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Overseas Operations
- Sgt. Zoe Morris

DRAWSKO POMORSKIE, Poland - More than 120 Soldiers with the West Virginia Army National Guard Sgt. Zac Hartley, a horizontal construction engineer in the West Virginia Army National Guard, assigned to 812th Engineer Company, 1092nd Engineer Battalion, 111th Engineer Brigade based out of Eleanor, West Virginia, operates a front end loader to place gravel at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, during Resolute Castle, July 12, 2018.

- Master Sgt. Felix Figueroa

KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. and NATO service members assigned to Hamid Karzai International Airport's Capt. Michelle L. Levesque, a Tactical Combat Casualty Care trainer from the 224th Area Support Medical Company, Maryland Army National Guard,currently assigned to HKIA’s Role 2 hospital, explains the importance of rechecking tourniquet placement after moving a casualty during TCCC training in Kabul, Afghanistan, Jun. 21, 2018. TCCC training is designed to provide first responders with battlefield lifesaving skills while deployed to Afghanistan.

- Sgt. 1st Class Kimberly Calkins

BOLESLAWIEC, Poland – The South Carolina state flag proudly waves overhead in front of a four-story U.S. Army Spc. Jeffery Evans and Pfc. John Collins, both assigned to Company B, 151st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, confirm message transmission on a high frequency radio via a field-expedient antenna created from internet cable and plastic spoons during an HF radio class taught by Staff Sgt. David Nelson, a signal support systems specialist assigned to 218th MEB in support of Resolute Castle 2018.

- Capt. Joseph Bush

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - A UH-72A Lakota hovers over the landing zone lowering its flight medic down Nebraska and Iowa National Guard Soldiers assigned to 1st Squadron, 376th Aviation Battalion conduct a hoist and lift demonstration from their UH72-A Lakota June 21, 2018, at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany. The units are 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.

- Sgt. Alexander Rector

YAVORIV COMBINED ARMS TRAINING CENTER, Ukraine – Overseas deployments for Soldiers of the New York Officers and senior enlisted Soldiers from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team assigned to the Joint Multinational Training Group – Ukraine prepare for a battalion field training exercise at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center here Mar. 15, 2018. Currently more than 220 New York National Guard Soldiers are assigned to the CTC where they are mentoring Ukrainian Army Soldiers as they strive toward obtaining NATO interoperability.

- Indiana National Guard

INDIANAPOLIS - Approximately 1,400 Indiana Citizen-Soldiers from across the state and with the Soldiers with the 17th Field Artillery Brigade fire a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System at Yakima Training Center, Washington, Feb. 28, 2017. The brigade is expected to serve as the foundation of the Multi-Domain Task Force, which will lead its first Pacific Pathways rotation next year to test future warfare capabilities.

- Sgt. David Bedard

FIVE HILLS TRAINING AREA, Mongolia - The typical adult human body contains five liters of blood. Alaska Army National Guard Spc. Dana Haddox and Spc. Jahmoi Hodge, both members of the platoon representing the 297th Regional Support Group, evacuate simulated casualty U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class John Bustamonte, III Marine Expeditionary Force, June 17, 2018, during Tactical Combat Casualty Care training at Five Hills Training Area, Mongolia, as part of Khaan Quest 2018.

- Spc. Aaron Good

OLESNO, Poland - During Saber Strike 18 there will be 18,000 service members from 19 countries Pfc. Roffes Watson and Pfc. Renee Shaw stand next the the field showers at their forward operating base during Saber Strike 18, June 1, 2018. Pfc. Watson and Pfc. Shaw will be performing field shower and laundry support with the 464th Quartermaster Company during Saber Strike 18.

- Staff Sgt. Sharon Matthias

KAZLA RUBA, Lithuania – Known as "Morgan's Men," the Soldiers in the Kentucky Army National Guard's A Soldier assigned to 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery Regiment, Kentucky Army National Guard, waits in his High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) for a fire mission  during the Saber Strike 18 exercise in Kazlu Ruda, Lithuania, on June 10, 2018. Crews of the Kentucky Army National Guard rehearsed no-notice dry-fire drills repeatedly to ensure mastery of their weapons system.

- Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The Army commonly refers to the U.S. Army Non-commissioned Officer Corps as Master Sgt. Lou Spinazze, senior enlisted leader for the Police Advising Team for Train, Advise and Assist Command-South, talks with Afghan senior enlisted leaders, May 25, 2018, during a meeting at the Regional Military Training Center-Kandahar.

