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Vermont National Guard Welcomes Senegalese Recruit
May 18, 2023
The newest member of the 158th Fighter Wing, Airman Libass Mbengue, shakes hands with Maj. Gen. Gregory Knight, adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard, at Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vermont, May 18, 2023. Mbengue moved to Vermont in 2018 from Senegal, Africa.

Guam Army Guard Soldier Earns Expert Soldier Badge
May 16, 2023
Spc. Kiana Siguenza of SECFOR 6, Task Force Talon, 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, competes in the ruck march portion of the U.S. Army Japan Expert Soldier Badge testing at the Sagami General Depot, Japan, April 28, 2023.  Siguenza, a member of the Guam National Guard, is the first recipient of the Expert Soldier Badge in the organization.

Nebraska, California National Guard Units Honor WWII Veteran
May 11, 2023
World War II veteran James K. Kunkle lays in the back of a KC-135 boom pod and watches the boom operator refuel an F15-C Eagle from the 114th Fighter Wing, Fresno, California, April 25, 2023. Kunkle served as a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot during World War II and flew P-38 and P-57 aircraft, receiving the Distinguished Service Cross for engaging 20 German aircraft and downing two of them.

Washington Guardsman Chases Dream of Becoming Police Officer
May 10, 2023
Washington Army National Guard Officer Candidate Lin Lin, in his Bellevue Police Department uniform after graduating from Basic Law Enforcement Academy in April 2023.

Kansas Soldier Makes Marathon Team Pushing Friend to Finish
May 10, 2023
1st Lt. Nicholas Lahr, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot with the Kansas Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment, and Samuel Butalla participated in the 46th annual Lincoln Marathon, which also serves as the National Guard Marathon Team trials, May 7, 2023, in Lincoln, Nebraska. More than 200 National Guard Airmen and Soldiers from across the country competed.

Gold Star Family Member is Nevada Army Guard Soldier of Year
April 28, 2023
Nevada Army Guard Spc. Jake Evans next to a medical evacuation UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter during a break in training April 17, 2023, in Reno, Nev. Evans is the 2023 Nevada Army Guard Soldier of the Year and is set to travel to Hawaii to represent Nevada in the Region VII Best Warrior contest.

Crash Survivors Meet Indiana Airmen Who Rescued Them
April 28, 2023
Air Force Senior Airman Janelle Bonitati, center-left, and Staff Sgt. Marlena Hargraves, center-right, from Indiana’s 19th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package, with Leslie Legg-Carlson and John Carlson at Hulman Field Air National Guard Base, Ind., April 16, 2023. On Dec. 3, 2022, Hargraves and Bonitati were driving on I-70 after the duty day when they rescued the Carlsons from a vehicle crash.

Alaska Guardsman Helps Keep Pave Hawks Flying
April 27, 2023
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Natalie Glass, assistant dedicated crew chief with the 176th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard, at Exercise Southern Strike 2023, Gulfport, Mississippi, April 20, 2023.

Major Instills Sexual Assault Response Practices in Guard
April 11, 2023
Maj. Bridget Flannery, Buddy Aid program director, presents Buddy Aid, the National Guard’s first response to sexual assault, during new employee orientation at the Professional Education Center on Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, Arkansas,  March 9, 2023. Buddy Aid began during Flannery’s 2013 deployment to Afghanistan and eventually became a national initiative based at the PEC.

Air Force Veteran Reunited with Old Friend after 60 Years
April 5, 2023
U.S. Air Force Veteran Richard Devine of Omaha, Neb., tours a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, tail 58-0057, with Master Sgt. Jamie Bethune March 30, 2023. Devine was one of the original crew chiefs of 58-0057 when the aircraft, now assigned to the Iowa Air National Guard's 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, Iowa, first entered service in the late 1950s.

Cal Guard’s 1st Filipino General Officer Promotes to One Star
March 31, 2023
Maj. Gen. Matthew P. Beevers, the acting adjutant general of the California National Guard, pins the rank of brigadier general to Brig. Gen. Marlena A. DeCelle's uniform at her promotion ceremony in Sacramento, California, Jan. 26, 2023.

Washington National Guard Pilot Fulfills Dream to Fly
March 30, 2023
Warrant Officer Catherine Trujillo, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 140th Aviation, in a UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopter at Army Aviation Sustainment Facility, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., March 28, 2023.

Idaho Guard’s First Female Senior Enlisted Leader Paves Way
March 24, 2023
Command Sgt. Maj. Alice Randolph, the Idaho Army National Guard’s first female senior enlisted leader, at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, March 23, 2023. She will serve the IDARNG’s enlisted members by communicating directly with the state’s commanding general on their behalf and interpreting National Guard Bureau policy for implementation across the organization.

Arctic Guardian Overcomes Obstacles to join Alaska Air Guard
March 17, 2023
Alaska Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Heather Pope is a ground transportation specialist with 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 176th Mission Support Group, 176th Wing. Pope worked to lose 133 pounds to enlist a day before her 40th birthday, the cutoff age to join the military.

NY Guard Soldiers Become Citizens During African deployment
March 16, 2023
Fifteen New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa became U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Mar. 10, 2023. The Soldiers, all belonging to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, are on a 9-month deployment.

Idaho Guardsman Blazes her own Trail in Firefighting
March 15, 2023
Idaho Army National Guard Pfc. Bailey Craig attends her first drill at the Orchard Combat Training Center, Feb. 8, 2023, with the organization's 937th Engineer Detachment. She is the unit's first female to earn the 12M firefighter military occupational specialty after graduating in December from the Department of Defense's 68-day basic firefighting training academy at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas.

Army National Guardsman Shares Journey to Citizenship
March 15, 2023
Sgt. Osse Jeanpierre shows off his U.S. citizenship certificate following his swearing in as a U.S. citizen Dec. 15, 2022, in Tukwila, Wash. The Washington National Guard member left Haiti as a 9-year-old.

Vermont Guard Soldier Thrives in Canadian Arctic Exercise
March 15, 2023
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shane Yuknis, cavalry scout for B Troop, 172nd Cavalry Squadron (MTN), 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (MTN), Vermont Army National Guard, before tactical insertion training at the airfield in Resolute, Nunavut, Canada, March 14, 2023.

Washington Guard Unit Receives Coveted Culinary Award
March 13, 2023
U.S. Army Capt. Jacob Guenther, commander of Delta Company, 141st Brigade Support Battalion, 96th Troop Command, talks with members of his company after being presented the Washington Army National Guard Culinary Award at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Wash., March 4, 2023. The company will move on to regionals which will be a timed, two-day event.

Idaho Airman Promoted on Same day Son Enlists
March 13, 2023
Senior Master Sgt. Virginia Holmgren, 124th Medical Group operational readiness superintendent, receives a Stripes for Exceptional Performers II Program promotion to chief master sergeant after seeing her oldest son, Nathan Holmgren, enlist in the Idaho Air National Guard the same day at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, March 4, 2023. Holmgren has spent her career with the critical care air transport team as a respiratory therapist.