An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

  • Western Air Defense Sector Conducts Exercise at Oregon Beach

    SUNSET BEACH, Ore. - For the past month, Airmen from the Western Air Defense Sector’s 225th Air Defense Squadron have been innovating mobile tactical command and control planning and exercises to inch closer to a vision of agile combat employment to protect the homeland.On Apr. 25, they continued

  • Washington Guard, Thai Partners Strengthen Cybersecurity

    CAMP MURRAY, Wash. - Since he first supported the Cobra Gold exercise in 2018, Washington Air National Guard Lt. Col. Jason Silves has focused on strengthening cybersecurity.“I started at Cobra Gold 2018 working in the cyberspace defense operations cell before there was a cyberspace exercise. We

  • Washington Guard Hosts Multinational Cybersecurity Program

    CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – Just like in conventional warfare, strong alliances are necessary to battle cyber criminals. “To get just one country here, putting together a cyber plan with our folks is an accomplishment, but getting three together is incredible,” said Col. William Connor, J6/5 for

  • National Guard builds homes for Cherokee vets during IRT

    TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Under the blazing Oklahoma sun, the sounds of construction reverberate through a building site on Cherokee Nation land. Hammers, nail guns and electric saws are guided by the hands of National Guard members from across the country.“The Innovative Readiness Exercise here at

  • Oregon ANG partners with neighboring state, hones wartime skills

    KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. -- For several days in late April, two KC-135 tanker aircraft from the 141st Air Refueling Wing called Kingsley Field, in Klamath Falls, Ore., home, while they practiced warfighting skills—supplying fighter aircraft with gas being a prime example.In order to effectively train

  • Iowa National Guard KC-135 retired after 65 years’ service

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa – An Iowa Air National Guard KC-135 with a giant bat tail flash retired after 65 years of service. Tail number 57-2606, nicknamed “Free Bird,” took off this week for a one-way trip to the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.Chief

  • Washington Guard, Malaysia renew face-to-face partnership

    CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – When building relationships with a new partner, body language and casual conversations are just as important as the information shared. That’s why there was added excitement about the fourth annual Airmen-to-Airmen talks between the Washington Air National Guard and the

  • Artificial Intelligence-Based Battle Management Training Rolled Out

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- The Western Air Defense Sector rolled out a cutting edge video game like training system, Aug. 26-27, 2021, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The system, called Battle Management Training NEXT (BMTN), provides command and control battle management operators

  • COVID-19 vaccine available to Washington Air Guard members

    CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – Across Washington State, every Air National Guardsman is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine on a voluntary basis, and many are choosing to do so. On Jan. 8, several members of the 194th Wing and Western Air Defense Sector went through the vaccination process at Camp Murray.

  • WADS Airman supports food banks, jobless, wildfire response

    INCHELIUM, Wash. – An infrastructure technician from the Western Air Defense Sector, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, demonstrated the tremendous value of a drill status Guardsman this summer.When Senior Airman Payton Chiou joined the Western Air Defense sector in 2016, he didn't know his training would