2023. Natali presented a wreath from President Joseph Biden at the annual ceremony held at Van Buren’s gravesite in Kinderhook Reformed Cemetery.

First Lady Welcomes National Guard Families to White House
December 1, 2023
First lady Jill Biden welcomes National Guard senior leaders and family members for a roundtable discussion on support for National Guard children in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington Nov. 27, 2023. Attendees, including Guard children, and adjutants general, also joined the first lady’s presentation of the 2023 White House “Magic, Wonder & Joy” holiday theme and decorations.

Native Name Inspires Strength, Pride for Virginia Guardsman
November 28, 2023
Virginia National Guard 1st Lt. Gavin Steel, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, shown in Fort Moore, Georgia, after he completed Ranger School in 2021. Steel traces his Native American heritage through his grandmothers.

Mechanics Help DC National Guard Maintain Readiness
November 20, 2023
Dozens of wheeled vehicle mechanics keep tactical vehicles operational at the District of Columbia National Guard’s Combined Support Maintenance Shop at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Oct. 21, 2023.

Lousiana Guard Soldier a Proud Native American
November 17, 2023
Louisiana Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Bruce A. Phillips Jr., from Port Sulphur, Louisiana, is a proud Native American who has more than 21 years of service.

Native American Promoted to South Dakota Guard Sergeant Major
November 16, 2023
Elizabeth “Promise” Crawford was promoted to the rank of sergeant major in the South Dakota Army National Guard by Larry Wetsit during a ceremony at Joint Force Headquarters on Camp Rapid, Rapid City, S.D., Nov. 9, 2023. She is the first female Native American sergeant major in the SDNG.

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.

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.

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.

Oklahoma Army National Guard Soldier trains for the Olympics
October 27, 2023
Spc. Dalton Duffield, an Oklahoma Army National Guard Soldier, throws his competitor during a practice wrestling match at Fort Carson, Colorado, Aug. 8, 2023. Duffield is a member of the Oklahoma National Guard and a Greco-Roman wrestler pursuing his Olympic goals through the U.S. Army's World Class Athlete Program.

Maryland Intelligence Analyst Helps Team Win Skills Exercise
October 27, 2023
Master Sgt. Benny Casalina, a network intelligence analyst assigned to the 135th Intelligence Squadron, Maryland Air National Guard, at Martin State Air National Guard Base, Middle River, Md., Oct. 27, 2023.

Minnesota Guardsmen Put in the Miles on Marathon Team
October 25, 2023
Army Staff Sgt. Jennifer St. Amand and Sgt. 1st Class Adam Walton are members of the Minnesota National Guard Marathon Team. They also qualified for the National Guard's Marathon Team.

California National Guard Airman Rescues Injured Car Wreck Victim
October 16, 2023
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Hyunsoo Kim rescued a driver trapped in his overturned vehicle Sept. 21, 2023, in Santa Clara, California.

Mother, Son Join Virginia Air Guard’s 192nd Wing Together
October 10, 2023
Tobye McMillian and her son, Emmanuel McClain, take the oath of enlistment into the Virginia Air National Guard from Col. Brock Lange, commander of the Virginia ANG’s 192nd Wing, Sept. 18, 2023, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. McMillian, who is rejoining the military after an 18-year break in service, will serve in the Virginia Beach-based 203rd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers, or RED HORSE. After completing Air Force Basic Military Training and technical school, McClain will serve with the Langley-based 192nd Maintenance Group.

Airman’s Hispanic Heritage Fuels Passionate Career
October 5, 2023
1st Lt. Antonieta Jara, 154th Medical Group public health officer, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. At 17, Antonieta Jara embarked on a solo journey from Ecuador to the United States, where she became a commissioned officer after 14 years of uniformed service.

New York Air Guard Woman Powerlifts to Success
October 5, 2023
Master Sgt. Sarah Chambers, a member of the 109th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard, competes at the United States Powerlifting Association 2023 Drug Tested National Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 10, 2023.

New York Guard Soldier Serves Soldiers, Students
October 2, 2023
U.S. Army Maj. Sean Q. Spooner, a New York National Guardsman assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, third from left, poses for a photo with teachers from the Targusor School during a volunteering event in Targusor, Romania, Sept. 6, 2023. The Soldiers assigned to Mihail Kogălniceanu Air Base, Romania, volunteered for the event as part of the U.S. commitment to enhance relationships with partner countries and allies.