has been awarded for making communities across Missouri safer and healthier:
Our STATE MISSION is to provide trained and disciplined forces for domestic emergencies or as otherwise required by state law under the authority of the governor. Before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, when most people thought of the Missouri National Guard, they typically pictured Guard members filling sandbags or helping transport effected citizens during the floods of 1993. Our role has expanded since 9/11, with Guard members continually serving around the world and around our country, but we retain a robust emergency response ability, as seen during recent emergencies like the record flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and the May tornado in Joplin.
In the past five years, the Missouri National Guard has responded to a wide range of state and national emergencies including flooding on the Mississippi and Missouri, the Joplin tornado and the 2011 Blizzard.
This WINTER STORM event in late January/early February 2011 affected 39 counties in the state dropping heavy amounts of snow closing roads and preventing emergency responders and critical personnel (hospital workers, etc) from performing their duties. The Missouri National Guard pre-positioned forces early for the impending storm and reacted to direct support requests from civil authorities during the 6 day event. At the height of the response, 853 guard men and women were mobilized for the response. The main guard activities centered around transporting first responders and key personnel with high mobility military vehicles but guard personnel also conducted health and wellness checks and transported some critical commodities.
LARGE AMOUNTS OF RAIN in Missouri and in the Ohio River Basin, coupled with earlier rain and snow melt in northern states, caused flash flooding and Mississippi River flooding in April and May of 2011. This affected 7 counties in the southeast portion of the state. Again, the Missouri National Guard pre-positioned forces for a response and reacted to support requests from civil authorities in those counties. At the height of the operation, which lasted for 30 days (21 April to 21 May), 771 guard personnel were mobilized. The primary missions the guard supported involved sandbagging, conducting health and wellness checks, supporting civilian evacuation efforts, and providing security support to local law enforcement.
On May 22, an incredibly destructive TORNADO ravaged the city of Joplin and surrounding communities. The Missouri National Guard mobilized 377 personnel, at the height of response, to assist civil authorities in conducting search and rescue, security operations (Traffic Control Points and Security Patrols), assisting with transport and establishment of the Mobile Medical Unit, and performing functions related with Memorial Activities/POTUS visit to honor the victims of the tornado. The Missouri National Guard was also charged with supervising and coordinating the debris clean-up in the area. In this regard, the Guard provided 45 personnel and developed debris clearance tracking mechanisms, liaised with municipal/state/federal partners, and resolved various contentious issues resulting in the removal (private property, titled property, etc). This effort is still on-going, but to date (21AUG), 1,531,582.48 Cubic Yards of debris has been removed; 3131 of the 3216 (97.4%) Expedited Debris Removal parcels have been cleared; and 1143 of the 1236 (92.4%) commercial parcels in Joplin and Duquesne have been cleared. The Missouri National Guard has also assisted state agencies in finding Missourians in the affected area employment. These efforts have resulted in employing 602 civilians in the Joplin area to date.
Due to heavy rains and larger than expected snow melt in the northern plains states, the US Army Corps of Engineers was forced to release unprecedented amounts of water from upstream impoundments into the Missouri River. This caused prolonged moderate and major flood stages in NW and central Missouri which subsequently caused several levee systems to experience structural issues including failures. THE MISSOURI NATIONAL GUARD MOBILIZED FORCES for response, 500 at the height, beginning 3 June 2011. These forces responded to civil authority requests mainly with sandbagging operations (including aerial delivery of), levee monitoring, security operations, and commodities distribution. The operation ended on December 15, 2011.
Governor Jay Nixon's INITIATIVE to provide increased employment, interview and hiring opportunities to Missouri's Veterans and members of her National Guard and Reserve forces, and to showcase those employers who have pledged to do so.
The Missouri Committee for EMPLOYERS SUPPORT OF THE GUARD AND RESERVE promotes a culture in which employers support and value their employees' military service. The program recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of the law, and mediates conflicts. The program runs a variety of events including visits to mobilization training and boss lifts.
The FAMILY PROGRAM Office has a twofold mission - to improve the quality of life for Guard members and their Families, and to enhance service member readiness and retention. The office's Youth Program supports children of Guard members with summer camps and other events and the Missouri Military Relief Fund provides thousands of dollars in financial assistance to Guard and Reserve component Families that need assistance.
Established in 1999, the MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS PROGRAM coordinates and provides military funeral honors to Missouri's military Veterans. Our Military Funeral Honors program was the first in the nation to provide funeral honors to every honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. military. Before the program was established, only veterans who had served in wartime or had retired from the military were eligible for the honors. This program would not be possible without the support of various Veterans Service Organizations around the state.
Through the VETERANS RECOGNITION PROGRAM, Missouri has recognized thousands of Veterans who served during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. To date, the Veterans Recognition Program has honored 46,294 World War II Veterans, 17,647 Korean War Veterans and 28,642 Vietnam-era Veterans.
The Defense Department's YELLOW RIBBON REINTEGRATION PROGRAM synchronizes, plans and manages the deployment cycle support process for unit and individual mobilizations in support of the adjutant general's intent. The Defense Department's Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program synchronizes, plans and manages the deployment cycle support process for unit and individual mobilizations in support of the adjutant general's intent. The program helps Veterans identify organizations and benefits that will aid them in their return to civilian life.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Members of the 206th Area Support Medical Company participated in a recertification course for CPR and other skills as part of their annual training at the National Guard armory in Springfield recently.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the official opening of the new Family Resiliency Center and the Danner Chapel at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City on July 11, 2015.
