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Family Serves Missouri National Guard Since the ’50s
November 8, 2022
From left: Tech. Sgt. Kacie McCullough, Staff Sgt. Braden Bigham, Chief Master Sgt. John Bigham, Capt. Justin Bigham, and Capt. Riley Coats at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, St. Joseph, Missouri, Oct. 20, 2022. All four of Chief Bigham’s children are serving at the 139th Airlift Wing, Missouri Air National Guard.

Michigan National Guard Soldier Honored for Equality Efforts
November 8, 2022
From left, Zanetta Adams, director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul D. Rogers, adjutant general and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, presents Chief Warrant Officer 3 Thais Taylor the NAACP Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award, along with CW5 Jessica S Ulrey, at the second annual Michigan Military & Veterans Gala in Lansing, Mich., Nov. 5, 2022.

Washington Guard Member Helps Guide ChalleNGe Academy Cadets
November 4, 2022
Staff Sgt. Michelle Padilla, a cadre member at the Washington Youth Challenge Academy at Camp Parsons Boy Scout Camp in Brinnon, Wash., on Oct. 21, 2022.

Kansas National Guard a Family Affair for Atkins Brothers
November 3, 2022
Maj. Shawn Atkins, Maj. David Atkins and Maj. Casey Atkins posing for a photo. The brothers all serve in the Kansas National Guard and each of them has seen duty overseas, but never together.

Tennessee National Guard Honors Former President Polk
November 3, 2022
Members of the Tennessee National Guard and the James K. Polk Association pay tribute to former President James K. Polk while Taps is played Nov. 2, 2022, at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville. A wreath is laid on the tomb of former presidents each year on their birthday on behalf of the current president.

Childhood Experience Prompts Alaska Native to Serve in Guard
October 31, 2022
Alaska National Guard Tech. Sgt. Blassi Shoogukwruk, a C-17 Globemaster III crew chief with the 176th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, hugs his cousin, Patti Oksoktaruk Lillie, during the First Alaskans Institute Elder and Native Youth conference in Anchorage, Alaska, Oct. 18, 2022. The conference gives Alaska Native youth opportunities to meet with elders in their communities and learn how to advocate for themselves and their people as well as connect with others.

National Guard Enables Twins to Support Family, Start Career
October 31, 2022
Pvts. Jaiden and Teagen Gregory pose for a photo in the shop training area of the Ordnance School’s Stever Hall at Fort Lee, Virginia. The twins, trained as 91B wheeled vehicle mechanics, said they’re grateful to the Army National Guard for giving them a head start on their careers after quitting high school to support their family.

Junior Washington Guard Medic Earns Expert Field Medic Badge
October 24, 2022
Spc. Raymond Alonso, a combat medic specialist with Charlie Company, 181st Brigade Support Battalion, shows off his Expert Field Medic Badge Oct. 20, 2022, at Camp Murray, Wash. Alonso joined approximately 150 other Army medics who completed the week-long test on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Oct 11-15.

Iowa, New Jersey Guard Chaplains Make History Together
October 24, 2022
Lt. Col. Martha Kester smiles after completing a Passing of the Stole Ceremony at Joint Force Headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, Oct. 22, 2022. Kester and Lt. Col. Heather Simon are the first women state chaplains — Kester will serve the Iowa National Guard, while Simon will serve the New Jersey National Guard.

Cal Guard Pilot and Meteorologist Keeps her eye on the sky
October 21, 2022
California Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Jessica Burch is a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot who also keeps her eye on the sky in her civilian job as a television meteorologist in the San Francisco Bay Area.