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Anniversary of ‘Sandy River Rescue Mission’ Befits National Guard Birthday
December 13, 2023
Members of the Oregon Army National Guard’s 1042nd Medical Company, Lt. Col Dan Hokanson, pilot in charge, crew chiefs Staff Sgt. Mark Braeme and Sgt. Rob Armstrong, and Capt. Bryan Houston, pilot, pose in front of a Black Hawk helicopter Dec. 15, 2003. The crew, including Staff Sgt. Travis Powell, flight medic, were credited with saving the lives of two kayakers on Oregon’s Sandy River following an over-water air rescue during a winter storm and rising flood waters.

Georgia Guard Field Artillery Unit Conducts Deployment Ceremony
December 13, 2023
Georgia Army National Guard Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery Regiment conduct a colors casing ceremony Dec. 12, 2023, in Fort Stewart, Ga., before deploying overseas.

Oregon Guard's 173rd Fighter Wing Trains in Chemical Gear
December 12, 2023
U.S. Air Force Capt. Brandon McGraw, 173rd Maintenance Operations Flight commander, dons full “chem gear” during chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives training, Dec. 3, 2023, at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Oregon Guard Helps Vietnam with Trauma Care Requirements
December 11, 2023
Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Chris Webb demonstrates airway management skills during an International Trauma Life Support course in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in February 2023. The Oregon National Guard and Vietnam are partners through the State Partnership Program.

Arkansas Guardsmen Return from Southwest Asia Deployment
December 11, 2023
Maj. Gen. Jonathan Stubbs, Arkansas adjutant general, greets Arkansas National Guard members returning from a nine-month deployment to Southwest Asia before they are reunited with their families Dec. 9, 2023.

Wisconsin Guard Security Forces Conduct Augmentee Training
December 8, 2023
Members of the 128th Air Refueling Wing Security Forces Squadron practice combatives as part of augmentee training Nov. 9, 2023, at the Wisconsin Air National Guard base in Milwaukee. The augmentee training program, an essential component of the squadron's operations, prepares selected members to step into specialized roles during heightened security or crisis.

National Guard Members Showcase Innovation
December 8, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead, SEA to the CNGB, center left and center right, respectively, with competitors of the 2023 National Guard Bureau Innovation Challenge at the Herbert R. Temple Jr. Army National Guard Readiness Center, Arlington Hall Station, Virginia, Dec. 7, 2023. Arizona Army National Guard members took home top honors for their concept of exportable maneuver live-fire capabilities that could help units achieve training requirements.

175th Wing Fire Department Helps Rescue Man from Frigid Water
December 8, 2023
Airmen assigned to the 175th Wing Fire Department saw into the roof of a simulated burning building to inspect for fire hazards during Operation Frosty Strike Nov. 30, 2023, at Martin State Air National Guard Base, Middle River, Md. Operation Frosty Strike was a full-scale readiness exercise that demonstrated the 175th Wing’s ability to survive and operate in a realistic combat environment against a near-peer adversary while fulfilling its federally assigned missions.

Couple Enlist Together in Wisconsin Air National Guard
December 8, 2023
Steven Krueger and Paola Astudillo, husband and wife, enlisted in the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing during a joint enlistment ceremony at Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin, Nov. 22, 2023. Krueger, a prior Army Reservist and 115th Fighter Wing Airman, joined his wife for her first oath of enlistment after which his father, retired U.S. Army Col. Roy Krueger, administered his son's third.

Alabama Air Guard's 187th Fighter Wing Receives F-35 Jets
December 8, 2023
An F-35 Lightning II parked on the flight line at Dannelly Field Dec. 6, 2023. The 187th Fighter Wing received the first three F-35s from Luke AFB, Ariz., and will begin transitioning to their new mission.

Ohio Guard Marks 75th Anniversary of Military Desegregation
December 7, 2023
Airmen from the 121st Air Refueling Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, and friends and family of Sgt. Thomas Newton, a documented Tuskegee Airman, stand as an honor guard member folds an American flag flown at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, to give to Newton in Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 2, 2023. Newton, who was stationed at RANGB when it was named Lockbourne Air Force Base, returned after 74 years to be the guest of honor during a ceremony to celebrate the 75th anniversary of desegregation in the U.S. military.

Kentucky Guardsman Completes Ranger School on First Go 
December 7, 2023
Kentucky Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Dustin McKie-Miller's girlfriend, Army Capt. Carly Schroeder, puts the Ranger Tab patch on his arm after his graduation from Ranger School at Fort Moore, Georgia, Aug. 18, 2023. McKie-Miller aced every challenge of the Ranger training on his first attempt and finished the course in 62 days, the shortest time possible.

Maryland Air National Guard Demonstrates Readiness
December 6, 2023
Maryland Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Edmond Baghdassarian and Staff Sgt. Stefond Johnson, 175th Security Forces Squadron, establish communications during Operation Frosty Strike at Martin State Air National Guard Base, Middle River, Maryland, Dec. 2, 2023. The 175th Security Forces Squadron participated in a four-day training exercise.

Alaska Guard Spreads Holiday Cheer to Remote Communities
December 6, 2023
Santa and Mrs. Claus disembark from a C-17 Globemaster III and head to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to support Operation Santa Claus at Bethel, Alaska, Nov. 15, 2023. Operation Santa Claus is the AKNG’s yearly community outreach program that provides gifts and Christmas cheer to children in remote communities.

New York Army Guard Salutes Former President Van Buren
December 6, 2023
New York Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Michel Natali and  Command Sgt. Maj. Edwin Garris salute after placing a wreath from the White House marking the birthday of former President Martin Van Buren in Kinderhook, New York, Dec. 5, 2023. Natali presented a wreath from President Joseph Biden at the annual ceremony held at Van Buren’s gravesite in Kinderhook Reformed Cemetery.

Arkansas Air Guard Medics Provide Free Medical Care in Guatemala
December 5, 2023
Arkansas National Guardsmen from the 188th Wing at Ebbing Air National Guard base in Fort Smith and the 189th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville departed Dec. 1 for a seven-day mission providing free medical care in Guatemala City.

Hokanson at Reagan National Defense Forum: National Guard Part of the Fabric of America
December 4, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, participates in a panel discussion at the 2023 Reagan National Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Simi Valley, California, Dec. 2, 2023.

Red Arrow Veteran Awarded Purple Heart Medal Posthumously
December 4, 2023
Maj. Eric Van Hout, an administrative officer with the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment, and Command Sgt. Maj. Ryan Johnson, battalion command sergeant major, present a Purple Heart medal to Mike Muthig, the grandson of World War I veteran Pvt. George Arts. Arts enlisted in the battalion’s Company I and was severely wounded Aug. 4, 1918, during the battalion’s assault on the town of Fismes.

New York Guardsmen Conclude Southern Vanguard 24 in Brazil
December 4, 2023
U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers stand at attention during a promotion ceremony in Macapa, Brazil, Nov. 16, 2023. Forty-four New York National Guard Soldiers working alongside active-duty Army and Brazilian Army Soldiers conducted three weeks of training in Northern Brazil Nov. 1-16.

Georgia National Guardsmen Return from Overseas Mission
December 4, 2023
Col. Matthew Kukla and Command Sgt. Major Lafayette Deal, command team of the Georgia National Guard’s 201st Regional Support Group (Forward), uncase the unit colors during a welcome home ceremony at the Clay National Guard Center in Marietta, Ga., Dec. 1 following a 10-month deployment to Europe.