NEVADA, Mo. - The Missouri Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion recently hosted members of the University of Missouri’s football team for a team-building event at Camp Clark in Nevada, Missouri.
Members of the Missouri National Guard aircrew of Company B, 1-376 Security & Support Battalion in Jefferson City recently hosted a group of 30 veteran pilots who toured the Missouri National Guard aviation facility in Jefferson City and got a firsthand look at the new Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota helicopter.
Since its official designation as the 140th Regiment in 1996, the RTI has taken up residence in older buildings on Ft. Leonard Wood, but is preparing to move into a nearly finished schoolhouse, equipped with large classrooms, an auditorium that can be used for conferences, motor pool, and even an outdoor classroom.
Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Engineer Brigade, participated in virtual foot patrol training using the Dismounted Soldier Training System recently at Fort Leonard Wood.
Partnering with the Missouri Golf Association, the 220th is scheduled to take part in this historic project as part of the Missouri National Guard’s continued efforts for community involvement in the state - to build a golf course specifically designed for persons with disabilities, including Wounded Warriors.
Over 60 Citizen-Airmen trained at Camp Clark during the first week of the two-week event. The training, which would otherwise be difficult to replicate at the 131st’s home stations of Whiteman Air Force Base and Jefferson Barracks, included first aid refreshers, convoy training, Humvee driving, field skills, and disaster response training.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – Two Missouri Soldiers took top honors when 14 Guardsmen from seven states competed in tests of physical and mental endurance during the annual Region V Best Warrior Competition at Fort Leonard Wood last week.
More than 70 soldiers recently converged on Camp Crowder, Mo., to compete for bragging rights and participate in friendly competition during the annual Missouri National Guard’s 2015 State Adjutant General State Combat Match Rifle/Pistol Championships.
The Missouri National Guard state command chief warrant officer and warrant officers from around the state participated in a mentorship luncheon with latest class of warrant officer candidates from 2D Battalion, 140th Regiment.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – At a recent National Guard recruiting and retention summit, Missouri National Guard representatives culminated months of coordination to ensure the Guard remains a community organization providing opportunities to motivated recruits by doubling the level of GED-holders the Guard can recruit and retain.
The Missouri Army National Guard’s 35th Engineer Brigade recently honored Lt. Col. Edward P. Gargas with the U. S. Army Engineer Association’s Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal at its 36th annual engineer ball.
Although the Missouri National Guard is moving three historical aircraft from its facility at Lambert International Airport this week, the Guard is continuing its commitment to investing in the greater St. Louis area.
Missouri National Guard public affairs Soldiers and Airmen took home top honors in several categories of the National Guard Bureau’s annual media contest, including three overall individual achievement awards.
By Maj. Sandy Stover
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Museum of Missouri Military History is hosting an art exhibition featuring the Buffalo Soldiers of the American West in honor of Black History Month in February.
North Saint Louis was rocked this week by simulated explosions, chemical attacks, rioting, and structure collapses trapping thousands of people – unforeseen incidents can happen anywhere. That’s why the Missouri National Guard Homeland Response Force’s logistical operations team replicated scenarios at the HRF S4 logistics workshop that were just as daunting as if it were real.
Maj. Gen. Steve Danner presented the coin to Master Sgt. Kaonis Thomas, a St. Louis resident, in recognition of his artistic talent displayed in a pencil sketch portrait the Soldier created as a gift to the general.
More than 600 Soldiers, Airmen, and Family members celebrated at the nation’s largest National Guard birthday celebration during the Missouri National Guard’s sixth annual Birthday Ball at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach this month.
During the 51st Annual Freedom Fund Dinner earlier this month, the Jefferson City chapter of the NAACP awarded two Missouri National Guard leaders the Presidential Choice Award for their efforts in promoting diversity within Missouri National Guard.
At 94, Martha Meers Moyer looked diminutive and frail sitting at a small table in a classroom at General Leonard Wood Hospital here on Friday, as a group of about 30 soldiers and hospital workers gathered around 11:00 a.m. to hear her talk about what it was like to be a U.S. Army surgical nurse in a field hospital during World War II. But in the end it would not simply be her captivating war experiences that moved her audience; it would be her spry nature, quick wit and zest for life that impressed and inspired them most, as they would tell her often when they greeted her before they headed back to work.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon has signed an executive order directing additional resources through the Missouri National Guard to help restore peace and order and to protect the citizens of Ferguson.
Statement from Gov. Nixon regarding the ongoing situation in Ferguson and role of National Guard
Guard’s mission limited in scope; tasked with protecting the Unified Command Center so law enforcement can protect peaceful protestors, citizens and property
In a year marked with a number of milestones and firsts for the 131st Bomb Wing, a team from the 131st Maintenance Group recently added another by being the first all-Air National Guard B-2 maintenance team to support deployed operations for the jet.
The Missouri Army National Guard’s 311th Brigade Support Battalion’s Headquarter Company served a vital mission during two weeks of training recently in support of the Golden Coyote military training exercise held in South Dakota.
Recently, the Missouri Army National Guard’s Joint Forces Headquarters – Surface Maintenance Manager, based at the Ike Skelton Training Site, was selected by the chief of staff of the Army to receive the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence, or, AAME.
