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On July 16, Maj Gen Daryl Bohac helped recognize the Nebraska National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters USPFO Internal Review Team as the 2018 National Guard Internal Review Office of the Year.

"We have a great reputation in the state of Nebraska for what we do in this endeavor because you help us be better every time we take a look at a piece of this organization," Bohac said. "Incredibly proud of what you do for us, and very grateful for what you do."

Congratulations, team! Great job!

#NEGuard | #GoodLifeGreatStrength | #InternalReview

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Photos of The National Guard's State Partnership Program in action between the Nebraska National Guard, the Texas National Guard and the Czech Republic.

This year we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of that partnership, which began on July 14, 1993.

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Summer is the heart of Annual Training season for your Nebraska Army National Guard Soldiers. In case you missed it, here are some photos from June when two Nebraska Army National Guard units traveled to Montana to conduct annual training among the rugged mountain ranges of Ft. Harrison.

Soldiers from both Company E (Long Range Surveillance), 134th Infantry Regiment, and 195th Forward Support Company (Special Operations) (Airborne) gained valuable new experiences training in the unfamiliar terrain.

Brig. Gen. Kevin Lyons, Nebraska land component commander, visited both units June 14-15 to observe training and recognize individuals identified by leadership for their achievements.

For more photos from this training, visit our Flickr album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nenationalguard/albums/72157697516777021

And watch for more annual training photos, coming soon!

(Nebraska National Guard photos by Spc. Lisa Crawford)

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Soldiers from Nebraska Army National Guard Company B, 2-135th Aviation practiced sling load operations, July 14, at the Army Aviation Support Facility No. 2 in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Sling loading is the rapid movement of equipment by helicopter from one location to another using sling sets, cargo nets and other specially designed equipment. This allows units to avoid any surface obstacles that may hinder them from reaching their destination in a timely manner. It is also used to reach outlying areas where the use of convoys is impractical or impossible.

The members of Co. B, 2-135th were being trained on how to sling load utilizing CH-47 Chinook helicopters in preparation for their upcoming annual training.

This training allowed the Soldiers to get under the helicopters and familiarize themselves with sling load operations to include attaching procedures. These procedures would be widely used if ever deployed to an event.

(Nebraska National Guard photos by Spc. Chris Sheen)

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Today the Nebraska National Guard and the Texas National Guard celebrate 25 years of partnership with the Czech Republic as part of The National Guard's State Partnership Program.

(Nebraska National Guard graphic by Amy Givens)

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Last month, Women from the Nebraska National Guard and Duncan Aviation attended the Women in Aviation Luncheon June 12, at Hangar B, Duncan Aviation in Lincoln. The Luncheon featured women in leadership positions speaking about and answering questions of how to be a leader.

Two of those speakers included Brig. Gen. Wendy Johnson, the assistant adjutant general of the Nebraska Air National Guard, and (Ret.) Col. Tami Thompson, now an assistant professor and director of the Master of Business Administration Program at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Read more: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/283865/nebraska-national-guard-leaders-speak-women-aviation-luncheon

(Nebraska National Guard story and photos by Airman 1st Class Jamie Titus)

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Check out this video by the 149th Fighter Wing!

Airmen recently deployed to the Czech Republic to participate in an air-to-air exercise called Sky Avenger. This year’s exercise coincides with 100 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Czech Republic and is the 25th anniversary that Czech and U.S. forces have partnered together under the National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the Nebraska National Guard and Texas National Guard.

“I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to actually celebrate the 25th anniversary on location, working with Nebraska, working with the Czechs, and what better way than to celebrate it by doing an exercise joint-wise where we get to integrate with them, where we get to refuel with Nebraska, get to fly with the Czechs and all the mission sets that we do," said Maj. Thomas Werner, 149th Fighter Wing F-16 instructor pilot. "We learn all kinds of things from them. They learn some things from us and I think all three of us - all three parties involved end up the better for it.”

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This past weekend, Soldiers of C TROOP 1-134th CAV - IBCT conducted water training with the F470 Zodiac Combat Rubber Raiding Craft at Rockford Lake near Beatrice, Nebraska.

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The final event yesterday saw Nebraska Army National Guard Warrant Officers coming together at Haymarket Park in Lincoln for the official 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Warrant Officer Cohort.

This event included a static display complete with a Humvee, a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter and other U.S. Army National Guard vehicles and equipment. The Warrant Officers and their families were invited to enjoy a Lincoln Saltdogs baseball game where the players wore patriotic jerseys and played on behalf of the Nebraska National Guard against the Kansas City T-Bones.

Many of Nebraska’s Warrant Officers and family members had an opportunity to participate in the game, including Chief Warrant Officer 3 Joseph Amen who had the honor of throwing the first pitch.

