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Major Instills Sexual Assault Response Practices in Guard
April 11, 2023
Maj. Bridget Flannery, Buddy Aid program director, presents Buddy Aid, the National Guard’s first response to sexual assault, during new employee orientation at the Professional Education Center on Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, Arkansas,  March 9, 2023. Buddy Aid began during Flannery’s 2013 deployment to Afghanistan and eventually became a national initiative based at the PEC.

Florida Guardsmen Conquer Norwegian Ruck March
April 11, 2023
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Cowgill, a 290th Alpha Flight noncommissioned officer in charge, after completed the Norwegian Ruck March held at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, March 31, 2023. Cowgill was one of five 290th JCSS Airmen who participated in the march.

Kentucky National Guard, SPP Partner Ecuador Conduct Seminar
April 10, 2023
Members of the Kentucky National Guard participated in a senior enlisted leader seminar with members of the Ecuadorian Armed Forces March 20-24, 2023, in Quito, Ecuador. Participants exchanged best-practices on noncommissioned officer competencies, capabilities and leadership responsibilities.

ANG Top Leader Hosts Air Defender ’23 Media Visit
April 7, 2023
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael Loh, front center, director, Air National Guard, tours the flightline during Air Defender 2023 Media Day, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, April 4, 2023. Members of the German air force and media visited in preparation for Air Defender 2023 in June.

Virginia Guard Provides Maintenance Support in Germany
April 7, 2023
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 3647th Maintenance Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, support the Joint Multinational Readiness Center during an exercise March 4-18, 2023, at Hohenfels Training Area in Hohenfels, Germany. During the rotation, 50 Soldiers with the 3647th performed service and maintenance supporting the JMRC maintenance facility and 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, which provides opposing forces to units training at JMRC.

Vermont's Green Mountain Boys Demonstrate Agility, Readiness
April 7, 2023
Airmen assigned to the Vermont Air National Guard's 158th Fighter Wing in South Burlington, Vermont, prepare F-35A Lightning II jets for a training mission at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield, Fort Drum, New York, April 3, 2023. The Airmen  participated in an Agile Combat Employment exercise to test the wing's ability to deploy and conduct tactical missions with minimal personnel and resources.

Cal Guard Response Force Proves Capabilities During ExEVAL
April 7, 2023
Search and extraction team members including U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Samuel Marchini, center, of the 144th Medical Detachment, 144th Fighter Wing, California Air National Guard, and Spc. Karen Noyes, right, a heavy equipment construction mechanic with the 649th Engineer Company, 49th Military Police Brigade, California Army National Guard, place a mannequin on a litter and evaluate the simulated patient's injuries after pulling the victim out of a collapsed building during an exericse at Camp Roberts March 30, 2023.

Tennessee National Guard Rescues Hiker on Appalachian Trail
April 6, 2023
Sgt. Gabriel Weston, Tennessee Army National Guard Black Hawk helicopter crew chief, locates a hiker in distress and prepares a hoist rescue in Great Smoky Mountains National Park near the Silers Bald Shelter along the Appalachian Trail early April 5, 2023.

Training, ‘Speaking Up’ Key to Fighting Sexual Assault
April 6, 2023
Efforts to prevent sexual assault in the National Guard continue as senior leaders implement “lines of effort” to eradicate the ongoing problem.

Croatia, Canada Join Minnesota Best Warrior Competition
April 6, 2023
Twenty Minnesota National Guard, four Croatian, and three Canadian Soldiers competed in Minnesota’s Best Warrior Competition March 29– April 1, 2023, at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, Minnesota. The annual competition tests the military skills, physical strength and endurance of the top Soldiers and noncommissioned officers.

South Dakota Guard Firefighters Train Before Deploying
April 6, 2023
The South Dakota Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves trained for the past year to team up with 5th Armored Brigade observer, coach, trainers and White Sands Missile Range firefighters for a culminating training exercise at WSMR, New Mexico, March 17-28, 2023, before deploying overseas.

New York Airmen Awarded Medals for Afghanistan Evacuation
April 6, 2023
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown Jr. presents the aircrew led by U.S. Air Force Capt. Robert Dana with the Air Medal during an award ceremony at Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York, April 1, 2023. Seventeen Airmen from the 105th were awarded the Air Medal for their actions during the August 2021 evacuation of Americans and Afghans from Afghanistan.

39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to Work With Ukrainian Forces
April 6, 2023
More than 160 Guardsmen from the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team headquarters departed Camp Joseph T. Robinson in North Little Rock, Arkansas, April 4, 2023, and will make their way to Grafenwoehr, Germany, for a year-long mission training Ukrainian armed forces.

Alaska Air Guard Medevacs Patient from Little Diomede
April 6, 2023
An Alaska Air National Guard HC-130J Combat King II operated by aircrew from the 211th Rescue Squadron, 176th Wing, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 18, 2021. The HC-130J Combat King II can perform personnel recovery operations, search-and-rescue and aerial helicopter refueling and forward area ground refueling missions.

Alaska Air Guard Rescues Injured Climber Near Glacier View
April 5, 2023
Members of the 210th and 211th Rescue Squadrons, Alaska National Guard, practice aerial refueling in an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter over Alaska Jan. 21, 2021.

Air Force Veteran Reunited with Old Friend after 60 Years
April 5, 2023
U.S. Air Force Veteran Richard Devine of Omaha, Neb., tours a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, tail 58-0057, with Master Sgt. Jamie Bethune March 30, 2023. Devine was one of the original crew chiefs of 58-0057 when the aircraft, now assigned to the Iowa Air National Guard's 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City, Iowa, first entered service in the late 1950s.

WADS Airmen Share Knowledge with Royal Thai Air Force Partners
April 5, 2023
The Airmen of the Western Air Defense Sector conducted a command and control battle management operations exchange with the Royal Thai Air Force in the Kingdom of Thailand in March 2023. The Washington National Guard and Thailand have been partners in the State Partnership Program for 21 years.

AIM-HI Connects Innovators, Senior Military Leaders
April 4, 2023
Members from team Rebellion, Cohort 4, Academia Industry Military-Hybrid Innovation, pitch innovative solutions to military leadership during a one-day capstone event in Washington March 31, 2023. Teams proposed solutions for emerging national defense problems.

Wisconsin National Guard, Papua New Guinea Strengthen Ties
April 3, 2023
First Sgt. Aaron Ritchie, right, 64th Troop Command’s senior supply sergeant and sustainment noncommissioned officer (NCO) representative, asks a Papua New Guinea Defence Force Soldier about serial numbers for supply items March 24, 2023, at Murray Barracks in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Six NCOs conducted an information exchange with Papua New Guinea Defence Force counterparts March 20-27 as part of the State Partnership Program.

Texas Best Warrior Competition Supports Partner Program
April 3, 2023
Staff Sgt. Maxim Mojzis, Czech army, kneels alongside Chilean armed forces in preparation for the M-4 qualifying event during the Texas Military Department Best Warrior Competition at Camp Swift, Texas, March 31, 2023. The friendly, six-day competition challenged service members on professional military knowledge, marksmanship, obstacle course and land navigation.