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109th Airlift Wing Operations Center wins Air Force AwardOpen in a New Window

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. – The 109th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s Air Transportation
Thirteen of the 50 Air Transportation specialists from the 109th Airlift Wing at Stratton Air National Guard Base, Scotia, New York,  pose for a photograph at Muniz Air National Guard Base  in Puerto Rico on March 16, 2019, while supporting the 156th Air Transportation Operations Center at Muniz ANGB to help out with Vigilant Guard 2019. The 109th Air Transportation Operations Center was named best Air Transportation Activity in the Air Force for 2018.


West Virginia Guard medic in right place to save wreck victimOpen in a New Window

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Being at the right place at the right time with the proper training can make the
Staff Sgt. Bradley Owens, a combat medic with the West Virginia Army National Guard’s (WVARNG) Company C, 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion, poses with Iraqi nationals during a tour of duty in Taji, Iraq, in 2016. Owens recently was able to apply his 68W training to assist a driver whose vehicle had careened off an interstate overpass in Parkersburg, W.Va.


New York's 109th Airlift Wing begins missions in GreenlandOpen in a New Window

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. – Airmen of the 109th Airlift Wing kicked off their annual
The first of several LC-130 Hercules from the 109th Airlift Wing New York Air National Guard base in Schnectady, New York, takes off to Greenland in support of the National Science Foundation research projects.


NGB chaplain delivered Easter message at Arlington serviceOpen in a New Window

ARLINGTON, Va. – With the warm, yellow-tinged light of daybreak filtering through the sky and across
Army Brig. Gen. Kenneth "Ed" Brandt, the National Guard Bureau joint chaplain and U.S. Army deputy chief of chaplains, delivers the Easter message during the sunrise service at the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery, April 21, 2019. During his message, Brandt spoke of resurrection, forgiveness and finding joy in the everyday elements of life.


Gen. Lengyel observes total force integration at WhitemanOpen in a New Window

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. – The National Guard’s senior federal officer stopped by Whiteman Air
Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief, National Guard Bureau, listens to Airmen brief on B-2 Spirit capabilities during Lengyel’s visit to Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, April 12, 2018. The Guard general was provided a one-stop shop of the Total Air Force, meeting with active duty, Air National Guardsmen, Air Force Reservist and Air Force civilians who comprise Team Whiteman.


Missouri farmer recognized for cyber innovationOpen in a New Window

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – More than three centuries ago, American farmers set aside their plows to
Lt. Col. Joshua Stewart, a division chief with the U.S. Transportation Command, headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, presents Spc. Taylen Winchell of Lamar, Missouri, a member of the Missouri Army National Guard, with the Joint Service Achievement Medal at Jefferson Barracks, near St. Louis, April 6, 2019.


Wash. Guard unit conducts unique airlift prior to trainingOpen in a New Window

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – Standing behind the massive tail wing of the Boeing C-17 Globemaster, Command
A Stryker from “Attack” Company, 3rd Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment is being loaded in to a C-17 operated by the 62nd Airlift Wing at Grays Army Airfield, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, on April 4, 2019. The equipment load up was part of a week-long training exercise for the battalion that starts at unit home stations, flying to Moses Lake Airport, then convoying to Yakima Training Center.


Department of Defense environmental awards announcedOpen in a New Window

WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense announced Monday the 2019 Secretary of Defense Environmental
Rita McCarty has served as the Mississippi Army National Guard Cultural Resource Manager for 13 years. She was recognized by MSARNG Chief of Staff Col. Amos Parker with the Mississippi Meritorious Civilian Service Ribbon, the highest honor awarded to a civilian employee of the MSARNG. The Defense Department cited her program for an award.


Ohio National Guard team to defend critical infrastructureOpen in a New Window

COLUMBUS, Ohio -The National Guard is standing up cyber warriors to protect the vulnerable critical
The Ohio National Guard Cyber Mission Assurance Team (CMAT) conducts network assessments during exercise week of Cyber Shield 19, at Camp Atterbury, Ind., April 16, 2019.


