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In Finland, Hokanson Sees a Country’s Cold Will to Defend Itself
October 19, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, and Lt. Gen. Vesa Virtanen, chief of Defense Command, Finnish Defense Forces, meet with Col. Mika Rytkonen, commander of Finland’s South-Eastern Border Guard District, near Vaalimaa, Finland, Oct. 13, 2023. Hokanson visited Finland to enhance bilateral ties between the National Guard and Finland.

Guard Team Awarded 3rd Consecutive Services Cup Cyber Trophy
October 5, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, meets with the National Guard cyber team that won the 2022 SANS NetWars Department of Defense Services Cup cybersecurity competition at the Pentagon Sept. 22, 2023. Teams from all service branches took part in the two-day competition, with the Guard team taking top honors for the third consecutive year.

Hokanson: Panama a Global Crossroads, Key Security Cooperation Partner
September 19, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, left, chief, National Guard Bureau, meets with Panama Minister of Public Security Juan Manuel Pino Forero at the Ministry of Public Security, Panama City, Panama, Aug. 28, 2023. Panama and the Missouri National Guard have been paired in the Department of Defense National Guard State Partnership Program since 1996.

National Guard Chief Hokanson: ‘We Serve for the Future’
August 23, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, addresses attendees at the 145th National Guard Association of the United States General Conference, Reno, Nevada, Aug. 19, 2021.

Hokanson Reinforces National Guard Partnership with America’s Longest-standing Indo-Pacific Ally
June 30, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, met with Philippine military leaders to discuss enhancing the security cooperation partnership between the Southeast Asian island nation and the Hawaii National Guard and Guam National Guard in Manila, Philippines, May 20, 2023. This image was acquired using a cellular device.

In South Korea, Hokanson Assesses Potential National Guard Support
June 30, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, right, visits  the Republic of South Korea to assess potential National Guard contributions at a time of deepening U.S. and ROK defense and security ties May 16, 2023. This image was acquired using a cellular device.

In Albania, Hokanson Sees Committed Partner, Steadfast NATO Ally
June 21, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Brig. Gen. Arben Kingji, Albania’s chief of defence, observe an Albanian Special Forces Battalion live-fire exercise at the Albanian Armed Forces Land Force headquarters in Zerr-Hall, Albania, June 10, 2023. Hokanson visited the Balkan nation to reaffirm the New Jersey National Guard’s partnership with Albania through the Department of Defense National Guard State Partnership Program.

Hokanson: Bilateral Defense Relations with Serbia on Positive Trajectory
June 21, 2023
Sgt. Joshua Stiles, assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s Military Police Company, instructs members of the Serbian Armed Forces on non-lethal weapons tactics during Exercise Platinum Wolf 2018, June 15, 2018.

National Guard Honors Fallen in Memorial Day Observances
May 26, 2023
New York Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Michele Natali, left, the assistant adjutant general, Army; and New York Air National Guard Command Chief Master Sgt. Michael Hewson, the senior enlisted advisor for the New York Air National Guard, salute following the presentation of a wreath during a Memorial Day ceremony at New York National Guard headquarters in Latham, New York, May 25, 2023. The names of 12 members of the New York Military Forces and civilian employees of the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs who have died in the past year were also read during the ceremony.

AATC Puts Innovation to Work During Northern Edge Exercise
May 22, 2023
An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center launches at Eielsen Air Force Base, Alaska, May 9, 2023, during Northern Edge 2023. AATC aircraft tested the “angry kitten” combat pod, an electronic warfare countermeasure that can be housed in removable, adaptable pods under aircraft wings or fuselages.

National Guard Chief Recognizes New York Guard Recruiters
May 12, 2023
Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, presents a coin to Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Moseman in Saratoga Springs, New York, May 10, 2023. National Guard Bureau leaders recognized recognize recruiters for making New York the only state to exceed its recruiting goals for the year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hokanson to Guardsmen in Germany: ‘The Work You’re Doing is Making a Huge Difference’
March 7, 2023
U.S. Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, speaks with Col. William Murphy, commander of Task Force Orion, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New York Army National Guard, at a training site for the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle in Grafenwoehr, Germany, March 1, 2023. Hokanson visited Task Force Orion, which is deployed to lead the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine, and helps facilitate training of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Germany as part of a worldwide effort led by the United Stated and supported by more than 50 nations to help Ukraine defend itself from Russia’s brutal and unprovoked war.

Norway Adds Top-tier Military Experience to State Partnership Program
February 21, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, talks with Norwegian troops during a visit to Norway for the signing of a Department of Defense National Guard State Partnership Program security cooperation agreement between Norway and the Minnesota National Guard, Brekstad, Orland, Norway, Feb. 16, 2023. This image was acquired using a cellular device.

In Finland, Guard Leaders Look to Enhance Already Strong Ties
February 21, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, visits defense leaders and troops in Helsinki, Finland, Feb. 14, 2023. This image was acquired using a cellular device.

Guard Senior Spouse Recognizes DCNG Family Readiness Program
February 10, 2023
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sherrie L. McCandless, left, commanding general, District of Columbia National Guard, and Kelly Hokanson, spouse of the chief of the National Guard Bureau, watch a video at the District of Columbia Armory in Washington Feb. 9, 2023. Hokanson and McCandless recognized the DCNG Family Readiness Program for supporting more than 26,000 Soldiers and Airmen during the Capitol Response.

Resilience Intertwined in Puerto Rico Guard’s Future, Says Guard Chief
February 8, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, visits with Puerto Rico National Guardsmen of the 156th Wing at Muñiz Air National Guard Base, Catalina, Puerto Rico, Feb. 5, 2023.