-The Missouri Army National Guard continues to lean forward and prepare Soldiers and units for deployment in operations around the world to extend our capabilities and initiatives to protect Missourians, as well as all citizens of our nation.
- The 35th Combat Aviation Brigade is continuing to prepare for deployment to the US Central Command area of operation. This is a very complex deployment with over 70 units from 15 states preparing to deploy under the brigade's command and control. The CAB is a multi-functional brigade-sized unit offering a combination of attack helicopters (AH-64 Apache), reconnaissance helicopters (OH-58 Kiowa), medium-lift helicopters (UH-60 Black Hawk), heavy-lift helicopters (CH-47 Chinook), and Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) capability.
- The 35th Engineer Brigade continues to act as a contingency tactical command post and exercise planning organization in support of U.S. Army South. As a result of this ongoing relationship, the brigade will lead a more than 600-Soldier task force in a "Beyond the Horizons" exercise. The task force will build and renovate schools, as well as provide medical care in rural areas of Guatemala and Honduras.
- 70th Troop Command is tasked as the FEMA Region 7 Homeland Response Force - one of only 10 HRFs nationwide. While capable as an all-hazards response force, the HRF is designed to respond to Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) incidents. The HRF, also National Guard Reaction Force with non-lethal capability sets, when directed by proper authority and upon consent of the Governor(s), alerts, assembles and deploys within six to 12 hours and conducts command and control; security; search and rescue; search and extraction; decontamination; and medical triage as needed in order to save lives and mitigate human suffering. Troop Command has spent the past 10 months building the HRF and will be validated by the Secretary of Defense in March 2012.
- 110th Maneuver Enhanced Brigade is breaking new ground with U.S. Army Africa by planning and conducting brigade headquarters command and control for "Eastern Accord 2012" in Tanzania. The intent of the Eastern Accord exercise is to conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations; enhance capabilities and interoperability; gain and maintain regional access; and establish relationships with Regional Brigade Security Force partners.
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.
Fort Leavenworth, Kan. - Brig. Gen. David F. Irwin, Missouri Army National Guard, Ballwin, Mo., retired in November with more than 31 years of military service to the state and nation. Irwin retired as the assistant division commander of the 35th Infantry Division after completing numerous previous leadership positions throughout the Missouri National Guard. Irwin was honored for his service at a ceremony held at the 35th Infantry Division Headquarters in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody and his wife, retired Chief Master Sgt. Athena Cody, visited Total Force Airmen and got a firsthand look at Whiteman’s B-2 operations during their recent trip to the base.
Athena Cody, a retired chief master sergeant and spouse of Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody, met with Missouri Air National Guard and active duty Airmen here to discuss key issues affecting members and their families, and how those issues can affect readiness.
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.
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
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.
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.
Airmen from the Missouri Air National Guard’s 131st Bomb Wing and 239th Combat Communications Squadron recently received the Gen. John P. Jumper Awards for Excellence in Warfighting Integration and Information Dominance.
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.
The Missouri Air National Guard’s 231st Civil Engineer Flight worked with both local Belize contractors and government officials to accomplish necessary site preparation including securing utility hook ups, excavating and compacting the construction site, pouring concrete foundations, and erecting fences for safety and security.
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.
WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Soldiers with the Missouri National Guard’s 1138th Military Police Company welcomed a new commander while simultaneously honoring the exiting officer who ushered them through multiple, stateside emergency missions during his leadership.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Spc. Dalton Toombs, of Marble Hill, took first place for the third time in the Welterweight Class of the recent 2013 Missouri National Guard Combatives Tournament at Lincoln University.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri National Guard’s 1-138th Infantry Regiment, headquartered in Kansas City, welcomed a new commander recently at a change of command ceremony at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City. Lt. Col. Marty Clay, of St. Louis, stepped in to lead the battalion, taking the reins from Lt. Col. Levon Cumpton, of Jefferson City.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Members of Missouri National Guard’s 1-138th Infantry Regiment said farewell to Lt. Col. Levon Cumpton, of Jefferson City, during a recent change of command ceremony at the Ike Skelton Training Site. After two years with the battalion, Cumpton relinquished his command to Lt. Col. Marty Clay, of St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A local soldier, Sgt. Jason M. McVey, 33, of South County, took first place in the Light Heavyweight Class of the recent Missouri National Guard Combatives Tournament at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Florissant Soldier with a passion for martial arts took first place in the Cruiserweight Class of the recent 2013 Missouri National Guard Combatives Tournament at Lincoln University.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri National Guard’s 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade said farewell to Maj. Barbara King, of Jefferson City, as she takes on a new position with the state headquarters in Jefferson City.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Col. William Ward, commander of the 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Kansas City, was recently distinguished with two Meritorious Service Medals, one for state service and the other for federal.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri Army National Guard Sgt. Maj. Timothy Bailie, of Columbia, was recently presented the Army Commendation Medal for his achievement during the planning, coordinating and operational phases of Operation Eastern Accord 12.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri Army National Guard Sgt. Maj. Timothy Bailie, of Columbia, was recently presented the Army Commendation Medal for his achievement during the planning, coordinating and operational phases of Operation Eastern Accord 12.
JEFFERSON CITY Mo. – Soldiers from the 1-138th Infantry Regiment won five of the seven weight classes Saturday at the third Missouri National Guard Combatives Tournament at Jason Gym on the Lincoln University campus.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Members of the Missouri National Guard’s Company C, 35th Infantry Division in St. Joseph, said farewell to Maj. Justin Bowden, of Odessa, during a change of command ceremony on Jan. 5 at the St. Joseph National Guard Armory. After two years with the company, Bowden relinquished his command to Maj. Shawn King, of Jefferson City.
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. JOSEPH, Mo. – Missouri National Guard’s Company C, 35th Infantry Division in St. Joseph, welcomed a new commander on Jan. 5. Maj. Shawn King, of Jefferson City, stepped in to lead the company, taking the reins from Maj. Justin Bowden, of Odessa.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –Missouri Army National Guard field artillerymen honored state tradition during the inauguration ceremony as Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was sworn in to a second term Monday, Jan. 14, in Jefferson City.
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.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Halfway through a nearly yearlong deployment to southwest Asia, Missouri National Guard Citizen-Soldiers miss friends, loved-ones and holiday rituals of home. But as a quasi family, they make the best of the situation.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A St. Louis soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Joseph M. Schicker, of the Missouri National Guard’s 70th Troop Command, was honored Friday by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen for his bravery while serving in Afghanistan.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard’s Patriot Center, located at the Ike Skelton Training Site, received a new family and warrior support division noncommissioned officer in charge and state casualty noncommissioned officer.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri Army National Guard’s Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 1-138th Infantry Regiment recently had a change of command at the Kansas City armory. Capt. David Hamilton, of Seymour, Tenn., relinquished his command of the unit on Dec. 2, to Capt. Tyson Erdman, of Kansas City, during the ceremony.
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.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – During a ceremonial promotion to the rank of chief warrant officer 5, the fifth and highest warrant officer ranking in the Army, the Missouri National Guard named its new command chief warrant officer,
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard, Family and friends welcomed home the remaining nine members of the Agribusiness Development Team VI that were a part of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan during a ceremony at Ike Skelton Training Site’s Fallen Warrior Auditorium Nov. 8.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A Pennsylvania native is the new administrative officer of the 70th Troop Command, the Missouri National Guard’s largest brigade, headquartered at historic Jefferson Barracks in south St. Louis County.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri Army National Guard’s 1141st Engineer Company (Sapper) out of Kansas City recently had a change in leadership. Capt. Troy D. Sandbothe, of Joplin, relinquished his command Sept. 8, to Capt. Paul E. Goode, of Fayette, during a ceremony at Camp Clark in Nevada.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard, Family and friends welcomed home 33 Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen from the Agribusiness Development Team VI Sept. 12, at Ike Skelton Training Site’s courtyard.
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – A six person team of Missouri Army National Guardsmen with the judge advocate general corps recently returned from a three-week overseas training event in Germany under the 7th U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command.
ARUSHA, Tanzania – Spc. Juliette Sondano, a member of the Missouri Army National Guard’s 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, based in Kansas City, Mo., reunites with her sister Vincy, who currently lives in Kenya.
