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National Guard Supports Armed Forces of Ukraine
June 8, 2022
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, president of Ukraine, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. David Baldwin, adjutant general of the California National Guard, and California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis watch a demonstration of tactical equipment during a visit to the California Air National Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Air National Guard Base, California, Sept. 2, 2021. The California National Guard and Ukraine have been partners under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program since 1993.

National Guard Leaders Emphasize Value of State Partnership Program
June 3, 2022
U.S. Airmen with the Indiana Air National Guard, and Slovak armed forces personnel trained together Feb. 22, 2022, at the 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne, Indiana. The joint training built on a more than 25-year partnership under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Utah National Guardsman is Regional Soldier of the Year
June 3, 2022
Blindfolded competitors are taken on a boat to an island during the Region VII Best Warrior Competition on Guam May 26, 2022. The annual competition featured the best noncommissioned officer and Soldier from Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. The winners move on to the national competition in July.

Alabama National Guard, Romania Strengthen SPP Ties
May 27, 2022
Soldiers from the Alabama National Guard's 31st CBRN Brigade and Romania's 72nd NBC Defense Battalion cross-train on at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, April 24-30, 2022. Alabama and Romania have been partners under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program for almost three decades.

Solar project begins on Los Alamitos joint base
May 24, 2022
A ceremonial groundbreaking is held May 19, 2022, for an energy resilience project at Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, California. From left: Stephanie Kline, project director, and Robert Hughes, executive director, both with the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives; Robert Smith, president of Bright Canyon Energy; Paul Farnan, principal deputy, assistant Secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment; U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Refugio Rosas, from the 40th Infantry Division, California Army National Guard; Anthony Marasa, project manager with Bright Canyon Energy; and Lt. Col. Manju Vig, garrison commander of Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos.

Army and Air Guard members compete in fitness contest
April 13, 2022
Maj. Robert Killian, left, from California finished first in the men’s elite category and Utah National Guard 2nd Lt. Dayde Collins came in second at the Spartan Sprint 5k with over 20 obstacles in Concord, North Carolina, April 9-10. The National Guard’s All Guard Endurance Team sent more than 40 members to the competition.

Hokanson: State Partnership Program critical to national security
April 12, 2022
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Christopher Lane, director of operations for the 137th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, speaks to doctors with the Azerbaijan Operational Capabilities Concept Battalion about aeromedical evacuation roles during a medical knowledge exchange event in Oklahoma City March 30, 2022. The knowledge exchange involved the participation and support of Guardsmen with both the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard in support of the State Partnership Program.

Ukraine-California ties show worth of National Guard program
March 21, 2022
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. David Baldwin, adjutant general of the California National Guard, left, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, president of Ukraine, and California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis visit the California Air National Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Air National Guard Base, California, Sept. 2, 2021. The California National Guard and Ukraine State Partnership Program was established in 1993 through the Department of Defense to develop and strengthen the strategic partnership between the United States and Ukraine.

Cal Guard Soldier helps family evacuated from Ukraine
March 11, 2022
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Anastasia Maynich, right, with cousin Tetiana and 11-year-old Sofiia, March 10, 2022, in Bucharest, Romania. Tetiana and Sofiia fled their home in Odessa, Ukraine, for the safe haven of Romania where Maynich flew to meet them.

Soldiers, Airmen compete to make All Guard Endurance Team
January 20, 2022
U.S. Army Maj. Samantha Wood, a medical specialist officer with Joint Forces Headquarters, California National Guard, places her medal around her neck after crossing the finish line of the Spartan DEKA FIT, a fitness competition that consists of 10 events, each preceded by a 500-meter run, in Austin, Texas, Jan. 15, 2022. Wood placed first overall among the National Guard women competing for a spot on the All Guard team.

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.

Task Force Phoenix ends 9-month mission in Middle East
January 10, 2022
Task Force Phoenix Over the Horizon (OTH) force CH-47 Chinook helicopters arrive at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Aug. 3, 2021. The helicopters are flown by crews from Task Force Phoenix's 1st Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), from the Minnesota and Iowa National Guard.

Year in Review: National Guard delivered at home and abroad
December 22, 2021
New Jersey National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment, 508th Military Police Company, 108th Wing, and 177th Fighter Wing, arrive near the U.S. Capitol Jan. 12, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from every state, territory and the District of Columbia traveled to Washington to support federal and district authorities for the 59th Presidential Inauguration.

Cal Guard CSTs boost teamwork in multi-agency exercise
December 16, 2021
A Merced County police explosive ordnance disposal specialist in his green, heavily armored blast suit reports his findings to local law enforcement and the CAL FIRE hazmat specialist during a joint exercise with California National Guard’s 9th and 95th Civil Support Team at Castle Air Force Base in Atwater, California, Dec. 1, 2021. The event promotes interoperability and communication between local, state and federal agencies.

DOD fielding 5G communications to California 1st responders
November 2, 2021
Sgt. Jose Paiz of the 1114th Composite Truck Company, California National Guard, walks back to a Humvee, Jan. 12, 2018, after checking the depth of mud down the street during a rescue mission in Montecito, California. The 1114th rescued or evacuated more than 1,800 people in the Montecito area following a deadly mudslide that struck the city in the predawn hours Jan. 9.

New York Guard hosts biological, chemical dispersal drill
October 26, 2021
New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt Jonathan Vasconez, a member of the New York National Guard's 24th Civil Support Team, takes notes while collecting data at a testing location in the World Trade Center Subway Station in New York City Oct. 19, 2021, while participating in a study on how chemical and biological agents would disperse in a big city. The New York National Guard's 24th Civil Support Team, based in New York City, hosted 124 Guard Soldiers and Airmen from around the country who participated in the Department of Homeland Security study.

Task Force Phoenix CEMA cell counters unmanned aerial systems
October 19, 2021
Staff Sgt. Daniel Butts, with the 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, trains with a SPECTRE Virtual Reality Trainer during a counter-unmanned aerial system (CUAS) course at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Course instructor Chief Warrant Officer 2 Anthony Meneely stands behind him.

Army National Guard tackles modernization challenges
October 19, 2021
Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, the director of the Army National Guard, leads other Army Guard senior leaders in a discussion on future operational challenges during a panel forum at the annual Association of the U.S. Army conference in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. Panel members focused on the Army’s Regionally Aligned Readiness and Modernization Model, digital culture, future workforce and balancing state and federal missions, as key points in ensuring Army Guard readiness to meet those mission requirements.

163d Airmen train on readiness in Exercise Grizzly Lightning
October 4, 2021
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Thompson, 163d Logistics Readiness Squadron material management specialist, grabs a helmet for a service member during a deployment training exercise at March Air Reserve Base, California, Oct. 2, 2021. The training exercise, dubbed Grizzly Lightning, is phase one of a three-phase process.

Sword fighting as 'strategy in blink of an eye'
September 30, 2021
Lt. Col. Robert G. Childs, 234th Intelligence Squadron commander, poses for a competitor portrait Feb. 18, 2018, at Huntington Beach, California. Childs competes as a martial arts sword fighter throughout the world, and became a world champion in the open rapier and dagger category at Swordfish XIV, Gothenburg, Sweden.