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Aug. 25, 2020

NH Food Bank mission ends

The New Hampshire National Guard worked its 15th and final mobile food pantry Aug 7. A team of guardsmen was temporarily assigned to aid the NH Food Bank with sorting, cooking and delivery operations since its COVID-19 relief mission began in April.

Aug. 25, 2020

True Grit

After more than six months of continuous activation, it’s fair to say we’ve reached a steady state in our support of the state’s coronavirus relief efforts.

Aug. 3, 2020

Cyber Yankee 2020 draws to successful conclusion

Cyber Yankee 2020, a regional exercise designed to provide cyber responders a virtual range to train and test their skills against cyberattacks, was hosted by the New Hampshire National Guard at the Edward Cross Training Center in Pembroke, N.H., July 21—31. The event was directed by Lt. Col. Woody Groton and hosted by N.H. for the second consecutive year.

July 28, 2020

Cyber Yankee 2020 continues at Edward Cross Training Center

Cyber Yankee 2020, a regional training exercise attended by National Guardsmen, Marines, as well as representatives from state and local agencies, is well underway at the Edward Cross Training Center in Pembroke, N.H. 

July 27, 2020

Musso, again

The New Hampshire National Guard’s Combat Marksmanship Competition, attended annually by soldiers and airmen of all ranks and career fields, was conducted July 10-12 at Fort Devens, Mass. About 60 Guardsmen of varied marksmanship experience competed in both individual and team competitions, comprising pistol, rifle, shotgun and machine gun events.

July 22, 2020

COVID-19 Update #14

With New Hampshire being one of a few states bucking a summer resurgence of COVID-19, we have been able to safely and efficiently scale back our relief efforts due in no small part to your extraordinary performance over the past 120 days.

July 20, 2020

Drawn to what matters

With the New Hampshire National Guard at the forefront of most everything COVID-19 in the Granite State, Pfc. Kevin Blackstone immersed himself in a variety of small tasks from maintenance to his current duties with Task Force Distribution. The food bank mission required NH guardsmen to take on a variety of extra duties, long hours, and a fair amount of stress. Some days during a mobile food pantry, Blackstone and other soldiers gave food to families who had nowhere else to go. “At the end of the day, I could decompress by drinking a beer or I could decompress by capturing something for posterity,” he said. Blackstone chose the latter. He decided to draw.

July 10, 2020

NH National Guard to host regional Cyber Yankee exercise

For the second consecutive year, the New Hampshire National Guard is hosting a regional Cyber Yankee exercise July 20 - 31 at the Edward Cross Training Center in Pembroke. Army and Air National Guard cyber defense teams from across New England will test their skills during a formidable exercise designed to simulate response to cyberattacks.

July 9, 2020

It’s a family business

Among the hundreds of New Hampshire guardsmen who have been activated for COVID-19 relief efforts, Spc. Kailey MacDonald--a firefinder radar operator for Headquarters Battery, 197th Field Artillery Brigade--has handled her new role as an operations specialist for Joint Task Force Granite with diligence and poise.

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.

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