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West Virginia’s 130th Airlift Wing Certified for C-130J-30
January 17, 2024
The 130th Airlift Wing has met the requirements to be declared a C-130J-30 unit with Initial Operational Capability as of Jan. 1, 2024, the West Virginia National Guard announced. The 130th has been in the process of transitioning airframes from the C-130 H3 Hercules model to the advanced C-130J-30 Super Hercules model since 2021.

Ridge Runner Builds Readiness for Army Guard Special Forces
July 7, 2023
A Soldier with the 19th Special Forces Group, headquartered in the Utah Army National Guard, leads his team, which includes Latvian special operations elements, in an assault on a simulated emplaced missile launcher site while taking part in exercise Ridge Runner near Jolo, West Virginia, June 15, 2023. The two-week exercise brought together Soldiers with the 19th SFG and special operations troops from Latvia, Poland and other allied and partner nations and focused on interoperability in unconventional warfare tasks.

West Virginia Guard Hosts Irregular Warfare Exercise
June 22, 2023
Members of Charlie Company, 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne); Bravo Company, 92d Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne); Bravo Company, 6th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne); 193rd Special Operations Medical Group; 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company; 4th Civil Affairs Group; and the 4th Marine Corps Advisor Company Alpha, participated with allies and partners from multiple nations in the Ridge Runner Irregular Warfare Exercise throughout West Virginia for two weeks in May and June 2023.

West Virginia Guard, 12th Air Force, Peru Sign Pact
June 20, 2023
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. David Cochran, West Virginia National Guard assistant adjutant general and commander of the West Virginia Air National Guard; David Delmonaco, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) representative, and Lt. Gen. Carlos Chavez, the Peruvian Air Force chief of staff, sign a trilateral agreement of future engagements at the 167th Airlift Wing, Shepherd Field, Martinsburg, West Virginia, June 9, 2023. The signing ceremony signified the commitment to continue military cooperation and operate cohesively in response to future threats and crisis.

West Virginia Guardsmen Present at Intelligence Seminar in Qatar
June 16, 2023
West Virginia National Guardsmen Tech. Sgt. Victoria Bagley, Maj. Taylar Belfield, left, and 1st Lt. Abbey Welborn, fourth from right in front row, participated in the Women in Strategic Intelligence Seminar at the Directorate of Military Intelligence in Doha, Qatar, May 14-18, 2023. The West Virginia National Guard and the Qatari Armed Forces are partnered through the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Virginia, West Virginia Guardsmen are Regional Best Warriors
June 2, 2023
Army National Guard noncommissioned officers and Soldiers run the confidence course during the Region II Best Warrior Competition May 17, 2023, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia. The Soldiers and NCOs of the Year from Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia competed for the right to represent the region at the national competition in Alaska in July.

West Virginia Guard, DISA lead U.S.-Romanian Cyber Team in Exercise
April 21, 2023
Members of the U.S.-Romania team take part in Exercise Locked Shields 2023 at the Morgantown Readiness Center in Morgantown, W.Va. The West Virginia National Guard, under the leadership of the Defense Information Security Agency, hosted more than 180 technical cyber experts and supporting representatives from federal and state agencies to compete on behalf of the U.S.-Romania team in the world’s largest international cyber defense exercise run virtually by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia.

West Virginia Guard, Qatar Conduct Key Leader SPP Exchange
March 21, 2023
The West Virginia National Guard and Qatari military officials met in Doha, Qatar, March 14-16, 2023, to conduct key leader engagement and plan future bilateral exchanges. West Virginia and Qatar have been SPP partners since 2018.

West Virginia Guard CST Responds to Ohio Train Derailment
February 7, 2023
Master Sgt. David Hurst of the Ohio National Guard’s 52nd Civil Support Team discusses the potential impact of a chemical plume from a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, as Gov. Mike DeWine, right, looks on during a press conference Feb. 6, 2023. Members of the 52nd CST are among over 100 Ohio Guard members supporting local authorities in the wake of the Feb. 3 derailment.

