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Connecticut Air Guard squadrons collaborate to safely train
September 15, 2020
Connecticut National Guard Airmen from the 103rd Civil Engineer Squadron protect a convoy during expeditionary operations training at Stones Ranch Military Reservation in East Lyme, Connecticut, Sept. 10, 2020. Members of the 103rd Civil Engineer Squadron, 103rd Security Forces Squadron, 103rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, and 103rd Medical Group combined their expertise to conduct this key readiness training while protecting the health of participants.

Tennessee Guard tests Hurricane Sally first responders
September 15, 2020
Mississippi National Guard Spc. Jan Lao and Pfc. Mckenzie Smith of the 890th Engineer Battalion load supplies onto a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle in Gulfport, Miss., Sep. 14, 2020. The Soldiers will be part of a 10-person team on standby to rescue residents from flooded areas due to Hurricane Sally.

New tracking devices to aid in study of black vultures
September 15, 2020
Chad Neil, a wildlife biologist for the Agriculture Department's APHIS Wildlife Services-West Virginia and part of the 167th AW’s Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) team, holds a black vulture that has been fitted with a transmitting device in Martinsburg, W.Va., Aug. 18, 2020.

109th AW joins advanced battle management systems exercise
September 15, 2020
Elements of the 109th Airlift wing participate in a joint exercise at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas demonstrating the capability to establish and land at an austere landing area, secured by the 321st Contingency Response Squadron, carrying ordinance for rearming F-16 fighter jets from the 140th fighter wing (Buckley AFB).

40th ID conducts joint ops in Pacific from San Luis Obispo
September 15, 2020
U.S. Army Spc. Jonathan Carpenter, assigned to Cal Guard’s 40th Infantry Division, installs cables to the command post platform to connect power from the generators at Camp San Luis Obispo, California, Aug. 30, 2020, during Defender Pacific 20. The ability to rapidly surge combat-ready forces into and across the theater is critical in projecting forces at a moment’s notice to support regional alliances and the existing security architecture.

167th Airlift Wing helps with voluntary COVID-19 mapping
September 15, 2020
Three members of the West Virginia National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing, from left, Capt. Rodney Brown, Staff Sgt. James Murray, and Staff Sgt. Erin Engle, are part of the COVID-19 contact tracing team at the Jefferson County Health Department, Martinsburg, W.Va., Aug. 20, 2020.

Wyoming National Guard to help fight California wildfires
September 14, 2020
A National Guard helicopter drops water from a bucket onto a fire Aug. 23, 2020, in Healdsburg, California. This bucket has a 660-gallon capacity.

Kansas National Guard battery recognized as best in nation
September 14, 2020
Battery C, 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery Regiment, 130th Field Artillery Brigade Artillery, Kansas Army National Guard out of Newton, Kansas, conducts an emergency fire mission while en route to the next training area at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, September 2019. This mission is conducted as part of field artillery table certification.

Former Marine Reservists enlist in Idaho National Guard
September 14, 2020
More than three-dozen former Marine Reservists enlisted into the Idaho Army National Guard Sept. 13, 2020, at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. Idaho’s newest Citizen-Soldiers all served at Gowen Field in Company C, 4th Tank Battalion, which was deactivated in August as the Marines look to divest its armor battalions.

Michigan National Guard unveils joint innovation center
September 14, 2020
Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II, joins Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general and director of Michigan's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; Brig. Gen. Bryan Teff, assistant adjutant general for the Michigan Air National Guard; and Brig. Gen. Rolf Mammen, 127th Wing commander, for the unveiling of the Kelly Johnson Joint All-Domain Innovation Center at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Sept. 11, 2020.

Oregon National Guard deployed to help combat wildfires
September 14, 2020
Oregon Air National Guard members from the 142nd Wing load gear in a truck before leaving from the Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore., Sept. 13, 2020. The Airmen departed to support Operation Plan Smokey, an interagency wildfire relief effort in the state.

Guam National Guard member saves fellow Soldier's life
September 14, 2020
Sgt. Gregory San Agustin of the Guam National Guard's Bravo Company, 1-294th Infantry Regiment, left, during a video call with Capt. Duane Sablan at San Agustin's coining ceremony in Barrigada Sept.14, 2020 San Agustin rendered care to Sablan during a massive heart attack Sept. 11.

Puerto Rico Guard disaster relief program a national effort
September 14, 2020
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jose Reyes, the adjutant general, Puerto Rico, visits the 156th Wing at Muñiz Air National Guard Base, Puerto Rico Air National Guard, Aug. 19, 2020, while touring base facilities and the training site for the Disaster Relief Bed-down Systems the unit recently received.

Wisconsin National Guard helps battle California wildfires
September 14, 2020
Two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation, departed for California to battle wildfires Sept. 11, 2020, from Army Aviation Support Facility 2 in Madison, Wis. Two aircraft and approximately 15 Soldiers deployed to California in response to an Emergency Management Assistance Compact request for assistance from California.

Louisiana National Guard responds to hurricane, COVID-19
September 14, 2020
Louisiana National Guard Pfc. Reion Jones with the 1-141st Field Artillery Battalion, 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, hauls ice to a citizen's vehicle while working at a distribution site following Hurricane Laura in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Sept. 4, 2020.

Alaska Air National Guard Airmen rescue hunter
September 14, 2020
An Alaska National Guard 210th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk conducts hoist training June 5, 2018, at Eklutna Glacier.

Connecticut Guard members respond to Hartford cyberattack
September 11, 2020
The Connecticut National Guard's Joint Cyber Response Team helped assist the city of Hartford's information technology team with recovery efforts following a ransomware attack against the city that delayed the first day of school Sept. 8, 2020. The Connecticut Military Department’s Joint Cyber Response Team consists of Air and Army National Guard members that serve in a state active duty status to provide defensive cyber capabilities to the state of Connecticut and its municipalities.

VNG Soldiers train on CROWS remote weapons system
September 11, 2020
Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers from across the state conduct training on the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station during a one-week training course Aug. 17-21, 2020, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.

Eastern Air Defense adjusts to COVID-19 to continue mission
September 11, 2020
New York National Guard Airmen training on the operations floor at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome, N.Y., in late August. To provide mission assurance during the COVID-19 pandemic, EADS redesigned the operations floor to enable social distancing during real-world operations and training missions.

COVID-19 precautions helps keep Noble Partner 20 on track
September 11, 2020
U.S. Army Sgt. Carlos Mayfield, combat medic, 557th MCAS, 30th Medical Brigade, performs a nose swab test on Lt. Col. Jerry Wood Jr., squadron commander, assigned to the 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, during the Noble Partner 20 exercise at the Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, Sept. 10, 2020.