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Guard Continues Domestic, Global Missions in a Busy 2022
December 21, 2022
Spc. Megan Koszarek, an infantryman with the Alaska Army National Guard’s Avalanche Company, 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment, conducts a security sweep during a training exercise near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 3, 2022. The exercise's aim was to enhance the unit’s combat readiness and evaluate proficiency in an arctic environment.

New Tool Alerts Colorado, California Guard to Wildfires
October 7, 2022
Colorado National Guard Sgt. Joseph Flores, intelligence specialist, 157th Infantry Battalion, Colorado Springs, assigned to the Task Force FireGuard team, analyzes environmental factors in a wildfire area. FireGuard facilitates early detection of wildfires in remote areas.

Nevada, California Guard Called to Idaho for Firefighting Mission
September 12, 2022
A C-130H Hercules aircraft from the 152rd Airlift Wing, Nevada Air National Guard, taxis after a Modular Airborne Firefighting System (MAFFS) training mission in Boise, Idaho, April 26, 2022.

New York Army Guard Helps Battle Hudson Valley Fire
September 2, 2022
A New York Army National Guard UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter drops 600 gallons of water on a wildfire along a ridgeline in Minnewaska State Park Preserve in the Hudson Valley near Ellenville, New York, Aug. 30, 2022. The New York National Guard deployed two Black Hawks to support firefighting operations at the request of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Idaho National Guard Ready to Fight Wildfires
June 30, 2022
More than 60 Idaho National Guardsmen completed wildland firefighting training in Boise, Idaho, throughout June, bringing the number of Guardsmen available to assist the Idaho Department of Lands in the event the governor declares a state of emergency to approximately 170.

Fighting wildfires almost year-round, Guard preps for more
May 26, 2022
A Nebraska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter drops water from a 780-gallon bucket onto a smoldering hot spot near Arapahoe, Nebraska, April 9, 2022. National Guard units throughout the nation have been fighting wildfires already, before the traditional start of the wildfire season in June.

Florida National Guard attacks wildfires from the air
March 9, 2022
UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopter crews from the Florida National Guard help battle wildfires in Bay County March 7, 2022. The Florida National Guard is working closely with state and local partners to contain the Chipola Complex fires across multiple counties in the Florida Panhandle.

Wisconsin Guard battling wildfires in West
September 8, 2021
Wisconsin Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk crews from the Madison, Wis.-based 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation, provide assistance in wildfire fighting operations in California.

Cal Guard fighting wildfires across the state
September 8, 2021
Trees burn within eyesight of a California National Guard hand crew with Joint Task Force 578 during the Dixie Fire in Northern California Aug. 16, 2021. The task force is part of the mutual aid system in support of CAL FIRE.

Guard fights wildfires, responds to Ida, serves overseas
September 7, 2021
Louisiana National Guardsmen with the 922nd Engineer Vertical Construction Company helped rescue 135 people and four dogs in the flooded community of LaPlace, Louisiana, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, which made landfall in south Louisiana Aug. 29, 2021.

Cal Guard MPs support CHP as Caldor Fire grows
September 3, 2021
U.S. Army Spc. Dace Taylor, from the California Army National Guard’s 270th Military Police Company, talks to another Soldier Sept. 1, 2021, in South Lake Tahoe, California, as the Caldor Fire encroaches on the evacuated city. Cal Guard activated 150 military police Aug. 30 to support the California Highway Patrol with checkpoints at hard closures while the area was evacuated.

Oregon Guard Airmen support Oregon hospitals
September 2, 2021
Oregon National Guard Tech. Sgt. Meghan Olson, 173rd Medical Group, checks the temperature of Senior Master Sgt. John Wyman, 270th Air Traffic Control Squadron, while Capt. Jaimie Nealy reviews his paperwork during an inprocessing briefing for Airmen activated to support hospitals across Oregon Sept. 2, 2021, at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Wisconsin National Guard helps fight western wildfires
August 16, 2021
Wisconsin Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk crews from the 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation, train to drop water on wildfires at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, Aug. 12, 2021, in preparation for deployment to California. Two aircraft and 17 troops departed Wisconsin Aug. 13, 2021, to battle wildfires in California.

Pennsylvania Air National Guard helps fight West Coast fires
August 13, 2021
Master Sgt. Brent Hill, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, controls the IR imagery on an RC26 in support of burn operations on the Beckwourth Fire in California from western Nevada July 13, 2021. He is serving as part of a team of imagery experts providing live aerial video streaming to fire bosses working on the front lines of the devastating California fires.

Oregon National Guard deploys to fight wildfires
August 13, 2021
Senior Master Sgt. Joshua Pousson, 142nd Maintenance Group, leads a group of Oregon National Guard Airmen departing Portland Air National Guard Base in support of OPLAN Smokey. OPLAN Smokey requires Airmen to be ready at a moment’s notice to help with statewide wildfire relief efforts.

Hokanson thanks Guard members supporting wildfire fight
July 22, 2021
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, thanks National Guard members for their ongoing support to local, state and federal agencies fighting the Bootleg Fire, Lakeview, Oregon, July 22, 2021.

Nebraska Army Guard helps contain wildfire
June 25, 2021
Soldiers flying a Nebraska Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter above the Spring Creek division of the Brush Creek fire drop water from a 2,000-gallon bucket June 25, 2021, in Holt County, Nebraska.

Alaska Army National Guard pilots get Red Card certification
June 11, 2021
A 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment CH-47 Chinook helicopter with a water bucket system attached flies during the unit's Red Card certification on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, June 9, 2021. The certification of Alaska Army National Guard pilots means proficiency in water bucket drops to assist with wildfire emergencies in the state.

Washington National Guard prepares for wildfire season
May 27, 2021
Soldiers from the Washington National Guard take part in wildland firefighter training with the Washington Department of Natural Resources at Joint Base Lewis-McChord May 25, 2021. The Washington National Guard has partnered with the DNR since 2013 to conduct annual wildland firefighter training.

South Dakota National Guard battles fire from air, land
April 8, 2021
South Dakota National Guard firefighters break up the ground to help alleviate hot spots from Schroeder’s Fire in Rapid City, S.D., March 30, 2021. Several members assigned to the 216th and 451st Firefighting Detachments were called in to help support containment efforts on the ground.