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  • Cal Guard, CAL FIRE Team up for Wildland Firefighting Training

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California National Guard members participated in annual wildland firefighting training alongside the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection near Ione April 23.The training, composed of collaborative aerial wildland firefighting tactics and procedures, is part of

  • Hokanson: State Partnership Program Stable, Steadfast and Growing

    DENVER – The Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program — built on enduring relationships, common interests and trust — is stable, steadfast and growing, the Guard’s top leader said Thursday.The program started with 13 partnerships in 1993. It now boasts 100 nations paired

  • Washoe County School District Trustee Visits STARBASE Sierra

    NEVADA AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, RENO, NV. -- Earlier this month, Col. Evan Kirkwood, 152nd Airlift Wing Commander, met with Trustee Beth Smith, Washoe County School Board District D, and discussed possible partnering opportunities to include between the airlift wing and the surrounding schools

  • Kentucky Civil Response team Hosts Multi-agency Exercise

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – If there were ever an incident at Churchill Downs requiring the specially trained chemical unit of the National Guard, thanks to training done this week, they’d be ready.About 20 Soldiers from the 75th Troop Command’s 41st Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, National

  • Samoa, Nevada Guard Pair in Growing State Partnership Program

    CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada National Guard is adding the Independent State of Samoa as its third partner nation in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command area of operations through the State Partnership Program. Samoa joins the Kingdom of Tonga and the Republic of Fiji as Pacific Island partners with the

  • Nevada, California Guard Called to Idaho for Firefighting Mission

    RENO, Nev. – The Nevada and California National Guard aerial firefighting crews are in Idaho to support wildland firefighting operations in the Northwest.The National Interagency Fire Center requested two Department of Defense C-130 aircraft equipped with Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems. One

  • Hawaii, California, Nevada Airmen practice water rescue

    LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Hawaii, California and Nevada National Guard members conducted water rescue training in Lake Tahoeʻs challenging landscape with the U.S. Coast Guard and FEMA partners.“This training is important because it is an opportunity to collaborate with our FEMA Region IX partners from

  • Fighting wildfires almost year-round, Guard preps for more

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The Hermit’s Peak Fire in New Mexico is now the largest fire in state history, scorching more than 310,000 acres and prompting the governor to activate nearly 180 New Mexico National Guard members. The New Mexico Guard is not alone in battling 2022 blazes before the June start of

  • Nevada, Arizona Guard train for hazardous situations

    APEX, Nev. – Nevada Guard Soldiers and Airmen teamed with the Arizona Air Guard last week to test their ability to cohesively respond to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear situations.The collective training exercise was at a mock rubble-pile training site in the small town of Apex in

  • Navajo life helped forge NGB diversity director's passion

    CARSON CITY, Nev. – Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, named Col. Lawrence Yazzie the bureau’s director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in October. Lawrence is the top officer promoting Hokanson’s vision of a fair and equitable work environment for all