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.
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.
Missouri National Guard Soldiers from a Springfield-based unit are supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Kuwait.
The 1107th Theater Aviation Sustainment Group’s mission encompasses a wide range of aviation support operations, including some in Afghanistan
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.
A departure ceremony for a detachment of Missouri National Guard Soldiers from the 35th Infantry Division who are set to deploy to the east European nation of Kosovo was held at the Mayes National Guard Armory in St. Joseph on Saturday
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.
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.
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.
ALBANY, Mo. – Robyn Akins, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Tim Akins of Battery A, 1-129th Field Artillery Battalion in Albany, was recently presented with the Honorable Order of Molly Pitcher award. Akins received a gold medallion signifying her service to the men of the field artillery on behalf of the U.S. Field Artillery Association and the Air Defense Artillery.
SEDALIA, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard’s 35th Combat Aviation Brigade’s Family Readiness Group is planning to give Family members a wonderful holiday event, even though their loved ones are deployed to Kuwait.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SHINDAND, Afghanistan – Since early spring about 170 Citizen-Soldiers with the Trenton-based 548th Transportation Company have been serving on a year-long mission in western Afghanistan. Most of these Citizen-Soldiers will spend the holidays away from Family and friends halfway around the world.
SHINDAND, Afghanistan – Since early spring about 170 Citizen-Soldiers with the Trenton-based 548th Transportation Company have been serving on a year-long mission in western Afghanistan. Most of these Citizen-Soldiers will spend the holidays away from Family and friends halfway around the world.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard’s Patriot Center hosted their second annual Halloween open house at the Ike Skelton Training Site for local area children.
The Patriot Center staff hosted activities for Service member’s children and community daycares – including providing candy for trick or treat and hay rides.