SHINDAND AIR BASE, Afghanistan - National Guard units are bringing a whole new level of experience to Task Force Nightmare in western Afghanistan. One of the primary units sharing its knowledge with the task force is Company C, 1/168th General Support Aviation Battalion, from the Nevada Army Guard.
ELKO — After a four-hour wait for his quarry to come into range, it took Staff Sgt. Rutilio Lara just one 477-yard shot to down a bull elk on his Wounded Heroes Elk Program hunt on Nov. 25.
Lara, 29, the training sergeant for the 485th Military Police Company headquartered in Reno, was the Nevada Army Guard’s representative in the Wounded Heroes Elk Program hunt this fall. The hunt was organized and primarily sponsored by the Nevada Outfitters and Guide Association, Winecup Gamble Ranch and Leupold Optics.
The Nevada Army Guard's Charlie Company, 1-168th General Support Aviation Battalion continues to save lives in Afghanistan by flying medical evacuation missions. The unit includes about 40 Nevada Army Guard Soldiers as well as California and Washington Guardsmen. Charlie Company left Nevada on March 31 and is set to return in late winter.
ARLINGTON, Va. – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest honor presented to civilian employers for exceptional support of their National Guard and reserve employees. ESGR encourages Guardsmen and Reservists, or family members acting on their behalf, to submit nominations at www.FreedomAward.mil by Jan. 20, 2014.
RENO — Nevada Air Guard officials, including Adjutant General Brig. Gen. Bill Burks, hosted a delegation of dignitaries from Turkmenistan at the Nevada Air National Guard Base here on Nov. 19. Four civilian Turkmen officials and two interpreters were invited to the United States under the auspice of the Department of Sate’s International Visitor Leadership Program and visited the air base to learn about international and military protocol.
CARSON CITY – For the first time since 1983, the Nevada Army Guard has two generals within its ranks.
Robert Herbert, the Army Guard’s assistant adjutant general, became the second currently-serving general in the Nevada Army Guard when he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general during a ceremony hosted by Gov. Brian Sandoval at the Nevada Capitol here Nov. 14. Michael Hanifan, the commander of the Nevada Army Guard, is the other general in the Nevada Army Guard.
FALLON – Retired Nevada Army Guard Lt. Col. Steve Ranson, now the editor of the Lahontan Valley News, recently received a national award for his overseas military reporting when he traveled to Afghanistan to cover Nevada troops in November 2012.
The Military Reporters and Editors Association based in Washington, D.C., awarded Ranson first place for his blogging from the combat zone.