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  • State Partnership Program links D.C National Guard and Burkina Faso—underscores importance of regional security in West Africa

    The country of Burkina Faso has become the 76th nation to join the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program, following a formal signing ceremony with the District of Columbia National Guard and the National Armed Forces of Burkina Faso at the Ministry of Defense here, Feb. 1.
  • DC National Guard deputized for Women's March 2019

    Soldiers and Airmen within the District of Columbia National Guard provided traffic control to pedestrians and vehicles during the Women's March 2019. They were deputized by members of the Metropolitan Police Department to support civilian authorities and to ensure civilians exercised their rights safely. Guard members were authorized to take in "temporary custody" rioters, looters and other persons who committed crimes. National Guard members were also authorized to provide prompt medical attention to persons in reasonable need and first aid as necessary.
  • D.C. Air Guard unit protects skies over nation’s capital

    JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. – "Scramble, scramble, scramble," a monotonous, booming voice blares from a speaker inside a spotless hangar. As the words echo through the open space, Air Force Col. John Vargas springs into action.Knowing the voice means a potential threat from the sky, he quickly dons his flight gear and rushes to climb aboard an F-16
  • D.C. Guard supports state funeral of George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States

    District of Columbia National Guard (DCNG) Soldiers and Airmen provided security, transportation and disaster response capabilities during the state funeral held at the Washington National Cathedral for the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush on Dec. 5, 2018.The DCNG joined with multiple agencies including the D.C. Homeland
  • D.C. Air National Guardsman saves elderly woman from house fire

    Tech. Sgt. Kelly Downes, a 213th Air Maintenance Squadron Phase Inspector, saved her 91 year-old neighbor from a house fire in Essex, Md., Oct. 16.Downes received a call from the woman’s daughter, who was away at the time, asking to check on her mother who was smelling smoke in the house.“I, along with my wife, went over to check on her when we
  • JBA recognizes LGBT Pride Month

    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month is recognized each year in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, New York. According to the library of Congress, the riots were a tipping point for the gay liberation movement in the U.S.“The base celebrates this month to raise awareness of gay culture and promote greater diversity
  • CrossTell air defense exercise hones air-intercept skills

    Aircrews and associated support personnel from across the military air-defense enterprise are here today for a three-day Aerospace Control Alert CrossTell live-fly training exercise. Representatives from Air National Guard fighter wings, Civil Air Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard rotary-wing air intercept units will conduct daily live-fly sorties from today through May 25 to hone their skills with tactical-level air intercept procedures.
  • Amidst accident aftermath: 1st HS executes F-16 pilot evacuation

    During the F-16 Fighting Falcon crash incident April 5, the 1st Helicopter Squadron sent two UH-1N Iroquois to the scene to medically evacuate the downed pilot.
  • News Release: F-16 Incident

    A D.C. Air National Guard F-16C Fighter, assigned to the 113th Wing, at Joint Base Andrews, MD, crashed about 9:31 A.M. today approximately 6 miles from Joint Base Andrews, MD.  The aircraft was flying along with other DCANG aircraft in a routine training mission in the Greater Washington Area. The aircraft carried only the pilot.  The pilot