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Idaho Guardsmen step in to help care for ailing WWII veteran
June 30, 2021
124th Security Forces Squadron defenders stepped in to help care for ailing retired Capt. William Brand, 96, who was a P-47 Thunderbolt pilot with the Eighth Air Force in Okinawa, Japan, during World War II. Brand lives in Hailey, Idaho, but regularly travels to Gowen Field in Boise to stay at on-base lodging when he has appointments at the Boise VA Medical Center.

New York Army Guard Twins serve together on COVID-19 mission
June 30, 2021
New York Army National Guard Spcs. Armani and Artez Wilkins, right, and Pfcs. Jiralmi and Gizelle Lugo, left, on the roof of the Jacob Javits mass vaccination site  in New York June 29, 2021. The two sets of identical twins have served together to support New York’s Operation COVID-19 response.

Waiver enables 62-year-old doctor to join New York Air Guard
June 25, 2021
New York Air National Guard Lt. Col. Steven "Doc" Rush, commander of the 106th Medical Group, administers the oath to Dr. David M. Feldman, 62, who was commissioned as a lieutenant colonel in the 106th Rescue Wing at Gabreski Air National Guard Base May 25, 2021. The wing worked to get a waiver to allow the experienced doctor to become a flight surgeon.

Vermont Guardsman receives Soldier’s Medal for 2020 rescue
June 23, 2021
U.S. Army Sfc. Dustin Dearborn, a Vermont National Guard instructor at the Army Mountain Warfare School, is awarded the Soldier's Medal by Vermont Gov. Phil Scott June 18, 2021, at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vt.  Between Feb. 28 and March 1, 2020, Dearborn helped rescue two people at the Stowe Mountain ski area. One the military’s highest honors, the medal is awarded for acts of heroism not involving conflict with an armed enemy.

Georgia Guard Soldier returns to Africa for African Lion 21
June 21, 2021
Georgia Army National Guard Spc. Reginald Aikins, a medic, stands in front of a field litter ambulance during exercise African Lion 21 June 15, 2021, in Tan-Tan, Morocco. African Lion 2021 is U.S. Africa Command's largest annual exercise, hosted by Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal June 7-18. Aikins grew up in Ghana and immigrated to the United States in 2013.

Michigan Air Guard couple from Zambia become U.S. citizens
June 14, 2021
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Waicha Gondwe, a material management specialist in the 127th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Selfridge Air National Guard Base (SANGB), Michigan, born and raised in Zambia, stands with her husband, Master Sgt. Suzgo Gondwe, noncommissioned officer in charge of the 107th Maintenance Squadron, SANGB, also born and raised in Zambia, after she recited her oath of allegiance to become a U.S. citizen at the Immigration Services building, Detroit, Michigan, May 24, 2021. Since 2002, more than 139,000 members of the U.S. military have been naturalized, both at home and abroad.

He joined for the benefits and is now an Olympic hopeful
June 11, 2021
New Hampshire National Guard Spc. Thomas Echelberger shoots at the Biathlon Spring Fling on March 3, 2021, at Fort Kent, Maine. Echelberger placed sixth out of 35 competitors.

Nevada Air Guard’s ‘Baby Doc’ a leader in pandemic battle
June 9, 2021
Nevada Air National Guard 1st Lt. Caleena Longworth with Joint Task Force 17 prepares a syringe with the Moderna vaccine at the Las Vegas Readiness Center, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Longworth has vaccinated 4,500 people.

Illinois Soldier joins 38th ID from aligned-for-training unit
June 8, 2021
Maj. Andrew Salmo of Herrin, Illinois, the 38th Infantry Division plans officer, at the division's tactical operations center at Camp Atterbury near Edinburgh, Indiana, June 5, 2021. As part of the Army National Guard's aligned-for-training program, Salmo jumped at the opportunity to work at a division level.

Alaska Air National Guardsman excels in marksmanship
June 8, 2021
Alaska Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Matthew Larson, a security forces member with the 268th Security Forces Squadron, poses for a photo after the annual Adjutant General Match, May 16, 2021. Larson took first place in the open rifle marksmanship competition, was added to the state team to compete in the regional competition, and was awarded the Governor's Twenty tab, which is generally awarded to the top 20 marksmen in the state.