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The 1-135th Assault Helicopter Battalion has a new commander.

Check this out from their page:

Saturday included a Battalion Change of Command ceremony, honoring outgoing Commander LTC Moenster and welcoming new Commander LTC Howerton. Thanks for your leadership, LTC Moenster!

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CW5 Greg McManus retired from The National Guard in 2009 with more that 16,200 flight hours.

His four-decade long career in U.S. Army Aviation involved combat tours in Vietnam and Iraq.

Check out Jeremy Amick’s latest article in his Warrant Officer series for the News Tribune: http://www.newstribune.com/news/local/story/2018/jul/16/warrant-officer-describes-four-decade-career-in-army-aviation/734785/

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"There's no place like home."

Welcome back!

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On the battlefield, the safety of US military personnel, civilians and enemy prisoners of war or detainees is of the utmost importance. Amid the noise, smoke and confusion that accompany the fog of war, order must be maintained. Enter the Military Police Corps.

The mission of the MPs is to perform law enforcement duties both at home, in garrison and in forward operation areas. In order to maintain these skills, soldiers from the Missouri National Guard’s 3175th Military Police Co., Warrenton, Missouri, conducted a two-week annual training June 2018 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

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ICYMI: Last week, we helped celebrate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Cohort -- the Army's "Quiet Professionals."

Here are some of the additional photos of the celebration. Check out the updated album with lots of new photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/missouriguard/albums/72157697138994601

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Members of the 1-135th Assault Helicopter Battalion recently conducted a group fitness session with the Missouri FIT-P program.

If you're looking for fitness tips and motivation, give FIT-P a follow -- plus you can learn all of the latest on the upcoming Multi-Fitness Challenge.

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Help us congratulate our newest general officer, BG Sharon Martin, Assistant Adjutant General - Army!

MG Steve Danner, our Adjutant General, presided over her promotion at the National WWI Museum and Memorial, in Kansas City.

“No one gets to this pinnacle without hard work, dedication and knowledge of what they are doing,” Danner said.

Check out the full story, by 2LT Molly Talmadge: http://www.moguard.com/martin-promoted-to-brigadier-general/

(Missouri National Guard photos by 1st Lt Sean Navarro)

Governor Mike Parson | Missouri Department of Public Safety | The National Guard

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Our newest Army National Guard Assistant Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Sharon Martin, recently stopped in to see Guardsmen in Texas. Check this out from the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade's page:

Missouri Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Sharon Martin, an assistant adjutant general for the Missouri Army National Guard, Col. John Oberkirsch, Missouri Army National Guard Chief of Staff, and Command Sgt. Maj. Kannon John, the State Command Sergeant Major of Missouri Army National Guard, visited Missouri guardsmen at Fort Hood, Texas, July 8 and 9, 2018.

The team met with Soldiers from the 935th Aviation Support Battalion (ASB), headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB), from Sedalia, Missouri.

During the two days, Martin, Oberkirsch, and John were accompanied by Col. Charles Hausman, Brigade Commander of the 35th CAB, Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert Murrell, Command Chief Warrant Officer of the 35th CAB, and Command Sgt. Maj. Javier Acosta, Command Sergeant Major of the 35th CAB.

They visited the multiple areas Missouri guardsman occupy here in North Fort Hood, Texas, including: 935th ASB’s Theater Operations Center, the Glass Forward Arming and Refueling Point, and several airfields.

16 Soldiers were presented coins from Martin and John for their performance during our time here and recently Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

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Preparations are underway for the 139th Airlift Wing's Sound of Speed Airshow August 27-28. Recently, working alongside civilian first responders, the Wing's Airmen conducted a training exercise to make sure they were prepared to respond to a major incident. Check out this video for more details!

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Members of the Missouri National Guard -- Army and Air -- have been participating in Operation BRACE at Lincoln University (Missouri), in Jefferson City.

The operation is an initiative of the 131st Bomb Wing Missouri Air National Guard to reach out to the state's foster youth to provide them with life skills and information about service in The National Guard, which may be a path for them to achieve their dreams of higher education and a successful career.

Col Ken Eaves, the 131BW Commander, shared his vision for the initiative, and SFC Calvin Temple, an Automation NCO with Missouri National Guard Recruiting, shared his journey from foster youth to senior NCO.

Stay tuned -- we'll have more about this unique initiative in the days ahead.

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The Missouri National Guard is proud of our robust partnership with Panama through The National Guard's State Partnership Program.

Soldiers with the Kansas City-based 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade have been participating in PANAMAX 2018, an annual U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored multinational training exercise that focuses on ensuring the defense of the Panama Canal.

Thanks to SFC Barry Adwell for sharing this photo from a notional mission briefing with their Panamanian counterparts.

