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New York Army Guard Medics Train to Become PAs and Officers
June 25, 2024
New York Army National Guard 1st Lts. Adrian Smith, left, and John Gamalski are administered the oath of office by Maj. Gen. Michel Natali, the assistant adjutant general, Army for the New York National Guard, at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point June 7, 2024. The two men were recognized for completing the Interservice Physician's Assistant Program with their degrees and promotions to first lieutenant.

Las Vegas Student Corrects Course at Youth ChalleNGe Academy
June 25, 2024
The recipient of this semester’s Battle Born Youth ChalleNGe Academy’s Director’s Award for Excellence, Ayla Lain, came very close to never seeing her academic potential blossom. Abandoned by her parents at birth, the former student at Del Sol Academy in Las Vegas attempted to take her own life during her junior year.

NY Army Guard Band Performs for Netherlands King and Queen
June 17, 2024
New York Army National Guard Soldiers of the 42nd Infantry Division band, led by Spc. Steven Fonti, perform a march during a ceremony welcoming King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands to the New York State executive mansion in Albany, New York, June 12, 2024. The Dutch royals visited New York's capital and were hosted by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on the third day of a four-day visit to the United States.

Chaplains Address Guard Soldiers’ Spiritual, Mental Health
June 12, 2024
Command Sgt. Maj. John. T. Raines, the 13th command sergeant major of the Army National Guard, presented guidance on Soldier readiness at the Chaplains Section Training on May 8, 2024, at the Professional Education Center, Camp Robinson, Arkansas. The chaplains are training to develop spiritual readiness in Soldiers.

Guard General Retires After Final Watch at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
June 11, 2024
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William Zana, director of international affairs with the National Guard Bureau, watches the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery May 31, 2024. Zana, who served as a Tomb guard early in his career, stood watch at the Tomb as his final act in uniform.

Young Cancer Patient Made Honorary 1st Sergeant in Illinois Guard
June 11, 2024
Jamir Gibbs,7, of Marion, Illinois, shows off the football jersey he received with 1st Sgt. Beau Detrick of November Company, Recruit Sustainment Program, Illinois Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command. Jamir was promoted to "Honorary First Sergeant" June 8, 2024, at the Illinois Army National Guard's Marion Readiness Center in honor of his courageous fight against cancer.

80 Years Ago, National Guard Units Played Key Role in D-Day Landings
June 5, 2024
The build-up of Omaha Beach. Reinforcements of men and equipment moving inland. Photo courtesy of Center of Military History.

Retiring Illinois Guard Artillery Gun Chief Fires Final Rounds
May 31, 2024
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Terry Rutherford, a gun chief with B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment, Illinois Army National Guard, watches as his gun crew prepares their M777 howitzer to execute a fire mission during exercise Immediate Response in Ustka, Poland, May 11, 2024. The exercise is Rutherford’s last – he retires later this year.

Hawaii Guardsman Finds Success in Aviation, Infantry Journey
May 31, 2024
Maj. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara, Hawaii adjutant general, speaks to a 103rd Troop Command Soldier during individual weapon qualification, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 5, 2021.

Connecticut World War I Soldier Awarded Purple Heart
May 29, 2024
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Arthur Fredericks, the Connecticut National Guard's senior enlisted advisor, presents Rick Maynard a Connecticut World War I Campaign Medal in honor of his great-uncle's service with the 102nd Infantry Regiment in World War I. Sgt. Paul Maynard served with Company M in multiple battles across France and ultimately perished on the last day of the War.

Oregon National Guard Honors Decorated Vietnam Veteran
May 23, 2024
Oregon Army National Guard Funeral Honor Guard members perform the presentation of the American flag during a memorial service for retired Maj. Charles L. Deibert at Willamette National Cemetery, Clackamas, Oregon, May 17, 2024. Deibert was awarded The Distinguished Service Cross for his service in combat operations in Vietnam.

National Guard Professional Education Center Celebrates 50 Years
May 20, 2024
Col. Cathi Cherry, commander of the Professional Education Center; Maj. Gen. Jonathan Stubbs, adjutant general of the Arkansas National Guard; Lt. Col. Elvin Zapata, oldest Soldier serving at PEC; Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders; Sgt. Rhett Crandall, youngest Soldier serving at PEC; and Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, director of the Army National Guard, cut the cake at a 50th-anniversary celebration for the PEC on Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, Arkansas, May 16, 2024. PEC is home to more than 480 courses spanning six battalions to train Army National Guard Soldiers and Department of Army civilians in cybersecurity, human resources, logistics, recruiting and retention, strategy and leader development, and finance.

District of Columbia Guard Pilot Proud of Filipino Roots
May 17, 2024
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Christopher Alora, operations officer and UH-60 Black Hawk pilot, District of Columbia Army National Guard, stands for a photograph at Davison Army Airfield, Va., April 16, 2024.

New York Guard Says Farewell to 100-year-old Guard Veteran
May 16, 2024
New York Army National Guard Sgt. Carlos Garcia, left, and Spc. Samantha Bruce, perform military funeral honors at the burial of Wilfred “Spike” Mailloux, a 100-year old New York National Guard veteran of the World War II Battle of Saipan, at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Waterford, New York, May 7, 2024. Mailloux survived the war’s largest Japanese banzai attack, which killed 502 Soldiers in the New York National Guard’s 105th Infantry Regiment on July 7, 1944.

Virginia Guard Takes Holistic Approach to Health, Readiness
May 10, 2024
The Virginia National Guard has a new Integrated Primary Prevention Workforce of specialists to help maintain the force’s readiness and health. The team includes general prevention specialists and members focused on preventing workplace, sexual and family violence and abuse, harassment and self-directed harm.

New Hampshire Airman Saves Man’s Life at Gym
May 9, 2024
Airman 1st Class Sokthearrith Dong, an aircrew flight equipment specialist with the 157th Operations Group, poses on the flight line May 5, 2024, at Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire. When a man collapsed at Dong’s gym April 15, he immediately initiated emergency care and saved his life.

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 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.