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Feb. 4, 2024

50th Regional Support Group’s best warriors compete

Nine Florida Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to units within to the 50th Regional Support Group (RSG) reported to Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, Florida, to compete at the brigade level of the Best Warrior Competition (BWC) on Feb. 1,

Feb. 4, 2024

202nd RED HORSE hosts annual contingency exercise

The Florida Air National Guard’s 202nd RED HORSE Squadron conducted the FEBEX24 exercise Feb. 2-3 to assess and enhance the readiness of its members. Airmen assigned to the Florida Air National Guard’s 125th Civil Engineer Squadron and 125th Medical

Feb. 1, 2024

3/20th holds Special Forces Conditioning and Preparation at Camp Blandin...

Following December’s Special Forces Readiness Evaluation, candidates from all over the country traveled back January 25th-28th for the second phase: Special Forces Conditioning and Preparation. There are multiple areas of participation that

Jan. 21, 2024

50th Regional Support Group conducts change of command ceremony

Army Brig. Gen. William Temple transferred his command of the 50th Regional Support Group to Army Col. Jeremey Davis during a change of command ceremony in Homestead, Florida, on Jan. 21, 2024.

Jan. 7, 2024

Florida Guard Soldier helps train Ukrainian forces, receives award from ...

Army Sgt. Iuliia Nichols, a culinary specialist assigned to the Florida Army National Guard’s (FLARNG) 927th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), received Ukraine’s Commander-in-Chief Award for her contributions in training Ukrainian soldiers

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Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, conducted a mountain warfare exchange with Tajik military forces Apr. 29 to May 3, 2024, in Romit, Tajikistan. The exchange supported the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.
Virginia Guard, Tajik Partners Conduct Mountain Warfare Exchange
By Mike Vrabel, | May 22, 2024
ROMIT, Tajikistan - Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Matthew Salazar, a crew chief with the 169th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, South Carolina Air National Guard, washes the canopy on an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet during exercise Sentry Savannah hosted by the Air Dominance Center in Savannah, Georgia, May 9, 2024. Sentry Savannah is the Air National Guard’s premier 4th- and 5th-gen fighter integration exercise, with this year’s event involving more than 775 participants and 40 aircraft from six units.
Air Guard Units Test Readiness at Sentry Savannah Exercise
By 2nd Lt. Nicole Szews, | May 22, 2024
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Over 775 participants and 40 aircraft from units across the Air National Guard, Air

Tentara Nasional Indonesia Lt. Cdr. Ronny Basirun Simatupang, Indonesia Armed Forces Surgeon General Headquarters staff officer and emergency nurse, center, and Hawaii Army National Guard State Partnership Program medical representatives, Maj. Ryan Ruiz and 1st Sgt. Aaron Pitts, celebrate the completion of a bilateral defense discussions midterm review May 7, 2024, at Jakarta, Indonesia.
Hawaii Guard Supports Exchange with Partner Indonesia
By Tech. Sgt. John Linzmeier, | May 22, 2024
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Hawaii National Guard medical professionals supported a security cooperation

Sgt. 1st Class Cassandra Antes, a paramedic assigned to Task Force Smokey, prepares to be hoisted down to rescue an injured hiker May 20, 2024, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Tennessee National Guard Rescues Hiker in Smoky Mountains
By Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Cordeiro, | May 22, 2024
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A UH-60 Black Hawk medical flight crew from the Tennessee National Guard rescued

Airmen attached to the only all-Air Force Search and Extraction team learn about rope rescue during the 10th Homeland Response Force Sustainment Year Collective Training Exercise at Camp Rilea, Oregon, April 24, 2024.
10th Homeland Response Force Conducts Collective Training
By Spc. Ryan Dunn, | May 21, 2024
WARRENTON, Ore. - Last month, more than 350  Army and Air National Guardsmen from Washington, Idaho,

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Maj. Gen. Robert Carruthers, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jasen Pask , right, award Spc. David Little as the Best Warrior Soldier of the Year at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, March 3, 2024. Best Warrior 2024 is an annually held competition that tests Florida Army National Guard Soldiers mental and physical endurance as they compete against peers. ( U.S. Army photo by Sgt. N.W. Huertas)
FLANG concludes Best Warrior 2024
By Sgt. Neysa Huertas Quinones | March 3, 2024
Best Warrior 2024 is complete, and Staff Sgt. Benjamin Corry, 2-116th Field Artillery Battalion, and Spc. David Little, 2-111th Aviation Regiment, were named the NCO and Soldier Best Warrior award recipients.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Brian Danielewicz, commander of the 125th Medical Group Detachment 1 assumes command of the detachment, during a ceremony March 3, 2023, at Jacksonville Air National Guard Base, Florida.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jesse Hanson)
Assumption of Command
By Senior Airman Jesse Hanson | March 3, 2024
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Brian Danielewicz, commander of the 125th Medical Group Detachment 1 assumes command of the detachment, during a ceremony March 3, 2023, at Jacksonville Air National Guard Base, Florida.

Florida National Guard Soldiers stand in formation at 83rd Troop Command's change of command ceremony for Col. Jason Hunt, Commander 83rd Troop Command, at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center on March 2nd, 2024. (Photo taken by Mr. Orion Oettel)
83rd Troop Command Change of Command Ceremony
By Mr. Orion Oettel | March 2, 2024
Maj. Gen. Robert Carruthers, Commander of the Florida Army National Guard, presided over the 83rd Troop Command's change of command on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center.

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Ramon Perez, right, receives the Meritorious Service Medal from U.S. Air Force Col. Jarrett Virgil, 16th Air Force Air National Guard advisor to the commander during a retirement ceremony at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, March 2, 2024. Perez retired after 36
years of service. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Brooke Keisler)
Chief Master Sgt. Ramon Perez Retirement Ceremony
By Senior Airman Brooke Keisler | March 2, 2024
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Ramon Perez speaks during his retirement ceremony at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, March 2, 2024. Perez retired after 36 years of service

Last Friday, on March 1st, we said farewell to Col. Gray Johnson, 16th Chief of Staff of the Florida Army National Guard. 
Maj. Gen. Robert Carruthers presided over the retirement ceremony at historic Cooper Hall on Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, where Col. Johnson's 30 years of service as a Florida Army National Guard soldier were recognized.
Thank you for your inspirational guidance and mentorship, sir, and best wishes in your future endeavors!
Col. Gray Johnson Retirement
By Mr. William Manley | March 1, 2024
Last Friday, on March 1st, we said farewell to Col. Gray Johnson, 16th Chief of Staff of the Florida Army National Guard.