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Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, tours the KC-46A Pegasus during his visit to Pease Air National Guard Base, Newington, N.H., May 27, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman)

Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, tours the KC-46A Pegasus during his visit to Pease Air National Guard Base, Newington, N.H., May 27, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman)

Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, arrives at Pease Air National Guard Base, Newington, N.H. aboard a D.C. National Guard C-40, May 27, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman)

Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, arrives at Pease Air National Guard Base, Newington, N.H. aboard a D.C. National Guard C-40, May 27, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman)

Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, is greeted upon his arrival at Pease Air National Guard Base, Newington, N.H., May 27, 2020. Greeting the general with a salute are Maj. Gen. David J. Mikolaities, New Hampshire National Guard Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Laurie M. Farris, N.H. Assistant Adjustant General for Air, Col. John W. Pogorek, 157th Air Refueling Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Erica K. Rhea, 157th ARW Command Chief. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman)

Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, is greeted upon his arrival at Pease Air National Guard Base, Newington, N.H., May 27, 2020. Greeting the general with a salute are Maj. Gen. David J. Mikolaities, New Hampshire National Guard Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Laurie M. Farris, N.H. Assistant Adjustant General for Air, Col. John W. Pogorek, 157th Air Refueling Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Erica K. Rhea, 157th ARW Command Chief. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman)

Maj. Gen. David Mikolaities, New Hampshire National Guard Adjutant General, Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Brig. Gen. Laurie Farris, NHNG Assitant Adjutant General for Air, Col. John Pogorek, 157th Air Refueling Wing Commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Erica Rhea, 157th ARW Command Chief, walk across the flightline on their way to tour a KC-46, Pease Air National Guard Base, Newington, N.H., May 27. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman)

Maj. Gen. David Mikolaities, New Hampshire National Guard Adjutant General, Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Brig. Gen. Laurie Farris, NHNG Assitant Adjutant General for Air, Col. John Pogorek, 157th Air Refueling Wing Commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Erica Rhea, 157th ARW Command Chief, walk across the flightline on their way to tour a KC-46, Pease Air National Guard Base, Newington, N.H., May 27. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman)

During his visit to Pease Air National Guard Base, Newington, N.HH., Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, presents a coin to Tech. Sgt. Andrew Morrison, a 157th Air Refueling Wing maintainer, for recent outstanding performance, May 27, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman)

During his visit to Pease Air National Guard Base, Newington, N.HH., Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, presents a coin to Tech. Sgt. Andrew Morrison, a 157th Air Refueling Wing maintainer, for recent outstanding performance, May 27, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman)

Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, talks with (from left to right) Senior Airman Kayla Orner, Tech. Sgt. Ariel Feindel and Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Johnston at Pease Air National Guard Base, Newington, N.H., May 27, 2020. The general presented coins to the trio for outstanding performance. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman)

Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, talks with (from left to right) Senior Airman Kayla Orner, Tech. Sgt. Ariel Feindel and Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Johnston at Pease Air National Guard Base, Newington, N.H., May 27, 2020. The general presented coins to the trio for outstanding performance. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman)

Tech. Sgt. Wayne Reid, a 157th Air Refueling Wing boom operator, demonstrates various aspects of the KC-46A boom controls to Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, during the general's visit to Pease Air National Guard Base, Newington, N.H., May 27, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo illustration by Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman)

Tech. Sgt. Wayne Reid, a 157th Air Refueling Wing boom operator, demonstrates various aspects of the KC-46A boom controls to Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, during the general's visit to Pease Air National Guard Base, Newington, N.H., May 27, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo illustration by Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman)

Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, gives the thumbs up sign as he disembarks an HH60M Black Hawk at Pease Air National Guard Base, Newington, N.H., after a flight to Concord to learn about the NHNG's involvment in the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, May 27, 2020. Lengyel arrived at Pease earlier that day and toured a KC-46A Pegasus. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman)

Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, gives the thumbs up sign as he disembarks an HH60M Black Hawk at Pease Air National Guard Base, Newington, N.H., after a flight to Concord to learn about the NHNG's involvment in the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, May 27, 2020. Lengyel arrived at Pease earlier that day and toured a KC-46A Pegasus. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman)

Col. John Pogorek, 157th Air Refueling Wing Commander, answers questions from Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, about the KC-46A Pegasus during the general's visit to Pease Air National Guard Base, Newington, N.H., May 27, 2020. Pictured from left to right are Chief Master Sgt. Erica Rhea, 157th ARW Command Chief, Gen. Lengyel, Maj. Gen. David Mikolaities, New Hampshire National Guard Adjutant General, and Col. Pogorek. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman)

Col. John Pogorek, 157th Air Refueling Wing Commander, answers questions from Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, about the KC-46A Pegasus during the general's visit to Pease Air National Guard Base, Newington, N.H., May 27, 2020. Pictured from left to right are Chief Master Sgt. Erica Rhea, 157th ARW Command Chief, Gen. Lengyel, Maj. Gen. David Mikolaities, New Hampshire National Guard Adjutant General, and Col. Pogorek. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Timm Huffman)

PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.H. --

The National Guard Bureau’s top general paid a visit to the 157th Air Refueling Wing, May 27.

Gen. Jospeh Lengyel, the 28th Chief of the National Guard, landed at Pease aboard a D.C. National Guard C-40 aircraft. The visit was part of a tour to learn about the role state Guards are playing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lengyel was met planeside by Maj. Gen. David Mikolaities, New Hampshire National Guard Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Laurie Farris, NHNG Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Col. John Pogorek, 157th Air Refueling Wing Commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Erica Rhea, 157th ARW Command Chief.

After disembarking his jet, Lengyel took time to thank several Pease Airmen for their recent contributions to the mission and presented them each with his personal challenge coin. Pease aircrew, crew chiefs and boom operators then provided the general with a tour of the KC-46 Pegasus, showcasing a number of the planes features and capabilities, including the flight deck, the air refueling operator station and the cargo area.

Following the aircraft tour, Lengyel and Mikolaities boarded an Army National Guard HH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to fly to Concord, where the NGB chief received briefings on the role NHNG is playing in the state’s response to the COVID-19 response.

Lengyel returned to Pease several hours later and then departed the base aboard the C-40 he arrived on.

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