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  • 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 picture-perfect thrust at just the right time, striking
  • Hokanson: Names in bronze one of the reasons the National Guard keeps our promise to be Always Ready, Always There

    NEW YORK – As Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson ran his fingers over the letters spelling out one of the names cut into the 9/11 Memorial here Wednesday, he pondered the consequences of the terrorist attacks of two decades ago.Personal consequences because, like so many Americans, the chief of the National Guard Bureau knew people killed on Sept. 11, 2001.
  • 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 eternally grateful for all the help that you all
  • Guard fights wildfires, responds to Ida, serves overseas

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Guard continues to live up to its promise, "Always Ready, Always There," with close to 59,000 Guard members on duty overseas or at home responding to Hurricane Ida, wildfires and COVID-19. "As the combat reserve of the Army and the Air Force, we are manned, trained and equipped to fight our nation's wars," said Army
  • National Guard responds in force to Hurricane Ida

    ARLINGTON, Va. – Thousands of National Guard Soldiers and Airmen responding to Hurricane Ida in Louisiana have rescued hundreds of people, cleared roads and distributed food and water to victims of the devastating storm.More than 5,400 Guardsmen from 11 states were in Louisiana Wednesday, assisting first responders with 36 aircraft, 74 boats, 198
  • Ammo Rodeo on target with creative, mission-focused training

    VOLK FIELD, Wis. – About 50 Air National Guard and Reserve munitions specialists from across the nation saddled up at the Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center in July to see which team could best assemble an Air Force bomb during the annual Ammo Rodeo competition.Volk Field’s two-week Ammo Rodeo trains Air Force personnel to assemble bomb
  • Hokanson thanks Guard members supporting wildfire fight

    LAKEVIEW, Ore. – The general’s eyes scanned the 40 or so National Guard troops assembled in a horseshoe around him in a field Thursday and he felt pride.“Whatever the mission – fighting America’s wars, securing the homeland or building partnerships – our Soldiers and Airmen provide extraordinary service to their communities and our nation,” Army
  • PATRIOT 21 exercise underway at Volk Field

    VOLK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Wis. – About 1,000 people are participating in PATRIOT 21, a domestic operations (DOMOPS) training exercise sponsored by the National Guard Bureau at Fort McCoy and Volk Field Air National Guard Base June 14–17. PATRIOT is an annual exercise focused on local, state, federal and private sector organizations
  • Annual posture statement touts ‘Year of the Guard’

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Guard released its annual posture statement June 9, detailing the Guard’s current operations and providing an overview of missions during a historic, unprecedentedly busy past year for the Guard.“National Guard members supported every combatant commander around the globe and met every mission here at home,” Army Gen.
  • Chief details National Guard contributions in a year of trial

    ARLINGTON, Va. –Over the past year, National Guard members were called on time and again to help their fellow U.S. citizens. They deployed to operations around the world, National Guard Bureau Chief Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense yesterday."The year 2020 was unprecedented and historic," Hokanson said
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