"By building strong military families, we build the resiliency and effectiveness of our Airmen and Soldiers," said Air Force Lt. Col. Jefferson Taylor, chief of plans and programs for Air National Guard chaplains.
“Because snow removal training was on the annual training cycle, working with the local civil authorities to conduct this training within the community created a win-win situation,” said Idaho National Guard spokesman Maj. Chris Borders.
"Whenever we get the call to execute a NCHART mission, the heart rate goes up a bit," said Maj. Jack Potvin, a North Carolina National Guard UH-60 pilot. "We train for this mission all the time...(but) the extreme weather, heavily forested terrain, altitude and the pitch black night made this a mission like no other we had in a long time."
"We are always looking at our policies and, when appropriate, adjusting them to ensure a broad scope of individuals are eligible to serve," said Chief Master Sgt. of the United States Air Force James A. Cody. "These changes allow the Air Force to aggressively recruit talented and capable Americans who until now might not have been able to serve our country in uniform."
Photo of the Day: A Pararescueman, from the 106th Rescue Wing, conducts confined space rescue training. Pararescuemen are the only U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) specialty specifically trained and equipped to conduct conventional or unconventional rescue operations.
"It was key to use a helicopter to rescue the hiker. Due to difficult conditions, the rescuers on the ground couldn't reach him," said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tripp Hutto, of the South Carolina National Guard.
Photo of the Day: Brig. Gen. Walter L. Mercer, Army Assistant Adjutant General for the Virginia National Guard, visits deployed Soldiers in Qatar. The Soldiers serve as security forces as various sites.