Category Archives: Wyoming National Guard

Guard biathletes team up with wounded vets

By Wyoming National Guard | October 05th, 2017

Wyoming National Guard biathletes helped build the skillsets of wounded American military veterans while the para-athletes taught a lesson in humility.

The veterans came from all over the United States. Some are blind. Some are missing limbs. Some are battling the effects of traumatic brain injuries and a myriad of other maladies, but they are a dedicated bunch eager to learn and master a new sport.

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Video: Resiliency in the face of change

By Wyoming National Guard | September 27th, 2017

Jenny Rigg, Director of Psychological Health for the 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard talks about what it means to be resilient while embracing change.

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Wyo. Vietnam vets share war experience at Joint Forces HQ for PBS

By Wyoming National Guard | September 14th, 2017

The Joint Forces Readiness Center played host to a Wyoming Vietnam War veteran panel that was organized by PBS on Monday. Three veterans, all current residents of the state, discussed their war experiences on a record-to-air taping that will be aired Friday in conjunction with Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War” documentary.

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“One Guard” keeps Guernsey airfields safe for training

By Wyoming National Guard | August 16th, 2017

With the Wyoming Air National Guard’s plan to practice combat missions during last week’s annual training at Camp Guernsey came additional emergency response requirements and an opportunity for Air and Army firefighters to partner as “one guard.”

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Cheyenne turns 150, the Wyo. Guard has been there from the beginning

By Wyoming National Guard | August 10th, 2017

In 1870, five years after Cheyenne was founded, the Wyoming National Guard was authorized to protect and safeguard the people of the Wyoming Territory.

Flash forward to today, as the city celebrates the 150th anniversary of Cheyenne’s birth, the Wyoming National Guard, with multiple Army and Air Guard units assigned here, continue the legacy started so many years ago.

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Annual Wyoming National Guard open house draws 4,500

By Wyoming National Guard | July 27th, 2017

The annual Wyoming National Guard Open House, held July 26, drew an estimated 4,500 to the 153rd Airlift Wing’s base, in Cheyenne.

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Wyoming’s 84th Civil Support Team looks for unique training environments

By Wyoming National Guard | June 08th, 2017

He expected the call, but didn’t know at what hour it might come. As Capt. Adam Oswalt’s phone rang, he awoke, slung his feet over the edge of the bed, and sat up. It was 4 a.m. and it was time to train.

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Two Wyo. Army Guardsmen given rescue award for 2015 Afghanistan mission

By Wyoming National Guard | May 06th, 2017

Two Wyoming Army National Guardsmen were awarded the Dustoff Association’s Rescue of the Year award in a ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility Friday, in Cheyenne. The award was given for a medical evacuation mission in Afghanistan almost two years ago.

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Recruiters turn to innovation to seek out new enlistees

By Wyoming National Guard | April 26th, 2017

When you think of recruiters, a few images come to mind. Top on the list is an image of a staff sergeant or technical sergeant visiting a school during lunch or an assembly and presenting a slideshow of fun looking jobs. You may also recall recruiters handing out tri-folds during fairs or parades.

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Three ways to prepare your children for a drill weekend

By Wyoming National Guard | April 25th, 2017

If you’re a traditional M-Day soldier with children you know the impact that drill weekends, schools, annual training, temporary duty assignments, and deployments can have on your family.

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Military families and the life of the cautiously carefree child

By Wyoming National Guard | April 13th, 2017

Children are typically carefree; no job, no bills to pay, no worries. However, that is not true for the military child.
Military children don’t typically fall into the carefree category. At any given time their lives can be in a state of change; living in a single-parent or no-parent household with parents deployed or geographically separated due to military obligations, changing schools and living in turmoil are just a few things military children deal with on a regular basis.

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History: Wyo. Guard played role in WW1 100 years ago

By Wyoming National Guard | April 06th, 2017

June 1914. Europe enjoyed its last calm summer before turmoil engulfed the continent.

An assassin’s bullet ended that in Sarajevo, a part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austria-Hungarian throne, would die from gunshot wounds from Gavrilo Princep, which plunged Europe into the Great War, or, as it became known decades later, World War I.

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14 ways to stay in shape for a Guardsmen

By Wyoming National Guard | April 04th, 2017

We’ve all heard it, seen it or experienced it, the stereotype of National Guard soldiers being lazy, over the weight standards or unmotivated.

