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N.Y. Army Guard lieutenant creates free map graphics app
January 10, 2019
The MGRS-Mapper  computer application developed by New York Army National Guard 1st Lt. James Pistell allows users to overlay the military grid reference system on a Google maps image and then create and place tactical and warfighting graphics and symbols on it to be used as an overlay and shared via email.

D.C. Air Guard unit protects skies over nation’s capital
January 10, 2019
Air Force Lt. Col. Jason Halvorsen, a pilot with the District of Columbia Air National Guard's Aerospace Control Alert Detachment, goes through a pre-flight check in an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft during a training event at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Dec. 19, 2018.  Halvorsen is one of several pilots with the detachment, which is tasked with keeping the Washington, D.C., area safe from airborne threats. The ACAD has responded to more than 6,200 alert events since its formation in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

First female Royal Jordanian aviator trains in Pennsylvania
January 9, 2019
The Eastern Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (EAATS) at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., recently hosted Cadet Aya Al-Sourany of the Royal Jordanian Air Force, Jordan's first female helicopter pilot. EAATS has a long history of training pilots form Jordan, and from many nations, evidenced by a sweet gum tree planted by King Abdullah II of Jordan in 1999 on EAATS grounds.

Idaho recruiting commander enlists daughter in Guard
January 8, 2019
Lt. Col. David Darney administers the oath of enlistment to his daughter, Pvt. Sarah Darney, Dec. 27, 2018, at the Boise Military Entrance Processing Station.

104th Fighter Wing firefighters train, help local towns
January 8, 2019
Airman 1st Class Thomas Ruffo and Senior Airman Dylan Nygren, 104th Civil Engineering Squadron firefighters, participate in live structural fire training Nov. 27, 2018, at Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts. The training ensures the Fire Attack Teams are prepared to respond to any fires on base or in the surrounding communities.

Rhode Island ANG says goodbye to nearly 50 years of Hart
January 7, 2019
Col. Richard Hart, left, poses with his family, including sister, retired Col. Kathleen (Hart) Sullivan, brother-in-law, retired Col. John Sullivan, and father, retired Brig. Gen. Richard Hart following his retirement ceremony held at Quonset Air National Guard Base, North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Colonel Hart retires after serving nearly 30 years in the Rhode Island Air National Guard in several capacities. He is the last of the Hart family to retire from the RIANG.

Blacksmith forges small tokens of thanks for USA's heroes
January 2, 2019
Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Randy Dack, a blacksmith at Grand Island’s Stuhr Museum in Nebraska, has made more than 4,000 "lucky" horseshoes for military service members worldwide. Dack made his first "Soldier's shoe" for his son prior to his first deployment in 2002 with the Nebraska Army National Guard's 1-134th Cavalry.

Oregon National Guard secures an all-natural defense
January 2, 2019
Solar Panels attached on top of the Armed Forces Reserve Center at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore., helped boost the energy savings of the building. Over the previous summer, added panels were added to the building. Even on overcast days, the panels continue to produce power for the building, helping save on energy cost for the Oregon National Guard.