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Brazilian Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Ed Willy S. Oliveira (right) won the Best Foreign Instructor 2017 award for his performance in the Resource Management for Aircraft Maintenance course at Inter-American Air Forces Academy at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.
Brazilian Air Force instructors receive high honors in the U.S.
By Taciana Moury/Diálogo | Feb. 22, 2018
A group of Brazilian Air Force instructors at the Inter-American Air Forces Academy received awards within the U.S. Air Force International Instructor Exchange program.

The U.S., Republic of Korea, and Royal Thai armed forces launch an amphibious assault on Hat Yao Beach, Rayong province, Thailand during Exercise Cobra Gold 2018, Feb. 17, 2018. CG18 provides a venue for the United States, allied and partner nations to advance interoperability and increase partner capacity in planning and executing complex and realistic multinational force and combined task force operations. CG18 is an annual exercise conducted in the Kingdom of Thailand held from Feb. 13-23 with seven full participating nations.
Thai-ROK-U.S. Amphibious Force Conducts Beach Assault During Cobra Gold 2018
By Amphibious Force | Feb. 21, 2018
Ships, landing craft, and aircraft from the Kingdom of Thailand, Republic of Korea, and the U.S.

Marines slide a simulated casualty down a muddy hill during the Endurance Course at Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 16, 2018. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jamin M. Powell
Into The Woods - 3rd Marine Logistics Group Participates in Jungle Warfare Training
By | Feb. 21, 2018
Quiet rustles and murmurs filtered through the trees as the camp woke up, dew rolling off

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104) renders honors as it passes the USS Arizona Memorial while arriving in Pearl Harbor for a port visit. Sterett is on a scheduled deployment to conduct operations in the Indo-Pacific region. It will also support the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) in order to advance U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Up-Gunned ESG concept and will train with forward-deployed amphibious ships across all mission areas.
Sterett, Dewey Visit Pearl Harbor
By | Feb. 21, 2018
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Sterett (DDG 104) and USS Dewey (DDG 105) and

U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to Underwater Construction Team 2 stand on the De Long Pier in Sattahip, Kingdom of Thailand during Exercise Cobra Gold Feb. 20, 2018. Cobra Gold 18 provides a venue for the United States, allied and partner nations to advance interoperability and increase partner capacity in planning and executing complex and realistic multinational force and combined task force operations.
Underwater Construction Teams Build Bonds During Cobra Gold
By | Feb. 21, 2018
Underwater construction teams from U.S. Navy, Royal Thai Navy and Republic of Korea Navy are
National Guard News
Oregon Air National Guard Col. Jeffrey Smith, 173rd Fighter Wing commander, presents framed F-15 photos to Klamath Falls Mayor Carol Westfall and Klamath Falls city council members, Feb. 19, 2018, at Kingsley Field, in Klamath Falls, Ore. The wing hosted community members and leaders to celebrate the 173rd FW's unprecedented 50-year lease extension that takes the community partnership out to 2095.
Oregon's 173rd Fighter Wing gets 50-year lease extension
By Oregon Air National Guard | Feb. 21, 2018
KINGSLEY FIELD, Ore. - The City of Klamath Falls demonstrated an unprecedented level of community

A set of dog tags embossed with the phrase “No Religious Preference” represents the 49.5% of Massachusetts Army National Guard members who do not declare any particular faith or religion on their official record.  Despite the growing number of nonreligious personnel, military chaplains still play an essential role in maintaining the morale and welfare of the organization.
Military chaplains serve nonreligious service members
By Spc. Samuel Keenan | Feb. 21, 2018
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – During basic training, every Airman and Soldier of the Massachusetts

Soldiers with the South Carolina Army National Guard attend the Pathfinder course held at McCrady Training Center, Eastover, South Carolina, Feb. 14, 2018. The Pathfinder course is a two week class where Soldiers are tested in three different phases to include sling loading, helicopter landing zones (HLZ) and drop zones.
South Carolina National Guard Soldiers earn Pathfinder wings
By Capt. Tammy Muckenfuss | Feb. 21, 2018
EASTOVER, S.C. – South Carolina Army National Guard Soldiers from across the state came to McCrady

