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In a unique approach to the opioid addiction, the #MDGuard in conjunction with Aberdeen Proving Ground helped distribute 100,000 prescription safe home disposal drug pouches across Maryland on Saturday, April 21.

Although no vehicles were wearing reflective belts, the sling-load training was a success.

Units from Maryland's 1st Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment (Security and Support) and Pennsylvania's H Company, 128th Brigade Support Battalion, conduct sling-load operations at the Lauderick Creek Training Site during their April annual training. Over 45 soldiers were trained in operating around helicopters, rigging of vehicles, and the fundamentals of air assault operations. This training event combined the mission essential tasks of both units.

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Do you C2CRE?

The 231st Chemical Company, based near Reisterstown, Maryland, does. It is one of the units tapped to support the Command and Control CBRN (Chemical Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Response Element if there is an incident in the United States. Long name for an important role. Now you C2CRE.

C2CRE places the unit in a two-year rotation where they are required to constantly be ready to move in case of a CBRN incident. Recently, during one of the largest CBRN exercises in the U.S. by U. S. Army North (Fifth Army) called #VibrantResponse18 and #GuardianResponse18 the team was evaluated by U.S. Army North on equipment set-up, safety, decontamination, and triage elements.

Read more about the unit and how they did during the exercise check out this story: http://news.maryland.gov/ng/2018/04/17/practice-makes-perfect-during-nation-wide-cbrn-scenario-for-231st-chem-co/

The chief visits troops down in Indiana participating in #GuardianResponse18 and #VibrantResponse18. Maryland’s own 231st Chemical Company is participating and the 29th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment got the scoop.

U. S. Army North (Fifth Army) executes the annual Vibrant Response 18 consequence management exercise at the direction of U.S. Northern Command to confirm command and control elements of the nation's CBRN response forces. U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)'s linked exercise, Guardian Response, held at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, validates how the subordinate units train to carry out the operations under the direction of a joint task force. GR18 is executed by the U.S. Army Reserve Command.

Governor Larry Hogan welcomed home nearly 200 soldiers, Sunday, Apr. 15, at Aberdeen Proving Ground during a Freedom Salute ceremony. The Maryland National Guard soldiers were from the headquarters element of the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade and members of B Company 3-126th Aviation and F Company 1-111th Aviation Regiment. The soldiers deployed to the Middle East for nine months and provided full-spectrum aviation support in ongoing combat operations.

The headquarters element of the 29th CAB supported more than 2,200 soldiers from multiple aviation units spanning more than a dozen states to 17 locations across in Iraq, Syria, Jordon, Turkey, and Kuwait. B Co. 3-126th Aviation was deployed to various locations in Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

In 2011 and 2012, the 29th CAB returned from supporting the end of Operation New Dawn in Iraq. After Operation New Dawn, the brigade established the first aviation brigade operation supporting Army Central Command in Kuwait, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.

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The Maryland National Guard hosted a luncheon for members of the 231st Transportation Battalion to honor Clarence "Tiger" Davis, retired Sgt. 1st Class Louis Diggs, and retired Master Sgt. Nathaniel Pope, as well as discussed the legacy of the LTC Melvin H. Cade Armory and the future plans for the Maryland Museum of Military History on April 10, 2018.

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At the Ellicott City Armory today, members of the 729th Quartermaster Composite Supply Company were honored for their exemplary performance in support of the Hurricane Maria relief effort. Maj. Gen. Linda L. Singh presented the 15 team members with the Adjutant General’s Special Recognition Ribbon and her coin for their service in Puerto Rico from Oct., 16, 2017 to Nov., 14, 2017. The 729th QCSC primary mission was to convert seawater into drinking water. The unit’s primary military occupational specialty for this mission was 92W’s, water treatment specialists. They are responsible for supervising or performing the installation and operation of water purification equipment, as well as dealing with water storage and distribution operations and activities. They also inspected facilities and food supplies for the presence of disease, germs or other conditions hazardous to health and the environment.

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Here is the first video demonstration of the new Integrated Personnel and Pay System–Army (IPPS-A). In this demo, you will see how to use IPPS-A self-service iHub. The iHub is the Soldier's portal to everything related to IPPS-A. From the iHub, Soldiers can easily navigate throughout IPPS-A.

Staff Sgt. Allison S. Balsam, Official Maryland Army National Guard Recruiting, is the first female in the Maryland National Guard with the infantry military occupation specialty, 11B.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Balsam. “In the field doing things like land navigation, shooting on the weapons systems, and completing the training exercises. Those things were a lot of fun, despite the cold.”

