On our fourth episode, we discuss the Thrift Savings Plan program or better known as the TSP. Capt. Holscher and Glenn Lyons help you better understand your investment with some helpful tips, common mistakes, and ways you can maximize your TSP retirement plan.
Brazil spoke of the recent achievements of the RSP Soldiers including the completion of the RSP program, Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training which makes the Soldiers qualified in their Military Occupation Specialty. Maj. Gen. Porter, the guest speaker, took a moment to talk personally… Read More »New Soldiers are inducted into their units
More than 100 soldiers from the Wyoming Army National Guard’s 115th Field Artillery Brigade concluded one month of pre-deployment training at Fort Bliss, Texas, before boots hit the ground in the Middle East. The unit landed in Texas in late July and immediately started working… Read More »Task Force Thunder rolling along
C-130 Hercules navigators are indeed the keepers of time, expertly combining ingredients for a recipe of lethality and precision for tactical airlift.
Contrary to popular thought, the American Legion is not only about supporting youth baseball. There’s a rich history behind the military-born organization. That was evident the day 32 members of the Ferdinand Branstetter American Legion Post No. 1 of Van Tassell celebrated 100 years in… Read More »American Legion Post No. 1 vets celebrate century
While describing the unit’s combat mission to “destroy, defeat, or disrupt the enemy” Maj. Gen. Porter also thanked employers for their support. The Cheyenne-based unit, which specializes in firing a multiple rocket launcher or High Mobility Rocket System, began its deployment journey 10 months ago.… Read More »‘Cowboy Thunder’ sendoff for 115th Field Artillery
“I evaluated one of our flight Instructors, and then they evaluated someone so that I could sign off on them as qualified on guns, and then qualified as an evaluators,” Nesvik said. “They then jumped off and helped to qualify the Arkansas soldiers.” In the… Read More »Wyoming Guard trains first aerial gunners
Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy Class 39 cadets will graduate June 15 at 1 p.m., in the Eastern Wyoming College auditorium, 3200 West C Street, in Torrington.
He then presented the Wyoming flag to Capt. Eli T. Varney, commander of Charlie Company. Varney addressed the audience as well, telling them he knows how they feel during this time. “It’s hard to leave your loved ones, and it is hard to send them… Read More »Wyoming infantry set for deployment to Kosovo
The 40-hour courses, taught four or five times throughout the year, are offered to Camp Guernsey staff; traditional soldiers assigned to the fire department; state employees; and the general public. This most recent training was offered to high school students, the first class, intended not… Read More »Getting carded at firefighting course
CAMP GUERNSEY JOINT TRAINING CENTER, Wyo.—Fire season may appear far away with a recent snowfall, but it is actually just around the corner. Already, there have been fires in California, and officials predict this year will be one of the worst in recorded history, even… Read More »Firefighters, air crew prep for season with bucket drops
Cheyenne played host to high-ranking military officials from the United States and Tunisia last week as they signed the annual strategic bilateral agreement between the two countries. Previously the 30 defense officials would meet for the Joint Military Commission in either Washington, D.C., or Tunis,… Read More »US Tunisian military meeting held in Cheyenne
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Much of their lives, their children have had to deal with ins and outs of their fathers’ deployments—the pronounced absences— and as a result they have had much different upbringings than most of their school-aged peers. That is why the military set… Read More »Growing up in deployment era
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Local organizations helped provide resources to support a few dozen children from Wyoming National Guard families gathered at the Laramie County Community College on Friday to celebrate the Month of the Military Child. For more than three decades, these types of events… Read More »Guard celebrates Month of Military Child
Two four-man teams from the Wyoming Army National Guard were among almost 500 shooters from 46 U.S. states and territories who sent bullets flying at the Winston P. Wilson (WPW) Championship, a competition conducted annually at Robinson Maneuver Training Center, in North Little Rock, Arkansas.… Read More »WyoGuard marksmen keep learning at Wilson Championship
Senior Ty Mueller was one of the students who volunteered for the demonstration. Mueller enlisted in the delayed entry program for the Army infantry and will travel to Fort Benning, Georgia, to begin basic training on May 3. “I wanted to serve my country,” he… Read More »Lingle-Ft. Laramie H.S. students taste combat fitness
Wyoming Army National Guard leaders drove drunk Sunday during drill. And they did it with the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Sgt. Duane Ellis, Sgt. Momen Elazizi, and Lt. Kyle Mckay from the Wyoming Highway Patrol met with senior leadership from the Wyoming Army National Guard March… Read More »Wyo. Guard leaders drive drunk with highway patrol
Three Wyoming Guard soldiers visited Tunisian doctors and aviators Feb. 2-10, to talk about how the Cowboy State conducts medical evacuations in combat operations. The information exchange was part of the State Partnership Program. Chief Warrant Officer 5 Brandon Erdmann, a UH-60 pilot; Sgt. Corey… Read More »Tunisia, Wyoming talk Medevac plans
