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Capital Guardians leaders join with leadership at National Guard Bureau and across the Department of Defense to celebrate Juneteenth! Juneteenth became a federal holiday in 2021. It marks the occasion in 1868 when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people would be freed. As part of the celebration, DCNG has made Friday, June 17, 2022, Family Day to allow all our service members to spend much-deserved time with their friends, families, and community. It provides an added opportunity to reflect on this very meaningful federal holiday.
To the Soldiers and Airmen of the National Guard
By Chief, National Guard Bureau | June 16, 2022
                                         

Today, we honor those who have given what President Abraham Lincoln called the last full measure of devotion in defense of our great country. On Memorial Day, take time to remember their sacrifice and the freedoms we enjoy today because they gave up all of their tomorrows. #MemorialDay #CapitalGuardians
To the Soldiers and Airmen of the National Guard
By Chief, National Guard Bureau | May 30, 2022

Staff Sgt. Tiara Hartley was recognized during Asian American Pacific Islander Month for her extraordinary customer service, dedication, and professionalism in her Communications Focal Point role as a uniformed full-time National Guard member with the 113th Wing.
Airman's AAPI and Black background embodies heritage, hope
By Tech. Sgt. Andrew Enriquez | May 26, 2022
Staff Sgt. Tiara Hartley is familiar as the “face” of the customer service desk at the 113th Communications Flight, 113th Wing, D.C. Air National Guard, where she's a client systems analyst. 2021 Wing Civilian Employee of the...

Members of the Regional Security System and the president of World Hope International (center) pose in front of the plane chartered to bring them and donated goods to the Tradewinds 22 exercise. Tradewinds is a Caribbean-focused exercise designed to expand the region’s capability to mitigate, plan for, and respond to crises; strengthen partnerships; increase regional training capacity and interoperability; develop new and refine existing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) during the SOP Development Conference; determine SOPs to be exercised; determine regional process for SOP validation; enhance ability to defend Exclusive Economic Zones; increase U.S./ally/partner readiness; promote human rights and adherence to shared international norms and values; fully integrate women into the force; and increase maritime domain awareness to deter IUU fishing activities. (Courtesy photo)
Bringing hope to Tradewinds 2022: DoD, NFE Planning Assures Western Hemisphere Prosperity
By Kevin Valentine, 715th Public Affairs Detachment | May 14, 2022
In a sea of approximately 1,500 military uniformed, civilian, and contracted personnel, a family wearing polo t-shirts with a non-for-profit name on them stands out. While the polos function to make the non-profit...

1st Cpl. Vladimir Soto, Colombian Special Forces, shares his experience about the importance of gender perspectives with U.S. Air Force Duilia Turner, lead trainer from U.S. Southern Command's Women, Peace, Safety team, during training May 10, 2022 at Manatee training site in Belize as part of TRADEWINDS22. The SOUTHCOM’s Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Program recognizes the diverse roles women play as agents of change in preventing and resolving conflict, countering terrorism and violent extremism as well as building post-conflict peace and stability in our Hemisphere. Tradewinds 2022 is a multinational exercise designed to expand the Caribbean region’s capability to mitigate, plan for, and respond to crises; increase regional training capacity and interoperability; develop new and refine existing standard operating procedures; enhance ability to defend exclusive economic zones; and promote human rights and adherence to shared international norms and values; fully integrate women into defense, peace and security missions; and increase maritime domain awareness to deter illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing activities. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Erica Jaros)
Partner Nations Discuss Women, Peace, and Safety at TRADEWINDS22
By Sgt. 1st Class Erica Jaros, 715th Public Affairs Detachment | May 10, 2022
The Tradewinds exercise is crucial to building partnerships within the Caribbean region and providing participating nations a chance to conduct joint, combined, and interagency training. More importantly, it also affords the...
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Minnesota National Guard, Croatia Collaborate via State Partnership Program
Seven crew chiefs with the Minnesota National Guard’s Bravo Company, 834th Aviation Support Battalion, were sent to Croatia to advise and assist the Croatian Armed Forces as they integrated UH-60M Black Hawks into their Air Force. Minnesota and Croatia have been partners under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program since 1996.
June 29, 2022 - SAINT PAUL, Minn. – “It always feels good to help a friend,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Nathan Buck, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter technical inspector with the Minnesota National Guard’s Bravo Company, 834th Aviation Support...

National Guard Captain Speaks at Naturalization Ceremony
U.S. Air Force Capt. Alcides Silva, 188th Force Support Squadron assistant director for personnel, addresses the crowd at a naturalization ceremony in the Judge Isaac C. Parker Federal Courtroom in Fort Smith, Ark., June 24, 2022.
June 29, 2022 - FORT SMITH, Ark. - Fifty immigrants from 22 countries raised their right hands to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in the Judge Isaac C. Parker Federal Courtroom in anationalization ceremony June 24. They lowered their hands...

DOD Official: No Changes to Women’s Essential Health Care
A view of the Pentagon May 25, 2016.
June 29, 2022 - WASHINGTON - The recent Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization does not prohibit the Defense Department from continuing to provide essential women’s health care services to service members,...

175th Wing Demonstrates Warfighting Capabilities in Europe
Nine A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 104th Fighter Squadron, Maryland Air National Guard, sit on the flightline at Lielvārde Air Base in the Vidzeme region of Latvia, May 14, 2022, for Agile Combat Employment training during Defender Europe 22. The exercise demonstrates U.S. Army Europe and Africa's ability to conduct large-scale ground combat operations across multiple theatres in support of NATO and the National Defense Strategy.
June 29, 2022 - MIDDLE RIVER, Md. – Approximately 170 Airmen assigned to the 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard and A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft have returned from Europe, where they supported Exercises Swift Response and Defender...

Washington Guard MPs Train on Law Enforcement Skills
Washington National Guard Soldiers from the 506th Military Police Detachment conduct tactical medical training June 15, 2022 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
June 28, 2022 - CAMP MURRAY, Wash. – Building off last year’s comprehensive annual training, Washington National Guard members from the 506th Military Police Detachment developed their law enforcement skills during training this month.“We...
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