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Pennsylvania Guard Takes Over Horn of Africa Security Mission
February 21, 2024
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Erik Ponzek, left, commander of 2-112th Infantry, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Barclay, 2-112th Infantry senior enlisted leader, unfurl their unit's colors during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Feb. 10, 2024. This act represented Pennsylvania National Guard's Task Force Paxton assuming control over the SECFOR unit in CJTF-HOA.

Nebraska Guardsman Honored for State Partnership in Rwanda
February 13, 2024
Nebraska Army National Guard Maj. Jessica Pan poses with her husband and three children after her promotion ceremony to the rank of major, Feb. 22, 2023, at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda. Pan was named as the U.S. Africa Command Bilateral Affairs Officer of the Year for 2023.

Alaska National Guard Rapidly Deploys for Exercise ORCA 23
June 28, 2023
Members of the Mississippi National Guard's 47th Weapons of Mass Destruction - Civil Support Team process through a decontamination line June 14, 2023, in Wasilla, Alaska, as part of ORCA 2023. The exercise increased interoperability among a range of agencies, including the Alaska National Guard’s 103rd Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team, 12 National Guard units, eight local and state agencies, three federal organizations, and community partners.

Nebraska Guard Hosts German Proficiency Badge Testing
June 21, 2023
Nebraska Army National Guard Soldiers strive to earn the coveted gold, silver or bronze German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge June 14-15, 2023, in Hastings, Nebraska. The challenging event was hosted by the 402nd Military Police Battalion, with 50 of 90 participants earning the badge — 14 bronze, 27 silver and nine gold.

Idaho Guard’s First Female Senior Enlisted Leader Paves Way
March 24, 2023
Command Sgt. Maj. Alice Randolph, the Idaho Army National Guard’s first female senior enlisted leader, at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho, March 23, 2023. She will serve the IDARNG’s enlisted members by communicating directly with the state’s commanding general on their behalf and interpreting National Guard Bureau policy for implementation across the organization.

Nebraska Guardsman Wins Danish Contingency March in Kosovo
February 6, 2023
Nebraska Army National Guard Capt. Travis Kirchner, 111th Public Affairs Detachment commander, won the traditional Danish Contingency March Jan. 7, 2023, while deployed to Kosovo. Kirchner finished the 22-mile march in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 35 seconds.

Team Approach Strengthens African Partner Medical Capabilities
January 11, 2023
Rwandan Armed Forces soldiers and U.S. Nebraska Air National Guard medical personnel load a simulated patient onto a gurney for a patient transfer exercise in Kigali, Rwanda, in March 2022 as part of the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership program.

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.

Planners Shape Justified Accord 23 African Military Exercise
November 9, 2022
U.S. Army Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, meet with Kenyan Defence Force Soldiers to prepare for a bilateral exercise during Justified Accord, March 13, 2022. Exercise Justified Accord allows the United States and African partners to support peace and stability in the region.

Army Guard Makes it to Final Round of Army Best Squad Competition
October 11, 2022
The Army National Guard’s Best Squad competitors pose for a photo at Fort Benning, Georgia, before competing in the U.S. Army’s Best Squad Competition Sept. 29 to Oct. 10, 2022.  From left: Sgt. Austin Manville, New York National Guard; Spc. Nathaniel Miska, Minnesota National Guard; Staff Sgt. Bryan Kummer, Nebraska National Guard; Sgt. Tyler Holloway, Wyoming National Guard, Spc. Wyatt Walls, Oregon National Guard.

8th Civil Support Team Conducts Annual Evaluation Exercise
September 28, 2022
U.S. Army Sgt. Zachary Lutz and Sgt. Rainee Malle, 8th Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Teams, Colorado National Guard, assess a potential biohazard contamination site during Joint Exercise Western Sugar Response, Aug. 30, 2022, Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Civil support teams from the Nebraska and Wyoming National Guard also participated in the exercise with local first responders.

Long-term Relationships Drive State Partnership Program Success
July 26, 2022
Air crew, maintainers and logistics Airmen with the 155th Air Refueling Wing, Nebraska Air National Guard, stand with Czech Air Force maintainers, holding their countries flags during exercise Ample Strike 2021, Sept. 16, 2021, at Pardubice Airport, Czech Republic. Ample Strike is a Czech Republic-led, multinational live exercise that offers advanced Air/Land Integration Training to Joint Terminal Attack Controllers in coordination with MQ-9 Reaper aircraft and F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft.

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.

Nebraska National Guard, Rwanda Build on SPP Partnership
July 11, 2022
Members of the Rwanda Defense Force's Engineer Brigade work with Soldiers from the Nebraska Army National Guard's 623rd Engineer Company to build a guard tower, March 16, 2022, in Gako, Rwanda.

Nebraska Guard Assists SPP Partner Rwanda in Joint Mission
July 6, 2022
Members of the Nebraska Air National Guard and Rwanda Defence Force pose for a group picture March 20, 2022, during the Justified Accord exercise at Gako Military Academy, Rwanda. The Nebraska Guard and Rwanda are partners under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

National Guard Leaders Emphasize Value of State Partnership Program
June 3, 2022
U.S. Airmen with the Indiana Air National Guard, and Slovak armed forces personnel trained together Feb. 22, 2022, at the 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne, Indiana. The joint training built on a more than 25-year partnership under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Fighting wildfires almost year-round, Guard preps for more
May 26, 2022
A Nebraska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter drops water from a 780-gallon bucket onto a smoldering hot spot near Arapahoe, Nebraska, April 9, 2022. National Guard units throughout the nation have been fighting wildfires already, before the traditional start of the wildfire season in June.

Nebraska Guard supports Innovative Readiness Training
May 13, 2022
Maj. Erik Zingler, optometry officer in charge for the 155th Medical Group, Lincoln, Neb., performs an optometry vision test May 2, 2019, in Residential Juan Ferrer, Puerto Rico. Zingler is a member of Innovative Readiness Training, a Defense Department program to increase deployment readiness while providing key services such as optometry to American communities with limited access to resources.

Guard civil support teams conduct WMD training exercise
May 2, 2022
U.S. Army Capt. Russ Reed checks the protective equipment of Staff Sgt. Jerico Witte as members of the South Dakota National Guard’s 82nd Civil Support Team and the Rapid City Fire Department conduct annual hazardous material training in Rapid City, S.D., April 29, 2021.

Nebraska National Guard battles wildfire by air and ground
April 14, 2022
Airmen from the Nebraska Air National Guard's 155th Air Refueling Wing fire department establish a fire break to prevent wildfire spread near Arapahoe, Neb., April 11, 2022. High wind and drought fueled a fire that burned more than 30,000 acres and destroyed or damaged dozens of homes and other structures in Gosper and Furnas counties in south central Nebraska.