Recently, nine Soldiers from the 311th Brigade Support Battalion were sworn into the noncommissioned officers corps during an NCO induction ceremony held at Mt. Rushmore. Each of these Soldiers has recently been promoted to the rank of sergeant.
Since taking charge of the Missouri National Guard in 2009, the Adjutant General of the Missouri has frequently received personal letters from commanders overseas recognizing the professionalism and dedication of Missouri National Guard Soldiers and Airmen.
Missouri National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are conducting an exercise alongside local, state and federal partner agencies to test their ability to respond to a major earthquake along the New Madrid Seismic Zone.
Like a lot of people who struggle with their weight, Col. James Toombs reached an unhealthy weight that could have put him in jeopardy.
What the Guardsman didn’t know is that by writing a book on health and fitness, he would be helping Soldiers and several others.
During his third deployment to Iraq, Toombs began teaching fitness to personnel on a forward operation base. Throughout the deployment, he staged a weight loss contest similar to the television show “The Biggest Loser.” The requirements were simple; keep a complete food diary, exercise for 30 minutes a day and meet with him once a week.
Since Sept 11, 2001, Missourians have shown their support for the state’s 11,500 Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen in countless ways, big and small.
Today, your Missouri National Guard needs that support more than ever.
In April, Gen. Frank Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau and a fellow Missouri National Guardsman, urged the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee to establish a commission to review Army force structure across the active duty, Guard and Reserve. The commission would act as an independent agent serving the best interest of the American taxpayer by managing costs while maintaining a strong national defense
When Dustin Frederick was 3 years old, his father, Col. Lance Myler, came home from drill and hung his oath of office on the wall, signed by Charles M. Keifner, a former adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard.
The 4175th Military Police Detachment was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation during a recent ceremony for their exceptional performance during their deployment in 2010 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
The Missouri National Guard, 35th Engineer Brigade, team Mo Muleskinners, were amongst the top finishers at the 25th annual Bataan Memorial Death March. The team endured the harrowing 26.2-mile trek through the stifling New Mexico desert and crossed the line in first place in the National Guard Heavy category.
The Adjutant General of Missouri recently swore in three members of the Missouri National Guard’s inspector general office, marking the first time in more than nine months the office has been fully staffed.
With the federal government looking to trim costs across the board in the current fiscally-constrained environment, the National Guard has emerged as a cost effective way to ensure the nation’s security while serving as the backbone of the Army and Air Force.
Missouri National Guard Citizen-Soldiers with the 276th Vertical Engineer Company recently completed their culminating training exercise in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Despite the cold temperatures and the impending winter storm threatening the area, Missouri National Guard Soldiers from Company A, 1-138th Infantry, joined with their fellow Soldiers from Company D to perform a combined operation mission in Boonville.
Despite the cold temperatures and the impending winter storm threatening the area, Missouri National Guard Soldiers from Company A, 1-138th Infantry, joined with their fellow Soldiers from Company D to perform a combined operation mission in Boonville.
NEOSHO, Mo. – When Missouri National Guard officials walked into the Newton County Courthouse carrying a huge check, people lining the halls of the bustling building might have wondered who in their midst won it big.
Despite the cold and snow, more than 6,000 friends, Family and community supporters gathered at the University of Central Missouri to welcome home more than 320 Missouri National Guard Soldiers from the ’s 1-135th Attack Reconnaissance on Sunday.
Throughout his career, 1st Sgt. Kevin Stallo served faithfully and successfully in several different capacities for the 1-129th Field Artillery. Most recently, he served as first sergeant for Headquarters and Headquarters Battery. He has contributed immensely to the overall success of the Battalion, accomplishing nothing less than success at every task and duty throughout his 20 years of meritorious service.
The year 2013 tested the resilience of the Missouri National Guard in ways we have not seen before, but thanks to the professionalism of our force and the support of our communities and civilian leadership, we are going into 2014 as an even stronger organization.
More than 500 soldiers, Airmen and Family members from across the state gathered to celebrate the 377th birthday of the National Guard during a ball held at the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark recently.
Dan Reece was late to work on Monday because he had to save a woman from a burning building. The Missouri Air National Guard lieutenant colonel was on his way to duty with the 157th Air Operations Group at Jefferson Barracks on Monday when he spotted smoke coming from the Lemay Manor Apartments. Not seeing any flashing lights, Reece decided to pull in. As he drew closer, he realized he was the first one on the scene.
A Missouri National Guard field artillery Soldier’s commute home turned into an opportunity to use his training to save a life. Pvt. Matthew Duncan, a cannon crewmember assigned to Battery B, 1-129th Field Artillery, was driving home late on Missouri Highway 24 on October 13 when he noticed gravel spread across on the black top and skid marks leading off the edge of the road. He immediately stopped and discovered a wrecked vehicle, then called 911.
The Soldiers and Airmen of the Missouri National Guard’s Counterdrug Task Force received rave reviews from National Guard Bureau for the outstanding work they have done in coalition development and drug interdiction programs in the state.
A Missouri National Guard infantry Soldier had his debut fight at the Bellator Fighting Championship at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kan., on Friday, Oct. 11. Spc. Blake Pool, a scout assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-138th Infantry Regiment, fought in the lightweight division against Remy Bussieres.
Military Appreciation Day at Missouri State Fair receives visit from Gen Frank J. Grass, a native of Missouri, speaking on Missouri experiences growing up in Missouri and on The Missouri National Guard.
