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Marine Pfcs. Preston Toledo and Frank Toledo, both Navajo Code Talkers and cousins, relay orders in the Navajo language on a field radio. They were attached to a Marine artillery regiment in the South Pacific. This photo was taken July 7, 1943.
Remembering the Code Talkers
By 2nd Lt. Robert Dornfried | Aug. 4, 2021
National Navajo Code Talkers Day is Aug. 14, 2021. As the observance approaches, we should take a moment to recognize the sacrifices and contributions of the nearly 25,000 Native Americans who served in the Armed Forces...

Army 1st Lt. Joan Emerson of Charlie Company, 186th Brigade Support Battalion, records the hospital beds that are part of each medical pod at the Alternate Healthcare Facility in Essex, Vermont, on April 7th, 2020. The Vermont National Guard is working with the state of Vermont and emergency partners in a whole-of-government effort to flatten the curve during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Voluntary COVID mapping task force concludes operations
By Joshua Cohen | July 29, 2021
In the early winter of 2020, Vermont Governor Phil Scott tasked the Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont National Guard with mapping the spread of COVID-19 across the state...

U.S. Air Force Capt. Roberto Mercado, a pilot assigned to the 134th Fighter Squadron, 158th Fighter Wing, answers a question during a group tour of the Vermont Air National Guard base, South Burlington, Vt., June 18, 2021. The tour showcased a cross-section of base missions including the fire department, explosive ordnance disposal, munitions, security forces, and an interactive discussion with a pilot near an F-35. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Richard D. Mekkri)
Vermont ANG launches public tour program
By Maj. Meghan Smith | July 22, 2021
The Vermont Air National Guard welcomed visitors on base in June as part of the newly launched public tour program...

Two members of Senegal's National Fire Brigade examine a Vermont National Guard fire response vehicle on July 12, 2021 at Camp Johnson, Vermont. From July 11-21, delegates from Senegal’s National Fire Brigade (Brigade Nationale des Sapeurs-Pompiers) visited Vermont as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Joshua T. Cohen)
Senegalese National Fire Brigade visits Vt. for emergency capability demos
By Joshua Cohen | July 22, 2021
From July 11-21, delegates from Senegal’s National Fire Brigade (Brigade Nationale des Sapeurs-Pompiers) visited Vermont as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program...

U.S. Army Spc. Ali Aljarah, an 88M Heavy Vehicle Operator assigned to Alpha Company 186 Brigade Support Battalion, Vermont National Guard, during the unit's annual training evolution at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Center in Jericho, Vermont on June 13, 2020. Aljarah emigrated to the United States from Iraq in 2012 before enlisting in the Vermont Army National Guard at the age of 22.
From Iraq to Vermont – One National Guardsman details his long road to military service
By Joshua Cohen | July 16, 2021
For 24-year-old Vermont Army National Guard Specialist Ali Aljarah, military service means being prepared to deploy, “as the only way to protect and serve my country to help stop harm from being caused anywhere in the world.”...
National Guard News
Trucks from the 2113th Transportation Company of the Kentucky National Guard receive loads during annual training June 2-10, 2021. The unit transported 625,000 pounds of explosive ordinance between Paducah Kentucky, the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant in McAlester, Oklahoma, and the Naval Support Activity in Crane, Indiana, during Operation Patriot Press.
Kentucky Guard crosses state lines for Patriot Press
By Sgt. Jesse Elbouab, | Aug. 4, 2021
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Over 60 Kentucky National Guard Soldiers with the 2113th Transportation Company transported 625,000 pounds of explosive ordnance more than 2,200 miles through five states as part of their annual training June...

National Guard Soldiers provide security outside the U.S. Capitol during the 59th Presidential Inauguration Jan. 20, 2021, as part of the National Guard’s Capitol Response security mission.
Guard to recoup funding for training, readiness
By Devon L. Suits, | Aug. 4, 2021
WASHINGTON - Lawmakers recently approved spending $521 million to reimburse the National Guard for securing the National Capital Region in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.National Guard training and readiness...

