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Virginia Guard Soldiers, Airmen Train on Emergency Response
January 31, 2024
Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Richmond-Based 34th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package conduct a collective training exercise Jan. 6, 2024, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia. The exercise enabled new personnel to train on the basics of incident management and emergency response.

NCO Development a Security Goal of DC Guard, Jamaica Partnership
January 17, 2024
Sgt. Maj. Esmeralda Vaquerano, right foreground, G-1 (personnel) sergeant major for the D.C. Army National Guard, tours the Caribbean Military Academy with a member of the Jamaica Defence Force during a State Partnership Program expert exchange Dec. 12-14, 2023, in Kingston, Jamaica.

Mechanics Help DC National Guard Maintain Readiness
November 20, 2023
Dozens of wheeled vehicle mechanics keep tactical vehicles operational at the District of Columbia National Guard’s Combined Support Maintenance Shop at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Oct. 21, 2023.

National Guard Defends Skies Over Nation’s Capital
June 13, 2023
Ohio National Guard Pfc. Trey Risner, assigned to Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, prepares to operate the Avenger Air Defense System during exercise Forager 21 on July 30, 2021, in Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands. The self-propelled surface-to-air missile system provides mobile, short-range air defense protection for ground units.

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.

Guard Senior Spouse Recognizes DCNG Family Readiness Program
February 10, 2023
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sherrie L. McCandless, left, commanding general, District of Columbia National Guard, and Kelly Hokanson, spouse of the chief of the National Guard Bureau, watch a video at the District of Columbia Armory in Washington Feb. 9, 2023. Hokanson and McCandless recognized the DCNG Family Readiness Program for supporting more than 26,000 Soldiers and Airmen during the Capitol Response.

Kentucky National Guard participates in Tradewinds 22
May 31, 2022
Kentucky National Guard's Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment (HHD), 75th Troop Command, poses for a group photo at the end of Operation Tradewinds 2022 at Price Barracks, Belize, May 20, 2022. HHD, 75th Troop Command, provided brigade-level support to the multinational exercise.

National Guard to back law enforcement at DC demonstrations
February 23, 2022
The District of Columbia National Guard will help U.S. Capitol and D.C. police at traffic control points in the nation's capital during anticipated First Amendment protests in February and March 2022. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III approved the assistance of up to 400 DCNG members and 300 Guard members from outside the District of Columbia.

Face of Defense: Leading the D.C. National Guard
October 4, 2021
Air Force Maj. Gen. Sherrie McCandless, commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard, waves to the crowd after throwing the ceremonial first pitch during National Guard Day at Nationals Park in Washington, Aug. 13, 2021. The Washington Nationals dedicate a special game each season to honor and celebrate each branch of the military.

DC National Guard MAC sharpens skills during annual training
August 25, 2021
The District of Columbia National Guard's Multi-Agency Augmentation Command conducted annual training at Camp Dawson, West Virginia, Aug. 2-8. The weeklong exercise included an obstacle course.

Synchronization a must in continued Guard support to Capitol
April 7, 2021
Soldiers with the New Jersey Army National Guard’s A Troop and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 102nd Cavalry Division, and U.S. Capitol Police officers confer with each other hours after a vehicle rammed a barricade killing one Capitol Police officer and injuring another one at the U.S. Capitol April 2, 2021. The New Jersey Army Guard unit is one of several that continue to support the security mission at the Capitol — made possible by the synchronization efforts involving the National Guard Bureau, the District of Columbia National Guard and Guard units from 11 states.

DCNG hosts Burkina Faso military attaché in SPP visit
April 2, 2021
Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard, Brig. Gen. Aaron R. Dean II, adjutant general, and other senior leaders hosted a bilateral engagement with Colonel Major Rémi Jean de Dieu Kaboré, defense, military and air attaché of the Embassy of Burkina Faso March 30, 2021. The DCNG and Burkina Faso are partners under the National Guard's State Partnership Program.

Breaking barriers in aviation maintenance for 35 years
March 25, 2021
U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Melinda Herder, District of Columbia National Guard, stands with helicopters on the flight line at Davison Army Airfield, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. Herder is the facility maintenance officer at the D.C. National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility.

‘Buddy Aid’ training takes new approach to sexual assault
March 24, 2021
Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the adjutant general of Virginia, presents a coin to Maj. Bridget Flannery, South Dakota National Guard SHARP Master Trainer and developer of Buddy Aid, March 2, 2021, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The training on “Buddy Aid – First Response to Sexual Assault” was sponsored by the office of the Virginia National Guard Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and included military and civilians from National Guard Bureau’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, Delaware, Maryland, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

National Guard units supporting Capitol mission return home
March 17, 2021
A Soldier supporting the Capitol Response mission in Washington, D.C., out-processes at the District of Columbia Armory March 12, 2021. Soldiers in the nation's capital are redeploying to their home states, with about 2,000 Guard members asked to continue to assist federal law enforcement with security, communications, medical evacuation, logistics, and safety through mid-May.

DCNG inauguration support ribbon recognizes service
March 15, 2021
Military awards worn by a District of Columbia Army National Guard Soldier in Washington, D.C., March 10, 2021, include the D.C. National Guard Presidential Inauguration Support Ribbon on the bottom right. The ribbon is authorized for award to National Guard members from any state, territory or the District of Columbia who supported the 59th presidential inauguration on Title 32 orders.

DC Guard leader sees great things for women in the military
March 1, 2021
U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Naconda Hinton, Joint Task Force senior enlisted leader, District of Columbia National Guard, talks about her experiences throughout her career at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. Feb. 7, 2021.

National Guard Soldier helps change Army hair regulation
February 24, 2021
U.S. Army PowerPoint shows the new approved hairstyles under changes to Army Regulation 670-1, effective Feb. 26, 2021. Capt. Whennah Andrews, National Guard Bureau action officer, began a campaign to change the regulation in 2016.

Air Force allows longer braids, ponytails for women
February 12, 2021
Upon publication of the new standards in Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Feb. 10, 2021, female Airmen will be able to wear their hair in up to two braids or a single ponytail with bulk not exceeding the width of the head and length not extending below a horizontal line running between the top of each sleeve inseam at the underarm through the shoulder blades. In addition, women’s bangs may now touch their eyebrows, but not cover their eyes.

Morale efforts sustain Guard members during DC mission
February 4, 2021
From left: U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Jeremy Wesloh, Sgt. 1st Class Justin Valenti, Sgt. Lucas Zabka, and Staff Sgt. Jessica Fetsch, all with the 191st Military Police Company, North Dakota National Guard, play cards near the U.S. Capitol in Washington Jan. 19, 2021. More than 25,000 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from throughout the country traveled to Washington to support federal and local authorities for the presidential inauguration. About 7,900 remain in February.