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Pennsylvania Guard Soldier Places 2nd in Army Marksmanship
March 24, 2023
Maj. Ian Swisher, executive officer of the 103rd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat, placed second overall at the 2023 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships March 12-18 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Washington Guard Trains with Royal Thai Army Counterparts
March 23, 2023
Washington National Guard Soldiers from Bear Company, 3rd Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, with their Royal Thai Army counterparts from 1st Battalion, 21st Mechanized Infantry Regiment, at the completion of training March 13, 2023, in the Kingdom of Thailand. The partners in the State Partnership Program learned how to survive in a jungle as part of exercise Cobra Gold 2023.

Pennsylvania Air Guard Hosts Lithuanian Air Force Leaders
March 21, 2023
Lithuanian Air Force Col. Antanas Matutis, left, Lithuanian Air Force commander, is greeted by U.S. Air National Guard Col. Deane E. Thomey, commander, 111th Attack Wing, during a visit to Biddle Air National Guard Base in Horsham, Pennsylvania, March 20, 2023. Matutis, and his senior enlisted leader, Command Sgt. Maj. Alvydas Tamošiūnas, were visiting as part of a broader Department of Defense National Guard State Partnership Program tour hosted by Brig. Gen. Michael Regan, the commander of the PAANG.

West Virginia Guard, Qatar Conduct Key Leader SPP Exchange
March 21, 2023
The West Virginia National Guard and Qatari military officials met in Doha, Qatar, March 14-16, 2023, to conduct key leader engagement and plan future bilateral exchanges. West Virginia and Qatar have been SPP partners since 2018.

Air Force Leaders Discuss Total Force Integration
March 20, 2023
From left: U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider, director of staff, Air Force; Katharine Kelley, deputy chief of Space operations for human capital; Lt. Gen. John Healy, chief, Air Force Reserve, and Lt. Gen. Michael Loh, director, Air National Guard, field questions during the 2023 Total Force Symposium at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, March 15, 2023.

Indiana Guardsmen, Slovak Partners Compete to be Best Warrior
March 20, 2023
Senior Airman Evan Nieves, with the 122nd Fighter Wing, sprints through the obstacle course during the Best Warrior Competition at Camp Atterbury, Ind., March 17, 2023. Service members from the Indiana National Guard and the Slovakian armed forces tested basic Soldier skills like physical fitness, marksmanship and combat readiness in the three-day competition.

Washington Guard, Thai Partners Strengthen Cybersecurity
March 20, 2023
Group photo from Cyber Exercise during Exercise Cobra Gold, March 1, 2023, at Camp Red Horse, U-Tapao, Kingdom of Thailand. Cobra Gold is a Thai-U.S. cosponsored training event that builds on the longstanding friendship between the two allied nations and brings together a multinational force to promote regional peace and security in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

National Guard, Canada Conduct Tactical Arctic Insertion
March 20, 2023
Guerrier Nordique 23 Photo

Guard Recognizes Milestones that Brought Positive Change
March 20, 2023
Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead, the SEA to the chief of the National Guard Bureau, recognizes an Alaska Air National Guard member during a visit to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Feb. 2, 2023. Whitehead recently participated in a discussion on Black History Month as the National Guard this year celebrates three anniversaries that legally established racial integration in the military, opened up more opportunities for women to serve and ended the draft.

Kentucky Civil Response Team Hosts Multi-agency Exercise
March 17, 2023
An officer with Louisville Metro Police's Hazardous Incident Response Team gets out of his hazardous material suit after working a simulated scenario with the help of Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Dormbrusch, 12th CST, New Hampshire National Guard, during a training event at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., March 13, 2023. National Guard CSTs from eight states participated in the one-day exercise.

Arctic Guardian Overcomes Obstacles to join Alaska Air Guard
March 17, 2023
Alaska Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Heather Pope is a ground transportation specialist with 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 176th Mission Support Group, 176th Wing. Pope worked to lose 133 pounds to enlist a day before her 40th birthday, the cutoff age to join the military.

Tennessee Guard Honors Former President Jackson
March 16, 2023
Col. Jason Glass, Tennessee National Guard’s assistant adjutant general–air, and Nashville Mayor John Cooper place a commemorative wreath on former President Andrew Jackson’s tomb at Jackson’s home, The Hermitage, outside Nashville March 15, 2023. The ceremony took place on what would have been Jackson’s 256th birthday.

176th Wing Guardian Angels Parachute to Pilot Station for Medevac
March 16, 2023
Guardian Angels of 212th Rescue Squadron exit a 211th Rescue Squadron HC-130J Combat King II during a training exercise. Members of the 212th RQS jumped from a 211th RQS HC-130J into Pilot Station, Alaska, March 8, 2023, and evacuated a critically injured patient on a 210th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk.

NY Guard Soldiers Become Citizens During African deployment
March 16, 2023
Fifteen New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa became U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Mar. 10, 2023. The Soldiers, all belonging to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, are on a 9-month deployment.

Idaho Guardsman Blazes her own Trail in Firefighting
March 15, 2023
Idaho Army National Guard Pfc. Bailey Craig attends her first drill at the Orchard Combat Training Center, Feb. 8, 2023, with the organization's 937th Engineer Detachment. She is the unit's first female to earn the 12M firefighter military occupational specialty after graduating in December from the Department of Defense's 68-day basic firefighting training academy at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas.

NY Guard’s 69th Infantry Carries Poet’s Crucifix to Africa
March 15, 2023
New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Shawn Tabankin, the commander of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, holds the "Kilmer Cross" at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, where the battalion is stationed while on duty at locations in the Horn of Africa. The crucifix was the property of poet Joyce Kilmer, who died while serving in the 69th Infantry in World War I.

Guard Soldier Featured in Army ‘Be All You Can Be’ Campaign
March 15, 2023
First Sgt. John Melson, then a Sgt. 1st Class and member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, was presented the Bronze Star Medal with "V" device for valor at Fort Benning, Ga., Aug. 23, 2013, for his actions in 2009 while fighting off a Taliban ambush in Gerani, Afghanistan. Melson, now a member of the Georgia National Guard, is featured in the new U.S. Army recruiting campaign commercials.

Army National Guardsman Shares Journey to Citizenship
March 15, 2023
Sgt. Osse Jeanpierre shows off his U.S. citizenship certificate following his swearing in as a U.S. citizen Dec. 15, 2022, in Tukwila, Wash. The Washington National Guard member left Haiti as a 9-year-old.

Vermont Guard Soldier Thrives in Canadian Arctic Exercise
March 15, 2023
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shane Yuknis, cavalry scout for B Troop, 172nd Cavalry Squadron (MTN), 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (MTN), Vermont Army National Guard, before tactical insertion training at the airfield in Resolute, Nunavut, Canada, March 14, 2023.

Washington National Guard, Thailand Conduct Wildland Firefighting Exchange
March 15, 2023
Members of the Washington National Guard, 176th Engineer Company, and the Royal Thai Army share wildland firefighting best practices Feb. 25, 2023, in Chiang Mai, Kingdom of Thailand. The exchange marked just the second time in their more than 20-year relationship under the State Partnership Program that Guard members and their Thai counterparts conducted a wildland firefighting exchange.