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Wisconsin ’Red Arrow’ Soldiers Complete XCTC
August 31, 2023
Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment, and the 173rd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, coordinate on a live-fire exercise featuring squad movements, reacting to simulated enemy contact and the use of a Bangalore torpedo explosive charge during eXportable Combat Training Center training July 27, 2023, at Fort McCoy, Wis.

Connecticut Guard K-9s Test Their Skills in Plane Search
August 31, 2023
U.S. Army Sgt. Kevin O'Connell and his working dog, Misha, walk across the tarmac of Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Conn., to investigate a C-130H aircraft as part of a training exercise Aug. 29, 2023. This training was designed to help handlers and their K-9 step outside their comfort zone, train in an unfamiliar environment, and build rapport with their sister service.

Hawaii Guard Joins Super Garuda Shield Indo-Pacific Exercise
August 31, 2023
Maj Som Thulung, United Kingdom Armed Forces delegation, and Col. Pam Ellison, Hawaii Army National Guard, U.S. Armed Forces delegation, greet each other before the opening ceremony of the staff exercise portion of Super Garuda Shield 2023 on Aug. 31 in Surabaya Indonesia. The annual exercise has grown in scope and size since 2009.

California Air Guard Mobilized for Aerial Firefighting
August 31, 2023
U.S. Air National Guard Airmen with the 146th Airlift Wing test the functionality of a Modular Airborne Firefighting System  unit loaded inside the cargo bay of a C-130J aircraft at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Port Hueneme, California, Aug. 29, 2023. The 146th Airlift Wing has been called up to help the U.S. Forest Service fight wildfires across the United States.

New York Guard Conducts Search and Rescue Training in Brazil
August 30, 2023
Brazilian security forces Airmen listen as a U.S. Air Force security forces Airman from the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing provides advice during an exercise at Brazil’s Air Base Campo Grande, in Campo Grande, Brazil, Aug. 25, 2023.The New York Air National Guard deployed 100 Airmen to take part in Exercise Tapio, a combat search and rescue training exercise, as part of Brazil's State Partnership Program relationship with the New York National Guard.

New York Airmen Train on Parachute Landings, Water Survival
August 30, 2023
Airmen from the 109th Airlift Wing participate in water survival and parachute refresher training on Great Sacandaga Lake in Mayfield, New York, Aug. 5-6, 2023. Airmen received flotation device and life raft familiarization training.

Florida National Guard Activated to Assist With Hurricane Response
August 30, 2023
Florida National Guard Soldiers prepare for Hurricane Idalia search-and-rescue missions in Tallahassee, Fla., Aug. 29, 2023.

New England CERFP Graded Perfect in Evaluation
August 30, 2023
Senior Airman Cassandra Wachowiak, an aerospace medic with the 157th Medical Group, interacts with a patient during a radiological response training exercise Aug. 15, 2023, at Joint Base Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The 157th MDG was tested on its response to a radiological disaster and received a perfect score.

Mississippi, Arkansas Guard Airmen Train with Coast Guard
August 30, 2023
Aeromedical evacuation technicians from the 183rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron administer aid to a simulated patient during medical airlift evacuation training in Gulfport, Mississippi, July 20, 2023. The 183rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron conducted annual training with the 189th Medical Group, Arkansas ANG, U.S. Coast Guard New Orleans and Gulfport.

Montana, NM, Arizona Guard Provide Health Care on Reservation
August 29, 2023
Over 100 service members from the Montana, Arizona and New Mexico National Guard, U.S. Army Reserves, U.S. Public Health Service and U.S. Air Force conducted medical operations for two weeks in August to support of the 2023 Walking Shield Innovative Readiness Training at the Fort Belknap Reservation, Montana.

Wyoming Guard Helps Rescue Injured Climbers
August 29, 2023
A Wyoming Army National Guard helicopter crew, working with local agencies, executes a daring aerial evacuation during a challenging 24-hour rescue mission in Box Elder Canyon, Converse County, Aug. 15, 2023. The operation successfully extracted two climbers.

Hawaii Army National Guard Supports Maui Wildfire Response
August 28, 2023
Spc. Kaimana McBrayer, a fire control specialist with the Hawaii Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 487th Field Artillery Regiment, pops a “Shaka” hand gesture while directing traffic as part of the National Guard’s response to the deadly Maui wildfires in Lahaina, Hawaii, Aug 25, 2023. The Defense Department and the U.S. Coast Guard are supporting the FEMA-led response to the deadliest wildfire in Hawaii’s history.

Louisiana National Guard Mobilized to Battle Wildfires
August 28, 2023
The Louisiana National Guard deployed one engineer assessment team and 16 bulldozers with crew members from the 225th Engineer Brigade to Singer to help the Louisiana Forestry Department clear and widen fire lanes to help prevent the spread of wildfires in the area. Almost 100 Soldiers were supporting the wildfire response, including Black Hawk and Chinook helicopter crews.

North Dakota Army Guard Soldiers Compete to be Best Warriors
August 28, 2023
Winners of the North Dakota Army National Guard Best Warrior Competition conducted Aug. 17-20, 2023:

Noncommissioned officer, Sgt. Avery Johnson, 188th Army Band.
Soldier, Spc. Caleb Claxton, 3662nd Maintenance Company.


NCO - Sgt. Max Dahl, D Detachment, 188th Battalion, Air Defense Artillery. 
Soldier - Spc. Jonathan Lange, Company D, 112th Aviation Battalion.

Lt. Gen. Jensen: Army National Guard Better Than Ever
August 28, 2023
Army Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, director of the Army National Guard, addresses attendees at the 145th National Guard Association of the United States General Conference, Reno, Nevada, Aug. 20, 2023. Jensen said the Army National Guard is the best it's ever been.

New York Army National Guard Medics Train in Brazil
August 25, 2023
New York National Guard Sgt. Amanda Nelson, 466th Area Support Medical Company, works with Brazilian Army peers during Operation Paraná III in the State of Parana, Brazil, Aug. 15, 2023. The New York National Guard participated in the simulated humanitarian aid response exercise Aug. 12-19, 2023, as part of the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.

Airmen of the Year Recognized During Focus on the Force Week
August 25, 2023
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael Loh, left, director, Air National Guard and Chief Master Sgt. Maurice Williams, right, command chief, ANG, pose with the ANG’s 2023 Outstanding Airmen of the Year at the Air National Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Aug. 24, 2023. All four Outstanding Airmen of the Year participated in Focus on the Force Week.

Oklahoma Air Guard Airmen Train for Casualty Combat Care
August 25, 2023
Airmen from the 138th Medical Group participate in a simulated combat environment as part of their final test in completing Tactical Combat Casualty Care Tier 2 in Perry, Fla., July 20, 2023. Smoke grenades and fake rounds were fired to simulate a deployed environment so Airmen could learn how to handle themselves and remain focused on the mission — caring for personnel and casualties.

Cyber Fortress 2.0 Tests Virginia’s Cyber Response Plan
August 25, 2023
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based 91st Cyber Brigade and the Richmond-based Joint Force Headquarters - Virginia Defense Cyber Operations Element take part in the Cyber Fortress 2.0 cyber defense exercise July 13, 2023, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

NH Guard Prevails at Regional Marksmanship Championships
August 25, 2023
New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Adam Crist, a human resources specialist with 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment, engages a target during the Marksmanship Advisory Council (MAC) Regional Championship on Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Vermont, Aug. 20, 2023.