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  • 149 FW uses STRATFI program to scale additive manufacturing

    SAN ANTONIO – Following the unveiling of the Air Force’s Strategic Financing (STRATI) program in March, the 149th Fighter Wing partnered with an innovative startup company to scale additive manufacturing capabilities across the Texas Military Department and Air National Guard. Of the 21 companies selected for these “big bets,” two were partnered
  • Guard suicides drop but outreach programs continue, expand

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The suicide rate in the National Guard declined last year, according to the Department of Defense’s 2019 Annual Suicide Report, but Air Force Maj. Gen. Dawne Deskins said more work must be done to battle the problem.Last year, the rate was 20.3 suicides per 100,000 people compared to 30.8 in 2018, said Deskins, who recently
  • 177th Fighter Wing off NJ COVID-19 response mission

    On July 23, 2020, the 177th Fighter Wing commander briefed members of his leadership team that all Jersey Devils were off of the NJ COVID-19 Response mission. The over four-month long odyssey of support for the state ran the gamut from helping to set-up and run community-based, mobile COVID-19 testing sites, to helping NJ Joint Task Force 57 with creating additional medical capacity by setting up Federal Medical Stations in conjunction with numerous organizations, including the FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Health, the Office of Emergency Management, and the New Jersey National Guard.
  • Whitehead named senior enlisted advisor to CNGB

    ARLINGTON, Va. – Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, named Chief Master Sgt. Tony L. Whitehead as the next senior enlisted advisor for the NGB Aug. 3.Whitehead will be Hokanson’s principal military advisor on all National Guard enlisted matters affecting training, utilization, health of the force and enlisted professional
  • 174th MXG hot-pit maintenance key to Northern Strike 20

    ALPENA, Mich. – A significant portion of Northern Strike’s joint fires readiness training depends on airpower and the close air support it provides. These capabilities are present, thanks in large part to a unique team of maintainers from the New York Air National Guard’s 174th Maintenance Group, Detachment 1.Since 2012, this team has been a
  • One man’s journey to the Air National Guard

    ARLINGTON, Va. – Tech. Sgt. Clayton Smith’s accent has a lilting island inflection indicating he’s probably from a certain area of the Caribbean.“I was born in Trinidad and Tobago,” he said, adding that the country is off the coast of Venezuela.Smith, a medical resources noncommissioned officer assigned to the National Guard Bureau, lived there
  • National Guard faces pivotal time, CNGB nominee Hokanson says

    WASHINGTON – Today is an important and pivotal time in the history of the National Guard, the nominee to be the next chief of the National Guard Bureau told the Senate Armed Services Committee.''We've placed complex dynamic missions overseas and here at home,'' Army Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson said at Thursday's confirmation hearing. ''The next
  • Texas Guard team wins first NGB innovation competition

    ARLINGTON, Va. – A Texas National Guard team emerged the winner in the inaugural National Guard Innovation Competition, besting three other finalists.“I’m humbled, to be honest,” said Air Force Maj. Alex Goldberg, the chief innovation officer of the Texas Guard. He said competitions like this “present pathways for Guardsmen to bring their ideas to
  • Massachusetts Air Guard SARC receives SARC of the Year Award

    JOINT BASE CAPE COD, Mass. – The Defense Department has recognized Jacquelyn E. Tellier, Massachusetts Air National Guard, as the 2020 Liz Blanc Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator of the Year. Tellier, the sexual assault prevention and response program manager of the 102d Intelligence Wing, represented the National Guard Bureau as one
  • National Guard force surpasses Hurricane Katrina response

    About 74,000 National Guard members were on duty Wednesday performing domestic response missions in support of their governors. The number surpasses the more than 51,000 Guard members activated after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, which was the Guard’s largest previous domestic response in recent years.Guard members are filling a
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