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  • Guard Charges Forward with Electric Vehicle Conversion

    ARLINGTON, Va. – Force modernization keeps the National Guard relevant and responsive, so it tops a list of priorities for Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau. This extends from updating weapon systems, to force structure, to updating the non-tactical vehicle fleet. However,

  • Guard Saved Lives, Property, Responding to 2022 Disasters

    ARLINGTON, Va. – With approximately 450,000 members, the National Guard plays a role in every element of the National Defense Strategy, including defending the homeland. Over half of its members were involved in lifesaving natural disaster responses in 2022.Throughout the year, 142,000 Guard members

  • Guard’s Global Reach, Capabilities Support National Defense Strategy

    ARLINGTON, Va. – What the National Guard brings to the global stage directly contributes to significant pieces of the 2022 National Defense Strategy, said Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau.“Today, we are an integral part of the Joint Force and our nation’s second-largest

  • Hokanson: ESGR ‘empowers everything we do’

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Throughout the past 50 years, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program has provided a conduit between reserve component service members and their employers.The National Guard’s senior-most general spoke with ESGR members and volunteers during a national leader meeting

  • National Guard Chief Visits New York’s 106th Rescue Wing

    WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. – The National Guard’s top officer, Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, spent Nov. 5 at Gabreski Air National Guard Base with 106th Rescue Wing Airmen.Hokanson flew on an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter to observe rescue scenarios, lunched with some

  • Hokanson: Individual Readiness Makes National Guard Always Ready, Always There

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – The physical and mental readiness of each Guard member enables the National Guard to keep its promise to America to stand Always Ready, Always There, the component’s most senior general officer said  Sunday. “Your health and resilience – both physical and mental – is vital to

  • Long-term Relationships Drive State Partnership Program Success

    PRAGUE, Czech Republic – When Daryl Bohac came here in 1998, he didn’t just help advance a young partnership between the Czech Republic and the Nebraska National Guard – he returned to his ancestral roots.Bohac was an Air Force major then. He’s now a major general – Nebraska’s adjutant general. And

  • In Central Europe, Guard Chief Sees Enduring Partnerships and Growth

    VIENNA, Austria – In the heart of Europe, as a new security cooperation partnership takes its first steps, another prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary.Here in Austria, Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson witnessed the Austrian Armed Forces and the Vermont National Guard cement the newest partnership in

  • National Guard Chief Stresses Readiness as key to Homeland Defense

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The chief of the National Guard Bureau emphasized the Guard’s readiness to support overseas operations is also a key element in homeland defense and emergency response missions at home.“My motto is: ‘The answer is yes, what’s the question?’ If our nation needs the National