If you have photos of video of your unit's training, send them our way at mo.ngpao@mail.mil or by Direct Message to this page.

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Missouri FIT-P has a new challenge coming...check out their page for more information on what they are doing and what they can do to help you.

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Our state commander-in-chief, Governor Mike Parson, paid a visit to Whiteman Air Force Base.

Gov. Parson learned about the great partnership between the United States Air Force's 509th Bomb Wing and our 131st Bomb Wing Missouri Air National Guard to operate and maintain the nation's fleet of B-2 Spirit bombers.

(U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

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Getting to know our inter-agency counterparts is critical to our success should tragedy strike.

This week, members of the Missouri National Guard participated in a New Madrid Seismic Zone planning meeting in Jefferson City. They coordinated planning with the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency and FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency and others.

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Congratulations to SFC David Parks, who was named Distinguished Honor Graduate at the Petroleum and Water Specialist Senior Leader Course at Fort Lee, Virginia. MAJ Joseph Payton, HHC Commander for Training Center Command, presented MAJ Parks with the Army Commendation Medal for his achievements.

Thanks to MAJ Michelle Matthews for sending us these photos. If you have photos or video of your unit training, please e-mail them to us at mo.ngpao@mail.mil or send them to us in a direct message along with a brief description.

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The Missouri National Guard is always looking for engaging ways to train Guardsmen. Recently, Training Center Command received new paintball equipment, which is available for use at Camp Clark and Camp Crowder.

Thank you, CPT Amber Luchtefeld, for taking these photos. If you've got photos of your unit training, please e-mail them to us at mo.ngpao@mail.mil, or send them to us in a direct message along with a brief description.

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Please help us congratulate Sgt. 1st Class Roberta Trahan of the 1107th Aviation Group. She has been appointed as a warrant officer candidate with a specialty in electronic systems maintenance. Great Job!

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Did you hear the news? Check this out from the U.S.Army's website.

Army Combat Fitness Test set to become new PT test of record in late 2020

FORT EUSTIS, Va. -- Army senior leaders have approved a new strenuous fitness test designed to better prepare Soldiers for combat tasks, reduce injuries and lead to ample cost savings across the service.

The six-event readiness assessment, called the Army Combat Fitness Test, is intended to replace the current three-event Army Physical Fitness Test, which has been around since 1980.

Beginning October 2020, all Soldiers will be required to take the new gender- and age-neutral test. Before that, field testing set to begin this October will allow the Army to refine the test, with initial plans for up to 40,000 Soldiers from all three components to see it.

"The Army Combat Fitness Test will ignite a generational, cultural change in Army fitness and become a cornerstone of individual Soldier combat readiness," said Maj. Gen. Malcolm Frost, commander of the Army's Center of Initial Military Training. "It will reduce attrition and it will reduce musculoskeletal injuries and actually save, in the long run, the Army a heck of a lot of money."

At least six years of significant research went into the test's development as researchers looked at what Soldiers must do fitness-wise for combat.

"Throughout that research and testing, the goal was to provide our leaders with a tough, realistic, field-expedient assessment of the physical component of their Soldiers' individual readiness," said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey. "The ACFT is scientifically-validated and will help better prepare our Soldiers to deploy, fight, and win on any future battlefield."

Roughly 2,000 Soldiers have already taken the test, previously called the Army Combat Readiness Test. They also provided feedback as part of the Army Training and Doctrine Command and Forces Command pilots that began last year at several installations.

"The current PT test is only a 40 percent predictor of success for performing in combat and executing warrior tasks and battle drills," Frost said. "This test is approximately an 80 percent predictor of performing based on our ability to test the physical components of combat fitness."

SIX EVENTS

While the ACFT still keeps the 2-mile run as its final event, it introduces five others to provide a broad measurement of a Soldier's physical fitness. The events are completed in order and can take anywhere from 45 to 55 minutes for a Soldier to finish.

-- Strength deadlift: With a proposed weight range of 120 to 420 pounds, the deadlift event is similar to the one found in the Occupational Physical Assessment Test, or OPAT, which is given to new recruits to assess lower-body strength before they are placed into a best-fit career field. The ACFT will require Soldiers to perform a three-repetition maximum deadlift (only one in OPAT) and the weights will be increased. The event replicates picking up ammunition boxes, a wounded battle buddy, supplies or other heavy equipment.

-- Standing power throw: Soldiers toss a 10-pound ball backward as far as possible to test muscular explosive power that may be needed to lift themselves or a fellow Solider up over an obstacle or to move rapidly across uneven terrain.

-- Hand-release pushups: In this event, Soldiers start in the prone position and do a traditional pushup, but when at the down position they release their hands and arms from contact with the ground and then reset to do another pushup. This allows for additional upper body muscles to be exercised.

