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Florida Air Guardsman Named top First Sergeant
July 21, 2022
U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jonathan Sotomayor, first sergeant of the 202nd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers, or RED HORSE, Florida Air National Guard, at the squadron's headquarters at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center in Starke, Fla., July 6, 2022. Sotomayor was named the 2022 Outstanding First Sergeant of the Year for the Air National Guard.

Wisconsin National Guard Medic Aids Injured Motorcyclist
July 14, 2022
Wisconsin National Guard Spc. Tyler Lechner of Company C, 132nd Brigade Support Battalion, 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, came to the aid of a motorcyclist injured in a collision in Waukesha, Wis., July 10, 2022. Lechner was on his way home from drill when he witnessed the accident.

Arctic Guardian is National Guard's top Military Firefighter
July 14, 2022
Alaska Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Brenden Turney, a firefighter with 176th Civil Engineer Squadron, is the National Guard Bureau’s military firefighter of the year for 2021. Turney often works active tours with the 176th Wing and is seeking full-time employment with a fire department.

177th Fighter Wing Holds Maintainer for a Day Program
July 13, 2022
Staff Sgt. Tatiana Rivera, noncommissioned officer in charge with the 177th Force Support Squadron, participates in the Maintainer for a Day program hosted by the 177th Maintenance Squadron June 24, 2022, at the 177th Fighter Wing, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. The program provided non-aircraft maintenance Airmen with hands-on experience in the aircraft maintenance career field working on F-16 fighter jets.

National Guard Captain Speaks at Naturalization Ceremony
June 29, 2022
U.S. Air Force Capt. Alcides Silva, 188th Force Support Squadron assistant director for personnel, addresses the crowd at a naturalization ceremony in the Judge Isaac C. Parker Federal Courtroom in Fort Smith, Ark., June 24, 2022.

A Refugee’s Journey to the Tennessee Air National Guard
June 24, 2022
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman John Gebremariam, a services Airman with the 118th Force Support Squadron, Tennessee Air National Guard, at Berry Field Air National Guard Base, Nashville, Tennessee. Gebremariam, a refugee from Eritrea, gained his U.S. citizenship through the Air Guard.

Iowa Guard Engineers Renovate old Schoolhouse
June 23, 2022
Iowa Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 831st Engineer Company mark a straight line with thread on newly poured concrete at the historic Herrold School House in the Camp Dodge training area in Johnston, Iowa, June 14, 2022. The 831st EC was assigned to complete various projects around Camp Dodge.

Army Guardsman Youngest Ever to Achieve Sapper Distinction
June 23, 2022
Pfc. William Farkas, 17, attached to the 119th Engineer Company, 1092nd Engineer Battalion, with the West Virginia National Guard, has become the youngest ever to receive the distinguished sapper tab after graduating with honors from the U.S. Army’s Sapper Leader Course.

Post Office to be Named After Fallen Illinois National Guardsman
June 21, 2022
Illinois Army National Guard Spc. Jeremy Ridlen of Paris, Illinois, was among approximately 170 Soldiers who deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in December 2003 with the 1544th Transportation Company. He was just 23 years old when he died from small-arms fire May 23, 2004.

National Guard Education Center Gets 1st Woman Leader
June 21, 2022
Army Col. Catherine L. Cherry receives the colors of the National Guard Professional Education Center from Lt. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, director of the Army National Guard, as she took command of the center during a change of command ceremony at the PEC’s Militia Hall at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Arkansas, June 16, 2022. Cherry is the first woman to command the PEC, which was established as a training center in 1974.