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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.

133rd Contingency Response Flight trains with peers
August 24, 2021
An Airman with the 123rd Contingency Response Group, Kentucky Air National Guard, waits to marshal a C-130 Hercules from the 133rd Airlift Wing in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, Aug. 18, 2021. The Airman was part of a training exercise to respond to natural disasters and set up airbase operations.

Cal Guard actively fights state’s wildfires
August 19, 2021
Trees burn within eyesight of a California National Guard hand crew with Joint Task Force 578 during the Dixie Fire, Aug. 16, 2021, in Northern California.  The task force is part of the mutual aid system in support of CAL FIRE.

Idaho Guard sends wildland firefighting crew to northern Idaho
August 9, 2021
Idaho National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are helping fight wildfires in northern Idaho. The newly assigned crewmembers of Task Force Timber Shield left Boise Aug. 4, 2021, to help the Idaho Department of Lands contain more than 15 significant wildland fires.

Army Guard director visits 100th Missile Defense Brigade
August 4, 2021
Army Lt. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, the director of the Army National Guard, speaks with Soldiers in the Missile Defense Element at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado, July 26, 2021. Jensen visited the 100th Missile Defense Brigade of the Colorado Army National Guard in Colorado Springs to learn more about the unit and its mission to defend the United States and designated areas from long-range ballistic missile attacks.

California Guard rescues three hikers from Mount Whitney
August 3, 2021
A U.S. Army CH-47F Chinook helicopter from the California Army National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility in Stockton, California, flies near Mount Whitney in Inyo County July 27, 2021, during a search and rescue mission for three hikers who were stranded above 12,600 feet overnight with few supplies.

National Guard well-equipped to handle West Coast wildfires
August 2, 2021
An Air National Guard C-130 drops retardant on the Beckwourth Complex Fire July 9, 2021, near Frenchman Lake in Northern California.

Updated electronic warfare course resumes at Camp Buehring
July 26, 2021
Sgt. Ismael Pulido, electronic warfare NCO, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Anthony Meneely, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Douglas Montgomery discuss Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Warfare system training at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Pulido, Meneely and Montgomery are the Task Force Phoenix Cyberspace Electromagnetic Activities cell.

Hawaii Airmen train in California on disaster response
July 16, 2021
Hawaii Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Chris Whitworth, 154th Medical Group, Detachment 1 medic, crawls through a simulated collapsed structure in search of notional explosion victims April 15, 2021, in Concord, Calif.. Whitworth was participating in exercise Sentinel Response, an urban search and rescue exercise to practice interoperability with first responders and elements of the California National Guard.

Highway Patrol officers add value on Cal Guard deployment
June 14, 2021
Sgt. Daniel Gunther and Staff Sgt. Cindy Gray at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Gunther and Gray are California Army National Guard members deployed to the Middle East with Task Force Phoenix. On the civilian side, both are highway patrol officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Cal Guard helps vaccinate nearly 1.5 million Californians
June 3, 2021
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Leroy L. Cisneros of the California Army National Guard, commander of the Community Vaccination Center in Oakland, California, oversees operations of both Army and Air Guardsmen who worked with civilian health care workers to vaccinate more than 500,000 San Francisco Bay Area residents after the temporary facility opened February 2021. In three months, Cisneros’ hard-working crew reached the half-million mark before closing in late May.

National Guard, partners to conduct ORCA 21 CBRNE exercise
May 14, 2021
Members of the Michigan National Guard’s 51st Civil Support Team run through decontamination procedures during Northern Exposure 21, March 16, 2021, at Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Northern Exposure 21 was integrated with another exercise known as Rising Waters 2021. This year's scenario was catastrophic flooding leading to chemical contamination, which was followed by a possible WMD situation.

Pennsylvania-California military ties date back to Civil War
May 11, 2021
U.S. Soldiers with the California National Guard's 40th Combat Aviation Brigade are taking over the aviation mission in the Middle East from the Pennsylvania National Guard's 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade, taking part in Pennsylvania-California military cooperation that has been going on since the Civil War.

NYNG troops participate in Indiana disaster response drill
May 3, 2021
Soldiers assigned to  the New York Army National Guard's  Bravo Company, 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, bring satellite stations online at Regional Support Camp Nighthawk, in Nineveh, Ind., April 19, 2021, as part of the Guardian Response 21 exercise at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center. New York National Guard Soldiers supported other state National Guard elements during the exercise.

California National Guard trains for CRE mission
April 29, 2021
Search and rescue Soldiers of the California National Guard, 216th Engineer Movement Augmentation Company, Pomona, California, place a neck brace on a mock casualty during vehicle extraction training at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center April 24-25, 2021. The training was part of Guardian Response 2021, a multicomponent Homeland Emergency Response Exercise run by the Army Reserve’s 78th Training Division.

California Guardsman honors mother with vaccination mission
April 15, 2021
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Larry Guillen, a fire support specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 40th Infantry Division, California National Guard, supports the COVID-19 vaccination effort at California State University Los Angeles April 6, 2021. Guillen's mother died of the coronavirus in January.

California Guard security force begins Alaska mission
April 14, 2021
Soldiers with the California Army National Guard's 330th Military Police Company arrive at Fairbanks International Airport in Alaska March 30, 2021. The Soldiers will integrate with the Military Ground-based Interceptor Security Company, 49th Missile Defense Battalion, Alaska National Guard, at Fort Greely, to guard the expanding Missile Defense Complex.

Cal Guard 146th Medical Group vaccinates military dependents
April 7, 2021
U.S. Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Abraham Virata, a medical technician with the 146th Medical Group, vaccinates a military dependent at the Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Port Hueneme, California, March 31, 2021.

Task Force Phoenix trains at North Fort Hood for deployment
March 29, 2021
Staff Sgt. Jose Bulow, a flight medic with Golf Company, 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), is hoisted into a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, March 26, 2021, at North Fort Hood, Texas, as part of training before a 9-month mission to the Middle East. Golf Company is attached to Task Force Phoenix, led by the California Army National Guard's 40th Combat Aviation Brigade.