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Congratulations to Brig. Gen. John J. Campo, 113th Wing commander, on your promotion!
06/06/2021

Congratulations to Brig. Gen. John J. Campo, 113th Wing commander, on your promotion!

The acting Chief of Police for the U.S. Capitol Police, Yogananda Pittman, presented the Medal of Merit to D.C. National...
06/04/2021

The acting Chief of Police for the U.S. Capitol Police, Yogananda Pittman, presented the Medal of Merit to D.C. National Guard leaders today for their leadership and assistance in protecting the U.S. Capitol, the surrounding Congressional Complex and the legislative process of the U.S. Congress after the attack on January 6, 2021.

The acting Chief of Police for the U.S. Capitol Police, Yogananda Pittman, presented the Medal of Merit to D.C. National Guard leaders today for their leadership and assistance in protecting the U.S. Capitol, the surrounding Congressional Complex and the legislative process of the U.S. Congress after the attack on January 6, 2021.

Leadership from the D.C. National Guard visited members of the 276th Military Police Company as they departed Fort Bliss...
06/02/2021

Leadership from the D.C. National Guard visited members of the 276th Military Police Company as they departed Fort Bliss, Texas, for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, May 29.

During Pride Month, the D.C National Guard recognizes the brave LGBTQ+ soldiers and airmen who have served and fought fo...
06/01/2021

During Pride Month, the D.C National Guard recognizes the brave LGBTQ+ soldiers and airmen who have served and fought for our nation. As we celebrate together, let us take pride in all who step forward to serve our country.

Memorial Day is a national day of remembrance to honor military members who died in service to the nation. Today, we sto...
05/31/2021

Memorial Day is a national day of remembrance to honor military members who died in service to the nation. Today, we stop and pay respect to all service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Who are you honoring today?

Memorial Day is a national day of remembrance to honor military members who died in service to the nation. Today, we stop and pay respect to all service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Who are you honoring today?

This month, the District of Columbia National Guard joins other federal organizations in celebrating Asian American Paci...
05/29/2021
DC Guard Soldiers reflect on Asian American Pacific Islander heritage

This month, the District of Columbia National Guard joins other federal organizations in celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Three soldiers in the D.C. Guard reflect on #AAPIHeritageMonth and what it means to them.
https://www.dvidshub.net/news/397550/dc-guard-soldiers-reflect-asian-american-pacific-islander-heritage

Fostering an appreciation and understanding of the diverse people and cultures that constitute the U.S. population has become more of a priority. The District of Columbia National Guard joins other federal organizations in celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month each May.

Photos from 113th Wing DC Air National Guard's post
05/28/2021

Photos from 113th Wing DC Air National Guard's post

The National Guard concluded its Capitol security mission on May 23.“The National Guard would like to thank our Washingt...
05/27/2021
D.C National Guard concludes five-month-long security mission at U.S. Capitol

The National Guard concluded its Capitol security mission on May 23.

“The National Guard would like to thank our Washington, D.C., community for welcoming our Soldiers and Airmen as they performed this critical duty. Support to civilian authorities is a traditional role of the National Guard, and the Guard has taken great pride in answering their call to duty.”

- U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sherrie L. McCandless, interim commanding general of the D.C. National Guard

“We can’t say thank you enough to the thousands of Soldiers and Airmen from across this great country who answered the call to duty when it went out. We could not have successfully executed this mission without them and their sense of selfless service. Likewise, we must thank their families and their employers for allowing them to take on this critical mission.”

- U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Robert K. Ryan, commander of the Joint Task Force – District of Columbia.

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/397572/dc-national-guard-concludes-five-month-long-security-mission-us-capitol

U.S. Capitol Police

Having successfully augmented security in and around the U.S. Capitol following the events of Jan. 6, the National Guard concluded its Capitol security mission on May 23.

05/26/2021

Born in Thailand, Tech. Sgt. Somkiat Cholvanich, is a travel pay technician with the 113th Wing Financial Management Flight and has been in the D.C. Air National Guard for 15 years.

During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Cholvanich believes it’s an honor that AAPIs are celebrated and acknowledged in the United States.

“Each one of us has this sense of pride,” said Cholvanich. “I have pride when we got acknowledged, accepted. You stand up [with] your shoulders [back] and you know that you want to do good for this country. It's the honor. I think that's what it's all about.”

Cholvanich's time in the military has allowed him to travel to many places and represent the United States Air Force when wearing his uniform.

“I could see the world,” said Cholvanich. “How the public accepts you when you wear the uniform is amazing. I was surprised by that. When I wear the uniform, I have pride.”

#AAPI #AAPIHeritageMonth
The National Guard

This morning, U.S. Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, visited the District of Columbia Armor...
05/25/2021

This morning, U.S. Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, visited the District of Columbia Armory during the out processing of National Guard personnel and spoke with U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sherrie McCandless, interim commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard, and U.S. Army Brig. Gen. John Driscoll, commander of Task Force Capitol. The National Guard personnel are returning to their home states after the completion of the National Guard mission in support of U.S. Capitol Police.