Warrant Officer Timothy Beckman’s son, Jayden, was selected as the junior manager for the game and also announced “Play Ball,” at the start of the game.

Before the fourth inning, the stadium announcers wished a happy 100th Anniversary to the Warrant Officer Cohort, complete with a traditional cake cutting broadcast on the big screen.

After the cake cutting - as the sun began to set - many baseball fans came out of the stands to watch the Nebraska Army National Guard's UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter take off back to the National Guard air base located across town.

Overall, it was a long but fun-filled day for Nebraska's Warrant Officers. Congratulations again on celebrating 100 years!

(Nebraska National Guard photos by Spc. Lisa Crawford)

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The second event yesterday for the Nebraska Army National Guard's Warrant Officers included the signing of a proclamation by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts honoring the 100 year anniversary of the Warrant Officer Cohort, and marking July as the month of Warrant Officer in Nebraska.

More than two dozen Nebraska Warrant Officers attended the event at Nebraska State Capitol building in Lincoln.

(Nebraska National Guard photos by Spc. Lisa Crawford)

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Yesterday was a busy day for the Warrant Officers in the Nebraska Army National Guard who celebrated 100 years of the Warrant Officer Cohort which began July 9, 1918.

Nebraska's Warrant Officers began the day by hosting an early morning fun run at the Nebraska National Guard air base in Lincoln, which included dozens of Nebraska Warrant Officers, family members and Nebraska National Guard leadership.

Here are a few photos from the run. Watch for more photos from yesterday's 100th Anniversary Celebration events to post later today!

(Nebraska National Guard photos by Spc. Lisa Crawford)

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Happy 100th Birthday to the United States Army Warrant Officer Corps!

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Great article about a Nebraska Army National Guard Soldier in the Omaha World-Herald:

"When Tony Noyes looks at his wedding band, he’s reminded of his bond with his new wife, but also of a brotherhood.

Noyes’ ring contains shrapnel from a roadside bomb that damaged his Humvee during a deployment to Iraq more than a decade ago.

Noyes, a member of the Nebraska Army National Guard, said the shrapnel is a powerful reminder of the soldiers who have given their lives serving their country so that he and other Americans can live freely.

'It shows me what I need to live up to as a man and husband to earn what they gave me,' he said."

Read more: https://www.omaha.com/news/military/nebraska-soldier-s-wedding-band-contains-shrapnel-from-roadside-bomb/article_67043677-810a-5824-8ffd-6b4e84756aec.html

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Nebraska National Guard, Iowa National Guard and North Dakota National Guard Soldiers are all part of a four-month rotational deployment to Germany where they will assume the real world MEDEVAC mission for Hohenfels and Grafenwoehr from their active duty unit counterparts.

"I think this is like the proof of concept that this is doable and workable," said Nebraska Adjutant General, Maj Gen Daryl Bohac, when he came to visit Nebraska National Guard Soldiers from the 1-376th Aviation stationed at Hohenfels June 22.

"There will be other combatant commanders that will look to this and say, 'If they can do that there, maybe we can do that here. I'm proud of the Soldiers willing to do it."

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The Nebraska National Guard has helped the Nebraska State Patrol and other organizations conduct controlled explosive demolitions to dispose of old/illegal fireworks over the past year at the Greenlief Training Site near Hastings, Nebraska. Here is a great recap video of some of those explosions.

DO NOT ATTEMPT!!

Have a happy (and safe) 4th of July 🇺🇸 🎆!

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Yesterday, Maj Gen Daryl Bohac joined Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, Senator Deb Fischer and Congressman Don Bacon for the announcement of an exciting new program.

This pilot program - Armed Forces to Truckers - will allow 18-20 year old Guard and Reservists with the military equivalent of a commercial driver’s license to drive large trucks across state lines, a job typically limited to those age 21 and older.

This is just one more way The National Guard is building partnerships between employers and our Soldiers and Airmen.

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The Nebraska National Guard would like to wish a happy and safe Independence Day holiday to all Americans around the world.

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On Friday, Soldiers with the Nebraska National Guard's 1969th Contingency Contracting Team brought the Cornhusker State Games torch two miles closer to Haymarket Stadium, and eventually members of the Nebraska National Guard brought the torch all the way onto the Lincoln Saltdogs field.

Pictured are Maj. Dustin Young, Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Rupprecht (carrying the American Flag) and Staff Sgt. Patti Lee-Smith (carrying the torch). Staff Sgt. Jarod Epp, Sgt. 1st Class Kris Rodysill and Sgt. 1st Class Lindsey Rodysill provided transportation for the runners.

Great work, team!

