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  • Alabama National Guard, Romania strengthen SPP ties

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. – Romania’s 72nd Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Battalion trained with the Alabama National Guard’s 31st CBRN Brigade at Camp Shelby in April, completing a two-part combat readiness exercise.“Right now,” said Romanian Master Sgt. Bogdan Cojanu-Popescu,

  • Army and Air Guard members compete in fitness contest

    CONCORD, N.C. – The National Guard’s All Guard Endurance Team sent more than 40 service members to the Spartan Sprint 5k with over 20 obstacles at a 600-acre farm April 9-10.From California, Maj. Robert Killian — two-time winner of the Army’s Best Ranger competition and Spartan World Championship

  • Hokanson: State Partnership Program critical to national security

    DENVER – A three-decade security cooperation program with almost half the world’s nations is critical to America’s national security, the National Guard’s most senior general said last week.Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told an annual gathering of Department of

  • Ukraine-California ties show worth of National Guard program

    WASHINGTON – When Russia invaded Ukraine with more than 150,000 troops Feb. 24, most people — especially Russian President Vladimir Putin — expected a Russian cakewalk.The men and women of the California National Guard knew better. The California National Guard has had a close working relationship

  • NORAD protects skies over SoFi Stadium during Super Bowl LVI

    TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, FL -- North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Continental U.S. Region fighters along with interagency partners will be securing the skies around the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California on Super Bowl Sunday, February 13.Continental U.S. NORAD Region aircraft will be

  • Soldiers, Airmen compete to make All Guard Endurance Team

    AUSTIN, Texas – National Guard Soldiers and Airmen put their endurance and strength to the test during the National Guard’s All Guard Endurance Team competition in Austin Jan. 15.The 120 Guard members, coming from 35 states and territories, competed for male and female slots on the team.California

  • Year in Review: National Guard delivered at home and abroad

    ARLINGTON, Va. – When a series of tornadoes slashed across parts of eight Midwest states late in the evening of Dec. 10, Spc. Zach Neisz sprang into action. He grabbed an ax, flashlight and medical kit and drove to Dawson Springs, Kentucky, to help any way he could.“I couldn’t sit back and not do

  • Cal Guard CSTs boost teamwork in multi-agency exercise

    ATWATER, Calif. – A Merced County Police explosive ordnance disposal specialist walks toward a dilapidated building in his green, heavily armored blast suit. His face is hidden by an oxygen mask. An air tank is strapped to his back.Fire trucks line up a few hundred feet away from the inconspicuous

  • DOD fielding 5G communications to California 1st responders

    ARLINGTON, Va. – First responders often face communications challenges that hinder collaboration and real-time situational updates, especially in remote areas while responding to natural disasters such as fires, storms, earthquakes and flooding.To alleviate this problem, the Defense Innovation Unit

  • New York Guard hosts biological, chemical dispersal drill

    NEW YORK – The New York National Guard's 24th Civil Support Team is hosting 124 counterparts from 19 other states in New York City this week to support a homeland security exercise focused on figuring out how biological and chemical weapons disperse in a city.Officially known as the Urban Threat