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  • Flexibility is key for California Guard medical strike team

    INDIO, Calif. – Capt. Patrick McGar, a drill status Guardsmen and 144th Medical Group Detachment clinical nurse, had to adapt repeatedly as mission requirements changed while he was serving as a member of a COVID-19 medical strike team, which provided support to several Southern California cities affected by the novel coronavirus, from April to
  • Texas Air National Guard feeding families in need

    ARLINGTON, Texas – In the heat of a Texas summer morning, Tech. Sgt. Brenna Jackson directs vehicles through the exit of the food distribution operations area, noting each driver's face as they pass her by. Some drivers smile through their masks and wave a thank you.Most pull their masks off to guarantee their "thank you" is heard."One driver
  • 164th Security Forces Squadron trains at Northern Strike 20

    ROGERS CITY, Mich. – Northern Strike’s purpose is to help prepare warfighters from across all service branches by perfecting joint fire proficiency in a premier all-domain training environment. To hone their skills, the participants need a skilled and realistic “enemy” to fight, which is where the 164th Security Forces Squadron comes in.A team of
  • 189th Airlift Wing installs first UV light system

    LITTLE ROCK AFB, Ark - Over the last several months, the world changed dramatically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. American families were crushed with the responsibility of the new "normal" wearing face masks, practicing at least six feet of social distancing and keeping social activities to a minimal level. While it is becoming easier to manage
  • Oregon National Guard members train to battle wildland fires

    SALEM, Ore. - Even during a pandemic and protests, the potential for wildfires does not diminish. Always at the ready, approximately 400 Oregon National Guard (ORNG) Citizen-Soldiers and-Airmen completed "Red Card" training July 11-17 at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem.The training at DPSST certifies red card
  • Wisconsin Guard surpasses 250,000 COVID-19 tests collected

    MADISON, Wis. – Members of the Wisconsin National Guard have tested 256,000 people across the state for COVID-19 in ongoing operations to increase Wisconsin’s testing capacity.Mobile specimen collection teams from the Wisconsin National Guard are supporting local health departments and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.The teams, which
  • Colorado Guard tests for COVID-19 at corrections facilities

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Colorado National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are helping test inmates and staff at select correctional facilities in Colorado for COVID-19.At the request of the state, Joint Task Force-Centennial has employed Mobile Testing and Training teams comprised of nearly 70 Colorado Army and Air National members from more than 12 units to
  • 122nd Fighter Wing returns to drill amid COVID-19

    FORT WAYNE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ind. – The 122nd Fighter Wing recently returned to regularly scheduled drill after a base-wide response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The Blacksnakes priority was to safely bring back members to continue their state and federal mission of being always ready and always there.“The command post’s response was immediate,”
  • Liberian perseveres, becomes Oklahoma National Guard captain

    TULSA, Okla. – Capt. Robert S. Gaygay, 138th Medical Group preventative health assessment officer in charge, fled Liberia during a civil war and, through perseverance and determination, became an officer in the Oklahoma Air National Guard. Gaygay was one of 25 Airmen from the 138th Fighter Wing who were activated to work at a food bank while
  • Technology streamlines COVID-19 testing by Wisconsin Guard

    MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin National Guard, working with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), rolled out new technology to streamline COVID-19 testing. The Dynamics Testing and Registration Application (DTRA), also known as COVID Connect, enables people to register online before being tested for the coronavirus. Maj. Russel Simonis,

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