☷Chief of National Guard Bureau visits New Hampshire troops
National Guard ( By Press Release office)
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NEWINGTON , N . H . – Army Gen . Daniel Hokanson , chief of the National Guard Bureau , and Senior Enlisted Advisor Tony Whitehead visited the Granite State to meet with Guard leaders and discuss strategic initiatives May 2 - 3 . Adjutants general from 11 states convened at Pease Air National Guard Base in Newington . Such meetings , known as “TAG huddles , ” are conducted regionally throughout the year . “Thanks for the opportunity to come up here and visit , ” Hokanson said . “It’s a wonderful organization you have here . ”The highlight of the general’s stay was a coining ceremony for 12 NHNG Soldiers and Airmen . Among them were Spc . Liam MacVittie , a cannon crewmember who helped rescue a woman from a house fire last winter; Sgt . Patrick McCormack , a supply NCO who recently graduated from Ranger School; and Tech . Sgt . Ryan Sheehan , a power production craftsman who volunteers at a food pantry . “These people right here , they’re making a difference not just here but in every aspect of their lives , ” Hokanson said . The huddle was also an opportunity for the 157th Air Refueling Wing to feature the KC - 46A refueler . Hokanson took his first guided tour and viewed simulators used to train pilots and aircrews . Pease was the first Air National Guard base to field the next - generation tanker , replacing its aging fleet of KC - 135s . “It’s a highly capable aircraft , and I think he saw that based on this tour today , ” said Maj . David Whitney , a pilot who briefed the general on the refueler’s capabilities and led a viewing of the cockpit . Hokanson also met with New Hampshire Army and Air Guard recruiters and representatives from family services to discuss their current challenges . “It’s been an exceptional visit , ” said host Maj . Gen . David Mikolaities , New Hampshire adjutant general . “We showed off the KC - 46 refueler and the capabilities and capacity of both our Army and Air National Guards . ”Hokanson agreed . “It’s been a wonderful visit , ” he said . “It’s a great state . ”
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