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Guam Army Guard Soldier Earns Expert Soldier Badge
May 16, 2023
Spc. Kiana Siguenza of SECFOR 6, Task Force Talon, 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, competes in the ruck march portion of the U.S. Army Japan Expert Soldier Badge testing at the Sagami General Depot, Japan, April 28, 2023.  Siguenza, a member of the Guam National Guard, is the first recipient of the Expert Soldier Badge in the organization.

Idaho Air National Guard Airmen Train for Combat
May 15, 2023
Special warfare tactical air control party Airmen with the 124th Air Support Operations Squadron conduct proficiency training on vehicle, radio and weapons systems at Saylor Creek Air Force Range May 8, 2023. As the dedicated liaisons between ground forces and supporting aircraft, ASOS members must maintain proficiency on a variety of equipment to assist their host units.

New York Army Guard Leaders Plan August Exercise with Brazil
May 12, 2023
New York National Guard 1st Sgt. Amanda Eldred, assigned to the 466 Medical Company, Area Support, reviews a medical bag with Brazilian Army Soldiers during a planning conference for Operation Parana in Foz do Iguazu, Brazil, May 3, 2023. The joint training event in August involves international participation to strengthen partnerships and improve interoperability in the event of a natural disaster in South America.

Army Guard Personnel Officers Focus on Soldiers at Symposium
May 12, 2023
Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, right, director of the Army National Guard, speaks with more than 250 Army Guard officers and senior noncommissioned officers at the annual Army National Guard G1 Military Personnel Office workshop in Orlando, Florida, May 2-4, 2023. The conference marked the first time the group has met in person since before the COVID-19 pandemic began three years ago.

Oregon Airmen Prepare for Wildland Fire Season
May 12, 2023
Airmen assigned to the 173rd Fighter Wing don Oregon Department of Forestry uniforms and extinguish a grass fire during wildland firefighter training at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore., May 7, 2023. The training prepared Oregon Air Guardsmen to aid the state when wildland fires outpace state resources during hot summer months.

National Guard Chief Recognizes New York Guard Recruiters
May 12, 2023
Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, presents a coin to Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Moseman in Saratoga Springs, New York, May 10, 2023. National Guard Bureau leaders recognized recognize recruiters for making New York the only state to exceed its recruiting goals for the year.

New York EOD Techs Represent Guard at Army-wide Competition
May 11, 2023
New York Army National Guard explosive ordnance disposal technicians Staff Sgt. Robert Contini, left, and Sgt. Michael Wing, secure a Mark 82 general purpose bomb so it can be disarmed while competing in the All-Army EOD Team of the Year Competition at Fort Carson, Colorado, April 18, 2023.

New York Airmen Train with Army Guard Special Forces
May 11, 2023
A HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter flown by the 106th Rescue Wing provides air support during a training exercise at Warren Grove Bombing Range, Ocean County, New Jersey, May 6, 2023. Airmen of the 105th Base Defense Squadron and the 106th Rescue Wing and Soldiers from the U.S. Army National Guard’s 20th Special Forces Group honed expeditionary skills during the exercise.

Wyoming Air Guard Demonstrates Readiness in Exercise
May 11, 2023
Wyoming Air National Guard firefighters respond to a fire scenario during the Mustang Roller Readiness Exercise at the Wyoming Air National Guard Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming, May 2, 2023.

Alaska National Guard Conducts Earthquake, Tsunami Exercise
May 11, 2023
Alaska Air and Army National Guard Joint Operations Center members coordinate emergency operations plans while conducting an earthquake continuity of operation exercise at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, May 1-5, 2023. The exercise focused on the response to a 9.2 magnitude earthquake and tsunami scenario.

Nebraska, California National Guard Units Honor WWII Veteran
May 11, 2023
World War II veteran James K. Kunkle lays in the back of a KC-135 boom pod and watches the boom operator refuel an F15-C Eagle from the 114th Fighter Wing, Fresno, California, April 25, 2023. Kunkle served as a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot during World War II and flew P-38 and P-57 aircraft, receiving the Distinguished Service Cross for engaging 20 German aircraft and downing two of them.

Washington Guardsman Chases Dream of Becoming Police Officer
May 10, 2023
Washington Army National Guard Officer Candidate Lin Lin, in his Bellevue Police Department uniform after graduating from Basic Law Enforcement Academy in April 2023.

Kansas Soldier Makes Marathon Team Pushing Friend to Finish
May 10, 2023
1st Lt. Nicholas Lahr, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot with the Kansas Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 108th Aviation Regiment, and Samuel Butalla participated in the 46th annual Lincoln Marathon, which also serves as the National Guard Marathon Team trials, May 7, 2023, in Lincoln, Nebraska. More than 200 National Guard Airmen and Soldiers from across the country competed.

Guard Soldiers, Airmen Compete for All Guard Marathon Team
May 9, 2023
National Guard athletes race in the 46th annual Lincoln Marathon, which also serves as the National Guard Marathon Team time trials, held May 7, 2023, in Lincoln, Nebraska. More than 200 National Guard Airmen and Soldiers from across the country competed for spots on the All Guard Marathon Team.

New York Army Guard Aviators Complete Kuwait Mission
May 9, 2023
Two U.S. Army UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters assigned to the New York Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation Regiment, Assault Helicopter Battalion, attached to the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, conduct deck landings on the USS Lewis B. Puller in the Persian Gulf Nov. 10, 2022. The battalion deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield as a component of the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade of the Texas Army National Guard.

123rd Special Tactics Facilitates Aircraft Highway Landing
May 9, 2023
An MQ-9 Reaper prepares to take off from Highway 287 in Wyoming during Exercise Agile Chariot April 30, 2023, honing capabilities linked to Agile Combat Employment. Instead of relying on large, fixed bases and infrastructure, ACE employs smaller, more dispersed locations and teams to rapidly move aircraft, pilots and other personnel as needed.

Pennsylvania Guard Completes Patriot Press Road Trip
May 9, 2023
U.S. Soldiers with the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 131st Transportation Company, 228th Transportation Battalion, 213th Regional Support Group, drive 111, 20-foot containers of ammunition from Fort Indiantown Gap to Hawthorne, Nevada, as part of Army Materiel Command’s Operation Patriot Press, a coast-to-coast ammunition redistribution mission. During the trip to Nevada and back, 131st TC Soldiers drove more than 50 vehicles approximately 6,200 miles with no accidents.

Vermont National Guard Engineers Train with North Macedonia
May 9, 2023
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Gregory Knight, the adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard, visited with soldiers from North Macedonia training at the Ethan Allen Firing Range, Jericho, Vermont, April 25, 2023. The North Macedonia soldiers come from engineering units and the Krivolak Training Area in Macedonia.

Austrian Ambassador Hosts Vermont Delegation at Investment Summit
May 8, 2023
Austrian Ambassador to the U.S. Petra Schneebauer, center, hosted, from left, Maj. Gen. Gregory Knight, Vermont adjutant general; U.S. Ambassador to Austria Victoria Kennedy; Vermont Secretary of Commerce Lindsay Kurrle and Austrian Defense Attache Maj. Gen. Norbert Huber during the SelectUSA Investment Summit in National Harbor, Maryland, May 3, 2023.

Senior Enlisted Advisor Visits Florida National Guard
May 8, 2023
Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead, SEA to the chief of the National Guard Bureau, visits Florida National Guard members April 21-23, 2023, to check in with troops, meet with senior military leaders and observe training over the weekend drill. Whitehead met with Guard units, including troops assigned to the 211th Regional Training Institute at Camp Blanding.