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National Guard Provides Medical Care to Idaho, Nevada Tribes
May 30, 2023
Approximately 100 Ctizen-Soldiers and -Airmen from the Arizona, Idaho, Minnesota and Nevada National Guard cared for two Native American Tribes in Idaho and Nevada May 11-26 as part of Operation Nimiipuu Health, a Department of Defense Innovative Readiness Training program. Guard members provided medical, dental and optometry services to the Nez Perce Tribe and surrounding community of Lapwai, Idaho, and similar care, in addition to behavioral health services, to members of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes and surrounding community of Duck Valley, Nevada.

PA Guardsman Leads Project Building Houses for Cherokee Vets
October 14, 2022
An aerial view of the Innovative Readiness Training construction site in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, June 2022. Construction is being completed for the IRT Cherokee Veterans Housing Initiative, a multiyear project that enables Guardsmen and Reservists from the Marines, Army, Navy and Air Force to build homes each year for Cherokee veterans.

South Carolina Guard Builds Blackfeet Nation Senior Center
September 15, 2022
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 169th Civil Engineering Squadron, South Carolina Air National Guard, use construction tools to help build a community center for Blackfeet Nation Native Americans at Heart Butte, Montana, Sept. 6, 2022. The temporary deployment is part of the squadron’s yearly Innovative Readiness Training.

Illinois Air Guard Civil Engineers help Cherokee Nation Veterans
August 10, 2022
Members of the 126th Civil Engineer Squadron and 301st CES work together to install vapor wrap on a house before a rain storm comes, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma,  Aug. 5, 2022.

New Hampshire Guard Provides Health Care in Cherokee Nation
June 28, 2022
Lt. Col. Dan Tzizik, the medical officer in charge from the New Hampshire Army National Guard Medical Detachment, screens Tara Parker Dorler, a daycare provider, during the Cherokee Nation Innovative Readiness Exercise June 5, 2022. Parker Dorler was the first patient at the clinic set up inside the Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

New Mexico Guard Cyber Teams Train with Mescalero Apache Telecom
June 22, 2022
Brig. Gen. Jamison Herrera, deputy adjutant general, New Mexico National Guard, talks to the Cyber Innovative Readiness Training team during his visit to Mescalero Apache Telecom Inc. in Ruidoso, N.M., June 16, 2022. The New Mexico Air and Army Guard spent a week with their MATI counterparts focusing on cyber issues.

National Guard Builds Homes for Cherokee Vets During IRT
June 15, 2022
Pfc. John Beckman, a carpentry and masonry specialist with the 2120th Engineer Company, participates in the Cherokee Nation Civil Engineering Innovative Readiness Training June 9, 2022, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Air and Army National Guard members work in two-week rotations from April to August, building seven homes each year for low-income or homeless military veterans of Cherokee Nation.

National Guard Members Conduct Innovative Readiness Training
June 10, 2022
Air National Guard Airman First Class Cabrera, 124th Civilian Engineer Squadron, smooths out gravel as a part of an Innovative Readiness Training mission while building homes for the Cherokee Veterans Housing Initiative in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, June 6, 2022. IRT is a Department of Defense initiative that is a joint environment with National Guard Soldiers and Airmen.

Idaho Air National Guard Engineers to Build Homes in Oklahoma
June 6, 2022
Two dozen Airmen from the 124th Civil Engineer Squadron, Idaho Air National Guard, build pallet bridges to access new homes during an innovative readiness project in the Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Nebraska Guard supports Innovative Readiness Training
May 13, 2022
Maj. Erik Zingler, optometry officer in charge for the 155th Medical Group, Lincoln, Neb., performs an optometry vision test May 2, 2019, in Residential Juan Ferrer, Puerto Rico. Zingler is a member of Innovative Readiness Training, a Defense Department program to increase deployment readiness while providing key services such as optometry to American communities with limited access to resources.

Maryland, Kentucky Guard partner to build homes for vets
September 29, 2021
Members from the 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard, and the 123rd Airlift Wing, Kentucky Air National Guard, build a home for Cherokee veterans in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Aug. 3, 2021, as part of the Defense Department’s Innovative Readiness Training program.

SCNG helps provide free medical care in Midwest training
June 22, 2021
South Carolina Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Destiny Sims, left, 169th Fighter Wing, McEntire Joint National Guard Base, helps provide free dental care in Metropolis, Illinois, June 16, 2021. Operation Healthy Delta is a Department of Defense Innovative Readiness Training program that provides key services in underserved communities while offering training for military personnel.