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Guard Caps 2023 Supporting Defense Strategy, Domestic Missions
December 28, 2023
A Hawaii Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook drops water on wildfires in Ka’anapali, Maui, Aug. 26, 2023.

Oregon Air Guard, Germany Participate in Officer Exchange
December 26, 2023
Capt. Philipp Lukas, right, of the German Reserve Air Force, and Capt. Dewayne Pittman of the 142nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Oregon Air National Guard, pose in front of a 142nd Wing F-15C Eagle at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Ore. The two officers participated in an exchange program sending Lukas to Oregon and Pittman to Germany.

New York National Guard Conducts Over 9,000 Military Funerals
December 26, 2023
New York National Guard honor guard Soldiers receive the remains of 1st Lt. John Thomas, a World War II Army Air Forces pilot killed in 1943, at the Rose Cemetery in North Rose, New York,  May 20, 2023. This was one of 7,100 military funerals the New York Army National Guard's honor guard teams expected to conduct by the end of 2023.

Kentucky National Guard Posthumously Honors World War II POW
December 22, 2023
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Jack Henry Owen served in the Kentucky Air National Guard for more than 24 years after his time as a prisoner of war during World War II. He is shown in the cockpit of a Kentucky Air National Guard RF-101 Voodoo aircraft in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

Texas Guard’s 147th Attack Wing Receives Latest MQ-9 Reaper
December 22, 2023
Members of the 147th Attack Wing Aircraft Maintenance Squadron unload a Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, Texas, Dec. 21, 2023. The Block 5 Reaper will ensure the wing remains a formidable force in the ever-changing landscape of modern warfare.

Virginia Cyberspace Operations Squadron Opens Headquarters
December 22, 2023
The Virginia Air National Guard’s 185th Cyberspace Operations Squadron, 192nd Operations Group, 192nd Wing, holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of its state-of-the-art cyberspace facility Dec. 1, 2023, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. From left to right, Maj. Gen. James W. Ring, adjutant general of Virginia; the youngest Bat, a 185th COS senior Airman; Col. Brock E. Lange, 192nd Wing commander; and Chief Master Sgt. Sean J. Fretwell, 192nd Wing command chief, stood in front of the building as the youngest Bat cut the ribbon.

West Virginia Guardsmen End Deployment in Time for Holidays
December 21, 2023
Soldiers with the West Virginia Army National Guard's 156th Military Police Law and Order Detachment landed at Fort Bliss, Texas, Dec. 15, 2023, following a 10-month overseas deployment supporting the U.S. Army Central's Area Support Group - Jordan.

New York Air National Guard Members Help Track Santa Claus
December 21, 2023
Airman 1st Class Kyle Larsen, a member of the New York Air National Guard assigned to the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome, New York, keeps an eye on the sky over the eastern United States while preparing for Christmas Eve, when the sector’s Airmen will help in the annual NORAD Tracks Santa effort.

Army National Guard Recruit Saves Residents From House Fire
December 21, 2023
U.S. Army Pvt. Anthony Del Tufo, Recruiting and Retention Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard, receives a state award from the Nutley Board of Education at Nutley High School in Nutley, New Jersey, Dec. 11, 2023, for helping residents of a home threatened by a fire.

Pennsylvania Air National Guardsman Honors the Fallen
December 20, 2023
Volunteers placed wreaths in front of headstones at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies as part of Wreathes Across America, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, Dec. 16, 2023.

South Carolina Guardsman Conquers French Desert Commando Course
December 20, 2023
U.S. Army Sgt. Liliana Munday, 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, South Carolina National Guard, holds her French Desert Commando pin Dec. 19, 2023, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Munday was one of 40 U.S. service members and the only female to go through the most recent iteration of the French Desert Commando Course.

Puerto Rico Guard Helps Give Toys to Children for Holidays
December 19, 2023
U.S. Airmen with the 156th Wing, Puerto Rico Air National Guard, U.S. Marines assigned to Det. 1 Landing Support Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 45, 4th Marine Logistics Group, and faculty members pose for a photo during a toy distribution at Dr. Julio Henna Elementary School, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dec. 14, 2023. The event was part of the Toys for Tots program.

Guard’s Past, Present, Future, Linked in Vice Chief’s New York Visit
December 18, 2023
Air Force Lt. Gen. Marc Sasseville, vice chief of the National Guard Bureau, administers the Oath of Enlistment to New York National Guard enlistees at the Fort Hamilton Military Enlistment Processing Station, Brooklyn, New York, Dec. 13, 2023. Sasseville visited New York Guardsmen at multiple locations across the city.

107th Attack Wing Hosts Brazil for Space Development Workshop
December 18, 2023
Delegates from the Brazilian Navy and Air Force brave the winter weather at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Dec. 6, 2023. Representatives spent the week learning from 222nd Command and Control Squadron members how to enhance and develop space operations.

General Commissions Son Where He Commissioned Decades Earlier
December 18, 2023
Brig. Gen. Ryan Robinson administers the oath of commissioning to his son, 2nd Lt. Benjamin Robinson, Dec. 15, 2023, at the Idaho State Capitol in Boise. Robinson commissioned in the same location in May 1996.

Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers Bound for Africa Mission
December 18, 2023
Soldiers with the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division, and their families are recognized during a ceremony at the Zembo Shrine Auditorium in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Dec. 17, 2023. The Soldiers will leave their homes and families for about a year as they deploy to the Horn of Africa, supporting U.S. Africa Command and partner forces with regional security objectives.

New York’s 105th Airlift Wing Flies Overseas Medical Missions
December 18, 2023
Airmen from the 105th Airlift Wing and 10th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Flight load patients and bags onto a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in the USCENTCOM area of responsibility Nov. 18, 2023. The 105th Airlift Wing spent four months supporting aeromedical evacuation missions out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

Oregon Airman Shares His Journey to Success
December 14, 2023
Airman 1st Class Stephen Warren, a firefighter with the 142nd Civil Engineer Squadron, poses next to a fire engine at Portland Air National Guard Base, Ore., November 5, 2023.

D.C. Army National Guard Activates its First Military Intelligence Unit
December 14, 2023
The District of Columbia Army National Guard officially activates Delta Company, 223rd Military Intelligence Battalion during a ceremony Dec. 9, 2023, at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. The unit is the first of its kind in the D.C. Army National Guard.

National Guard Marksmanship Training Center Hosts Annual Sniper Marksmanship Competitions
December 14, 2023
Thirty-three, two-person teams of military snipers from around the world competed in the 53rd Winston P. Wilson (WPW) Sniper Championship (National Guard) and the 33rd Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting (Inter-Service) December 1-8 at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center.