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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.

Arkansas Guardsman Takes Care of Medical Group
October 20, 2022
Senior Master Sgt. Ché Kinnard, seated, talks with members of the 188th Medical Group at Ebbing Air National Guard Base, Arkansas. The 188th Medical Group heads to Guatemala in October 2022 for a joint, Medical Ready Training Exercise mission with the Navy.

New York National Guard Honors Revolutionary War Minuteman
October 20, 2022
Ann Washburn Lord, the fifth great-granddaughter of Private Oliver Barrett, receives an American flag in his honor from Capt. Eric Sampson of the New York National Guard Honor Guard during military honors for the dedication of a memorial stone for Barrett at the Saratoga National Cemetery Oct. 19, 2022.  Barrett volunteered as a Minuteman and died serving under the 10th Massachusetts Regiment in the Battle of Saratoga on Oct. 7, 1777, at 51 years of age.

Deployed Massachusetts Guardsman Wins Innovation Competition
October 17, 2022
Sgt. Mickey Reeve, an infantryman with Bravo Company, 182nd Infantry, Massachusetts Army National Guard, won the inaugural Innovation Oasis competition at Central Command in Tampa, Florida, Oct. 14, 2022, for developing a Counter Unmanned Aerial Surveillance Trainer.

Virginia National Guard Father, Daughter Deploy to Kosovo
October 13, 2022
Virginia Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph R. Viera, right, the senior enlisted leader of 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Combat Aviation Brigade, 29th Infantry Division, and Staff Sgt. Kayla M. Jaeger, an intelligence analyst with the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 29th ID, pose for a photo while deployed to Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, March 18, 2022. Viera and Jaeger deployed to Kosovo in January 2022 for a nine-month rotation in support of Operation Joint Guardian.

Utah Honor Guard Provides Funeral Honors for WWII Airman
October 13, 2022
The Utah National Guard Honor Guard conducts funeral honors for the surviving family of U.S. Army Air Corps Sgt. Elvin L. Phillips, an Airman who was killed 79 years ago during World War II. Family from several states, friends, first responders, and service members gathered to render respect during the funeral at Utah Veterans Cemetery & Memorial Park in Bluffdale, Utah, Oct. 11, 2022.