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#TBT ARNG In Operation Desert Storm Thirty-one years ago this week marked the beginning of Operation Desert Storm. Army ...
01/20/2022

#TBT ARNG In Operation Desert Storm

Thirty-one years ago this week marked the beginning of Operation Desert Storm. Army National Guard units from across the country were deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield, primarily from combat support units. On August 22nd, 1990, Executive Order 12727, authorized the Secretary of Defense to call up National Guard units for federal service. On August 24th sixty-nine Army National Guard units received warning orders for federalization and began making preparations. The 1241st Adjutant General Company (Postal), which became the first Army National Guard unit to be called to active federal service since the Cuban boatlift of 1980, and Colorado’s 1158th Transportation Detachment (Movement Control) became the first mobilized Army National Guard unit to deploy to Southwest Asia when it arrived in Saudi Arabia on September 9, 1990. Sixty-seven percent of all Army National Guard units deployed within 45 days of being mobilized, and twenty-eight percent within 20 days. By the end of the conflict 62,411 Soldiers in 398 units were ordered into active federal service, with 1,132 additional Army National Guard soldiers volunteering for active duty.
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Nine New York ARNG Soldiers answer Billy Graham's quote with physical fitness as one of the problems of war. Competing i...
01/19/2022

Nine New York ARNG Soldiers answer Billy Graham's quote with physical fitness as one of the problems of war. Competing in the " All Guard Endurance" events on 15JAN2022 exhibits one of the Guard's commitments to physical excellence as a competitive edge on the battlefield.

Photos by MAJ Jean Kratzer

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Time to get back at it! South Carolina National Guard 237th Support BN, Company I setup in Upstate region of SC to suppo...
01/18/2022

Time to get back at it! South Carolina National Guard 237th Support BN, Company I setup in Upstate region of SC to support vehicle recovery teams and help clear roads to enable mobility for first responders and state agencies during recent winter storms. Stay Warm!

Photos provided as a courtesy on DVIDS.

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#tbt National Guard StrykersThis week thirteen years ago the Army National Guard’s first Stryker Brigade landed at Taji,...
01/13/2022

#tbt National Guard Strykers

This week thirteen years ago the Army National Guard’s first Stryker Brigade landed at Taji, Iraq. The 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 28th ID was the first reserve component unit equipped with the Stryker vehicle system and its 2009 combat deployment paved the way for the addition of a second Stryker Brigade, the 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

The 56th Brigade of the Pennsylvania National Guard would return from the deployment in September 2009 after 9 months in action. Today the Stryker is an important part of the Army National Guard’s combat power, and it’s division realignment.

28th Infantry Division 111th Infantry Regiment "Ben Franklins Associators" 103rd ENG BN HHB 108th FA

The Supreme Allied Commander during the invasion of Normany, Gen. Eisenhower precisely quoted what was we now call "adap...
01/12/2022

The Supreme Allied Commander during the invasion of Normany, Gen. Eisenhower precisely quoted what was we now call "adaptability". Leaders at all levels have the responsibility to their Soldiers to exercise Mission Command given any circumstances encountered in their operational environment.

Dwight D Eisenhowerr WW2 National Guard Mission Command Normandy France Leader Development National Museum of the United States Army National Guard Bureau

New Jersey Army National Guard Soldiers conduct medical evac training via Medical Simulation Training Center (MSTC) in N...
01/11/2022

New Jersey Army National Guard Soldiers conduct medical evac training via Medical Simulation Training Center (MSTC) in NJ. Another facet of training possibilities specifically focused for our medics and medical personnel!
Leaders should always be forecasting Soldier improvement in their mind because the training never stops.

Photos by MSG Matt Hecht

The New Jersey National Guard Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Medical Simulation Training Center National Guard

01/07/2022

Col. Woodruff joins us to discuss the importance of instilling confidence in soldiers, and lessons learned in a CTC cycle. Stay tuned Monday for the full episode!

#TBT The Battle of New Orleans This week marks the 207th Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, the last major action...
01/06/2022

#TBT The Battle of New Orleans

This week marks the 207th Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, the last major action of the War of 1812. The battle fought on January 8th, 1815 is often remembered for the fact that it technically occurred AFTER a treaty had been agreed upon by British and American delegations. During the battle heavily outnumbered forces under then General Andrew Jackson entrenched themselves behind makeshift fortifications, and turned back an British attack in approximately 30 minutes, with devastating casualties. Fighting under General Jackson were a collection of militia units from across the southern United States, among them were several formations from the state of Mississippi with colorful names like “Regiment of Volunteer Mounted Gunmen” and “Natchez Volunteer Rifle Corps.” Today the legacy of this victory is carried on the colors of the Mississippi National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, the direct descendants of these units and the only unit in the ARNG to carry a battle streamer of “New Orleans” on its colors.

This quote reminds us that, despite all the administrative action and words we may use, our actions determine how our le...
01/05/2022

This quote reminds us that, despite all the administrative action and words we may use, our actions determine how our leadership will affect others most. Rest in peace sir.

