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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.

Guard Chief Plans Fitness Initiative for Guard, Families
January 31, 2023
U.S. Army Soldiers in the 1-254th Regional Training Institute's Infantry Advanced Leaders Course 22-02 take part in an Army Combat Fitness Test at the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, New Jersey, March 23, 2022. Forty-three Active-Duty, Reserve, and National Guard Soldiers attended the course, which focused on skills to lead squad- and platoon-sized units.

Hokanson: Army Guard Aviation is big, Widespread, Capable
January 26, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, addresses Army National Guard aviation students at Fort Rucker, Alabama, Jan. 24, 2023. The Army Guard has aviation assets and facilities in all 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia.

Guard Charges Forward with Electric Vehicle Conversion
January 25, 2023
As part of the National Guard’s larger initiative to replace its non-tactical vehicle fleet with hybrid or electric vehicles, the Colorado Army National Guard’s environmental quality program helped the COARNG replace five of its non-tactical fleet with electric vehicles and one plug-in hybrid from 2019-2020, reducing gas and maintenance costs by $2,000 per vehicle.

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 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.

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.

Hokanson: ESGR ‘empowers everything we do’
November 21, 2022
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, speaks to Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve state chair members and volunteers during the ESGR National Leader Meeting at the Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia, Nov. 18, 2022. ESGR, a Department of Defense program, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between reserve component service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment.

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.