197th Field Artillery Brigade rolling stock, including mobile rocket launchers from 3rd Battalion, is staged at New England Southern Railroad’s Canterbury terminal just off I-93 this morning. By tomorrow more than 160 pieces of rolling stock will be ready for a near 850-mile journey to Camp Grayling, Michigan where the Brigade will participate in Operation Northern Strike, a joint multinational live-fire exercise involving U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, UK, and Latvian Forces. This the first time a field artillery unit has participated in Michigan's annual combat training event, which runs Aug. 4 to 24. About 500 NHARNG soldiers will participate in addition to another 1,000 from the Brigade's subordinate battalions from Michigan, Rhode Island, West Virginia and South Dakota. A total of 7,500 military personnel will take part in the exercise. Video by NHNG Public Affairs.
1st Sgt. Jeffrey Garand hands the guidon of the 12th Civil Support Team to outgoing commander Lt. Col. Michael Terry during a change of command ceremony at Joint Force Headquarters in Concord on June 25. Terry served four years as the 12th CST commander. His next assignment will be at the College of Naval Warfare in Newport, Rhode Island to pursue a masters degree in national security and strategic studies. Maj. Brian Fernandes, far left, assumed command of the unit. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Gordon, 114th Public Affairs Detachment.
The Quiet Professionals
NH Army National Guard warrant officers past and present gathered July 9 at the Edward Cross Training Center in Pembroke to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Corps. Considered the technical experts in their field, warrant officers account for 2.5 percent of the Army's total force or about 26,000 men and women. Photo by Sgt. Courtney Selig, 114th Public Affairs Detachment.
Dukes Of Hazard
Eight NH Army National Guard soldiers recently qualified as basic instructors in the discipline of hand-to-hand or close quarters combat after completing an 80-hour tactical combatives course hosted last month by 195th Regional Training Institute at the Edward Cross Training Center in Pembroke. The course is one of many offered by the 195th throughout the year. Courtesy photo.
That’s My Jam
An ensemble from the 39th Army Band gets down with Peter St. James and the NH Wake Up Show with some Funkytown and James Brown this morning at the studios of WTPL 107.7 FM in Concord. The band was promoting its summer concert tour. Tune in or stream July 4 from 8 to 10 a.m. to hear a rebroadcast of the entire show.
39th Army Band on WTPL 107.7 FM. Tune in or stream. If you missed them this morning, tune in July 4 from 8 to 10 a.m. to hear the show re-aired in its entirety.
Staff Sgt. Rachel Marsan of the 157th Maintenance Group cradles a juvenile red-tailed hawk moments after she freed it's head from between the metal bars of a maintenance platform last week at Pease Air National Guard Base in Newington. Marsen, with the help of her shopmates, transported the bird of prey to On The Wing, a rehab sanctuary in Epping where it has been recovering with three other juvenile red tails. Courtesy photo.
Low & Behold
Tech. Sgt. Eric Low of the 157th Medical Group inspects optometry equipment for a clinic at Lee County High School in Beattyville, Ky. on June 14. Low, along with Majs. Robert Groves and Ryan Tannian -- an optometrist and pharmacist from the Medical Group -- participated in Operation Bobcat, a one-week training mission for Guard, Reserve and civilian medical professionals in Eastern Kentucky. They provided free healthcare to nearly 600 area residents. Photo courtesy of KYANG.
One, If By Land, & Two, If By Sea
Sgt. Jordan Ford, a mechanic with the 169th Medevac Company, discusses troop loading procedures with Mexican marines during Blackhawk familiarization training June 17 at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Coral Harbour Base in Nassau, Bahamas. Ford was one of 20 NHARNG soldiers from the 169th who took part in Tradewinds 2018, a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored multinational exercise June 4 to 21. The annual event gives Caribbean nations the opportunity to improve security and disaster response capabilities on land and at sea. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Melissa Russell, U.S. Navy.
