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West Virginia Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy hits milestone
November 22, 2021
Class 2-2021 of the West Virginia National Guard’s Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy completed the program Nov. 19 at Camp Dawson in Kingwood, West Virginia. The 106 cadets are now among more than 5,000 who have graduated from the program since it began in 1993.

Guard partnership program adapts, continues to grow
November 15, 2021
West Virginia National Guardsmen show members of the Peruvian military how to do field maintenance of Humvees. The Peruvian soldiers deployed as part of an international peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic.

29th Infantry Division moves 5,000 Afghans through Kuwait
November 5, 2021
Afghan evacuees board a U.S.-chartered flight for their destination after a two-week stay in Kuwait, where they received medical screenings and were processed by Task Force Spartan personnel. Approximately 5,000 evacuees processed through Kuwait.

111th Med Group hosts Advanced Trauma Life Support course
October 21, 2021
U.S. Air National Guard Maj. Sammar Atassi, an internal medicine physician assigned to the 130th Medical Group headquartered at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base in Charleston, West Virginia, intubates an infant training mannequin during the Advanced Trauma Life Support course at Biddle Air National Guard Base in Horsham, Pennsylvania, Sept. 28, 2021. Sixteen service members from nine ANG units in six states participated in the class, which was hosted by the 111th Medical Group.

West Virginia Guard played pivotal role in Afghan evacuation
September 9, 2021
A West Virginia Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster lll carrying Afghanistan evacuees arrives at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Italy Aug. 22, 2021. Two aircrews from the 167th Airlift Wing transported passengers and cargo into and out of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.

New Hampshire Guard radar operators train at Northern Strike
August 12, 2021
Soldiers with the 197th Field Artillery Brigade, New Hampshire Army National Guard, set up their AN/TPQ-53 Firefinder Radar during Northern Strike 21, Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center, Grayling, Michigan, Aug. 8, 2021.

165th AW participates in Northern Strike 21 medical exercise
August 10, 2021
Airmen load mannequin patients onto a KC-46 Pegasus during mobile medic training at the Northern Strike 21 exercise Aug. 2-8, 2021. The Air Dominance Center at the 165th Airlift Wing in Savannah, Georgia, hosted over 85 Air National Guard Airmen from multiple medical units across the United States and its territories for the training.

Disasters, COVID fail to stop Guard unit from deployment
July 23, 2021
South Carolina Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company, 4-118th Infantry Regiment, 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, conduct tank gunnery training while deployed in the Middle East, Feb. 4, 2020.

National Guard support critical to U.S. European Command
July 22, 2021
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Justin Sachariason, left, a Soldier assigned to the Florida Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, instructs 1st Lt. Almir Sarac, a soldier with the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina, how to shoot the M4A1 carbine rifle at Manjaca Training Area, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 19, 2021.

West Virginia, Qatar formalize military partnership
June 21, 2021
Members of the West Virginia National Guard and the Qatar Emiri Land Forces at QELF headquarters in Doha, Qatar, June 21, 2021. West Virginia and Qatar formalized their partnership during the visit with Qatari Armed Forces as a part of the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program.

Iowa, Virginia, W.Va. aviation Soldiers train in Pennsylvania
June 21, 2021
Approximately 145 aviation maintenance Soldiers with B Company, 248th Aviation Support Battalion, 29th Combat Aviation Brigade, 29th Infantry Division, Iowa, Virginia, and West Virginia National Guard, honed their skills repairing helicopters at Muir Army Airfield June 1-15 at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania.

WVNG medical unit ensures Soldier readiness, COVID response
June 10, 2021
Members of the West Virginia National Guard helped conduct a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in Buffalo, West Virginia, March 26, 2021. More than 200 employees were vaccinated, demonstrating a whole of government public-private partnership that has helped West Virginia become a nationally recognized leader in COVID-19 vaccine administration.

WVNG helps prepare Peru military for peacekeeping mission
June 8, 2021
Members of the West Virginia National Guard train Peruvian Armed Forces on the M1165 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program in Lima, Peru, June 3, 2021. Peru will use the training on an international peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic.

National Guard participates in multinational exercise
May 19, 2021
National Guard units from Alabama, Florida, West Virginia, Tennessee and Ohio are participating in Defender-Europe 21 and linked exercises to demonstrate and develop the extensive military capabilities NATO allies need to prevent conflict.

Delaware, West Virginia Air Guard units team up for training
May 7, 2021
The 167th and 166th Airlift Wings partnered together to conduct a joint cargo loading exercise as part of the 166th's home station operational readiness exercise on May 3 at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Delaware.

West Virginia Guard father, son cross paths while deployed
April 29, 2021
Spc. Tyler Goldsberry, left, 2nd General Support Battalion, 104th Aviation Regiment, and chief warrant officer Craig Goldsberry, right, 111th Engineer Brigade, son and father respectively, in Kuwait in April 2021. The two West Virginia Army National Guard members are deployed in support of Operation Spartan Shield and, although assigned to different units, their deployment timelines overlap by nearly two months, allowing for a long-awaited reunion.

Guard, DISA participate in international cyber exercise
April 26, 2021
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Paul Coffy, center, seated, views a virtual exercise environment as two West Virginia University students and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Adam Brenner, right, observe at the Morgantown National Guard Readiness Center. The international Locked Shields 2021 cyber defense exercise was held the week of April 12, 2021.

167th Airmen are force multipliers in fight against COVID-19
April 16, 2021
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Katie Farrell, an aerospace medical technician with the 167th Medical Group assigned to the West Virginia National Guard’s Task Force Medical – East, administers a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to an Airman in the 167th Airlift Wing dining facility, Martinsburg, West Virginia, April 11, 2021. The vaccine is administered in two shots, with the second shot administered no more than six weeks after the first.

WVNG, emergency management division plan Vigilant Guard 2021
March 19, 2021
Members of the West Virginia National Guard met with personnel from the West Virginia Emergency Management Division, Mar. 10, 2021, in Dunbar, West Virginia, to plan the Vigilant Guard exercise to be held in the Mountain State this summer.

West Virginia National Guard marks one year of COVID mission
March 12, 2021
Members of the West Virginia National Guard participate in a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Joint Forces Headquarters, Charleston, West Virginia, Jan. 13, 2021. West Virginia maintains one of the highest percentages of vaccine allocation use in the United States and is rapidly expanding capacity to inoculate the population.