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News | Dec. 13, 2023

Guardians of Freedom Airshow 2023 named Military Air Show of the Year

The 2023 Guardians of Freedom Air Show was named the Military Air Show of the Year by the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, during the International Council of Air Show Convention Dec. 5, 2023.The air show was co-hosted for the

Press Release | Sept. 1, 2023

Guardians of Freedom Air Show returns with record attendance

The Guardians of Freedom Airshow - hosted by the Nebraska National Guard’s 155th Air Refueling Wing in partnership with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln Airport Authority and 55th Wing, Offutt Air Force Base - returned to the Lincoln Airport
Features
Feature | Dec. 2, 2023

Nebraska Airman: The Story behind the Uniform

Nebraska Air National Guard Tech. Sgt. Jarell Roach, a Religious Affairs Airman with the 155th Air Refueling Wing, recalls how a classmate's tragic story became the catalyst for his desire to join the military and fight to bring direction and hope to

Homeland
Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen and Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, Nebraska adjutant general, present the Nebraska National Guard Heroism Medal to Sgt. Brandi Sullivan during the Nebraska Adjutant General Change of Command Ceremony, July 8, 2023, at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sullivan is the first recipient of this new award instituted by Pillen through Executive Order 23-12 in June 2023. The Nebraska National Guard heroism medal may be awarded to any individual serving with or supporting the Nebraska Military Department who has distinguished himself/herself by heroism in saving the life, limb, or eyesight of a fellow citizen. Sullivan received the award for her exceptional heroism while responding to a major accident and rendering roadside aid to include cardiopulmonary resuscitation on May 18th, 2019. Sullivan provided critical first aid to multiple victims involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident during a thunderstorm along Interstate 80 near Gretna, Nebraska. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jamie Titus)
Flight medic first to receive new Nebraska National Guard Heroism Medal
By Staff Sgt. Jamie Titus | July 14, 2023
Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen and Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, Nebraska adjutant general, present the Nebraska National Guard Heroism Medal to Sgt. Brandi Sullivan during the Nebraska Adjutant General Change of Command Ceremony,...

Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 William Splichal, 99-years-old, conducts the Nebraska National Guard's 43rd Army Band Soldiers and alumni through John Philip Sousa's Golden Jubilee, during a 75th anniversary concert, June 3, 2023, at the Wildewood Park in Ralston, Nebraska. The Nebraska Army National Guard's 43rd Army Band celebrated 75 years of service with the anniversary concert, inviting alumni of the band to join with current members to perform a variety of songs, including many patriotic numbers. Splichal, a former bandmaster for the unit since it's inception, and who served during World War II and the Korean War, traveled from Texas for the 75th anniversary event. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lisa Crawford)
Nebraska’s 43rd Army Band celebrates 75 years of service
By Staff Sgt. Lisa Crawford | June 7, 2023
The Nebraska Army National Guard's 43rd Army Band celebrated 75 years of service with an anniversary concert, June 3, 2023, at the Wildewood Park in Ralston, Nebraska. Alumni of the 43rd Army Band joined with current members...
Partnerships
Nebraska Army National Guard Maj. Jessica Pan poses with her husband and three children after her promotion ceremony to the rank of major, Feb. 22, 2023, at the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda. Pan was named as the U.S. Africa Command Bilateral Affairs Officer of the Year for 2023. She serves as the bilateral affairs officer in Rwanda, working with the Office of Defense Cooperation, and the U.S. Ambassador’s country team, providing partner country information on State Partnership Program relevant activities. The Nebraska National Guard and Rwanda Defence Force have had a state partnership since Dec. 12, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Maj. Jessica Pan)
Nebraska Guardsman named U.S. Africa Command’s 2023 Bilateral Affairs Officer of the Year
By Staff Sgt. Lisa Crawford | Feb. 13, 2024
U.S. Africa Command announces Nebraska Army National Guard Maj. Jessica Pan as the Bilateral Affairs Officer of the Year for 2023...

Airman 1st Class Bridger Michaud, 55th Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist, is hoisted into a Nebraska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter along with a medic during hoist training Nov. 4, 2023. Company G, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 104th Regiment flew the helicopter from Lincoln to Offutt, enabling personnel from both units to carry out mandatory training.
SERE, Nebraska National Guard Team up for Hoist Training
By 55th Wing Public Affairs | Nov. 7, 2023
The 55th Operations Support Squadron’s survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists, better known as SERE, joined with the Nebraska Army National Guard to conduct hoist training Nov. 4, 2023...