The Missouri Air National Guard 131st Bomb Wing, the nation’s only Guard unit to fly and maintain the B-2 Spirit, was certified to conduct the nuclear mission reaching full operational capability with the B-2 Bomber.
A deployment ceremony was held Monday for Soldiers of the Missouri National Guard’s 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City as the unit departed for a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan to conduct public affairs operations.
Brig. Gen. Michael D. Navrkal, who will take command of the division on Oct. 5 during a ceremony at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., was selected to the position by the 35th Division Council, which is comprised of adjutants general from Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Illinois, said Maj. Gen. Steve Danner, adjutant general of Missouri.
Besides, the 52 candidates of the Army National Guard’s Accelerated Officer Candidate School, including some from Missouri, are two weeks away from earning the rank of Army second lieutenants. The South Dakota Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion (Officer Candidate School), 196th Regiment (Regional Training Institute), hosts the 8-week-long intensive program bringing officer candidates, instructors and the feared “platoon trainers” from nearly 20 different states as well as U.S. territory of Guam.
NEOSHO, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard’s 1138th Military Police Company two-week annual training culminated with a simulated combat support training exercise.
With their headquarters in West Plains and the 1st detachment in Springfield, the exercise marked the first time the company came together to rehearse military drills. The exercise tested the company’s skill in military police combat tactics – including base defense operations and detainee facility operations on a simulated forward operating base and local village – at the Missouri National Guard’s Camp Crowder Training Facility in Neosho.
The 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, out of Jefferson City, completed its Reserve Component Utilization training at Camp Crowder this past week, ending the two week session in preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.
The dull roar of an approaching convoy rumbles in the distance. Hearing this, the enemy prepares for an artillery attack, hoping to catch the convoy off guard. As the vehicles round the corner, the distinctive whistle of an artillery shell is heard, followed by voices yelling “incoming!” An explosion follows and the vehicles pick up speed to exit the danger area.
The Missouri National Guard's State Partnership Program met with representatives from civic groups in Panama City this month in an effort to strengthen ties between the U.S. and Panama. Although the National Guard Bureau's State Partnership Program primary mission is to work with allied defense forces, the program has another mission: connecting civilian groups in both countries, said 1st Lt. Todd Cantwell.
Spanish linguists have the key role of translating for subject matter experts during exchanges with the Panamanian Public Forces, said 1st Lt. Todd Cantwell, of the Missouri National Guard State Partnership Program.
Missouri National Guard Soldiers and Airmen traveled to Panama in May for a subject matter exchange about some of the hardest-learned lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan: Improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Since 2000, Regina Meyer has served as the Indiana Jones of the Missouri National Guard. As the organization’s only archeologist, Meyer is charged with digging up Missouri’s natural artifacts, protecting those assets and educating others on the value of those resources.
The Missouri National Guard Veterans Recognition Program is offering more than 1,500 medals to the Families of Missouri National Guardsmen and United States’ military Veterans who served in World War I.
As the National Guard transitioned from a strategic to operational reserve since 9/11, the Missouri National Guard evolved with the times, adapting and spearheading a number of state and federal jobs initiatives to ensure the nation’s part-time force is fully prepared.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard Child and Youth Program hosted a photo extravaganza in the Missouri State Capitol Rotunda Tuesday through Thursday to celebrate the Month of the Military Child.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – While Missouri Air National Guard Lt. Col. Stephanie Boykin is eight months into her role as the Missouri National Guard’s state equal employment manager, Boykin brings more than 20 years of experience to the office.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The responsibilities for the training and welfare of the Missouri Army National Guard Soldiers in the 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, headquartered in Kansas City, was passed to Command Sgt. Maj. John Sportsman from Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Lederle during a change of responsibility ceremony on Sunday, May 5.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard’s State Partnership Program and the Missouri Highway Patrol hosted five Panamanians and five Costa Ricans for a vehicle operation course at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City this week.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Behind the Staples and across the Steak and Shake on Missouri Boulevard, a lone sentry from a war few remember, but which played a critical role in establishing the modern National Guard, stands watch over the city.
OZARK, Mo. – Master Sgt. Shelva Combs and Sgt. 1st Class Elva Combs – twin brothers born seven minutes apart – end nearly eight decades of combined service with the Missouri Army National Guard this year, capping a commitment to the military that began in high school in Shelbyville.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With the passing of the noncommissioned officers’ sword, Command Sgt. Maj. Mike Lederle stepped down as the command sergeant major for 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, headquartered in Kansas City, bringing his 27 year military career to a close.
Amid tears of happiness, colorful banners and patriotic tunes from the Missouri Guard’s 135th Army Band, approximately 125 Citizen-Soldiers from the 935th Aviation Support Battalion were welcomed home by friends and family at a ceremony in Springfield on May 2.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander honored four veterans - two Missouri National Guardsmen and an Army and Navy Veteran with the state's Silver Star Banner Award during a ceremony Wednesday at the Missouri Capitol.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Master Sgt. Mark Farrell, battalion supply non-commissioned officer for the 229th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, received his promotion April 26 at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City.
A Missouri National Guardsman was honored during a retirement ceremony at Ike Skelton Training Site on Saturday after 36 years of service.
