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  • Washington National Guard, Thailand Conduct Wildland Firefighting Exchange

    CAMP MURRAY, Wash. - The Washington National Guard and service members from the Kingdom of Thailand shared best practices for fighting wildfires during a State Partnership Program exchange in March.Since 2003, the Washington National Guard and Thailand have engaged in many informational exchanges,

  • Guard Saved Lives, Property, Responding to 2022 Disasters

    ARLINGTON, Va. – With approximately 450,000 members, the National Guard plays a role in every element of the National Defense Strategy, including defending the homeland. Over half of its members were involved in lifesaving natural disaster responses in 2022.Throughout the year, 142,000 Guard members

  • Guard Continues Domestic, Global Missions in a Busy 2022

    ARLINGTON, Va. - The National Guard’s footprint on domestic and international events continued in 2022, highlighting its transformation from a Cold War strategic reserve to the combat reserve of the Army and the Air Force. “People don’t realize just how large the National Guard is,” said Army Gen.

  • Guard’s Global Reach, Capabilities Support National Defense Strategy

    ARLINGTON, Va. – What the National Guard brings to the global stage directly contributes to significant pieces of the 2022 National Defense Strategy, said Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau.“Today, we are an integral part of the Joint Force and our nation’s second-largest

  • Alaska National Guard, Partner Mongolia Join Gobi Wolf Exercise

    JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - The Alaska National Guard and Mongolia participated in Gobi Wolf 2022, an international exercise focused on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, in Bayankhongor Province, Mongolia, Sept. 5-10. Since 2003, the AKNG and Mongolian Armed Forces and

  • Alaska, Washington National Guard Join Exercise Gobi Wolf

    BAYANKHONGOR, Mongolia – Exercise Gobi Wolf 2022, a multinational civil and military training exercise, commenced with an opening ceremony and expert academic discussion Sept. 5.The six-day exercise is part of the Pacific Resilience Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange (DREE) program, which

  • Wash. Guardsman Helps Strengthen Partnership with Kingdom of Thailand

    CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – A Washington National Guard Soldier responsible for building international partnerships credits a chance meeting for his current role.  “It was fantastic to have had those introductions,” said Maj. Joel Johnson, who supports the State Partnership Program. “As an active Soldier I

  • National Guard Members Conduct Innovative Readiness Training

    TAHLEQUAH, Okla. - Oklahoma National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are building homes and treating patients in health clinics in Eastern Oklahoma.They are helping fellow Oklahomans thanks partly to the Innovative Readiness Training program – a Department of Defense initiative.While Soldiers of the

  • National Guard Supports Armed Forces of Ukraine

    ARLINGTON, Va. – Pinned down by a Russian tank and armed with only a failed anti-tank missile, a Ukrainian soldier recently turned to an unlikely source as the most effective weapon available — his cell phone. On the other end was a member of the Washington Army National Guard. Because they had

  • Washington National Guard celebrates diversity of force

    CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – Diversity is a strength of the U.S. military, which brings together service members from different backgrounds and ethnicities and helps the force grow stronger.“Observing the different cultures in the military makes us more inclusive,” said Capt. Tiffany Cadenhead, a personnel