- Sgt. Amber Criswell

MUSCAT, Oman — The 35th Engineer Brigade of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and the 648th Military Maj. Brian Sayer, right, and Master Sgt. Rodney Haesemeyer, 35th Engineer Brigade, Task Force Spartan, discuss tactics, techniques and procedures of countering improvised explosive devices and praise the Omani soldiers on their excellent work on the practical exercise lanes.

- Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer

TALLINN, Estonia - Saber Strike 18, a joint multinational exercise, is being conducted from Sunday Ten F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, are being inspected by the maintenance crew  at Amari Air Base, Estonia, in support of Saber Strike 18, June 1, 2018.  Saber Strike 18 is the eighth iteration of the long-standing U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise designed to enhance interoperability among allies and regional partners. This year's exercise will take place June 3-15, focusing on improving land and air operational capabilities with an additional key objective to train with NATO's enhanced Forward Presence.

- Capt. Briana McFarland

CAMP TAJI MILITARY COMPLEX, Iraq – Medical providers from the 449th Combat Aviation Brigade The 449th Combat Aviation Brigade, United Kingdom Training Team 1 (Armored Medical Regiment) and Iraqi army aviation medical staff celebrate the completion of the phase one 10-day aeromedical evacuation training course facilitated by the 449th CAB by collectively cutting cake at Camp Taji, Iraq, May 3, 2018.

- Maj. Kurt Rauschenberg

VALGA County, Estonia — They are the enablers and conduits of connectivity between multinational U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Laurence Paradis, Tactical Air Control Party member with Oklahoma National Guard’s 146th Air Support Operations Squadron, advises Estonian Defense Force on Joint Terminal Attack Controller capabilities May 9, 2018, during Exercise HEDGEHOG 2018 in Southern Estonia. The TACP personnel served as advisers to the Estonian Defense Force to create combined fires between U.S. Army and multinational aviation assets.

- Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill

In the mid-1980s, Air Force Capt. Joseph Lengyel was an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot deployed here; last week, General Lengyel returned here for troop visits – and saw a transformed country protected by a transformed military. "We are raising our readiness," Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said during visits with Guard members in South Korea, May 1-4, 2018. "It's our job."

- Capt. Leanna Litsch

KABUL, Afghanistan – Oklahoma Army National Guard troopers with 1st Squadron, 180th Cavalry Oklahoma Army National Guard Troopers with 1st Squadron, 180th Cavalry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, deployed as part of the Kabul Security Force in support of the NATO-led train, advise and assist Resolute Support Mission, brought a 17-year tradition to Kabul on  April 27, 2018, by conducting a 5-kilometer "Run to Remember" in conjunction with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon held in Oklahoma City each year.

- Capt. Jason Sweeney

CAMP BUTMIR, Bosnia and Herzogovena - Col. Nick Ducich, commander of the California Army National Multi-National Battle Group - East Cmdr. Col. Nick Ducich, members of his staff and Soldiers from NATO Headquarter -Sarajevo pose for a picture at Camp Butmir in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, April 24, 2018. Each Kosovo Force (KFOR) rotation provides Soldiers for NATO Headquarters- Sarajevo to oversee Camp Butmir, support the Bosnia and Herzegovina training mission, and provide essential services on the camp for the European Union Force Althea (EUFOR Althea) peacekeeping element.

- 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

State Partnership Program
- Maj. Gus LaFontaine

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti — Twenty summers ago, I enlisted in the Kentucky Army National Guard. While Representatives from the Kentucky National Guard met with their military counterparts from Djibouti June 23, 2018, in Djibouti, Africa. Kentucky is partnered with Djibouti as part of the State Partnership Program.

- Capt. Tammy Muckenfuss

WEST COLUMBIA, South Carolina – A team of senior officers from the Colombian Army met June 29 with A team of Soldiers from the Colombian army met with South Carolina Army National Guard leadership and experts from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division to discuss disaster response best practices and lessons learned at the South Carolina National Guard Joint Operations Center, June 29, 2018.

- Lt. Col. Matthew Devivo

RALEIGH, N.C. - Three members of North Carolina Air National Guard's 145th Airlift Wing Security 145th Airlift Wing Security Force Tech. Sgt. Adam Barringer, left, and Staff Sgt. Eric Stitt, second from right, pose for a picture with their Botswana Defense Force counterparts. North Carolina Air National Guard’s 145th Airlift Wing Security Forces travelled to Botswana, Africa, in late June 2018, to work side-by-side with their Botswana Defense Air Force (BDF).