Master Sgt. Carl Nilges, a supply logistics specialist for the Joint Force Headquarters, received several awards and certificates during his ceremony, which was officiated by Maj. Gen. Steve Danner, the adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – In town for their final reunion this weekend, World War II veterans who were held as prisoners of war by the Nazis were among those attending Wednesday’s dedication of the Missouri POW-MIA Museum at Jefferson Barracks.
The Airmen of the 131st Bomb Wing’s finance office live by a simple credo: ‘No Money, No Mission.’
The office’s Airmen form a small but tight-knit group with the critical responsibility of ensuring the Wing’s 1,100 Airmen are paid and their benefits are distributed properly, said Master Sgt. Cheryl Ropp.
Three senior airmen from the 131st Logistics Readiness Squadron have a critical role in ensuring the Airmen of the 131st Bomb Wing are supplied with the uniforms and equipment they need to carry out the Wing’s mission.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard, friends and Families congratulated Sgt. Grant Crowley and two fellow new Army National Guard officers Monday morning at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard, friends and Families congratulated 2nd Lt. Markland Anderson and two fellow new Army National Guard officers Monday morning at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri National Guard, friends and families congratulated 2nd Lt. Caton Jeffries and two other new Army National Guard officers Monday morning at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -Michael Winkler, construction and facilities management officer for the Missouri National Guard, received his promotion to the rank of colonel Wednesday at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City.
FORT HOOD, Texas - After an early greeting of a sand storm, a long delay complete with an MRE picnic lunch, Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade embarked on their long awaited journey back to the United States April 21.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - When conducting a military training exercise of any size, one of the very first things to be put in place is the communication infrastructure. That's precisely what members of the Missouri Army National Guard 35th Infantry Division in St. Joseph do.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Six Missouri National Guard members spoke to the American Counseling Association of Missouri on April 11 in Jefferson City to prepare ACAM members who counsel military members facing stress associated with deployment.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Army National Guard was recently represented at the Ruckus Run in Grain Valley. A team of five Citizen-Soldiers with the 35th Infantry Division in Lexington competed in the four-mile course, with 25 obstacles, for a little fun and camaraderie, as well as a new way to boost their physical fitness regime.
4/11/2013 - WHITEMAN AFB, Mo -- Chaplain Lt. Col. Michael T. Butler, 131st Bomb Wing, was recently awarded the 2012 Samuel Stone Award, recognizing him as the Chaplain of the Year for the Air National Guard.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri Army National Guard Capt. Nicholas Swoboda received the Army Commendation Medal recently at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City for his exceptional service as a company commander on his security forces deployment to Qatar.
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Students and faculty at Northwest Missouri State University are coming together to assist fellow veterans, current service members and military spouses to make an easier transition into the academic community. The Northwest Student Veterans Association provides camaraderie and support to enhance the student veteran experience.
NEOSHO, Mo. – The Missouri Army National Guard 548th Transportation Company out of Trenton closed the final chapter of their recent deployment to Afghanistan. On April 6, nearly one year from returning home, the unit was awarded their first Meritorious Unit Citation for distinguishing itself while conducting tactical convoy operations.
WEBB CITY, Mo. - Missouri Army National Guard Pvt. 2nd Class Malachi Leece accepted an appointment to West Point in front of family, friends and Missouri Guard supporters at Webb City High School, his signature securing his formal acceptance to the premier U.S. military academy.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - When people think of a Guardsman saving someone's life, typically they visualize bullets flying and Soldiers in uniform ducking behind their armored Humvee. The Soldier pulls or carries his comrade to safety.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. - Seven Soldiers recently spent a week learning alternative ways to be more effective military instructors at the Missouri National Guard's 140th Regiment Missouri Regional Training Institute's Small Group Instructor Training Course on post.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. − Fifth and sixth-grade students from Lebanon's Joel E. Barber Elementary School became archeologists for the day at the Missouri National Guard's 2013 Earth Day festivities Friday at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Maj. Gen. Jorge Marion Vega, the Argentina defense and military attaché, visited the Missouri National Guard headquarters in Jefferson City to purchase seven Humvees for the Argentine military from the Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Service.
4/3/2013 - WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo -- Since the B-2 "Spirit of Florida" first arrived at Whiteman Air Force Base in July 1996, its stealthiness and massive firepower have been used in missions around the world.
BALLWIN, Mo. - On the advice of his fellow soldiers in the Missouri Army National Guard, Staff Sgt. Robert G. Morley filled out an application for the U.S. Department of Defense Foreign Exchange Program without much expectation.
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Tim Akins, of Albany, was recently promoted to the rank of master sergeant in the Missouri Army National Guard and now serves as the full-time operations sergeant with Headquarters, Headquarters Battalion, 1-129th Field Artillery in Maryville.
MARYVILLE, Mo. - He's proud to call himself a Christian Soldier. Now after 27 years in the Missouri Army National Guard, 1st Sgt. Rodney McKinney has laced up his combat boots for the last time on March 27.
WARRENSBURG, Mo. - The Missouri National Guard, friends, Families and coworkers wished the members of the 1-135th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion good luck on their yearlong deployment with a departure ceremony March 24.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri National Guard was recently recognized with a plaque by their Washington D.C. counterparts for supporting operations on Jan. 21 at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Parade.
AMORET, Mo. - Nearly one third of the Miami High School senior class is now serving in the Missouri Army National Guard. Although it works out to be only two students out of the class of seven, it still speaks volumes to the commitment and personal courage of these students.
