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  • Idaho Guard sends wildland firefighting crew to northern Idaho

    BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho National Guard made organizational history by sending wildland Firefighter Type 2 Red Card-certified Soldiers and Airmen to northern Idaho to fight fires for the first time.The newly assigned crewmembers of Task Force Timber Shield left Boise Aug. 4 to help the Idaho Department of Lands contain more than 15 significant
  • 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
  • Challenge accepted: from Youth ChalleNGe to Soldier

    PIERCE, Idaho – The Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy’s newest class of candidates is currently going through a two-week acclimation phase. During this phase, candidates are challenged to adapt to the program’s rigid schedule, strict rules and culture of personal accountability.The academy conducts two classes each year. Idaho National Guard Soldiers
  • Idaho Guardsmen step in to help care for ailing WWII veteran

    BOISE, Idaho – Members of the 124th Security Forces Squadron went above and beyond to assist a 96-year-old World War II veteran.Retired Capt. William Brand was a P-47 Thunderbolt pilot with the Eighth Air Force in Okinawa, Japan, during WWII. He now lives in Hailey, Idaho, but regularly travels to Gowen Field in Boise to stay at on-base lodging on
  • 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
  • Siblings serve in Idaho Guard as Citizen-Soldier, Airman

    BOISE, Idaho – Maj. Christopher Lavelle and his younger sister, Master Sgt. Kerry Lavelle, are known on Gowen Field as "the Lavelles." They have served on base as full-time technicians for several years and as traditional Guardsmen in the Idaho National Guard for nearly 20 years."It's been fun serving in the military at the same time as my family,"
  • Bilingual Airman helps serve her Spanish-speaking community

    BOISE, Idaho – Senior Airman Mayra Fomin was born in Mexico and moved to the United States at 4 years old. First living in California and then Nampa, Idaho, her parents raised her to speak Spanish and English. After joining the Idaho Air National Guard at age 27 in 2017, Fomin was surprised to have the opportunity three years later to put her
  • Idaho, California, Oregon, Nevada CST units train together

    SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, Calif. – The Idaho National Guard’s 101st Civil Support Team was among several National Guard CSTs that participated in a large-scale exercise in Northern California Feb. 1-5.The exercise, BAYEX 2021, tested the ability of Idaho, Oregon and Nevada CST teams to assist the California National Guard’s 95th CST while responding
  • Idaho National Guard sends 300 to support inauguration

    BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho National Guard sent more than 300 Soldiers and Airmen to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 15 to augment the District of Columbia National Guard and support the U.S. Secret Service for the presidential inauguration.“The National Guard has participated in every presidential inauguration in our nation’s history,” said Maj. Gen.
  • Idaho Guard uses electric bike at Gowen Field

    BOISE, Idaho – The 124th Logistics Readiness Squadron is using an Elf Solo solar bicycle to make small deliveries to other organizations at Gowen Field. The bike, purchased with innovation funds, arrived Aug. 13. It provides savings in fuel and wear-and-tear on the squadron's delivery van while providing a unique opportunity for Airmen who operate
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