But, what can we do to avoid living up to this stereotype?

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Communications & rocket science: the daily workings of Lt. Col. Michael Carden

By Wyoming National Guard | March 30th, 2017

Lt. Col. Michael Carden knew early in life that he wanted to join some branch of the military. Inspired by his uncle, a former Marine and telecommunications specialist; Carden, as early as 10, had already developed a love for electronics and programming computer games.

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Women of the Wyoming National Guard

By Wyoming National Guard | March 22th, 2017

In 1869, Wyoming became the first state to grant women the right to vote. More than a century later, the Equality State continues to be a trendsetter for women – it houses Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry, which employed the first female infantry soldier in the country.

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Wyoming National Guard teams helping in Worland floods

By Wyoming National Guard | February 13th, 2017

Wyoming Army National Guard soldiers responded to a request from the governor and Wyoming Homeland Security to mitigate flooding in Worland and surrounding areas.

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Wyoming State Superintendent of Public Instruction champions military readiness in Wyoming schools

By Wyoming National Guard | January 30th, 2017

There are a lot of different jobs in the military, and prior to World War II, many recruits were placed in positions not well suited for them, thereby wasting time and money for retraining.

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Wyoming Air Guard supports 58th Inauguration

By Wyoming National Guard | January 25th, 2017

Thirteen Wyoming Air National Guard airmen were part of a roughly 7,500-strong force of citizen-soldiers and airmen from 43 states, three territories and the District of Columbia brought to Washington, D.C., last week to support local civilian authorities as well as federal government agency partners for the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump.

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Guard biathletes complete races in Casper, Wyo.

By Wyoming National Guard | January 17th, 2017

Despite the fierce terrain, high altitude and wind gusts of up to 54 mph, approximately 75 Guard members from nine western states skied and shot their way through the National Guard’s Western Regional Biathlon at the Casper Mountain Biathlon Center in Casper, Wyoming, Jan 10-14.

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Army Guard couple builds strength with love of biathlon

By Wyoming National Guard | January 14th, 2017

University of Wyoming ROTC cadets, and Wyoming Army National Guard soldiers, Chelsee and Chris Dellinger didn’t know anything about biathlon when they got married five years ago, but now the sport is a big part of their daily life together.

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Guard biathletes complete first race of regional competition

By Wyoming National Guard | January 13th, 2017

The Alaska National Guard’s Pfc. Travis Cooper topped the field at the 2017 Western Regional National Guard Biathlon Competition Sprint Race Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Casper Mountain Biathlon Center. He crossed the finish line first among more than 70 biathletes representing nine states.

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Wyoming Military Department 2016 year in review

By Wyoming National Guard | December 22th, 2016

The Wyoming Military Department experienced an active 2016.

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Operation GUARDian Angel holiday program helps those who serve

By Wyoming National Guard | November 23th, 2016

In August 1990, military members around the globe were preparing for the first major international conflict after Iraq invaded Kuwait. Later that year, the Wyoming National Guard stepped up to support two equally important operations: Operation Desert Shield and Operation GUARDian Angel.

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Wyo. Guard soldiers train as peace officers

By Wyoming National Guard | November 17th, 2016

Approximately 70 members of the 133rd Engineer Company, Wyoming Army National Guard, began their November drill weekend a little differently, by being exposed to pepper spray. That began 20 hours of training for members of the Wyoming National Guard Response Force.

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Wyo. National Guard Counterdrug coordinator receives prestigious law enforcement award

By Wyoming National Guard | October 26th, 2016

Master Sgt. Diane Smith was awarded as an Outstanding Contributor to Law Enforcement at the annual Wyoming Military Department’s Governor’s Reception

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Community partnerships highlight heroes and preparedness

By Wyoming National Guard | September 22th, 2016

Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes numerous behind-the-scenes personnel from varying community organizations coming together, forging partnerships, to foster preparedness.

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The nuts and bolts of the Blended Retirement System

By Wyoming National Guard | September 01th, 2016

In 2011 the Department of Defense released plans to address an issue for service members – retirement.
National leaders decided that the military retirement system, was in need of a revamp, and embarked on a multi-year study which analyzed all facets of the current retirement system, and led to the proposal of the Blended Retirement System in the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.

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