As a member of the United States Air Force Honor Guard’s firing party, Airman 1st Class Jose Velazquez spends much of his time in Arlington National Cemetery rendering honors to our fallen brothers and sisters. Watch his story and tell us what made you feel more like a patriot during your time in the military.
Photo of the Day: The North Carolina National Guard’s Military Funeral Honors Team practices a military funeral at the Raleigh National Cemetery. The team conducts over 3,300 dignified military funeral honors a year across North Carolina.
Wyoming National Guard Soldiers kicked off the second of three medical readiness events as part of Beyond the Horizon 2017, a U.S. and Belize partnership exercise designed to provide humanitarian and engineering services to communities in need.
“The National Guard stands shoulder to shoulder in supporting law enforcement to contain the heroin epidemic facing our communities and state,” Lt. Col. Chuck Vereen, of the Arkansas National Guard, said. “Our Counter Drug Program is dedicated to help keep children and families safe, we are all in!”
Photo of the Day: New York Army National Guard Soldiers set up a tarp in an attempt to hold off erosion along the Lake Ontario shoreline after rising water levels have resulted in flooding and a state of emergency.
"As I talk to you today, we have 18,000 men and women deployed in every combatant command around the globe," General Joseph L. Lengyel said, adding that 4,000 men and women of the National Guard are serving in homeland defense and security missions.
Photo of the Day: Army and Air National Guard members from all over the nation rappel out of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, one of the culminating events of Air Assault school, held at the Oklahoma National Guard's Camp Gruber Training Center.
“More than 15,000 Guard members have served with the Multinational Force and Observers since 2002,” said General Joseph L. Lengyel. “Missions such as our support to the MFO keep our Soldiers and Airmen ready, effective and operational.”
Photo of the Day: Texas National Guard Soldiers work with Czech Republic soldiers to build an Airborne training platform. The Texas Military Department is partnered with the Czech Republic in the State Partnership Program.
"There were many reasons this unit fought as hard and as well as it did," Col. Hiraoki Morita said of the Hawaii Army National Guard. "The reasons lie in their culture, common backgrounds, values and collective training. They also lie in the clarity of purpose and a shared goal for all members of the unit."
Staff Sgt. Matthew Hawke, of the Nebraska National Guard, said there never was any question what the crew should do: “We were there to do a job. One of our comrades was down, so we had to take care of him.”
National Guard members serve in the U.S. Army and United States Air Force, and we're proud to serve alongside the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard in defense of our nation.
Photo of the Day: Members of Hawaii National Guard and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, partners in the National Guard's State Partnership Program, construct a split sole wall shore during an exchange in support of Exercise Balikatan 2017.
"The Colorado National Guard is eager to help support our communities," said Maj. Gen. Michael A. Loh, the state adjutant general. "We've planned and trained for this kind of mission so that we're always ready to assist our community when called on by civil authorities."
Photo of the Day: The Connecticut National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter lifts a 12-000-pound U.S. Coast Guard buoy from a beach. The buoy washed ashore after breaking free of its mooring during recent storms.