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Louisiana Army Guard Aviation Unit Holds Deployment Ceremony
January 4, 2024
Soldiers of the 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion sing the Army Song during a deployment ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility #1 in Hammond, Louisiana, Dec. 2, 2023. Over 70 Soldiers will deploy to Kosovo to support a NATO-led peacekeeping mission.

Oklahoma National Guard Aviation Unit Deploying to Kosovo
January 2, 2024
Loved ones gathered alongside nearly 50 Oklahoma Army National Guardsmen during a deployment ceremony Dec. 30, 2023, at the Army Aviation Support Facility 2 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Members of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion (Assault Helicopter Battalion), 244th Aviation Regiment, 90th Troop Command, will deploy to Kosovo to support oOperation Joint Guardian (KFOR).

Kosovo President Visits Iowa National Guard Partners
October 26, 2023
Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani is greeted by Maj. Gen. Stephen Osborn, the adjutant general of Iowa, at Des Moines International Airport Oct. 24, 2023. Osmani met Iowa National Guard leaders, toured Camp Dodge in Johnston and spoke at a formal reception at the Iowa State Capitol.

Vermont Guard Partner North Macedonia Hosts Adriatic Conference
October 5, 2023
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Greg Knight, adjutant general, Vermont National Guard, listens to a speaker during the 26th U.S.-Adriatic Charter Chiefs of Defense Conference in Skopje, North Macedonia, Sept. 27, 2023. The conference included Balkan region military leaders, representatives, and their National Guard state partners.

Iowa Guard, Kosovo Partners Train in HAZMAT Exercise
October 5, 2023
Members of the Kosovo Security Force Hazardous Materials Company discover clues that lead to a planted, homemade explosive device in a training scenario in Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, Sept. 21, 2023. The KSF worked with the 71st Civil Support Team, Iowa National Guard — their partners in the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Kentucky Guard ‘Mountain Warriors’ Complete Annual Training
June 22, 2023
After five days of intense testing, 13 U.S. Army Soldiers and one Finnish Defense Forces soldier received the Expert Infantryman Badge June 15, 2023, at Fort Barfoot, Virginia. The event was run by the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and tested Soldiers on their proficiency and skill as infantrymen over the course of five days. Soldiers were tested on physical fitness, day and night land navigation, more than 30 medical, weapons and patrol tasks, and a 12-mile ruck march.

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.

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.

Hoosier Guardsmen Depart Indiana for Kosovo Deployment
October 4, 2022
Indiana National Guard Soldiers with the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team pause for a moment of reflection during their departure ceremony at Camp Atterbury near Edinburgh Sept. 30, 2022. The Soldiers are deploying to Kosovo.

Virginia Guard Aviators Lead Kosovo Aerial Firefighting Success
August 19, 2022
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division conduct helicopter bucket aerial firefighting training near Gjilan, Kosovo, June 2, 2022.

KFOR Medevac Team Crosses Borders to Save Lives
June 17, 2022
Left to right, back to front: U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 William Von Hemert, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brady Lemmon, Sgt. Christopher Buchanan, Sgt. Ashley Camper and Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Moore, medevac crewmembers with Detachment 2, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment, Virginia National Guard, in front of their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, June 2, 2022. The team  evacuated two injured Albanian State Police officers from the mountainous region of northern Albania.

Virginia Guard keeps Black Hawks on mission in Kosovo
May 20, 2022
U.S. Army Spc. Tyler Martin, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter repairer with Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, Virginia National Guard, conducts maintenance on a Black Hawk at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, March 18, 2022.

116th IBCT completes exercise ahead of Kosovo deployment
March 3, 2022
U.S. Army Soldiers with the Kentucky National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 29th Infantry Division, conduct fire phobia training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany, Feb. 11, 2022. The training provided the Kentucky Citizen-Soldiers with the skills and confidence to respond to civil unrest where incendiary devices may be used.

Iowa National Guard, Kosovo celebrate long partnership
December 1, 2021
Capt. Albert Aslani of the Kosovo Security Force and retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Matthew Schultz of the Iowa National Guard share a moment at a dinner at the Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa, Nov. 8, 2021. Iowa and Kosovo commemorated their 10-year formal partnership under the State Partnership Program.

Iowa National Guard to mark long partnership with Kosovo
November 3, 2021
Maj. Gen. Ben Corell observes maintenance training conducted by Kosovo Security Force members Sept. 20, 2021, at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa. This training was part of the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program and the ongoing relationship between the Iowa National Guard and the Republic of Kosovo.

Soldier's journey from refugee to pilot goes full circle
May 26, 2021
2nd Lt. Valdeta Mehanja, a pilot with the 1-131st Aviation Regiment, posed for a photo in her flight helmet May 26, 2021, in Albania. Mehanja is an Albanian native born in Kosovo and a U.S. citizen; she never thought she would get to see Albania before participating in DEFENDER-Europe 21.

Aussie native is Washington National Guard flight paramedic
January 8, 2021
Sgt. Abraham Boxx, a critical care flight paramedic with the 1st Battalion, 168th General Support Aviation Battalion, Washington Army National Guard, rides in a UH-60 Black Hawk during a medical evacuation drill at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, on Jan. 2, 2021. Boxx moved to the U.S. from Australia to become certified as a flight paramedic in 2016 and later joined the Washington Army National Guard.

Oregon Army Guard chemical officer helps keep Kosovo safe
October 21, 2020
Oregon National Guard 1st Lt. Robert Boyer observes as a team of Italian Army Hazmat soldiers approaches a building storing chemical waste and Kosovo Security Forces CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives) company suit up in white chemical protective gear Oct. 1, 2020, at one of Kosovo’s largest energy plants in Obilic/Obiliq.

Historic Polish, U.S. partnership continues in Kosovo
August 14, 2020
Kosovo Force Regional-Command East Soldiers from Task Force Aviation and the Maneuver Battalion train KFOR Polish contingent Soldiers on external load operations July 14-15, 2020 at Camp Marechal De Lattre De Tassigny.

KFOR RC-E Soldiers deliver medical supplies to Zvecan clinic
August 4, 2020
Kosovo Force Regional-Command East Soldiers from the "Kilo 5" Liaison Monitoring Team delivered 4,000 euros worth of medical equipment July 28, 2020, to the Health Station of Banjska (Banjske), Kosovo. Col. Noel Hoback, RC-E deputy brigade commander, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon National Guard, presided over the delivery.