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From left, Maj. Gen. David Mikolaities, New Hampshire adjutant general, presents Cabo Verde Minister of Defense Janine Lélis with an intricately carved map of the state at the end of a State Partnership Program workshop June 10, 2022, in Concord, New Hampshire. Lélis and delegates from the African archipelagic country visited June 8-10 to discuss NHNG capabilities and opportunities to work together.
Officers from the Montenegrin army and members of the Maine Air National Guard climb a communications tower at the South Portland Air National Guard Station June 1, 2022. Four officers from Montenegro participated in communications familiarization events with the 243rd Engineering Installations Squadron and 265th Combat Communications Squadron during a State Partnership Program visit.
Air National Guard Airman First Class Cabrera, 124th Civilian Engineer Squadron, smooths out gravel as a part of an Innovative Readiness Training mission while building homes for the Cherokee Veterans Housing Initiative in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, June 6, 2022. IRT is a Department of Defense initiative that is a joint environment with National Guard Soldiers and Airmen.
Idaho Army National Guard Soldiers from Charlie Company,  one of three companies making up the 2-116th Combined Arms Battalion, train in tactical movements during annual training. The 2-116th CAB is preparing to deploy in support of Operation Spartan Shield.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, president of Ukraine, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. David Baldwin, adjutant general of the California National Guard, and California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis watch a demonstration of tactical equipment during a visit to the California Air National Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Air National Guard Base, California, Sept. 2, 2021. The California National Guard and Ukraine have been partners under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program since 1993.
Nov. 30, 2021, marked the official transfer of authority of the Joint Multinational Training Group - Ukraine mission from the Washington National Guard’s 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, known as Task Force Raven, to the Florida National Guard’s 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, known as Task Force Gator. The 81st left a lasting impact on our Ukrainian partners and on the mission as a whole.
New York Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the 109th Airlift wing deployed to Greenland in support of Exercise Polar Reach May 11-27. The Airmen worked with the Canadian Royal Air Force and the Minnesota Air National Guard to test the capabilities of its Polar Camp Skiway Team.
A U.S. Air Force Airman from the 127th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., performs Agile Combat Employment training while marshaling an A-10 Thunderbolt II in an Integrated Combat Turn during Agile Rage 22, June 7, 2022.
Members of the 166th Airlift Wing Security Forces Squadron transport a simulated wounded team member during an exercise at the New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del., June 6, 2022. The exercise, a part of Operation Gemini, ensures Airmen are trained and mission ready at all times. (Modifications were made to enhance the subject through color correction, cropping and exposure correction.)
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense, during the National Guard and Reserve posture hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington June 7, 2022.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Christopher White, 315th Fighter Squadron commander, deployed to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, reached his 1,000th flight hour milestone in the F-35A Lightning II aircraft June 3, 2022.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Christopher White, 315th Fighter Squadron commander, deployed to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, prepares an F-35A Lightning II aircraft for takeoff, June 3, 2022. Members of the 158th Fighter Wing are in Europe to support NATO’s ongoing air policing mission to deter aggression and assure allies and partners in the region.
Airmen with the 124th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron launch, recover, and perform routine systems checks on the A-10 Thunderbolt II June 7, 2022 at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center. The 124th Fighter Wing is participating in Agile Rage, a National Guard Bureau-led effort to execute on the Air Forces’ agile combat employment mission.
U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Task Force Red Dragon, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, host a D-Day commemoration ceremony and ruck march June 6, 2022, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, to remember the sacrifices of Allied forces during the storming of the Normandy beachhead in World War II.
Maj. Gen. Mark Schindler, Pennsylvania adjutant general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Worley, senior enlisted leader, Pennsylvania National Guard, visit with senior Lithuanian leaders and Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers deployed to Lithuania in support of Defender Europe 22 and NATO exercise Flaming Thunder May 19, 2022.
Mechanics from the 740th Transportation Company pull cable in wet-weather field conditions to rig an overturned Humvee for field recovery training during the 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion field training exercise at Camp Ripley, Minnesota, May 2, 2022. Vehicle recovery experts from the 665th Support Maintenance Company provide their 740th counterparts with realistic hands-on training.
Participants from the National Guard and other services receive instructions for Cyber Shield 2022 at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, Arkansas, June 5, 2022. The mission of Cyber Shield is to develop, train and exercise cyber forces in defending computer networks and responding to cyber incidents.
Two dozen Airmen from the 124th Civil Engineer Squadron, Idaho Air National Guard, build pallet bridges to access new homes during an innovative readiness project in the Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Members from the 124th Fighter Wing, Idaho Air National Guard, travel aboard a C-17 Globemaster III from the 105th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard, en route to Alpena, Michigan, June 4, 2022. This effort is in support of Agile Rage 22 exercise.
Participants in the eighth annual Bersama Warrior exercise pose for a photo during the opening ceremony in Kuantan, Malaysia, June 6, 2022. Bersama Warrior is an annual joint and bilateral exercise sponsored by U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and hosted by the Malaysian Armed Forces.