California National Guard

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that he has activated the California National Guard to support local communities with additional testing facilities and capacity amid the national surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the Omicron variant. “California has led the country’s fight against COVID-19, implementing first-in-the-nation public health measures that have …continue reading

featured graphic for the 40th Infantry Division showing its headquarters building at Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Middle Army hosts Soldiers from the 40th Infantry Division for the opening ceremony of Orient Shield 21-2 June 24, 2021 at Camp Itami, Japan. Remarks: Lt. Gen. Shin Nozawa, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Middle Army commander; U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Laura Yeager, 40th Infantry Division …continue reading

As deaths due to COVID-19 surpass half a million in the U.S., it’s difficult to find someone not personally affected by the pervasive contagion in some way. Daughters lost fathers, brothers lost sisters, and entire families have been destroyed by this pandemic. For one California National Guard Soldier working at …continue reading

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On March 4, 2021, volunteers from the Bob Hope USO at LAX visited California National Guard troops serving on the campus of California State University, Los Angeles, in support of the COVID-19 community vaccination center on campus. The volunteers visited the campus to distributed goods that help promote the morale …continue reading

40th Infantry Division headquarters on JFTB Los Alamitos, photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

As part of a new joint effort by the State of California and the federal government, national guardsmen of the 40th Infantry Division are supporting a new mass vaccination site at California State University, Los Angeles. According to California National Guard Spc. Simone Lara, the partnership includes Federal Emergency Management …continue reading

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A military Humvee worth approximately $120,000 was stolen Friday from a military facility in Bell, California. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the recovery of the vehicle. At approximately 8:15 a.m., Friday morning, a military vehicle was stolen from the National Guard …continue reading

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Top Ten Stories for all of 2020 include unemployment benefits (by far), civil unrest, Christmas lights, and Black Lives Matter. The Top Ten Stories for all of 2020 were the most read stories at Orange County Breeze over the entire year of 202 (excluding weather forecasts and events): California launches …continue reading

featured graphic for JFTB Los Alamitos during COVID-19

JFTB celebrated some long awaited improvements to its base exchange earlier this week, marking the occasion with the cutting of a ceremonial ribbon by BG Mike Leeney, Senior Garrison Commander, and Troop Store Manager Chris Rooney. The event signaled the reopening of the building’s all-new main entrance and the debut …continue reading

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Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, (JFTB) is pleased to announce U.S. Army Lt. Col. Manju Vig as the installation’s new deputy commander. She concurrently serves as commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, for the California Army National Guard’s 40th Infantry Division, which is based at JFTB. Vig enlisted in …continue reading