A 103rd Airlift Wing C-130H Hercules aircraft performs a Low Cost Low Altitude airdrop during Exercise Sentry Storm 2021 at Camp Branch, West Virginia, July 20, 2021. Sentry Storm is a joint training environment enabling participants to exercise their skills to prevail over near-peer competitors while applying agile combat employment concepts.
103rd Airlift Wing develops tactical airlift operations
By Tech. Sgt. Steven Tucker, | Aug. 4, 2021
EAST GRANBY, Conn. – Airmen from the 103rd Airlift Wing helped develop future C-130H Hercules tactical airlift operations during exercise Sentry Storm 2021. The West Virginia Air National Guard hosted the exercise July 18-23...

Army Lt. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, the director of the Army National Guard, speaks with Soldiers in the Missile Defense Element at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado, July 26, 2021. Jensen visited the 100th Missile Defense Brigade of the Colorado Army National Guard in Colorado Springs to learn more about the unit and its mission to defend the United States and designated areas from long-range ballistic missile attacks.
Army Guard director visits 100th Missile Defense Brigade
By Staff Sgt. Zach Sheely, | Aug. 4, 2021
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – On the final leg of a trip preceded by stops at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and Fort Irwin, California, to visit units on combat training rotations, the director of the Army National Guard met with...

Left to right, Jordan Hale, deputy chief of staff, Office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott; Barakat Elleithy, minister plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt; Livia Link-Raviv, consul general of Israel; Rep. Michael McCaul; Maj. Gen. Tracy R. Norris, Texas adjutant general; and Jose A  Esparza, the Texas deputy secretary of state, at a ceremony in Austin, Texas, Aug. 3, 2021, commemorating the 40-year anniversary of the Multinational Force Observers (MFO). After the signing of the Egypt-Israeli Peace Agreement, the MFO was created to supervise the implementation of the security provisions of the treaty and prevent any violation of its terms.
Texas, Egypt, Israel commemorate 40 years of peace
By Staff Sgt. Mark Otte, | Aug. 4, 2021
AUSTIN, Texas - After four decades of peace, Maj. Gen. Tracy R. Norris, the Texas adjutant general; Rep. Michael McCaul; Barakat Elleithy, the minister plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt; and Livia...
DOD News
United States Delivers 3.5 Million More Doses of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to Indonesia via COVAX
U.S. Provides an Additional $30 Million for Urgent COVID-19 Assistance in Indonesia
By | Aug. 4, 2021
JAKARTA, U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Indonesia -- The United States Government today announced $30 million in urgent COVID-19 assistance for Indonesia to purchase additional oxygen, collaborate on ways to boost local oxygen...

Space Command, Navy Share Commonalities in Keeping Open Lines of Communication
By C. Todd Lopez | Aug. 4, 2021
WASHINGTON -- The oceans are big, but space is even bigger, the commander of U.S. Space Command said. Still, the Navy and Space Command share a lot in terms of what they do, and there's opportunity for both to leverage off of...

Army Pfc. Shaniah Edwards, assigned to the Virgin Islands Army National Guard's medical detachment, prepares to administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to soldiers and airmen at the Joint Force Headquarters in Kingshill, Virgin Islands, Feb. 12, 2021.
Top Military Medical Doctor Predicts Coronavirus Longevity
By Terri Moon Cronk | Aug. 4, 2021
COVID-19 and other such coronaviruses likely will stay in the environment and continue to mutate, Army Lt. Gen. Ronald J. Place, director of Defense Health Agency, said. ...

Drill Sergeant Abram Hall leads soldiers assigned to Company E, 232nd Medical Battalion, 32nd Medical Brigade, U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence, during their graduation from Advanced Individual Training, or AIT, as fully qualified 68W Combat Medics Aug. 3 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
MEDCoE hosts first large-scale, outdoor open graduation since pandemic
By Tish Williamson | Aug. 4, 2021
Army Medicine soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence, or MEDCoE, graduated from Advanced Individual Training, or AIT, as fully qualified 68W Combat Medics Aug. 3 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam...

Auditor Andy Hale received a Certificate of Appreciation for his work on a recent investigation.
Auditor Provides Exceptional Support to the Defense Criminal Investigative Service
By DCAA Staff Writer | Aug. 4, 2021
DCAA auditor Andy Hale received a Letter and Certificate of Appreciation for his significant contributions in a Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) investigation of alleged contracting violations...