Tour De Force
A Report On Your NHNG
Jacob Blair, a New Hampshire high school senior class president and soldier in the New Hampshire Army National Guard about to head out for military training couldn’t make his graduation, so he got his own personal ceremony instead.
People attending the Prospect Mountain High School senior awards program in Alton on Wednesday night, June 13, were asked to stay after the event ended. Out marched school officials and Blair, all wearing graduation robes.
“Pomp and Circumstance” played as Blair entered to a standing crowd. He gave a speech and received his diploma.
Blair, the son of Denise and Joe Blair and whose grandfather John Blair is a retired U.S. Army major general and former adjutant general of the New Hampshire National Guard, left yesterday morning for Fort Rucker, Alabama, for advanced individual training.
The full senior class graduates today.
Blair received a three-year Army ROTC scholarship and will attend the University of New Hampshire to study mechanical engineering in the fall.
(Story courtesy of Associated Press)
Ties That Bind
Half Right, Face
Senior Master Sgt. Deborah Tzrinske of the 157th Air Refueling Wing receives a shadow box from Master Sgt. Kevin Reiter during her retirement ceremony June 2 at Pease Air National Guard Base in Newington. Tzrinske served as the 157th ARW first sergeant for more than eight years and retired after more than 28 years of service. Photo by Staff Sgt. Kayla White, 157 ARW Public Affairs.
Knot A Problem
Jose Hernandez, an engineer with the Salvadoran army, hones his technique with the help of NHARNG 1st Lt. Katrina Simpson, right, and Sgt. 1st. Class Carolina Compton in San Juan Opico, El Salvador on June 5. Simpson, an infantry officer with Mountain Company, and Compton, a recruiting and retention NCO, are part of a small team of NH Guard soldiers in El Salvador this week for swift water rescue training -- one of many exchanges coordinated through the NHNG-El Salvador State Partnership Program. The training is focused on sharing ideas and best practices for rescue techniques, command and control operations as well as ways to enhance reaction times and interoperability between civilian and military agencies. Looking on is Salvadoran Col. Domingo Monterrosa. Photo by Sgt. Charles Johnston, 114th Public Affairs Detachment.
From left, NHARNG Sgt. 1st Class Alex Thurston and Lt. Col. Greg Heilshorn field questions from a savvy group of kindergarteners during a Memorial Day visit to their alma mater, Gilford Elementary School, on May 25. Both soldiers are products of the Gilford public school system. Photo courtesy of GES.
From left, NHARNG State Command Sgt. Maj. Lore Ford and NH Adjutant Gen. David Mikolaities take a breather after cycling 29 miles in support of Project Hero's Honor Ride on June 2 in Nashua. Project Hero is a national non-profit dedicated to helping veterans and first responders recover from PTSD, TBI and other injuries. Courtesy photo.
Sgt. Nicholas Jepsen, trumpet player with the 39th Army Band, receives his new E5 rank from wife Shayla during his promotion ceremony May 30 in Boscawen. Photo by Sgt. Victoria Jollimore, 39th Army Band.
On Any Given Weekend
NHNG Honor Guard soldiers hone their skills during a training session with soldiers from The Old Guard (Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment) on a crisp March day earlier this year in Washington, DC. On any given weekend, the NHNG Funeral Honors Team performs as many as 18 funerals throughout the state. Courtesy photo.
On This Hallowed Ground
Top Of The Key
Sgt.1st Class Liana Nguyen, a health systems specialist with the NHARNG Medical Command, visits with students during their Memorial Day celebration May 25 at the Abbot-Downing Elementary School gymnasium in Concord. Courtesy photo.
Not In Vain
The Department of New Hampshire Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and staff of the NH State Veterans Cemetery cordially invite you and your family to attend the state Memorial Day ceremony Wednesday, May 30, at 11 a.m.
The cemetery is located at 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Route 3, Boscawen. Seating is limited. You are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for your comfort. The ceremony normally runs for one hour. Also, plan to arrive by 1030 to avoid traffic and allow time to park and walk to location of the ceremony. Photo courtesy of NHSVC.