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U.S. Army Sgt. Nicholas Thongdara poses for a photo with equipment utilized by the 35th Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction). Thongdara is a chemical specialist with the 35th CST and is a descendent of Laos. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Holli Nelson)
Soldiers and Airmen from the West Virginia and D.C. National Guard take of running for a six mile ruck during the 2019 West Virginia National Guard (WVNG) Best Warrior Competition held April 26, 2019, at Camp Dawson in Kingwood, W.Va. More than 30 Soldiers and Airmen from West Virginia and the District of Columbia participated in the three-day event designed to measure a Soldier or Airman’s physical abilities, leadership skills, teamwork and critical thinking while completing basic and advanced core warrior competencies. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Bo Wriston)
A West Virginia Air National Guard Airman exits the chemical chamber during an event at the 2019 West Virginia National Guard (WVNG) Best Warrior Competition held April 26-28, 2019, at Camp Dawson in Kingwood, W.Va. More than 22 Soldiers and Airmen from West Virginia and the District of Columbia participated in the three-day event designed to measure a Soldier or Airman’s physical abilities, leadership skills, teamwork and critical thinking while completing basic and advanced core warrior competencies. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Bo Wriston)
Brig. Gen. Christopher Walker, Assistant Adjutant General - Air; Sgt. Gregory Fuqua, West Virginia Air National Guard (WVANG) NCO of the Year; Senior Airman Christopher Marcum, WVANG Airman of the Year; and Command Chief Master Sgt. David Stevens, pose for a photo at the conclusion of the 2019 Best Warrior Competition held April 26-28, 2019, at Camp Dawson in Kingwood, W.Va. More than 22 Soldiers and Airmen from West Virginia and the District of Columbia participated in the three-day event designed to measure a Soldier or Airman’s physical abilities, leadership skills, teamwork and critical thinking while completing basic and advanced core warrior competencies. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Bo Wriston)
A Soldier scales the ropes obstacle during an event at the 2019 West Virginia National Guard (WVNG) Best Warrior Competition held April 26-28, 2019, at Camp Dawson in Kingwood, W.Va. More than 22 Soldiers and Airmen from West Virginia and the District of Columbia participated in the three-day event designed to measure a Soldier or Airman’s physical abilities, leadership skills, teamwork and critical thinking while completing basic and advanced core warrior competencies. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Bo Wriston)
Brig. Gen. Russell Crane, Assistant Adjutant General - Army; Sgt. Avery Liller, West Virginia Army National Guard (WVARNG) NCO of the Year; Spc. Kendall Harris, WVARNG Soldier of the Year; and Command Sgt. Maj. Dusty Jones, WVARNG state command sergeant major, pose for a photo at the conclusion of the 2019 Best Warrior Competition held April 26-28, 2019, at Camp Dawson in Kingwood, W.Va. More than 22 Soldiers and Airmen from West Virginia and the District of Columbia participated in the three-day event designed to measure a Soldier or Airman’s physical abilities, leadership skills, teamwork and critical thinking while completing basic and advanced core warrior competencies. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Bo Wriston)
Sgt. Jacob Mason, a motor vehicle operator with the 1257th Transportation Company, poses for a photo in front of a vehicle he operates. Mason was selected as the West Virginia Army National Guard's Soldier Spotlight for April. (Courtesy Photo)
Staff Sgt. Bradley Owens, a combat medic with the West Virginia Army National Guard’s (WVARNG) Company C, 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion, poses with Iraqi nationals during a tour of duty in Taji, Iraq, in 2016. Owens recently was able to apply his combat medic training to assist a driver whose vehicle had careened off an interstate overpass in Parkersburg, W.Va. (Courtesy photo)
Department of the Army photo of Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Sheperty. Sheperty was killed in a training accident April 17, 2019m in Suffolk, Virginia. He was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group. (Courtesy photo)
Members of the Special Operations Detachment – Europe and Co. C, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), West Virginia National Guard, glide towards their landing site during static line and freefall operations Oct. 19, 2018, in Red House, Md. More than 50 Soldiers participated in multiple jump cycles throughout the day to maintain proficiency in jump operations. (National Guard photo by Bo Wriston)
Members of the 167th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, 130th Airlift Wing, brief Maj. Gen. Luis Gutiérrez, Delegate to the Inter-American Board (IADB) of Defense Organization of the United States, on aeromedical evacuation capabilities of the unit and configuration on a U.S. Air Force C-130H April 10, 2019, at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base in Charleston. Gutiérrez’s visit is part of the State Partnership Program (SPP) between West Virginia and Perú which fosters interagency engagements especially in the areas of counter-insurgency, anti-terrorism, emergency preparedness, risk mitigation, and disaster response and recovery. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Bo Wriston)
Brig. Gen. Russell Crane, Assistant Adjutant General – Army, Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard, and Brig. Gen. Christopher “Mookie” Walker, Assistant Adjutant General – Air, pose for a group photo with Maj. Gen. Luis Gutiérrez, Delegate to the Inter-American Board (IADB) of Defense Organization of the United States, during his visit to West Virginia Apr. 10, 2019. Gutiérrez’s visit is part of the State Partnership Program (SPP) between West Virginia and Perú which fosters interagency engagements especially in the areas of counter-insurgency, anti-terrorism, emergency preparedness, risk mitigation, and disaster response and recovery. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Bo Wriston)
Chief Master Sgt. David Stevens, incoming command chief for the 167th Airlift Wing, speaks at the change of responsibility ceremony at the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, W.Va. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jodie Witmer)
Members of the West Virginia National Guard stand at attention prior to starting a physical training session with the Peruvian Army March 27, 2019, in Lima, Perú. Members of the West Virginia National Guard provided a week-long training on non-commissioned officer (NCO) development planning and implementation for the Peruvian Army’s senior NCOs. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Holli Nelson)
Samantha Gomolka and her husband, CW2 Michael J. Gomolka II, pose for the camera. Gomolka was chosen as the 2019 National Guard representative in the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year program. (Photo provided by Samantha Gomolka)
Samantha Gomolka and her husband, CW2 Michael J. Gomolka II, pose for the camera. Gomolka was chosen as the 2019 National Guard representative in the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year program. (Photo provided by Samantha Gomolka)
Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, the Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard, speaks to the student body of Westside High School in Wyoming County, W.Va. April 3, 2019. Hoyer announced a new initiative from the West Virginia National Guard to implement a Future Leaders Program in the school, which are being planned to be introduced in Wyoming, Putnam, Logan and Mineral Counties in the fall. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Bo Wriston)
First responders carry a litter containing a dummy during a simulated wide area rescue operation held March 30-31, 2019, at the Hobet All Hazards Training Facility in Julian, W.Va. This training marked the first course to be offered at the Hobet All Hazards Training Facility. (West Virginia National Guard photo by Bo Wriston)
Senior leaders of the West Virginia Army National Guard and Soldier's family members recently welcomed the return to the United States of more than 130 Soldiers from the 3664th Support Maintenance Company (SMC) who completed a nine-month deployment to Kuwait.
Senior leaders of the West Virginia Army National Guard and Soldier's family members recently welcomed the return to the United States of more than 130 Soldiers from the 3664th Support Maintenance Company (SMC) who completed a nine-month deployment to Kuwait.