Currently Balsam is serving as a drill sergeant at the recruit sustainment program. She was looking from a change from her original MOS, a 35F, a intelligence analyst, and saw the vacancy for the drill sergeant position at RSP. She will continue to serve as at least until December 2018.

Her husband’s experience in the 1-175th Infantry Regiment influenced her decision to go to the infantry reclass course.

“I got to hear all the cool and awesome stuff that the infantry was doing,” Balsam said. “He would always come back and talk about how much fun that they had.”

She went through a two week course at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. She was one of three females that graduated along with their male counterparts.

“Graduating this school is just the beginning, the hard work is in front of me,” said Balsam.

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Maryland Defense Force (MDDF) Rabbi (Maj.) Chesky Tenenbaum gives a lesson on the Jewish celebration of Passover at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore on Thursday, March 22. Passover is a celebration of spring, it commemorates the exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The holiday originated in the Torah, where the word pesach refers to the ancient Passover sacrifice (known as the Paschal Lamb); it is also said to refer to the idea that God “passed over” (pasach) the houses of the Jews during the 10th plague on the Egyptians, the slaying of the first born. The holiday is ultimately a celebration of freedom, and the story of the exodus from Egypt is a powerful metaphor that is appreciated not only by Jews, but by people of other faiths as well. The Torah states that Jews are to observe Passover for seven days, beginning on the 15th of the Jewish month Nisan (usually in April). The first night always includes a special seder (ritual dinner). #passover

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The Maryland National Guard is 🎉 #WomenHistoryMonth by highlighting some outstanding female service members currently serving.

Sgt. Donita Adams, a religious affairs noncommissioned officer, has been in the National Guard since 2015. Originally she was going to be a human resources specialist, but her recruiter helped guide her into a slot that combined her desire to serve, with her commitment to faith.

“The best part is that your helping someone,” said Adams. “There are a lot of issues that we go through as civilians and soldiers, and all of that can build up. knowing that everyday that your job is meaningful, and helping someone get on the right track. That’s just the most rewarding thing.”

For the past three years, Adams has also been a girl’s varsity head coach at Watkins Mill High School. She felt a calling to come back home while she was coaching division II basketball at Salem International University. Adams wanted to help push and develop the young women in Montgomery County.

Adams not only coaches and mentors young women on the court, she also continues to play. She has been selected for the All-Army team for the last two years, and last season she was selected for team USA and got to compete against a bunch of international teams.

“I had so much fun, and I met so many amazing women,” said Adams.

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Family and friends gathered in Arlington National Cemetery on March 18, to remember the service and sacrifice of Sgt. First Class Collin J. Bowen on the tenth anniversary of his passing. Bowen was assigned to C Company 1st Battalion 175th Infantry Regiment when he volunteered to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in November 2006. He was an embedded tactical trainer to the Afghan National Army (ANA) training Afghan Soldiers in critical combat skills. He participated in more than 75 combat patrols with the ANA in Khost, Paktia and Paktika provinces seeing significant combat action.

With just two weeks remaining on his deployment, Bowen was authorized to begin preparations to return to the United States. Despite having completed his assignment, Bowen wanted to ensure the U.S. Army Soldiers replacing his team were ready to assume the mission. Under no obligation to do so, Bowen volunteered to assist his replacements in one final mission, Operation Button Hook, to curtail enemy forces operating in the interior of Khost Province. During a mounted combat patrol on January 2, 2008, his combat vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. He was gravely injured and died of his wounds on March 14, 2008, at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He is buried in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery alongside his comrades in arms.

For his exemplary service, Bowen was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal and the Maryland Distinguished Service Cross. He was also posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class. Bowen epitomized the spirit of the volunteer and the highest traditions of the citizen-soldier. He served with a sense of purpose, willingly accepted difficult missions and made the ultimate sacrifice so that others may live in peace.

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The Maryland National Guard is 🎉 #WomenHistoryMonth!

Read about an exceptional female officer in the Armed Forces of Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2nd Lt. Dajana Dangubic.

“I wanted to prove them wrong,” said Dangubic. “I am always looking for new challenges, and in my country women are expected to have a family and raise children.”

