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Western Air Defense Sector Wraps Up Enduring Partners Exercise
June 11, 2024
Royal Thai Air Force Gp. Capt. Piriyathrone Suwanruji presents Col. Antony Braun, 225th Air Defense Group commander, and Master Sgt. Matthew Brosius, 225th Air Defense Squadron NCOIC Plans & Operations, with a memento to commemorate Enduring Partners 2024 at the Western Air Defense Sector, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, May 3, 2024. EP24 is an engagement to improve readiness and combined and joint interoperability between the RTAF and WAANG.

Washington Air Guard, Malaysia Sign Sister Squadron Pact
March 1, 2024
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Gent Welsh, Washington Air National Guard commander, and Brig. Gen. Azman bin Jantan, deputy assistant chief of staff operations and strategy of the Royal Malaysian Air Force, sign a sister squadron agreement at Pacific Air Forces Headquarters, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman, Hawaii, Feb. 22, 2024. This agreement formalizes the enduring relationship between the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s 320 Squadron, Control and Reporting Center 1, and the Washington Air National Guard’s 225th Air Defense Group, Western Air Defense Sector.

Air National Guard Unit Trains for any Situation
February 27, 2024
A member of the 116th Air Support Operations Squadron holds their position with a simunition modified M4 during training at Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane, Wash., Feb. 6, 2024.

New Western Air Defense Sector Center Opens
February 1, 2024
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, center left, the adjutant general for Washington, and Liz Larter, center right, deputy chief of staff and district director for Rep. Marilyn Strickland, cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Western Air Defense Sector Agile Operations Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, Jan. 26, 2024.

Team Fairchild Demonstrates Readiness During Titan Fury
November 24, 2023
Airman 1st Class Ryan Howlett, left, and Senior Airman Keith Beamon, crew chiefs assigned to the 92nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, drain a drogue of residual fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during exercise Titan Fury 24-1 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Nov. 13, 2023. Titan Fury is a recurring total force exercise that ensures Fairchild’s Airmen are trained and ready to support strategic deterrence and the National Defense Strategy.

Washington and Oregon Guard Train with Royal Thai Air Force
October 6, 2023
-15 Eagles from the 142nd Wing, Portland, Oregon and F-16 Vipers  from the Royal Thai Air Force fly in formation over Korat Air Base Royal Kingdom of Thailand during Enduring Partners 2023, Sept. 20, 2023.

Oregon, Washington Guard and Thailand Train Together
September 14, 2023
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Gent Welsh, Washington Air National Guard commander, and Royal Thai Air Force Group Captain Nat Kamintra, exercise director, shake hands after formally opening Enduring Partners 2023 at Korat Air Base, Kingdom of Thailand, Sept. 11, 2023. The Kingdom of Thailand and the Washington and Oregon Air National Guard will practice aerial refueling and fighter tactics during the exercise.

Air Guard, Thai Counterparts Plan Air Refueling Engagement
July 5, 2023
Brig. Gen. Gent Welsh, commander of the Washington Air National Guard, shakes hands with Group Capt. Anurruk Romnarak, Royal Thai Air Force, at Camp Murray, Wash., June 30, 2023, at the final planning conference for an air refueling exercise later this year in Thailand. The Washington Guard and Thailand are partners in the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Guard Recruiters Optimistic Amid Private Sector Competition
June 26, 2023
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh, director of the Air National Guard, administers the oath of enlistment to Isaiah Rosario, a Hawaii ANG recruit, Nov. 5, 2022, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Rosario is the first member of his immediate family to serve in the military and will begin his career as a cryptologic language analyst.

194th Wing Conducts Phoenix Dawn Readiness Exercise
May 31, 2023
Senior Airman Cameron Ashworth, 194th Security Forces Squadron, patrols Camp Murray, Wash., during Exercise Phoenix Dawn May 9, 2023. The large-scale readiness exercise validated the wing’s ability to generate, employ and sustain combat power to combatant commanders.