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.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard’s Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment of the 175th Military Police Battalion and members of other elements deployed to Qatar were welcomed home by Family, friends and the community of Columbia during a ceremony Saturday afternoon at Columbia College.
HANNIBAL, Mo. – Hundreds of family, friends and well-wishers crowed the steamy Maybee Sports Center at Hannibal LaGrange University on Sunday to welcome home the Missouri National Guard’s 2175th Military Police Company from the unit’s year-long Mideast deployment.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Hundreds of family, friends and well-wishers crowded the Joint Armed Forces Reserve Center at Jefferson Barracks Saturday to welcome home a St. Louis-based National Guard unit from a Middle East deployment.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In September, in recognition of Suicide Prevention Month, the U.S. Army is preparing to conduct a two-phase suicide prevention stand down for all Soldiers, Army civilians, and Family members to help reduce the number of suicides within the Army community.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Engineer Brigade spent part of their annual training recently concentrating on basic convoy operations.
PANAMA CITY, Panama – When the Missouri National Guard works with its partner country Panama as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program there are Missouri Guardsmen liaison bridging the gap.
PANAMA CITY, Panama - Members of the Missouri National Guard public affairs team brought their skills and expertise to an event in the Republic of Panama hosted by the State Partnership Program last week.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Brig. Gen. Jon “JB” Kelk, the chief of staff of the Missouri Air National Guard, was honored during a farewell ceremony that marked the end of his distinguished service as a Missouri Guardsman.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri Army National Guard’s 205th Area Support Medical Company recently had a change in leadership at the Kansas City armory. Maj. Douglas Crandall, of St. Louis, relinquished his command of the unit July 7, to Capt. Eric Dier, of Russellville, during their change of command ceremony.
ST. JOSEPH, MO. – At least 50 combat operations experts met at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base here this week for a working group on air mobility tactics to analyze and report on current air and air defense operations across the globe.
FORT RUCKER, Ala. – Before the Missouri Army National Guard’s 35th Combat Aviation Brigade deploys to Kuwait this month, they will complete a 10-day final training program coordinated by Division West’s 166th Aviation Brigade at the aviation simulation center here.
NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Missouri Agribusiness Teams have helped Afghan farmers in the Nangarhar Province create a sustainable agriculture program for years and this past May a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Finely Shields marked the end of the Missouri National Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team’s mission.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Though she wears her military uniform with pride, Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Pawli of the Missouri Army National Guard also likes to don a much different uniform representing her alter ego.
TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. – While completing a pain medicine fellowship at the University of Iowa in 2004, Dr. James D. Toombs received a phone call from his other employer, the Missouri Army National Guard.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – With the new fielding of the Standardized Integrated Command Post System, the Missouri National Guard’s 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade is now better prepared to carry out their stateside mission.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – By providing realistic and challenging training scenarios, the 1-138th Infantry Regiment strives to ready infantrymen for both their stateside and federal missions. With the unit being spread across the state they must take advantage of every opportunity to train together as a whole.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – Infantrymen with the Missouri National Guard set out this summer to earn the prestigious Expert Infantry Badge. While conducting their two-week annual training at Fort Leonard Wood, 75 members of the 1-138th Infantry Regiment headquartered in Kansas City battled it out for the esteemed badge, with an elite 12 earning the honor to wear the rifle emblem on their chests.
JALALABAD, Afghanistan – An unsuccessful April 15 Taliban attack on Missouri National Guardsmen at a forward operating base in Afghanistan has resulted in numerous medals and awards for members of the Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team.
NACO, Honduras – Five Missouri National Guard Soldiers received special recognition from the Honduran army for their contributions to a months-long training exercise and humanitarian mission during a ceremony June 26.
MICHELETTI, Honduras – In the small town of Micheletti, Honduras, children have to walk 35 minutes through searing heat and driving rain to get to school – but soon, thanks to the National Guard, Army Reserve and U.S. Army South, that will just be a story they tell their grandchildren.
QUIMISTAN, Honduras. – Missouri National Guard engineers from four different companies have joined together to finish a months-long project to build a clinic in Quimistan as part of U.S. Army South’s Beyond the Horizon-Honduras exercise.
