Nevada National Guard News

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 DayNevada 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.

Distinguished F-22 Pilot Takes Command of Nevada Guard’s 232nd Combat Training Squadron 01/10/2021

Lt. Col. Ethan WaitteDistinguished F-22 pilot takes command of Nevada Guard’s 232nd Combat Training Squadron
By Staff Sgt. Ryan Getsie
17th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Section

Lt. Col. Ethan Waitte took two steps toward Nevada Air Guard commander, Brig. Gen. Glen Martel, snapped to the position of attention, raised his right hand in a sharp salute, and said, “Sir, I assume command.”

Judging by Waitte’s distinguished 24-year career with the U.S. Air Force, it’s no surprise why he was chosen to become the next commander for the 232nd Combat Training Squadron, Jan. 8, 2020.

Waitte, an F-22 pilot with the Air Force, replaced Lt. Col. Justin Galli during a change of command ceremony held at the Las Vegas Readiness Center. Galli was awarded the... Continue Reading.

IGT’s Honored with Adjutant General’s Awards

IGT’s honored with Adjutant General’s awardsIGT’s Honored with Adjutant General’s Awards
By Lt. Col. Mickey Kirschenbaum
State Public Affairs Officer

  LAS VEGAS – As the COVID-19 pandemic initially bore down on the nation and state last spring, the Nevada National Guard found itself shorthanded in its Judge Advocate General office at the wrong time. Questions concerning unique work conditions, health considerations for the personnel and requests from the governor’s office all required timely answers from the Nevada Guard’s legal staff. The situation was exacerbated by the fact one of the Guard’s military attorneys was transitioning back to his usual job with the state of Nevada.

  That’s when Lt. Col. Kevin Remus, a traditional Soldier who works as an intellectual property attorney for IGT, entered the picture. The Nevada Guard asked Remus to take leave from his civilian position and support the state’s COVID-19 health response to the... Continue Reading.

Reno Soldier was ready to start new chapter in military, personal life - SPC. MICHAEL HIGHLINE: 1984 - 2020 12/14/2020

Reno Soldier was ready to start new chapter in military, personal life

RENO – Nevada Army Guard Spc Michael Highline was poised to enjoy several positive new chapters to his life this winter. The 36-year-old Cold Springs resident had just transferred to Charlie Company, 422nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion in Stead and was entrusted to become the unit’s driving instructor and examiner; in his personal life, he had just recently become engaged to Nancy Crombie, also of Cold Springs.

Highline’s promising future was never realized, however, as the father of four died in a vehicle accident on Dec. 14 in Cold Springs while en route to military training. He was buried Tuesday with military honors at the Northern Nevada Veterans Cemetery in Fernley, Nevada. He is survived by Walker, 14, Emerald, 11, Violet, 8, and Ryker, 6; previous spouse Shannon Highline and Crombie. Continue Reading.

Nevada Guard officer recognized for emergency management excellence 12/08/2020

By Sgt. 1st Class Erick Studenicka Compston Pic
Nevada Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs

Despite not being a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, the IAEM awarded Nevada Army Guard Lt. Col. Brett Compston its 2020 Regional Citation on Nov. 18 for his work as the incident commander for the state of Nevada’s coronavirus health response and initial recovery between May and September. 

Only six emergency managers in the nation were awarded regional citations this year, according to the organization that promotes the profession of emergency management. During the period of time this year when the Nevada Office of the Military provided comprehensive oversight of the COVID-19 health response of all state agencies, Compston coordinated resources and implemented processes to support the entire state’s COVID-19 health response.

“He stepped in and displayed exemplary leadership during a situation – a pandemic – that very few emergency managers have received training in,” said... Read more by clicking here