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80 Years Ago, National Guard Units Played Key Role in D-Day Landings
June 5, 2024
The build-up of Omaha Beach. Reinforcements of men and equipment moving inland. Photo courtesy of Center of Military History.

Operation Guide Wire Broadens 178th Airmen’s Skills
April 8, 2024
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 178th Mission Support Group and 123d Air Control Squadron board a UH-60 Black Hawk from 1st Battalion, 137th Aviation Regiment, during Operation Guide Wire on Springfield-Beckley Air National Guard Base, Ohio, April 4, 2024. The UH-60 transported Airmen to a landing zone at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where a tactical operations center was set up.

Ohio Guard, Partner Serbia Share Cybersecurity Expertise
March 22, 2024
A delegation of Serbian Armed Forces cyber professionals visit Airmen of the 121st Air Refueling Wing at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, March 6, 2024. During their visit as part of the State Partnership Program, the Serbians toured a KC-135 Stratotanker and tried a flight simulator.

State Partnership Directors Share Tips on Adriatic Partnerships
February 28, 2024
U.S. Army and Air National Guard members of the State Partnership Program discuss plans to integrate efforts with Adriatic partner nations at the National Aerospace Research and Technology Park, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, Jan. 24, 2024. By linking U.S. states with partner countries, the SPP enhances military capabilities and interoperability.

105th Airmen Support Security Forces Training at Red Flag
February 16, 2024
205th Base Defense Squadron Airmen pose in front of an MRZR off-road vehicle. Ten Airmen from the 105th Airlift Wing’s 205th Base Defense Squadron participated in Exercise Red Flag Jan. 15-26, 2024, training in the field on essential security forces concepts.

Serbian Military Visits Ohio Guard’s 121st Air Refueling Wing
February 9, 2024
Members of the Serbian Military Medical Academy tour a KC-135 Stratotanker during their visit to the 121st Air Refueling Wing at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio, Feb. 4, 2024. As part of the State Partnership Program, the Serbians also toured the 121st Medical Group, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the Louis Stokes Cleveland Medical Center and Defense Supply Center Columbus.

Ohio Guard Marks 75th Anniversary of Military Desegregation
December 7, 2023
Airmen from the 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, and friends and family of Sgt. Thomas Newton, a documented Tuskegee Airman, stand as an honor guard member folds an American flag flown at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, to give to Newton in Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 2, 2023. Newton, who was stationed at RANGB when it was named Lockbourne Air Force Base, returned after 74 years to be the guest of honor during a ceremony to celebrate the 75th anniversary of desegregation in the U.S. military.

National Guard’s Heritage Honored at Storied Army Base
November 7, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, left, chief of the National Guard Bureau, chats with Air Force Maj. Gen. John P. Hronek, the adjutant general of the Montana National Guard, during the opening ceremony at The 1636 Room at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall’s Patton Hall in Arlington, Virginia, Nov. 1, 2023. Named in recognition of the first organized militia in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1636 – the predecessor of today’s National Guard – the exhibit space runs the gamut of strategically placed artifacts, framed flags, panel displays, photographs, visual arts and replicated items.

Guard Team Awarded 3rd Consecutive Services Cup Cyber Trophy
October 5, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, meets with the National Guard cyber team that won the 2022 SANS NetWars Department of Defense Services Cup cybersecurity competition at the Pentagon Sept. 22, 2023. Teams from all service branches took part in the two-day competition, with the Guard team taking top honors for the third consecutive year.

Ohio Air National Guard Medical Group Trains in Japan
July 17, 2023
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lee Hunter, a medical technician assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, sutures a laceration on a patient at U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa, Japan, JUly 17, 2023.

Alaska National Guard Rapidly Deploys for Exercise ORCA 23
June 28, 2023
Members of the Mississippi National Guard's 47th Weapons of Mass Destruction - Civil Support Team process through a decontamination line June 14, 2023, in Wasilla, Alaska, as part of ORCA 2023. The exercise increased interoperability among a range of agencies, including the Alaska National Guard’s 103rd Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team, 12 National Guard units, eight local and state agencies, three federal organizations, and community partners.

Hokanson: Bilateral Defense Relations with Serbia on Positive Trajectory
June 21, 2023
Sgt. Joshua Stiles, assigned to the Ohio National Guard’s Military Police Company, instructs members of the Serbian Armed Forces on non-lethal weapons tactics during Exercise Platinum Wolf 2018, June 15, 2018.

Indiana Air Guard Supports Joint Homeland Defense Exercise
June 16, 2023
The Indiana National Guard Reaction Force, comprising defenders with the 181st Security Forces Squadron and military police with the Indiana Army National Guard, partnered with civilian law enforcement to respond to a simulated riot-based scenario during Homeland Defender 2023 at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Ind., June 10, 2023. The NGRF is composed of Soldiers and Airmen from National Guard units to provide a rapid response capability focused on incidents requiring law enforcement or security support.

National Guard Defends Skies Over Nation’s Capital
June 13, 2023
Ohio National Guard Pfc. Trey Risner, assigned to Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, prepares to operate the Avenger Air Defense System during exercise Forager 21 on July 30, 2021, in Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands. The self-propelled surface-to-air missile system provides mobile, short-range air defense protection for ground units.

Guard Soldiers, Airmen Compete for All Guard Marathon Team
May 9, 2023
National Guard athletes race in the 46th annual Lincoln Marathon, which also serves as the National Guard Marathon Team time trials, held May 7, 2023, in Lincoln, Nebraska. More than 200 National Guard Airmen and Soldiers from across the country competed for spots on the All Guard Marathon Team.

Iowa, Minnesota Guardsmen Win Regional Best Warrior Title
May 8, 2023
Competitors begin the 12-mile ruck march at the Region IV Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition at Camp James A. Garfield Joint Military Training Center, Newton Falls, Ohio, May 7, 2023. Guard members from Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois competed in land navigation, marksmanship, weapons skills, medical and radio skills and an appearance board, among other events.

Ohio National Guard Trains with NATO Partners
May 5, 2023
Airmen assigned to the 123rd Air Control Squadron pose for a portrait alongside service members from Lithuania, Latvia and Hungary during a joint training exercise April 28, 2023 in Blue Ash, Ohio.

Ohio Air Guard Member Wins Jiu-Jitsu World Championship
January 13, 2023
Tech. Sgt. Wendy Kuhn, an Ohio Air National Guard public affairs specialist at the 121st Air Refueling Wing, stands for a portrait Dec. 4, 2022, at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio. Kuhn recently won her second gold medal in Las Vegas at the World Master International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Jiu-Jitsu Championship.

Signal Company Modernizes Ohio Guard Network Infrastructure
January 3, 2023
Spc. Kaden Scherger, with the 1137th Signal Company TIN-E (Tactical Installation and Networking-Enhanced), tests network connections during an infrastructure improvement project April 26, 2022, at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Columbus, Ohio. The 1137th's primary mission to install and maintain computer network infrastructure.

Army National Guard Prepares for 2030
October 17, 2022
Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, left, the director of the Army National Guard, leads a discussion panel on operational challenges during a panel forum at the annual Association of the United States Army conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 12, 2022. Panel members, composed of senior leaders from throughout the Army Guard, focused on the Army’s regionally aligned readiness and modernization model, digital culture and future workforce as key points in ensuring Army Guard readiness.