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  • National Guard winds down COVID-19 support, remains ready

    ARLINGTON, Va. – With COVID-19 case counts and positivity rates decreasing, the Department of Defense ended its active-duty component’s support for coronavirus missions last week.But Defense Department Press Secretary John Kirby recently noted the mission is not yet complete for the National

  • Alaska National Guard hosts Arctic Interest Council

    JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – When delegates of the National Guard Arctic Interest Council representing six states visited the arctic city of Kotzebue March 29, they witnessed a still-frozen landscape showing few signs of spring besides the sun still visible at 9 p.m., previewing the

  • Navajo life helped forge NGB diversity director's passion

    CARSON CITY, Nev. – Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, named Col. Lawrence Yazzie the bureau’s director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in October. Lawrence is the top officer promoting Hokanson’s vision of a fair and equitable work environment for all

  • National Guard’s top general stresses individual, unit readiness

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Individual and small-unit readiness remain critical priorities, the National Guard’s top officer told a gathering of senior Army Guard leaders from across the nation this week. Individual, squad and platoon readiness are the best places for the Guard to focus in today’s dynamic

  • National Guard chief returns from African regional security talks in Rome

    ROME – The National Guard Bureau’s chief, Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined the 2022 African Chiefs of Defense Conference here last week for a series of senior-level engagements seeking to most effectively partner with regional militaries.Hokanson, adjutants

  • National Guard COVID-19 survivor recounts fight for his life

    ARLINGTON, Va. - It felt like a cold. Normal enough, it seemed. After all, it was cold season, and it was something to get over quickly and be forgotten about just as quickly, thought Air Force Lt. Col. Paul Jancsy, an air liaison officer with the National Guard Bureau, when he started feeling sick

  • Senior enlisted leaders tackle challenges facing Guard

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. – Addressing challenges facing the National Guard and unleashing the collective experience and knowledge of senior enlisted leaders from across the country to identify solutions drove the agenda at the Command Senior Enlisted Leader training forum Oct. 26-28.The annual event,

  • Sword fighting as 'strategy in blink of an eye'

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The metallic clash and clang of two swords striking each other echoed throughout the small room. Tension and anticipation filled the air as the opponents moved swiftly back and forth, thrusting and parrying to gain the advantage and emerge the victor. And then it came – the

  • Thank your troops, Louisiana leaders tell National Guard chief

    NEW ORLEANS – Community leaders had a message for Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson when he visited New Orleans Tuesday to assess the National Guard's response to Hurricane Ida and see troops.  They gathered around him on the street with words they wanted shared with the entire force.  "We are absolutely