SEOUL, Republic of Korea - Gov. Jay Nixon today honored the Missourians who fought and died during the Korean War by laying a wreath at the Missouri section of the Hall of Heroes at the Korean War Memorial in Seoul.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – Members of the Missouri National Guard’s command staff checked on Soldiers in the post’s Warrior Transition Unit recently during a Missouri National Guard Education Benefits Day at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard welcomed a new officer and company commander, while another Missouri Guardsman will get the chance to serve where he lives after a recent change of command ceremony.
CLAYTON, Mo. – In preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, soldiers of the Macon-based 1438th Engineer Company of the Missouri Army National Guard took part in a Yellow Ribbon program event over the weekend at the Clayton Sheridan Hotel.
DEXTER, Mo. – Leaders of Southeast Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves recently hosted Stoddard County and Dexter community and business leaders in an effort to build relationships and communication for hiring Guardsmen and Reservists in the local area.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Army National Guardsman Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Tune, of Loose Creek, was recently presented a National Guard Bureau coin in recognition of his work to receive a commendable rating during a recent command logistics review team inspection.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri Army National Guardsman Sgt. 1st Class Scott Beal, of Smithville, was recently presented a National Guard Bureau coin in recognition of his work to receive a commendable rating during a recent command logistics review team inspection. Master Sgt. Ross Strom from the inspection team awarded Beal with the accolade on Feb. 26 while at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Jason Kander, Missouri's Secretary of State and former Missouri National Guardsman, pledged to support military members of the National Guard and Reserve by signing a Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Statement of Support recently.
ANDERSON, Mo. - Following a weekend of heavy weapons training, Company D, 1st of the 138th Infantry Regiment, welcomed a new commander at the Missouri National Guard armory in Anderson. Capt. Gary Fleck took command of the detachment from outgoing commander Capt. Thomas Williams.
BOONVILLE, Mo. - While focusing on training to improve Soldier readiness and combat capabilities, Missouri Guardsmen with the 1-138th Infantry Regiment recently battled the snow and below-freezing conditions to "invade" Boonville with the cooperation of area civilian agencies.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Missouri Army National Guard's 1141st Engineer Company (Sapper) located in Kansas City was recently fielded nine new M1157 10-ton dump trucks which would ideally be used in support of a stateside mission.
WAPPAPELLO, Mo. - As a frigid wind blew light snow into his face, Pfc. Isaac Porch, of Affton, loaded a belt of ammunition into his M-240 machine gun and surveyed the surrounding forest with an air of anticipation. At his side on the balcony was his gun team partner, Spc. Simeon Boda, of Florissant.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Pvt. Coty Wills, of Jackson, recently completed his military training to become a motor transport operator for Missouri National Guard's 35th Infantry Division at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Pvt. Gabrielle Jordan, of Caruthersville, recently completed her military training to become a motor transport operator for Missouri National Guard's Detachment 1, 1221st Transportation Company in Portageville.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A service member of 25 years, Command Sgt. Maj. Will Pierce achieved his 'greatest honor' recently when Missouri's adjutant general appointed him as the state command sergeant major of the Missouri National Guard.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - After serving more than three years as the Missouri Army National Guard's special troops battalion, the 135th Rear Operations Center cased its guidon during a ceremony at the Ike Skelton Training Site on March 2 and transferred its authority to the 229th Multifunctional Medical Battalion.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Pvt. Todd Duckett, of Farmington, recently completed his military training to become an imagery analyst for Missouri National Guard's 35th Infantry Division at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. - Amid much pomp and ceremony area airborne veterans unveiled a permanent marker to the first parachute jump from an airplane Friday at historic Jefferson Barracks, the 101st anniversary of the event.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – One weekend a month he’s a Citizen-Soldier in Missouri, the rest of the time he’s a modern day cowboy patrolling our nation’s borders in Texas. Meet Staff Sgt. Jefferson Bailey, of Sierra Blanca, Texas, who serves as a U.S. Border Patrol agent on horseback.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Pvt. Kiara Hayden, of Caruthersville, recently completed her military training to become food service specialist for Missouri National Guard's Detachment 2, 1221st Transportation Company in Sikeston.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. - Missouri Air National Guard Col. Richard L. Chapman, Jr., base commander at historic Jefferson Barracks, will host a dedication ceremony Friday marking the site of the first successful parachute descent from an airplane.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – As a father, Jay Kurtz, of Wildwood, was slightly amused when his 24-year-old daughter, Amanda, said she needed some discipline in her life. As a veteran of the Air National Guard and part of a military family, he was pleased.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Staff Sgt. Daniel Schaab, of St. Genevieve and the Guard's 880th Haul Team in Perryville, took second place in the Cruiserweight Class of the recent 2013 Missouri National Guard Combatives Tournament at Lincoln University.
LATHROP, Mo. - As they approach their senior year in high school, students are routinely challenged with making decisions that will take them down their career paths. Which is the best route for them? Should they consider a traditional college, technical school, the military or entering the workforce? There are many choices.
NEVADA, Mo. – The Missouri Army National Guard’s Training Center Command greeted a new leader in a formal ceremony at Camp Clark in Nevada when Lt. Col. Jay Gann assumed command from Lt. Col Rick Scism, the latter a Citizen-Soldier well-familiar with the post and area surrounding the historic military installation.
