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  • Illinois National Guard Honors Former Guardsman Abe Lincoln

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois National Guard recognized its most notable militiaman and 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, during a ceremony at his tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery Feb. 12, the 215th anniversary of his birth.Army Brig. Gen. Mark Alessia, director of the Illinois

  • Maryland Air Guard, Estonian Partners Focus on Cyber Defense

    AMARI AIR BASE, Estonia - The Maryland Air National Guard partnered with Estonia’s Cyber Command Sept. 17-20 to host the cybersecurity exercise Baltic Blitz 23. About 30 Airmen from the 175th Wing, two Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers, 12 service members from Poland, and 30 Estonians

  • Massachusetts Guard Attends Planning Conference in Israel

    RAMLA, Israel - Members of the 102nd Intelligence Wing, Massachusetts Air National Guard, attended the National Guard Bureau-Home Front Command annual planning conference in Israel July 22-28.U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Brendan Simison, Plans and Engineering Division chief, and Chief Master Sgt. Michael

  • Maryland Guard, Estonian Partners Focus on Cyber Defense

    ÄMARI AIR BASE, Estonia - The Maryland Air National Guard partnered with Estonia’s Cyber Command Sept. 17-20 to host the cybersecurity exercise Baltic Blitz 23. About 30 Airmen from the 175th Wing, two Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers, 12 service members from Poland, and 30 Estonians

  • Guard Recruiters Optimistic Amid Private Sector Competition

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The Defense Department faces one of the most challenging recruiting environments in history, Col. Anthony Pasquale, chief of the Air National Guard recruiting and retention division, told reporters June 21.Pasquale expressed optimism but expects the Air National Guard to fall 3,000

  • Indiana Air Guard Supports Joint Homeland Defense Exercise

    MUSCATATUCK URBAN TRAINING CENTER, Ind. - Airmen from the 181st Intelligence Wing and emergency response partners from the military, civilian and private sectors practiced emergency support operations in the four-day Homeland Defender exercise.Homeland Defender is a recurring multi-agency,

  • New York's 105th Airlift Wing Plays Key Role in Air Defender

    STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, NEWBURGH, NEW YORK - Fifty Airmen assigned to the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing are taking part in the largest NATO air forces deployment exercise ever held.Air Defender 2023, organized by the German Bundeswehr, involves 10,000 military personnel

  • National Guard Assists With Critical Election Cybersecurity

    ARLINGTON, Va. – As the eyes of the nation turn to Tuesday’s midterm elections, the integrity of polling and the security of the electoral process are the focus of National Guard cyberspace operations teams nationwide. “We saw the challenges that came out of the 2016 election, and that was when we

  • 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