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Guard Soldiers, Airmen Compete for All Guard Marathon Team
May 9, 2023
National Guard athletes race in the 46th annual Lincoln Marathon, which also serves as the National Guard Marathon Team time trials, held May 7, 2023, in Lincoln, Nebraska. More than 200 National Guard Airmen and Soldiers from across the country competed for spots on the All Guard Marathon Team.

Iowa, Minnesota Guardsmen Win Regional Best Warrior Title
May 8, 2023
Competitors begin the 12-mile ruck march at the Region IV Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Newton Falls, Ohio, May 7, 2023. Guard members from Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois competed in land navigation, marksmanship, weapons skills, medical and radio skills and an appearance board, among other events.

Hokanson: State Partnership Program Stable, Steadfast and Growing
April 21, 2023
Lt. Gen. Bashkim Jashari, commander of the Kosovo Security Force, is briefed on unit operations by the commander of the 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Iowa Army National Guard, during a tour of training at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, May 19, 2022. Approximately 15 KSF troops embedded with companies in the 1-133rd Infantry during a two-week annual training exercise.

National Guard Honored for Environmental Programs
April 21, 2023
Soldiers participate in bald eagle releases at Camp Ripley Training Center. The Minnesota Army National Guard Sustainability Team works with staff and units to instill sustainable practices within all operations, empowering all components of the organization to enhance environmental activities.

Croatia, Canada Join Minnesota Best Warrior Competition
April 6, 2023
Twenty Minnesota National Guard, four Croatian, and three Canadian Soldiers competed in Minnesota’s Best Warrior Competition March 29– April 1, 2023, at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, Minnesota. The annual competition tests the military skills, physical strength and endurance of the top Soldiers and noncommissioned officers.

Minnesota Guardsmen Train in Canadian Arctic
March 30, 2023
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cody Hallas, 133rd Contingency Response Team, builds an Igloo in Crystal City, Canada. Hallas attended a five-day field training exercise during the Canadian Air Operations Survival training course.

New Hampshire National Guard Revives Biathlon Program
March 10, 2023
Members of the New Hampshire National Guard’s biathlon team pose for a photo after winning third place in the 2023 Chief of the National Guard Bureau’s Biathlon Championships at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vt., Feb. 22. From left, U.S. Army Spc. Jimmy Small, U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Bryce Murdick, U.S. Army Spc. Tom Echelberger, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Parent, U.S. Army Maj. Rob Burnham, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jacob Englehardt, U.S. Army Capt. Pamela Donley.

Minnesota, Norway Partner for 50th Troop Exchange
February 23, 2023
Minnesota National Guard members conduct winter training on Feb. 8, 2023, in a field training exercise in the Haltdalen woods, Norway, while participating in the 50th Norwegian Reciprocal Troop Exchange. Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing and 133rd Airlift Wing traveled to Norway for two weeks of winter survival training and Nordic cultural experiences.

Norway Adds Top-tier Military Experience to State Partnership Program
February 21, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, talks with Norwegian troops during a visit to Norway for the signing of a Department of Defense National Guard State Partnership Program security cooperation agreement between Norway and the Minnesota National Guard, Brekstad, Orland, Norway, Feb. 16, 2023. This image was acquired using a cellular device.

Minnesota National Guard Signs State Partnership Program Agreement with Norway
February 15, 2023
The Minnesota National Guard and Norway officially became partners under the State Partnership Program Feb. 15, 2023, at a signing ceremony in Trondheim, Norway. Signing the agreement were His Excellency U.S. Ambassador to Norway, Ambassador Marc Nathanson; Bjørn Arild Gram, Norwegian Minister of Defence; Gen. Eirik Kristoffersen, chief of Defence of Norway; Army Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau; and Army Maj. Gen. Shawn Manke, Minnesota National Guard’s adjutant general.

Minnesota Guard Conducts 30th Year of Winter Training
February 3, 2023
Master Sgt. Christopher Olson, communications superintendent, 55th Civil Support Team, Minnesota National Guard, conducts maintenance on a dismounted strike kit as part of a winter training exercise in Northern Minnesota Jan. 30, 2023.

National Guard Leaders Join Multi-state Arctic Event
February 1, 2023
Attendees of the National Guard Arctic Interest Council observe the 133rd Contingency Response Flight, Minnesota Air National Guard, operating in extreme cold during the NG-AIC’s quarterly meeting at the Camp Ripley Training Center Jan. 25, 2023. The NG-AIC is a collaboration among states with arctic interests, capabilities, and resources to address the rapidly changing arctic environment.

Hokanson: Army Guard Aviation is big, Widespread, Capable
January 26, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, addresses Army National Guard aviation students at Fort Rucker, Alabama, Jan. 24, 2023. The Army Guard has aviation assets and facilities in all 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia.

Louisiana Guard Tiger Brigade Tested in Warfighter Exercise
November 29, 2022
Soldiers with the Louisiana National Guard’s 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team plan and review the unit’s movements during Warfighter 23-2 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, Nov. 8, 2022. The warfighter exercises provide virtual battlefield scenarios that test a unit’s staff and Soldiers’ ability to coordinate and communicate in functional skill areas such as command and control, movement and maneuver, intelligence, targeting processes, sustainment and protection.

Minnesota Guard Honors Returning MIA Korean War Veteran
November 28, 2022
Members of the Minnesota National Guard funeral honors team carry the casket of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Donald Duchene, a World War II service member killed in action in 1943, during a planeside honors ceremony Sept. 30, 2022. Since its inception in 2006, the Minnesota Military Funeral Honors team has conducted more than 55,000 funerals for veterans of all branches.

Minnesota National Guard Supports Iraq Air Base Operations
October 17, 2022
Minnesota Army National Guard Master Sgt. Lee Christopherson checks the power load on a ramp generator adjacent to the airfield at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Sept. 27, 2022. Christopherson is the Al Asad Air Base, Base Operating Support-Integrating logistics and mobility noncommissioned officer in charge with 347 Regional Support Group, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve,

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.

Whitehead: Relationships the ‘Magic Ingredient’ in NCO Development in Europe
September 12, 2022
Ukrainian Chief Master Sgt. Oleksandr Kosynskyi, the command senior enlisted leader of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, talks with Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead, the SEA to the chief, National Guard Bureau, during the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe International Command Senior Enlisted Conference in Casteau, Belgium, Sept. 7, 2022.

Minnesota National Guard trains with interagency partners
August 16, 2022
The 55th Civil Support Team partnered with Mdewakanton Fire and Public Safety, FBI Minneapolis Hazard Evidence Response Team, and Minnesota State Fire Marshall for a field training exercise near Shakopee, Minnesota, August 3, 2022.

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.