Runners, Take Your Mark
Brig. Gen. David Mikolaities, adjutant general of the New Hampshire National Guard, gives a pep talk to guardsmen and state employees before the start of the 2nd Annual Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention 5K Run/Walk at Joint Force Headquarters in Concord on April 18. Photo by Staff Sgt. Rick Frost, JFHQ Public Affairs.
Spc. Nicholas Rossetti, a drummer with the 39th Army Band, maintains a steady pace during a 12-mile ruck march along an icy oceanfront in Rye on April 15. Rossetti, of Hudson, won the soldier category of the NH Best Warrior Competition held over this past weekend. He, and the winner of the NCO division, Sgt. Zachary Maynard of the 160th Engineers, will compete in the regional BWC later this spring in New York. Maynard is from Holderness. Photo by Staff Sgt. Rick Frost, JFHQ Public Affairs.
Setting The Tone
Brig. Gen. David Mikolaities, adjutant general of the New Hampshire National Guard, is first to pledge his commitment as the NHNG recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention month at Joint Force Headquarters, Concord on April 10. To help raise awareness, the organization is sponsoring its 2nd annual 5K Awareness Walk/Run on April 18. Photo by Staff Sgt. Rick Frost, NHNG Public Affairs.
New Hampshire's Best Warrior
A timed, 12-mile ruck march along the New Hampshire coastline Sunday, April 15, culminates the 2018 Best Warrior Competition pitting 20 NH guardsmen and two Canadian soldiers against each other in a battle of skill and endurance.
The event is open to the public.
The annual, three-day competition begins Friday at the Regional Training Site in Center Strafford and includes a physical fitness test, land navigation test, weapons qualification, as well as test other critical soldier skills such as first aid and tactical communications.
On Sunday morning, two NH Army Guard Black Hawks will airlift the competitors from the RTI to Fort Constitution in New Castle for the start of the road march. They will follow Routes 1A and 1B to Wallis Sands in Rye then turn around and head back to Fort Constitution for the finish.
The soldiers will be in full "battle rattle," carrying 35-pound rucks or packs and replica M-16s otherwise known as "rubber duckies."
The NHNG soldiers and one airman range from privates to sergeants and will compete for Soldier and NCO of the Year. The two winners will represent NH at a regional Best Warrior Competition at Camp Smith, NY later this spring.
This is the first year soldiers from Canada are competing, an offshoot of the ongoing training partnership the NHNG has with the 5th Canadian Division. Photo courtesy of Anna Solo.
Brig. Gen. Thomas Spencer, outgoing commander of the New Hampshire Army National Guard, pays homage to the 39th Army Band by directing a score at the end of his change of command ceremony April 8 at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Concord. Spencer, who was awarded the Legion of Merit for his three years in command, leaves NH to serve as the deputy commanding general of support for the NYARNG's 42nd Infantry Division. He was succeeded by Brig. Gen. Shawn O'Brien, former director of the Joint Staff-NHNG. Photo by Capt. Benjamin Moreau, 114th Public Affairs Detachment.
Touch & Goes, Eh?
In Good Company
One Soldier To Another
Brig. Gen. Shawn O'Brien, commander of the NH Army National Guard, addresses a contingent of Vietnam veterans during a ceremony this morning at the VA Medical Center in Manchester to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. On behalf of NH Gov. Chris Sununu and Adjutant General David Mikolaities, O'Brien joined Kevin Forrest, associate director the of the VAMC Manchester, to personally thank each veteran and present them with a commemorative pin. Photo by NHNG Public Affairs.
From left, Gov. Chris Sununu, NH Adjutant General David Mikolaities and Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig prepare to greet President Donald Trump earlier today at Manchester-Boston Regional airport. Trump arrived in the Granite State to outline his administration's plan to deal with the national opioid crisis. Photo courtesy of Adam Sexton, WMUR-TV.
On last night's episode of North Woods Law, a NHARNG Black Hawk crew assisted NH Fish & Game on a very emotional search & rescue mission.
Sgt. 1st Class Peter Laflamme, a drill sergeant assigned to the Recruit Sustainment Program at the NHNG Regional Training Institute in Center Strafford inspects a platoon of young recruits March 4. The RSP comprises training phases that emphasize physical fitness, marksmanship, land navigation, drill and ceremony and other basic warrior tasks for enlistees during the months leading up to basic training. "We give them a leg up so it's not brand new to them, " Laflamme said. "It gets them mentally prepared, administratively correct and physically fit for basic combat training.” Photo by Sgt. Charles Johnston, 114th Public Affairs Detachment.
Pfcs. Victoria Nicholas of the 237th Military Police Company and Samantha Monroe of Charlie Company, 3/172nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain) share a lighthearted moment prior to the 54th Troop Command change of command ceremony March 4 in Concord. They've been best friends since high school and joined the NHARNG at the same time. Photo by Sgt. Charles Johnston, 114th Public Affairs Detachment.
Shortly after his promotion to captain, Benjamin Moreau accepts the guidon of the 114th Public Affairs Detachment as the unit's new commander during a change of command ceremony Feb. 10 at Joint Force Headquarters in Concord. It is Moreau's first command assignment with the NH Army National Guard. Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Frost, JFHQ Public Affairs.
Now Hold Still
Darlene Leonard, mother of Maj. Benjamin Leonard, rights his patrol cap during his promotion ceremony Feb. 11 at Joint Force Headquarters in Concord. Leonard will assume command of JFHQ-NHARNG in March. Looking on is his father Wayne. Earlier this month Leonard and his wife Keriann also were honored as 2018 Unsung Heroes by the NH Children’s Trust for their hundreds of hours of community volunteer work, especially for The Children’s Place and Parent Education Center in Concord. Photo by Staff Sgt. Rick Frost, JFHQ Public Affairs.
A group of soldiers from the NHARNG Medical Command push a bus boot-deep in mud in El Salvador in 2006. The soldiers were conducting a two-week medical readiness clinic, providing basic healthcare to rural Salvadorans. Throwback pic by former Concord Monitor sharpshooter and NHNG public affairs specialist Lori Duff.
Soldier For Life
Veterans Executive Order
We can never repay our veterans for their selfless service, but we will do all we can to ensure they have the support that they have earned, especially when it comes to access and choice in health care. Today, I signed an Executive Order doing just that.Posted by Governor Chris Sununu on Thursday, February 15, 2018
Capt. John Petro, outgoing commander of the 114th Public Affairs Detachment, NHARNG, admires a framed guidon presented by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Gordon on behalf of the soldiers of the 114th during the unit's change of command ceremony Feb. 10 at Joint Force Headquarters in Concord. Petro, who served four years as the 114th commander, relinquished command to Capt. Benjamin Moreau. Photo by Staff Sgt. Rick Frost, JFHQ Public Affairs.
From left, Lt. Col. Jared Boucher, Brig. Gen. Thomas Spencer and Maj. Mark Bianchi represent the official party during a change of command ceremony for the NHARNG Recruiting and Retention Battalion on Feb. 3 in Center Strafford. Boucher relinquished command of the battalion to Bianchi after 21 months, and was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Gordon, 114th Public Affairs Detachment.
Including 2 soldiers from the NHNG’s 12th CST.