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LAS CRUCES – A helicopter unit with the Army National Guard is slated to get a new hub west of Las Cruces.

The proposed 35,000-square-foot, $14.5 million “readiness center” will serve the National Guard’s C Company, 3rd Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, which operates and houses four UH-72 Lakota helicopters at the Las Cruces International Airport.

“This facility is critical to the successful training and readiness of the unit,” said Erin Montoya, planning/programming branch chief for the New Mexico National Guard. “It’s going to be a brand-new facility for those aviators.”

Now, the unit leases hangar space at the airport, but it’s not enough space to meet the needs, Montoya said. The helicopters are used to support the state during critical emergencies, as well as to assist state and federal law enforcement.

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A change of command ceremony took place for the Adjutant General of the Alabama Army National Guard Friday, and the new leader is making history.

During the ceremony, General Sheryl Gordon became the first female adjutant general in the history of the state’s national guard.

Gov. Kay Ivey was in attendance and participated in the passing of the colors and gave remarks following the ceremony.

“One of the highest honors I have as governor is to serve as your Commander-in-Chief,” said Ivey. “Today is indeed a special day in the Alabama National Guard. Today we begin a new era as we honor General Perry Smith and usher in a new leader in General Sheryl Gordon. Although the tag may have changed, the mission remains the same: to honor the flag and to protect our state and nation with dignity.”



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By Spc. Alexander Rector, 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

SHOALWATER BAY, Queensland, Australia — Eight hundred New York Army National Guard Soldiers became part of an Australian Army Brigade during three weeks of training “down under,” during a massive international training exercise, July 7-26.

Talisman Saber, an Australian/ U.S. combined training exercise held every other year, involved 33,000 personnel from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada in an amphibious training exercise held at Australia’s Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area.

While the majority of the National Guard Soldiers hailed from the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, troops from the 427th Brigade Support Battalion, the 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, the 2nd Squadron 101st Cavalry, and the 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry of the Massachusetts Army National Guard were also part of the task force. Elements of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team served as a support cell for the exercise.



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BANGOR, Maine – The Maine Army National Guard conducted its first ever iteration of the Soldier Wellness Education and Training program over the past two weeks at the 240th Regiment (RTI) in Bangor, Maine.

The program is designed to help educate Soldiers about living a healthy lifestyle through nutrition, mental resiliency, and exercise. This change in lifestyle is aimed to help Soldiers not only live healthier lives, but also pass their Army Physical Fitness Test as well as height and weight standards.

“By getting these Soldiers physically capable of passing an APFT and being compliant with the body fat standards, we’re making them an asset to the organization,” said Sgt. 1st Class Timothy MacArthur, a member of the 11th Weapons of Mass Destruction- Civil Support Team who staffed the entire program.



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By Eric Durr, New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — More than two hundred New York Army National Guard Soldiers will be heading to Ukraine in the fall on a nine-month mission to train Ukrainia Soldiers.

Most of the Soldiers will come from the 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry based at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The squadron also has units in Jamestown, Geneva, and Buffalo.

The Squadron is part of New York’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Col. Christopher Cronin, the commander of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will command the mission.

The New York Soldiers will become part of the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine.



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A new National Guard Readiness Center is in the works, but likely not for several years.

According to Christopher Ingersoll, a spokesman with the Oregon Military Department, the decades old Hillsboro Armory, located at 848 N.E. 28th Ave., near the Washington County Fair Complex, will be replaced by a new, state-of-the-art National Guard Readiness Center in the next decade.

“Needs change, and we need to make more efficient buildings,” Ingersoll told the Tribune this week. “We’re trying to push toward ‘net-zero’ initiatives and buildings that are environmentally friendly.”

This month, Oregon lawmakers approved a plan which will allocate $1.73 million to purchase property in Hillsboro and Redmond for new armories.

That bill, SB5506, called for the replacement of the Hillsboro armory with a new readiness center — a larger, more modern version of the traditional armory.

Built in 1954, the Hillsboro Armory is one of the oldest active armories in the state, Ingersoll said.

The building is in desperate need of a new space, he said.



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By Sgt. Harley Jelis, 138th Public Affairs Detachment, New York Army National Guard

FORT DRUM, N.Y. – Nearly 300 Soldiers from the Binghamton, N.Y. based 204th Engineer Battalion used their summer annual training to prepare for overseas deployments and domestic operations while building lasting projects across three ranges and four construction sites in Fort Drum, N.Y. in July, 2017.

“Not only are we training to deploy but we’re also doing real world construction tasks to assist both in improving our job proficiency, as well as getting some tasks accomplished for Fort Drum that they just don’t have the resources to do,” said Maj. Bryan Reed, the executive officer for the 204th Engineer Battalion.

The 204th Engineer Battalion is comprised of six subordinate units that all specialize in different areas of engineering. This diversity enables the battalion to tackle a wide range of missions, including tasks relevant for both domestic and deployed combat operations missions.




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NEW ORLEANS –The Louisiana National Guard’s 139th Regional Support Group welcomed Col. Stuart N. Burruss as their new commander during an official change of command ceremony at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans, July 21.

Burruss, a resident of Carville, assumed command from Col. Mark A. Howard, a resident of Baton Rouge, who has served as the commander since May 2016.

Howard’s awards include the Bronze Star, the Combat Action Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

“Thanks to all of my commanders with whom I served,” said Howard. “The effect you had on the administrative and training of your battalions certainly made my job as commander easier. It has shown through in your ability to manage and implement training schedules and in your Soldiers.”

Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general of the LANG, signaled the transfer of leadership by receiving the organizational colors from Howard and passing them to Burruss.

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A team of Kansas National Guardsmen is in the Republic of Armenia to train Armenian firefighters in first aid, life-saving techniques, and hazardous material awareness, recognition and response, the U.S. Embassy reported in a released statement.

According to the source, the Kansas Guardsmen are joined by soldiers from the United Kingdom’s Royal Army Medical Corps, and members of the British Army’s 6th Rifles Battalion. Together, they will conduct training through July 28 at six fire rescue stations across the Shirak Marz.

This military-to-humanitarian outreach event is the first-of-its-kind in the 14-year partnership between Armenia and the Kansas National Guard, part of the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program.

“This exchange is the continuation of our strong and vibrant relationship between the Kansas National Guard and Armenia,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Donald Harper, a Kansas National Guard Airman who serves as the bilateral affairs officer for the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan. “The Armenians, British Medics and CBRN soldiers, and Kansas Guardsmen all stand to benefit from this peer-to-peer exchange of experience.”

Harper said the primary goals of this exchange are to strengthen relationships between the Ministry of Emergency Situations and fire rescue stations. It will also improve Armenian firefighters’ capabilities to provide basic first-aid and improve their responses to any hazardous material incidents.

The exchange will help the fire departments develop their medical skills, a responsibility recently assigned to them by the Ministry. These added capabilities will complement other local and national first responder agencies. Because the fire rescue stations are assuming new responsibilities, the Kansas National Guard is also providing each station with a package of basic medical and first aid supplies.



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LITTLE FALLS — The Winona Warrior fought and conquered.

The National Guard announced on Thursday night that Staff Sgt. Daniel Sebo, a 28-year-old Winona native and instructor of the Minnesota National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 175th Regiment, Regional Training Institute, earned the title of “Best Warrior” during the four-day competition at Camp Ripley.

Four days of grueling obstacles and challenges that tested Sebo’s mental and physical endurance, as well as fighting against exhaustion and the elements, proved to be no match for his inner warrior spirit. He fought against 13 other competitors and represented Minnesota and Region 4.




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