South Dakota Airmen join forces with others at Lobo Plummet in Calif.Open in a New Window

MIRAMAR, Calif. – The 114th Fighter Wing deployed 180 Airmen, F-16 Fighting Falcons, and associated
Maj. Ryan Stott, a pilot with the 114th Fighter Wing, exits an F-16C Fighting Falcon during Lobo Plummet at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, March 2019. Lobo Plummet is a deployment for training that enables the 114th Fighter Wing to conduct force integration with fourth and fifth generation fighter aircraft.


Connecticut Air Guardsmen secure vital readiness trainingOpen in a New Window

WAIMANALO, Hawaii – The sounds of demolition and new construction April 8 interrupted the
Staff Sgt. Denniz Petzold, 103rd Civil Engineer Squadron, saws through an Ironwood tree at Bellows Air Force Station, Waimanalo, Hawaii April 8, 2019. Several trees are being cleared to augment recreational areas, improving quality of life programs on Bellows.


Pa. Guard’s civilian inspector general wins Army competitionOpen in a New Window

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. – The Pennsylvania National Guard’s senior inspector general civilian won
David Kauffman, the civilian advisor to the uniformed command inspector general, was awarded the new Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Medal April 15, 2019, by the adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli. Kauffman won the Department of the Army Inspector General (DAIG) of the year competition for 2018.


N.Y. Soldiers hone combat marksmanship skills in Puerto RicoOpen in a New Window

CAMP SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico – More than 80 New York Army National Guard Soldiers from Alpha Company,
New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, fire a Squad Automatic Weapon at Camp Santiago, Puerto Rico, on  April 13, 2019. While in Puerto Rico the Soldiers honed their fighting skills by practicing short-range marksmanship techniques.


Alaska Air Guardsmen rescue pilot near Pish RiverOpen in a New Window

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th, 211th
Col. Harlie Bodine, commander of the 611th Air and Space Operations Center, U.S. Air Force, spent the day with the 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard's rescue squadrons during an immersion flight, Nov. 24, in and around the JBER area.


Guard members support 123rd Boston MarathonOpen in a New Window

WESTFIELD, Mass. – Over 500 Soldiers and Airmen from the Massachusetts National Guard provided
Spc. Daniel Dellisola and Pvt. Haley MacDonald, 747th Military Police Company Soldiers, support state and local law enforcement during the 123rd Boston Marathon April 15, 2019, in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. More than 500 members of the Massachusetts National Guard provided support during the marathon.


Alaska Army Guard members save four after plane crashOpen in a New Window

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Soldiers with the Alaska Army National Guard’s 207th
A single-engine Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six crash-landed about 35 miles northeast of Bethel, April 11, 2019. Soldiers with the Alaska Army National Guard's 207th Aviation Battalion rescued the four survivors and transported them to Bethel, a coastal community in western Alaska that sits along the Kuskokwim River, inside the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge.


Veteran chaplain ‘hacking hearts and minds’ at Cyber ShieldOpen in a New Window

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. – Soldiers and Airmen pound on keyboards. They talk with faces still glued to
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Bill Draper of the Kentucky Joint Force Headquarters shares a quick laugh with Keith Wichmann of the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory after a lecture at Cyber Shield 19 held at Camp Atterbury, Ind., April 8, 2019.  Draper was enlisted in the Army for 18 years before starting his career as a chaplain in 2004; he has 37 years of service.


Alaska Air Guardsmen rescue skier at Goat MountainOpen in a New Window

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska —Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th, 211th
Alaska Air National Guardsmen with the 210th Rescue Squadron prepare to conduct aerial gunnery training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 19, 2019. A helicopter from the same unit was involved in rescuing an injured skier April 10, 2019.


Oklahoma Guard members use virtual technology in trainingOpen in a New Window

MUSTANG, Okla. – According to a 2018 study by Electronic Entertainment Design and Research, 67% of
Oklahoma Army National Guards members with Headquarters Company, 271st Brigade Support Battalion, 45th Field Artillery Brigade, use a virtual system, known as the Virtual Battle Space III (VBS3), April 6, 2019, in order to train as a team in virtual scenarios in preparation for an upcoming Exportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC), Operation Western Strike.


Puerto Rico's 156th Airlift Wing transitions to new missionOpen in a New Window

WASHINGTON – The Air Force announced the transition of the 156th Airlift Wing, Puerto Rico Air
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