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Family, in and out of uniform
November 18, 2019
From left to right: Lt. Col. Annie Lee, G4 for the 184th Sustainment Command, Sgt. Nia Davis, a human resources noncommissioned officer with the Higher Headquarters Command 66th Troop Command, and Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. for the 407th Army Field Support Brigade Stephanie Price. Davis’ family members Lee (mother) and Price (aunt) were in attendance for her promotion ceremony from specialist to sergeant.

176th Wing budget analyst wins national honors
November 15, 2019
Alaska Air National Guard Master Sgt. John "J.C." McAleavey, 176th comptroller flight budget analyst, is the National Guard Bureau financial management and comptroller noncommissioned officer of the year for fiscal 2018. McAleavey is a native of Eagle River, Alaska, and began his career in the Air National Guard as a C-130 Hercules loadmaster.

SD Guard Soldier carries on tradition through service
November 14, 2019
For Spc. Jacey Garcia, a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, serving in the South Dakota National Guard is about continuing a family legacy and helping the community where he grew up.

173rd Fighter Wing hosts health initiative
November 14, 2019
Agencies from around the Klamath Basin start the run portion of a Blue Zones Klamath Falls initiative to promote male health awareness for the month of November at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. Nov. 6, 2019. Klamath Falls Fire District #1, Oregon Department of Forestry, Klamath Falls Police Department. and the 173rd Fighter Wing fielded teams in the initiative.

Tennessee Soldier awarded ribbon for valor for flood rescue
November 5, 2019
Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee’s adjutant general, presents Sgt. Ryan Grillo, a Soldier with the 1176th Transportation Company, the adjutant general’s Ribbon for Valor on Nov. 2. Grillo and another citizen rescued two women and a small child from flood waters in Athens Sept. 26, 2018.

Kentucky Soldier proud to celebrate Native American heritage
November 4, 2019
Kentucky National Guard Maj. Dayna Sanders (left) and National Guard Bureau Maj. Monica McGrath (right) receive their certification after completing the Phase 2 Cyber Operations Officer course.

Citizen-Warrior: Wash. Guard Soldier serves as volunteer firefighter
November 1, 2019
Sgt. 1st Class Nick Van Kirk, a logistics and decontamination non-commissioned officer with the 10th Civil Support Team and volunteer firefighter with South Bay Fire Department, talks with his two commanders before a ceremony Oct. 10, 2019, in Olympia, Washington.

Therapy dog puts Airmen at ease
October 30, 2019
Staff Sgt. Lynn Pilj, 168th Maintenance Squadron unit training manager, spends time with Kansas, the Alaska Air National Guard 168th Wing therapy dog at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 22, 2019. Kansas works with the 168th Wing's director of psychological health, Jane Lorenz, to break down interpersonal barriers and help Airmen connect with one another.

Friends devote decades to Honor Guard
October 29, 2019
Tech. Sgt. Mark Crabbe and Staff Sgt. Darrell Bactad, 204th Airlift Squadron information managers, practice Honor Guard ceremonial movements Oct. 4, 2019, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The friends have performed military ceremonies side-by-side in the Hawaii Air National Guard Honor Guard team since the early 2000s. Bactad joined the Honor Guard when it was established in 1999 and Crabbe joined two years later.

Alaska Air National Guard rescues bear-mauling victim
October 29, 2019
Alaska Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Katelyn Magnuson, Alaska Rescue Coordination Center senior search-and-rescue controller, took the call and was responsible for planning for and controlling the rescue effort for the victim of a bear mauling near Galena June 10, 2019. The AK RCC is the nerve center for search-and-rescue operations for an area of Alaska equivalent to one third the area of the Lower 48.