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NY Guard’s 69th Infantry Carries Poet’s Crucifix to Africa
March 15, 2023
New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Shawn Tabankin, the commander of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, holds the "Kilmer Cross" at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, where the battalion is stationed while on duty at locations in the Horn of Africa. The crucifix was the property of poet Joyce Kilmer, who died while serving in the 69th Infantry in World War I.

Hokanson to Guardsmen in Germany: ‘The Work You’re Doing is Making a Huge Difference’
March 7, 2023
U.S. Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, speaks with Col. William Murphy, commander of Task Force Orion, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New York Army National Guard, at a training site for the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle in Grafenwoehr, Germany, March 1, 2023. Hokanson visited Task Force Orion, which is deployed to lead the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine, and helps facilitate training of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Germany as part of a worldwide effort led by the United Stated and supported by more than 50 nations to help Ukraine defend itself from Russia’s brutal and unprovoked war.

Task Force Mustang Maintainers Sustain CENTCOM Flight Ops
March 6, 2023
U.S. Army aviation maintenance Soldiers from Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment, General Support Aviation Battalion, 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, "Task Force Mustang," gather in front of a readied CH-47F Chinook helicopter at the Udairi Landing Zone in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Feb. 18, 2023. Left to right: Spc. Jacob Hess, Pfc. Kaleb Fegurgur, Sgt. Adam Scheef, Spc. Sydney McElhany, Spc. Jacob Carreon, Spc. Jorge Gonzalez, Spc. Matthew Glover, Spc. Austin Chancellor, Spc. Louie Chacon, Staff Sgt. Nicholas Schupe, and Sgt. Kevin Vasquez.

NY Guard Soldiers Complete French Desert Commando Course
February 27, 2023
U.S. Army Spc. Barry Lindenoll, an infantryman assigned to Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment, traverses a cable during the French Desert Commando Course in Djibouti Jan. 29, 2023. Participants who successfully completed the training received the prestigious desert commando badge.

Minnesota, Norway Partner for 50th Troop Exchange
February 23, 2023
Minnesota National Guard members conduct winter training on Feb. 8, 2023, in a field training exercise in the Haltdalen woods, Norway, while participating in the 50th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange. Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing and 133rd Airlift Wing traveled to Norway for two weeks of winter survival training and Nordic cultural experiences.

In Finland, Guard Leaders Look to Enhance Already Strong Ties
February 21, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, visits defense leaders and troops in Helsinki, Finland, Feb. 14, 2023. This image was acquired using a cellular device.

NY Guard Air War Experts Participate in Nordic Conference
February 16, 2023
Military personnel from the United States, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden pose for a photograph during a conference focused on sharing airspace information in Copenhagen, Denmark, in January 2023. The New York Air National Guard's 152nd Air Operations Group sent a delegation of three officers to the meeting.

Air National Guard Supports Türkiye Earthquake Relief
February 14, 2023
Urban search and rescue members from Fairfax County, Virginia, on a C-17 Globemaster III on Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Feb. 7, 2023, en route to Türkiye to assist with earthquake relief. The U.S. Agency for International Development is mobilizing emergency humanitarian assistance following the worst earthquake to hit the region in almost a century.

Nebraska Guardsman Wins Danish Contingency March in Kosovo
February 6, 2023
Nebraska Army National Guard Capt. Travis Kirchner, 111th Public Affairs Detachment commander, won the traditional Danish Contingency March Jan. 7, 2023, while deployed to Kosovo. Kirchner finished the 22-mile march in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 35 seconds.

Vermont Army Aviation Soldiers Ready for Overseas Mission
February 2, 2023
Soldiers with Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment, 86th Troop Command, Garrison Support Command, Vermont National Guard, performed hoist training with Black Hawk helicopters, Camp Johnson, Colchester, Vermont, Aug. 7, 2020.