Tag: D.C. National Guard

District of Columbia National Guard Trains with Joint Task force - National Capital Region
May 20, 2024
U.S. Army Soldiers with the 372nd Military Police Battalion, District of Columbia Army National Guard participate in a joint training event with the 113th Security Forces Squadron at Fort Belvoir, Va. May 19, 2024. The training engages members of the D.C. National Guard to improve interoperability and familiarity to ensure personnel are ready to support civilian lead agency partners involved in high-profile events across the DMV.

AAPI Heritage Month: Relevance and diversity are more than words for UH-60 Black Hawk pilot
May 17, 2024
CW2 Christopher Alora, operations officer and UH-60 Black Hawk pilot, District of Columbia Army National Guard, stands for a photograph at Davison Army Airfield, Va., April 16, 2024. He now serves as the District of Columbia Army National Guard operations officer and UH-60 Black Hawk pilot. DCARNG Aviation is comprised of four different units with AAPIs visibly represented in all sections from pilots and maintainers to administration and operations.

CFD-IC: Mentors, guides, and catalysts for effective instruction
May 10, 2024
U.S. Army Capt. Jesse Searls, AGR Program Manager/OCS Commander, District of Columbia National Guard, gives a presentation during the Common Faculty Development-Instructor Course (CFD-IC) at the D.C. National Guard’s 260th Regiment Regional Training Institute (RTI) at Fort Belvoir, Va., March 15, 2024. The course teaches new instructors, trainers, and facilitators how to build lesson plans and effectively reach their intended audience. (

CGYCA partners with D.C. Commission on Black Men and Boys to repair ‘community villages and pipelines’
May 6, 2024
Representatives from the Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy attend and speak during a D.C. Commission on Black Men and Boys meeting in Washington, D.C, April 30, 2024. The commission seeks solutions to disparities affecting Black men and boys in the District to include social conditions, crime and incarceration rates.

D.C. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen describe what AAPI Heritage Month means to them
May 1, 2024

Reflections on Sgt. Richard Sherman: A life still living through social connection
April 26, 2024
Members of the 1st Battalion 5th Infantry Regiment "Bobcats" meet for a 20th anniversary of their deployment to Mosul, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and commemorate the 19th anniversary of the passing of their colleague, Sgt. Stephen R. Sherman, who was killed in action by an improvised explosive device, on Feb. 3, at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va. The Bobcats provided a wreath that was laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by Sherman’s mother who was accompanied by the Sentinels of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment – The Old Guard. After laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Sherman’s honor, the Bobcats paid tribute to Sherman, and his surviving mother, by visiting his headstone and recalling stories of Sherman. Sherman’s mother closed the commemorative gathering by distributing coins dedicated to Sherman’s memory.

Planet vs. Plastics: D.C. National Guard and D.C. Operations-DCNG conduct Earth Day cleanup
April 22, 2024
In recognition of Earth Day, members of the District of Columbia National Guard and D.C. Operations-DCNG teamed for an Earth Day cleanup at Fort Dupont Park in Washington, D.C., on April 18, 2024.  The D.C. National Guard's Environmental Office promotes environmental stewardship and collaborated with the U.S. National Park Service to determine what areas in the District could best utilize volunteer support.  Earth Day is celebrated globally on April 22.

D.C. National Guard command team signs 2024 SAAPM Joint Proclamation
April 18, 2024
From left, Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Smith, Senior Enlisted Leader, D.C. National Guard; Maj. Gen. John C. Andonie, commanding general (interim), D.C. National Guard; Dr. Theresa Owolabi, Sexual Assault Response Program Manager, D.C. National Guard, and Amanda Dunsford, Victim Advocate Coordinator, D.C. National Guard, stand for a photograph following the command team signing a joint proclamation in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, at the D.C. Armory, April 17, 2024.  The D.C. National Guard continues to take bold actions on victims care and support, accountability, prevention, climate and culture.

D.C. Army National Guard Marks Change in Leadership for Land Component
April 15, 2024
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Leland L. Blanchard II relinquished command of the District of Columbia Army National Guard’s Land Component Command to Brig. Gen. Craig M. Maceri during a change of command ceremony April 13 at the D.C. Armory. The ceremony, steeped in military tradition and protocol, featured the traditional passing of the unit colors symbolizing the transfer of authority from one commander to another.

2024 D.C. Emancipation Day Parade
April 14, 2024
Maj. Gen. John C. Andonie, Commanding General (interim), D.C. National Guard, and the 257th Army Band joined Mayor Muriel Bowser for the 2024 Emancipation Day Parade and concert.  The event which commemorates the end of slavery is organized by the Mayor's Office of Community Affairs (MOCA).  On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act, ending slavery in the District of Columbia.  Passage of the law came over 8 months before President Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation.

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