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Mullen: Guard families connect America, the armed forces
July 25, 2008
Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells 1,500 people gathered for the largest-ever National Guard Bureau Joint Family Program Volunteer Workshop and Youth Symposium in St. Louis, Mo., on July 21, 2008, that caring for wounded servicemembers and the families of those killed serving their country is a national responsibility. "In the end, it's America that can do this," Mullen says. "It's not DoD, and it's not the VA. We've all got to do this together."

JTF-East training rotating from Romania to Bulgaria
July 25, 2008
Soldiers train on the Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 at Mihail Kogalniceanu Airbase, Romania. Some 900 Soldiers are now in Romania, as part of Joint Task Force - East, to conduct training there with members of the Romanian military.

Texas military forces ready for Hurricane Dolly landfall
July 24, 2008
Army Sergeant 1st Class Jeff Printy marshals in nine light-medium tactical vehicles deployed from San Antonio to the Standing Joint InterAgency Task Force headquarters located at the Army National Guard Armory July 22 in Weslaco, Texas. Texas lilitary forces came to southern Texas in anticipation of heavy flood relief efforts caused by Hurricane Dolly.

Commander maps careful route for gun crew's return
July 24, 2008
Capt. Mathew Haywood, commander of A Battery, 163rd Field Artillery, prepares for the first convoy security mission of 2nd platoon after a gun truck was attacked with an IED. A Battery, along with more than 3000 of the Indiana National Guard's 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is providing security on main supply routes throughout northern Iraq ins support of counterinsurgency missions of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Texas National Guard begins clean-up operations in south Texas
July 24, 2008
Sgt. Marc Jones (left) of the Texas Army National Guard's Standing Joint Interagency Task Force (SJIATF) and Staff Sgt. Gonzalo Roman of Texas Air National Guard 149th Fighter Wing at San Antonio Emergency Operation Center as Hurricane Dolly moves westward towards south Texas Aug. 23. The Category 2 hurricane that is the first of the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane season severely damaged the coastal cities Brownsville and South Padre Island with strong winds and heavy flooding.

I see for you and listen as well; Cal Guard disperses communications magic again
July 24, 2008
Spc. Shaun Ochsner, communications specialist, makes adjustments to a sattelite atop an Incident Commander's Command, Control and Communications Unit (IC4U) at Booneville, Calif. The California National Guard mobilized five IC4Us to run operations in support of Operation Lightning Strike.

National Guard prepares for Hurricane Dolly
July 23, 2008
(Left-right) Army Sgt. Marc Jones, Army Staff Sgt. Robert Ribeiro, Staff Sgt. Gonzalo Roman and Master Sgt. Mark Martinez set up a base-X tent, part of the Joint Incident Communications Capability (JICC) that will provide video teleconference, satellite and cellular communications next to the Emergency Operations Center at Brooks City-Base in San Antonio July 22. The Texas Army National Guard is part of the Standing Joint Interagency Task Force-Texas at Camp Mabry, Texas. Sergeants Jones and Ribeiro are stationed at Bee Caves Armory, Austin, Texas. Sergeants Roman and Martinez are from the Air National Guard's 149th Communications Flight at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Once completed the JICC will provide 2000 sq. ft. of portable or tented floor space on the lawns in front of the EOC. (U.S. Air Force photo/)

A RED HORSE rises in Ohio
July 23, 2008
With the activation of a new 200-person detachment, Airmen from the Ohio Air National Guard's 200th RED HORSE squadron stand in formation during the detachment's flagging ceremony July 20 at Mansfield Air Guard Base, Ohio. RED HORSE squadrons are manned by civil engineers who can build and repair air bases and rapidly deploy to recover an air base after a natural disaster or enemy attack.

Sentinel crews recount time spent in "hot seat"
July 23, 2008
Sgt. Jim Irby of Mobile, a Black Hawk crew chief, puts distinctive markings on a Alabama Army Guard UH-60 helicopter while fighting forest fires in California.

Oregon National Guard prepares for fire season
July 23, 2008
An Oregon National Guard member wrestles with his shelter during fire training before the 2007 fire season. Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski has announced plans to activate more than 300 Guard members to attend Firefighter II certification training at three sites in Oregon.

Chairman Links Family Readiness to Military Readiness
July 22, 2008

Hello, Dolly: Texas Guard gears up for storm
July 22, 2008
Texas Army National Guard Sgt. John Stubbs, left, and Sgt. Daniel McMurray load equipment onto trucks Tuesday morning in Bryan, Texas, while preparing for Tropical Storm Dolly which was predicted to strengthen to hurricane force. At least 600 Texas National Guardmembers responded to a call Monday by Gov. Rick Perry to prepare for the storm.

Alaska Guard children featured in Nickelodeon show about "Coming Home"
July 22, 2008
Alaska Army National Guard Maj. Joel Gilbert and his family from left to right, wife, Laura, Kayleigh and Angus, were recently featured on a Nickelodeon "Nick News" special, "Coming Home: When Parents Return from War." Gilbert deployed to Iraq as company commander of Co. A, 3/297th Infantry of Juno, Alaska, from October 2004 to January 2006

National Guard Unveils New Lakota Helicopters at Fort Indiantown Gap
July 21, 2008
The new UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter sits on the tarmac at the National Guard's Eastern Aviation Training Site at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. The facility will provide all aviator and aircrew training on the new aircraft.

Delaware Air Guard C-130 aircraft reaches 10,000 hour flying milestone
July 21, 2008

California firefight moves to the ground; MAFFS units wait and see
July 18, 2008

Air National Guardsmen called to assist ground firefighting
July 18, 2008

One day fighting fires, the next day a rescue at sea
July 18, 2008

Guard, DMAT combine resources to provide fire line emergency care
July 18, 2008

Wildfire mission for Alabama Guard
July 18, 2008