Sgt. 1st Class Jon V. Benedict, currently assigned to the 142nd Engineer Battalion, poses with the plaque recognizing the 188th Engineer Company's supply operations as the best in the Army National Guard. Benedict earned an Army Commendation Medal for his efforts in supply management and contributions to winning this award while assigned to the 188th Engineer Company.
California Army and Air National Guardsmen from throughout the state combine efforts to assist with battling the wildfires that are devastating much of California. California National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk crews drop water on the Ponderosa wildfires near Redding, Calif.
U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 364, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) from Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Pendleton, assist in the efforts of containing the Tomahawk fires on MCB Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 16, 2014. 3rd MAW partnered with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to conduct aerial firefighting against several wildfires ablaze in San Diego County. (U.S. Marine Corps photograph by Sgt. Keonaona C. Paulo, 3rd MAW COMCAM/RELEASED)
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michael Chacon of the 163d Operations Support Squadron, 163d Attack Wing, California Air National Guard, looks at a fire map for the Mendocino Complex Fire, Aug. 4, 2018, while working in an operations center at March Air Reserve Base, California. Chacon and other members of the wing are working with state agencies to provide fire perimeter scans and spot checks inside the complexes burn area, which encompasses both the River and Ranch fires. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Crystal Housman)
With smoke visible at high altitude, New York Air National Guard pilot 1st Lieutenant Nicole Clay, assigned to the 174th Attack Wing in Syracuse, N.Y., conducts remotely piloted operations with an MQ-9 while deployed in September, 2020 at March Air Reserve Base in California. Clay and three other Airmen from New York supported wildfire containment efforts in support of the California Air National Guard’s 163rd Attack Wing, providing reconnaissance capabilities to the 18,000 firefighters battling wildfires for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). (Courtesy photo)
“When I signed up for the Guard, I never had any idea I would be involved in something like this. It was an awesome opportunity and I hope I can do something like this again,” said Nelson. “I’m proud to be a Happy Hooligan and incorporate the ‘Hooligan way’ into my everyday life, and it was really important to me to represent that while I was in California,” said Senior Airman Marciniak, of the 119th Operations Group.
Charlie Company Checks In
by 1st Sgt. Mitch McCoy, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 285th Assault Helicopter Regiment
On Nov. 12, 2020, about 70 Soldiers of Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 285th Assault Helicopter Regiment (Assault) departed North Dakota en route to the National Capital Region (NCR) for a nine-month mobilization. The three-day trek from Bismarck, North Dakota, to Fort Belvoir, Virginia, included 10 aircraft and 17 ground vehicles. Their mission is to support movement objectives on behalf of the Military District of Washington. Upon arrival, the unit was subjected to a 14-day quarantine before they could inherit mission assumption from the outgoing Illinois National Guard aviation unit.
On Dec. 9, Charlie Company Soldiers completed a validation exercise allowing the unit to assume the mission the following day. These North Dakota aviation Soldiers proudly wear the 12th Aviation patch after having been formally accepted into the 12th Aviation family.
Sgt. Cody Goetz displays the National Capital Region patch on his shoulder. Charlie Company Soldiers will wear this patch for the duration of their mobilization.
Staff Sgt. Jerod Rudd of the 219th Red Horse Squadron, Montana Air National Guard, assists in lowering a storage container into place during crane operation training at the N.D. Air National Guard's 119th Regional Training Site (RTS), North Dakota Air National Guard Base, Fargo, N.D., Sept. 17, 2020.
The dual-status commander is simultaneously a member of the state chain of command – subject to the orders of the governor and adjutant general – as well as the federal chain of command, subject to the orders of the President and Secretary of Defense.
Brig. Gen. Jackie Huber, deputy adjutant general, N.D. National Guard.
A light shining in the darkness helps us find our way. Christmas and light go together. Midnight services sung by candlelight. Lights are strung on our houses and Christmas trees. Blinking, twinkling, colored lights, white lights, and all those candles. Each one a light in the darkness.
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James Cheney, 119th Wing Chaplain