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Nevada Guard-Tonga hold largest exchange in partnership history


A shirtless Olympian adorned in traditional tribal dress wasn’t the only thing from Tonga grabbing headlines this month.

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Departures continue as 485th leaves for Kuwait
Departures continue as 485th leaves for Kuwait

RENO – The long string of goodbyes to deploying Nevada Army Guard Soldiers continued August 18 as family members, friends and government officials including Gov. Brian Sandoval bid farewell to the 485th Military Company here at the Army Aviation Support Facility. The departure of the 485th raised the number of Nevada Army Guard units currently mobilized to five. Nearly 600 Nevada Army Guard Soldiers – about 20 percent – are now deployed around the globe.

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777th culinary specialists whip up winning Silver Chef plate
777th culinary specialists whip up winning Silver Chef plate

LAS VEGAS -- In an effort to improve the poor outlook on Army chow, Nevada Army Guard Staff Sgt. Vera Salazar and Sgt. 1st Class Brian Faulkner hosted the Silver Chef competition in Las Vegas in early August. For the past two years, the two have organized the annual cooking competition for the often-maligned, seldom-celebrated 92G Culinary Specialist military occupational specialty Soldiers in the state.

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422nd officer’s design now official Nevada Guard logo
422nd officer’s design now official Nevada Guard logo

STEAD, Nev. – A 422nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion administrative officer and amateur graphic artist, 2nd Lt. Adonis Palustre, added a very visible award to his portfolio Aug. 7 when his submission was named the top entry in the Nevada National Guard’s logo contest. Palustre’s submission is now the official overarching emblem of the Nevada National Guard.

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Bradley vehicles arrival signals new era, new combat team for 1-221st Cavalry
Bradley vehicles arrival signals new era, new combat team for 1-221st Cavalry

LAS VEGAS – After 20 years of a close partnership with the active duty’s 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in neighboring California, the Nevada Army Guard’s 1-221st Armored Reconnaissance Squadron is entering a new era in its history this autumn as it joins the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team headquartered in Idaho.

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Nevada Guard soldiers endure historic heat wave in Kuwait
Nevada Guard soldiers endure historic heat wave in Kuwait

Nevada Guard soldiers deployed to Kuwait experienced record-breaking heat last week that saw the mercury reading near 130 degrees farenheit.

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Venerable old ‘Hawk prepares for retirement
Venerable old ‘Hawk prepares for retirement

STEAD, Nev. – Mirroring the path of many Soldiers who began their careers in the 1980s, the Nevada Army Guard’s oldest Black Hawk helicopters is set to retire from the military and transition to civilian life by the end of August. Black Hawk UH-60A No. 7923305 (nicknamed 305) was built in 1979 by the Sikorsky Aircraft Company and has served in the U.S. Army since 1981. After more than 35 years of completing countless transportation, evacuation and fire suppression missions over the course of 5,466 flying hours, it will enter the Army Black Hawk Exchange and Sales Transaction program and be sold either back to Sikorsky or a top civilian bidder.

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