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Massachusetts Airmen recognized for innovation
November 16, 2020
Master Sgt. Leo Burbee, 104th Maintenance Group structural maintenance supervisor, and Master Sgt. Bob Oleksak, 104MXG fabrication element supervisor, stand at attention after receiving the Air Force Achievement Medal during a ceremony Nov. 14, 2020, at Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts.

West Virginia National Guard helps ramp up COVID-19 testing
November 13, 2020
A member of the West Virginia National Guard's COVID-19 response prepares for a COVID-19 testing lane Nov. 7, 2020. Since Oct. 30, West Virginia National Guard personnel, with the assistance of local health department workers, have been working around the clock the establish locations, advertise testing and conduct nearly 400 testing lanes throughout West Virginia.

Family has shared calling at 171st Air Refueling Wing
November 13, 2020
A photo illustration showing members of the Hutsler family, who have had a tradition of serving in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 171st Air Refueling Wing near Pittsburgh.

Planning begins for Northern Strike 21 exercise
November 13, 2020
A member of the Michigan National Guard speaks during the initial planning conference for Northern Strike 21-2 on Nov. 3-5, at the National All-Domain Warfighting Center in Camp Grayling. NS 21-2 is scheduled July 31 to Aug. 14, 2021, and planners are expecting more than 7,000 participants.

Colorado National Guard infantry trains for deployment
November 13, 2020
A Colorado Army National Guard Soldier from Company A, 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment, provides security over watch during a training scenario in Guernsey, Wyoming, in preparation for a deployment, Oct. 20, 2020. The U.S. Army’s 4th Security Force Assistance Brigade, Fort Carson, Colorado, provided assistance and helped the National Guard improve their combat tactics during the exercise.

Colorado ANG builds readiness with Canadian partners
November 13, 2020
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Teneyck Latourrette, a pilot, and Senior Master Sgt. Michael Horner, both from the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, Buckley Air Force Base, look over aircraft forms before takeoff during Operation Noble Defender, Sept. 21, 2020, 5 Wing Goose Bay, Newfoundland Labrador. North American Aerospace Defense Command conducted a dynamic force employment operation in the Arctic Sept. 20-23 to demonstrate NORAD’s air capability, readiness and will to defend the United States and Canada.

Sgt. 1st Class Herbert Alex: An Alaskan legacy
November 12, 2020
Sgt. 1st Class Herbert Alex of the Alaska Army National Guard, who died in a plane crash with two fellow service members 50 years ago next February.

Vermont Guard's 158th Fighter Wing welcomes 1,000th member
November 10, 2020
Maj. Meghan Smith, chief of public affairs for the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont Air National Guard, conducts the oath of enlistment for Tech. Sgt. Richard Mekkri, Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., Nov. 7, 2020. With the enlistment of Mekkri, transferring from the Air Force Reserves, the wing reached 1,000 members for the first time in several years since it began converting from the F-16 to the F-35A Lightning II.

U.S. flag flown over Afghanistan dedicated to tribes
November 10, 2020
A U.S. flag, in honor of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe, was presented to the tribe council Nov. 2. This special flag was flown over Afghanistan during the Idaho Air National Guard’s recent Southwest Asia deployment.

Six N.Y. National Guard Soldiers are part of new Army Museum
November 10, 2020
Three New York Army National Guard Soldiers served as the models for the figures in this display in the National Museum of the United States Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Maj. Robert Freed posed for the figure holding the radio, Maj. (Chaplain) James Kim was the model for the crouching figure, and Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Morrison was the model for the rifleman at the right of the tableau.

Michigan National Guard goes all-in on all-domain training
November 9, 2020
Joint Terminal Attack Controllers from the Latvian National Armed Forces conduct close air support training with A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 107th Fighter Squadron, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., at Grayling Aerial Gunnery Range in Waters, Mich., October 29, 2019.

Georgia National Guard trains company and platoon leaders
November 9, 2020
U.S. Army officers and noncommissioned officers from the Georgia Army National Guard proudly show their diplomas after graduating from Company Command Pre-Command Course at Clay National Guard Center in Marietta, Georgia, Oct. 30, 2020. The five-day leadership course trained company command teams on systems and services to effectively lead their formations.

Wisconsin National Guard tops 800,000 COVID-19 tests
November 9, 2020
Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen from the Wisconsin National Guard collect specimens for COVID-19 testing Oct. 26, 2020, at a community-based testing site at the Waukesha County Expo Center in Waukesha. The Wisconsin National Guard has collected more than 800,000 specimens across the state.

Capt. David Bedard: At home in the service, serving at home
November 9, 2020
Capt. David Bedard, commander of the 134th Public Affairs Detachment, Alaska Army National Guard, on an M2A4 Howitzer cannon at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 6, 2020. Bedard, a former artillery officer, is an Inupiaq Alaska Native. November is observed as Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage month.

N.Y. Army Guard partners with FBI for blast training
November 9, 2020
Members of the New York, Vermont and Puerto Rico National Guard viewed blast demonstrations and conducted crater analysis during a five-day Post Blast Investigators School training led by the FBI at a rock quarry in Jamesville, N.Y., Oct. 27, 2020.

VT Guard hosts trauma care training with North Macedonia
November 9, 2020
Lt. Col. Sarah Davis, clinical nurse assigned to the 158th Medical Group, Vermont Air National Guard, conducts training at the Vermont Air National Guard base, South Burlington, Vt., Nov. 7, 2020. In September, Vermont Guardsmen hosted a virtual trauma training with North Macedonia, its partner under the State Partnership Program.

Michigan Air Guard pilot awarded Distinguished Flying Cross
November 9, 2020
Capt. Brett DeVries, an A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot of the 107th Fighter Squadron from Selfridge Air National Guard Base, next to the aircraft he safely landed after a malfunction forced him to make an emergency landing July 20, 2017, at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center. For his efforts, DeVries was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Nov. 6, 2020.

Tenn. National Guard surpasses half-million COVID-19 tests
November 6, 2020
Pfc. Kathryn Ratliff works at the Nissan Stadium COVID-19 testing site in downtown Nashville, Aug. 21.

Soldiers re-enlist at historic Kuwait landmark
November 5, 2020
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. A. Jared Forst and Sgt. Becca Meerwarth take their oath of reenlistment Oct. 30, 2020, in Kuwait.

NY National Guard's two Civil Support Teams train together
November 4, 2020
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kristin Northrup and Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Myers, assigned to the 2nd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, collects and labels samples in a simulated-training event on Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh, October 19-22, 2020.