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Ohio National Guard forward observer is ARCENT NCO of Year
January 4, 2021
Ohio Army National Guard Sgt. Aaron Amsden, a forward observer for the 1st Battalion, 145th Armored Regiment, was crowned the winner of the U.S. Army Central Command’s Best Warrior Competition, noncommissioned officer category, and also competed in the Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) competition in 2020. The BWC recognizes Soldiers who demonstrate commitment to Army values, embody the warrior ethos and represent the force of the future.

Battling COVID-19 was among WVNG's many missions in 2020
December 31, 2020
A West Virginia National Guard Airman provides a COVID-19 test to a citizen on May 22, 2020, in Charleston, W.Va.

WVNG helps process, deliver COVID-19 vaccine
December 21, 2020
Members of the West Virginia Joint Interagency Task Force for Vaccinations hold a drill to finalize plans to receive, handle and distribute COVID-19 vaccine across West Virginia at the West Virginia National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters in Charleston, Dec. 11, 2020.

West Virginia Guard, partners prepare for COVID-19 vaccine
December 14, 2020
Members of the West Virginia Joint Interagency Task Force for Vaccinations hold a drill to finalize plans to receive, handle and distribute COVID-19 vaccine across West Virginia at the West Virginia National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters in Charleston, Dec. 11, 2020.

W.Va. Guardsman uses unique training to save neighbor's home
November 24, 2020
A wildland fire 1st Sgt. John Russell of the West Virginia National Guard's 249th Band was confronted with near his home in Winchester, Virginia, Nov. 19, 2020. Russell used basic wildland firefighting training he received with the West Virginia Division of Forestry (WVDOF) in October 2019 to help contain the fire and save a neighbor's home from potential damage.

WVNG joins SPP partner Qatar in virtual exercise
November 23, 2020
Members of the West Virginia National Guard recently participated in a virtual seminar with members of the Qatari Emiri Land Forces (QELF) as a part of the Eastern Action joint operations staff exercise between elements of the Qatari military and the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) Operation Spartan Shield and Task Force Spartan. Since 2018, the WVNG has worked closely with Qatar as part of the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program.

West Virginia National Guard helps ramp up COVID-19 testing
November 13, 2020
A member of the West Virginia National Guard's COVID-19 response prepares for a COVID-19 testing lane Nov. 7, 2020. Since Oct. 30, West Virginia National Guard personnel, with the assistance of local health department workers, have been working around the clock the establish locations, advertise testing and conduct nearly 400 testing lanes throughout West Virginia.

W.Va. Guard assists with COVID-19 testing innovation
October 9, 2020
Spc. Kelton Miller, of the West Virginia National Guard’s Task Force Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Response Enterprise (CRE) (TF-CRE), helps roll out a new COVID-19 data entry computer application, West Virginia University Student Recreation Center, Sept. 30, 2020. TF-CRE members have assisted state health departments with COVID-19 testing since March.

167th Airmen provide COVID-19 testing and other support
October 6, 2020
Master Sgt. Matthew Stickley, Maj. Lori Wyatt, Master Sgt. Jordan Killebrew, and 1st Lt. Hannah Staubs prepare COVID-19 nasal swab testing kits at the West Virginia University Student Recreation Center, Morgantown, W. Va., Sept. 30, 2020. The Airmen are assigned to West Virginia National Guard’s task force medical team, which has been assisting county health departments throughout the state during the pandemic.

West Virginia Guard aircrew helps fight California fires
October 1, 2020
Maj. Evan Dale, Chief Warrant Officer 3 James Kearns, Staff Sgt. Ed Dillon, and Spc. Jack DeAngelo of the West Virginia National Guard’s Company C, 1-150th Assault Battalion, deployed to California in September 2020 to perform aerial woodland firefighting missions and will remain through at least Oct. 15, 2020.

28th ECAB hurdles challenges, completes training
September 17, 2020
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brad Whitt, crew chief with Bravo Company, 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion, 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, sits on a ramp and looks at the sunset out the back of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter as it flies over the 28th ECAB's mobilization station at Fort Hood, Texas.

New tracking devices to aid in study of black vultures
September 15, 2020
Chad Neil, a wildlife biologist for the Agriculture Department's APHIS Wildlife Services-West Virginia and part of the 167th AW’s Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) team, holds a black vulture that has been fitted with a transmitting device in Martinsburg, W.Va., Aug. 18, 2020.

167th Airlift Wing helps with voluntary COVID-19 mapping
September 15, 2020
Three members of the West Virginia National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing, from left, Capt. Rodney Brown, Staff Sgt. James Murray, and Staff Sgt. Erin Engle, are part of the COVID-19 contact tracing team at the Jefferson County Health Department, Martinsburg, W.Va., Aug. 20, 2020.

W.Va. Guardsman graduates Arabic course in Qatar
September 3, 2020
Capt. Allen Paul Jordan, the West Virginia National Guard’s State Partnership Program – Qatar bilateral affairs officer, with Qatari Brig. Gen. Sultan Mohammed Sultan Al Shawani, multilingual school commander, following his completion of a three-week basic Arabic course offered at the Qatar Armed Forces Language Institute in Al Sheehaniya, Qatar.

W.Va. Guard participates in cybersecurity tabletop exercise
September 1, 2020
West Virginia National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Timmy Thompson and 2nd Lt. David Parsons of the Defensive Cyber Operations Element with Joshua Spence, chief technology officer for the state of West Virginia, and Danielle Cox, chief information security officer, West Virginia Office of Technology, during a cybersecurity tabletop exercise in Charleston, West Virginia, Aug. 31, 2020. The four-day exercise was being held to address cybersecurity threats.

W. Va. Guard, Peruvian Air Force share ideas on COVID-19
July 28, 2020
West Virginia National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, alongside the Senior Enlisted Leader, Command Sgt. Maj. Phillip Cantrell participated in a video teleconference with the Peruvian Air Force's commanding general, Rodolfo Garcia and staff July 21, 2020, at the WVNG Joint Forces Headquarters in Charleston, West Virginia.

W.Va. Future Leaders Program prepares for new academic year
July 28, 2020
Instructors and staff members of the West Virginia National Guard’s Future Leaders Program for high school students pose for a photo following a training session held July 10, 2020 in Winfield, W.Va. The FLP staff recently met to plan and prepare for the upcoming academic school year.

NY aircrews take WVNG troops to new heights for jump training
July 20, 2020
Paratroopers from Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group, conduct military free-fall exercise out of a New York National Guard Chinook helicopter. Pilots from Detachment 1, Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Regiment, supported this operation from Camp Dawson, West Virginia, July 11, 2020.

WVNG helps meet increased demand for testing, PPE
July 20, 2020
A West Virginia National Guard Airman provides a COVID-19 test to a citizen on May 22, 2020, in Charleston, W.Va.

West Virginia Task Force Medical in thick of COVID-19 fight
June 24, 2020
The West Virginia National Guard's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Battalion, the 35th Civil Support Team (CST), and the 35th Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), which make up Task Force CRE, collaborated with Task Force Medical to help state agencies with COVID-19 testing May 22, 2020, in Charleston.