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131st Bomb Wing’s perfect score reflects teamwork, experience
February 21, 2020
A team of four Airmen with the 131st Bomb Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, were named 2019’s Best Nuclear Weapons Load Team. Left to right,Tech. Sgt. Mark Hruska, Tech.Sgt. Ricardo Zuniga, Tech. Sgt. Athena Keller and Staff Sgt. Ethan McCormick.

Pro athlete helps Connecticut Airman develop fitness lifestyle
February 20, 2020
Senior Airman John Senn, left, 103rd Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment maintainer, Connecticut Air National Guard, and Meyers Leonard, Miami Heat power forward, at the NBA team's practice facility in Miami, Fla.

Medics, aviators train how to care for wounded Soldiers
February 20, 2020
New Mexico National Guard medics learn how to prepare and load patients for medical evacuation in Rio Rancho Feb. 13, 2020.

New Jersey National Guard Airman explores Antarctica
February 20, 2020
Master Sgt. Justin Rogers, occupational safety specialist, 108th Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard, stands near the marker of McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Nov. 8, 2019. Rogers backfilled as the 109th safety manager while at McMurdo Station.

103rd LRS Airmen keep wheels turning on mission readiness
February 19, 2020
Airman Starr Figueroa, 103rd Logistics Readiness Squadron traffic management specialist, operates an arm saw at Bradley Air National Guard Base, East Granby, Conn.,Feb. 8, 2020. Traffic management specialists construct custom shipping containers to Air Force specifications for safe delivery of equipment, including C-130H wheels.

C-130H2 flight simulator an essential tool for 166th Airlift Wing
February 19, 2020
U.S. Air Force Capt. Nicholas Baile, 166th Operations Group pilot, Delaware Air National Guard, troubleshoots a start malfunction in the 166th Airlift Wing flight simulator while Capt. Alexandria Anzur, navigator, sits in the copilot’s seat. In the simulator at New Castle Air National Guard Base, flight crews can try every position: pilot, copilot, flight engineer and navigator, leading to a greater understanding of other crew members’ responsibilities.

Alaska National Guard’s Exercise Arctic Eagle 2020 begins
February 19, 2020
Working in -30 F temperatures, aircrews from the 22nd Wing, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, and the 151st Air Refueling Wing, Wright Air National Guard Base, Utah, train in the same arctic conditions in interior Alaska that aircrews from the 168th Wing, Eielson AFB, Alaska, routinely work in, January 29, 2020. The visiting Airmen are learning what it takes to keep the KC-135R Stratotanker in a 'ready state' in sub-zero temperatures.

Siblings deployed to the Middle East together for 2nd time
February 18, 2020
Indiana National Guard 1st Lt. Sara Holloway and Sgt. 1st Class Jacob Holloway at a base camp in the Middle East Jan. 25, 2020. The Holloways are deployed with two Indiana units, the 1313th Engineer Company and 38th Infantry Division, respectively, and they deployed in 2015 together supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Oregon National Guard recognized for flood rescues
February 18, 2020
Capt. David Sous, a pilot with G. Company 1-189 Aviation, Oregon Army National Guard, stands with fellow service members Feb. 14, 2020, as Oregon Gov. Kate Brown presents them with medals for their service during Oregon's largest search-and-rescue operation. Oregon Army National Guard flight crews rescued 54 people, 10 dogs, one cat and one rabbit from  flooded areas via helicopter.

FL Guard's salsa band helps marathon runners find their rhythm
February 18, 2020
Staff Sgt. Tywon Bailey, assigned to the Florida Army Guard’s 13th Army Band, performs at Bayfront Park during the Miami Marathon Feb. 9, 2020. The band performs at events as part of the Florida Army Guard’s community outreach throughout the state.

Iowa National Guard uses moulage for realistic medical training
February 18, 2020
Sgt. Krystal Thibault, an Iowa National Guard medical trainer at the Sustainment Training Center on Camp Dodge, applies a mock wound using the moulage technique Feb. 12, 2020. Thibault applied several kinds of mock injuries to Alabama National Guard Soldiers during their medical training rotation. Moulage is used to add a level of realism when training to evaluate casualties.

National Guard Airman receives Ohio Cross for rescuing woman
February 18, 2020
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John C. Harris, the Ohio Adjutant General, congratulates U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ryan Tucker after Lt. Gov. Jon Husted awarded Tucker the Ohio Cross at the Ohio National Guard’s Joint Senior Leaders Conference Feb. 14, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio Cross is awarded to any member of the state military forces who distinguishes themselves by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their life.

Michigan National Guard public health specialist chooses to help
February 14, 2020
Staff Sgt. Timothy Frasier, public health manager of Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, at the Alpena CRTC clinic in Michigan Jan. 24, 2020, during Northern Strike 20-2. Alpena, Mich.

Ohio native helps protect the force in the Middle East
February 14, 2020
Ohio National Guard Lt. Col. Matt Crawford, deployed as the protection chief in support of Operation Spartan Shield in the Middle East, is sworn in for his next term as veterans service commissioner by Maj. Gen. Gordon L. Ellis, 38th Infantry Division commanding general, Jan. 17, 2020.

177th Fighter Wing Airmen receive mental health first aid training
February 14, 2020
Erick Clark, mental health first aid instructor and certified peer recovery practitioner with the Mental Health Association of Union County, N.J., teaches a mental health first aid training course for members of the 177th Fighter Wing Feb. 12, 2020, at the Atlantic City Air National Guard Base. The two-day class addressed some of the unique aspects of military culture and gave unit members the tools to help fellow Airmen facing mental health issues.

Guard unit translates coronavirus safety message
February 13, 2020
A Washington National Guard Soldier with the 341st Military Intelligence Battalion translates a safety message about how to avoid the novel coronavirus for the Washington Department of Health on Feb. 9, 2020, at the Information Operations Readiness Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Soldiers translated the information into multiple languages for those who don't speak English.

PRNG restructures efforts in support of quake victims
February 13, 2020
Medics from the Puerto Rico National Guard continue their mission to tend to residents of Guánica at their base camp, Feb. 7, 2020. The National Guard has helped support people in the south section of the island since a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the area Jan. 7, 2020.

148th ASOS conducts night training
February 13, 2020
Airmen from the 148th Air Support Operations Squadron, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, perform a casualty evacuation drill during training Jan. 11, 2020, in Annville, Pennsylvania. The 148th ASOS performed a round-robin style training event, conducting tactical drills at night.

Georgia National Guard Soldier won Daytona in 1950
February 13, 2020
Capt. Harold Kite of the Georgia Army National Guard poses with his 1949 Lincoln and victory trophy from the 1950 Daytona stock car race. Kite, who commanded the Atlanta-based 201st Ordnance Medium Maintenance Company, won the race with a record time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 30 seconds.

Pilot is first to fly F-15 Eagle with cervical prosthetic disc
February 12, 2020
Col. Todd Hofford, 142nd Fighter Wing vice commander and newly reinstated F-15 Eagle pilot, Feb. 6, 2020, Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore. Hofford recently completed a nearly three-year process of obtaining a waiver to pilot a high G aircraft with a prosthetic disc in his neck, making him the first in the world to do so.