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Nebraska National Guard Assists with Tornado Response
May 2, 2024
On May 1, 2024, a Nebraska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew flew Nebraska Lt. Gov. Joe Kelly and FEMA and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency officials over the area damaged by a tornado to assess the extent of the damage.

Guard Employs AI to Battle Wildfires, Improve Disaster Response
April 8, 2024
Kenneth C. McNeill, a senior executive service member and the chief information officer of the National Guard Bureau, speaks to Project Theia officials and other interested parties during a discussion at the Pentagon Feb., 2, 2023. Named after the Greek goddess of sight, Theia centralizes video data, then applies Artificial Intelligence solutions to increase situational awareness among those responding to natural or man-made disasters.

Hawaii Guard, Philippine Forces Train on Search and Rescue Skills
September 6, 2023
U.S. Army and Air National Guard members train with Armed Forces of the Philippines service members and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office staff on urban search and rescue skills Aug. 29, 2023, at La Union Elementary School, San Fernando City, Philippines. Now in its 18th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific.

Guam Guard Medics Assist with Hospital Surge After Typhoon Mawar
June 28, 2023
Combat medics from the Guam National Guard and members of the Guam Memorial Hospital emergency room staff work together in the wake of Typhoon Mawar June 21, 2023.

Cal Guard Response Force Proves Capabilities During ExEVAL
April 7, 2023
Search and extraction team members including U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Samuel Marchini, center, of the 144th Medical Detachment, 144th Fighter Wing, California Air National Guard, and Spc. Karen Noyes, right, a heavy equipment construction mechanic with the 649th Engineer Company, 49th Military Police Brigade, California Army National Guard, place a mannequin on a litter and evaluate the simulated patient's injuries after pulling the victim out of a collapsed building during an exericse at Camp Roberts March 30, 2023.

US, Bosnia and Herzegovina Join Crisis Comms Workshop
March 14, 2023
Participants work on practical exercises during an international crisis communications workshop in Sarajevo March 7-9, 2023. The workshop was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense Emergency Management and Resilience program and included first responders from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Maryland National Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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.

Oklahoma Guard, Azerbaijan Participate in Disaster Response Exercise
September 28, 2022
U.S. and Azerbaijan military and civilian officials participate in a disaster response tabletop exercise Sept. 20-22, 2022, in Baku, Azerbaijan. The exercise included first responders from Azerbaijan and the Oklahoma National Guard, who are partners under the State Partnership Program.

Puerto Rico National Guard Rescues Hurricane Victims
September 19, 2022
Members of the Puerto Rico National Guard, 125th Military Police Battalion, rescue a man who had apparently gone out to try to find gasoline and was caught in a flash flood caused by Hurricane Fiona in Ponce, near Mercedita Airport in southern Puerto Rico. The hurricane knocked out power to the entire island.

New York Guard Team Studies Domestic Ops Best Practices
September 15, 2022
New York Army National Guard Soldiers from the 53rd Troop Command work through a case study provided by Joint Staff Training Course instructors from U.S. Northern Command while taking a weekend-long course Sept. 10, 2022, at Camp Smith Training Site near Peekskill, New York. Thirty-four members of the Army and Air Guard and the New York Guard, the state’s volunteer defense force, participated in the training.

Alaska, Washington National Guard Join Exercise Gobi Wolf
September 7, 2022
Brig. Gen. Tracy Smith, commander of the Alaska Air National Guard, spoke about the 20-year partnership between the Alaska National Guard and Mongolian government during the opening ceremony for Gobi Wolf 2022 in Bayankhongor, Mongolia, Sept. 5. Gobi Wolf is a disaster response exercise with field training exercises in hazmat response, mass medical care and search and rescue.

Kentucky National Guard Comes to aid of Flood Victims
August 3, 2022
Kentucky Army National Guard's Detachment 1, Charlie Company 2/238th Aviation Regiment, MEDEVAC, conducts hoist and land rescue mission for victims of flooding in eastern Kentucky July 28, 2022. Pilots and crew have been working constantly for days to rescue victims trapped on house roofs, in trees and other high points to avoid floodwaters.

Kentucky Air National Guard Rescues Flood Victims
August 1, 2022
An Airman from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron searches for flood victims from a helicopter in Eastern Kentucky July 30, 2022. In response to devastating flooding, the unit coordinated 29 rotary-wing relief missions, rescued 19 people and two dogs, and recovered four bodies.

Pennsylvania Guard pilots training course for Northern Command
March 10, 2022
Capt. Brandon Sweeney, current operations officer, Pennsylvania National Guard, marks unit locations on a map of Pennsylvania during a staff training course March 8, 2022. The trial course, hosted by U.S. Northern Command, trained staff on emergency preparedness using a notional Category 2 hurricane scenario.

Kentucky Guardsman jumps into action to help neighbors
December 15, 2021
Kentucky National Guard Soldiers from the 130th Engineer Support Company help clear debris off roads in Dawson Springs, Ky., Dec. 14, 2021.

Louisiana Guard trains with partners on disaster response
April 14, 2021
Members of the Louisiana National Guard, participating in the annual disaster response exercise, receive instruction during a boater education course in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at Spanish Lake in New Iberia, Louisiana, April 7, 2021.

Puerto Rico Guard receives disaster relief beddown systems
August 14, 2020
A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo airplane with the 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard, arrives at the 156th Wing, Muñiz Air National Guard Base, Aug. 7, 2020, delivering Disaster Relief Beddown System equipment to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard. The DRBS from the 119th Wing, North Dakota ANG, is one of two systems that the PRANG is receiving to provide needed support to first responders after a natural disaster.

Virginia National Guard mobilizes for Tropical Storm Isaias
August 3, 2020
Virginia National Guard Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, prepare a convoy to travel to the Eastern Shore to respond to Tropical Storm Isaias Aug. 3, 2020, in Norfolk, Virginia. The Virginia National Guard is staging Soldiers and vehicles for state emergency support duty in the Eastern Shore area and in key locations along the I-95 corridor. The Soldiers are ready to assist local and state emergency agencies with Humvees and light/medium tactical trucks for high water transportation and chain saws for removing debris.

Guard has long supported local officials in health emergencies
March 18, 2020
Soldiers at Camp Funston, Kansas, are quarantined while recovering from the Spanish flu in 1918. The flu infected about 500 million people around the world.

First responders, volunteers train with Mongolian partners
September 25, 2019
Cheyenne Sanchez, a firefighter and emergency medical technician from Juneau, Alaska, displays the inside of his helmet with a photograph of his sister, Sept. 11, 2019, in Sainshand, Mongolia. The photo is a reminder to Sanchez that he always has a reason to return home safe whenever he is called into harms way. Gobi Wolf 19 is hosted by the Mongolian National Emergency Management Agency and Mongolian Armed Forces as part of the U.S. Army Pacific's humanitarian assistance and disaster relief "Pacific Resilience" series.