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June 29, 2020

Team of NH guardsmen entrenched at state food bank

The New Hampshire Food Bank typically depends heavily on a staff of older adult volunteers—an age group at higher risk for COVID-19. So operations were redirected through a team of citizen-soldiers placed on active duty to help sort, cook and deliver food at cities and towns across the state. That was about three months ago. Management has since grown completely dependent on its new labor force.

June 22, 2020

COVID-19 Update #12

As our support of COVID-19 relief efforts tapers, I want you to know how much your actions over the past 100 days have been appreciated. Our governor, congressional delegation, town and city leaders, police and fire chiefs, first responders and fellow citizens have a newfound, and deeper, respect for the New Hampshire National Guard.

June 12, 2020

157th Civil Engineers support NH State Veterans Cemetery

The 157th Civil Engineers train and support the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

June 9, 2020

COVID-19 Update #11

After three months of continuous activation, we have finally helped turn the tide against the COVID-19 pandemic. Your dedication and commitment to your communities and fellow citizens is paying off.

May 29, 2020

The IT factor

Returning home from a 400-day deployment battling global cyber threats, the New Hampshire National Guard’s newest detachment found itself on the frontlines of a different kind of fight. Shortly after redeploying from Fort Meade, the citizen-soldiers of Detachment 1, 136th Cyber Support Company were at it again, helping the state’s Department of Information Technology monitor a massive upswing in computer usage by state employees teleworking in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 22, 2020

Different kind of Memorial Day

While this Memorial Day looks much different from those in the past, we still come together and remember those who gave their lives to preserve our freedoms that we so dearly cherish.

May 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update #10

The beat goes on for the New Hampshire National Guard as COVID-19 relief efforts across the Granite State continue. While local businesses and recreation slowly begin to reopen, more than 650 New Hampshire guardsmen continue to support eight lines of effort concurrently. To date, the totals are a staggering reflection of the workload being handled by our five task forces.

May 15, 2020

His finger’s on the pulse

As businesses and recreation begin to slowly reopen throughout New Hampshire, the requirement for COVID-19 testing grows. That’s where the skill set of Capt. Benjamin Hagstrom comes into sharp focus. The medical officer for Joint Task Force 197 is the lead planner for the state’s one mobile and six drive-thru testing sites.

May 12, 2020

Guardsman and Guardian Angel

Maj. Tori Scearbo is one of thousands of state medical professionals working the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has been taking care of patients since the virus spread to New Hampshire in March. A native of Bangor, Maine, she serves in the New Hampshire Air National Guard as a nurse for the 157th Medical Group, Det. 1 CERFP, and as a critical care nurse at Portsmouth Hospital.

May 11, 2020

COVID-19 Update #9

I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy Mother’s Day, especially our mothers serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was another busy week for us as we activated another 75-soldiers over the weekend. To date, more than 650 New Hampshire guardsmen – 450 NHARNG soldiers and 200 NHANG airmen – are supporting COVID-19 relief efforts across the state. Five task forces continue to run eight lines of effort concurrently.

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