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Junior Washington Guard medic earns Expert Field Medic Badge

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Junior Washington Guard medic earns Expert Field Medic Badge

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Spc. Raymond Alonso, a combat medic specialist with Charlie Company, 181st Brigade Support Battalion, is the first member of his unit to earn the Expert Field Medical Badge on his first attempt in more than a decade. "Of the three expert badges, including the Expert Infantry and

New commander for the Washington State Guard

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New commander for the Washington State Guard

During state emergencies, the subject matter experts of the Washington State Guard provide critical support to first responders who safeguard lives and property. When the state Guard needed a new commander, the Military Department leadership knew Washington National Guard Lt. Col. (Ret.) Joseph Maassen was the right guy for the

Guard fixed wing unit receives upgraded plane

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Guard fixed wing unit receives upgraded plane

For nearly 30 years Chief Warrant Officer 5 Tony Dohse has flown in one aircraft or another as part of the Washington National Guard. "I started in the Chinook and did that for four years, then I moved to the old C-23 Sherpa plane and now I am in the C-12

Washington National Guard members help hospitals

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Washington National Guard members help hospitals

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. - About 100 Washington National Guard members were activated Jan. 21 to help alleviate staffing shortages and offer COVID-19 testing at eight hospitals across the state. The rapid spread of the Omicron variant has caused a spike in demand for COVID-19 tests. At the same time, hospitals face

506th Military Police train to develop new soldiers

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506th Military Police train to develop new soldiers

CAMP MURRAY - For the citizen-soldiers of the 506th Military Police Detachment, this year's annual training was a chance to return to collective unit training and develop new soldiers' skills. "As a large percentage of the formation is comprised of new soldiers, we utilized the first week of annual training to

Washington National Guard prepares for wildfire season

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Washington National Guard prepares for wildfire season

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Washington National Guard soldiers and airmen are transitioning from COVID-19 response and civil disturbance missions to prepare for what could be another catastrophic wildfire season. "We have been actively responding for the past 15 months to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, the adjutant general.

Off to Middle East

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Off to Middle East

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Along with supporting the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, assisting law enforcement during civil unrest and dropping nearly half a million gallons of water on multiple wildfires across the state, the crews from 1st Battalion, 168th General Support Aviation also ramped up for an overseas

Washington National Guard members build COVID-19 test kits

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Washington National Guard members build COVID-19 test kits

COVID-19 testing was one of the pillars of Gov. Jay Inslee's recovery plan for Washington state. Ensuring that test kits are readily available has been a team effort of the Department of Health, AmeriCorps and a dozen members of the Washington National Guard. "Working with the Department of Health and AmeriCorps

Chinook Helicopter unit set to deploy to Middle East

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Chinook Helicopter unit set to deploy to Middle East

(Photo: CH-47 Chinook helicopters during Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 168th General Support Aviation deployment ceremony at the Washington Army National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility at Joint Base Lewis-McChord May 6. Bravo Company is set to deploy to the Middle East for the third time in 10 years.) While more than

Showcasing disaster capabilities

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Showcasing disaster capabilities

(Photo: Washington National Guard’s 10th Civil Support Team’s Communications truck parked near the State Capitol in Olympia as part of a display with AT&T FirstNet Jan. 22. The display showcased network and communications equipment that would be utilized during and following a disaster.) Following a disaster, the ability to communicate is

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