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  • Illinois National Guard, Polish Partners Remember the Fallen

    GREAT LAKES, Ill. – For 17 years, Polish and Illinois National Guard Soldiers fought together in Iraq and then Afghanistan. Last week, they rode more than 500 miles together to honor warriors killed in post-9/11 conflicts.The grueling five-day bicycle ride through Illinois, called the Gold Star 500,

  • National Guard Defends the Cyber Front

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Guard is the nation’s oldest military service, yet uniquely adaptable to a relatively new warfighting domain: cyberwarfare.“The cyber skills that many members of the National Guard bring to the fight are unique within the Department of Defense and can be brought to bear

  • New Air National Guard Exercise Tests Agility in Michigan

    ALPENA, Mich. – Air National Guard Airmen and aircraft from around the country are conducting the first Air National Guard Readiness Exercise Program event, Agile Rage 22. This exercise is hosted by the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, part of the National All-Domain Warfighting Center in

  • National Guard strengthens NATO readiness in Europe

    ARLINGTON, Va. – More than 20,000 service members from over 20 countries supporting NATO, including the National Guard, showcased their integrated military capabilities during large-scale exercises throughout Europe in April and May.The world’s largest peacetime military alliance conducted

  • WMD civil support teams train on land, sea, in air

    PINELLAS PARK, Fla. – National Guard civil support teams from six states are training with local, state and federal agencies this week in Operation Night Hammer.The three-day exercise is conducted in the air and on land and the sea May 22-24 with National Guard CSTs from Florida, New York, Illinois,

  • 183d Wing cuts ribbon on joint cyber range

    ABRAHAM LINCOLN CAPITAL AIRPORT, Ill. – During drill weekends, Illinois National Guard Soldiers and Airmen often go to the range for training. A typical day at the range might include training in physical fitness, land navigation and weapons qualification.This year a new range, the Illinois National

  • Swamp Fox maintenance hosts Bulgarian air force officers

    MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. – Six Bulgarian air force maintenance officers spent two days with the 169th Maintenance Group discussing maintenance best practices as a part of a subject matter expert exchange.Earlier in the week, the Bulgarian air force team visited the 134th Air

  • Task Force Phoenix CEMA cell counters unmanned aerial systems

    CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – Coalition forces are countering adversary unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the U.S. Central Command area of operations with a rapidly evolving set of tools and training. Task Force Phoenix — a combat aviation brigade responsible for full-spectrum aviation operations for

  • 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

  • Guard, DISA participate in international cyber exercise

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Members of the West Virginia and Illinois National Guard, Defense Information Systems Agency employees and West Virginia University students partnered with Polish allies to compete in the world's largest international cyber defense exercise run virtually by the NATO Cooperative