- Lt. Col. Elena O'Bryan

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Jordan News Agency (Petra) reported earlier this month that Jordan's Chairman of Colorado Army National Guard Mobile Training Team members after being recognized March 16, 2018, at Joint Force Headquarters-Colorado, Centennial, Colorado, for their accomplishments under the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s U.S.-Jordan Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction-Building Partner Capacity Program.

- 1st Lt. Andrew B. Layton

ĀDAŽI, Latvia – On the morning of June 9, 2018, members of the 82d Airborne Division staged a Lt. Col. (ret.) Ivars Sika, a former member of the Michigan National Guard, observes as members of the 82d Airborne Division stage a parachute drop at Ādaži Military Base, Latvia, June 9, 2018, as part of exercise Saber Strike 2018

- Lt. Col. Angela King-Sweigart

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. - Soldiers assigned to Fort Indiantown Gap range control hosted Lithuanian Members of Fort Indiantown Gap’s billeting and logistics team met with Lithuanian training center Soldiers during a range exchange visit June 10. (

- Staff Sgt. Alexa Becerra

QUITO, Ecuador – The Ecuadorian military hosted a team of Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard inspect and assess HMMWVs along with the Ecuadorian army in Quito, Ecuador, on June 4, 2018. This visit was part of the State Partnership Program between Kentucky National Guard and Ecuadorian Military, which is focused on conducting exchanges in military and civilian best practices.

- Sgt. Charles Johnston

SAN JUAN OPICO, La Libertad, El Salvador – New Hampshire Army National Guard members teamed with NHARNG 1st Lt. Katrina Simpson, an infantry officer with Mountain Company, works with Salvadoran soldiers and firefighters to complete a rope system spanning the Lempa River in El Salvador June 7, 2018. The swift water rescue training, led by Maj. Brian Fernandes, deputy commander, 12th Civil Support Team, brought N.H. Guardsmen, Salvadoran soldiers and firefighters together to focus on sharing ideas and best practices for rescue techniques to improve interoperability between civilian and military personnel.

- Stacy Floden

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti – As part of the State Partnership Program (SPP), Kentucky National Guard Lt. Col. (Chaplain) Bill Draper and Col. (Chaplain) Yong Cho visit with two KBR employees attending the Iftar on Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, Africa May 21, 2018.

- 1st Lt. Andrew B Layton

ĀDAŽI, Latvia – U.S. and Latvian dignitaries, including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, attended the Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, U.S. Ambassador to Latvia, Nancy Pettit, Adjutant General of Michigan, Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, Latvian Armed Forces Commander, Lt. Gen. Leonīds Kalniņs, and Latvian Infantry Brigade commander, Col. Ilmārs Lejiņš, unveil “Michigan Avenue” at Ādaži Military Base, Latvia, June 12, 2018, to commemorate the 25-year relationship between Latvia and Michigan under the U.S. National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program (SPP).

- Senior Master Sgt. Elizabeth Holliker

SOUTH BASE, Serbia - Nearly 45 members of the Ohio National Guard's 838th Military Police Company ONG in Serbia for exercises

- Staff Sgt. Duane Duimstra

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Four members of the 114th Fighter Wing travelled to Suriname for the Women in Tech. Sgt. Rachael Bjerke, 114th Medical Group dental assistant, talks about her experience in the South Dakota Air National Guard to Suriname Defense Force members during the National Guard State Partnership Program’s Women in the Military Conference May 14-19, 2018. The conference allowed for the exchange of ideas on promoting the importance of women in the U.S. and Suriname militaries.

- Sgt. Zoe Morris

LIMA, Peru - The U.S. Army South (ARSOUTH) and a member of the West Virginia National Guard's (WVNG) Sgt. 1st Class Héctor Guillén, West Virginia National Guard State Partnership Program coordinator and Peru native, poses with members of the U.S. Army South Non-commissioned officer (NCO) professional development team and Peruvian Army June 1, 2018 in Lima, Peru. Guillén provided training in Spanish on NCO leadership and development to the Peruvian Army.

- The Colorado National Guard

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Approximately 250 Airmen from the Colorado Air National Guard's The Colorado Air National Guard flew F-16 Fighting Falcons to Amari Air Base in Estonia to participate for the first time in Saber Strike 18 a multinational and U.S. multi-service exercise that will be conducted June 3-15, 2018, at locations throughout the Baltic region and Poland. This is the eighth iteration of the long-standing U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise focusing on improving land and air operational capabilities.

