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  • National Guard Fights Louisiana Wildfires From the Air

    NEW ORLEANS – National Guard helicopter crews from Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama have dropped more than 1.1 million gallons of water on wildfires in western Louisiana since Aug. 23.The helicopter crews continue the firefighting mission in Beauregard, Sabine and Vernon Parishes

  • Guard Saved Lives, Property, Responding to 2022 Disasters

    ARLINGTON, Va. – With approximately 450,000 members, the National Guard plays a role in every element of the National Defense Strategy, including defending the homeland. Over half of its members were involved in lifesaving natural disaster responses in 2022.Throughout the year, 142,000 Guard members

  • Guard Continues Domestic, Global Missions in a Busy 2022

    ARLINGTON, Va. - The National Guard’s footprint on domestic and international events continued in 2022, highlighting its transformation from a Cold War strategic reserve to the combat reserve of the Army and the Air Force. “People don’t realize just how large the National Guard is,” said Army Gen.

  • Louisiana’s 159th Fighter Wing Conducts Deployment Exercise

    BELLE CHASSE, La. - The Louisiana National Guard’s 159th Fighter Wing conducted an exercise at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans Nov. 4-6 to maintain deployment readiness.If a deployment order is issued, the 159th is expected to be ready to deploy within 72 hours. These exercises

  • Thousands of Guardsmen Supporting Hurricane Ian Response

    ARLINGTON, Va. – More than 5,000 National Guardsmen from multiple states are positioned across southwest and central Florida to help communities devastated by Hurricane Ian.Florida Guardsmen and others from Louisiana, New York and Tennessee – with more on the way from Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey,

  • Louisiana Guard Hosts Belize Defence Force for Training

    NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana National Guard hosted six members of the Belize Defence Force for aviation cross-training in Hammond and Belle Chasse July 11-15. The LANG and BDF are partners in the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program. The purpose of the SPP is to

  • National Guard Chief Stresses Readiness as key to Homeland Defense

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The chief of the National Guard Bureau emphasized the Guard’s readiness to support overseas operations is also a key element in homeland defense and emergency response missions at home.“My motto is: ‘The answer is yes, what’s the question?’ If our nation needs the National

  • New Air National Guard Exercise Tests Agility in Michigan

    ALPENA, Mich. – Air National Guard Airmen and aircraft from around the country are conducting the first Air National Guard Readiness Exercise Program event, Agile Rage 22. This exercise is hosted by the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, part of the National All-Domain Warfighting Center in

  • Louisiana Guard’s 159th FW tests predeployment capabilities

    BELLE CHASSE, La. – The Louisiana National Guard’s 159th Fighter Wing conducted a predeployment exercise March 10-12 to measure the wing’s readiness.“The exercise’s overall purpose is to test our ability to generate the force – aircraft, people and cargo,” said Lt. Col. Jesse Hasenkampf, 159th FW