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  • STUTTGART, Germany- An Army National Guard Helicopter task force completed the first aviation support rotation of its kind in Europe. The multi-state unit from Colorado, Kansas and Utah brought U.S. and allied special operations forces, in the Special Operations Command Europe area of responsibility, the ability to train from new heights, literally, from July to October 2016.
    The task force completed more than 212 missions; including, 207 military free-fall jumps, 112 static line jumps and 315 fast-rope insertions to aid special operations' ability to train in a more realistic manner.
    U.S. Army Capt. Casey Atkins, helicopter task force operations officer from Salinas, Kansas, said the helicopter task force flew more than 337 hours to simulate deployed insertion techniques, including military free-fall, a jump conducted at high altitude allowing SOF units the ability to infiltrate deep into enemy territory, and static line jumps for rapid, mass insertion into a deployed environment.

  • FORT KNOX, Ky. -- Tennessee and Kentucky National Guard Soldiers stood proudly in their formations as senior leaders of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) placed the 101st Abn. Div. patch on the left shoulders of nearly 300 guardsmen.
    As part of the Army's Associated Unit Pilot Program, Soldiers of 2123rd Transportation Company of the Kentucky National Guard and 1176th Trans. Co., of the Tennessee National Guard replaced their unit patches during ceremonies on Oct. 22 on Fort Knox, Kentucky, and on Oct. 23 in Smyrna, Tennessee, respectively.

  • CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait -- The 17th Sustainment Brigade, 451st Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), 1st Sustainment Command (Theater), has completed its nine-month deployment in the Middle East with a ceremony transferring authority to the New York National Guard's 369th Sustainment Brigade on October 26, 2016.

  • FORT BENNING, Ga. - A team representing the Michigan National Guard was named the winner of the 16th annual International Sniper Competition at a ceremony Oct. 21.

  • FORT HOOD, Texas-- Soldiers of the 249th Transportation Company made a historical change for the Texas Army National Guard when they re-patched under 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Cavalry Sustainment Brigade during a ceremony at Fort Hood, Oct. 16, 2016

  • GEORGIA - On Oct. 7, Hurricane Matthew brought torrential rain, powerful winds and a storm surge to Georgia's coastal counties. At the direction of the Governor of Georgia, the Georgia National Guard activated additional personnel. In total, more than 2,000 service members of the Georgia Army and Air National Guardsmen as well as volunteers from the Georgia State Defense Force provided personnel, equipment and expertise.

  • JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. - A National Guard member on active-duty orders is now leading the nation's only standing Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear joint services response force. Joint Task Force Civil Support is made up of active-duty military, government civilians, contractors and even National Guard members on active-duty orders.