BRIDGETON, Mo. – About two dozen members of the Missouri Air National Guard’s 239th Combat Communications Squadron received an official welcome home from Afghanistan in a ceremony Saturday at Bridgeton City Hall.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. - Lance A. Shaffer, executive and administrative officer of the Missouri National Guard's 70th Troop Command, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel during a ceremony Saturday at historic Jefferson Barracks in south St. Louis County.
LAKE OZARK, Mo. - Retired Col. Mitchell Passini, who lives in Rolla, was recently awarded the Silver Order of the De Fleury Medal for his exemplary service as an engineer in the Missouri Army National Guard.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Family members, friends and colleagues honored Brig. Gen. Stephen D. Cotter, a Missouri Air National Guard officer for more than 37 years, during a retirement ceremony Saturday at Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Soldiers from two Missouri National Guard Military Police companies responded to a serious traffic accident that took place Sunday afternoon in front of the Guard armory on south Kingshighway.
JOPLIN, Mo. – Some 20 months after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s initial call up, the Missouri National Guard is winding down operations in Joplin following the devastating tornado that hit the town on May 22, 2011. Currently, one Citizen-Soldier remains as part of the state’s Workforce Investment Board.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. - The Army National Guard's 35th Infantry Division, headquartered at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., is in the process of establishing a joint reserve military intelligence program at Jefferson Barracks.
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon is encouraging the nomination of deserving Missourians for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors, which recognize and honor ordinary Americans who become extraordinary through their indomitable courage and selflessness. The Governor said there have been many recent instances of Missourians distinguishing themselves in serving others.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard offers a variety of free programs, ranging from personal safety to career counseling, which is presented to students across the state. The newest of these programs is Building an Athlete of Character and Teams of Significance.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri Army National Guard family members toughed out over 96 hours straight in the cold weather to support their soldiers throughout the Vigilant Guard training exercise at the Columbia armory.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A University of Missouri history student recently completed a historical display at the Ike Skelton Training Site as part of a fall internship at the Museum of Missouri Military History.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard has recognized Fox Sports Midwest, the television network of the St. Louis Cardinals, with a Center of Influence Award for the network’s outstanding support of Guardsmen deployed overseas.
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - The 35th Combat Aviation Brigade conducted a ceremonial event, awarding the combat patch, while currently deployed to a combat theater Aug. 29, 2012 here at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Leaders of the Missouri National Guard and Southeast Missouri State University recently launched the new Show-Me Gold program, an officer training program to instruct and guide new officer recruits.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve held an award ceremony recently at the Capitol Plaza hotel to recognize employers who provide extraordinary support to employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Missouri National Guardsmen from Springfield, Warrenton, St. Clair, De Soto and the St. Louis area took part in Fair St. Louis activities over the course of the three-day festival downtown and under the Gateway Arch.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard’s Partners in Care initiative and Second Harvest Community Food Bank based in St. Joseph, has announced a new partnership in an effort to assist Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen with another layer of support.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – More than 55 representatives from numerous religious organizations took part in a Partners in Care event at the Ike Skelton Training Site recently. Those in attendance had the opportunity to learn about the program and to sign a memorandum of understanding.
One Missouri National Guard Citizen-Soldier has returned to duty and two have been transferred to the University of Kansas Medical Center after being injured during annual training at Fort Leonard Wood on Wednesday afternoon. The Soldiers at KUMC are in stable condition.
TRENTON, Mo. – Though the mission in Afghanistan for the Missouri Army National Guard’s 548th Transportation Company was completed in April, the unit felt it had some loose ends to tie up now that they are home.
NEVADA, Mo. – In November, the Missouri National Guard will participate in a large-scale exercise known as Vigilant Guard in response to the possibility of a catastrophic earthquake near the New Madrid fault. Should such a disaster occur, the Guard is working on a response plan, while fostering relationships with its civilian, military and federal partners.
FORT BLISS, Texas – Soldiers of the Missouri Army National Guard’s 1138th Transportation Company are back on U.S. soil after arriving at Fort Bliss, Texas last night ending a 10-month convoy operations mission in Afghanistan.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri's fifth Agribusiness Development Team was welcomed home by Gov. Jay Nixon, the Missouri National Guard and a room full of Family and friends at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City on Wednesday.
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - The Missouri National Guard's 35th Infantry Division ushered in new leadership at a change of command ceremony on Saturday, April 14, at their division headquarters in Leavenworth, Kan.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Whether they are on the firing line in national marksmanship competitions or doing their day-to-day military mission, Missouri's Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen are setting the standard for National Guardsmen across the country.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. - To prepare for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Soldiers of the 1138th Engineer Sapper Company use Virtual Battlespace 2 to create realistic route clearance scenarios and practice team building.
