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W. Va. engineer officer earns dual tab recognition
June 28, 2019
U.S. Army Capt. Richard Payne poses for a photo June 25, 2019, in St. Albans, West Virginia. Payne recently completed U.S. Army Ranger School where he earned a Ranger tab to go along with the Sapper tab he earned in 2015. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Bo Wriston)

Kentucky Guard Soldier posts highest ACFT score yet
June 27, 2019
Spc. Ryan Sowder is an 88M truck driver for the 2112th Transportation Company based in Burlington, Ky. Sowder recently scored a 597 out of 600 points on the new Army Combat Fitness Test, which is the highest score to date across the force.

Natural disasters inspire Guard members to re-enlist
June 21, 2019
Maj. Drew Polen (left), executive officer of the 891st Engineer Battalion, gives the reenlistment oath to Spc. Russell O'Neill (right), assigned to 891st Forward Support Company, June 2, a top of pallets of water that are ready to be distributed to communities in Kansas devastated by flooding in May.

W.Va. Guard Soldier makes impact in flood recovery program
June 20, 2019
Pvt. 1st Class James Jarrell, an interior electrician in the West Virginia Army National Guard, poses for a photo June 17, 2019. Jarrell works for the RISE West Virginia program to assist West Virginians affected by the devastating 2016 flood.

Gunnery simulators augment Army Guard training
June 19, 2019
Spc. Erik Murphy, a cavalry scout with the Virginia Army National Guard's Troop B, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, engages targets with an M2 .50 caliber machine gun on the Individual Unstabalized Gunnery Trainer during training at the Suffolk Armory in Suffolk, Virginia, June 8, 2019. The IUGT is a computer-based simulator that connects the body of a weapon to a virtual reality system and is used to augment the training on crew-served weapons.

Idaho Guard works with SWAT team to boost marksmanship
June 17, 2019
Sgt. 1st Class Jared Frogley, the IDNG state marksmanship NCO in charge engages precision fire on targets with a bolt-action scope rifle as the Idaho National Guard marksmanship team participated for the first time in the urban and rural sniper training held in Melba by the Treasure Valley's SWAT sniper element. The Meridian Police Department sponsored the course and the SWAT team instructors volunteered their time and to produce the intense 50-hour, five-day course, held from June 3 through June 7, 2019.

Under pressure: Providing critical care when it matters most
June 14, 2019
U.S. Air Force Capt. Kaitlyn Newkirk, a clinical nurse assigned to the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, poses for a portrait March 18, 2019, at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. As a clinical nurse, she draws blood, gives shots, and teaches self-aid and buddy care to all 180FW Airmen to ensure they have the skills to provide life-saving first aid during the often chaotic and high-stress situations they might face in deployed environments.

Resident opens heart and home to Oklahoma Guard members
June 11, 2019
Sand Springs, Oklahoma, resident Bob Casebold sits in his garage with Spc. Kailey Bellville, a unit supply specialist in Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oklahoma Army National Guard, after she helped lay sandbags around trees at his Sand Springs home May 30, 2019.

New York Soldier is honored for his academic work
June 7, 2019
New York Army National Guard Major Keith Casserly with the atmospheric sampler he used to conduct a study of particulate air pollution along bus routes  in Albany, N.Y.  outside New York National Guard headquarters in Latham on May 15, 2019. Casserly conducted the study as part of his studfies toward a Masters in Public Health and was recognized by the State University of New York, Albany, with an award for Excellence in Scholarship.

Civil engineer Airmen learn disaster skills at Global Dragon
June 7, 2019
Civil engineer team members participate in a route clearing exercise simulating an after effect of a tornado during Exercise Global Dragon 2019 at the Guardian Centers of Georgia, held in Perry, Ga., May 29, 2019. Global Dragon is a biannual, Air National Guard led joint training exercise focusing on career fields across the Mission Support enterprise in as close to real-world conditions as possible.