Western Air Defense Sector Conducts Exercise at Oregon Beach
May 1, 2023
Three members of the Western Air Defense Sector's 225th Air Defense Squadron tested the ability to execute cloud based command and control in a geographically separated location at Camp Rilea, Oregon, April 25, 2023. The WADS air battle managers, 1st Lt. Aaron DeCremer and 2nd Lt. Tyler Shoemaker, conducted a practice scramble of two F-15 fighter aircraft from the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing as part of exercise Felix Ace.

Washington Guard, Thai Partners Strengthen Cybersecurity
March 20, 2023
Group photo from Cyber Exercise during Exercise Cobra Gold, March 1, 2023, at Camp Red Horse, U-Tapao, Kingdom of Thailand. Cobra Gold is a Thai-U.S. cosponsored training event that builds on the longstanding friendship between the two allied nations and brings together a multinational force to promote regional peace and security in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Washington Guard Hosts Multinational Cybersecurity Program
July 20, 2022
The Washington Air National Guard, Royal Thai Armed Forces, Indonesian National Armed Forces and the cyberspace operations professional from the Vietnamese military explored strengthening cybersecurity efforts during a conference at Camp Murray, Wash., July 11-15, 2022.

National Guard Builds Homes for Cherokee Vets During IRT
June 15, 2022
Pfc. John Beckman, a carpentry and masonry specialist with the 2120th Engineer Company, participates in the Cherokee Nation Civil Engineering Innovative Readiness Training June 9, 2022, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Air and Army National Guard members work in two-week rotations from April to August, building seven homes each year for low-income or homeless military veterans of Cherokee Nation.

Iowa National Guard KC-135 retired after 65 years’ service
March 11, 2022
A U.S. Air Force KC-135 with 75th anniversary markings, including a large bat tail flash, tail number 57-2606 from the Iowa Air National Guard, taxis on the ramp at the 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, Iowa, March 1, 2022. The aircraft is due to be decommissioned and sent to the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

Washington Guard, Malaysia renew face-to-face partnership
November 18, 2021
Washington Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Johan Deutscher presents a custom football to Maj. Gen. Dato Zulkifli, assistant chief of staff for operations and strategy for the Royal Malaysian Air Force and lead Malaysian delegate, during closing ceremonies of the fourth Airmen-to-Airmen talks at Camp Murray, Washington, Nov. 17, 2021. Washington and Malaysia have been partners through the State Partnership Program since 2017.

COVID-19 vaccine available to Washington Air Guard members
January 11, 2021
Washington Air National Guard members from the 194th Wing and Western Air Defense Sector received COVID-19 vaccines Jan. 8, 2021, on Camp Murray, Washington. The vaccine was made available to all WA ANG service members in early January on a voluntary basis.

WADS Airman supports food banks, jobless, wildfire response
October 7, 2020
Senior Airman Payton Chiou, 225th Support Squadron, Western Air Defense Sector, helps the Washington State Department of Natural Resources fight wildfires near Inchelium, Washington, Sept. 16, 2020. The 15-person Air National Guard crew spent more than 10 days fighting fires in eastern Washington.

ANG gets 1st non-pilot, 1st woman deputy director
September 23, 2020
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Dawne L. Deskins, the deputy director of the Air National Guard, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Sept. 11, 2020. Deskins is the first non-pilot and first female to serve as DDANG.

Texas Guard team wins first NGB innovation competition
June 17, 2020
Finalists and panel judges are projected on a screen during the first National Guard Innovation Competition as Charles Crosby, right, a senior analyst with the National Guard Bureau’s Force, Structure and Assessment Directorate, serves as the emcee for the event at the Herbert R. Temple Jr. Army National Guard Readiness Center, Arlington Hall Station, June 12, 2020. A Texas National Guard innovation team won the competition’s top honor for helping develop advanced 3D printer technology.