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Vermont Guardsman earns master instructor badge
April 20, 2022
U.S. Staff Sgt. Andrew Fryburg, chief instructor at the 24th Regimental Training Institute’s modular training battalion, was presented with the master instructor badge, April 19, 2022, by Col. William Wagner, RTI commanding officer. Fryburg is the first Vermont National Guard RTI instructor to have attained the master instructor badge, which requires 500 hours of study.

Army and Air Guard members compete in fitness contest
April 13, 2022
Maj. Robert Killian, left, from California finished first in the men’s elite category and Utah National Guard 2nd Lt. Dayde Collins came in second at the Spartan Sprint 5k with over 20 obstacles in Concord, North Carolina, April 9-10. The National Guard’s All Guard Endurance Team sent more than 40 members to the competition.

NDNG Soldiers serving at Southwest border rescue migrants
April 11, 2022
North Dakota National Guard Spcs. Luis Alvarado and Gracin Clem, assigned to Joint Task Force North, Task Force Legion in Del Rio, Texas, rescued migrants trying to cross the Rio Grande River. The Soldiers were conducting mobile surveillance camera site operations for Customs and Border Protection.

Kentucky Air Guardsmen rescue drowning infant
April 7, 2022
Three pararescuemen from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Special Tactics Squadron rescued a drowning child at a pool in Louisville, Ky., March 15, 2022. Master Sgt. Elmer Quijada, left; Tech. Sgt. Ryan Penne, center; and Master Sgt. Devin Butcher, who were conducting unrelated training at the pool and are certified paramedics, administered life-saving aid to the child, who had stopped breathing.

Navajo life helped forge NGB diversity director's passion
March 31, 2022
Col. Lawrence Yazzie, the new director of the National Guard Bureau's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, addresses a crowd at a symposium in Iowa in 2018. Yazzie grew up on a Navajo reservation in Arizona, played basketball at the Air Force Academy and commanded the Iowa Air Guard’s 168th Cyberspace Squadron.

Nebraska Guard recognized for protecting whooping crane
March 31, 2022
Col. Brent Flachsbart, Nebraska Army National Guard construction and facilities maintenance officer, and Lawrence Vrtiska, environmental program manager for the Nebraska Military Department, outside Army Aviation Support Facility #1 in Lincoln, Neb., March 1, 2022. The Nebraska Army National Guard was awarded 1st place for Natural Resources Management (Individual/Team) in the 2022 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards for its work with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Crane Trust to study endangered whooping crane behavior during their annual migration through central Nebraska.

California Guard officer honored for space work at Beale AFB
March 25, 2022
U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Roy Davis of the California Air National Guard’s 234th Intelligence Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, California, March 18, 2022. Davis was selected the Space Operations Command Company Grade Officer of the Year for 2021 for performance while integrated with the 7th Space Warning Squadron at Beale Air Force Base.

Michigan Airman embraces nurse assistant program, service
March 24, 2022
Senior Airman Tiffany McPherson, an aircrew flight equipment specialist assigned to the 127th Wing, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Michigan Air National Guard, at Primrose Retirement Community of Midland, Michigan, March 7, 2022. McPherson volunteered to train and serve as a certified nursing assistant to help ease staffing shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nebraska Soldier recognized for lifesaving actions
March 23, 2022
Nebraska Army National Guard Sgt. Brittany West is awarded the Meritorious Service Medal at a ceremony conducted by Company A, 1st Battalion, 376th Aviation Regiment, at Campo Border Patrol Station in Pine Valley, California, March 15, 2022. West took emergency actions to revive a fellow Soldier who collapsed and had no discernible pulse Feb. 18,

Groundbreaking Wisconsin National Guard leader retiring
March 22, 2022
Wisconsin National Guard Brig. Gen. Joane Mathews receives a ceremonial blanket as a sign of respect and honor after speaking at the 40th Annual Descendants of Red Arrow Veterans Day Pow-Wow Nov. 11, 2017. The Volk Field ceremony honored 28 Native Americans who served in the Wisconsin National Guard’s Company D, 128th Infantry, 32nd Division, during World War I.