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- Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Guard was recognized for environment stewardship, bringing home awards DoD logo

- 2nd Lt. Ronald Cole

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The Georgia Air National Guard's 202d Engineering Installation Squadron U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Mark Buchanan, right, superintendent, Staff Sgt. Charles Chalk, center, cable and antenna technician, and Staff Sgt. Wilson Gardner, airfield systems technician, from the 202d Engineering Installation Squadron (EIS), Georgia Air National Guard (ANG), review technical drawings at Muñiz ANG Base in San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 19, 2018. The 202d EIS deployed to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard’s 156th Airlift Wing as part of the Hurricane Irma and Maria recovery efforts to spearhead a large-scale project relocating communications systems cabling and equipment to a new hardened facility.

- Master Sgt. Anthony L. Taylor

MUSCATATUCK URBAN TRAINING CENTER, Ind. – Fields of debris, demolished vehicles and bodies of Exercise officials for Guardian Response 18 tour Muscatatuck Urban Training Center ahead of Guardian Response 18 exercise, April 11, 2018. More than 4,500 Soldiers from across the country participated in GR18, a multi-component training exercise to validate U.S. Army units’ ability to support the Defense Support of Civil Authorities in the event of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear catastrophe.

- Staff Sgt. Kasey Phipps

FORT CHAFFEE MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – The crunch of gravel is swiftly drowned out by the A Tactical Air Control Party specialist listens to his team on his radio while participating in a field training exercise, or FTX, at Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center in Arkansas, April 14, 2018.

- Sgt. Bradley Cooney

MOORELAND, Okla. – Oklahoma's historic wildfire conditions led to fires spreading fast and An Oklahoma National Guard Black Hawk helicopter was dispatched to help with firefighting efforts Thursday.

- Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON - In support of the National Defense Strategy, the National Guard's focus remains on the Tim Stampley, a Department of the Army Civilian observer controller trainer, and his crew, speaks to Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, and gives him a tour of the training during Guardian Response 18 at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Ind., April 14, 2018.

- Sgt. Brad Mincey

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - Crumpled cars nestled atop each other. Shredded clothing and debris littered South Carolina National Guard Sgt. Paul Reid and other medics from the 251st Area Support Medical Company, in-process simulated casualties, April 12, 2018, during a drill at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Indiana, as part of Exercise Vibrant Response.

- Capt. Robert Taylor

BOISE, Idaho - The 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team's 2-116th Combined Arms Battalion (AR) Idaho unit practices with tanks again

- Sgt. Devon Bistarkey

MUSCATATUCK URBAN TRAINING CENTER, Ind. – Gray skies greeted the 28th Chief of the National Guard NGB Chief Lengyel observes disaster training

- Spc. Ashley Low

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – The Colorado National Guard partnered with more than a dozen federal, tribal, Army National Guard members perform hoist training with Alpine Search and Rescue members during Alpine Guard 2018.

- Maj. Geoff Legler

OKLAHOMA CITY – Members of the Oklahoma Army National Guard participated in water rescue training Okla. Guard trains with special-rescue team

- Capt. Jesse Manzano

ORLANDO, Fla. - It's not hurricane season yet, but Soldiers with the Florida National Guard's 50th South Florida Guard units prepare for hurricane season

- Air Force Maj. Nicole Reigelman

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. – Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, the 28th chief of the National Guard CNGB chief visits Pa. troops

- Capt. Robert Taylor

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise Fire Department conducted hoist training with the Idaho Army National Idaho Army National Guard trains with Boise firefighters

- DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON —Defense Secretary James N. Mattis on Friday night authorized up to 4,000 National Guard DoD will work with governors to deploy Guard along southern border

- Staff Sgt. Kasey Phipps

WILL ROGERS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Okla. – Two Oklahoma units, one Air National Guard and the Units do aeromedical training together

- Lisa Ferdinando

WASHINGTON - President Donald J. Trump has directed the departments of Defense and Homeland Security DoD will work with governors to deploy Guard along southern border

- Staff Sgt. Thomas Swanson

OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mass. – Punxsutawney Phil was on the money this year when he predicted Mass. Guard members pitched during winter storms

- Master Sgt. Jeff Lowry

INDIANAPOLIS — As part of the U.S. Army’s initiative to help foreign military forces across the Indiana National Guard to stand up new assistance brigade

- Maj. Theresa Austin

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – The National Guard took first overall individual and team National Guard excels at marksmanship in contest

