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Citizen-Warrior: Iowa Soldier finds passion for running
May 31, 2019
Sgt. Ayrin Hamner-Ripperger, the administration and supply non-commissioned officer with the Iowa Army National Guard’s 831st Engineer Company, stands at Camp Dodge, Iowa, with the race medals she has earned on her quest to run a half-marathon in all 50 states. Hamner-Ripperger is slated to finish her quest in October, when she runs in South Dakota.

N.Y. Soldier gets surprise final flight after 33-year career
May 31, 2019
New York Army National Guard Sgt. Maj. Joseph Marino sits with his wife Brenda, in Latham, N.Y., May 29, 2019, after returning from a final flight in a UH-72 light utility helicopter.  Marino, a federal technician maintenance supervisor, was honored with a final flight because he was retiring after 33 years of service at the New York Army National Guard's Latham flight facility.

Chaplain from troubled home now helps strengthen families
May 29, 2019
Maj. Nicholas Chou, the 73rd Troop Command Brigade chaplain, poses for an Easter 2019 photo with his wife, Sarah, who is a nurse. Also pictured are his three children: Taylor, from right, 10, who plays soccer; Tyler, right, 13, who plays basketball and does theater and Lily, 5, who does gymnastics.

N.Y. National Guard Soldiers hone nuclear response skills
May 28, 2019
Soldiers of the 369th Sustainment Brigade man their command post on May 12, 2019 during exercise Guardian Response 19 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. One hundred and sixty New York National Guard Soldiers took part in the major national exercise.

Brothers serve together in the Ohio Air National Guard
May 28, 2019
Brothers Tyler Jenkins, Senior Airman Anthony Thielman and Dylan Jenkins, all members of the 200th REDHORSE Squadron, May 19, 2019, at the 200th REDHORSE Squadron, Mansfield, Ohio. Dylan and Tyler recently enlisted into the Ohio Air Guard, following in the footsteps of their older brother.

Psychological coordinator works to normalize mental health
May 24, 2019
Michelle Pennington, 104th Fighter Wing director of psychological health.

Against the odds: Ohio Airman battling extremely rare cancer
May 21, 2019
Master Sgt. Charlotte Ortiz, the assistant recruiting and retention superintendent for Headquarters, Ohio Air National Guard in Columbus, Ohio, exhibits her positive, joyful spirit during a visit with her co-workers, at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Ortiz is fighting a very rare type of cancer.

Tennessee Guard Airmen train Soldiers on heavy equipment
May 17, 2019
Sgt. Shantophia Cruz listens as Tech. Sgt. Doug Haveman explains operation of the Vermeer RT950.Airmen from the 241st Engineering Installation Squadron and Soldiers from the 230th Signal Company came together in Chatoosa, Georgia, May 9, 2019, to perform joint training. The 241st EIS Airmen provided training on heavy equipment needed to dig trenches for installation of fiber optics and other communications services.

Groundbreaking female infantry officer highlights observance
May 16, 2019
2nd Lt. Trang Jorgenson outlines her journey from child immigrant to trailblazing infantry officer during the Rock Island Arsenal Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance.

Air Guard member gets Utah Cross for rescuing motorist
May 16, 2019
Tech Sgt. Sean Price, a boom operator with the 151st Air Refueling Wing, Utah Air National Guard, is presented with the Utah Cross by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and the state adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Jefferson Burton, April 22, 2019, at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base, Salt Lake City, Utah. Price was presented with the Utah Cross for providing lifesaving first aid to an injured driver.