Capital Guardians, Be sure to join us on 17 Mar., 1100-1230 hrs., at the D.C. National Guard Armory, for a Women's History Month 'brown bag' celebration with Karen Gibson, sergeant at arms, United States Senate.

Gibson is a retired military intelligence officer. She served in the United States Army for 33 years, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant General. She has also served as the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for National Security Partnerships, Director of Intelligence for United State Central Command, Director of Intelligence for the Combined Joint Task Force, and Deputy Commanding General for the United States Army Cyber Command.

See you there....and don't forget your brown bag lunch.

Staff Sgt. Jermaine Denee Bowens
Recruiting and Retention Battalion
D.C. Army National Guard

"This observance makes me feel powerful and unique. I had people tell me the Army was not for women, especially dainty women like me. Knowing that women, especially African American women that were before me, heard this same discouragement made me push even harder while training to ensure I achieved success. As I advance in my military career, it makes me speak and act confidently knowing that the military was for me."

We celebrate #WomensHistoryMonth!
Join us for the D.C. National Guard Family Program Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8:00 am. 

There'll be community partners such as DC Fire And EMS and Washington Metropolitan Police Dept., Chef Herb, fitness experts, nutritionists and more.

For more information, contact Nicolette Stout at 202-685-9967.

See you there!
Chaplain (COL) Bobby R. Patton
LTC Robert J. Goodin
LTC Joel A. Smith
Jamaica leaders visited D.C. National Guard (DCNG) leaders at the DCNG Armory as a part of their state partnership program (SPP) engagement initiative.
The District of Columbia National Guard (DCNG) hosted Mrs. Kelly Hokanson, senior spouse, National Guard Bureau, and several state adutant general's spouses to support Hokanson’s recognition ceremony for the DCNG Family Readiness Program’s (FRP) efforts from 6 Jan. to Apr. 2021.
We want to hear from your voice and the voice of your family to improve our National Guard. As a member of the National Guard we invite you and your family to share your feedback. By taking a short survey, you can help the CNGB better understand and focus on issues to improve our National Guard.

Scan the QR code from your mobile device or visit:

Submit your feedback by: 23 MAR 2023
Capital Guardians,

As we kick-off 2023, we must recognize and celebrate the diverse nature of our force!

Continue to strive every day to maintain an atmosphere of learning, talking and listening.

Continue to strive every day to ensure the District of Columbia National Guard is an organization of equality, diversity and inclusion.

In our diversity lies our strength!

Maj. Gen. Sherrie L. McCandless
Commanding General
Army Brig. Gen. Leland Blanchard, land component commander, District of Columbia National Guard, was promoted in front of a large audience at The Army National Guard Readiness Center. The ceremony host was Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen, director, Army National Guard. Jensen was among the leaders who supported Leland on his journey to becoming brigadier general.
JOIN US for a State Partnership Program Brown Bag Lunch to learn more about the role of a Bilateral Affairs Officer and the D.C. National Guard's partnerships with Jamaica and Burkina Faso.
Speakers: Former Bilateral Affairs Officers, Lt. Col. Tibu Cheh and Capt. Matthew Larkin 
DATE: Saturday, 21 January 2023
TIME: 1200 - 1300
LOCATION: DC Armory (A-209 South/MP Battalion area)
️Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ✨️
As we honor Dr. King, let's remember his lasting words as we work together to make this world the best it can be for all. 
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
What's is your favorite quote by Dr. King?
(Original photo archived by the Library of Congress)
Be an Officer Candidate School (OCS) Tactical Officer (TAC) and help shape cadets and develop their tactical and technical skills
D.C. Army National Guard - 
Join us for the Program Manager Workshop and Budget Analyst Course
Primary Dates: 14-17 February 2023
Training Location: Washington
Contact Col. James O. Robinson (USPFO) for more information.
D.C. National Guard (DCNG) partners, Burkinabe Armed Forces' leaders, join Maj. Gen. Sherrie L. McCandless, commanding general, DCNG, Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Smith, senior enlisted leader, DCNG, and other command staff, for lunch at the D.C. Armory. 
Among the distinguished visitors from Burkina Faso were Herman Toé, chargé d’affaires; Col Maj Remi KABORE, defense attaché; Adjudant-chef Mamoudou SEBRÉ, attaché assistant; and Adjudant-chef André SAM, attaché assistant.
D.C. National Guard and Burkina Faso began its partnership in 2019.
Class 59 of the Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy (CGYCA) graduates on Jan 9, 2023 among family; friends; distinguished guests; Philip Burk, CGYCA director; Marcus Hunt, Director of District of Columbia Government Operations; and District of Columbia National Guard adjutant general, Brig. Gen. Aaron R. Dean II. 

After five and half months of rigorous and challenging curriculum, the graduates are off to their next endeavor.
The sky is not the limit for them!
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Richard Trinh)
Happy New Year!
Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Smith, Jr.
Season's Greetings, Soldiers and Airmen of the District of Columbia National Guard: 
As we wrap up another busy and successful year, we want to take a moment to wish you a safe holiday season full of warmth and cheer with your friends and families.
We recognize how hard this team works – from the Soldiers and Airmen who carry out the mission full-time, to our citizen Guard members, and our outstanding civilian staff members… 
We thank you.
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