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Salvadoran Defense Minister René Merino, left, and New Hampshire Adjutant Gen. David Mikolaities discuss the New Hampshire National Guard-El Salvador partnership under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program May 25, 2022, in San Salvador, El Salvador.
New York National Guard Airmen with the 105th Airlift Wing were recognized with the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with valor at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York, June 4, 2022. Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, and Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael Loh, director of the Air National Guard, praised the Airmen for their heroic actions flying a C-17 Globemaster military transport aircraft into Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, as Taliban forces took the capital city in August 2021.
U.S. Airmen with the Indiana Air National Guard, and Slovak armed forces personnel trained together Feb. 22, 2022, at the 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne, Indiana. The joint training built on a more than 25-year partnership under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.
U.S. Airmen with the Indiana Air National Guard and Slovak armed forces personnel participated in joint training Feb. 22, 2022, at the 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne, Indiana. The training strengthened Indiana and Slovakia's robust partnership formed over 25 years under the Department of Defense National Guard State Partnership Program.
Soldiers who participated in the Region VII Best Warrior Competition pose for a photo on the island of Guam, May 26, 2022. Competitors were graded on basic Soldier skills, marksmanship under stress, land-navigation, and physical fitness.
U.S. Army Cpl. Spencer Fayles with the 144th Area Support Medical Company, Utah National Guard, remains in good spirits on a nearly six-mile ruck march as part of the mystery event during the Region VII Best Warrior Competition on the island of Guam May 26, 2022.
Blindfolded competitors are taken on a boat to an island during the Region VII Best Warrior Competition on Guam May 26, 2022. The annual competition featured the best noncommissioned officer and Soldier from Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. The winners move on to the national competition in July.
Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 109th Field Artillery Regiment, 55th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, drive M109A6 Paladins, M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Supply Vehicles, and M572 Armored Mortar Carriers from the Army Prepositioned Stock  area to their cantonment area May 10, 2022, in Pabrade, Lithuania. The Soldiers deployed to Lithuania in May to support Defender Europe 22 and NATO exercise Flaming Thunder.
Staff Sgt. Travis Mattoon, Stryker Leaders Course instructor from 1st Battalion, 205th Regional Training Institute, Washington Army National Guard, instructs Royal Thai Army officers on the remote weapons system of a Stryker combat vehicle.
U.S. service members with the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa participate in the French Desert Commando Course at Arta Range, Djibouti, April 27, 2022. Since 2015, the French Forces stationed in Djibouti have invited U.S. service members with CJTF-HOA or deployed to Camp Lemonnier to participate in the course.
U.S. service members with the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa participate in the French Desert Commando Course at Arta Range, Djibouti, April 27, 2022. Members of the CJTF HOA regularly train and work alongside allies, partners and government organizations to improve safety, security and prosperity in East Africa.
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew O’Brien, an 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist, climbs a rope during the French Desert Commando Course (FDCC) at Arta Range, Djibouti, April 26, 2022.
A Romanian F-16 prepares to be refueled in the air by a KC-135 from the Alabama Air National Guard 117th Air Refueling Wing in Bucharest, Romania. May 17, 2022. This exercise was part of a joint training mission through the State Partnership Program between the Alabama National Guard and Romania.
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Roy Wollgast, an 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist, completes an obstacle during the French Desert Commando Course at Arta Range, Djibouti, April 26, 2022. Since 2015, the French Forces stationed in Djibouti have invited U.S. service members with the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier to participate in the course.
U.S. Army Spc. Jonathan Guernsey, left, and U.S. Army Spc. Khym Wilson, both assigned to the Forward Support Company, 119th Field Artillery Regiment, Michigan Army National Guard, guide the crane operator during Summer Shield at Forward Operating Site Adazi, Latvia, May 19, 2022. Summer Shield is one of U.S. Army Europe and Africa’s multinational training exercises in Eastern Europe that make up Defender Europe 22.
Soldiers of the 224th Digital Liaison Detachment of the Illinois National Guard stand in formation in Krakow, Poland, May 25, 2022. The 244th provided a valuable information bridge between V Corps and the Polish army during the DEFENDER-Europe 22 exercise.
Brig. Gen. Michael Regan Jr., deputy adjutant general-air, Pennsylvania National Guard, and other Pennsylvania Air National Guard leaders pose for a photo with leaders from Lithuania's Šiauliai Air Base May 24, 2022. The Pennsylvania National Guard and Lithuania are partners under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.
Project Manager Tactical Network, at the Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications-Tactical, and the Arkansas Army National Guard 239th Brigade Engineering Battalion, demonstrated the Disaster Incident Response Emergency Communications Terminal (DIRECT) tool suite during the 2022 Army National Guard G6 Tactical Communications Conference in May 2022 at Little Rock, Arkansas. DIRECT enables Army National Guard signal units to provide commercial phone, internet access, command post Wi-Fi and radio interoperability to first responders.
A U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle flies over the installation during Checkered Flag 22-2 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, May 18, 2022. Checkered Flag is a large-force aerial exercise that fosters readiness and interoperability through the incorporation of fourth-and fifth-generation aircraft during air-to-air combat training.
Forty-three Minnesota National Guard members with the 204th Medical Company Area Support mobilized to Alaska in early May to support Arctic Care 2022. They helped provide medical, dental and veterinary services to residents in remote villages.