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Freedom Award 2019 recipients namedOpen in a New Window

WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense announced the 15 recipients of the 2019 Secretary of Defense
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve has announced its Freedom Award recipients for 2019.


National Guard Bureau chief to Army: Happy birthday!Open in a New Window

On behalf of the entire National Guard, I extend best wishes and congratulations to our fellow
Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, delivered a happy birthday message to the U.S. Army, which is celebrating its 244th birthday.


Firefighters practice water rescue at Global DragonOpen in a New Window

PERRY, Ga. – Firefighter Airmen from across the country participated in water rescue training,
Fire Protection Airmen from around the country participate in water rescues during Global Dragon 2019, held at the Guardian Centers of Georgia in Perry, Ga., June 3, 2019.


Florida Guard discusses capabilities for hurricane seasonOpen in a New Window

STARKE, Fla. – Ahead of any dangerous hurricane or potential natural disaster, the governor of
Maj. Gen. James O. Eifert, Florida's adjutant general, meets with Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz, left, at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center's post headquarters to discuss the Florida National Guard's natural disaster response capabilities.


Alaska Guard members rescue bear-attack victim near GalenaOpen in a New Window

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Airmen with the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, the
An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter operated by Alaska Air National Guardsmen with the 210th Rescue Squadron takes off for aerial live-fire gunnery training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 19, 2019. A similar aircraft helped rescue a person mauled by a bear on June 10, 2019.


S.C. National Guard tests Soldiers during night fire drillOpen in a New Window

EASTOVER, S.C. – The South Carolina National Guard’s 218th Regional Training Institute conducted a
U.S. Soldiers attending training at the 218th Regional Training Institute, South Carolina Army National Guard, are tested on evacuation, safety and accountability measures during a night-time fire drill held at the McCrady Training Center in Eastover, South Carolina, June 8, 2019.


D-Day anniversary provides a reminder partnerships matterOpen in a New Window

OMAHA BEACH, NORMANDY, France – From his VIP vantage point high above Omaha Beach, looking out
Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief, National Guard Bureau, book-ended his visit to D-Day 75th anniversary ceremonies with stops in countries where National Guard troops are supporting exercises. "You can draw a straight line from D-Day to the partnerships I saw in action," he said. "Our readiness and our lethality ... are our living tribute to those men who sacrificed so much 75 years ago." In this image, Lengyel is seen visiting Pennsylvania National Guard troops in North Macedonia, June 9, 2019.


N.Y. National Guard leaders honor World War II vets on D-DayOpen in a New Window

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York National Guard leaders honored World War II veterans of the allied landings
New York Army National Guard Col. Isabel Smith, Chief of Staff of the 53rd Troop Command, greets a World War II veteran at the New York State Veterans Home on Montrose, N.Y. on June 6,  2019 during an event organized by New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to recognize veterans. Smith was one of five National Guard senior leaders who visited the five state veterans home to present New York State Medals to service members who served on D-Day or in the European Campaign.


Kentucky Air Guard to airdrop troops for 75th D-Day eventOpen in a New Window

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Airlift Wing deployed more than 30 Airmen
Members of the 123rd Airlift Wing board a C-130 Hercules aircraft at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., June 1, 2019, en route to France, where they will participate in the 75th-anniversary reenactment of D-Day. Two Kentucky C-130s will airdrop U.S. Army paratroopers over Normandy on June 9 as part of the commemoration. The aircraft has been striped with historically accurate Allied Forces livery in honor of the event.


Missouri Air National Guard members support flood reliefOpen in a New Window

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri – Since Memorial Day, members of the Missouri National Guard have been
Citizen-Airmen from the Missouri Air National Guard’s 131st Bomb Wing, headquartered at Whiteman Air Force Base, and 139th Airlift Wing, headquartered at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, near St. Joseph, fill sandbags at Norborne High School, Missouri, June 1, 2019. Approximately 100 Airmen were part of a flood response effort ordered by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson.


Ohio National Guard veterans remember D-DayOpen in a New Window

COLUMBUS, Ohio – On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of
First Lt. Clinton S. Learn and Capt. Grandison K. Bienvenu are included in this portion of a photograph taken of the 112th Combat Engineer Battalion officers in France in August 1944. Learn is seated, second from the right and Bienvenu is standing second from the left. The Ohio National Guard Soldiers were among more than 160,000 Allied troops who landed along a 50-mile stretch of beach in Normandy on D-Day.


