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Oregon Air National Guard Pilot to fly with Thunderbirds
August 4, 2023
U.S. Air Force Maj. Lauren Schlichting, #4 Thunderbird for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Team, presents Maj. Tyler Clark, 173rd Fighter Wing F-15C instructor pilot, with a signed photo after his flight evaluation July 6, 2023, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Clark was selected as one of the newest demonstration pilots for the U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron in the 2024-2025 season.

Alaska Guardsman Competes in Arctic Triathlon
August 3, 2023
Alaska Air National Guard Senior Airman Kenyon DePriest, 176th Air Defense Squadron surveillance technician, monitors Alaska airspace March 14, 2023, in the Regional Air Operations Center at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. DePriest competed in the run/bike/ski World Winter Triathlon Championships in Skeikampen, Norway, in March 2023.

Oregon National Guard Soldier Recognized for Heroic Actions
August 2, 2023
Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Colton A. Church, an infantryman assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Regiment, pauses for a photograph following his presentation ceremony for the Army Soldier’s Medal at the Orchards Combat Training Center near Boise, Idaho, July 21, 2023. Church was award the Soldier’s Medal for saving the life of a passenger stranded in a burning vehicle Sept. 23, 2020.

Iowa Citizen-Soldier Serves as Combat Medic and Firefighter
July 27, 2023
U.S. Army Spc. John Shields, a combat medical specialist with the 334th Brigade Support Battalion, Iowa National Guard, representing Region IV, poses for a photograph during the Army National Guard's Best Warrior Competition, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 12, 2023.

Joint Task Force Supports Scout Jamboree in Mountain State
July 24, 2023
Col. Jamie Bowen, far right, Joint Task Force-National Scout Jamboree 2023 chief of staff, briefs task force members July 18, 2023, a day before welcoming more than 15,000 Scouts, Venturers, Explorers, staff and volunteers attending the National Jamboree in Mount Hope, West Virginia. Based at the West Virginia National Guard Armory in Glen Jean, West Virginia, more than 500 service members from the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, Army National Guard, Air National Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard are supporting the Jamboree.

Oklahoma National Guard Soldier Harnesses Fighting Spirit
July 20, 2023
Spc. Justin Budd, a member of the Oklahoma Army National Guard from Tulsa, Oklahoma, harnessed his fighting spirit in an unconventional way.

Hawaii Airman's Alertness Prevents Potential Crisis
July 13, 2023
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Faith Calaro, 169th Air Defense Squadron surveillance technician, monitors her workstation on June 3, 2023 at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii.

Idaho Guardsman Returns to Her High School as a Military Instructor
July 12, 2023
Idaho Army National Guardsman Staff Sgt. Sarah Pak instructs students from her alma mater at Canyon Ridge High School in Twin Falls, Idaho, as part of the Idaho Army National Guard’s Military Leadership Program.

Wisconsin Guardsman Honored for Aiding Derailment Victims
July 11, 2023
First Lt. Apiwit B. Chulawan, an officer with the Wisconsin Army Naitonal Guard’s 829th Engineer Vertical Construction Company, salutes Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp, Wisconsin’s adjutant general, after being awarded the Soldier’s Medal during a July 9, 2023, ceremony in Spooner, Wis. Chulawan was a passenger on a train that derailed in 2021 and helped aid injured passengers.

NY Airman Recognized as Outstanding Enlisted Aircrew Member
July 5, 2023
Tech Sgt. Ryan Rutz, left, a loadmaster assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing, New York Air National Guard, with Col. Shawn Fitzgerald 106 RQW Wing commander, at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, May 6, 2023. Rutz received the Air National Guard 2022 Henry "Red" Erwin Outstanding NCO Aircrew Member of the Year Award, which recognizes excellence in the enlisted aircrew career field.