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Earlier this week, Guardsmen from Det. 2, Golf Company, 1st Battalion, 168 General Support Aviation, 96th Aviation Troop Command, took part in a Medical Evacuation Exercise with 1st Special Forces Group and Madigan Army Medical Center personnel on Joint Base Lewis–McChord.

"Dustoff" conducted medical evacuation flights, assisting new medical personnel with conducting casualty evacuation operations in a combat environment.

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The 10th Civil Support Team spent yesterday training with first responders in the Tri-Cities.

For those of you following Lt. Julie Ha-Keppner's story, you'll be pleased to know that she just earned her blue cord and is now an infantry officer! We wish her the best of luck as she moves on to Ranger School next.

"I am blessed to have the support of my children and my leadership from the Washington National Guard. I would not be here without them."

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Earlier this month, Command Sgt. Major Brian Rikstad passed the saber of responsibility for 1st Squadron, 303rd Cavalry Regiment to Command Sgt. Major. John Hurt in a ceremony at the Pierce Country Readiness Center, Camp Murray, Wash.

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Happy 110th Birthday to our fellow soldiers in the U.S. Army Reserve!

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Help us congratulate Nohelia Suce, recently named 2018 Spouse of the Year Base Winner for the Washington National Guard.

Dual Service: Joint Force Head Quarters Commander Discusses serving in the Guard and the Legislature

This past weekend, Washington National Guardsmen and Washington State Guard joined service members from the U.S. Army, U.S Air Force, U.S. Navy, US Marines and U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest for the 2018 Seattle Mariners Salute to Armed Forces Day at Safeco Field.

Col. Paige Abbott, Western Air Defense Sector represented the Washington National Guard during a special presentation. Sgt. Katie McNally, 341st Military Intelligence Battalion, 56th Theater Information Operations Group, joined others for the ceremonial first pitch.

After all the exciting pre-game festivities, the Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 10-8!

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Earlier this week, Brig. Gen. Jeremy "Java" Horn, Commander, Washington Air National Guard provided the opening comments for the Department of Homeland Security Security Symposium hosted by Microsoft Global Security at the Redmond, Wash. campus.

Brig. Gen. Horn's comments set the tone for approximately 250 public and private sector security and intelligence professionals.

Joining Brig. Gen. Horn was Microsoft Sr. Director and Commander of the 156th Information Operations Battalion, 56th Theater Information Operations Group, Lt. Col Charles Randolph who provided welcome remarks for the group.

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A small child in the North Bend area was on the verge of death, if not for heroic actions of a medic from the Washington National Guard and her team, who spotted the child in the back of a sport utility vehicle and quickly went to her aid.

Earlier this week, Washington Army National Guard Department of Information Management team lead by LTC Jack Mushallo with CPT Sameer Puri and CW3 Mike Olmsted attended National J/G6/DOIM workshop in Raleigh North Carolina.

Subject matter experts from different states are discussing focused areas on Information Technology governance, Plans and Policies, Cyber Threat discussion and Information Technology support for National Guard domestic operations.

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This past weekend, Guardsmen from the 1041st Transportation Company, based at Fairchild Air Force Base conducted drivers training from Spokane to Yakima transporting vehicles for 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment.

During Annual Training, the 1041st will conduct convey operations to Camp Guernsey, Wyo. and back to Spokane. During the 1,100 mile trek the company will train on combat actions during multiple day road travel.

Great job Road Chiefs!

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This past weekend Col. Roger Wold was promoted from Lt. Col. to Col. during a ceremony on Camp Murray. Col. Wold will be taking command of the 205th Regional Training Institute next month.

Join us in a big congratulations to a great leader on his promotion!

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Last week members of the 12th Infantry Regiment, Royal Thai Army traveled to Camp Murray to meet with leadership from the 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team as the two units continue to develop a working relationship through The National Guard State Partnership Program.

Leadership from the 81st SBCT traveled to the Kingdom of Thailand in September 2017 to conduct a subject matter exchange with the Royal Thai Army. They returned the hospitality last week by giving them a quick tour of Camp Murray, spent a day on the range, drove Strykers around Joint Base Lewis-McChord and took in a Tacoma Rainiers baseball game!

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This afternoon LTC Adam Iwaszuk, Director of Construction and Facilities Management officer and Deputy USPFO/J7 for Joint Force Headquarters was promoted to the rank of Colonel during a ceremony at the Pierce County Readiness Center.

Col. Iwaszuk, a Central Washington University graduate has been a member of the U.S. Army since 1993 and has spent more than 23 years in the Washington National Guard.

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Congratulations Col. Gerald Dezsöfi on your promotion!

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“When I first came to the CST, we didn’t have as much going on,” he says. “But we made it a point to start doing outreach in the community, and not just Washington communities but across the first responders everywhere.”

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Last week Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty joined Congresswoman Suzan DelBene for a The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration project pinning ceremony at Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon, Wash.

55 service members that served during the Vietnam War were recognized for their service and sacrifice.

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