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  • Operation Allies Welcome cultivates multicultural calling

    JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N. J. - It would be easy to overlook Air Force Staff Sgt. Sharon Queenie, inconspicuous in her OCP uniform, N-95 mask and orange safety vest, blending in with nearly every service member assigned here to support Operation Allies Welcome. What makes her journey unique is that she is one of the few native-born
  • Royal Malaysia Air Force trains on radar operations at WADS

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – The Western Air Defense Sector hosted a Radar Operations Orientation Course for 12 members of the Royal Malaysian Air Force's 2nd Air Division, 330th Squadron, Aug. 2-27.WADS helped U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and Pacific Air Forces plan and execute the training under the National Guard's State Partnership Program.
  • National Guard supports vulnerable Afghans at military bases

    ARLINGTON, Va. – National Guard Airmen and Soldiers from around the nation are helping support Afghan personnel who are temporarily housed at Department of Defense installations as part of Operation Allies Refuge.The Defense Department, through U.S. Northern Command and at the State Department's request, agreed to provide transportation and
  • Washington Guard, partner countries test cybersecurity

    CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – In a matter of minutes, cybercriminals strike an electrical grid outside Bangkok and critical infrastructure in Japan and Korea. It’s a likely scenario being tested and trained for during this year’s cybersecurity exercise at Cobra Gold 2021.“For the exercise, we are trying to test other countries and their blue teams on how
  • National Guard well-equipped to handle West Coast wildfires

    ARLINGTON, Va. – When wildfires happen in the West, the National Guard is there to fight those fires. And for now, they've got a good handle on the effort, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said."We've got 500 people and about 19 aircraft," on the firefighting mission, Army Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson said. "I think we have the capability to put
  • National Guard units across the nation complete Cyber Shield

    CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah - The National Guard completed its annual cyber defense training exercise July 23, with more than 750 top cyber defense professionals from Soldiers and Airmen to industry partners participating from all over the United States. Cyber Shield 21 was a concentrated, two-week effort to develop, train and exercise cyber forces in computer network internal defensive measures and cyber incident response. It is the Department of Defense's largest unclassified cyber defense exercise.
  • National Guard support critical to U.S. European Command

    STUTTGART, Germany – From Poland to Kosovo, Lithuania to Ukraine, Soldiers and Airmen from the U.S. National Guard operate alongside allies and partners throughout Europe. They train in all domains, whether firing a rifle, driving a tank, flying a plane or protecting critical infrastructure from cyber threats.  Of the 64,000 U.S. military personnel
  • Washington National Guard prepares for wildfire season

    RAINIER, Wash. – With the summer months in full swing, the Washington National Guard is preparing for what could be a busy fire season.“We successfully trained 180 Guardsmen during the four academies. Mixed with our recertification, we will have approximately 250 service members ready to support the fire teams,” said Maj. Donny Payne, Washington
  • Washington National Guard prepares for wildfire season

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Washington National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are transitioning from COVID-19 response and civil disturbance missions to prepare for what could be another catastrophic wildfire season.“We have been actively responding for the past 15 months to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, the adjutant
  • National Guard, partners to conduct ORCA 21 CBRNE exercise

    JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Hundreds of National Guard Civil Support Team units from 11 states will participate in Exercise ORCA 2021 in Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Valley and Seward with emergency responders and other Guard units.During the May 17-21 exercise, participants will respond to hazardous materials scenarios, test
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