The District of Columbia National Guard (DCNG) changed responsibility of the Command Senior Enlisted Leader from Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Michael F. Brooks to Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald A. Smith, Jr.
74th Troop Command of the District of Columbia Army National Guard conducts an awards ceremony at the D.C. National Guard Armory on Dec. 4, 2022. As the year ends, leaders celebrate the Soldier's hard work and the impact they've made in the community. 
(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Richard Trinh)
Brig. Gen. Robert D. Bowie, Special Assistant to the Director of the Air National Guard, was awarded the Legion of Merit Award for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as the Deputy Director of Joint Force, Joint Force Headquarters, District of Columbia Air National Guard, District of Columbia, Armory, from 31 January 2019 to 07 June 2020. 

During this period, then-Colonel Bowie, was responsible for development, execution and evaluation of Joint Staff programs, as well as advising the Director of Joint Staff, The Adjutant General and Commanding General on joint objectives. He also managed Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, orchestrated the Armory’s strategic 2025 construction plan with the Jacobs Construction Corporation and was a driving-force behind the Joint Staff’s success in Joint Task Force COVID-19 and Joint Task Force Capital Guardian missions.
As the first USO lounge in a National Guard armory, DC's center is a place where Soldiers and Airmen can have well deserved fun during training down time. 
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The DC National Guard family readiness team invites you and your family for a Holiday Celebration on Saturday, 17 December 2022 at 0900 in the DC Armory Family Readiness Center.
This year, the "The Sounds of the Season", 257th Army Band holiday concert, features other current and retired D.C. National Guard Soldiers, performances of arrangements by DC's own Duke Ellington, collaborations with local artists, and original arrangements by Sgt. Vicki Golding, 257th vocalist and native Australian.
The District of Columbia Army National Guard conducted tryouts for the Best Warrior Competition on November 18, 2022 at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington D.C. The Best Warrior Competition is held each year and consists of a range of tests such as shooting, rucking, and a written portion. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Richard Trinh)
Capital Guardians: Best Warrior Competition try-outs take place on November 18 at Joint Base Anacostia Bolling. Please support your unit members as they start their journey to become The Best Warrior.
Capital Guardians: SPREAD THE WORD -
As we celebrate National Veterans and Military Families Month, we are encouraging all of our service members and their families to attend our Thanksgiving Day Basket giveaway this Friday, November 18th at 12:00pm on the D.C. Armory Drill Floor. Please join us as we honor our great D.C Guardsmen and their families with delicious items to make their holiday meals.  
If you have not registered to receive a Thanksgiving Day meal, reach out to the family program team members through your unit full-time contact.
Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy director, Phillip Burk, and one of the cadets appeared on “Living Local DMV" to speak about the program and the difference it makes in the cadets lives.
Cheh was promoted to lieutenant colonel while serving as the Bilateral Affairs Officer for the District of Columbia National Guard (DCNG) in Burkina Faso. The DCNG and Burkina Faso has been partners under The National Guard State Partnership Program since 2019.

Since 2019, the National Guard of the District of Columbia has been a partner with the Burkina Armed Forces for bilateral collaboration under the State Partnership Program in the areas of logistics, military law, humanitarian aid disaster relief, military police and supporting the religious families. This partnership is one of the strongest pillars of the US government's security cooperation with Burkina Faso. We are proud of our long history of working alongside the Burkina people on these issues that are so important to Burkina Faso's security.
Today, we are proud to announce that Tibu Cheh, the Bilateral Affairs Officer of the @TAG, was officially promoted to Lieutenant Colonel at a ceremony attended by members of the American Embassy community. Caine and the Burkina Armed Forces LTC Cheh has been working for more than two years with a dedicated team of Burkina counterparts to share their expertise and support each other's interests. At his promotion ceremony, he mentioned everything he learned during his time in Burkina Faso and how impressed he is by the commitment of the soldiers he has with in the Burkina Armed Forces to ensure a safe future and secure dispersed in Burkina Faso. Congratulations LTC Cheh!
Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Smith Jr. settles into his new position as state command sergeant major and senior enlisted leader of the District of Columbia National Guard (DCNG) Nov. 14, 2022. Smith comes to the DCNG from Virginia National Guard where he served as state command sergeant major and senior enlisted advisor to the assistant adjutant general there. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jason M. Melton)
District of Columbia National Guard service members, family members, and friends gather to honor the retirement of Command Sgt. Maj. Michael F. Brooks, on November 5, 2022 at Washington, DC Armory. During the retirement ceremony, Brooks received a Keeper of the Colors statue from Command Sgt. Maj. John T. Raines, command sergeant major, Army National Guard.
Congratulations  Maj. Frederick for winning the 2022 chilli cook-off.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
The District of Columbia National Guard Counterdrug Program works along side Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA at Washington Metropolitan Police Dept. stations on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to minimize the presence and access to drugs in the community. Citizens are able to turn in unneeded drugs, keeping them out of the wrong hands. DEA has been hosting the safety initiative since 2010.
The Washington Nationals invites you to:


Battle of the Bases Championship (Joint Base Andrews vs. Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall)

Date: Monday, October 24

Time: Home Plate Gate opens at 1730 - Game starts at 1800

Parking: Free admission and complimentary parking in Garage C

Nationals legend Ryan Zimmerman will lead the post game awards ceremony. The championship game between Joint Base Andrews and 2021 runner-up Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall marks the exciting conclusion to the 20-team preliminary tournament held in August that included more than 400 active-duty service members from bases across the region.
Chief Master Sgt. Charles C. Gass Jr., state command chief, D.C. National Guard, holds a flag at Joint Base Andrews Air Base, Maryland, Oct. 16, 2022. Gass was ceremoniously retired nearly 30 years of military service. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Anthony Lee Small)
Dear Service Member,
The Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award nomination season is an exciting time of year. We get to see thousands of testimonials about employers who regularly go above and beyond to support their employees in the National Guard and Reserve.
Throughout this nomination season email campaign, you, along with nearly 800,000 Reserve Component servicemembers will receive several emails that announce the season and provide updates.
For the hundreds of you who have already nominated your supportive employer, thank you! And, for those of you who’d like to, go to and click on the “Nominate Employer” tab.
As you continue to serve in Guard and Reserve, meeting the demands of foreign and domestic calls to duty, it is important to recognize those employers who provide unparalleled support to you and your family members.
The Freedom Award is the highest honor the Department of Defense gives to employers for supporting National Guard and Reserve employees. The employers chosen exemplify what it means to go above and beyond federal requirements in support of military employees.
The nomination form takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. Nominations must be submitted by Dec. 31, 2022.
Thank you for your service,
The Freedom Award Team
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