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U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots with the 75th Fighter Squadron, 23d Fighter Group out of Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, prepare for takeoff during Southern Strike 2022at Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Gulfport, Mississippi, April 26, 2022.
A U.S. special operations service member descends from a UH-60 Black Hawk during Fast Rope Insertion and Extraction System training at Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center, Gulfport, Mississippi, April 22, 2022. The training was during Southern Strike 2022, a large-scale, joint and international combat exercise.
From left, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ernesto Lopez Falcon, a force support services journeyman with the 386th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron, Staff Sgt. Joanna Falcon, an operations specialist with the 332th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, and Senior Airman Jennifer Lopez Falcon, a customer support specialist with the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, reunite at the Rock at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, April 4, 2022. All three family members were deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility at the same time from the 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia Air National Guard.
Staff Sgt. Jacob Cessna attends the Trilateral Public Affairs workshop from his home in Lansing, Michigan, April 6, 2022. More than 25 public affairs specialists from the Michigan National Guard, Latvian National Armed Forces, and the Armed Forces of Liberia teamed up April 12-22 to hold a virtual storytelling workshop under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.
Maj. Mike Sterling, North Carolina National Guard State Partnership director, greets Namibian Defence Force Brig. Gen. Helena Ndilimeke Amutenya, left, and Cameroon Armed Forces Col. Marguerite Meffand-Loaw, center, at the African Military Law Forum Advisory Council at NCNG Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina, April 26-28, 2022. The conference, created by U.S. Africa Command, brought African military legal advisers from several nations including Botswana, one of the NCNG State Partnership Program peers, and NCNG leaders to share their legal expertise.
Leaders from Vermont, the Vermont National Guard, and the Republic of Austria gathered in Montpelier for a signing ceremony officially beginning a partnership between the Vermont National Guard and the Republic of Austria through National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program, Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

The Republic of Austria is the third partner nation with the Vermont National Guard through the State Partnership Program. Vermont also works and trains with North Macedonia and Senegal.
A South Dakota Army National Guard physician assistant
looks in the ear of a Surinamese child in Suriname, April 22, 2022, as a part of the Suriname and South Dakota State Partnership Program agreement. About 30 soldiers from the South Dakota National Guard traveled to the South American country of Suriname to provide engineering support for a school renovation and medical and dental services in several community locations.
South Dakota Air National Guard airmen perform a
dental examination of a Surinamese woman in Suriname, April 22, 2022, as a part of the Suriname and South Dakota State Partnership Program agreement. About 30 soldiers from the South Dakota National Guard traveled to the South American country of Suriname to provide engineering support for a school renovation and medical and dental services in several community locations.
A South Dakota Army National Guard engineer works
alongside Suriname Defense Force soldiers as they conduct renovations at the Magenta Polder (Elementary) School in Suriname, April 22, 2022, as a part of the Suriname and South Dakota State Partnership Program agreement. About 30 soldiers from the South Dakota National Guard traveled to the South American country of Suriname to provide engineering support for a school renovation and medical and dental services in several community locations.
(Left to right) Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Banta, Capt. Philip Webster, and Sgt. Timothy Allen, receive a Star of Life award at the annual Children’s Emergency Care Alliance of Tennessee award ceremony, May 4, in Nashville. The Guardsmen were recognized for their heroic efforts during a medical evacuation rescue mission in Great Smoky Mountain National Park last June.
Sgt. Timothy Allen lowers Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Banta, a critical care flight paramedic, to a bear attack victim in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, June 18, 2021. The four Guardsmen who completed this evacuation mission were presented a Star of Life award by the Children’s Emergency Care Alliance of Tennessee, May 4.
An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft lands at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York on May 5, 2022 as the 174th Attack Wing of the New York Air National Guard tests a new remote landing and takeoff capability.. This is the first time an MQ-9 flew from one commercial airport, in this case Hancock Field International Airport in Syracuse, to another, the airport in Rome.
A CH-47 Chinook assigned to the New York Army National Guard’s Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation removes a 3,900-pound steel pontoon from the Niagara River just above the American side of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, New York on May 4, 2022. The pontoon, which washed away from an ice dam in 2019, was removed because of concerns that it could go over the falls and damage the “Cave of the Winds”.
A CH-47 Chinook assigned to the New York Army National Guard’s Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation removes a 3,900-pound steel pontoon from the Niagara River just above the American side of Niagara Falls in Niagara Falls, New York on May 4, 2022. The pontoon, which washed away from an ice dam in 2019, was removed because of concerns that it could go over the falls and damage the “Cave of the Winds”.
Sgt. 1st Class Jason Haigh, from Task Force Gator, 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Florida Army National Guard, currently assigned to Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine, provides an example while advising on teaching tactics with Ukrainian Observer Controller/Trainers at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, Feb. 3, 2022. U.S. Soldiers provide advisory guidance on Combat Training Center-Yavoriv methodology and training doctrine development to their Ukrainian peers, furthering the self-sufficient training capabilities offered at IPSC to Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Master Sgt. Daniel Nicholson, Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) evaluator from the Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 148th Air Support Operations Squadron, takes part in evaluating two Lithuanian JTACs as part of the multinational Furious Wolf exercise at Lithuania’s Kazlų Rūda range March 3, 2022. JTACs direct the action of combat aircraft engaged in close air support and other offensive air operations from a forward position and are are a crucial component of today’s modern war-fighting toolbox.
U.S. Army Officer Candidate School cadets Julia Yang and Helder Banegas, with the New Jersey Army National Guard, participate in combined leadership and hilltop tactics familiarization at the Bunavi Individual Training Center, April 6, 2022, in Vlorë, Albania. New Jersey Army National Guard soldiers selected to Officer Candidate School, along with their leadership cadre, traveled to Albania to participate with Albanian Armed Forces OCS cadets, strengthening the 20 year New Jersey–Albania Partnership, which is one of 22 European partnerships that make up the U.S. European Command State Partnership Program and one of 65 worldwide partnerships that make up the National Guard State Partnership Program.
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New York Air National Guard Airmen from the 222nd Command and Control Squadron, which augments the U.S. agency managing American surveillance satellites, pose with Brazilian officials at Brazil’s Space Operations Center in Brasilia, the country’s capital on April 19, 2022.