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103rd uses first virtual-reality loadmaster training system
May 10, 2019
Bill Ehler, Capewell Aerial Systems business development manager, left, provides instruction on the virtual loadmaster training system (VLTS) to Staff Sgt. Chad Warren March 29, 2019 at Bradley Air National Guard Base, Conn. The development of this first-of-its-kind training system was a collaborative effort between the 103rd Airlift Wing and Capewell Aerial Systems.

Ohio Air Guard nurse cares for Airmen and cancer patients
May 9, 2019
U.S. Air Force Captain Stephanie Smiddy, the infection and immunization officer-in-charge at the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, administers a vaccination March 2, 2019, in Swanton, Ohio. Vaccinations ensure Airmen are ready to deploy anywhere in the world and to keep them healthy so they can continue to perform the mission.

Va. National Guard Soldiers join multi-state Cyber Shield
May 8, 2019
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fairfax-based 123rd Cyber Protection Battalion, 91st Cyber Brigade, provide digital forensics support to identify indicators of compromise and the source of intrusion to help protect a customer network in a virtualized training environment April 16, 2019, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, during Cyber Shield 19.

North Carolina officer candidates learn battlefield lessons
May 7, 2019
North Carolina National Guard Officer Candidate Patrick Henson briefs the rest of the 139th Regional Training Institue's Officer Candidate School Class 61 on important decisions made during the Battle of Chancellorsville while visiting the Civil War site near Fredericksburg, Virginia, on May 4, 2019. OCS Class 61 visited the site as a way to learn leadership through studying historical battles during their class staff ride.

Firefighter of 27 years focuses on safety; mentors Airmen
May 3, 2019
Fire Lt. Thomas Zuffelato, 104th Civil Engineering Squadron firefighter, poses for a photo May 2, 2019, at Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts. Zuffelato is also a firefighter in the Connecticut Air National Guard at the 103rd Airlift Wing.

Ohio Airman advocates for youth and her military peers
May 2, 2019
1st Lt. Ashley Chapa, director of equal opportunity, assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, educates unit members on the importance of work-life balance during a special seminar held at the wing, March 3, 2019. Growing up in a home where education was valued, Chapa intended to make teaching a career, but it was her dream to serve her country that came first. Now she has the best of both worlds, teaching America’s youth as an intervention specialist at Liberty Center Elementary School and teaching her fellow Airmen.

Louisiana Guard members aim for excellence
May 1, 2019
National Guard members from around the country participated in the 48th annual Winston P. Wilson Sniper Championship at Fort Chaffee in Barling, Arkansas, March 29-April 3, 2019. Louisiana National Guard Sgt. Allen Smith and Staff Sgt. Benjamin Cotten, both Shreveport residents with 2nd Squadron, 108th Cavalry Regiment, 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, took first place in the competition, hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center.

Citizen-Warrior: Ohio Guard Soldier follows competitive life
May 1, 2019
Army 1st Lt. Valerie Stearns, the executive officer with the Ohio Army National Guard’s 1191st Engineer Company, stands with Army Maj. Gen. John C. Harris Jr., then-Ohio National Guard assistant adjutant general for Army, after Stearns won the lightweight division championship at the 2018 Ohio Army National Guard Combatives Tournament held at the Maj. Gen. Robert Beightler Armory in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 19, 2018. Stearns has found that combatives is another way she can engage her competitive spirit.

Trio of Washington Guard members earn doctorate degrees
May 1, 2019
From left to right: Sgt. 1st Class Steve Friel, seated Staff Sgt. Joey Castilleja and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Scott Pierson. Each member recently earned their doctorate degree.