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New York Airmen Awarded Medals for Afghanistan Evacuation
April 6, 2023
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown Jr. presents the aircrew led by U.S. Air Force Capt. Robert Dana with the Air Medal during an award ceremony at Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York, April 1, 2023. Seventeen Airmen from the 105th were awarded the Air Medal for their actions during the August 2021 evacuation of Americans and Afghans from Afghanistan.

Air Force Chief of Staff to Honor 105th Airlift Wing Airmen
March 29, 2023
Afghan evacuees leave a U.S. C-17 Globemaster after arriving to Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Aug. 26, 2021. The Department of Defense supported the evacuation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants and other at-risk individuals from Afghanistan.

Air Guard Flight Nurse Receives Distinguished Flying Cross
January 9, 2023
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh, director of the Air National Guard, pins the Distinguished Flying Cross onto Maj. Katie Lunning’s uniform in St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 7, 2023. Lunning received the medal for her extraordinary actions during the evacuation of Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 26, 2021.

Year in Review: National Guard delivered at home and abroad
December 22, 2021
New Jersey National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment, 508th Military Police Company, 108th Wing, and 177th Fighter Wing, arrive near the U.S. Capitol Jan. 12, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from every state, territory and the District of Columbia traveled to Washington to support federal and district authorities for the 59th Presidential Inauguration.

29th Infantry Division moves 5,000 Afghans through Kuwait
November 5, 2021
Afghan evacuees board a U.S.-chartered flight for their destination after a two-week stay in Kuwait, where they received medical screenings and were processed by Task Force Spartan personnel. Approximately 5,000 evacuees processed through Kuwait.

From Afghan interpreter to service in the National Guard
August 25, 2021
2nd Lt. Fahim Masoud, center, briefs Maj. Gen. Rich Neely, left, the adjutant general of Illinois and commander of the Illinois National Guard, and Command Sgt. Maj. Dena Ballowe, senior enlisted leader of the Illinois National Guard, during a visit to a COVID-19 mass vaccination site in Chicago Feb. 1, 2021.

National Guard helps with massive Afghanistan evacuation
August 25, 2021
Afghanistan evacuees arrive on a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, crewed by Alaska Air National Guard members from the 144th Airlift Squadron, of the 176th Wing, and active-duty Airmen from the 517th Airlift Squadron, of the 3rd Wing, at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, Aug. 23, 2021. U.S. Air Force Airmen are assisting with evacuations of Americans and allied civilian personnel from Afghanistan.

Minnesota National Guard supports Afghanistan evacuation
August 24, 2021
1st Lt. Michelle Jaeger, a platoon leader with the Minnesota National Guard's A Company, 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 194th Armor Regiment, interacts with Afghan children as part of operations at Hamid Karzai International Airport Aug. 21, 2021.   Minnesota Soldiers are providing humanitarian assistance to U.S. citizens, special immigrant visa holders, and their families.

Re-missioned Kansas Guard unit thrives despite COVID curve
February 17, 2021
Lt. Col. Traci Earls, commander of the 169th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 69th Troop Command, Kansas Army National Guard, left, is briefed on a COVID-19 mitigation mission by Capt. Kelsie Knudson, West Bliss officer in charge, at Fort Bliss, Texas, Jan. 27, 2021. The unit, which had planned to deploy to Afghanistan in July 2020, was reassigned to run sustainment operations for COVID-19 mitigation procedures for Soldiers mobilizing to and demobilizing from overseas.

U.S. flag flown over Afghanistan dedicated to tribes
November 10, 2020
A U.S. flag, in honor of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe, was presented to the tribe council Nov. 2. This special flag was flown over Afghanistan during the Idaho Air National Guard’s recent Southwest Asia deployment.

NY National Guard explores Whiteface Mountain for training
July 15, 2020
Aviators assigned to the New York Army National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility #3, from Latham, N.Y., along with forest rangers and environmental conservation officers, scout locations for landing zones around Whiteface Mountain near Lake Placid, N.Y., July 6, 2020. The pilots are looking at using the rocky outcrops of the mountain to train with UH-60 Black Hawks helicopters.

Specialized Illinois Guard unit deploys for overseas mission
June 8, 2020
Brig. Gen. Richard Neely, the adjutant general, Illinois National Guard, speaking during the Fallen Heroes Ceremony at the Kankakee Army Aviation Support Facility, Kankakee, Illinois, Nov. 3, 2019.