Army National Guard Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Kadavy , director of the
Army National Guard, presents Kwabena O. Mensah, father of Pfc. Emmanuel Mensah, with the Soldiers Medal, the Army's top award for valor outside of combat during a ceremony Feb. 16, 2018 at Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y.
New York Soldier's heroics recognized with posthumous medal
By Col. Richard Goldenberg | Feb. 20, 2018
NEW YORK – Army National Guard leaders came together to honor a New York Soldier who died in a

U.S. Army 1st Battalion, 244th Aviation Regiment (Assault), 449th Combat Aviation Brigade UH-60 Helicopter Repairer Spc. Steven Galbraith, explains flight personnel loading procedures to Soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment during hot and cold loading procedures of a UH-60 Black Hawk at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Feb 10, 2018.
Hot and cold flight training warms up Soldiers in Kuwait
By Staff Sgt. Leticia Samuels | Feb. 16, 2018
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait – The blades of a UH-60 Black Hawk start to swirl as Soldiers assigned to the
Vermont National Guard News
U.S. Army Capt. Lauren Weber, Ohio National Guard Biathlon Team, loads her weapon during a biathlon sprint race at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vt., Jan. 27, 2018. Athletes from 24 states participated in the National Guard Eastern, Western, and Central Regional Biathlon Competitions. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Avery Cunningham)
National Guard Biathlon Regionals Held in Vermont
By Sgt. Avery Cunningham | Jan. 27, 2018
National Guardsmen from 24 states competed in their respective Regional Biathlon Competitions at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vermont. Biathlon consists of target shooting and ski racing. Competitors, ranging from novice to master, are divided into west, central, and east regions.

A member of the Puerto Rico militia, Luis Suarez, picks up water from a loading dock at a Federal Emergency Management Agency distribution center in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Oct. 26, 2017. FEMA, assisted by the National Guard and militia, distributes water and food to people throughout the area. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Avery Cunningham)
National Guard purifies and distributes water
By Spc. Avery Cunningham | Oct. 26, 2017
National Guardsmen are working together to supply the local area with drinking water using their reverse osmosis water purification units (ROWPU). The units supply anywhere from 20,000 to 40,000 gallons of water a day. From the early morning and into the night residents with containers and tanks on their trucks make their way to receive clean water.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Juan Carlos Ortiz, commander, 268th Transportation Company, 393rd Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 166th Regional Support Group, 1st Mission Support Command, hikes up a steep driveway to provide water to residents living in the mountains of Jayuya, Puerto Rico, Oct. 25, 2017. Residents rely on state and federal agencies for all their drinking and cooking water. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Scott Detweiler)
Reserve unit climbs the extra mile
By Capt. J. Scott Detwiler | Oct. 25, 2017
Winding their way up steep mountain roads, no more than 12 feet wide, the 268th Transportation Company, 393rd Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, 166th Regional Support Group, 1st Mission Support Command out of Ft. Buchanan, Puerto Rico delivers cases of water and food to the 5,000 residents of Jayuya. Many residents are surviving without electricity for more than six weeks following Hurricane Irma, so the mission of the 268th TC is as much community relations as it is commodity distribution.

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 1 Glory O’Neil, Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), Vermont National Guard, briefs the brigade at Fort Drum, N.Y., June 8, 2017. The 86th IBCT (MTN) conducted a warfighter exercise for their annual training. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Avery Cunningham)
86th IBCT finishes warfighter exercise
By Spc. Avery Cunningham | July 18, 2017
The 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), Vermont National Guard, conducted a warfighter exercise held from June 3-14. The exercise is a tactical operations drill designed to train brigade staff using a simulation with the Army’s Command Post of the Future, a software system that enables commanders to see the battlefield and communicate across the force. The brigade was at Fort Drum to facilitate the exercise.

U.S. Army Spc. Jody Fabian, left, Alpha Company, 572nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), Vermont National Guard, throws a grenade while Staff Sgt. David Hart, right, acts as a range safety at Fort Drum, N.Y., June 13, 2017. Soldiers with the 572nd BEB qualified with hand grenades and other weapon systems during their annual training. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Avery Cunningham)
572nd BEB kicks-off annual training
By Spc. Avery Cunningham | June 13, 2017
The 572nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), Vermont National Guard, kicked off annual training with a bang on Tuesday. Soldiers from the unit participated in various live-fire ranges with fragmentation grenades, Mark 19 40mm grenade machine guns, M4 carbines, M249 light machine guns and M240B machine guns.