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  • 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
  • Synchronization a must in continued Guard support to Capitol

    ARLINGTON, Va. – When discussing the most recent rotation of National Guard members supporting U.S. Capitol Police following the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol, Army Col. Kevin Crawford doesn’t go by his official title as chief of the Army National Guard’s operations division.“Synchronizer-in-chief” is a more fitting description, he said.“At the end
  • National Guard committed to COVID response

    ARLINGTON, Va. – Risks are part of the job description for pararescue jumpers. But, as Chief Master Sgt. Seth Zweben recalled, the leap into the unknown to deliver COVID-19 virus test kits to 3,500 mostly positive passengers stranded on a cruise ship in March 2020 gave some PJs pause.“Take yourself back a year and just imagine the world before we
  • New NGB task forces help combat sexual assault, suicide

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Guard Bureau recently stood up two task forces in a continued effort to fight sexual assault and suicide within the ranks.Beginning in January and expecting to last up to 180 days, the Suicide Prevention Task Force and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Task Force regularly meet to develop prevention strategies
  • National Guard vaccinates hundreds of thousands of people

    WASHINGTON – National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are vaccinating about 72,000 people a day across the country in the Guard's ongoing, year-long effort to help combat the spread of COVID-19, Air Force Maj. Gen. Steven S. Nordhaus told members of Congress Feb. 17. Nordhaus, director of operations at the National Guard Bureau, updated the House Armed
  • 149 FW uses STRATFI program to scale additive manufacturing

    SAN ANTONIO – Following the unveiling of the Air Force’s Strategic Financing (STRATFI) program in March 2020, the 149th Fighter Wing has 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
  • 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
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