Twelve National Guard Soldiers are competing in the Region IV Best Warrior Competition May 11-15, 2022, at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. The annual competition tests the military skills, physical strength and endurance of the top Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from the Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio National Guards. The winners will move on to compete in the National Guard’s competition on July 20-30, 2022, at Camp Smyrna, Tennessee. (Minnesota National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Sydney Mariette.) 
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The Midwest’s Best compete in 2022 Region IV Best Warrior Competition

Twelve National Guard Soldiers are competing in the Region IV Best Warrior Competition May 11-15, 2022, at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. The annual competition tests the military skills, physical strength and endurance of the top Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from the Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio National Guards. The winners will move on to compete in the National [Read More …]

Bravo Co of the 1-228th Aviation Regiment, Joint task force-Bravo based out of Soto Cano Air Base conducted a training flight May 10, 2022 in support of Lt. Keenan Kost's progression as a CH-47F Chinook pilot while supporting the TRADEWINDS22 exercise. 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 Spc. Emiliano Alcorta)
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Honduras Flight Crew Conducts Training Operations at TRADEWINDS22

Bravo Co of the 1-228th Aviation Regiment, Joint task force-Bravo based out of Soto Cano Air Base conducted a training flight May 10, 2022 in support of Lt. Keenan Kost’s progression as a CH-47F Chinook pilot while supporting the TRADEWINDS22 exercise. Tradewinds 2022 is a multinational exercise designed to expand the Caribbean region’s capability to mitigate, plan for, and respond [Read More …]

Staff Sgt. Brandon Johnson, 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Texas Army National Guard, navigates the Obstacle course at this year's Texas Military Department Best Warrior Competition at Camp Swift, Texas, May 5, 2022. The three day event challenges service members from the Texas Army and Air National Guards on their combat readiness skills. (U.S. Texas State Guard photo by Pvt. Carlos Arenas)
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Texas Military Department Best Warrior Competition 2022

Staff Sgt. Brandon Johnson, 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Texas Army National Guard, navigates the Obstacle course at this year’s Texas Military Department Best Warrior Competition at Camp Swift, Texas, May 5, 2022. The three day event challenges service members from the Texas Army and Air National Guards on their combat readiness skills. (U.S. Texas State Guard photo by Pvt. [Read More …]

Charlie Battery, 120th Field Artillery Regiment, 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Wisconsin National Guard, responded to a simulated chemical response event at Camp Grayling, Mich. Jan. 25, 2022. The event took place during Northern Strike 22-1 (”Winter Strike”), a National Guard Bureau-sponsored exercise held Jan. 21-30 with participants from several U.S. states and partner forces at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center and Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, which together comprise the National All-Domain Warfighting Center (NADWC) (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Joe Legros)
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CBRN Field Artillery in the Snow

Charlie Battery, 120th Field Artillery Regiment, 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Wisconsin National Guard, responded to a simulated chemical response event at Camp Grayling, Mich. Jan. 25, 2022. The event took place during Northern Strike 22-1 (”Winter Strike”), a National Guard Bureau-sponsored exercise held Jan. 21-30 with participants from several U.S. states and partner forces at Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver [Read More …]

Hawaii Army National Guard (HIARNG) Soldiers with Alpha Company, 227th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) conduct battle drills, squad level and pre-requisite Soldier leader tasks during demolition missions keyed to improve Soldiers proficiency, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, July 18, 2021. As part of training, engineers practiced preparing and emplacing shaping and cratering charges, C4 explosives, 40-pound shaping charges and tying C4 explosive charges into a line with detonation cord. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Theresa Gualdarama)
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HIARNG Engineers Conduct Squad Level Tactics and Demolition Missions

Hawaii Army National Guard (HIARNG) Soldiers with Alpha Company, 227th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) conduct battle drills, squad level and pre-requisite Soldier leader tasks during demolition missions keyed to improve Soldiers proficiency, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, July 18, 2021. As part of training, engineers practiced preparing and emplacing shaping and cratering charges, C4 explosives, 40-pound shaping [Read More …]

Washington Army National Guard field artillery Soldiers, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment "Dark Rifles", 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, conduct live fire training at Fort Irwin, California, on March 22, 2021. “Dark Rifle” Soldiers will spend about two weeks in “The Box”--a massive training area within Fort Irwin's National Training Center--where troops put battle tactics and readiness to the test, in preparation for their deployment to Poland in support of multinational force Enhanced Forward Presence. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Adeline Witherspoon)
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Pump It Up

Washington Army National Guard field artillery Soldiers, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment “Dark Rifles”, 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, conduct live fire training at Fort Irwin, California, on March 22, 2021. “Dark Rifle” Soldiers will spend about two weeks in “The Box”–a massive training area within Fort Irwin’s National Training Center–where troops put battle tactics and readiness to [Read More …]

The 218th Regional Training Institute, South Carolina National Guard, conducts the 12B combat engineer reclassification course at McCrady Training Center in Eastover, South Carolina. The class is made up of National Guard Soldiers from multiple states and is being conducted November 6-20, 2021. Throughout the course, the Soldiers learn through classroom instruction and hands-on training covering breaching, mines and firing devices, reacting to explosive hazards, constructing demolitions systems, executing military operations on urbanized terrain training, and more. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Brian Calhoun, South Carolina National Guard)
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218th Regional Training Institute Conducts 12B Reclassification Course

The 218th Regional Training Institute, South Carolina National Guard, conducts the 12B combat engineer reclassification course at McCrady Training Center in Eastover, South Carolina. The class is made up of National Guard Soldiers from multiple states and is being conducted November 6-20, 2021. Throughout the course, the Soldiers learn through classroom instruction and hands-on training covering breaching, mines and firing [Read More …]

Thirty-three teams gathered at the 51st Winston P. Wilson and 31st Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting Sniper Rifle Matches hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center at the Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center, Barling, Arkansas Dec. 4-9 (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Priscilla Desormeaux)
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2022 WPW and AFSAM Sniper Rifle Match Championships

Thirty-three teams gathered at the 51st Winston P. Wilson and 31st Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting Sniper Rifle Matches hosted by the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center at the Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center, Barling, Arkansas Dec. 4-9 (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Priscilla Desormeaux)

U.S. Army Sgt. Quran T. Williams, left, assists Senior Airman Alex J. Potts, both survey team members with the 21st Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team (21st WMD-CST), New Jersey National Guard, into his Level A Protective Suit during training with the Emergency Response Training Institute at Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J., Nov. 17, 2021. The 21st supports civil authorities at man-made or natural disasters by identifying chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear substances, assess the consequences, and advises on response measures. (New Jersey National Guard photo by Mark C. Olsen)
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21st trains at Weapons Station Earle

U.S. Army Sgt. Quran T. Williams, left, assists Senior Airman Alex J. Potts, both survey team members with the 21st Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team (21st WMD-CST), New Jersey National Guard, into his Level A Protective Suit during training with the Emergency Response Training Institute at Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J., Nov. 17, 2021. The 21st supports civil authorities [Read More …]