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Honoring with Dignity: Michigan’s Longest Serving Honor Guard Member
March 13, 2023
Master Sgt. Carmen LaGuardia poses for photos at Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, Mich., Feb. 5, 2023. LaGuardia is Michigan’s longest serving and most decorated honor guard member, having performed more than 2,000 military details.

New Hampshire National Guard Revives Biathlon Program
March 10, 2023
Members of the New Hampshire National Guard’s biathlon team pose for a photo after winning third place in the 2023 Chief of the National Guard Bureau’s Biathlon Championships at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vt., Feb. 22. From left, U.S. Army Spc. Jimmy Small, U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Bryce Murdick, U.S. Army Spc. Tom Echelberger, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Parent, U.S. Army Maj. Rob Burnham, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jacob Englehardt, U.S. Army Capt. Pamela Donley.

Virginia Guardsman Named Top Enlisted Ranger School Graduate
March 10, 2023
Virginia Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Matthew Dawson graduates Ranger School as the enlisted honor graduate during a ceremony Jan. 27, 2023, at Fort Benning, Georgia. Dawson is assigned to the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team as a sniper team leader and completed Ranger School immediately following his deployment to the Horn of Africa.

Georgia National Guard Women Compete to be Best Warrior
March 8, 2023
U.S. Army Spc. Mary Ruiz, an aviation operations specialist representing the 78th Aviation Troop Command, crawls under barbed wire during the obstacle course portion of the 2023 Georgia National Guard State Best Warrior Competition at Fort Stewart, Georgia, March 6, 2023. The competition tested readiness and adaptiveness of Georgia's best Soldiers.

Guard Soldiers Make History at International Culinary Event
March 7, 2023
Iowa and Rhode Island National Guard Soldiers pose for a photo during the 47th Joint Culinary Training Exercise at Fort Lee, Virginia, March 5, 2023. The Soldiers made history by being part of the first Army National Guard team to participate in the  largest military culinary event in North America.

Former Tanker Recalls his Past During Promotion Ceremony in Germany
March 2, 2023
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Angelo E. Gelster, an ammunition specialist assigned to Task Force Orion, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New York Army National Guard, is promoted during a ceremony atop an M1A2 Abrams tank in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Feb. 20, 2023. Gelster, a former armor crewmember who operated M1A1 Abrams tanks with the now-disbanded 127th Armor Regiment, is deployed to Germany in support of the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine mission to ensure the combat effectiveness of Ukrainian military personnel training in Germany.

Persistence Pays off for History-Making Air Guardsman
March 2, 2023
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Petra Chesanek, an aeromedical technician with the 103rd Medical Group, Connecticut Air National Guard, at Bradley Air National Guard Base, Conn., Aug. 6, 2022. Chesanek, a career firefighter with the New Britain Fire Department, made history alongside firefighter Lauren Burns when they became the department’s first female firefighters promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

Fallen Army Guard Sniper Honored in Memorial Competition
March 1, 2023
Spc. Chris Horton, a sniper with 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard, in Paktia, Afghanistan, in 2011. He died in an ambush Sept. 9, 2011.

Kansas National Guard Combat Medic Puts Her Training to Use
February 28, 2023
Sgt. 1st Class Tiffany Alligood is the readiness noncommissioned officer and a combat medic with the Kansas Army National Guard’s 1077th Ground Ambulance Company at the Lenexa armory.

Wisconsin Air Guard Firefighter Earns National Honors
February 22, 2023
Air Force Master Sgt. Colin Pierce, the assistant fire chief of training at the 115th Fire and Emergency Services flight, Truax Field, Madison, Wis., trains Airman Kody Cummings, a fire prevention specialist with the 115th, on the functions of an aircraft rescue firefighting truck Feb. 2, 2023. Pierce is the 2022 Air National Guard Military Fire Officer of the Year.

Twins Follow Dad into the Idaho Army National Guard
February 21, 2023
Idaho National Guard Col. Jim Hicks with his 19-year-old sons, Grayson, right, and Riley, Feb. 16, 2023, shortly after Hicks enlisted his sons into the Idaho Army National Guard at the Idaho Military Entrance Processing Station in Boise. The twins will serve in the same unit and military occupational specialty.

Guard Member, Civilian Recognized for Promoting STEM
February 16, 2023
General Daniel Hokanson stands behind a podium while speaking to the audience at the 37th annual Black Engineer of the Year awards ceremony.

Guard Senior Spouse Recognizes DCNG Family Readiness Program
February 10, 2023
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sherrie L. McCandless, left, commanding general, District of Columbia National Guard, and Kelly Hokanson, spouse of the chief of the National Guard Bureau, watch a video at the District of Columbia Armory in Washington Feb. 9, 2023. Hokanson and McCandless recognized the DCNG Family Readiness Program for supporting more than 26,000 Soldiers and Airmen during the Capitol Response.

ANG Brings Childhood Friends Full Circle as top Achievers
February 9, 2023
Senior Master Sgt. Lance Perone, left, and Chief Master Sgt. Michael Zinsmeister, both with the 220th Engineering Installation Squadron, stand for a portrait Jan. 20, 2023, at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio. Perone and Zinsmeister are still serving together after being in the same basic training flight over 33 years ago.

Illinois Guard Diversity Leader Fosters Inclusive Culture
February 2, 2023
Capt. Anthony McClain, the Illinois National Guard director of diversity and inclusion, smiles for a portrait in front of the Illinois National Guard Joint Force Headquarters on Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Ill., Dec. 29, 2022. McClain strives to help the Guard achieve a more inclusive organizational culture.

Soldier Becomes 1st Female Army Guard M1 Abrams Tank Master Gunner
January 13, 2023
Texas National Guard members Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Cox, left, an M1 Abrams master gunner, and her significant other, Sgt. 1st Class Josh Simmons, a Bradley Fighting Vehicle master gunner, next to their respective armor vehicles. Cox recently became the first female in the Army National Guard to graduate from the Abrams Master Gunner school, an advanced gunnery and maintenance school that earns graduates the designation of Abrams Master Gunner.

Ohio Air Guard Member Wins Jiu-Jitsu World Championship
January 13, 2023
Tech. Sgt. Wendy Kuhn, an Ohio Air National Guard public affairs specialist at the 121st Air Refueling Wing, stands for a portrait Dec. 4, 2022, at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio. Kuhn recently won her second gold medal in Las Vegas at the World Master International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

Pennsylvania Airman Puts Military Medical Training to Work at Home
January 10, 2023
U.S. Air Force Master. Sgt. Kenneth Rivera-Ithier, left, a Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element member with the 193rd Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, teaches Airmen how to dress wounds during a Tactical Combat Casualty Care course Jan. 8, 2023, in Middletown, Pennsylvania. Rivera-Ithier used his military training to help save the life of a family member over the holidays.

West Virginia Soldier Responds to 2 Emergencies in one Night
January 10, 2023
West Virginia Army National Guard Sgt. Bradley Parker Walls responded to two emergencies Dec. 26, 2022, while commuting to his State Active Duty position in Beaver, West Virginia. Walls called 911 after noticing a neighbor’s house fire, then provided life-saving assistance at a two-vehicle accident on his way to work.

New Hampshire Guardsmen Assists Injured Driver
January 3, 2023
Staff Sgt. Dante Davis, an operations noncommissioned officer with 54th Troop Command, poses for a photo on Dec. 21, 2022, in the atrium of the Edward Cross Training Complex in Pembroke, New Hampshire.