Fireworks go off during the Salute to America celebration at Mount Rushmore hosted by the state of South Dakota July 3, 2020. DoD’s participation during the event included aerial flyovers by the Blue Angels, based out of Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., the B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base; South Dakota Air National Guard F-16s Falcons from the 114th Fighter Wing, Sioux Falls; and HH-60s Black Hawk helicopters from Company C, 1-189th Aviation Regiment, in Rapid City, S.D. Additionally, the U.S. Air Force Academy Band, from Colorado Springs, Colo., and the 147th band, from Mitchell, S.D., provided musical entertainment. The events celebrated the 244th year of the Indepen dence of the Nation and provided the DoD an opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities and professionalism of the Armed Forces. (Photo by U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Fiona Berndt)
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Salute to America

Fireworks go off during the Salute to America celebration at Mount Rushmore hosted by the state of South Dakota July 3, 2020. DoD’s participation during the event included aerial flyovers by the Blue Angels, based out of Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., the B-1B Lancer from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base; South Dakota Air National Guard F-16s [Read More …]

Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment execute an extraction mission via a CH-47 Chinook helicopter over Healy, Alaska, June 18, 2020. As part of a combined effort with the Department of Natural Resources, the Guardsmen rigged and airlifted “Bus 142”,, an historic icon from book and film, “Into the Wild”, out of its location on Stampede Road in light of public safety concerns. The bus will be stored at a secure site while the DNR considers all options and alternatives for its permanent disposition. (Alaska National Guard courtesy photo)
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Alaska National Guard airlifts “Into the Wild” bus from Stampede Trail

Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment execute an extraction mission via a CH-47 Chinook helicopter over Healy, Alaska, June 18, 2020. As part of a combined effort with the Department of Natural Resources, the Guardsmen rigged and airlifted “Bus 142”,, an historic icon from book and film, “Into the Wild”, out of its location [Read More …]

over the foothills of the Boise Mountains, a UH60 Black hawk makes its way back to Gowen Field.The Idaho Army National Guard’s 1-183rd Assault Helicopter Battalion’s Annual Training is coming to a conclusion this week on Gowen Field. Unit personnel in maintenance, fueling, flight operations, communications and staff coordination synchronized their efforts on a daily basis to support flying missions for the battalion's UH60 Black hawks. During the same period the 183rd accepted delivery of the latest UH60 M model Black hawk and answered a distress call to rescue kayakers in peril in the wilderness. All in the regular ebb and flow of their annual training. Aircrews completed multi-ship formation flying missions, practiced hoisting heavy loads, and supported Idaho Air National Guard training. A multi-ship training mission took place on Sunday, June 14, sending aircraft and crews from A Company, 1-183rd Aviation Regiment over and across the diverse Idaho landscape to rendezvous with fuel trucks from the battalion's Echo Company at Saylor Creek. Saylor Creek is a remote U.S. Air Force training site located on the prairie south of Mt. Home Air Force Base. After refueling, the three Black hawks continued on to Atlanta, Idaho before returning to Gowen Field. Atlanta is a wilderness community located approximately 100 miles east of Boise in the Boise National Forest at an elevation of 5,383 feet. Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains and Wilderness are directly north of Atlanta.
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Diverse Mission over Diverse Landscapes

over the foothills of the Boise Mountains, a UH60 Black hawk makes its way back to Gowen Field.The Idaho Army National Guard’s 1-183rd Assault Helicopter Battalion’s Annual Training is coming to a conclusion this week on Gowen Field. Unit personnel in maintenance, fueling, flight operations, communications and staff coordination synchronized their efforts on a daily basis to support flying missions [Read More …]

Officer Candidate Steven Cruz, of the Guam National Guard's 203rd Regional Training Institute, front, leads his mixed squad of Guam National Guard officer candidates and University of Guam ROTC cadets, through training exercises in Barrigada on June 17. "We come out to the field, and we get missions done as a team.We are in this fight together," said Cruz.
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Training Doesn’t Stop

Officer Candidate Steven Cruz, of the Guam National Guard’s 203rd Regional Training Institute, front, leads his mixed squad of Guam National Guard officer candidates and University of Guam ROTC cadets, through training exercises in Barrigada on June 17. “We come out to the field, and we get missions done as a team.We are in this fight together,” said Cruz.

U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists with the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing conduct tactical training on Warren Grove Gunnery Range, N.J., June 12, 2020. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Michael Schwenk)
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EOD tactical training

U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists with the New Jersey Air National Guard’s 177th Fighter Wing conduct tactical training on Warren Grove Gunnery Range, N.J., June 12, 2020. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Michael Schwenk)

052820-A-FG635-5102 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, outgoing Commander, Lt. Col. Jonathan Bender, Brigade Commander, Col. Jeremy S. Wilson and incoming Commander, Lt. Col. Richard Witwer present arms during their Change of Command ceremony in Grafenwoehr, Germany on May 28, 2020. (Louisiana Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Stevens)
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1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment Change of Command

1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, outgoing Commander, Lt. Col. Jonathan Bender, Brigade Commander, Col. Jeremy S. Wilson and incoming Commander, Lt. Col. Richard Witwer present arms during their Change of Command ceremony in Grafenwoehr, Germany on May 28, 2020. (Louisiana Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Stevens)

052620-A-FG635-5100 Pfc. Eduardo Dominguez, Spc. Andres Tamez and Spc. Alec James, all with the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Deception Co., 8th Brigade Engineer Battalion from Fort Hood, Texas work on and ensure the viability of the RQ7B Shadow drone system, version two which can fly at a maximum altitude of 18,000 feet during training while deployed at Vilseck Army Base, Germany on May 26, 2020. (Louisiana Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Stevens)
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RQ7B Shadow Training

Pfc. Eduardo Dominguez, Spc. Andres Tamez and Spc. Alec James, all with the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Deception Co., 8th Brigade Engineer Battalion from Fort Hood, Texas work on and ensure the viability of the RQ7B Shadow drone system, version two which can fly at a maximum altitude of 18,000 feet during training while deployed at [Read More …]