Nevada National Guard News

Samoa, Nevada Guard Pair in Growing State Partnership Program

Samoa graphic smallBy Capt. Emerson Marcus

Nevada Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs


CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Nevada National Guard is adding the Independent State of Samoa as its third partner nation in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command area of operations through the State Partnership Program. 

Samoa joins the Kingdom of Tonga and the Republic of Fiji as Pacific Island partners with the Nevada National Guard. These partnerships were formalized in 2014 and 2019, respectively. 

"Nevada's meaningful relationships and regional expertise in the Oceania region over the last decade were cited as the driving force behind the creation of this newest partnership," said Brig. Gen. Michael Peyerl, director of Joint Staff, Nevada National Guard. "Many people are surprised at how much Nevada and Pacific Island nations have in common. At first glance, it's easy to focus on the differences. If you look closely, you will see similarities of small, close-knit, urban communities, separated by large distances of ocean in the Pacific, and desert in Nevada."

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Nevada Army Guard acquires 2 late-model Lakota UH-72 helicopters

 230201 - Lakota xtra small By Spc. Adrianne Lopez

17th Sustainment Brigade


NORTH LAS VEGAS – The Nevada Army Guard’s wish list came to fruition during the holiday season with its acquisition of two state-of-the-art UH-72B Lakota helicopters in December. The Nevada Army Guard was one of nine National Guard states to receive two late-model Lakotas to enhance rotary-wing aircraft capabilities across the country, especially in mountainous states.

The Department of Defense purchased 18 UH-72B Lakota helicopters on Aug. 4, 2022, and the Nevada Army Guard received two of the new helicopters based on its domestic mission set and environmental factors. The new UH-72B model is more powerful than the older UH-72A model and will allow for hoist rescue operations at high elevations in Nevada. One UH-72B costs about $8 million, according to recent public government procurement contracts... Continue reading here

Progress on Hawthorne small arms range, pistol course remains on target

Hawthorne Range update Dec 2022Staff report


           HAWTHORNE -- Progress on the small arms range at the Hawthorne Army Depot that will allow Nevada’s military personnel to stay within the state for their weapons qualification testing remains on target. This month, the Nevada Guard’s Lands and Ranges team completed its preparation for an interim Automated Record Fire Range and Combat Pistol Qualification Course. Both will feature wireless targets that are set to be emplaced in late winter.

The interim range and course promise to be operational by mid-March 2023 for Individual Soldier Weapons Qualification. The permanent small arms range that meets the Army standard for individual weapons qualification tests should be done by 2025 and will likely cost about $17 million.... Continue reading here 


Outstanding Airmen recognized during annual Awards Ceremony and Banquet

Jen_HerrellBy Airman 1st Class Thomas Cox
152nd Airlift Wing

RENO, Nev. – The Nevada Air National Guard recognized its top performers February 11 during its annual Awards and Outstanding Airmen of the Year ceremony and banquet. The event was hosted by the local chapter of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States at the Atlantis Resort in Reno.

Awards presented at the ceremony included the Diversity Award, the Mervin T. Johnson Memorial Safety Award, Recruiter of the Year, Unit Career Advisor of the Year, Chief’s Council Award, Commander’s Excellence Awards as well as the Airman, Noncommissioned Officer, Senior Noncommissioned Officer and Company Grade Officer of the Year Awards. 

Nevada Guard’s Best Warriors

Bryan_BrownBy Sgt. 1st Class Erick Studenicka
Joint Force Headquarters

HAWTHORNE, Nev. – Staff Sgt. Keahi Granstrom, a motor transport operator in the 1864th Transportation Company, and Sgt. Bryan Brown, a combat engineer in the 609th Engineer Company, emerged as the top Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier in the state respectively during the three-day Best Warrior contest that concluded March 10 at the Hawthorne Army Depot.

Nevada Guard backs first responders for 22nd year at ‘America’s Party’

Photo and Story by Spc. Adrianne Lopez

17th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Section  

Americas_PartyThe Nevada National Guard completed its 22nd year assisting first responders in Las Vegas for “America’s Party” — an annual New Year’s Eve celebration that regularly brings more than 300,000 partygoers to the Entertainment Capital of the World.