- Capt. Joseph Siemandel

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. - When it comes to learning and improving, some of the best ideas are found 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team members and three officers from the Royal Thai Army pose for a photo by the Washington National Guard headquarters building on Camp Murray, Wash. on April 5, 2018.

- Sgt. Zoe Morris

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia Army National Guard (WVARNG) Capt. Joseph Reppert graduated from Capt. Joe Reppert, West Virginia National Guard Traditional Commanders Activities (TCA) coordinator at the U.S. Embassy Peru, discusses potential engagements with the Peruvian Army during a meeting held Feb. 1, 2018, in Lima, Peru, as a part of key leader engagement for the State Partnership Program. The WVNG and Peruvian Army and Air Force have been partners through the National Guard Bureau’s SPP program since 1996.

- Sgt. Natalie Post

RALEIGH, N.C.- Soldiers of the North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) Combined Support Maintenance Warrant Officer Ghenadie Varzari and SGT Andrei Dogari, Mechanics with the Moldovan Defense Forces, work together to troubleshoot the issue in a Humvee engine at the North Carolina National Guard Combine Support Maintenance Shop in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 17, 2018. The North Carolina National Guard and the Moldovan Defense Forces have been hosting bi-lateral engagements through the State Partnership Program that has allowed Soldier growth and development for both countries.

- Maj. Al Phillips

SALDANHA South Africa—Maj. General Anthony German, the adjutant general of New York, spent 90 Major General Anthony German, the adjutant general of New York, meets with cadets at the Military Academy of South Africa in Saldanha,  Western Cape Province, South Africa on May 8, 2018. German was speaking at the Academy as part of an exchange program executed as part of the New York National Guard State Partnership Program relationship with the South African National Defense Force.

- Maj. Kurt Rauschenburg

TALLINN, Estonia — Maryland National Guard Soldiers and Airmen supported the Estonian defense forces Estonian Defense Force personnel from 2nd brigade conduct recon and react to contact missions May 6, 2018, during Exercise Hedgehog in Southern Estonia. Soldiers from the Maryland National Guard 629th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Battalion worked as observers and controllers for the EDF.

- Sgt. Zoe Morris

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Key leaders from Qatar, the state of West Virginia and the West Virginia West Virginia National Guard and Qatar defense attaché leadership approach a C-17 Globemaster III from the 167th Airlift Wing as the two forces engage in meetings about the newly formed State Partnership Program May 14, 2018 at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, Charleston, W.Va.

- Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy

ARLINGTON, Va. – In some ways, the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program – which pairs Sgt. 1st Class Harry R. Martinez, right, with the New Jersey Army National Guard, demonstrates how to load an ammunition drum on a M249 squad automatic weapon to Albanian Officer Candidate Endri Deda while training at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The New Jersey National Guard and Albania are paired together as part of the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program, which links National Guard elements with partner nations worldwide. The SPP began with three partnerships in 1993 and now, 25 years later, includes 74 partnerships spanning the globe.

- Stephanie Beougher

COLUMBUS, Ohio - In 1993, the original "Jurassic Park" premiered in theaters around the country, Maj. James Eriksen, left, commander of Operational Mentor and Liasion Team (OMLT) 9.1, talks with a Hungarian army counterpart while on duty in Afghanistan, circa 2009. The ONG and Hungarian military partnered for several rotations in the early 2010s to train the Afghan National Army.

- Capt. Robert Taylor

BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho National Guard hosted the United States Pacific Command's State Partnership Attendees of the Humanitarian Assistance / Disaster Response seminar held in Boise, Idaho pose for a group photo May 8, 2018.

- Maj. Corissa M. Barton

MONROVIA, Liberia - Fresh off the celebration of 25 years with its European state partner, Latvia, During a visit to the Linda Thomas Greenfield Preparatory School, Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, the adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard, was presented with a plaque in appreciation of his support to the Edward Binyah Kesselly facility and the families of the Armed Forces of Liberia.  The children greeted him in their classrooms and showed him what they were learning.

- Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

PRISTINA, Kosovo - Soldiers and Airmen from the Iowa National Guard made the long journey from Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Jennifer Simmons 132nd Wing, and Lt. Col. Emile Fernando 185th Air Refueling Wing, both of the Iowa Air National Guard, carry a patient to a helicopter during a medevac training exercise near Pristina, Kosovo, on May 2, 2018. Airmen from the Iowa Guard are in Kosovo participating in a two week exercise held annually as part of the state partner program with Iowa and Kosovo.