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  • In Albania, Hokanson Sees Committed Partner, Steadfast NATO Ally

    TIRANA, Albania – In a country that spent nearly 450 years under Ottoman Empire rule, suffered fascist occupation during World War II, and endured a dictatorship for much of the 20th century, democracy emerged and NATO accession ensued.The latter is due, in part, to the National Guard.“Thanks to the

  • Hokanson: Bilateral Defense Relations with Serbia on Positive Trajectory

    BELGRADE, Serbia – In the wake of Russia’s brutal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, Serbia instituted a pause on military drills with other nations.On June 13, Serbian troops resumed bilateral training with Ohio National Guardsmen and multinational forces in exercise Platinum Wolf, marking the

  • National Guard Honors Fallen in Memorial Day Observances

    ARLINGTON, Va. - The National Guard is honoring service members who died for their country in Memorial Day observances across the country this weekend.“When we remember what the fallen have given us, when we remember why they served, when we remember what they gave up so we could be free, merely

  • AATC Puts Innovation to Work During Northern Edge Exercise

    EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska - Throughout Alaska’s vast expanse, innovation and readiness were put to the test during the much-anticipated Northern Edge 2023 field training exercise. From May 4 to 19, the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center (AATC) conducted field testing to

  • National Guard Chief Recognizes New York Guard Recruiters

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, the top National Guard officer and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recognized six New York National Guard recruiters for their achievements during a conference May 10.The presentation followed a meeting with 14 adjutants general.Hokanson was

  • Hokanson: State Partnership Program Stable, Steadfast and Growing

    DENVER – The Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program — built on enduring relationships, common interests and trust — is stable, steadfast and growing, the Guard’s top leader said Thursday.The program started with 13 partnerships in 1993. It now boasts 100 nations paired

  • CNGB Fitness Challenge Continues with Team Building

    ARLINGTON, Va. - National Guard Soldiers and Airmen working as a team can do far more than when working alone. That’s why team building is April’s theme for the National Guard Holistic Wellness Challenge.  Driven by Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief, National Guard Bureau, wellness experts at the

  • Guard Recognizes Milestones that Brought Positive Change

    ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Guard will recognize three anniversaries this year that legally established racial integration in the military, opened more opportunities for women to serve and ended the draft.This year marks the 75th anniversary of President Harry S. Truman’s Executive Order of the

  • Sultanate of Oman Joins Growing State Partnership Program

    MUSCAT, Oman – A relationship formed almost two centuries ago – when the Sultanate of Oman became the first Arab Gulf state to sign a bilateral accord with the United States – deepened this week with the signing of a security cooperation agreement with the Arizona National Guard.With the formal

  • Norway Adds Top-tier Military Experience to State Partnership Program

    TRONDHEIM, Norway – Celebrating a half-century of training together last week, Norway and the Minnesota National Guard strengthened ties by formally pairing in the Department of Defense National Guard State Partnership Program.The addition of Norway to the 30-year-old, 100-nation security