The #MDNG and #AFBiH have been partners since 2003. #MDGuard members have worked with AFBiH in areas such as aviation, medical, NCO development, emergency response, public affairs, and cyber security operations. #SPP #StatePartnershipProgram

Congrats to the #BestWarriors 👏👏👏

Maryland National Guard’s state partner country’s service members brought the heat, and came out on top.

Sgt. Matija Ivaković, from the Armed Forces of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sgt. Kristjan Mägi and 2nd Lt. Raul Reiljan, both from the Estonian Defence Force, were the winners of the multi-service and multi-national competition this year. #statepartnershipprogram #SPP

Estonian Embassy in Washington | U.S. Embassy Tallinn, Estonia | Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina - Washington D.C. | United States Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina | 175th Wing | The National Guard

MDNG 2018 #BestWarrior Competition: Defining what it means to be the best

"This is where you learn," said Spc. Saum Salehi. “This competition is going to benefit you, no matter what your job is — these are critical skills that are part of being a soldier.”

175th Wing | U.S. Embassy Tallinn, Estonia | Estonian Embassy in Washington | Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina - Washington D.C. | United States Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina | The National Guard

There’s nothing like checking off the to-do list:

Road March ✅
Put together a weapon in the dark ✅
Pulling Carl the Casualty up a steep hill ✅
Day and Night Navigation ✅
HIIT workout ✅

Breaking sweat and bread with service members from different units, different services, and MD’s state partners 🇪🇪and 🇧🇦 - Priceless. #BestWarrior

Estonian Embassy in Washington | U.S. Embassy Tallinn, Estonia | Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina - Washington D.C. | United States Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina | 175th Wing | The National Guard

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Start your morning off the #BestWarrior way. 😊

Watch warriors from the Maryland National Guard and our state partner nations of 🇧🇦️Bosnia-Herzegovina and 🇪🇪️Estonia start the morning off right.

Estonian Embassy in Washington | U.S. Embassy Tallinn, Estonia | Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina - Washington D.C. | 175th Wing | The National Guard

Best warriors set the tempo, and never leave a stuffed soldier behind in this competition.

These contenders toil to snatch the title of best warrior under a hail of paintballs.

Who has what it takes to be the best warrior?

U.S. Embassy Tallinn, Estonia | Estonian Embassy in Washington | Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina - Washington D.C. | United States Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina | 175th Wing

Under Pressure: Day 2

Best warriors set the tempo, and never leave a stuffed soldier behind in this competition.These contenders toil to snatch the title of best warrior under a hail of paintballs.Who has what it takes to be the best warrior? U.S. Embassy Tallinn, Estonia | Estonian Embassy in Washington | Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina - Washington D.C. | United States Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina | 175th Wing

Posted by Maryland National Guard on Saturday, March 17, 2018

Can you spot the signs of a BEST warrior on this #StPatricksDay? They wear green or blue.

A Builder of international partnerships with resolute Endurance, ease under Stress, and a Tactical and Technical master.

Spot other #BestWarriors in our gallery.

U.S. Embassy Tallinn, Estonia | Estonian Embassy in Washington | Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina - Washington D.C. | United States Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina | The National Guard | 175th Wing

Smoke, Rattle, and Ruck

The revamped Maryland National Guard Best Warrior Competition is in full swing. Service members from the Maryland Army and Air National Guard, as well as the state partner nations of Estonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, all have hit the ground running, and haven’t stopped. Under constant stress, the contenders are fight to prove that they are the #BestWarrior.

U.S. Embassy Tallinn, Estonia | Estonian Embassy in Washington | Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina - Washington D.C. | United States Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina | 175th Wing

Smoke, Rattle, and Ruck

Smoke, Rattle, and RuckThe revamped Maryland National Guard Best Warrior Competition is in full swing. Service members from the Maryland Army and Air National Guard, as well as the state partner nations of Estonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, all have hit the ground running, and haven’t stopped. Under constant stress, the contenders are fight to prove that they are the #BestWarrior.U.S. Embassy Tallinn, Estonia | Estonian Embassy in Washington | Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina - Washington D.C. | United States Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina | 175th Wing

Posted by Maryland National Guard on Friday, March 16, 2018

#PatchLife

Be in the top 0.18%!

There are 6,088 Maryland National Guard service members, and only one airman, 10 soldiers, and six service members from our state partners, Estonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, have this unique #BestWarrior patch. #SPP

U.S. Embassy Tallinn, Estonia | Estonian Embassy in Washington | Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina - Washington D.C. | United States Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina | 175th Wing

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