Overseas Operations
- Idaho National Guard

BOISE, Idaho - A team of seven Idaho Army National Guard Soldiers traveled to Bangladesh to support Idaho troops visit Bangladesh

- Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – "A lot of advising efforts derived from having the passion to help," said Female advisor breaks barriers

- Airman 1st Class Eli Chevalier

CAPTAIN ANDALLA CISSÉ AIR BASE, Senegal - African Partnership Flight Senegal came to an end after a African Partnership Flight Senegal comes to a close

- Staff Sgt. Leticia Samuels

TAJI, Iraq – Rockets sliced through the air as AH-64E Apache Guardian pilots assigned to the 7th Army and Air units helping train Iraqis

- Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - It's dark. The air is heavy, filled with Afghanistan smoke and dust. Troops from S.C. and Ill. join Air Force rescuers

- Sgt. Amber Criswell and Warrant Officer Brenda Parks

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – An Oklahoma National Guard engineering unit, based out of Broken Arrow, has Engineers pick up skills in Middle East

- Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – With Afghanistan's situation of low precipitation, drought has been a major Calif. Guard members brief Afghan counterparts

- Sgt. Alexander Recter

YAVORIV, Ukraine - New York Army National Guard Soldiers helping to train the Ukrainian Army played Maj. Gen. Anthony German, New York's adjutant general, spoke with officers and non-commissioned officers of the Simulations Center assigned to the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine on March 8, 2018, in Yavoriv.

- Spc. Joshua Morris

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - Utah National Guard's Delta Battery, 1st Battalion, 145th Field Artillery Utah Guardsmen enhance urban combat skills

- Kentucky National Guard

GRAFENWOEHR TRAINING AREA, Germany - Mark McNeilly wrote the book "Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern 138th Field Artillery learns communications

- Staff Sgt. Leticia Samuels

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – The blades of a UH-60 Black Hawk start to swirl as Soldiers assigned to the Flight training in Kuwait

- Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - After five days of testing, 50 U.S. Army Soldiers – part of the Texas Texas Soldiers train in Djibouti

- Sgt. Alexander Rector

LVIV, Ukraine – New York Army National Guard Maj. Andrew Ayres, the chaplain for the Joint PTSD conference in Ukraine

- Staff Sgt. Jennifer Milnes

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – Like any great U.S. Army Sergeant Major, the 35th Infantry Division chemical, Sgt. Maj. Andre Lawhorn, 35th Infantry Division chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear sergeant major, enjoys a moment talking to his Soldiers during wash rack operations at Kuwait Naval Base.

- Staff Sgt. Tina Villalobos

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait—In the chill, pre-dawn hours, Kansas National Guard troops of Alpha Battery, Load practice underway in Middle East

- Sgt. Alexander Rector

YAVORIV, Ukraine – Medics assigned to the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine (JMTG-U) N.Y. Soldiers in medical drill

- Staff Sgt. Jennifer Milnes

KUWAIT - Across the Arabian Gulf and the Levant, Soldiers assigned to Operation Spartan Shield are Task Force Spartan Soldiers work to palletize non-mission essential property across the Arabian Gulf and the Levant. The excess equipment and supplies will soon be sent to a retrograde sort yard for processing.

- Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn

LUANDA, Angola - Airmen and Soldiers of the Ohio National Guard and Serbian Armed Forces arrived Ohio Guard in Angola for medical drill

- Capt. Jessica Donnelly

AFGHANISTAN - U.S. Army Soldiers with Task Force Marauder were presented with coins from the chief NGB chief honors Soldiers for life-saving actions

- Capt. Kayla Christopher

YAVORIV, Ukraine - This week, the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team Mass casualty exercise tests Soldiers in Ukraine

State Partnership Program
- Capt. Stephen Hudson

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Five Colombian army soldiers traveled to South Carolina to meet with South Carolina U.S. Army Sgt. Diego Franco translates from English to Spanish for Judson Hockman of General Dynamics Land Systems on M1135 Stryker maintenance during a State Partnership Program subject matter expert exchange April 18, 2018. Five soldiers from the Colombian army spent a week with Soldiers from the South Carolina Army National Guard during the exchange on maintenance best practices.

- Capt. Holli Nelson

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The West Virginia National Guard has been notified of its selection to partner The West Virginia National Guard and Qatar are the latest partners in the State Partnership Program.

