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Defense Officials to Implement Guard, Reserve Changes
May 17, 2007

9-1-1: Nuclear detonation; Exercise Vigilant Guard tests National Guard's role as first military responder
May 16, 2007
National Guardmembers search for the wounded and the dead during Exercise Vigilant Guard at the National Guard's Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Ind., on May 12, 2007. More than 2,000 National Guard personnel are taking part in Vigilant Guard, an 11-day exercise in Indiana that tests the National Guard as first military responder in support of the governor and the state emergency management agency after the simulated detonation of an 10-kiloton nuclear device.

Oklahoma Guard Arrives in Azerbaijan for Humanitarian Mission
May 16, 2007

National Guardsmen Help Battle Wildfires in Four States
May 16, 2007

Stressed to the Seams, Alaska Shield still holds its Northern Edge
May 16, 2007

Attaches Survey U.S. Disaster-Response Capabilities
May 15, 2007
Air Force Maj. Gen. Bill Etter, director of strategic plans and policy for the National Guard Bureau, talks with attaches prior to their visit to the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Ind., where more than 2,000 National Guard troops and hundreds of state and federal emergency response agencies worked through the disaster scenario of a 10-kiloton nuclear explosion in Indianapolis. Attaches from Serbia, Jordan, Kenya, Tunisia, Bolivia and Hungary, walked through the stages of the exercise, receiving briefs and asking questions of those participating.

Simulated terrorist threat trains military, civilian agencies
May 15, 2007
Members of the National Guard's civil support team board the USNS Henry J. Kaiser in biohazard suits here May 11 to investigate a simulated report of suspicious chemicals aboard during an exercise scenario for Alaska Shield/Northern Edge 2007. The civil support team worked in conjunction with the Seward police and fire departments, the Coast Guard, the FBI, and many other organizations to practice interagency coordination in an emergency situation. AKS/NE 07 is a State of Alaska/US NORTHCOM sponsored homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities exercise; part of the national-level Ardent Sentry/Northern Edge 07.

Chief: National Guard State Partnership Program can help keep a broken promise
May 14, 2007
LTG H Steven Blum, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, pauses at a plaque honoring one of the two National Guard divisions that liberated the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany in April 1945. The general visited the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site in Germany on May 6, 2007, en route to conferences of the National Guard's State Partnership Program (SPP) being held in Germany and in the Balkans. "It helps me remember why we do what we do and why it's important," he said. "The Guard has throughout its entire history been responsible for saving lives and preventing suffering and returning abnormal conditions to normal. We do it at home and we do it all around the world. We've done it for over 367 years, and we continue to do it today, and we'll do it as long as there's a United States of America." The SPP, which fosters cooperation via military, socio-political and economic conduits at local, state and national levels through 56 partnerships between states or territories and foreign countries, can help prevent more tragedies, he said.

Vigilant Guard: Voices of experience add to the training
May 14, 2007

Mothers wore combat boots and gas masks on their special day
May 14, 2007
Illinois Army National Guard Sgt. Celia Rodriguez was a mom wearing a protective mask on Mother's Day while taking part in the National Guard's training exercise Vigilant Guard. She was conducting decontamination operations at the Indiana National Guard's Muscatatuck Urban Training Center.

Members of Air Guard medical groups unite for Vigilant Guard
May 14, 2007
Air National Guard medical technicians from the Illinois National Guard's Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) evaluate a role-playing victim of a collapsed building for injuries in mid-May as part of the National Guard training exercise Vigilant Guard in Indiana.

Hands that held weapons now hold hope
May 12, 2007

National Guard cleaning up Greensburg
May 10, 2007
Members of the 134th Air Control Squadron, Kansas Air National Guard, operate heavy equipment near the courthouse of Greensburg, Kan., May 8, 2007. The Airmen worked to free a forklift that had been stuck in the mud. The building was one of the few left standing after a massive tornado decimated the town May 4. Approximately 400 National Guardmembers have been called up to assist with the cleanup, provide security and perform other disaster response functions.

Guard Responding to Domestic Crises Nationwide
May 10, 2007

Greensburg Tornado Changes Life of Kansas Guard Soldier
May 10, 2007
Laura and Rodney Prosser with their daughter Heidi, 11, and son Keith, 13, sit in front of what remains of their Greensburg, Kan., home after it was destroyed by a category F5E tornado, May 4, 2007.

From citizen to disaster relief workers, National Guard members transform quickly to help town of Greensburg
May 10, 2007

Indiana's vigilant medical crew provides care for the caregivers
May 10, 2007
An aeromedical air crew member from the 121st Medical Company, District of Columbia Army National Guard, prepares a UH-1H helicopter at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Butlerville, Ind., to provide medical support for the National Guard training exercise Vigilant Guard.

Missouri National Guard Citizen-Soldiers help flooded areas
May 9, 2007

Northern Edge Combined Training Exercise
May 9, 2007

National Guard Responds to Kansas Tornado
May 7, 2007