About 220 Guardsmen and women assisted for the activation this year. More than 100 of those were on the Las Vegas Strip to assist with crowd control and ensure a safe celebration. Additionally, about 40 members of the Nevada Air Guard backed staffs at University Medical Center and Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center on Friday and into the early hours of Saturday morning for potential triage support in the case of any emergency. This support has been requested the past four years following the Route 91 mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 60 country music concertgoers in 2017.

Inaugural Battle Born Youth ChalleNGe Academy class graduates

BBYCA XMASBy Staff Sgt. Walter Lowell  

106th Public Affairs Detachment    


ELKO – The inaugural class of students in the Battle Born Youth ChalleNGe Academy made Nevada history after 21 cadets graduated from the residential phase of the program Friday during a ceremony at the Elko Convention Center. All 21 students completed the rigorous 22-week residential portion of the program and are transitioning to the one-year mentorship phase of the program as they return to their respective local, traditional high schools.

Opened just last February, the Battle Born Youth ChallenNGe Academy is the state- and Nevada Guard-sponsored educational academy participating in the overarching National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. It is a preventive rather than remedial at-risk youth program that includes voluntary participants 16-18 years of age who have dropped out of school or are not satisfactorily progressing academically, are unemployed or under employed, drug-free, and crime-free.






Barring recurrence, Nevada Guard in final stages of COVID-19 health response mission

Gomez_Vacc_Sm_2By Spc. Adrianne Lopez

17th Sustainment Brigade

LAS VEGAS – Eighteen months into the Nevada Guard’s COVID-19 health response mission, about 135 Soldiers and Airmen remain on duty battling the persistent virus daily across the Silver State.

The ongoing coronavirus mission has proven to be the largest and lengthiest domestic response in state history. The COVID-19 health mission began in April 2020 and at the height of the response, more than 1,100 of the state’s 4,400 Guardsmen were on orders supporting Nevada’s pandemic response.

After emphasizing testing and personal protective gear distribution in the early stages of the pandemic, the main priority of the Guardsmen since the release of the COVID-19 vaccine has been immunization assistance to civilian authorities. Two task forces – Task Force 422 in the north and Task Force 17 in the south – support the coronavirus health response mission.

Warrant officer corps seeks experienced, seasoned Soldiers


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Christopher Moll, of Carson City, receives his new rank of Warrant Officer Candidate on October 6 as he began his transition from enlisted Soldier to warrant officer. Moll is set to enter the finance career field and become a property book officer. The Nevada Army Guard aims to add at least eight warrant officers to its ranks annually in upcoming years to offset a high number of anticipated retirements.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Walter Lowell

Leads 2 Enlistment Challenge continues through end of September

CARSON CITY – The Leads to Enlistment Challenge is underway and will continue through the end of September. The challenge is simple and could result with a Soldier earning a trip to Hawaii (albeit to participate in Air Assault School).

Afghanistan Retrospective

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In this file photo from 2003, the Soldiers from the first Nevada Army Guard unit deployed to Afghanistan – Detachment 1, 126th Medical Company based in Stead, Nevada – take time out for a photo at Kandahar International Airport. The Soldiers were in Kandahar Province from January-September 2003. The unit would be deployed to Afghanistan four times during the next two decades. More than 1250 Nevada Guard Soldiers and 700 Nevada Guard Airmen served in Afghanistan since 2003.

File Photo courtesy 126th Med Co.


By Senior Master Sgt. Paula Macomber152nd Airlift Wingwizard

 RENO – Honorary Capt. Tennyson “Wizard” Hunter, the Nevada Air Guard’s first Pilot for a Day, died on February 22 after a long battle with Kabuki Syndrome. He was 15.