Airman 1st Class Carlos León, a munitions systems technician with the 113th Wing DC Air National Guard is of mixed race ...
05/25/2021
Connecting Samoan heritage to the Air Force core values

Airman 1st Class Carlos León, a munitions systems technician with the 113th Wing DC Air National Guard is of mixed race heritage. Born and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia, to a Peruvian father and a half Nicaraguan and half Samoan mother, he always felt connected to his Hispanic heritage. He speaks fluent Spanish and grew up around Latino culture. But there was always a part of him that wanted to learn more about his Pacific Islander roots.

Read more about León's experience getting a pe’a, a traditional Samoan tatau (tattoo), what it means to him, and how it connects him to the Air Force values:
https://www.dvidshub.net/news/397343/connecting-samoan-heritage-air-force-core-values
#AAPIHeritageMonth #AAPI
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Airman 1st Class Carlos León, a munitions systems technician with the 113th Wing, D.C. Air National Guard, is of mixed race heritage. Born and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia, to a Peruvian father and a half Nicaraguan and half Samoan mother, he always felt connected to his Hispanic heritage. Bu...

Yogananda D. Pittman, acting police chief, U.S. Capitol Police Department, poses in front of the U.S. Capitol Building w...
05/24/2021

Yogananda D. Pittman, acting police chief, U.S. Capitol Police Department, poses in front of the U.S. Capitol Building with District of Columbia National Guard Joint Operations Center staff on the final day of National Guard operations in support of Capitol P.D. on May 23, 2021.

Thank you to the Hawaii Army National Guard for your support during the Capitol Response mission!Last week, U.S. Soldier...
05/24/2021

Thank you to the Hawaii Army National Guard for your support during the Capitol Response mission!

Last week, U.S. Soldiers with the Hawaii National Guard out-processed at the D.C. Armory prior to their anticipated mission end in Washington, D.C. Out-processing, which includes COVID-19 testing, ensures personnel are administratively updated prior to returning to their home stations.

05/23/2021

As the Capitol Response mission wraps up, Task Force Capitol Grounds officers discuss their roles supporting the U.S. Capitol Police and the roles of the joint operations center personnel.

05/21/2021

Lt. Misty Palacios-Ali, intelligence officer, 113th Wing, D.C. Air National Guard, was born and raised in Fairfield, California. Her father is of Chamorro, Saipanese and Japanese descent. Her mother is French-Canadian.

As a child, Palacios-Ali didn't notice the absence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders represented in the media. As an adult, she realized the disparities and inequality.

“You see one color, and you think that's normal, until you realize when you're older there's zero representation of anybody else, and that's not right,” said Palacios-Ali.

In recent years, she has noticed a shift in representation. "It means a lot because at least it's being identified, and then we're trying to make a change," she said. "I can see people like me in movies, on pictures in social media, in advertisements. It's becoming the norm. There will be a diverse population that's also represented in everything on print, on film.”

Throughout her 17 years in the military, she's noticed the same shift in representation and acceptance of different backgrounds and heritages, even though there is more work to be done.

"[The military] has its issues, but they're trying to make change. So as long as they [continue to] change, I'm always a part of the team," she said.

#AAPI #AAPIHeritageMonth

Air Force Maj. Gen. Sherrie McCandless, interim commanding general, District of Columbia National Guard, visits the Capi...
05/20/2021

Air Force Maj. Gen. Sherrie McCandless, interim commanding general, District of Columbia National Guard, visits the Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy, on May 14, in Oak Hill, Md. McCandless toured the facilities, was briefed on academy capabilities, met with cadets and collaborated with leaders to address current and future needs.

A UH-60L MEDEVAC helicopter assigned to Det. 2, Co. G, 2/104th General Support Aviation Battalion, District of Columbia ...
05/19/2021

A UH-60L MEDEVAC helicopter assigned to Det. 2, Co. G, 2/104th General Support Aviation Battalion, District of Columbia Army National Guard, takes off from a landing area outside the D.C. Armory as part of familiarization training, May 19th, 2021.

On this #WhyIServeWednesday, Massachusetts Air National Guardsman Senior Airman Dorian Ayala, shares his experience of b...
05/19/2021
104FW Avionics Test Station technician, DoD civilian supports National Guard Capitol Response Mission

On this #WhyIServeWednesday, Massachusetts Air National Guardsman Senior Airman Dorian Ayala, shares his experience of being apart of the mission.

“Getting the chance to be a part of and experience National Guard units and members from across the country come together for this mission was remarkable,” said Ayala. “The most memorable part of this experience was when I got the chance to be posted around the Capitol building during President Biden’s first annual address to Congress in April. I was among a select few who got the opportunity to salute the presidential motorcade as it passed the post.”

Since January, the Massachusetts Army and Air National Guard have partnered with other National Guard units from across the country to provide ongoing security, communication, medical, evacuation, logistical and safety support to United States Capitol civil authorities. Out on this operation is Mass...

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sherrie L. McCandless, interim commanding general, District of Columbia National Guard, greeted...
05/18/2021

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sherrie L. McCandless, interim commanding general, District of Columbia National Guard, greeted troops and toured facilities at the U.S. Capitol last week. National Guard members have been supporting Capitol civil authorities since January.

