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Guard Names State Partnership Program Partnerships of the Year
April 25, 2023
Left to right, Ambassador Dennis Hankins, foreign policy advisor to the National Guard Bureau; Maj. Gen. William Zana, director of Strategic Plans and Policy and International Affairs for NGB; Lt. Col. Christopher Markesino from the Oregon National Guard; Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead, SEA to the chief, National Guard Bureau; and Col. Scott Humphrey, chief of the National Guard Bureau International Affairs Division, during an awards presentation at the annual State Partnership Program conference April 20, 2023.

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.

AIM-HI Connects Innovators, Senior Military Leaders
April 4, 2023
Members from team Rebellion, Cohort 4, Academia Industry Military-Hybrid Innovation, pitch innovative solutions to military leadership during a one-day capstone event in Washington March 31, 2023. Teams proposed solutions for emerging national defense problems.

CNGB Fitness Challenge Continues with Team Building
March 31, 2023
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Task Force Orion, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New York Army National Guard, run alongside Soldiers, civilians and family members in a 5K “Turkey Trot” fun run at Rose Barracks in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 19, 2022. U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria holds the annual event to boost morale and promote physical fitness before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Army Guard Conference Highlights Recruiting Tips, Challenges
March 30, 2023
Master Sgt. Christopher Sehy, a recruiter with the Utah Army National Guard, embraces his wife, Crystal, as he receives the Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Noncommissioned Officer of the Year award from Maj. Gen. John Andonie, left, deputy director of the Army National Guard, during the Director’s Strength Maintenance Awards and Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 23, 2023. The conference brings together Army Guard recruiting team chiefs and the top Army Guard recruiters for training sessions and networking opportunities to tackle the challenges of recruiting.

Guard Recognizes Milestones that Brought Positive Change
March 20, 2023
Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead, the SEA to the chief of the National Guard Bureau, recognizes an Alaska Air National Guard member during a visit to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 2, 2023. Whitehead recently participated in a discussion on Black History Month as the National Guard this year celebrates three anniversaries that legally established racial integration in the military, opened up more opportunities for women to serve and ended the draft.

Vermont Guard Soldier Thrives in Canadian Arctic Exercise
March 15, 2023
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shane Yuknis, cavalry scout for B Troop, 172nd Cavalry Squadron (MTN), 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (MTN), Vermont Army National Guard, before tactical insertion training at the airfield in Resolute, Nunavut, Canada, March 14, 2023.

Sultanate of Oman Joins Growing State Partnership Program
March 14, 2023
Air Force Maj. Gen. Kerry Muehlenbeck, adjutant general, Arizona National Guard, speaks during a meeting with leaders of the Sultan's Armed Forces in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, March 13, 2023. Oman and the Arizona Guard signed a security cooperation agreement to pair in the Department of Defense National Guard State Partnership Program immediately after the meeting.

Vermont Army Guard Leads Training Exercise in Arctic Circle
February 27, 2023
An advance team of Soldiers and Airmen arrive in the Arctic to prepare for Guerrier Nordique. The Artctic Circle exercise in March 2023 will include Soldiers from the Vermont, Utah, Connecticut and New Hampshire National Guard, the New York Air National Guard, the National Guard Bureau, the 11th Airborne Division, and the 34th and 35th Canadian Brigade Group in Quebec province.

Hokanson to Army Guard Leaders: Tell Our Story
January 13, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, addresses senior Guard leaders from across the country during the director of the Army National Guard’s Green Tab Commanders Conference at the National Guard Professional Education Center, Camp Robinson, Arkansas, Jan. 11, 2023. Hokanson emphasized the Guard is an integral part of the Defense Department’s National Defense Strategy.

Guard’s Global Reach, Capabilities Support National Defense Strategy
December 5, 2022
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, talks with a member of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Grafenwoehr, Germany, June 12, 2022. Germany was Hokanson’s second stop on a five-nation trip to recognize and strengthen National Guard relationships with European allies and partners.

National Guard SEA Thanks Texas Guardsmen on Border Mission
November 30, 2022
Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony L. Whitehead, the senior enlisted advisor for the chief, National Guard Bureau, speaks with Texas Army National Guardsmen assigned to Operation Lone Star in Harlingen, Texas, Nov. 23, 2022. Whitehead visited troops along the Texas-Mexico border over the Thanksgiving holiday.

National Guard Chief Visits New York’s 106th Rescue Wing
November 9, 2022
Army Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, gives a thumbs up as he prepares to fly in an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during his visit with the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in Westhampton Beach, New York, Nov. 5, 2022. Hokanson has over 2600 flight hours, including 50 combat hours, and has flown the AH-64, OH-58, TH-55, UH-1 and UH-60.

Hokanson: Maintaining Joint Force Competitive Edge Requires Rapid Modernization, Innovation
November 3, 2022
A crew chief assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing taxis an F-35A Lightning II fifth generation aircraft assigned to the wing at the Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vermont, May 2, 2022. The aircraft departed to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to continue NATO’s Enhanced Air Policing mission along the Eastern Flank.

Guard Suicide Rates Stable as Prevention Efforts Increase
October 27, 2022
A Connecticut National Guard Soldier wears a "breaking the stigma" patch on his uniform at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Windsor Locks, Conn., Sept. 8, 2022. The patch was a project of the state's Resilience, Risk Reduction and Suicide Program to raise awareness about the stigma of seeking help for mental health in the military.

National Guard Staged for Florida Hurricane Response
September 28, 2022
Florida National Guard Army Pfc. Kenneth Bonn, a combat engineer with the 753rd Engineering Brigade, inspects a search and rescue vessel during Hurricane Ian state activation, Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Fla., Sept. 27, 2022. Bonn is part of the Florida National Guard's Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) - Enhanced Response Force Package (FL-CERFP).

New Seals a ‘Singular Representation’ of Army, Air Guard
August 19, 2022
The Air National Guard shield-shaped emblem represents the Air National Guard of the United States as a reserve component of the Air Force and a MAJCOM-like organization.

SEA Whitehead to Enlisted Guardsmen: ‘Thank you’
August 9, 2022
Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead, the SEA to the chief of the National Guard Bureau, addresses the 51st annual conference of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States in Little Rock, Arkansas, Aug. 8, 2022.

Long-term Relationships Drive State Partnership Program Success
July 26, 2022
Air crew, maintainers and logistics Airmen with the 155th Air Refueling Wing, Nebraska Air National Guard, stand with Czech Air Force maintainers, holding their countries flags during exercise Ample Strike 2021, Sept. 16, 2021, at Pardubice Airport, Czech Republic. Ample Strike is a Czech Republic-led, multinational live exercise that offers advanced Air/Land Integration Training to Joint Terminal Attack Controllers in coordination with MQ-9 Reaper aircraft and F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft.

Three Nations, One Goal: Continued Freedom
June 24, 2022
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, talks with multinational troops supporting a NATO mission, Ādaži Military Base, Latvia, June 16, 2022.