Guard Continues Domestic, Global Missions in a Busy 2022
December 21, 2022
Spc. Megan Koszarek, an infantryman with the Alaska Army National Guard’s Avalanche Company, 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment, conducts a security sweep during a training exercise near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 3, 2022. The exercise's aim was to enhance the unit’s combat readiness and evaluate proficiency in an arctic environment.

West Virginia Guard Hosts Irregular Warfare Planning Conference
December 16, 2022
The West Virginia National Guard’s Ridge Runner Irregular Warfare program hosted an exercise planning conference at Camp Dawson Dec. 5-7, 2022, with representatives of U.S. Army special operations forces, psychological operations, civil affairs, U.S. Marine Corps Advisor Company A, and the Polish Territorial Defense Forces. The exercise is scheduled in June.

West Virginia Guard to Provide Aerial Firefighting Support
November 10, 2022
Members of the West Virginia Army National Guard's (WVARNG) Company C, 1st Battalion, 150th Aviation Regiment completed Water Bucket training

West Virginia National Guard, Peru Establish Priorities for Partnership
August 30, 2022
Maj. Gen. Bill Crane, West Virginia National Guard adjutant general, talks with Peru Air Force, Group 8 Maj. Gen. Macedo during a key leader engagement with Peruvian military forces Aug. 22-24, 2022, in Lima, Peru. West Virginia and Peru have been partners under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program since 1996.

Kentucky National Guard Comes to aid of Flood Victims
August 3, 2022
Kentucky Army National Guard's Detachment 1, Charlie Company 2/238th Aviation Regiment, MEDEVAC, conducts hoist and land rescue mission for victims of flooding in eastern Kentucky July 28, 2022. Pilots and crew have been working constantly for days to rescue victims trapped on house roofs, in trees and other high points to avoid floodwaters.

Kentucky Air National Guard Rescues Flood Victims
August 1, 2022
An Airman from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron searches for flood victims from a helicopter in Eastern Kentucky July 30, 2022. In response to devastating flooding, the unit coordinated 29 rotary-wing relief missions, rescued 19 people and two dogs, and recovered four bodies.

National Guard Assists with Flood Rescue in Kentucky
July 28, 2022
A Tennessee Army National Guard Soldier comforts a patient rescued from the flooding in eastern Kentucky while being flown to a hospital July 28, 2022. The Tennessee National Guard sent five Black Hawk helicopters and crews to assist in search and rescue efforts.

Tennessee Hosts Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition
July 25, 2022
Competitors participate in  warrior tasks during the 2022 National Guard Bureau Region 2 Best Warrior Competition May 17-20, 2022, at Camp Dawson, Kingwood, West Virginia. Regional winners from across the nation advanced to the national competition in Tennessee.

167th Airlift Wing Supports Multinational Exercises in Europe
June 17, 2022
U.S. Army Soldiers, assigned to Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Regiment, 75th Artillery Brigade; and U.S. Air Force Airmen, assigned to 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia, Air National Guard, unload and employ a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle and an M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during a HIMARS Rapid Infiltration exercise as part of Defender Europe 22 at Bornholm, Denmark, May 24, 2022.

WVNG Joins Operation Resolute Sentinel in Guatemala
June 16, 2022
Soldiers from the West Virginia National Guard’s 115th Engineer Company, 1092nd Engineer Battalion, recently arrived in Flores, Guatemala, to support Operation Resolute Sentinel 22. They will work on building a school before rotating out in two weeks, to be replaced by another engineer company.

National Guard Supports Armed Forces of Ukraine
June 8, 2022
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, president of Ukraine, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. David Baldwin, adjutant general of the California National Guard, and California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis watch a demonstration of tactical equipment during a visit to the California Air National Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Air National Guard Base, California, Sept. 2, 2021. The California National Guard and Ukraine have been partners under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program since 1993.