“I just failed the PEC class earlier this month,” said Sgt. Jessica Pennington. “I heard about this afterward. Everyone was asking, ‘Did you come to this class?’ I’m feeling more comfortable now, but at the school, they just go so fast – boom, boom, boom—and… Read More »Recruiters get the basics in prep for PEC
May 27 was a wake-up call for Converse County Emergency Management Coordinator Russ Dalgarn. A sizable tornado rolled through adjacent northeast Laramie County. The recent storm got the attention of local residents, and Dalgarn said the unpredictable weather event prompted him to start organizing a… Read More »133rd engineers benefit from emergency response training
He started the wheels rolling on the idea, and like most government work, the process has evolved slowly, but on Aug. 15, at Camp Guernsey, Med Det doctors, nurses, and physician assistants, along with personnel from the department of health, the American Red Cross and… Read More »Med Det increases Guard’s value to state
Wyoming’s A team took first in the Covering Fire competition, topping second-place South Dakota A, and third-place North Dakota A. Worley placed first in the 100-500 Zero Special match followed by Wyoming teammate Smith and South Dakota’s Staff Sgt. Jory Rogers. North Dakota’s Goldade took… Read More »National Guard shooters battle it out at MAC Region VI
As the nation and Wyoming commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, it’s fitting that a group of soldiers and horses celebrating the history of U.S. Army field artillery – a primary mission for the Wyoming Army National Guard – should visit Cheyenne for… Read More »Fort Sill Half Section thrills Cheyenne audiences
The Wyoming National Guard is opening its doors to the public July 25, from 10:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the 153rd Airlift Wing, 217 Dell Range Blvd., in Cheyenne. The free event will feature static equipment displays highlighting the various missions and roles of… Read More »Wyoming National Guard to host free open house July 25
The 142nd Field Artillery Brigade from Arkansas and four support battalions from South Dakota strained resources here during June. Then came dealing with the aftermath of such large-scale training. Each year, approximately 118,386 soldiers—in units of all kinds, including the infantry, artillery, airborne and special… Read More »Environmental broom follows big exercises at Guernsey
As the Army does indeed run on its stomach, and with two large operations in June—which meant thousands of hungry soldiers—the importance of food preparation services and packaged foods reached new heights here. This year, the dining facility, run by a locally-owned business, Twisters, took… Read More »Camp Guernsey cooks meet hungry demand
Wyoming Army aviators and medics took to the skies in training to save lives as part of an annual exercise called Golden Coyote, June 15-19. Wyoming Army National Guard soldiers of G Company, 2nd Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment, travelled to Custer State Park Airport to… Read More »Wyoming aviators, medics train to save lives
“When Operation Desert Storm happened, everyone had to move their equipment and get it shipped overseas. After that, units started falling in on equipment that was already staged in theater,” he explained. “So we’re relearning how to do this, and really at the crawl stage… Read More »Arkansas Army Guard working on the railroad at Guernsey
“We’re really excited, and hoping we’ll be able to use these on our deployment,” said Spc. Kellen Marlow, an infantryman with C Company, 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment. “It will be sweet.” His classmate and fellow unit member, Staff Sgt. Donald Larkin, thought so too.… Read More »Guardsmen fly into new ways to do their jobs
Wyoming’s most significant contribution to the war came from that battalion of infantry, consisting of four companies, augmented by an artillery battery. The 1st Wyoming Infantry Battalion’s four companies were: Company C, from Buffalo; Company F, from Douglas; Company G, from Sheridan; and Company H,… Read More »120 years ago the Wyo. Guard goes to war for the first time
“Leading from the front I wanted to be one of the first to take it” Pafford said. The new test is designed to assess all components of fitness of soldiers through their abilities to perform unit-specific combat related tasks and to change the focus of… Read More »Pafford gets taste of Army’s new fitness test
Esmay reported in April 1938, that an appropriations bill, sponsored by the War Department, was before Congress asking for $500,000 to begin construction of permanent facilities at the camp. Meanwhile, Guard troops, under the supervision of Maj. C.G. Carroll, Quartermaster Corps and United States Property… Read More »Camp Guernsey turns 80 this year (Part one)
It’s been six years since a fire jumped the fence at Camp Guernsey, and since then many efforts have been made to ensure it doesn’t happen again at a place inherently involved in the risky business of enabling military members to practice blowing things up.… Read More »Camp Guernsey turns up the heat on fire mitigation
A conversation with Chief Master Sgt. Moore, the new state command chief for the Wyoming Air National Guard. Chief Master Sgt. Moore shares a little bit about himself, how he arrived at his new job, and what his priorities are for the enlisted men and women of the Wyoming Air Guard.