FORT HOOD, Texas – Members of the Headquarters Support Company, 35th Infantry Division from Missouri and Kansas cross their state borders and rivalries to join forces during a field support exercise at Fort Hood, Texas, June 3-23 for their annual training.
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.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - It’s instilled in Soldiers to put the mission first, refuse to accept defeat, never quit, and never leave behind a fallen comrade - it’s the foundation for the American Soldier’s spirit and total commitment to victory - in peace and war – to always exemplify ethical behavior and Army values. So goes the warrior ethos.
COBAN, Guatemala – Chaplains in the Army are expected to provide religious services and counseling for Soldiers. Especially during overseas missions, Soldiers often count on chaplains to provide spiritual guidance.
QUIMISTAN, Honduras – A Missouri Army National Guardsman is serving as project manager at a medical clinic construction site for Beyond the Horizon 2012 Honduras, a civil-military exercise that is dedicated to working with the Hondurans to provide humanitarian and engineering assistance.
ORIENTE, Honduras – When you are in the U.S. military, you never know where Uncle Sam might send you. For some National Guard and Reserve units, Soldiers have found themselves working on construction sites in Honduras for the Beyond the Horizon 2012 exercise.
NACO, Honduras – A Missouri Army National Guardsman is serving as the personnel officer for Beyond the Horizon 2012 Honduras, a civil-military operation that is dedicated to working together with the Hondurans.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri National Guard’s Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade said farewell to Capt. Alan Brown, of Wardsville, during a change of command ceremony on May 6 at the Kansas City National Guard Armory. After two years with the company, Brown relinquished his first command to Capt. Travis Neely of Lenexa, Kan.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Missouri National Guard’s Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade ushered in new leadership at a change of command ceremony on Sunday, May 6 in Kansas City. Capt. Travis Neely took command of the company from Capt. Alan Brown.
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 CHAFFEE, Ark. – Citizen-Soldiers with Missouri National Guard’s 1-129th Field Artillery and 1128th Forward Support Company recently had the opportunity to show their employers what life is like when they step away from their full-time jobs and serve as modern day Minutemen.
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.
CAMP AL SAYLIYAH, Qatar – A De Soto National Guardsman deployed to the Middle East has been named soldier of the quarter for his unit, the 3175th Chemical Company, based at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis County.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Friends and Family gathered at Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City to wish their loved ones well as the Missouri National Guard’s Agribusiness Development Team VI departs for more training before arriving in Afghanistan.
FLORISSANT, Mo. – By her own admission, serving in the military was not on Stephanie Mundwiller’s radar while attending McClure North High School. But after graduating in 2006 a conversation with her cousin, Master Sgt. Jennifer Kuhl, an Air Guard recruiter, lead Mundwiller to enlist in the Missouri Air National Guard, a decision she now calls one of the best she ever made.
Korat, Thailand - Nearly 30 Missouri Guardsmen traveled from St. Louis to Thailand to participate in Pacific Command's largest joint force, multinational exercise, Cobra Gold 2012, held here February 5 through 17.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – It was the first dusting of snow of the season, with southwest and central Missouri streets and highways covered in a thin layer of ice and snow. That morning, Dec. 6, four Missouri National Guard Soldiers headed northeast on Missouri 54 toward Jefferson City.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The year 2011 is quickly coming to a close, giving the Missouri National Guard a time to reflect on the many missions accomplished in the past 12 months during a town hall meeting at the Ike Skelton Training Site.
Missouri National Guard engineer units have a long-standing tradition of completing valuable construction projects in Central and South America that continues to this day as part of their training. The projects are not only valuable to the countries they serve, but also in the training received by the Guardsmen.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Missouri Army National Guard recruiter, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Wood, was recently awarded the Recruiting and Retention Command, Sergeant Major Award for Recruiting and Retention Excellence in 2011. This is a state-wide recognition for the St. Joseph-based recruiter.
Missouri National Guard Soldiers and Airmen across the state are participating in a national level exercise to prepare and coordinate an effective response to earthquakes in the New Madrid Seismic Zone.
1st Lt. Matthew Martz, of St. Joseph, took command of Missouri National Guard’s Battery D, 1-129th Field Artillery from Capt. Shannon D. Holaday, of Bolckow, during a change of command ceremony in January at the Independence National Guard Armory.