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Command Blog


Maj. Gen. Sheryl Gordon

Look for a blog post from the new adjutant general soon.


Command Sgt. Maj.
Thomas D. Grace


Look for a new blog post from the state command sergeant major soon.

 ​Latest News


Story by Spc. Cody Muzio
Photos by Staff Sgt. William Frye and Spc. Cody Muzio

Family, friends, and Soldiers of the 135th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, ran, jumped, hugged, and celebrated in the arms of their reunited loved ones at a ceremony honoring the unit's return from a nine-month deployment to the Middle East.

The ceremony, held in the hangars of the Sumpter Smith Air National Guard Base in Birmingham May 9, 2018, marked the end of a difficult  ...Read More


Story by Maj. Andrew J. Richardson
Photos by Maj. Andrew J. Richardson and Sgt. William Frye

Governor Kay Ivey presided over a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly renovated Alabama National Guard readiness center in Geneva, Alabama, at 9 a.m., Sept. 19, 2017. The facility was originally opened in 1956 and had been under renovation since December 2016.

The renovation project is the first of its kind to be completed in Alabama. It was accomplished using federal, state, and local funds to share costs and create savings  ...Read More


Story by Maj. Andrew J. Richardson
Photos by Sgt. William Frye

100 years ago to the day, on August 28, 1917, more than 3,500 Soldiers loaded onto trains at Union Station, beginning their journey to France to serve under the 42th Infantry Division, also known as the Rainbow Division.

The soldiers of the 167th distinguished themselves in several operations, most notably the battle of Croix Rouge Farm and the capture of Cote de Chatillon.

Gen. Douglas MacArthur later wrote, "Two battalions of the 167th Infantry assisted by the 168th on the left, with the greatest courage and most severe losses, seized Croix Rouge Farm on point of bayonet. The unexpectedness and violence, and difficulty of this vital operation  ...Read More 


 Story by Maj. Andrew J. Richardson
Photos by Maj. Andrew J. Richardson and Sgt. Jeremy Dunkle

Fort McClellan, located in Anniston, Alabama, opened its gates to celebrate the 100th Birthday of the post on August 26, 2017. The event combined historical exhibits with modern day displays, and hosted a variety of vendors and organizations from across the state of Alabama, highlighting the legacy and traditions of the installation’s past, while telling the story of the present-day Army National Guard Fort McClellan Training Center and its partnership with the local community.  Read More


Story by Maj. Andrew J. Richardson
Photos by Sgt. William Frye and Sgt. Jeremy Dunkle

Alabama's Gov. Kay Ivey presided over a change of command ceremony at the Alabama National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Montgomery, Alabama, July 28, 2017. Major General Sheryl E. Gordon took over the reins...   Read More



Story by Sgt. William Frye
Photos by Sgt. William Frye and Sgt. Jeremy Dunkle
On most drill weekends the 3rd Modular Battalion, 200th Regiment is out in the field at the Pelham Range in Anniston, Alabama training the Alabama National Guard's newest generation of engineers. Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth B. Walker is one of the dedicated instructors charged with teaching the horizontal construction engineer military occupational specialty (MOS 12N) qualification course. Walker is also now the recipient of the Black Engineer of the Year Association’s 2017 Stars and Stripes National Guard award presented at... Read More 


Story by Maj. Andrew J. Richardson
Photos by Sgt. William Frye

The Alabama National Guard engaged in a ceremony marking the changing of responsibility of the senior noncommissioned officer from one command sergeant major to another, at the Alabama National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, Montgomery, Alabama, Feb. 16, 2017. Maj. Gen. Perry G. Smith, adjutant general of the Alabama National Guard, officiated the change of responsibility ceremony as Command Sgt. Maj. Eddie W. Pike relinquished his duties as the senior enlisted advisor of the Alabama Guard to Command Sgt. Maj. Tonny L. Pridgen.

The symbolism of the ceremony highlights the important role of the senior NCO in an organization, from a company-sized element all the way... Read More


Story and photo by Bernard Tucker, Fort McClellan Game Management Office

Twenty-four physically disabled hunters from across Alabama participated in a deer hunt hosted by the Alabama Army National Guard on Pelham Range, Jan. 18, 2017. The Alabama National Guard partnered with the Alabama Department of Conservation to host this hunt as part... Read More  




Story and photo by Sgt. William Frye

Traffic is at a standstill, gridlocked by winter weather that rolled through Birmingham, Alabama the previous night. It's now mid-morning on January 7, 2017. An Alabama National Guard, 168th Engineering Company, Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck Wrecker, and Humvee, snake through traffic on U.S. Highway 31, heading toward Brookwood Medical Center with an important passenger. Sgt. Wayne Hurst white-knuckle drives   ...Read More


Story and photo by Maj. Andrew J. Richardson

Current and former members of the Alabama National Guard’s 217th Military Police Company gathered at Fort Taylor Hardin, Montgomery, Alabama, Jan. 7, 2017, to formerly case the colors of the unit.

Routine changes in force structure led to the reorganization of the unit within the Army.  The 217th began service in the Alabama National Guard in 1953 as the 131st Medical Holding Company.  The company has gone through multiple redesignations through the years, and has supported many defense support to civil authorities missions within the state and multiple    ...Read More


(U.S. Army Photo by Zane Ecklund/ Released)

WASHINGTON - The Alabama National Guard received one of the inaugural Army Community Partnership awards in Washington, D.C., Dec. 6, 2016.  The award recognizes Army installations that utilize partnerships to improve relations, share resources, and work toward common goals.

"Across the Army, we are becoming more efficient and effective," said Under Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy, who helped present the awards along with Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, the Army's assistant chief of staff for installation management. "Partnerships are an important way America's varsity team is ...Read More


by Maj. Aaron Bryant, courtesy of the 107th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Florida National Guard

Talladega, Ala. – Soldiers of the Alabama Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 167th Infantry Regiment, “4th Alabama”, stood shoulder to shoulder in formation as they re-patched under the command of the Florida Army National Guard’s 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, “Gator Brigade” during a ceremony at Talladega, Nov. 5th, 2016.

The ceremony, known as a patching ceremony, is performed to mark the reassignment of one military unit to another. The patch design of the 53rd IBCT, a Spanish morion or a conquistador helmet from the 16th Century, represents the largest infantry brigade in the state of Florida  ...Read More


160922-A-BA126-237.jpg by SSG Christopher Davis, Staff Writer 

Over the course of the last four weeks, members of the 226th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade were engaged in Warfighter 17-01, a joint force exercise hosted by the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia.

The 226th MEB was one of several brigades that represented the commands under the 3rd Infantry Division in a simulated combat exercise.  Soldiers learned to be adaptable to scenarios that called upon their skills to direct multiple units under their command in a variety of combat situations.      ...Read More


Guardsman_image5.pngGuardsman_image5.png by SSG Christopher Davis, Staff Writer

Citizen-Soldiers from the Alabama National Guard have shared their knowledge and skills with Romania Defense Forces through joint-force exercises and missions over the last 22 years.

Alabama and Romania are part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program (SPP) that was instituted in 1993 after the fall of the Soviet Union. Its ongoing mission is part of the Department of Defense and National Guard Bureau to support nations around the world with a one-on-one initiative.  ...Read More

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