Unity Within Total Army Critical to Future Success

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Unity Within Total Army Critical to Future Success

The world keeps changing, but the in-depth analysis in a 2016 report whose main theme was the importance of harmony among the Army’s three components remains relevant, the authors of a new paper assert.

Busy Guard, Reserve Must Adapt for Future

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Busy Guard, Reserve Must Adapt for Future

Faced with two nuclear-capable competitors in China and Russia, Army National Guard and Army Reserve forces must modernize to ensure readiness, the components’ leaders told lawmakers.

National Guard Recruiting ‘Good’ Despite Challenges

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National Guard Recruiting ‘Good’ Despite Challenges

The Army National Guard expects to meet its recruiting goal this year, even though a senior official said the component has been grappling with many of the same challenges faced by the Regular Army and Army Reserve.

Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said the Army National Guard is “in a pretty good spot today … at about 99% strength” for the current recruiting year. 

Guard Soldiers Resume Training Ukrainian Troops

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Guard Soldiers Resume Training Ukrainian Troops

Florida National Guard soldiers evacuated from Ukraine at the start of Russia’s invasion are now training Ukrainian troops on how to use American equipment.

The training is taking place in Germany, Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby said.

Army National Guard Remains Busy at Home, Overseas

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Army National Guard Remains Busy at Home, Overseas

The number of National Guard soldiers on duty each month in support of the COVID-19 response has begun to go down, and as the pandemic wanes, the mission will end, the director of the Army National Guard said.

“At some point, we’re going to leave a COVID-19 environment,” Lt. Gen. Jon Jensen said Feb. 22 during a webinar hosted by the Center for a New American Security. “If you take that [mission] off our plate right now, that would reduce our operational tempo by a factor of about 15,000 soldiers a month.”

National Guard Steps Up Support for COVID Missions

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National Guard Steps Up Support for COVID Missions

More than 15,200 members of the National Guard are on duty in 49 states and territories in support of the burgeoning COVID-19 response, running testing sites, managing nonclinical hospital tasks and augmenting medical staff.

In Ohio, close to 2,500 Guard members are deployed, the largest number of soldiers and airmen supporting the COVID-19 mission in any of the U.S. states and territories, said Maj. Gen. John Harris, the state’s adjutant general.

National Guard Mulls Taking Telework to Next Level

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National Guard Mulls Taking Telework to Next Level

As part of an ongoing effort to improve service members’ quality of life, a plan is in the works to allow some National Guard troops assigned to national-level positions to telework from their home states.

Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said an operational team has been working on the telework plan “for a couple of months” and should have a solution early next year.

National Guard Helps Areas Devastated by Tornadoes

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National Guard Helps Areas Devastated by Tornadoes

National Guard troops in Kentucky have been going from door to door in tornado-damaged areas over the weekend.

“The damage is devastating,” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said at a press conference Dec. 12. His state appears to have been the hardest hit by a string of tornados that tore through several states on Dec. 10. “There is no lens big enough to tell you the extent of the damage.”

Sampa: Army Guard Soldiers Earned America’s Trust

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Sampa: Army Guard Soldiers Earned America’s Trust

In the past 18 months, as the U.S. weathered natural disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic and unrest, community trust in the National Guard played a vital role in the component’s service, the senior enlisted leader for the Army National Guard said.