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National Guard Members Showcase Innovation
December 8, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead, SEA to the CNGB, center left and center right, respectively, with competitors of the 2023 National Guard Bureau Innovation Challenge at the Herbert R. Temple Jr. Army National Guard Readiness Center, Arlington Hall Station, Virginia, Dec. 7, 2023. Arizona Army National Guard members took home top honors for their concept of exportable maneuver live-fire capabilities that could help units achieve training requirements.

Alaska National Guardsmen Prepare for Middle East Deployment
October 3, 2023
Alaska Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Oliver Meza, Bravo Company first sergeant, brings the formation to attention during a deployment ceremony for B Company, 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment, at the Alaska National Guard Armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Sept. 29, 2023. Approximately 100 Soldiers are deploying to the Middle East for nine months to support Operation Spartan Shield.

Arizona National Guard, Oman Strengthen Partnership
October 2, 2023
Maj. Gen. Kerry L. Muehlenbeck, adjutant general of Arizona, and director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, walks with the Sultanate of Oman’s Vice Admiral Abdullah Al Raisi, chief of staff of the Sultan’s Royal Forces, and other military officials during a tour of Goldwater Air National Guard Base in Phoenix Sept. 25, 2023. The Sultanate of Oman and Arizona became partners under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program last year.

Nevada Guard CERFP Showcases Emergency Response Prowess
September 20, 2023
Nevada Army National Guard Soldiers in the search and extraction element scavenge a simulated impacted area for injured victims Sept. 13, 2023. These Guardsmen train to prepare for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive attacks on the community.

Montana, NM, Arizona Guard Provide Health Care on Reservation
August 29, 2023
Over 100 service members from the Montana, Arizona and New Mexico National Guard, U.S. Army Reserves, U.S. Public Health Service and U.S. Air Force conducted medical operations for two weeks in August to support of the 2023 Walking Shield Innovative Readiness Training at the Fort Belknap Reservation, Montana.

Montana National Guard Hosts Regional Cooperation Exercise
August 22, 2023
Personnel from the United States, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan work together Aug. 16, 2023, during Exercise Regional Cooperation 23 at the Helena Aviation Readiness Center in Helena, Montana. The Montana National Guard hosted RC23, annual, multinational exercise conducted by U.S. forces in partnership with Central and South Asian nations.

Montana National Guard Hosts Regional Cooperation Exercise
August 14, 2023
Personnel from the United States, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan work together Aug. 12, 2023, during Exercise Regional Cooperation 23 at the Helena Aviation Readiness Center in Helena, Montana. RC23 is an annual, multinational ,U.S. Central Command-sponsored exercise conducted by U.S. forces in partnership with Central and South Asia nations.

29th IBCT Logistics: Winning the Fight Before the Fight
July 31, 2023
Soldiers from the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct rail operations on tactical vehicles transported from Hawaii at Fort Johnson, Louisiana, July 10, 2023. Brigade combat teams and security force assistance brigades conduct simulated large-scale combat operations against near-peer threats at the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Johnson to increase readiness and support globally deployable missions.

California National Guard Defends West Coast Cyber Realm
June 23, 2023
Service members with the California Military Department participated in Cyber Dawn, an annual regional, multiagency exercise at Okinawa Armory, Sacramento, June 3-17, 2023.

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.

Arizona Guard, Partner Kazakhstan Compete to be Best Warrior
May 1, 2023
Arizona National Guard members and two soldiers from the Republic of Kazakhstan after completing the mystery event during the Arizona Best Warrior Competition in Florence, Arizona, April 25, 2023.

Gold Star Family Member is Nevada Army Guard Soldier of Year
April 28, 2023
Nevada Army Guard Spc. Jake Evans next to a medical evacuation UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter during a break in training April 17, 2023, in Reno, Nev. Evans is the 2023 Nevada Army Guard Soldier of the Year and is set to travel to Hawaii to represent Nevada in the Region VII Best Warrior contest.

Hokanson: State Partnership Program Stable, Steadfast and Growing
April 21, 2023
Lt. Gen. Bashkim Jashari, commander of the Kosovo Security Force, is briefed on unit operations by the commander of the 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Iowa Army National Guard, during a tour of training at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, May 19, 2022. Approximately 15 KSF troops embedded with companies in the 1-133rd Infantry during a two-week annual training exercise.

Guam National Guard Hosts Chief of Staff Advisory Council
April 21, 2023
National Guard chiefs of staff from Region VII render a solemn salute at the Guam National Guard Fallen Heroes Memorial in Barrigada April 18, 2023. The delegation spent three days on the island to discuss regional issues, share best practices, and gain a better understanding of the uniqueness of Guam's operational and cultural environment.

Sultanate of Oman Joins Growing State Partnership Program
March 14, 2023
Air Force Maj. Gen. Kerry Muehlenbeck, adjutant general, Arizona National Guard, speaks during a meeting with leaders of the Sultan's Armed Forces in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, March 13, 2023. Oman and the Arizona Guard signed a security cooperation agreement to pair in the Department of Defense National Guard State Partnership Program immediately after the meeting.

Arizona Guard, Oman Partner in State Partnership Program
March 13, 2023
Maj. Gen. Kerry Muehlenbeck, commander of the Arizona National Guard, seated at left, signs an official partnership decree with Vice Admiral Abdullah bin Khamis Al-Raisi, chief of staff of the Sultan's Armed Forces, during a ceremony in Muscat, Oman, solidifying Oman as a partner with the state of Arizona under the State Partnership Program. The SPP links a state’s National Guard with armed forces of a partner country in a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship.

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.

Arizona Guard Team in Kosovo Conducts Evacuation Mission
October 27, 2022
Left to right, U.S. Army Sgts. Jon Atcitty and Jacob Anderson, inflight paramedics; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Robert Anderson, pilot in command; and Chief Warrant Officer 2 John Carey, second pilot in command, all assigned to Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation Regiment, Arizona National Guard, in front of their UH-60 Black Hawk medevac helicopter at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, Oct. 21, 2022. Their unit is supporting ongoing operations in Kosovo Force’s Regional Command-East.

Arizona National Guard, Oman Form State Partnership
October 13, 2022
Members of 158th MEB Military Engagement Team 2 observe members of the Sultan of Oman’s Armed Forces in Oman during a subject matter expert exchange briefing. Maj. Gen. Kerry L. Muehlenbeck, director of Arizona’s Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, announced a new partnership between the Sultanate of Oman and the Arizona National Guard Oct. 13, 2022, through the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

National Guard Trains with Partner Nations in Tajikistan
August 29, 2022
Brig. Gen. Maurizio D. Calabrese, deputy commanding general for intelligence at U.S. Central Command’s Over-the-Horizon Counterterrorism Headquarters, exchanges a gift at the close of the Regional Cooperation 22 exercise in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Aug. 19, 2022. RC 22 is an annual, multinational U.S. Central Command-sponsored exercise conducted by U.S. forces with Central and South Asia nations.