Photos by SFC Jacob McDonald (Camp Arifjan (aka "AJ"), Kuwait, 2007)

Camp Arifjan USO Camp Arifjan National Guard General Colin L. Powell

As deployments and troops are drawn down in different parts of the world, Guardsmen are continuing to serve their countr...
01/04/2022

As deployments and troops are drawn down in different parts of the world, Guardsmen are continuing to serve their country and state. On 02JAN2022, Virginia National Guard Soldiers met to say goodbye to family as they begin their mobilization to Kosovo.

Photos by SFC Terra Gatti (VNG PAO office)

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#tbt Deployment Holidays in WWIINational Guard soldiers found themselves activated and deployed across the globe from 19...
12/23/2021

#tbt Deployment Holidays in WWII

National Guard soldiers found themselves activated and deployed across the globe from 1941-1945 as part of the largest mobilization of our organization in history.

National Guard Soldiers found many ways to celebrate the holidays while in Europe and the Pacific, just like those who find themselves deployed across the globe today.

Wherever you find yourself this year, remember those that came before us, and those who sacrifice so much during this season and year round.

COMBAT FIELD STUDIES! Reach out to Leaders Recon to walk through historical battles through the eyes of your own MOS!Pic...
12/17/2021

COMBAT FIELD STUDIES! Reach out to Leaders Recon to walk through historical battles through the eyes of your own MOS!

Pictured here is the COARNG reliving battles from Antietam and Gettysburg!

This past summer ARNG Leader Developments Combat Field Studies Team hosted staff rides of Antietam and Gettysburg for members of the COARNG. These events challenged leaders from the COARNG to understand and evaluate the tactical and operational decisions made by commanders during these historic actions. In addition, soldiers researched and presented on a portion of the battle which directly correlated with their current MOS or assignment and how it relates to warfighting today. Soldiers leave a Combat Field Studies Staff Ride with a better understanding of how leaders can make decisions on the battlefield and a strong connection to the past history of the Army National Guard.

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#TBT ARNG in the Battle of the BulgeFrom 16 December 1944 - 25 January 1945 the Ardennes Counteroffensive, better known ...
12/16/2021

#TBT ARNG in the Battle of the Bulge

From 16 December 1944 - 25 January 1945 the Ardennes Counteroffensive, better known as the Battle of the Bulge, occurred in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg. This climactic battle was a gamble by German forces aimed at destroying rapidly advancing Allied Armies in an attempt to force the end of the war. Among the units involved were 4 National Guard Infantry Divisions and countless smaller ARNG formations. The Pennsylvania 28th Infantry Division was one of the first units struck by the offensive and their valiant efforts to hold back the German onslaught allowed crucial time for Allied reinforcements to arrive. As the battle raged on, the 30th Infantry Division of North Carolina and South Carolina. as well as New England's 26th Infantry Division, and Kansas and Missouri's 35th Infantry Division all joined the fight. In the end the battle resulted in more than 75,000 US casualties, but the German counter offensive was stopped and the losses suffered by the German Army would never be replaced. For action in the Battle of the Bulge American units were awarded the Ardennes-Alsace campaign streamer, which flies from the unit colors of all four of these divisions today.

Did your unit earn the Ardennes-Alsace campaign streamer in the Battle of the Bulge?

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12/15/2021
3 Minute Doctrine - 7 Principles; Mutual Trust

Hot off the press! Here's a look at Mission Command through the aspect of Mutual Trust!

#soldier #armynationalguardsoldier #ngb #strategiccommunications #army #armyguard #broadening #citizensoldier #armynationalguard #nationalguard #nationalguardbureau #leaderdevelopment #missioncommand #usarmy

MEDICAL ADVANCEMENTS FOR SOLDIERS! Members of our H2F (Holistic Health and Fitness) visited the Natick System Soldier Ce...
12/14/2021

MEDICAL ADVANCEMENTS FOR SOLDIERS! Members of our H2F (Holistic Health and Fitness) visited the Natick System Soldier Center to see how SMEs were advancing soldier treatment through EEG technology (neuro scanning) to detect neuro imbalances and blood panels, calcium CAT scans, VO2 testing to detect cardiac problems! More info below:

https://armyeitaas.sharepoint-mil.us/teams/ARNGHolisticHealthandFitnessH2F/SitePages/Natick-System-Soldier-Center.aspx

#h2fitness #nationalguard #natickcenter #cimt #connecticutnationalguard #massachusettsnationalguard #mainenationalguard #newhampshirenationalguard #vermontnationalguard #waveneuro #sigmatactical

Hawaii National Guard Dec 7thDecember 7th, 1941, is "a date that will live in infamy" as the start of the US entry into ...
12/07/2021

Hawaii National Guard Dec 7th

December 7th, 1941, is "a date that will live in infamy" as the start of the US entry into WWII. The Army National Guard was in action on December 7th, as elements of the Hawaii Army National Guard 299th and 298th Infantry had been federalized earlier in the year and were serving on construction projects and coastal defense positions that day, with many on a weekend pass in Oahu. After the attack the remaining members of the units reported for duty and began improving defensive positions along the coast and preparing for a possible amphibious invasion.

