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Maryland Guard, Estonian Partners Focus on Cyber Defense
September 21, 2023
The Maryland Air National Guard partnered with Estonia’s Cyber Command to host exercise Baltic Blitz 23 from Sept. 17-20, 2023, at Ämari Air Base, Harijumaa, Estonia. About 30 Airmen from the 175th Wing, two Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers, 12 service members from Poland, and 30 Estonians participated in the exercise to secure simulated rail transportation systems from cyber attacks.

Illinois Guard Soldiers Receive Polish Armed Forces Medal
March 27, 2023
Illinois Army National Guard Capt. Drew Weaver discusses the firing of the M-4 with Maj. Andrew Majcherek of the Polish Territorial Defense Force on the range at the Illinois Army National Guard's Marseilles Training Area. Weaver was one of four Illinois National Guard Soldiers awarded the bronze Polish Armed Forces Medal on March 25, 2023, for their work training Polish Territorial Defense Force Soldiers in Poland in May and June 2022.

West Virginia Guard Hosts Irregular Warfare Planning Conference
December 16, 2022
The West Virginia National Guard’s Ridge Runner Irregular Warfare program hosted an exercise planning conference at Camp Dawson Dec. 5-7, 2022, with representatives of U.S. Army special operations forces, psychological operations, civil affairs, U.S. Marine Corps Advisor Company A, and the Polish Territorial Defense Forces. The exercise is scheduled in June.

Cal Guard’s 746 CSSB Hands off Mission to Colorado’s 68 DSSB
November 25, 2022
Sgt. 1st Class Samuel Ryder and Lt. Col. Nathan Wall, command team for the 746th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, case the unit colors during a transfer of authority ceremony with 68th Division Sustainment Support Battalion at Forward Operating Site Powidz, Poland, Nov. 22, 2022. The casing of the colors is an Army tradition symbolizing proper relief of the outgoing unit.

Cal Guard Unit Ends Year-long Deployment to Poland
October 21, 2022
Soldiers from the California National Guard’s San Bernardino-based 1-185th Infantry Regiment arrived home at Los Angeles International Airport Oct. 15, 2022, after a one-year deployment to Poland. The 1-185th was part of Battlegroup Poland, a NATO operation that enforces NATO and a multinational military presence in Northeastern Europe.

Illinois National Guard, Polish Partners Remember the Fallen
September 27, 2022
Maj. Gen. Rich Neely, the adjutant general of Illinois and commander of the Illinois National Guard; Polish Gen. Cezary Wisniewski, deputy commander of the Polish Armed Forces, and Neely's spouse, Tammy, cheer on Gold Star 500 bicycle riders near North Chicago, Illinois, as they finish a 520-mile ride to raise awareness of the approximately 300 Illinois service members, including 34 in the Illinois National Guard, who have fallen since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Illinois and Poland are partners under the State Partnership Program.

Illinois Guard Boosts Interoperability for V Corps, Polish Army
June 1, 2022
Soldiers of the 224th Digital Liaison Detachment of the Illinois National Guard stand in formation in Krakow, Poland, May 25, 2022. The 244th provided a valuable information bridge between V Corps and the Polish army during the DEFENDER-Europe 22 exercise.

183d Wing cuts ribbon on joint cyber range
April 7, 2022
Illinois Air National Guard 1st Lt. Paul Murley, cyber range project officer, left, and Illinois Air Army National Guard 1st. Lt. Christopher Muenster, right, explain the uses of the new 183d Joint Cyber Center of Excellence Cyber Range at the 183d Wing, Springfield, Illinois, April 2, 2022.

Swamp Fox maintenance hosts Bulgarian air force officers
March 18, 2022
Staff Sgt. Michael Fisher, aircraft structural maintenance craftsman with the 169th Maintenance Squadron, South Carolina Air National Guard, demonstrates an industrial tube bender to Bulgarian air force officers at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, South Carolina March 5, 2022. Bulgaria, a NATO partner and partner with the Tennessee National Guard under the State Partnership Program, is scheduled to receive F-16 fighter jets. South Carolina assisted with the SPP engagement by hosting maintenance officers from the Bulgarian air force.

Washington National Guardsmen prepare to deploy to Poland
January 13, 2022
Lt. Col. Matt Braddock, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 146th Field Artillery Regiment, talks with his Soldiers before they depart Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Jan. 5, 2022. More than 100 Guard members are deploying to Poland in support of the NATO-enhanced Forward Presence mission.

Polish Land Forces attend Idaho National Guard tank training
November 24, 2021
Polish soldiers attended Idaho National Guard M1 Abrams tank training in October and November to observe best practices as Polish Land Forces seek to develop their own training capability.

Guard Soldiers teach Polish military active threat response
October 27, 2021
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Dyllon Vetsch, assigned to 107th Support Maintenance Company, Wisconsin National Guard, clears a room with a Polish Land Forces soldier assigned to the Polish Land Force's Civil-Military Cooperation unit at the Military Training Centre for Foreign Operations in Kielce, Poland, Oct. 22, 2021. The multinational training event created shared understanding of police active threat response tactics, enhancing NATO capabilities and the U.S.-Polish partnership.

Connecticut National Guard unit deploys to Poland
October 26, 2021
Connecticut National Guard Sgt. Kelle Kennerly walks to a bus outside the Army Aviation Support Facility in Windsor Locks, Conn., Oct. 24, 2021. Her unit, the 142nd Medical Company, was mobilizing to support Operation Atlantic Resolve and heading to Texas before deploying to Poland.

116th and 128th Airmen participate in Astral Knight 20
September 25, 2020
U.S. Air National Guard Master Sgt. Jared Hass, 116th Air Control Squadron, checks a generator during exercise Astral Knight 20 at Malbork Air Base, Poland, Sept. 23, 2020. Members of the 116th and 128th ACS augmented the 606th ACS during AK20.

Historic Polish, U.S. partnership continues in Kosovo
August 14, 2020
Kosovo Force Regional-Command East Soldiers from Task Force Aviation and the Maneuver Battalion train KFOR Polish contingent Soldiers on external load operations July 14-15, 2020 at Camp Marechal De Lattre De Tassigny.

Polish medical team, Illinois Guard side-by-side in COVID-19 response
May 1, 2020
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Adam Dyer, left, and Senior Airman Koami Kunakey, both assigned to the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing, place beds in treatment cubicles at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago while taking part in COVID-19 response efforts, April 11, 2020. Illinois National Guard members were assisted by a nine-person medical team from the Polish military. Since 1993, the Illinois Guard and the Polish military have been partners in the Department of Defense’s State Partnership Program.

Polish military medical team joins Illinois' virus response
April 24, 2020
Nine members of the Polish military’s Medical Corps arrive in Chicago to support the state’s response to COVID-19 April 23, 2020. The Polish doctors, nurses, and emergency medical technicians recently treated COVID-19 patients in Italy and Poland. They are visiting Illinois as part of the Illinois National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the Polish military.

Battle Group Poland conducts rapid response exercise
September 24, 2019
An M1 Abrams tank in the field at dawn during the Bull Run 10 exercise in Orzysz, Poland, Sept. 19, 2019.