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80 Years Ago, National Guard Units Played Key Role in D-Day Landings
June 5, 2024
The build-up of Omaha Beach. Reinforcements of men and equipment moving inland. Photo courtesy of Center of Military History.

Retiring Illinois Guard Artillery Gun Chief Fires Final Rounds
May 31, 2024
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Terry Rutherford, a gun chief with B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment, Illinois Army National Guard, watches as his gun crew prepares their M777 howitzer to execute a fire mission during exercise Immediate Response in Ustka, Poland, May 11, 2024. The exercise is Rutherford’s last – he retires later this year.

Illinois Army Guard Takes on Exercise Immediate Response
May 31, 2024
Spc. Megan Cox, with B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment, Illinois Army National Guard, pulls the lanyard to fire an M777 155mm howitzer while executing a fire mission during exercise Immediate Response in Ustka, Poland, May 10, 2024. More than 10,400 U.S. military members and 12,750 service members from allied and partner nations are participating in the exercise, which includes live-fire exercises, wet gap crossings, and other training to strengthen interoperability among participants.

Hawaii Guardsman Finds Success in Aviation, Infantry Journey
May 31, 2024
Maj. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara, Hawaii adjutant general, speaks to a 103rd Troop Command Soldier during individual weapon qualification, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 5, 2021.

Washington National Guardsman Reconnects with Palauan Roots
May 31, 2024
From right to left, Air Force Maj. Marvin Yamada Jr., a mission crew commander in the Western Air Defense Sector, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead, the senior enlisted advisor to the chief of the National Guard Bureau; Yamada's father and Command Sgt. Maj. Celso Leonen, command senior enlisted leader for the Guam National Guard, pose during a ceremony at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center in downtown Koror, Palau, April 29, 2024. Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr., Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, and Army National Guard Col. Michael Cruz, adjutant general of the Guam National Guard, signed a declaration formalizing the nation's newest state partnership between the U.S. territory of Guam and the Republic of Palau.

Washington Guard, Malaysia Conduct Air Assault Exchange
May 31, 2024
Members of teh Washington Army National Guard and Malaysian Army conducted an airborne operations and air assault operations subject matter exchange May 9-23, 2024, in Malacca, Malaysia. The two are partners in the State Partnership Program.

Michigan Guard, Liberia Conduct Casualty Response Exercise
May 30, 2024
Members of the Armed Forces of Liberia conducted a mass casualty exercise scenario with partners from the Michigan National Guard at 14 Military Hospital May 23, 2024, in Dauzon, Liberia. The two are partners under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Connecticut World War I Soldier Awarded Purple Heart
May 29, 2024
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Arthur Fredericks, the Connecticut National Guard's senior enlisted advisor, presents Rick Maynard a Connecticut World War I Campaign Medal in honor of his great-uncle's service with the 102nd Infantry Regiment in World War I. Sgt. Paul Maynard served with Company M in multiple battles across France and ultimately perished on the last day of the War.

US, Central American Partners Reaffirm Security Commitment
May 29, 2024
From left: Honduran Army Col. Marco Lanza, Salvadoran Army Col. Mario Figueroa,  U.S. Army Maj. Gen. David Mikolaities, New Hampshire National Guard adjutant general, and Guatemalan Naval Capt. Hector Ortiz reaffirmed their shared commitment to regional security and renewed partner-nation engagement and training opportunities during a multinational forum in San Salvador, El Salvador, May 21, 2024. The forum, hosted by U.S. Army South, served as the 19th edition of the U.S.-El Salvador army-to-army staff talks and the fifth Central American Working Group to enhance interoperability among American, Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Honduran armies.

Virginia Guard, Tajikistan Conduct Key Leader Exchange
May 28, 2024
Brig. Gen. Todd H. Hubbard, the Virginia National Guard director of the Joint Staff, conducted key leader engagements with senior leaders from the Republic of Tajikistan April 29 to May 3, 2024, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.