A decade later the Wyoming National Guard was called to serve its country for the first time. In 1898, the United States entered the Spanish-American War and the federal government enlisted volunteer units from the states. On April 25, Wyoming was tasked by President William… Read More »Wyo Guard turns 148
On Feb. 14, members of the Wyoming National Guard’s 84th Civil Support Team participated in an exercise with the Cheyenne Police Department bomb squad and the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office joint explosive ordinance disposal unit, at the Sherard Water Treatment Plant. During the exercise, the… Read More »84th Civil Support Team participates in joint exercise
Joint training exercise Arctic Eagle consisted of National Guard service members from around the nation and a contingent of Canadian reserves. In one of their training scenarios, the Canadian forces practiced patrolling the Alaska oil pipeline with Wyoming troops. Aside from host state, Charlie Company… Read More »Wyoming infantry gets dose of winter warfare training
Among the exhibitors at the library that night, were several high school students, who once attended STARBASE, who are still involved with robotics, and were honing their machines and skills for the annual First Tech Challenge competition held every February in Casper. Trowa Elbert-Armstrong, a… Read More »STARBASE rolling with robots for Cheyenne youth
The four participating graduates returned to Camp Guernsey for three weeks. During that time, they not only built two guard shacks to be used at entry control points at one of the training areas, but also helped mentor and train cadets at the Camp Guernsey-based… Read More »WCCA, WCA partner to improve Guernsey training area
Wyoming National Guard biathletes helped build the skillsets of wounded American military veterans while the para-athletes taught a lesson in humility.
The veterans came from all over the United States. Some are blind. Some are missing limbs. Some are battling the effects of traumatic brain injuries and a myriad of other maladies, but they are a dedicated bunch eager to learn and master a new sport.
Jenny Rigg, Director of Psychological Health for the 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard talks about what it means to be resilient while embracing change.
The Joint Forces Readiness Center played host to a Wyoming Vietnam War veteran panel that was organized by PBS on Monday. Three veterans, all current residents of the state, discussed their war experiences on a record-to-air taping that will be aired Friday in conjunction with Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War” documentary.
With the Wyoming Air National Guard’s plan to practice combat missions during last week’s annual training at Camp Guernsey came additional emergency response requirements and an opportunity for Air and Army firefighters to partner as “one guard.”
In 1870, five years after Cheyenne was founded, the Wyoming National Guard was authorized to protect and safeguard the people of the Wyoming Territory.
Flash forward to today, as the city celebrates the 150th anniversary of Cheyenne’s birth, the Wyoming National Guard, with multiple Army and Air Guard units assigned here, continue the legacy started so many years ago.
He expected the call, but didn’t know at what hour it might come. As Capt. Adam Oswalt’s phone rang, he awoke, slung his feet over the edge of the bed, and sat up. It was 4 a.m. and it was time to train.
Two Wyoming Army National Guardsmen were awarded the Dustoff Association’s Rescue of the Year award in a ceremony at the Army Aviation Support Facility Friday, in Cheyenne. The award was given for a medical evacuation mission in Afghanistan almost two years ago.