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Colorado Hoist Rescue team, CONG partner to save lives
October 7, 2020
A Colorado Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from the Army Aviation Support Facility, Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colorado, approaches a member of the Alpine Rescue Team and an injured climber in Rocky Mountain National Park Aug. 30, 2019. The Colorado Hoist Rescue Team provides hoist extraction capability throughout Colorado by incorporating civilian alpine rescue personnel and military helicopter capabilities.

167th Airmen provide COVID-19 testing and other support
October 6, 2020
Master Sgt. Matthew Stickley, Maj. Lori Wyatt, Master Sgt. Jordan Killebrew, and 1st Lt. Hannah Staubs prepare COVID-19 nasal swab testing kits at the West Virginia University Student Recreation Center, Morgantown, W. Va., Sept. 30, 2020. The Airmen are assigned to West Virginia National Guard’s task force medical team, which has been assisting county health departments throughout the state during the pandemic.

Indiana National Guard activates cyber battalion
October 6, 2020
1st Sgt. John Stickler uncases one of Indiana National Guard’s new 127th Cyber Protection Battalion guidons at the Indiana War Memorial Oct. 3, 2020. The battalion of nearly 100 Citizen-Soldiers protects military networks and service members from internet-based and online attacks.

New York National Guard honors 21st president
October 5, 2020
New York Army National Guard Soldiers forming a color guard  move into position during a ceremony saluting President Chester Arthur, the 21st president of the United States, at his burial site in Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands, New York, on Oct. 5, 2020. The current occupant of the White House sends a wreath to mark the gravesites of former presidents on their birthdays. The wreath is presented by a military leader. Maj. Gen. Michel Natali, the assistant adjutant general, Army, of the New York National Guard, presented the wreath.

117th Space Battalion shifts to 100th Missile Defense Brigade
October 5, 2020
Army Col. Mike Hatfield, the commander of the 100th Missile Defense Brigade, right, and Lt. Col. Michael Lane, the commander of the 117th Space Battalion, unfurl the colors of the 117th Space Battalion during a ceremony at Fort Carson, Colorado, to signify a command relationship change. The 117th is now assigned to the 100th for administrative and operational command and control as part of a larger Colorado Army National Guard realignment.

Exercise Northern Strike 21 planning underway in Michigan
October 5, 2020
Camp Grayling hosts a pre-deployment site survey, attended by more than 30 representatives from multiple services and states,  to demonstrate the base’s training capabilities. Maj. Quinn Rodgers, director of operations for Camp Grayling, showcased the base’s 148,000 acres of training space.

Alaska Air National Guard assists Mat-Su Valley kitchen
October 5, 2020
From left to right, Alaska Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Brayden Van Bevera, Airman 1st Class Fionna Kelty, Tech Sgt. Allen Wilson and Senior Airman Alex Choi, all members of the 176th Force Support Flight Sustainment Services, cut fresh produce at the Five Loaves, Two Fish Kitchen in Wasilla, Alaska, Sept. 25, 2020. The Airmen have been volunteering at the kitchen since mid-August, preparing an average of 150 meals per week for non-profit organizations.

New York National Guard, Brazil share COVID-19 experiences
October 2, 2020
Maj. Amy Crounse, New York National Guard State Partnership Program officer, begins a videoconference with representatives from Brazil to discuss how the two sides responded to COVID-19, New York National Guard Headquarters, Latham, N.Y., Sept. 29, 2020. The New York Guard and Brazil's military work together under the State Partnership Program.

Wisconsin Guard 'Badgers' help fight California fires
October 2, 2020
Members of 1st Battalion (Assault), 147th Aviation Regiment, 64th Troop Command, Wisconsin Army National Guard, at the Exeter helicopter bases Sept. 30, 2020, before a mission during the SQF Complex Fire in Tulare County, California. Left to right: Sgt. Jake Baranczyk, crew chief; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Trevor Clock, pilot; Sgt. Bryson Kamps, crew chief; and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Andrew Wickland, pilot in command.

Nevada Air Guard continues firefighting mission
October 2, 2020
Maj. Gen. Ondra L. Berry, adjutant general for Nevada, visited Airmen assigned to the 152nd Airlift Wing performing MAFFS missions supporting California firefighters at Sacramento McClellan Airport, California Aug. 31, 2020.  Berry was accompanied by leadership from the Nevada Air National Guard and Nevada Army National Guard.

Alaska Army Guard aviator conducts first real-world rescue
October 1, 2020
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Paul Gillquist, an Alaska Army National Guard pilot assigned to the 207th Aviation Regiment, in front of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, Aug. 22, 2020, at the Bryant Army Airfield on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Gillquist’s call sign is "Icy 13," and he happened to perform his first real-world rescue mission on Sept. 13, 2020.

Guard suicides drop but outreach programs continue, expand
October 1, 2020
Chief Master Sgt. John Bigham, a Missouri Air National Guard maintenance superintendent with the 139th Airlift Wing, listens to a speaker during a “Resilience Tactical Pause” day at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, St. Joseph, Missouri. The event was focused on personal resiliency and suicide prevention.

Oklahoma Guard cybersecurity team wins national competition
October 1, 2020
From left to right with the Oklahoma National Guard defensive cyber operations element, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Tyson Joachims, Capt. Danny Slusarchuck, Sgt. Sean Singley, Staff Sgt. Rick Raper, Sgt. Brandon Dixon, and Tech Sgt. Craig Brown, mission defense team noncommissioned officer in charge with the 137th Special Operations Communications Flight, won the online 2020 NetWars Cyber Shield competition Sept. 18-19, 2020.

West Virginia Guard aircrew helps fight California fires
October 1, 2020
Maj. Evan Dale, Chief Warrant Officer 3 James Kearns, Staff Sgt. Ed Dillon, and Spc. Jack DeAngelo of the West Virginia National Guard’s Company C, 1-150th Assault Battalion, deployed to California in September 2020 to perform aerial woodland firefighting missions and will remain through at least Oct. 15, 2020.

Wyoming National Guard hosts Tunisian Air Force in SPP event
October 1, 2020
Members from the Tunisian Air Force and Wyoming National Guard in front of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at the Army Aviation Support Facility on F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Cheyenne, Wyo., Sept. 16, 2020. The Tunisians attended the Aviation Familiarization Event hosted by the Wyoming National Guard under the State Partnership Program. =