Purple Heart Awarded

PHOENIX – Army Capt. Frank Vargas, a former Arizona Guard and 173rd Airborne member, was awarded three Purple Hearts here June 25. The Purple Heart is the oldest military decoration still given to U.S. military members and is awarded to those killed or wounded while serving in combat.


Engineer Soldier

FLORENCE, Arizona - When focusing on basic warrior tasks during annual training, the seemingly endless “death-by-PowerPoint” classes and simulated exercises can be mundane and drawn-out. The Soldiers from the 253rd Engineer Battalion, Arizona Army National Guard, decided to switch it up during this year’s annual training and hold a motivating competition.

Brig. Gen. Hall

PHOENIX – Thirty members of the Arizona National Guard attended the U.S. Army Soldier Support Institute’s Equal Opportunity Leader Course held at Papago Park Military Reservation here June 23 - 28.



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