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Southern Strike Joint Combat Exercise Concludes in Mississippi
March 19, 2024
A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment General Support Aviation Battalion, Michigan Army National Guard, lands beside a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to the 186th Air Refueling Wing, Mississippi Air National Guard, in preparation for combat air medical operations training during Southern Strike 2024 at Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport, Mississippi, March 13, 2024. The team participating in the training included the 146th Aeromedical Evacuation Group, 146th Airlift Wing, California Air National Guard; and the 114th Medical Group, 114th Fighter Wing, South Dakota Air National Guard.

National Guard Bureau Leaders Say Taking Care of Guardsmen Key to Meeting Mission at Home, Abroad
February 9, 2024
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, meets with Arkansas Guardsmen assigned to Task Force Bowie, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, on rotation overseeing training with the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine, Grafenwoehr, Germany, Oct. 21, 2023.

100th Missile Defense Brigade: Defending America for 20 Years
September 29, 2023
U.S. Army Spc. Jason Clark, military policeman, Company A, 49th Missile Defense Battalion, protects the Missile Defense Complex from mock enemies during Exercise Guardian Strike at Fort Greely, Alaska, Aug. 1, 2023. Guardian Strike evaluated military police and battalion staff members in their abilities to react to a variety of scenarios.

Montana National Guard Hosts Regional Cooperation Exercise
August 22, 2023
Personnel from the United States, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan work together Aug. 16, 2023, during Exercise Regional Cooperation 23 at the Helena Aviation Readiness Center in Helena, Montana. The Montana National Guard hosted RC23, annual, multinational exercise conducted by U.S. forces in partnership with Central and South Asian nations.

Montana National Guard Hosts Regional Cooperation Exercise
August 14, 2023
Personnel from the United States, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan work together Aug. 12, 2023, during Exercise Regional Cooperation 23 at the Helena Aviation Readiness Center in Helena, Montana. RC23 is an annual, multinational ,U.S. Central Command-sponsored exercise conducted by U.S. forces in partnership with Central and South Asia nations.

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.

Joint, International Southern Strike 2023 Exercise Wraps Up
April 28, 2023
A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 186th Air Refueling Wing, Mississippi Air National Guard, refuels a F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing April 19, 2023, during Southern Strike 2023. The exercise focused on Agile Combat Employment, which shifts generation of airpower from large, centralized bases to networks of smaller, dispersed locations to complicate adversary planning.

Tennessee, Georgia Guardsmen are Southeast’s Best Warriors
April 24, 2023
U.S. Army Sgt. Nicolas White, an indirect fire infantryman representing the Georgia Army National Guard, splashes water on his face after completing the confidence course during the Region III National Guard Best Warrior Competition at Fort Stewart, Ga., April 17, 2023. The competition tested the adaptiveness and lethality of our forces.

Guard Soldier Featured in Army ‘Be All You Can Be’ Campaign
March 15, 2023
First Sgt. John Melson, then a Sgt. 1st Class and member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, was presented the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device for valor at Fort Benning, Ga., Aug. 23, 2013, for his actions in 2009 while fighting off a Taliban ambush in Gerani, Afghanistan. Melson, now a member of the Georgia National Guard, is featured in the new U.S. Army recruiting campaign commercials.

Pennsylvania Guard Institute Educates Medics Across Army
March 9, 2023
U.S. Soldiers carry a simulated casualty to a field hospital during an exercise at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, March 3, 2023. This exercise included responding to the scene of a mass casualty event, providing first aid and evacuating the simulated casualties to a field hospital while being assessed by instructors with the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 4th Battalion, 166th Regiment Regional Training Institute (Medical Battalion Training Site).

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.

Guard Saved Lives, Property, Responding to 2022 Disasters
December 28, 2022
Alaska Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Robert Wolford, a metals technician assigned to the 168th Maintenance Squadron, cleans up debris as part of Operation Merbok Response in Koyuk, Alaska, Sept. 27, 2022. Remnants of Typhoon Merbok caused dramatic flooding across more than 1,000 miles of Alaskan coastline.

Mississippi, Republic of Uzbekistan Celebrate 10-Year Partnership
December 21, 2022
Army Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles, the adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard, showcases a traditional wood plate presented from Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov during a reception at the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Washington Dec. 12, 2022. The Guard and Uzbekistan celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their partnership under the Defense Department National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

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.

Alaska Guardsmen Maintain Arctic Resilience, Readiness
November 15, 2022
Soldiers from 113th Military Police Company, Mississippi Army National Guard, patrol the missile defense complex as part of exercise Guardian Watch 23 at Fort Greely, Alaska, Nov. 2, 2022. Guardian Watch 23 focused on ground-based midcourse defense and critical installations security, which are the two missions of the 49th Missile Defense Battalion.

National Guard Trains with Partner Nations in Tajikistan
August 29, 2022
Brig. Gen. Maurizio D. Calabrese, deputy commanding general for intelligence at U.S. Central Command’s Over-the-Horizon Counterterrorism Headquarters, exchanges a gift at the close of the Regional Cooperation 22 exercise in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Aug. 19, 2022. RC 22 is an annual, multinational U.S. Central Command-sponsored exercise conducted by U.S. forces with Central and South Asia nations.

Lessons Learned at JRTC Will Last a Lifetime, National Guard Chief Says
July 28, 2022
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, and his senior enlisted advisor, SEA Tony Whitehead, visit Soldiers led by the California National Guard's 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team on rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana, July 26, 2022. Fort Polk is a premier training center that provides rigorous and realistic pre-deployment training for thousands of Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers every year.

Southern Strike 2022 joint exercise concludes
May 13, 2022
A U.S. special operations service member descends from a UH-60 Black Hawk during Fast Rope Insertion and Extraction System training at Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Gulfport, Mississippi, April 22, 2022. The training was during Southern Strike 2022, a large-scale, joint and international combat exercise.

Alaska Army Guard conducts multiagency CBRNE exercise
March 28, 2022
Alaska Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jonathan Ramos, section team leader for the 103rd Civil Support Team, gives an exercise brief before down-range operations during Van Winkle 2022 in Juneau, Alaska, March 22. Van Winkle 2022 is a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive response exercise designed to enhance interoperability between state, federal and local first responders with complex training scenarios. Exercise participants included CST units from the Alaska National Guard, Montana National Guard, Connecticut National Guard, Mississippi National Guard and North Carolina National Guard.

VNG cyber protection battalion completes TF Echo mission
December 17, 2021
Army National Guard Soldiers of the 123rd Cyber Protection Battalion, 91st Cyber Brigade, completed their support of the Task Force Echo V mission and returned to their home states of Illinois, Minnesota, Virginia and Wisconsin after a transition of authority ceremony Dec. 1, 2021, at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.