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Army Guard Recognizes Top Recruiting, Retention Soldiers
March 28, 2024
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Williams, right, Washington Army National Guard, receives the Recruiting and Retention Noncommissioned Officer of the Year award from Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, director of the Army National Guard, at the Director’s Strength Maintenance Awards Conference in Houston March 14, 2024. The conference enabled recruiting and retention Soldiers to network, exchange best practices, and honor the Army National Guard’s best recruiters.

Southern Strike Joint Combat Exercise Concludes in Mississippi
March 19, 2024
A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment General Support Aviation Battalion, Michigan Army National Guard, lands beside a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to the 186th Air Refueling Wing, Mississippi Air National Guard, in preparation for combat air medical operations training during Southern Strike 2024 at Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport, Mississippi, March 13, 2024. The team participating in the training included the 146th Aeromedical Evacuation Group, 146th Airlift Wing, California Air National Guard; and the 114th Medical Group, 114th Fighter Wing, South Dakota Air National Guard.

Virginia National Guard Takes Over Poland Sustainment Mission
March 15, 2024
U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Carlos Maldonado, the commander of the 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and Command Sgt. Maj. David Elliot, the battalion's senior enlisted advisor, uncase their unit colors during a transfer of authority ceremony in Powidz, Poland, March 11, 2024.

Hawaii National Guard, Philippines Strengthen Partnership
March 15, 2024
Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board  Standing Committee members complete the first of several meetings March 7, 2024, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Philippines. The MDB and the SEB work together to coordinate a framework for defense and security cooperation between the U.S. and Philippine militaries.

Virginia National Guard Soldiers Validated for Poland Mission
March 1, 2024
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion conducted a collective training exercise Feb. 13, 2024, at Fort Cavazos, Texas, to prepare for their upcoming federal active duty deployment to Poland. During the exercise, 529th Soldiers worked through different potential scenarios simulating the operations they are scheduled to conduct in Poland.

Virginia Guard Soldiers to Mobilize for Federal Duty in Europe
October 20, 2023
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Virginia Beach-based 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, participate in Joint Readiness Training Center rotation 23-8.05 July 28, 2023, at Fort Johnson, Louisiana. Conducted in support of the Hawaii Army National Guard’s 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the 529th was in charge of running the division support area, where they provided command and control of more than 400 National Guard Soldiers from five states providing food, water, fuel, ammunition and other supplies.

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.

Hawaii Guard Imagery Analyst Named PACAF Award Winner
September 28, 2023
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Cory Haines, 613th Air Operations Center imagery analyst, in front of the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Air Operations Center in Hawaii Aug. 29., 2023. Haines is the Pacific Air Forces 2023 Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Awards Program winner for Outstanding ARC ISR Airman of the Year.

Hawaii Guard, Philippine Forces Train on Search and Rescue Skills
September 6, 2023
U.S. Army and Air National Guard members train with Armed Forces of the Philippines service members and Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office staff on urban search and rescue skills Aug. 29, 2023, at La Union Elementary School, San Fernando City, Philippines. Now in its 18th year, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific.

National Guard, DOD Support Hawaii's Long-term Recovery
September 5, 2023
Hawaii National Guard Joint Task Force 5-0 Soldiers drop water on wildfires in Ka'anapali, Maui, Aug. 26, 2023. In support of Maui County authorities, Joint Task Force 5-0, composed of the Hawaii Army and Air National Guard, Army active duty and Reserve, is dedicated to the safety and recovery of affected Maui residents, coordinating with local first responders and adhering to local, state and federal guidelines and laws.

Hawaii Guard Joins Super Garuda Shield Indo-Pacific Exercise
August 31, 2023
Maj Som Thulung, United Kingdom Armed Forces delegation, and Col. Pam Ellison, Hawaii Army National Guard, U.S. Armed Forces delegation, greet each other before the opening ceremony of the staff exercise portion of Super Garuda Shield 2023 on Aug. 31 in Surabaya Indonesia. The annual exercise has grown in scope and size since 2009.

Florida National Guard Activated to Assist With Hurricane Response
August 30, 2023
Florida National Guard Soldiers prepare for Hurricane Idalia search-and-rescue missions in Tallahassee, Fla., Aug. 29, 2023.

Hawaii Army National Guard Supports Maui Wildfire Response
August 28, 2023
Spc. Kaimana McBrayer, a fire control specialist with the Hawaii Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery Regiment, pops a “Shaka” hand gesture while directing traffic as part of the National Guard’s response to the deadly Maui wildfires in Lahaina, Hawaii, Aug 25, 2023. The Defense Department and the U.S. Coast Guard are supporting the FEMA-led response to the deadliest wildfire in Hawaii’s history.

Defense Department Mobilizes to Respond to Hawaii Wildfires
August 11, 2023
A Hawaii Army National Guard CH47 Chinook helicopter participates in an aerial water bucket drop to fight a wildfire on the island of Maui, Hawaii, Aug. 9, 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.

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.

40th Infantry Division Hosts Urban Operations Planner Course
May 26, 2023
Brigade and division-level officers and senior noncommissioned officers in the 40th Infantry Division's Urban Operations Planner Course conduct a practical exercise at the Fort Irwin National Training Center, California, May 16, 2023. Course students visited the NTC's mock town of Razish to examine urban warfare scenarios in collaboration with NTC cadre.

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.

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.

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.