On December 8th, 1941 While on beach patrol, Corporal David M. Akui captured Ensign Kazuo Sakamaki, a commander of one of the “midget submarines” intended as part of the invasion. This would be the first enemy combatant captured by US forces in WWII.

Due to fear concerning the Japanese ancestry of many members of the Hawaii National Guard, hundreds of members of the 298th and 299th were transferred to the newly formed "100th Infantry Battalion" which eventually became the 442nd RCT, one of the most highly decorated units in the US Army in WWII which served above and beyond the call of duty in the European Theatre. The 299th Infantry was folded into the 298th due to this loss of manpower, and would continue their service in the pacific participating in the Central and Western Pacific.

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12/06/2021
Episode 28 - Ms. Slaughter - Army Linguistics

Welcome back to Leader's Recon with our Special Guest Bailey-Ann Slaughter, the Army National Guard Language Program Manager. Learn all there is to know about Army Linguistics, and how to get involved in this exciting field.
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12/02/2021

#tbt with the 35th Infantry Division

In December of 1918 the fighting in France may have ended, but the men of the Kansas National Guard and Missouri National Guard were still on duty! This footage shows the famed “Santa Fe” patch shortly after its adoption as Guardsman are issued rations and new uniforms to get them through the winter, 103 years ago.

11/24/2021

Stay tuned for our conversation with Ms. Slaughter as she takes us through a day in the life of a student at the Defense Language Institute! Full episode coming Monday!

11/18/2021
Combat Field Studies - The National Museum of the United States Army

Dive into the illustrious history of the U.S. Army, and see the role the Army National Guard has played throughout our Nation's history. Join us for our experience at the National Museum of the U.S. Army.

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Are you a history buff? Stay turned this Thursday for our tour of the National Museum of the Army at Fort Belvoir!
11/08/2021
National Museum of the United States Army

Are you a history buff? Stay turned this Thursday for our tour of the National Museum of the Army at Fort Belvoir!

Special activities honoring those who have served in the U.S. military and celebrating the Museum’s one-year anniversary. Thursday, November 11, 2021

#feelgoodfridayAs refugees from Afghanistan continue to flow into the country, Soldiers and Airmen of the Rhode Island N...
11/05/2021

#feelgoodfriday
As refugees from Afghanistan continue to flow into the country, Soldiers and Airmen of the Rhode Island National Guard are making a difference!

Members of the Rhode Island Air National Guard volunteered to support Operation Allies Welcome (OAW), a mission to support vulnerable Afghans who worked alongside U.S. forces as they resettle in the U.S.

Due to operational security and sensitivity of the mission, volunteers were forbidden to take photos with Afghan evacuees during their reception.

We sat down with Lt. Col. Helene Bradley, an Optometrist with the 143d MDG, and one of the returning volunteers to ask, “During your time supporting OAW, was there a memorable moment when you wish you could have snapped a photo?"

“I was able to help a patient that was looking for a wheelchair. He was a small young adolescent, I would guess ten to twelve years old, with cerebral palsy. He needed a wheelchair and he was too small for the adult ones available. There were large rocks and gravel around the tents and he needed a specialized wheelchair. So, myself and another woman, we took his measurements, got on the phone and we called every place you could imagine that would donate a wheelchair. We got a private organization to donate a wheelchair that fit the boy perfectly. It had the big rubber tires. It kind of looked like an ATV that could go through anything! The look on his face when we brought it to him was incredible. His parents- his mother cried; it was beautiful. I wish I could had taken a picture of him smiling on the wheelchair.”

#TBT Native American Guardsman For American Indian Heritage Month we’d like to highlight the story of a little known Gua...
11/04/2021

#TBT Native American Guardsman

For American Indian Heritage Month we’d like to highlight the story of a little known Guardsman who demonstrated both valor and skill on the battlefields of the Meuse Argonne in 1918. The National Guard has long found large numbers of Native Americans serving in it’s ranks, with many earning medals and citations for valor in America’s wars. During the First World War, Native Americans served in every National Guard Division sent to France, and many excelled as infantryman and scouts on the frontline. One Native American Guardsman became known as “Oklahoma’s Greatest War Hero.”

In May of 1918 Joseph Oklahombi of Bokchito, Oklahoma joined the Texas Army National Guard’s 141st Infantry Regiment. Just five months after his enlistment Oklahombi found himself in the brutal fighting near St Etienne. Oklahombi and other soldiers in the 141st used their language skills coding messages in their native Choctaw tongue becoming some of the first Code Talkers in the Army’s history. Beyond his skills as a linguist, Oklahombi soon demonstrated his courage on the battlefield.

On October 8th Oklahombi and a patrol from Company D, 141st Infantry advanced and captured a German position which had been harassing their men with direct and indirect fire. The patrol not only captured the position, but turned it’s Machine Guns and Trench Mortars on the enemy securing 171 enemy prisoners and holding out in the position for four days. Oklahombi was recognized for his personal valor charging across open exposed ground during the action earning a Croix de Guerre from the French Army and later, the Silver Star from American commanders.

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