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U.S. Air Force loadmasters from the 204th Airlift Squadron, Tech. Sgt. Josh Moracco and Senior Airman Sandra Kim, and Royal Australian Air Force loadmasters from 87 Squadron, Sgt. Ben Russell and Flt Sgt. Jay Johnson, gather May 12, 2022, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Aircrew members from each nation shared responsibilities on one another’s aircraft throughout training exercise Global Dexterity.
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing lands at Naval Air Station Key West May 12, 2022. Approximately 150 Airmen from the 115th FW and its co-located active-duty counterpart, the 378th Fighter Squadron, were at NAS Key West participating in dissimilar air combat training with the U.S. Navy, Arizona Air National Guard and Royal Netherlands Air Force.
N.Y. Air National Guard Airmen from the 106th Rescue Wing, Westhampton Beach, N.Y., package a “patient,” an advanced medical simulation dummy, for transport at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, May 5, 2022. The combat medics of the 106th Medical Group participated in their first military facility annual training since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jilayne Michelsen, a command post controllerassigned to the Ohio National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, shares the story of her darkest hours, her mental health diagnosis and overcoming the stigma of seeking help. Michelsen hopes her story will help others know they are not alone and will seek help when needed.
The Alaska Air National Guard, 168th Wing, generated combat readiness training as the lead tanker task force refueling Red Flag-Alaska 22-1 April 28 to May 13. The wing provided combat interoperability opportunities to approximately 2,200 service members from three nations, maintaining and supporting more than 90 aircraft and over 25 units.
Louisiana National Guard's Sgt. William Avery, of Farmerville, Louisiana, with B Company, 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment demonstrates different fighting positions that can be used when firing a M249 Light Machine Gun while attending annual training at Fort Polk in Leesville, Louisiana, June 7, 2016. The two-week training allows units to train to increase the overall skill and readiness of the units in the brigade.
Five of the 135 Soldiers of the 135th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, Alabama National Guard, hold their birthday cards for the last known surviving Tuskegee Airman, Sgt. Victor Butler, who turns 100 May 21, 2022. Left to right, Sgt. 1st Class Brian Lynd, Lt. Col. Joel Traweek, Sgt. 1st Class Willie Vandiver, Capt. Jeremy Barrett, and Sgt. 1st Class Carnard McCalpine.
Brig. Gen. Dan Kuwali of the Malawi Defense Force with Kentucky National Guard Cols. Jason Shepherd and Joyce Gordon April 22, 2022, in Frankfort, Ky. Kuwali was invited by the pair to speak to Kentucky National Guard’s staff judge advocates about the opportunities for the United States to use soft power in Africa to balance China's engagements on the continent.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Martin, crew chief assigned to the 175th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, guides an A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 104th Fighter Squadron, Maryland Air National Guard, in Ohrid, North Macedonia, May 7, 2022, to conduct Agile Combat Employment training in support of the Swift Response exercise. The purpose of the exercise is to present combat-credible Army forces in Europe and Africa and enhance readiness by building airborne interoperability with allies and partners.
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Sergey Zelenskiy, a senior instructor with the 177th Regiment, Regional Training Institute, Michigan Army National Guard, at Fort Custer Training Center, Augusta, Michigan, May 10, 2022. Zelenskiy, an emigrant from Kyiv, Ukraine, joined the Michigan Army National Guard in 2007.
The winners of the Region IV Best Warrior Competition, Spc. Nathaniel Miska and Sgt. Richard Carlson, both with the Minnesota National Guard, with their sponsors at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. The winners move on to compete in the finals July 20-30, 2022, at Camp Smyrna, Tennessee.
Sgt. Josiah Bell of Rochester, Minnesota, an infantryman with the Wisconsin National Guard’s B Company, 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry Regiment, scales a rope in the obstacle course event during the Region IV Best Warrior Competition at Camp Ripley, Minnesota, May 13, 2022. The annual competition tests the military skills, physical strength and endurance of the top Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from the Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio National Guard.
Airmen with the 157th Air Refueling Wing, New Hampshire Air National Guard, perform a litter carry as part of a four-day military readiness exercise at Pease Air National Guard Base, Newington, N.H., May 12-15. The exercise tested the wing's ability to deploy and operate in a contested environment.
Members of the 173rd Fighter Wing and visiting dignitaries from the Choctaw Nation stand in front of the newly commissioned nose art, April 14, 2022, at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Ore. Oregon Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Robert Holster, the dedicated crew chief, commissioned the artwork to pay homage to his lineage as a member of the Choctaw Tribe and his service to the U.S. military.
The Wisconsin Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Enhanced Response Force Package practiced crisis response with civilian partners May 14, 2022, at the Fox Valley Technical College, Public Safety Training Center, Appleton, Wisconsin. The exercise included setting up a medical field site, searching and rescuing casualties and hoisting them via helicopter for treatment.
A New York National Guard Soldier with the 222nd Chemical Company, 104th Military Police Battalion, performs a decontamination exercise at Fort Indiantown Gap May 14, 2022.
Alabama Army National Guard Sgts. Tymicheal Avery and Portia Staton test purified water during Operation Tradewinds 2022 at Price Barracks, Belize, May 13, 2022. Avery, Statonand the 1208th Quartermaster Company are supplying potable water for cooking, personal hygiene, and drinking to partner nations.
Airmen of the 163d Civil Engineer Squadron, California Air National Guard, tear down tents and store equipment during exercise Grizzly Thunder 22-3 at March Air Reserve Base, California, May 14, 2022. Grizzly Thunder was a continuation of a deployment training exercise from late 2021, dubbed Grizzly Lightning.
Pvt. Frederica Rivers of the Alaska Army National Guard, 207th Engineer Company, loads a Humvee with additional fuel at the Fairbanks National Guard Armory in preparation to travel to Manley Hot Springs, Alaska, May 12, 2022, to support flood recovery operations. The Guardsmen will assist at the request of the State of Alaska Emergency Operations Center.
Maj. Erik Zingler, optometry officer in charge for the 155th Medical Group, Lincoln, Neb., performs an optometry vision test May 2, 2019, in Residential Juan Ferrer, Puerto Rico. Zingler is a member of Innovative Readiness Training, a Defense Department program to increase deployment readiness while providing key services such as optometry to American communities with limited access to resources.