(Photos courtesy of Staff Sgt. Patti Lee-Smith)

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In honor of Canada Day 2018 🇨🇦️, here's a throwback to the Nebraska National Guard's participation in Exercise Maple Resolve earlier this summer:

Cpl. Vanessa O’Gorman, a medical technician with the 1 Canadian Field Hospital cross trained with medical evacuation crew from the Nebraska Army National Guard's Company G, 2-104th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion) on a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter.

O’Gorman spent the majority of the two-week exercise training with Sgt. Jason Dillon, a flight medic from Seward, Nebraska, and Sgt. Raymond Smith, a crew chief from Lincoln, Nebraska. In this set of photos, Dillon and Smith were giving O'Gorman an in-depth lesson on the capabilities and mechanics of the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter when the team was called into action to complete a training medical evacuation exercise, helping to transport a simulated wounded patient from a helicopter to ambulances and crews from Canada’s 5 Field Ambulance for transport to a Unit Medical Station.

More than 150 Soldiers from the Nebraska Army National Guard’s 1-376th Aviation Regiment traveled to Camp Wainwright in Alberta, Canada, May 8-24, for Exercise Maple Resolve 2018, the Canadian Army’s most comprehensive annual training event designed for any contingency operation.

This year’s Maple Resolve included approximately 6,000 service members from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and France. Working with Canadian Armed Forces, primarily from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (5 CMBG), Nebraska’s aviation battalion served two primary missions, including 24-hour medical evacuation training and support, and air support to all ground defenses.

(Nebraska National Guard photos by Spc. Lisa Crawford)

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Yesterday, Maj Gen Daryl Bohac along with Brig. Gen. Pat Hamiliton of the Texas National Guard, had the honor of joining Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček and Brig. Gen. Jan Bures for the Armed Forces Day celebration at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C. in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the Czech-Slovak Army which occurred on June 30, 1918.

The event also recognized the 25th anniversary of the partnership between the Czech Armed Forces, the Texas National Guard, and the Nebraska National Guard which was established in July 1993.

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Leaders from the Nebraska National Guard, Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC) and university representatives met at NIC June 26, 2018 to launch a partnership, focused on innovation, between the three organizations.

Greenlighted by new #AirForce funding to accelerate implementation of the National Defense Strategy, Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac’s, Nebraska’s Adjutant General, vision is to leverage one of the country’s premier research campuses to fuel Citizen Airman-led innovations to increase readiness, reduce cost, and enhance the lethality of the force.

“The potential to spark mutually-beneficial innovation through a partnership with a team which already has existing space, proven innovation capabilities and forward-thinking talent is exciting,” Bohac said.

NIC’s mission is to facilitate new and in-depth partnerships between the university, private sector businesses and government entities.

According to NIC leaders, this is a great opportunity to bring more talented people into the “innovation ecosystem.”

“Most organizations which try to implement designed-innovation fail,” Dan Duncan, NIC executive director, said. “What does work is creating environments and cultures that push innovation forward in a multifaceted approach.”

This partnership aims to do just that by creating an environment where Airmen with good ideas can have them heard and then have resources, time and energy to allow them to pursue those ideas and see where it goes.

Central to the adjutant general’s vision for this effort is the value of learning from failure. “We know every idea is not going to be a success, but that shouldn’t stop our Airmen from proposing them,” Bohac said. “I’m all-in on ‘failing-forward.’ The idea is an idea may not work, but I know we’ll learn from the effort, innovate and end up doing something different than what we’re doing today.”

Coordination between the Nebraska Air National Guard and NIC, to determine exactly what the partnership will look like and how it will be executed, is underway now. Updates will be provided as the relationship nears initial operating capacity.

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Today the Nebraska National Guard recognizes National PTSD Awareness Day, a day to learn how PTSD treatment works; to connect and reach out to someone; and to share by spreading the word.

For more information on PTSD, please visit www.ptsd.va.gov.

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Today, the Nebraska National Guard would like to wish a Happy 46th Birthday to the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve!

Thank you for everything you do to support our Citizen Soldiers and Airmen.

#NEGuard | #CitizenSoldiers | #CitizenAirmen | Nebraska ESGR

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The 43rd Army Band - Nebraska National Guard celebrated the unit’s 70th anniversary with a concert, June 16, at Antelope Park in Lincoln, Nebraska. More than 100 community members, veterans and band alumni braved the June heat to attend the hour-and-a-half long performance in the park, led by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brian Anderson, 43rd Army Band commander.

Alumni members of the Nebraska Army National Guard band were invited to participate in the second half of the concert, which also included the return of two former commanders of the 43rd Army Band to the conductor’s podium – Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 William Splichal and Retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jeff Klintberg.

Here are some photos from the 70th Anniversary Concert, but watch for a video replay of the entire concert coming soon!

(Nebraska National Guard photos by Spc. Lisa Crawford)

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