Pennsylvania National Guard News
Cpl. Jackey Dale Blosser of Randolph County, West Virginia, went missing in action on Dec. 2, 1950, when the enemy attacked his unit near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. His remains were returned to family members on July 30, 2020.
Pa. National Guard helps return remains of Soldier killed during Korean War
By Brad Rhen | July 31, 2020
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Pennsylvania National Guard’s Military Funeral Honors detail on Thursday participated in the repatriation of remains of a U.S. Army Soldier who was killed in the Korean War.

A Soldier from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment conducts movement to the right before engaging his target during short-range marksmanship training at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., on July 21, 2020. During the SRM training, the Soldiers were tested in engaging a target with two rapid shots from different distances, kneeling, standing, moving toward a target and more. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Keeler)
1/109th IN Soldiers train in short-range marksmanship
By Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Keeler | July 28, 2020
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. – Soldiers from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division honed their short-range marksmanship skills during their annual training at Fort Indiantown Gap on July 21, 2020.

HARRISBURG – First Sgt. Valerie Jones (left), first sergeant of Alpha Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 28th Infantry Division, confers with the company’s readiness NCO, Sgt. 1st Class Sean Cleary, prior to a ceremony at Harrisburg Military Post Jan. 11, 2020. Jones is the first female first sergeant of one of the four companies that comprise the division headquarters battalion. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Doug Roles
Unit’s first female first sergeant ‘keeps it green’ and takes care of soldiers
By Sgt. 1st Class Doug Roles | July 28, 2020
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. — A Pennsylvania Army National Guard noncommissioned officer has marked a first in her unit’s history. First Sgt. Valerie Jones, with Alpha Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 28th Infantry Division, is wrapping up her time as her unit’s first female first sergeant.

Lt. Col. William G. Start, outgoing commander of the 1st Battalion, 109th Field Artillery Regiment, pulls the cord on the M101A1 howitzer during the battalion's change of command ceremony on July 19, 2020, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. As a final gesture in recognition of Start's service to the field artillery and 1/109th FA, he had the distinct honor and privilege of firing a final round from the 1/109th FA's ceremonial cannon. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Keeler).
1/109th FA honors Lt. Col. Start during change of command
By Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Keeler | July 28, 2020
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – In a steady rain, the 1st Battalion, 109th Field Artillery held a change of command ceremony on July 19, 2020.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Craig Robbins, UH-60 Black Hawk medevac pilot with Charlie Company, 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion, 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade poses for a photo at the 28th ECAB's mobilization station at Fort Hood, Texas. Robbins is the first-ever commissioned officer to receive the Pennsylvania Military Funeral Honors Ribbon.
The first officer to receive Pa. funeral honors ribbon
By Capt. Travis Mueller | July 14, 2020
FORT HOOD, Texas - Though it is a great privilege for him to render funeral honors for deceased veterans, 1st Lt. Craig Robbins keeps in mind the pain families feel after they have lost a loved one.
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