  Hunter, or as Nevada Air Guardsmen called him, “Wizard,” – the call sign he received in 2019 during his Pilot for a Day service – touched the heart of every High Roller on the air base during his Pilot for a Day stint. The Pilot for a Day Air Force program that provides chronically-ill children a chance to experience Air Force life. With his jovial spirit and can-do attitude, Hunter made a memorable impact on the base during his one-day military career Dec. 16, 2019.

Biathlon Vexation Melts Away As Aviation Soldier Claims Silver, Bronze

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By Sgt. 1st Class Erick Studenicka
Joint Force Headquarters

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. -- Nearly 50 years of Nevada Guard frustration and disappointment in the sport of biathlon melted away like snow in Las Vegas last week as Sgt. Jordan McElroy claimed two medals at the Chief of the National Guard Bureau Championships.

McElroy’s silver in the 12.5-kilometer pursuit race and his bronze in the 10- kilometer sprint were the Nevada Guard’s first men’s open podium results since biathlon became a National Guard-sponsored sport in 1973. Biathlon is the Winter Olympic sport that combines cross country skiing and rifle marksmanship. Continue reading NVNG's podium finishes at Biathlon 2021.

Nevada ANG director of operations sets sights for Harvard 02/22/2021

LTC GalliStory by Tech. Sgt. Garrett Wake

152nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

   Lt. Col. Justin Galli raised his right hand to offer a final salute as the commander of the 232nd Operations Squadron. Although family and friends were not able to attend the in-person ceremony because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many viewed virtually. The ceremony capped Galli’s final day as commander of the 232nd. Physical attendance was limited to only a few essential personnel; four of Galli’s enlisted Airmen attended in ceremonial roles to bid their commander farewell.

   While this day marked an end to a chapter of his career, it also marked the beginning of the next as Galli prepares to travel across the country to the Harvard Kennedy School. This year he will represent the National Guard as the sole guardsman to participate in the school’s National Security Fellows Program.

Nevada Guard Soldier Breaks Free From The Grip of Chicago’s Mean Streets

BB Getsie StoryStory by Staff Sgt. Ryan Getsie

17th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Section

Spc. Jimmy Payton escaped the termoil of violence and drugs found in Chicago’s gang infested Southside, and now prepares to compete as a bodybuilder at the national level while continuing to serve with the Nevada Army National Guard.

“Chicago is a different world,” Payton said. “The city is in a bad position now with all the gang violence and drugs. A lot of people I knew there were getting shot.”

Payton was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. His hometown was famous for several blues musicians such as John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters. The Delta Blues Museum is located in Clarksdale along the Sunflower River.

When he was a toddler his family relocated to Chicago, IL, where he spent most of his childhood and formative years. He escaped the mean streets of Chicago’s Southside at 25-years old and relocated to St. Louis, MI. He was a forklift trainer and operator for a short time until he finally decided to leave the Midwest altogether and landed in sunny Las Vegas in July 2017.

Shortly after moving to the Silver State Payton raised his right hand, took the Oath of Enlistment, and strapped on his boots to serve with Nevada National Guard in April of 2018. He joined as a motor transport operator (88M) with the 593rd Motor Transport Company and has been with the unit ever since... Continue reading here

Nevada Guard Soldiers, Airmen On Duty To Ensure Quiet, Calm Inauguration Day 01/22/2021

Nevada Guard Soldiers, Airmen on duty to ensure quiet, calm Inauguration Day
By Sgt. 1st Class Erick Studenicka
Joint Force Headquarters 


   CARSON CITY – More than 310 Nevada National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were among the 32,000 National Guardsmen on duty Wednesday across the nation to help quell any potential civil disturbance on Joseph Biden Jr.’s ultimately calm and quiet Presidential Inauguration Day. In addition to placing 60 Soldiers on duty in the state capital on Jan. 20, the Nevada Guard sent 253 Soldiers and Airmen to Washington, D.C., to support the 59th Presidential Inauguration.


   They were among the 25,900 National Guardsmen on duty in the nation’s capital for the Presidential Inauguration. The majority of the Soldiers were from 1-221st Cavalry based in Las Vegas and the 3665th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company based in Henderson.... Continue Reading.