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Sword fighting as 'strategy in blink of an eye'
September 30, 2021
Lt. Col. Robert G. Childs, 234th Intelligence Squadron commander, poses for a competitor portrait Feb. 18, 2018, at Huntington Beach, California. Childs competes as a martial arts sword fighter throughout the world, and became a world champion in the open rapier and dagger category at Swordfish XIV, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Virginia National Guard officer assumes post in Colombia
September 27, 2021
Maj. Angel Pastrana is serving as a bilateral affairs officer for U.S. Southern Command at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, after graduating from the Spanish-immersive Command and General Staff College course at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Tennessee National Guardsman revives pedestrian with CPR
September 27, 2021
Staff Sgt. Christopher Hurley, a resident of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee assigned to the 913th Engineer Company of the Tennessee National Guard, at the Laredo International Bridge in Texas. Hurley revived a pedestrian Sept. 20, 2021, by performing CPR while supporting the Department of Defense's Southwest Border mission.

Iowa National Guard Soldier reflects on his heritage
September 22, 2021
Staff Sgt. Henry Meza, an Iowa Army National Guard Soldier who works with the Service to Citizenship program, poses for a photo at the Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center in Johnston, Iowa, on Sept. 7, 2021. Meza grew up with a large family in Honduras, and became a U.S. citizen in 2013.

Soldier aids crash victims on drive home
September 13, 2021
A vehicle is wedged under an overpass off of I-35 in Minnesota after it crashed Aug. 20, 2021. Minnesota National Guard 1st Sgt. Christopher Reed, the joint operations center noncommissioned officer in charge and first sergeant of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, helped the two passengers, who were OK.

Airman uses deployment training to resuscitate drowning child
September 13, 2021
Master Sgt. Keona Newsom, 192nd Operations Group commander’s support staff noncommissioned officer in charge,  at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Aug. 24, 2021, as she recounts saving a child’s life. Newsom performed CPR on a drowning 4-year-old girl, saving her life.

91st Cyber Brigade Soldiers earn Ranger tab
September 10, 2021
Maj. Andre Slonopas, right, commander of the Virginia National Guard's 134th Cyber Security Company, 124th Cyber Protection Battalion, 91st Cyber Brigade, proudly shows off his Ranger tab following the completion of the U.S. Army Ranger School in July 2021 at Fort Benning, Georgia. Slonopas, who began his career as an engineer officer with the Fredericksburg-based 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, switched to the Fairfax-based Data Processing Unit in 2014 and became one of the staff officers instrumental in standing up the 91st Cyber Brigade.

Aunt, nephew reunite during Middle East deployment
September 10, 2021
West Virginia Army National Guard Cpt. Brittany Watson, a medical operations officer in the 111th Engineer Brigade, and Sgt. Andres Rivera, a carpentry and masonry specialist in the 766th Engineer Company of the 111th, recently reunited during a deployment to the Middle East. They had not seen each other in over 12 years.

RED HORSE Ready! 111th squadron always set to ‘saddle up’
September 8, 2021
Members of the 201st Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers, or REDHORSE, Detachment 1, pose for a picture at Biddle Air National Guard Base in Horsham, Pennsylvania, May 15, 2021. This is the first official group photo of the 201st REDHORSE Det. 1 in the Operational Camouflage Pattern, or OCP, utility uniform on base since they returned from their recent deployment overseas.

Refugee is now a Vermont National Guard officer
September 3, 2021
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Abdimaik Hashi, a newly commissioned transportation officer in the Vermont National Guard, is assigned to assist the Vermont National Guard state resilience coordinator at Camp Johnson, Joint Force Headquarters, Colchester, Vermont. Hashi, shown on Aug. 13, 2021, spent the first eight years of his life in a refugee camp in Kenya.