Acting first sergeant Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Hopper is the first Nevada Army Guard Soldier to receive a religious accommodation for a beard. Hopper received his religious accommodation based on his Norse Pagan beliefs. Two other Nevada Army Guard Pagan Soldiers are also pursuing a religious accommodation for a beard.
The Nevada National Guard remembers Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Poulopoulos during a memorial ceremony held by the 17th Sustainment Brigade on Dec. 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Poulopoulos, 28, was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident on his way to work Oct. 29.