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  • Washington Guard helps out at veterans’ homes, prisons

    PORT ORCHARD, Wash. – While restrictions begin to ease following the latest surge of the COVID-19 omicron variant, the Washington National Guard continues to support people in need. A Washington National Guard team recently spent two weeks helping residents and staff at the Washington Veterans Home

  • Oregon Guard winds down hospital support mission

    ACROSS OREGON – With declining infection rates from the COVID-19 omicron variant and the indoor mask mandate ending, Soldiers and Airmen from the Oregon National Guard wrapped up their mobilization to assist hospitals throughout the state.In January, approximately 1,200 Guard members deployed to aid

  • Wisconsin Guard highlights 2-year COVID response mission

    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs took a few minutes March 10 to commemorate its two-year effort supporting the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.“It’s not ‘mission complete,’ but we’re getting close,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp, Wisconsin’s adjutant general and the

  • 167th Airmen assist in West Virginia hospitals

    MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – For two years, the West Virginia National Guard has assisted with multiple roles and capacities in the fight against COVID-19 within the state.In January, Gov. Jim Justice directed his Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF) and his COVID-19 pandemic leadership to review and

  • New York National Guard COVID mission tops 2 years

    NEW YORK - In the two years since the New York National Guard was ordered to help contain a COVID-19 outbreak in New Rochelle, 7,050 members of New York’s military forces have been part of the state’s COVID-19 response.During the more than 730 days since March 8, 2020, members of the Army and Air

  • Idaho National Guard assists at minimum-security prison

    BOISE, Idaho – Spc. Kyle Shuman grew up an Army brat and wanted to join the Army himself. Five years ago, he enlisted into the Idaho Army National Guard as a 68W combat medic.“I wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps,” he said. “He used to say good things about the military. I thought that being in

  • New Hampshire Guardsmen juggle civilian, military jobs

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – Living by the motto “Always Ready, Always There” is easier said than done for New Hampshire National Guard members trying to balance their military obligation with their civilian job.Over the past three months, more than 250 New Hampshire Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen have been

  • Hundreds of Oregon Guardsmen help overwhelmed hospitals

    MEDFORD, Ore. – Oregon National Guardsmen are assisting more than 40 hospitals across the state struggling with heavy patient loads and short staffing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.Guardsmen handle critical, non-direct patient care roles, including COVID testing support, equipment sterilization