NACO CORTEZ, Honduras - The Missouri Army National Guard this week took part in the U.S. Army South and host nation opening ceremonies for Beyond the Horizon 2012. Festivities took place in both Honduras and Guatemala - where Missouri Guardsmen are slated to conduct real-world missions and provide humanitarian services.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Lt. Col. Larry D. Crowder, of Jefferson City, was installed as president of the Missouri National Guard Association at the organization's 65th annual conference, which concluded Saturday at the University Plaza Convention Center.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri National Guard Public Affairs office took home honors in three categories in the public affairs awards communication competition and was an honorable mention in another.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. - Staff Sgt. Jericho Ingold, who lives in St. Louis, was recently selected as the Training and Doctrine Command Noncommissioned Officer Instructor of the Year in the National Guard Bureau category. Ingold earned the award while working as an instructor for the Missouri National Guard's 140th Regiment Missouri Regional Training Institute, of Fort Leonard Wood.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. - If there is a match made in marketing heaven Master Sgt. Bradley Kohler believes it may be the Missouri National Guard's partnership with the Lake St. Louis-based Mixed Martial Arts Sports League.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Vietnam-era veterans were honored with medals, medallions and certificates of appreciation in an early morning ceremony at the Missouri National Guard Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group facility in Springfield.
FESTUS, Mo. - After graduating from Valley Park High School in 2004 and earning a degree in exercise science from St. Louis University, Marcella R. MacDermott decided she wanted yet another advantage in life.
FESTUS, Mo. - Missouri National Guard Soldiers of the Festus-based 220th Engineer Company will be among hundreds of Guardsmen performing a humanitarian mission in Honduras over the next several months.
TRENTON, Mo. - After traveling more than 450,000 miles while in Afghanistan, the Missouri Army National Guard's 548th Transportation Company, based in Trenton, travelled its last deployment mission - their journey home.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A group of Missouri residents visited the Missouri National Guard headquarters at Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City as a part of a program to enhance their leadership skills.
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - With support from the Nangarhar Agribusiness Development Team, the Afghan Ministry of Education celebrated another important milestone in their quest to provide all children in the nation equal access to a quality education.
NEVADA, Mo. - The landscape at the Missouri National Guard's Camp Clark in Nevada has changed with the demolition of more than 60 structures originally built in the 1920s. Once used as barracks, the outdated buildings were most recently used for storage.
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Missouri National Guard Agribusiness Development Team VI reports no fatalities or life threatening injuries following an attack on the forward operating base where they are stationed in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province.
FORT BLISS, Texas - They are back -- almost.
After a year-long deployment to Afghanistan, the 548th Transportation Company based in Trenton is now back on U.S. soil. Though not in Missouri yet, these Road Warriors are one step closer.
NEOSHO, Mo. - In a friendly but spirited event, veteran shooters shared tips with less-experienced competitors at the Missouri National Guard's 2012 Adjutant General State Combat Match Rifle/Pistol Championships March 23-25 at Camp Crowder in Neosho.
NORTH VERNON, Ind. - A regional disaster response force of Missouri National Guardsmen is now certified as mission ready after participating in a large-scale validation exercise involving several explosions in St. Louis.
NORTH VERNON, Ind. – The region’s military Homeland Response Force has received its validation certification thanks in part to the St. Joseph-based 139th Medical Group of the Missouri Air National Guard.
FORT BENNING, Ga. – Hot on the heels of the Missouri National Guard marksmanship team placing second at ‘All Army’ matches at Fort Benning, Ga., in mid March, the Show-Me State Guard combatives team walked away with second place at the fifth annual National Guard Combatives Tournament hosted by the Warrior Training Center at Fort Benning March 18.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – Two A-10 Thunderbolt bombers flew 16,000 feet above the Missouri Air National Guard’s Cannon Range before firing their 30 mm guns at ground targets in a planned firing exercise this week.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Keith Hon and Breanna New, of SEMO Imprints in Cape Girardeau, were recently presented with a Patriot Award in recognition of their extraordinary support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserves.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Hundreds of people, from elementary school children to aging military veterans, were on hand Thursday at Jefferson Barracks to mark the 100th anniversary of the first parachute descent from an airplane.
WEBB CITY, Mo. – A gymnasium filled with basketball fans, football coaches and players watched as the Webb City football team picked up a National Guard trophy noting the team as one of the 50 best high school line-ups in the nation.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Citizen-Soldiers with the Missouri National Guard gained valuable training while partnering with Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield during February’s monthly drill, using state-of-the-art manikins known as “SimMan 3Gs” to sharpen their skills.
Building relationships with and giving back to the community is one of the strongest aspects of any Missouri National Guard Soldier. Lt. Col. Ed Gargas and Maj. Craig Gatzmeyer recently visited with members of the Jackson Optimist Club to share their stories and knowledge of the 1140th Engineer Battalion.
Luiz Goez, operations manager at Blue Chip Midwest LLC., was recently presented with a Patriot Award in recognition of his extraordinary support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserves.
FOREST CITY, Mo. - It has been five months since the Missouri National Guard was activated to respond to flooding along the Missouri River in the northwest portion of the state. The urgency of the flood has subsided, but the battle continues for many.
Mr. Edward Farnsworth, president of the Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, was presented a Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve in recognition of extraordinary support of his employees who serve in the Missouri National Guard and Reserve.
Two members of the 7th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, of Jefferson City, are in southeast Missouri helping keep Missouri National Guard communication flowing throughout the region as part of Operation Show Me Rising Tide.
Social media is playing a role in the National Guard's flood response efforts in southeast Missouri.
Soldiers of the 70th Troop Command, who are coordinating flood response missions from a tactical operations center at Jefferson Barracks, have been monitoring facebook since Gov. Jay Nixon mobilized the National Guard on Monday.
The Missouri National Guard's adjutant general crowned the state's first-ever state Army Guard combatives champions in seven weight brackets Sunday morning during an awards ceremony at Davidson Fitness Center.