The families of three American servicemembers with Nebraska ties are honored for the roles they played in liberating Czechoslavakia at the end of World War II by Lt. Gen. Karel Rehka, Chief of Defense of the Czech Armed Forces, and 1st Deputy Minister of Defense Frantisek Sulc. The American servicemembers were honored during the opening ceremonies for the Aug. 26, 2023, Guardians of Freedom Air Show in Lincoln, Nebraska. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Lt. Col. Kevin Hynes)
Czech leaders thank servicemembers’ families in Nebraska for the roles their World War II Veterans played in liberation
By Lt. Col. Kevin Hynes | Sept. 6, 2023
On Aug. 26, 2023, senior leaders of the Czech Armed Forces honored the family of 1st Lt. Virgil Kirkham as well as the families of two other Nebraska service members who participated in the liberation of Czechoslovakia in...

Members of a Czech Delegation including Czech Armed Forces, and Nebraska National Guard leadership came to Nebraska to participate in the airshow this year in celebration of 30 years of partnership with Nebraska and Texas through the Department of Defense’s State Partnership Program Aug. 26, 2023. Hosted by the Nebraska National Guard, Offutt Air Force Base, Lincoln Airport and the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, the airshow provides the community with an opportunity to view the robust capabilities of U.S. military air power. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jamie Titus)
Czech dignitaries travel to Nebraska to celebrate 30th anniversary of partnership
By Lt. Col. Kevin Hynes | Sept. 4, 2023
Thirty years after they were first matched as one of the original collaborations within the National Guard’s State Partnership Program, members of the Czech Armed Forces and representatives from the Nebraska and Texas...

Nebraska Army National Guard Soldiers strive to earn the coveted gold, silver or bronze German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge during the swim event, June 14, 2023, at the Aquacourt in Hastings, Nebraska. The challenging event was hosted by the 402nd Military Police Battalion, and tested 90 Soldiers on marksmanship, swimming ability, physical fitness level and endurance through ruck marching. Fifty Soldiers earned the GAFPB - 14 bronze, 27 silver and 9 gold. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Nathan Reicks)
402nd Military Police Battalion hosts Nebraska’s first German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge testing
By Staff Sgt. Lisa Crawford | June 21, 2023
The Nebraska Army National Guard’s 402nd Military Police Battalion hosted Nebraska’s first German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge testing June 14-15, 2023, in Hastings, Nebraska, with 90 Soldiers striving to earn the coveted...
Warfight
Airmen from the 155th Air Refueling Wing, respond to a simulated injured airman Feb. 4, 2024, National Guard airbase in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Airmen are exercising a large-scale readiness exercise that relies on well-considered planning, expertly trained personnel, and the willingness to respond to the nation’s needs at a moments notice. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Jeremiah Johnson)
155th Air Refueling Wing demonstrates readiness in large-scale exercise
By Staff Sgt. Lisa Crawford | Feb. 16, 2024
The 155th Air Refueling Wing conducted a large-scale readiness exercise, or LRE, on Feb. 2-4, 2024, at the Nebraska National Guard air base in Lincoln...

Friends, family and colleagues gathered together April 16, 2023, at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, for a send-off ceremony for 131 Nebraska National Guard Soldiers of Alpha Company, 2-134th Infantry Battalion (Airborne). Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen, U.S. Senators Deb Fischer and Pete Ricketts, Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird and Nebraska National Guard leaders thanked the Soldiers and their families and remarked on the unique mission they will have during the unit's first deployment. The company will be deployed to the Horn of Africa for close to a year. (U.S. Army National Guard photos by Sgt. Gauret Stearns)
A Co., 2-134th Infantry (Airborne) departs for unit's first overseas deployment
By Staff Sgt. Lisa Crawford | April 16, 2023
Friends, family and colleagues gathered together April 16, 2023, at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, for a send-off ceremony for 131 Nebraska National Guard Soldiers of Company A, 2-134th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)...

Five hundred and forty-five Soldiers from 21 nations across Kosovo Force Regional Command-East (KFOR RC-E) participate in the traditional Danish Contingency (DANCON) March of 24.27 kilometers near Camp Novo Selo, Kosovo, Jan. 7, 2023. Since 1972, the DANCON March has been conducted wherever Danish soldiers are deployed.  (U.S. Army photos by Staff Sgt. Anna Pongo, 111th Public Affairs Detachment, Nebraska Army National Guard)
Nebraska Guardsman wins Danish Contingency March while serving in Kosovo
By Sgt. 1st Class Herschel Talley | Jan. 19, 2023
Nebraska Army National Guard Capt. Travis Kirchner, 111th Public Affairs Detachment commander, achieved a first-place finish in the traditional Danish Contingency (DANCON) March of 24.27 kilometers near Camp Novo Selo,...