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New York National Guard Honors Korean War MIA
May 27, 2022
New York Army National Guard Soldiers carry the remains of Korean War MIA Cpl. Robert Charles Agard Jr. during his funeral ceremony honors May 27, 2022, at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Elmira, N.Y. Agard was returned home after more than 70 years listed as missing in action following his death in North Korea.

Indiana CSM Gives his Legion of Merit to Doctor
May 24, 2022
Command Sgt. Maj. Joshua Brown, senior enlisted adviser of the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, hugs nurse Jackie Brames while Dr. Lawrence H. Einhorn embraces them. Brown was awarded the Legion of Merit at the Indiana University Health Cancer Pavilion May 12, 2022, and gave the medal to Einhorn as thanks for treating him for cancer 24 years earlier.

Four Lao brothers serve in same Tennessee Air Guard wing
May 24, 2022
Four Lao brothers serve in the same wing of the Tennessee Air National Guard, with a fifth expected to join them. Their fellow Airmen in the 118th Wing know them as the Phimphivong brothers.

Korean War MIA Soldier identified, laid to rest in Idaho
May 23, 2022
After 72 years, Pfc. Kenneth LeRoy Bridger was finally laid to rest with full military honors at a graveside ceremony in Twin Falls, Idaho, May 21, 2022. Bridger was reported missing in action on Nov. 30, 1950, while serving alongside his fellow U.S. troops during the war against North Korea.

A matter of life or death: seeking help for mental health
May 19, 2022
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jilayne Michelsen, a command post controllerassigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, shares the story of her darkest hours, her mental health diagnosis and overcoming the stigma of seeking help. Michelsen hopes her story will help others know they are not alone and will seek help when needed.

Deployed Guard unit honors Tuskegee Airman on 100th birthday
May 18, 2022
Five of the 135 Soldiers of the 135th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Alabama National Guard, hold their birthday cards for one of the last known surviving Tuskegee Airman, Sgt. Victor Butler, who turns 100 May 21, 2022. Left to right, Sgt. 1st Class Brian Lynd, Lt. Col. Joel Traweek, Sgt. 1st Class Willie Vandiver, Capt. Jeremy Barrett, and Sgt. 1st Class Carnard McCalpine.

Ukrainian emigrant serves in Michigan Army National Guard
May 17, 2022
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Sergey Zelenskiy, a senior instructor with the 177th Regiment, Regional Training Institute, Michigan Army National Guard, at Fort Custer Training Center, Augusta, Michigan, May 10, 2022. Zelenskiy, an emigrant from Kyiv, Ukraine, joined the Michigan Army National Guard in 2007.

173rd Fighter Wing crew chief pays homage to Choctaw lineage
May 16, 2022
Members of the 173rd Fighter Wing and visiting dignitaries from the Choctaw Nation stand in front of the newly commissioned nose art, April 14, 2022, at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. Oregon Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Robert Holster, the dedicated crew chief, commissioned the artwork to pay homage to his lineage as a member of the Choctaw Tribe and his service to the U.S. military.

A family affair: Mother, children reunite on deployment
May 12, 2022
From left, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ernesto Lopez Falcon, a force support services journeyman with the 386th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron, Staff Sgt. Joanna Falcon, an operations specialist with the 332th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, and Senior Airman Jennifer Lopez Falcon, a customer support specialist with the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, reunite at the Rock at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, April 4, 2022. All three family members were deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility at the same time from the 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia Air National Guard.

Washington National Guard celebrates diversity of force
May 5, 2022
Sgt. 1st Class Lance Shimamoto and his family before his deployment to Iraq in 2019. Shimamoto, a member of the Washington Army National Guard, was born in Hawaii.