Aug. 29, 2017
Guard Units From Other States Join Harvey Response in Texas
ARLINGTON, Va. —
After Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called up the entire 12,000-member Texas National Guard to assist with the epic flooding from Hurricane Harvey, other state Guard units are in the hard-hit areas to offer manpower, equipment and support.
Aug. 28, 2017
President Approves Emergency Declaration for Louisiana
President Donald J. Trump declared a state of emergency for Louisiana and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts from conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Harvey.
Face of Defense: Son of Fallen Guardsman Enlists on Parents' Anniversary
RICHMOND, Va. —
In front of friends and family, Pvt. Paul David Kelly, 19, raised his right hand and enlisted into the Virginia Army National Guard, twenty years after his parents married and 10 years after losing his father in Iraq. Both of his parents served in the military and following in their footsteps was always one of his goals, Kelly said.
Aug. 14, 2017
Army, FEMA Prepare for Disaster Relief in Vigilant Guard Exercise
SANTA FE, N.M. —
Soldiers and Defense Department employees with U.S. Army North's Task Force 51 participated in exercise Vigilant Guard 17-04, simulating possible catastrophic disasters to help local, state and federal agencies coordinate emergency relief efforts and response-and-recovery management.
Aug. 10, 2017
South Carolina National Guard Prepares for Solar Eclipse
COLUMBIA, S.C. —
For the South Carolina National Guard as well as the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, citizens' safety is the paramount concern as the state prepares for the Aug. 21, 2017, solar eclipse.
Aug. 9, 2017
Guardsmen Aid in Oregon, Montana Wildfire Battles
SALEM, Ore. —
Oregon Army National Guard soldiers continue to support the firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area east of Detroit, Ore. and the Montana Army National Guard is providing wildfire support to local authorities near Phillipsburg, Mo.
July 20, 2017
Guard Firefighters Train for Urban Search, Rescue Missions
VOLK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Wis. —
Air and Army National Guard firefighters from across the country came to train at Wisconsin's Regional Emergency All-Climate Training Center -- known as the REACT Center -- during the Patriot North 17 exercise. The REACT Center specializes in providing the training required for a safe and successful response to natural and manmade disasters for both military and civilian responders.
Face of Defense: Air Guardsman Gives Sister Gift of Life
BELLE CHASSE, La. —
Air Force Staff Sgt. Franciscoadan Orellana went through months of testing to donate one of his kidneys to save his sister’s life. The Louisiana Air National Guard member said his military training and mindset is what allowed him to act swiftly and expedite the screening process.
July 14, 2017
New York National Guard Reported for World War I Duty 100 Years Ago
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. —
On July 15, 1917, 24,000 members of the New York National Guard began reporting for duty in what was then known as the World War.
Face of Defense: Soldier Finds Path to Law Enforcement Career
CAMP SMITH TRAINING SITE, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. —
As a boy, Army Sgt. Joseph Selchick would dress up for Halloween as either a soldier or a police officer and pretend to save his neighbors from danger. Today, Selchick works in law enforcement as a New York Army National Guard military policeman and as a civilian deputy sheriff.