Kansas Army National Guard engineers support 116th CBCTOpen in a New Window

FORT IRWIN, Calif. – Two companies from the Kansas Army National Guard’s 891st Engineer Battalion
Idaho Army National Guard Lt. Col. Lee Rubel, commander, 116th Brigade Engineer Battalion, discusses his task force’s National Training Center mission with Brig. Gen. Anthony V. Mohatt June 1, 2019, at Fort Irwin, California. Mohatt, commander, Kansas Army National Guard, was at the National Training Center to visit Soldiers from the 891st Engineer Battalion’s 242nd Engineer Company and 772nd Engineer Mobility Augmentation Company. The two companies are supporting the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team’s National Training Center rotation.


New York National Guard responds to Lake Ontario floodingOpen in a New Window

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Members of the New York Army and Air National Guard, the New York Naval Militia
Service members assigned to the New York Army National Guard and New York Naval Militia, along with employees from the Department of Transportation, fill sandbags at Sodus Point, N.Y., May 20, 2019. The sandbags are being used to mitigate the effects of flooding along Lake Ontario as a result of rising water levels, that followed up with the activation of the troops by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.


Alaska Army National Guard aviation preps for new operationsOpen in a New Window

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Alaska National Guard Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 207th
U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Franklin Bithos, battalion standardization pilot, and Capt. Anthony Rivas, commander, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment, Alaska Army National Guard, fly a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from Anchorage to Juneau, Alaska, April 26, 2019.  Soldiers with the Alaska National Guard from 1-207th conduct cross-country training flights during their final annual training as an air assault unit ahead of their pending transition to becoming a part of a larger general aviation support battalion, expected to finalize this year.


Ill. National Guard helps civilian agencies fight floodingOpen in a New Window

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – With urgent flooding along the Illinois and Mississippi rivers, Gov. JB Pritzker
A team of Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 123 Field Artillery Regiment, work on levees near Winchester, Illinois, on June 1, 2019. Hundreds of Illinois Guard Soldiers are on state active duty assisting with flood control.


Guard ‘ready’ as 2019 hurricane season kicks offOpen in a New Window

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Guard has been busy responding to recent tornadoes and flooding in the
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gary Chavis of the North Carolina National Guard monitors the loading of cots and blankets onto a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV), which were transported to various American Red Cross shelters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, Sept. 16, 2018.


W. Va. National Guard, partners rehearse for football gamesOpen in a New Window

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – While it may be a few more months before the West Virginia University (WVU)
A member of the West Virginia National Guard's 35th Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction) prepares equipment alongside support agency personnel May 29, 2019, during Operation Rough Ride, a West Virginia University full-scale exercise involving more than 150 participants from 25 departments/units representing 18 organizations from campus, local, state and federal agencies.


Idaho Soldiers join other units in Fort Irwin exerciseOpen in a New Window

FORT IRWIN, Calif. – Soldiers from the Idaho Army National Guard's 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team
Idaho Army National Guard 1st Lt. Jermey  Raush and 1st Lt. Tyler June, engineer officers with the 116th Brigade Engineer  Battalion, 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team, make a plan to get their platoon of Bradley Fighting Vehicles' Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System Equipment installed May 25, 2019, at the National training Center at  Fort Irwin, Calif. The 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team is training at the NTC May 24 to June 20 to prepare for its wartime missions.


New York National Guard prepares for 2019 hurricane seasonOpen in a New Window

NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. – Eighty New York National Guard senior leaders and staff planners spent May 20-23
New York Air National Guard Lt. Col. Tammy Street, center, commander of the logistics readiness squadron of the 109th Airlift Wing, moves a placard representation of a wing response element during the rehearsal of New York military forces plan for a coastal storm during the 2019 hurricane season at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in New Windsor, N.Y., May 23, 2019.


Oklahoma, Kansas Guard support communities after stormsOpen in a New Window

TULSA, Okla. – The Oklahoma Army National Guard has been mobilized to parts of Northeastern and
Oklahoma Army National Guard Soldiers from Company B, 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, stack sandbags in order to slow the spread of flood waters in Sandy Parks, Oklahoma. Oklahoma Army National Guard Soldiers assisted several Oklahoma communities following record rain fall and numerous tornados. The Guard members' assistance included swift water rescue, filling and distributing sandbags and delivering purified, potable water.


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