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News | June 30, 2023

Message to the Force

By Maj. Gen. David Mikolaities

To the Soldiers, Airmen, and Civilian Employees of the NHNG,

Happy July 4th to you and your families.

As we commemorate 247 years of independence, the New Hampshire National Guard could not be in better hands thanks to your unwavering commitment to the citizens of our State and Nation.

Wherever you celebrate the 4th, take a moment to honor the more than 450 NHNG citizen-soldiers and airmen deployed throughout the world and at our southern border.

I would also like to congratulate Pfc. Stefane Godoes, a supply specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 197th Field Artillery Brigade. She became a U.S. citizen June 16 (photo). Godoes immigrated with her family from Brazil in 2015. Her first drill was in June.

If you have room on your holiday calendar, consider attending one of the performances of the 39th Army Band:

* July 2, Hampton Beach at 7 p.m.
* July 3, Arms Park in Manchester at 7:30 p.m.
* July 4, Henry Law Park in Dover at 7:30 p.m.
* July 5, Kelley Park in Bristol at 6:30 p.m.
* July 6, Memorial Bandstand in Hampton Falls at 6:30 p.m.
* July 22, Great American Rib Fest in Merrimack at 6:15 p.m.

At the personal request of the U.S. Ambassador to our state partnership country El Salvador, the 39th's rock band is playing a series of concerts this weekend at the U.S. embassy in San Salvador.

On behalf of Gov. Sununu and the citizens of this great state, thank you for your continued hard work and sacrifice. It's deeply appreciated.


Major General David J. Mikolaities
The Adjutant General, New Hampshire National Guard
Commissioner, Dept. of Military Affairs and Veterans Services