Last week, National Guard female officers supporting the Capitol Response mission took part in an officer development se...
05/17/2021
National Guard members attend officer development session with the Senate Sergeant at Arms

Last week, National Guard female officers supporting the Capitol Response mission took part in an officer development session with the Senate Sergeant at Arms, retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Karen Gibson.

Gibson spoke about why she joined the Army, the challenges she faced, and the lessons she learned while serving.

“When I reflect on [what] I most loved about being a Soldier, it was being a part of a team of people who were committed to each other and to the mission and that were embarked on something really meaningful and worthwhile,” said Gibson. “I find that in the Senate Sergeant at Arms, and I get up for work every day with the same enthusiasm that I had as a Soldier.

Read more: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/396614/national-guard-members-attend-officer-development-session-with-senate-sergeant-arms

National Guard female officers supporting the Capitol Response mission took part in an officer development session with the Senate Sergeant at Arms, retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Karen Gibson, May 11.

Military spouses serve and sacrifice and keep us #DCStrong! May is Military Spouse Appreciation Month. We recognize the ...
05/16/2021
Military Family Support

Military spouses serve and sacrifice and keep us #DCStrong! May is Military Spouse Appreciation Month. We recognize the strength and contributions of our military spouses. Check out Military OneSource for support and activities focused on real-world needs.

The Defense Department recognizes the service and sacrifice of our military families, and dedicates resources, services, policies and programs to support the more than 2 million uniformed service members and 2.6 million family members across the globe.

Today, we celebrate #ArmedForcesDay.  This holiday, held on the third Saturday of May, honors the men and women who acti...
05/15/2021

Today, we celebrate #ArmedForcesDay. This holiday, held on the third Saturday of May, honors the men and women who actively serve in our Armed Forces. This single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.

Today, we celebrate #ArmedForcesDay. This holiday, held on the third Saturday of May, honors the men and women who actively serve in our Armed Forces. This single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense. President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.

Photos from 113th Wing DC Air National Guard's post
05/14/2021

Photos from 113th Wing DC Air National Guard's post

Army Spc. Alonzo J. Thompkins, District of Columbia Army National Guard, participates in the Region II Best Warrior Comp...
05/13/2021

Army Spc. Alonzo J. Thompkins, District of Columbia Army National Guard, participates in the Region II Best Warrior Competition held at Fort Indiantown Gap , Pennsylvania between May 11-15. The Region II Best Warrior Competition tests a soldier's capabilities and overall combat-readiness by putting the participant through events like weapons qualifications, 12 mile ruck march and land navigation.

Yesterday, D.C. National Guard member, Spc. Alonzo J. Thompkins participated in a land-navigation event, a medical event...
05/12/2021

Yesterday, D.C. National Guard member, Spc. Alonzo J. Thompkins participated in a land-navigation event, a medical event, a written exam and a mystery event during the Region II Best Warrior Competition at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania.

Senior Airman Santiago Martinez, medical technician, 113th Medical Group, comes to the 113th Wing DC Air National Guard ...
05/12/2021

Senior Airman Santiago Martinez, medical technician, 113th Medical Group, comes to the 113th Wing DC Air National Guard from Queens, New York. He says he enjoys taking care of patients because it is very personal and it brings him joy to save lives and serve his community.

Today is the last day of #NationalNursesWeek but our gratitude to all the nurses and medical technicians does not end here. Thank you for all that you do!

This #NationalNursesWeek, we want to thank all the nurses and medical technicians like Senior Airman Diamond Be**er. Be*...
05/12/2021

This #NationalNursesWeek, we want to thank all the nurses and medical technicians like Senior Airman Diamond Be**er. Be**er, a medical technician with the 113th Wing DC Air National Guard, says she has always wanted to work in the medical field to make a difference in people’s lives.

This morning, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Robert Ryan, commander, Joint Task Force-District of Columbia, D.C. National Guard, c...
05/11/2021

This morning, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Robert Ryan, commander, Joint Task Force-District of Columbia, D.C. National Guard, congratulated Task Force COVID on their efforts. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Kelvin Hart of 74th Troop Command subsequently coined the troops.

Capt. Christopher Rose, a clinical nurse with the 113th Medical Group, 113th Wing DC Air National Guard, has been servin...
05/11/2021

Capt. Christopher Rose, a clinical nurse with the 113th Medical Group, 113th Wing DC Air National Guard, has been serving for 17 years.

On why he serves, he says, “I became a nurse for the patient-nurse interaction. You have a unique relationship that you can’t get anywhere else,” said Rose. “They trust us with their lives.”

May 6-12 is #NationalNursesWeek. Thank you to all the nurses and medical technicians who are #SavingLives!

Capt. Christopher Rose, a clinical nurse with the 113th Medical Group, 113th Wing DC Air National Guard, has been serving for 17 years.

On why he serves, he says, “I became a nurse for the patient-nurse interaction. You have a unique relationship that you can’t get anywhere else,” said Rose. “They trust us with their lives.”

May 6-12 is #NationalNursesWeek. Thank you to all the nurses and medical technicians who are #SavingLives!

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