-- Sprint/drag/carry: As they dash 25 meters five times up and down a lane, Soldiers will perform sprints, drag a sled weighing 90 pounds, and then hand-carry two 40-pound kettlebell weights. This can simulate pulling a battle buddy out of harm's way, moving quickly to take cover, or carrying ammunition to a fighting position or vehicle.

-- Leg tuck: Similar to a pullup, Soldiers lift their legs up and down to touch their knees/thighs to their elbows as many times as they can. This exercise strengthens the core muscles since it doubles the amount of force required compared to a traditional situp.

-- 2-mile run: Same event as on the current test. In the ACFT, run scores are expected to be a bit slower due to all of the other strenuous activity.

The ACFT gauges Soldiers on the 10 components of physical fitness: muscular strength and endurance, power, speed, agility, aerobic endurance, balance, flexibility, coordination and reaction time. The current test only measures two: muscular and aerobic endurance.

TEST SCORING

The vast majority of policies with the APFT will likely be carried over to the new test.

Scoring could be similar with 100 points for each event for a maximum of 600. Minimum scores, however, may change depending on a Soldier's military occupational specialty. Soldiers in more physically demanding jobs may see tougher minimums, similar to how OPAT evaluates new recruits.

"The more physically challenging your MOS, the more you'll be required to do at the minimum levels," said Michael McGurk, director of research and analysis at CIMT.

Another difference is that there are no alternate events planned for this test, he said.

Soldiers will still get adequate time to rehabilitate from an injury. But under a new "deploy-or-be-removed" policy, Defense Secretary James Mattis said in February that troops who are non-deployable for more than 12 months will be processed for administrative separation or referred to the disability evaluation system.

"Generally speaking, somebody who has a long-term permanent profile that precludes taking a fitness test may not be retainable for duty in the Army," McGurk said.

At about $20 million, the new test will be more costly for the Army to conduct. A single lane of equipment at full retail value is about $1,200. A battalion set of equipment will range from $12,000 to $20,000. Those prices will likely drop as the Army buys more sets at wholesale.

Equipment should last about 10 years, meaning it will cost less than $3 per Soldier over time.

"If I have a femoral neck fracture in the hip of a Soldier, that injury will cost the government about $1 million," McGurk said. "So, if I avoid 20 of those injuries a year I've paid for the program for the next 10 years for equipment. The potentials on return are very significant."

COST AVOIDANCE

The Army estimates $4 billion is spent each year due to injuries, non-deployable Soldiers, accidents and other health-related costs.

As part of its culture change, the Army is building a Holistic Health and Fitness System to produce healthier and fitter Soldiers. The new test is one piece of the system, in addition to the OPAT, the improvement of fitness centers, and healthier options at chow halls.

Army researchers studied foreign militaries that have rolled out similar holistic programs and found them to be highly successful.

The Australian army, for instance, introduced it to their basic training and saw a roughly 30 percent reduction in injuries.

"Do I know we're going to have a 25-30 percent reduction? No, but I certainly hope we will," McGurk said. "We think [the test is] well worth it and it's the right thing to do for Soldiers in any case."

Feedback from Soldiers so far has also been overwhelmingly positive.

"As we all know, physical fitness training can become rather monotonous if people train the same way," McGurk said. "So, a lot of them saw this as a great change and how it required them to use different muscles."

While some Soldiers may disagree with replacing the current test, McGurk said that fitness has come a long way from 40 years ago when the APFT was first developed.

"In 1980, running shoes were relatively a new invention," he said. "The Army was still running in boots for the PT test back then. Change is difficult, but we're an Army that adapts well to change."

ARMY VISION

In early June, senior leaders outlined what the Army should focus on over the next decade to retain overmatch against potential adversaries.

The 2028 vision statement, signed by the Army's secretary and chief of staff, calls for modernized equipment, particularly the development of autonomous systems. It also stresses the need for physically fit and mentally tough Soldiers to fight and win in high-intensity conflict.

"Technology is going to be dominant and we need a lot of things that we're looking at through modernization," Frost said. "In the end, you still need the United States Army Soldier to be able to seize and hold terrain."

The ACFT is a foundational method, leaders believe, that the Army can use to start a new era of fitness and obtain Soldier overmatch in combat.

"The current leadership ... has really coalesced and understands the importance of fitness itself and the importance of the PT test to drive that change in culture," Frost said. "They've made the decision and we're ready to execute."

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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Army's Warrant Officer Cohort -- the Army's "Quiet Professionals."

To celebrate, during this weekend's drill, MG Steve Danner, our Adjutant General, and CW5 Patrick Muenks, our State Command Chief Warrant Officer, hosted a ceremony at the Missouri State Capitol to celebrate the Warrant Officer Cohort.