- Spc. Kevin Valentine

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Connectors - we all know them. They are the folks who are in every high-level D.C. Guard member is key player with Jamaican forces

- Master Sgt. Jeff Lowry

TRAINING CENTER LEST, Slovakia - Approximately 20 Indiana National Guard members took part in an Indiana Guard trains with Slovakian partners

- Kentucky National Guard

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Members of the Kentucky National Guard Medical Detachment traveled to Djibouti last Kentucky medical team shares knowledge in Djibouti

- Sgt. Alexis Vélez

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Members of the Permanent Commission of Contingencies of Honduras (COPECO, Aftermath of Hurricane Maria

- Sgt. Avery Cunningham

ZIGUINCHOR, Senegal – Vermont National Guard members mobilized to Senegal Feb. 4-23 to work with Vermont Guard members obtain medical experience in Senegal

- Airman 1st Class Tiffany Clark

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - The room is silent as an Airmen, dressed in padding – a simulated active Active-shooter drill in Michigan

- 2nd Lt. Andrew B. Layton

ALPENA, Mich. – From March 8 -17, a multinational training and exercise event for Mine Safety Michigan conducts HAZMAT training

- Spc. Gerardo Escobar

BASTROP, Texas — Texas National Guard members and service members from the Chilean and Czech armed Texas hosts competition

- Capt. Holli Nelson

LIMA, Peru - West Virginia National Guard senior leaders and members of the State Partnership WVNG meets with Peruvian military leaders

- Sgt. 1st Class Erick Studenicka

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Nevada National Guard's adjutant general, Brig. Gen. William Burks, was in Nev. delegation weathers cyclone in Tonga

- Capt. Holli Nelson

LIMA, Peru - West Virginia National Guard senior leaders and members of the State Partnership U.S. Army Maj. Edward Figueroa (far left), Army South section chief, Command Sgt. Maj. James L. Allen, West Virginia National Guard senior enlisted leader, Lt. Gen. Oscar Reto Otero, Peruvian army chief of staff, Gen. Cesar Astudillo, Commanding General of the Peruvian army and Col. Edward Ortiz, Army Defense Attache for the U.S. Embassy in Peru, pose for a photo at the Peruvian Army Headquarters.

- 2nd Lt. Andrew B Layton

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Guntis Ulmanis, former president of the Republic of Latvia, spoke Jan. 20 to a Latvian former leader visits Michigan

- Staff Sgt. Wendy Kuhn

BENGO PROVINCE, Angola — Henry Ford once said,"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is New friendships formed at medical exercise

- The Ohio National Guard

COLUMBUS, Ohio — About 30 members of the Ohio National Guard are participating alongside the Angolan Ohio Guard members headed to Africa

- Airman Caleb Vance

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The West Virginia National Guard showcased its domestic response and homeland W. Va. Guard units share domestic response capabilities with Peruvian partners

- Staff Sgt. Angela Parady

PODGORICA, Montenegro - Seven members of the Maine Army National Guard traveled to Podgorica in Maine works with its partners on emergency response

- 2nd Lt. Andrew B Layton

LIELVARDE, Latvia – A fire engine's siren pierced the morning's crisp air Nov. 16 at Lielvarde Air Michigan Guard members train with Latvian partners

- Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - As part of the State Partnership Program (SPP), U.S. Army National Guard Members of the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, Kentucky National Guard, Djibouti Armed Forces (FAD), and French army pose for a group photo during a visit to the FAD military training center at Holhol, Djibouti, Nov. 14, 2017.

- Spc. Chelsea Baker

EASTOVER, S.C. - Colombian army leaders joined the South Carolina Army National Guard during a Colombians visit South Carolina partners last week

- Kimberly D. Burke

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala - Thee members of the Western Air Defense Sector's 225th Air Defense Air Guard meets Guatemalan counterparts

- Bill Pierce

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Members of the Ohio National Guard and Serbian Armed Forces joined together to Serbia partners with Ohio NG for cyber exercise

- Capt. Stephen James

AMMAN, Jordan – Soldiers from the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) were hosted by their Chief Warrant Officer 4 John Silva, from the 2-149th General Support Aviation Battalion, talks with a member of the Royal Jordanian Air Force’s Squadron 8 in Amman, Jordan, Sept. 13.

- Spc. Sarah Gossett

DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti – A small group of Kentucky National Guard leaders from the 1st Battalion, KY Soldiers visit Djibouti