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Army Flight School Grad Follows in Father’s Footsteps
March 8, 2024
Warrant Officer Paul D. Kelly's mother, Maria, pins his silver wings on his uniform as he graduates flight school as a Black Hawk pilot at Fort Novosel, Ala., Feb. 8, 2024. He serves with the Virginia Army National Guard.

New Hampshire Army Guard Pilot Injured in Iraq Returns to Cockpit
January 12, 2024
Capt. Brendan Meehan poses for a photo at the New Hampshire Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord, New Hampshire. Meehan was injured during an Iranian missile strike Jan. 8, 2020, in Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. After about two years of extensive treatment, the pilot is now flying again and commanding a unit.

South Carolina Guard Airman Receives Bronze Star Medal
November 27, 2023
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Vine, a radar, airfield, and weather systems technician with the 245th Air Traffic Control Squadron at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina Air National Guard, is presented the Bronze Star Medal from Lt. Col. Zachary Counts, the 245th ATCS commander, Oct. 15, 2023. Vine received the award for his achievements while deployed to Iraq in 2022.

Arctic Guardians Honored for Al Asad Evacuation
February 22, 2023
Alaska Air National Guard Col. Joshua Armstrong, 176th Operations Group commander, speaks following his award of a Bronze Star during a Feb. 11, 2023, awards ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Armstrong earned the award for his actions as the 26th Expeditionary Squadron commander during the Iranian theater ballistic missile attack on Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, in 2020.

Virginia Guard Returns From Federal Active Duty in Iraq, Kuwait
July 1, 2022
The first groups of the Virginia National Guard’s Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group Headquarters return to Norfolk, Virginia, June 17, 2022, and reunite with loved ones, after supporting Operation Inherent Resolve at multiple locations Oct. 7, 2021, to June 6, 2022. The 329th’s mission was to provide mission command and base life support to Al Asad Air Base, Erbil Air Base and Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in Iraq and Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

Post Office to be Named After Fallen Illinois National Guardsman
June 21, 2022
Illinois Army National Guard Spc. Jeremy Ridlen of Paris, Illinois, was among approximately 170 Soldiers who deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in December 2003 with the 1544th Transportation Company. He was just 23 years old when he died from small-arms fire May 23, 2004.

2 Ohio National Guard Soldiers awarded Purple Heart
April 13, 2022
Ohio Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Stephen Rhoades, center, commander of Special Troops Command (Provisional), pins the Purple Heart on Sgt. Tristan Meyers April 10, 2022, during a ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility #1 in North Canton, Ohio. Meyers was among U.S. service members injured during a missile attack Jan. 8, 2020, at Al Asad Airbase, Iraq.

Iraqi-American returns to home country as US Army Soldier
January 3, 2022
California Army National Guard Sgt. Aqeel Ahmed arrived in Iraq with Soldiers of the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade, returning to the country of his birth for the first time in 10 years.

1022nd Engineer Co. completes construction projects in Iraq
October 20, 2021
A team of 1022nd Engineer Company Soldiers in Iraq, led by Staff Sgt. Bryon Granderson, has been working on multiple vertical construction projects at Erbil Air Base, Iraq, including sun shades, chairs and benches, platforms, and most recently, over a dozen sets of staircases. The staircases will be used by U.S. troops, coalition forces and partner nations.

From Iraq to Vermont National Guard
July 20, 2021
U.S. Army Spc. Ali Aljarah, an 88M heavy vehicle operator assigned to Alpha Company 186 Brigade Support Battalion, Vermont National Guard, during the unit's annual training evolution at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Center in Jericho, Vermont, June 13, 2020. Aljarah emigrated to the United States from Iraq in 2012 before enlisting in the Vermont Army National Guard at the age of 22.

42nd Infantry Division Soldiers reunite in Kuwait
June 4, 2020
U.S. Army Soldiers of the 42nd Infantry Division, Task Force Spartan, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, May 30, 2020. The three Soldiers also deployed together in 2004.