In addition to the cutting of the traditional birthday cake, the event included the reading of a proclamation issued by Governor Mike Parson proclamining July 2018 as the Month of the Warrant Officer in Missour, a keynote address by author and historian Jeremy Amick, as well as some warrant officer promotions, pinnings, and other recognitions, including Vietnam Veterans.

The event filled the Capitol Rotunda and included support from the 135th Army Band, Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW Post 1003 of Jefferson City, and was attended by friends and supporters of The National Guard and the Missouri National Guard, including State Sen. Wayne Wallingford of Cape Girardeau.

Here's a link with photos from throughout this drill's Warrant Officer Professional Development Seminar (check back again later as well, more photos will be added): https://www.flickr.com/photos/missouriguard/albums/72157697138994601/page1

Missouri Department of Public Safety | Missouri Office of Administration

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To kick off day 2 of the Warrant Officer Professional Development Conference, State Command Chief CW5 Patrick Muenks led the group on a morning run around the lake at Ike Skelton Training Site.

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If you're looking for an outstanding subject matter expert this weekend, Jefferson City is the place to be. Today, State Command Chief CW5 Patrick Muenks and the Director of the Joint Staff, BG David Boyle, welcomed more than 100 Warrant Officers to Missouri National Guard headquarters. This weekend, the Warrant Officer Cohort will discuss best practices, professional development, and the future of our 'Silent Professionals.'

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The 1-138th Infantry Regiment recently held their 2018 Annual Training in Fort Chaffee JMTC, Arkansas from June 2-16. The Regiment includes a Headquarters and Headquarters Company, three Rifle Companies, a Heavy Weapons Company, and a Forward Support Company, conducted a multitude of training alongside the 39th IBCT. Over the course of two weeks, Soldiers of the 1-138th conducted training which included a mortar live fire, sniper ranges, MOUT training, land navigation, patrol base operations, ambushes, first aid training, and call for fire.

Thanks to CPT Kyle Atha for passing along these photos.

If you've got photos of your unit training, please send them to us at mo.ngpao@mail.mil, or in a direct message along with a short description.

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This weekend, we are celebrating 100 years of Army Warrant Officers. State Command Chief Warrant Officer Patrick Muenks is hosting a Warrant Officer Professional Development Workshop and Centennial Commemoration in Jefferson City. In preparation for the event, Museum of Missouri Military History director Charles Machon and intern Emily Luechtefeld, of the University of Central Missouri, put together a display showcasing the achievements of our Missouri National Guard Warrant Officers.

CW5 Muenks invites everyone to join us Sunday, at 10 a.m., in the Capitol for the Warrant Officer Centennial Celebration.

Photos by Pfc. Christopher Saunders, 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

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On the 28th of June, CW3 Philip Little, assigned to B Co 935th Aviation Support Battalion, was promoted to CW4 at North Fort Hood, TX during the units post mobilization training. Mr. Little was “pinned” by brigade aviation materiel officer (BAMO) CW5 Peyton Supernaw of the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade. Members of both units are preparing to relieve units in place currently supporting Operations Spartan Shield and Inherit Resolve in Southwest Asia.

Help us congratulate CW4 Little!

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Check this out -- members of the Missouri National Guard recently provided support for a mission to save a working dog who fell ill.

Here's the news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

National Guard Rescues Border Patrol Canine in Distress

TUCSON, Ariz. (July 3, 2018) – National Guard personnel serving under Operation Guardian Support saved the life of a Tucson Sector Border Patrol canine experiencing a medical emergency today.

A joint Operation Guardian Support aircrew responded to a K-9 handler’s call for help when his partner began to display signs of illness. The pair had just tracked down and apprehended 11 illegal aliens in harsh terrain near Arivaca.

At approximately 9:40 a.m., Tucson Border Patrol Station’s Tactical Operations Center was notified a canine had dangerously high body temperature, uncontrolled breathing, and loss of coordination. Despite the handler’s effort to cool the dog with ice packs, the canine remained in distress.

Within 20 minutes, a UH-72 crew was able to safely land and extract both the K-9 handler and canine for quick transport to a local veterinary clinic.

The dog was diagnosed with heat exhaustion and was kept for observation, but is expected to make a full recovery due to the quick reaction of National Guard personnel.

This is a harsh reminder the desert is unforgiving and could claim the life or adversely affect the health of humans and animals. Tucson Sector Border Patrol is grateful Operation Guardian Support personnel were available to save the canine’s life.

Operation Guardian Support is a partnership between The National Guard and Department of Homeland Security. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has a decades-long relationship working with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The National Guard significantly assists CBP through support such as aerial detection, repairing border infrastructure, and logistical support while CBP focuses on enforcing our immigration laws.

Governor Mike Parson | Missouri Department of Public Safety | Missouri Office of Administration

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