"This Independence Day we celebrate America's 241st birthday and I am filled
"This Independence Day we celebrate America's 241st birthday and I am filled with gratitude for all our nation represents, and the opportunities I've been given as a naturalized citizen and as a member of the Arizona National Guard," 2nd Lt. Tinashe T. Machona writes.
"This training gives smaller nations without the capabilities an opportunity to train at a very high level and learn techniques to counter the narcotic trade," said U.S. Army Capt. Anthony Gianforti, National Guard Counterdrug Program NCTC commandant.
Today will be the first time a Solar Eclipse is visible in the continental U.S. in 40 years! National Guard members from several states are on duty ready to support local officials keep everyone safe. If you're planning to watch, here are some important tips on what you should and shouldn’t do. More tips here: [ Ngpa.us Link ].
Photo of the Day: A Kazakhstani soldier dons his chemical protection gear while Sgt. 1st Class Dutch Chapman, of the Kentucky National Guard, checks his protective mask for a proper seal during Exercise Steppe Eagle 17.
Photo of the Day: Oregon National Guard - Oregon Military Department Soldiers and Airmen practice digging fire lines during firefighting refresher training before deploying to support the High Cascade Complex Fire.
"We are honored and proud for my son to be part of the Guard family," Pvt. Kelly's mother, Maria, said of her son's enlistment in the Virginia National Guard. "I thank God for all the support and love and I know my husband is looking down to us and I know in my heart that he will protect our son."
Video of the Day: Arkansas National Guard Soldiers support the United States Air Force's 19th Operation Support Squadron's Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) training. The SERE specialists were hoisted into a UH-60 Black Hawk operated by the Guard members before concluding the exercise.
The Delaware National Guard, Maryland National Guard and New Jersey National Guard assisted the Delaware State Police in a multi-jurisdictional investigation into an illegal drug trafficking organization that ended with the arrest or indictment of 40 individuals on over 190 criminal charges.