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Civil Support Teams Lead the Way
Sgt. Matt Giddens opens a dresser to discover whether it is contaminated as Staff Sgt. Dustin Foreman observes during the Joint WMD-CST Challenge in Columbia, Missouri, on October 28, 2020.
Dec. 15, 2020 - Imagine you’re watching a movie in which police officers chase a suspect into a building. They clear one room after another, ensuring nobody threatens them while they apprehend the fugitive. A small chemical lab is in one room they enter, and it could explode if touched, the effect of which could be devastating.

Civil Support Teams Compete in Missouri
Sgt. Karlee Jones waits for her gas mask to be removed on October 28, 2020 at The Central Missouri Events Center in Columbia, Missouri. Sgt. Jones finished a training exercise involving a biological threat.
Dec. 15, 2020 - The Missouri National Guard Civil Support Team (CST), Kansas National Guard CST, Oklahoma National Guard CST and Indiana National Guard CST participated in a competition Oct. 25-29 at the Jefferson City Fire Department Training Site, the Central Missouri Events Center and the Missouri National Guard Armory in Columbia, Mo.

Investigation: Deployed
Spc. Alexandria Cochran Kansas City's 1139th Military Police Company, poses in her duty uniform while assigned as a Military Police Investigator deployed in support of the CENTCOM area of operations.
Dec. 4, 2020 - “Most of my time in the National Guard has been amazing and I do not regret a thing,” said Spc. Alexandria Cochran, a Military Police Investigator with the 1139th Military Police Company, about her life in the Guard. She has been in the service four years now and was working in Recruiting and Retention for the National Guard on Active Duty Operations Support (ADOS) orders prior to deployment. While this is her first deployment overseas, she has also reported for state emergency when called up by the Governor.

Fighting Warrior Woman: Powwows, Beads, and Information
Mary Lohnes at 18, wearing traditional Native American Regalia, prior to joining the Army
Oct. 30, 2020 - “Hearing the drum and watching the dancers is awesome, something inside of me comes to life and gives me a happy energy.” This is how Missouri Air National Guard Master Sgt. Mary Lohnes describes participating in tribal ceremonies. Though her legal name is Mary, where she is from this is not how she is known. “At home I go by the name Kristy, short for Kristine, my middle name,” said Lohnes. When she returned from her last deployment, her MiSunkaNah Hunka, or adopted brother, gave her the name Akicita Okichize Win, which means “Fighting Warrior Woman.” Much like her name, there is a lot you can learn about Lohnes.