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ANG Brings Childhood Friends Full Circle as top Achievers
February 9, 2023
Senior Master Sgt. Lance Perone, left, and Chief Master Sgt. Michael Zinsmeister, both with the 220th Engineering Installation Squadron, stand for a portrait Jan. 20, 2023, at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio. Perone and Zinsmeister are still serving together after being in the same basic training flight over 33 years ago.

Resilience Intertwined in Puerto Rico Guard’s Future, Says Guard Chief
February 8, 2023
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, visits with Puerto Rico National Guardsmen of the 156th Wing at Muñiz Air National Guard Base, Catalina, Puerto Rico, Feb. 5, 2023.

Idaho Army, Air Guard Conduct Joint Mass Casualty Training
February 8, 2023
Idaho National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and active-duty counterparts joined forces for a mass casualty exercise Feb. 4, 2023, near Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. Medical personnel from Gowen Field’s 124th Medical Group and active duty medical personnel with the 366th Medical Group from Mountain Home Air Force Base participated.

New York Medics Represent Army Guard at Medic Competition
February 7, 2023
Sgt. Thomas Mulhern, left and Sgt. Klayton McCallum, members of the New York Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry, work on a simulated casualty during the Army Best Medic Competition at Fort Polk, Louisiana, Jan. 24, 2023.

West Virginia Guard CST Responds to Ohio Train Derailment
February 7, 2023
Master Sgt. David Hurst of the Ohio National Guard’s 52nd Civil Support Team discusses the potential impact of a chemical plume from a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, as Gov. Mike DeWine, right, looks on during a press conference Feb. 6, 2023. Members of the 52nd CST are among over 100 Ohio Guard members supporting local authorities in the wake of the Feb. 3 derailment.

193rd Special Operations Wing Welcomes New Aircraft, Mission
February 7, 2023
An MC-130J Commando II arrives at the 193rd Special Operations Wing in Middletown, Pennsylvania, Feb. 2, 2023. The 193rd SOW is beginning to its new primary mission as the first and currently only Air National Guard unit to operate the Commando II.

California National Guard Helps Take on Deadly Floods
February 6, 2023
U.S. Army Pfc. Levi Walkup of the California Army National Guard’s 649th Engineer Company, 185th Military Police Battalion, 49th Military Police Brigade, traverses a trail of boulders he placed to shorten the route between his excavator and a mission planning area while working to reroute the San Ysidro Creek in the Randall Road Debris Basin in Montecito, California, Jan. 13, 2023.

Nebraska Guardsman Wins Danish Contingency March in Kosovo
February 6, 2023
Nebraska Army National Guard Capt. Travis Kirchner, 111th Public Affairs Detachment commander, won the traditional Danish Contingency March Jan. 7, 2023, while deployed to Kosovo. Kirchner finished the 22-mile march in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 35 seconds.

134th Air Refueling Wing Trains on Chemical Threat Response
February 6, 2023
Airmen from the 134th Air Refueling Wing at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tennessee, trained how to respond to CBRN attacks Feb. 3, 2023. Airmen from the 164th Airlift Wing instructed the 480 Airmen how to don protective gear before diagnosing and responding to chemical agents.

Samoa, Nevada Guard Pair in Growing State Partnership Program
February 3, 2023
The Independent State of Samoa and the Nevada National Guard are new partners in the State Partnership Program. Graphic shows the Samoan and Nevada flags along with an emblem displaying the Tongan and Fijian flag of Nevada's other two SPP partners.

Minnesota Guard Conducts 30th Year of Winter Training
February 3, 2023
Master Sgt. Christopher Olson, communications superintendent, 55th Civil Support Team, Minnesota National Guard, conducts maintenance on a dismounted strike kit as part of a winter training exercise in Northern Minnesota Jan. 30, 2023.

Vermont Army Aviation Soldiers Ready for Overseas Mission
February 2, 2023
Soldiers with Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment, 86th Troop Command, Garrison Support Command, Vermont National Guard, performed hoist training with Black Hawk helicopters, Camp Johnson, Colchester, Vermont, Aug. 7, 2020.

Illinois Guard Diversity Leader Fosters Inclusive Culture
February 2, 2023
Capt. Anthony McClain, the Illinois National Guard director of diversity and inclusion, smiles for a portrait in front of the Illinois National Guard Joint Force Headquarters on Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Ill., Dec. 29, 2022. McClain strives to help the Guard achieve a more inclusive organizational culture.

Air Guard Updates 148th Fighter Wing F-16s with Radar Pods
February 1, 2023
A fighter aircraft integrated avionics specialist assigned to the 148th Fighter Wing, Minnesota Air National Guard, prepares to install an AN/ASQ-236 radar pod Jan. 25, 2023.  The 148th Fighter Wing has been designated as the Air National Guard’s Center for Excellence for all F-16 fighter aircraft.

172nd Airlift Wing Completes Readiness Exercise
February 1, 2023
Tech. Sgt. Jerad Easterling, from the 172nd Operations Group, center, marshals a truck carrying medical personnel away from the tail of a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft on Jan. 28, 2023, in Jackson, Mississippi. This was part of a large-scale readiness exercise to test the capabilities of Mississippi Air National Guard Airmen in a contested environment.

National Guard Leaders Join Multi-state Arctic Event
February 1, 2023
Attendees of the National Guard Arctic Interest Council observe the 133rd Contingency Response Flight, Minnesota Air National Guard, operating in extreme cold during the NG-AIC’s quarterly meeting at the Camp Ripley Training Center Jan. 25, 2023. The NG-AIC is a collaboration among states with arctic interests, capabilities, and resources to address the rapidly changing arctic environment.

Wisconsin Guard Trains on Fire Missions in Frigid Weather
February 1, 2023
A gun team from the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 120th Field Artillery Regiment, set up an M119 howitzer during Northern Strike 23-1 on Jan. 21, 2023, at Camp Grayling, Mich. The 120th Field Artillery is building readiness by conducting cold-weather training to meet objectives of the Department of Defense’s Arctic strategy.